The Front: Sport (29.3.2015)

the front sport mar 29 2015

BARÇA WILL INCORPORATE A PHYSICAL STRIKER

SURPRISE SIGNING

Fernando Llorente is the candidate and Dzeko, the alternative

Luis Enrique wants a ‘Larsson’ to complete the attack

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The Front: Mundo Deportivo (29.3.2015)

the front MD mar 29 2015

DESTINATION QATAR

Al Sadd assures that Xavi has already signed for the next season, although later clarified that he will announce it in his own time

Barça have given total liberty to the captain, the first azulgrana with 22 titles, to do what he thinks is best

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Cafe con leche: Weekend edition March 28-29, 2015

Cafe con leche: Weekend edition March 28-29, 2015

Rumour Patrol

Ah, it’s international week and in the absence of match news, the rumours are flying. Let’s start with the transfer rumours: First up, Xavi. Barça’s legendary midfield maestro is in Qatar and Al Sadd’s manager, Abdullah Al-Berik, is saying that Xavi has signed with Al Sadd for three years and will also work with the Aspire football academy in order to ready players for the 2022 Qatar World Cup. Xavi has so far denied the signing but he was ready to leave for NYCFC last summer, Lucho is not playing him regularly and, at 35, Xavi isn’t a kid anymore.

Next up, Marca is reporting that Dani Alves’ agent and ex-wife, Dinorah Santana, has been house-hunting for Alves in Paris after signing a contract earlier in the month with the French powerhouse Paris Saint Germain. Alves’ situation has been speculated upon all season and the winger isn’t doing much to clarify matters. He has been quoted as saying he’s going to England, and also that he is dedicated to Barça and will speak when he’s ready to speak. Hang on, culés, I don’t think we’ll know what’s going on with Dani until the end of the season.

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The Front: Sport (28.3.2015)

the front sport mar 28 2015

LUIS ENRIQUE ASKS FOR KOKE

His clause is 60 million and he is wanted to replace Xavi

XAVI IS SEEN IN QATAR: He wanted to see the city and visited the Aspire football academy

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The Front: Mundo Deportivo (28.3.2015)

the front MD mar 28 2015

MATHIEU: “YOU HAVE TO KNOW SUFFERING”

The French central thinks that being able to overcome is a virtue of the current Barça

“When I scored in the clásico my body exploded, it was a great feeling”

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Café con leche: March 27, 2015

Café con leche: March 27, 2015

Hart high on Messi

Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart, who had nothing short of a superhuman performance against FC Barcelona at the Camp Nou, has came out expressing his love for the man who tormented him that match – Lionel Messi.
Despite seeing his team knocked out of the Champions League by Messi’s Barcelona, Hart declared his belief that Messi “is potentially the best footballer in history.” Also, after declaring his happiness for the opportunity to face off with Leo, the Englishman said, “[Leo] is an absolutely extraordinary footballer and I’m convinced that in the coming years, when Messi will be honoured as the best of all time, it will be a great memory for me.”
The English international remembered that penalty save from the first leg saying,“The only reason why he missed is that he didn’t shoot it as well as he wanted. I don’t think it [the save] was something of mine, despite giving the sensation that it kept us in the match and the knockout, at the time.”
The flirt wasn’t exclusively to the Argentine as Hart also had some words for Luis Suárez. “I felt good because they valued all the saves that I pulled.” He commented on how Luisito and Messi came to congratulate him after the match. “It was a great night for me. I managed saves against the world’s best players.”

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The Front: Mundo Deportivo (27.3.2015)

the front MD mar 27 2015

THE TALLEST AND THE GREATEST

Gheorghe Muresan (2.31m) is the tallest in NBA history along with Manute Bol

Leo, the best footballer of all time, greets the giant in Washington

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The Front: Sport (27.3.2015)

the front sport mar 27 2015

XAVI WILL GO TO QATAR

He’s traveled to Doha with his family to seal the deal with Al-Sadd

He will sign for two years plus one, for 10 million per season

… AND ALVES NEGOTIATES WITH PSG

The French club offers the three years that Barca won’t

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Picture of the day: One day to the next

Picture of the day: One day to the next

One day bitter rivals, the next teammates. That’s the life of club rivals and national teammates Andrés Iniesta and Sergio Ramos.

