The Incredible Confession of Luis Suarez

Onze Helden program for Dutch channel KPN

Original interview was given by Luis Suarez for the program “Onze Helden” (Our Heroes) for the Dutch channel KPN, in which he went over his adaptation to Barcelona and his relationship with his colleagues (he repeats that there is no jealousy nor envy between him, Messi and ‘Ney’); he talks about Johan Cruyff and Luis Enrique and gives a shocking confession: “I thought that I didn’t have enough quality to play for Barca”. This write-up is a translation of the article in “Mundo Deportivo” covering said interview. MD’s piece can be found here:


Cross Blog Banter: Back to the Emirates

Philip Willcocks

The road to Milan begins with a first stop in North London. Back to an old foe we’ve enjoyed matches against. But make no mistake, Arsenal today are a much different team than from our last encounters – albeit, their manager has remained the same. What should we expect from our first knockout round opponents? totalBarça brings you Helen Trantum from ‘The Daily Cannon’ to discuss this exciting game, providing us with an insight from the Gooner’s perspective.


Zubi: “My greatest defeat was Guardiola’s departure”

Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images

Andoni Zubizarreta was never a man of many words. The Basque-born former club goalkeeper may have spent the best years of his career playing for Barcelona’s Dream Team, lining up amongst superstars and playing for legendary coach Johan Cruyff, but it has never been easy to get him to talk at length about things. Even when he was sacked by Barcelona in January 2015 in a not-so-nice way, Zubi didn’t speak a word. That’s why his most recent interview to Madrid-based sports daily Marca is a very interesting piece, and one we deemed worthy of translating.


From the other side: Monchi says sky is the limit for Barça

Ramon Rodriguez Verdejo (L), aka Monchi, speaking after the draw for the UEFA Europa League semi-finals at the UEFA headquarters in Nyon on April 24, 2015. AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINI        (Photo credit should read FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images)

In modern football, it’s all about the players. That’s the way it should be. However, there are some people in football who never put on football boots and yet manage to make a name for themselves. Ramón Rodríguez Verdejo, known to the footballing world as Monchi, is modern football’s ultimate backstage mastermind. The man who brought in the resources for Sevilla’s four UEFA cups, two Copa del Rey wins, one Supercopa and one UEFA Super Cup sat down with Catalan sports daily Mundo Deportivo to analyse FC Barcelona to depth ahead of the UEFA Super Cup. The result was an ingenious analysis of the UEFA Super Cup final and many more issues that concern culés, which we bring to you today in yet another totalBarça exclusive translation.


Aleix Vidal: “Arda will surprise everyone”


We are now less than a week away from Barcelona’s official start to the preseason, and the first team players (apart from some Latin Americans of course) are trying to take part in as many holiday activities as possible before reporting for duty at the Ciutat Esportiva on July 13th. Some, like Andrés Iniesta, Sergio Busquets and Marc Bartra chose to spend some time with children of the Nike Camp in Andorra, and the most recent addition to the club’s list of illustrious guests was new Barça signing Aleix Vidal, who was put to the test by the little footballers.