FC Barcelona’s Neymar has added his voice to the “Ice Bucket Challenge” phenomenon. Two and a half weeks ago, Pete Frates, a 29 year old inflicted by amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, better known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, posted this video on Facebook, which has inspired the likes of Bill Gates, Lebron James and most recently Barça’s young Brazilian to share a message and donate to the cause. If you check out Pete’s video, you’ll notice he cannot speak any longer. Lou Gehrig’s is a disease that attacks nerve cells and eventually leads to entire body paralysis, despite the mind remaining active, with a life expectancy of two to five years. The infliction itself is named after one of the most famous New York Yankee’s of all time, who on the day of retirement gave one sport’s truly inspiring speeches, calling himself the “luckiest man on the face of the earth” despite his diagnosis. He passed away two years later.
The Ice Bucket Challenge has now been shared over 1.2 million times via social media channels, in which a person posts a video of themselves dumping a bucket of ice water over their head and challenging friends to do the same or donate $100 dollars to the ALS Association. Clearly, a great deal of people have done both and deep pocket celebrities have donated a fair deal more. In fact, since Pete’s original video, the ALS Association has received $ 13.3 million in donations, versus the 1.7 million received last year over the same period. Neymar himself challenges Brazilian bud Robinho, a few others and Carlos Zúñiga.
The Interview is an exclusive content for FC Barcelona fans where they learn new things about players such as hobbies and personalities. The interviewee this time is the Brazilian magician, Neymar Jr.
During the interview, Neymar wanted to give the fans some information about him that they never knew. He started off by saying that he is a very cheerful person and a very calm one. Neymar loves being a Barça player and feels honored to play in the best club in the world with world-class players. More after the jump.
FC Barcelona’s new defender, Thomas Vermaelen (28), will sign a 5-year deal with the Catalan club on Sunday morning. After passing his medical on Saturday, Vermaelen headed to pose for pictures at the club’s famous crest.
‘Verminator’ gave his first mini interview with Barça TV and expressed his happiness and honor in joining a club like Barça, describing it as a “beautiful club and one of the best teams in the world.” The former Arsenal F.C. captain confessed that “It’s a dream for me to share a dressing room with the best players in the world, I am sure I’ll be an even better player.” Read more from Vermaelen after the jump.
While the rest of the team rested ahead of their trip to Geneva, Lionel Messi, Javier Mascherano, and Dani Alves trained alone in their second training session of the day. The trio rejoined the group on Tuesday and will not be traveling with the squad to face SSC Napoli. Neymar Jr., Adriano Corriea, Jérémy Mathieu, and Xavi Hernández also joined the second session but worked on recovery programs and special fitness routines. Feeling a bit lonely, boys?
Adidas brings Barça’s star player Lionel Messi back to Barcelona like we’ve never seen him before. Promoting the Argentine’s new adizero F50 boots, Adidas describes that this boot is “made in monument to the way he plays and the city he plays in. More than a boot.” Check out more about how Adidas describes La Pulga’s new cleats after the jump.
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Seydou Keita, now at AS Roma, neither forgives nor forgets. In a friendly last night against Real Madrid, Keita ignored Pepe during the hand shake. It’s being assumed, probably correctly, that he refused Pepe’s hand as in 2011 the Real Madrid man called Keita a “monkey.” You’d be hard pressed to find a more honest footballer or man than Keita, so if three years later he’s still resentful, I’m very inclined to believe Keita’s original accusation and defend his action last night. Then, at the end of the clip, Keita is seen hurling a water bottle at the thuggish defender. Why? Yahoo Sports report that following the hand shake fracas, as things escalated a little, the FOX broadcaster noted the fourth official point-out that Pepe spat at Keita. Pepe, never disappoints to disappoint.
FC Barcelona is doing a series of video interviews with players on their Barça Fans website, and new signing Jérémy Mathieu is the latest subject. The interview is an exclusive content for FC Barcelona fans who sign up on fcbarcelona.com, bringing them exclusive interviews with the players. In the first part of the interview with the French defender, Jérémy Mathieu talked about his first hours as a Barcelona player.
Carles Puyol is a man of humble origins, and the FC Barcelona legendary captain never forgets where he comes from. The recently retired ‘Tarzan’ posted the above photo on his Instagram account along with the caption ‘Back to basics.’
‘Puyi’ is no stranger to a simple life, as he comes from the small agricultural community of La Pobla de La Segur, just outside the Catalan town of Lleida. It is widely thought that in this simple environment, which is where he spent his childhood, is where he developed all the attributes that made him a fan favourite at Barça, his sense of self-sacrifice for the team, his honesty, integrity and tireless work ethic.
It goes without saying that ‘Puyi’ looks to be having fun in his new look, which sports a rich moustache and a beard.