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#ThrowbackThursday

With the latest announcement of the Camp Nou hosting the final of the Copa del Rey between Barça and Athletic Club, the internet was split in half. The opportunists suggested that the federation’s decision will only enhance Barça’s chance to win as the players will be pumped up to play at home. The pessimists however pointed to the Real Madrid situation two years ago – when the pressure was on them to win the cup in front of their home fans – and they ultimately lost to Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid.

So for #ThrowbackThursday, I’d like to remind everyone why we shouldn’t be compared to Real Madrid. We have this genius!

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The Front: Mundo Deportivo (26.3.2015)

the front MD march 26 2015

FINAL AT HOME

After the FEF vote, the Camp Nou will host the Copa final instead of the option of the San Mames because of it’s greater capacity

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The Front: Sport (26.3.2015)

the front sport march 26 2015

FINAL IN THE CAMP NOU

Barça will have 39,500 seats available for their socios

The azulgranas will play as visitors

Luis Enrique and the players, satisfied to play at home

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Café con leche: March 25, 2015

Café con leche: March 25, 2015

Messi sets down the alarm bells

The football world was waiting for a confirmation about Leo Messi’s injury after it was rumored that he had hurt his toe and could be out for a month. Panic quickly spread across social media at the thought of Messi missing such a crucial stretch of the season, before the Argentina Football Association stepped in to clarify. “The Argentine national team can inform that this morning Leo Messi, in a private clinic in Washington, underwent a series of medical tests because of a pain in his toe which he suffered in Barcelona’s game against Real Madrid. Said tests have not revealed any injury.”  With Messi once again staking a claim to being the greatest player ever and playing possibly in his best ever form, it would be terrible to lose him now.

Iniesta dismisses stats as his point of reference

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Copa del Rey final to be held at Camp Nou

Copa del Rey final to be held at Camp Nou

FC Barcelona have confirmed that the 2015 Copa del Rey final against Athletic Club de Bilbao will be held at Camp Nou. The only other time Barcelona have played a cup final at Camp Nou was in 1963, a 3-1 victory over Real Zaragoza. Real Madrid, of course, were the last team to play a Copa del Rey final in their own stadium, losing 1-2 to Atlético Madrid at the Bernabeu in 2013. Reports are that both Barcelona and Athletic had wanted to play the final at the Bernabeu, but were denied. The final will be played on May 30.

The Front: Mundo Deportivo (25.3.2015)

the front MD mar 25 2015

“PIQUEMBAUER”

THE RETURN

The central rises to the challenge and returns to be a reference point for the world in his position

He’s confirmed that he has inherited Puyol’s leadership and has gained influence in the dressing room

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The Front: Sport (25.3.2015)

the front sport mar 25 2015

HALF OF EUROPE WANTS THE WINGER

7 OFFERS FOR ALVES

Barça will offer him a renewal shortly…

but Dani is upset and asks for 3 years

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Legal: FC Barcelona reiterate innocence in Neymargate

Legal: FC Barcelona reiterate innocence in Neymargate

FC Barcelona released the following press conference today regarding several club issues, most importantly the recent acceptance by the Spanish courts to charge club officials with misdealings in the 2013 Neymar transfer. The other subjects communicated are mostly miscellaneous. Full transcript below:

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The Front: Mundo Deportivo (24.3.2015)

the front MD mar 24 2015

KILLER SUÁREZ

The Uruguayan, determined: He’s made 14 goals and has made 7 of them in the last 7 matches

“Barça flies,” says the world press

The scoreboard works: Already 12 goals

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The Front: Sport (24.3.2015)

the front sport mar 24 2015

MEETING TO SIGN

Luis Enrique and Braida scheme about Barça’s future today

 The director of international football proposes a midfielder and a central

They’ll offer this same week to renew Dani Alves for two years

They’re studying the possible exits of Xavi and Pedro at the end of the season

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Café con leche: March 23, 2015

Café con leche: March 23, 2015

“This was a nice win and something for the fans to enjoy” underlined FC Barcelona coach Luis Enrique at the post -game press conference of el Clásico. He also stressed despite the victory that “it was important, it was not decisive.” Speaking about being 4 points ahead of  the strongest rival in league standings, Lucho made it clear that “we are where we wanted to be, but we can’t relax because we could drop points in any game.” Asked about his own emotions during game against Real Madrid, he simply stated “I’m very happy with what I’m experiencing” and added that “the players knew how to suffer against the current European champions. This was a difficult match and all credit to them for winning it. I am very satisfied with their work.”

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The Front: Mundo Deportivo (23.3.2015)

the front MD march 23 2015

BARÇ+4

In a clásico with two faces, Mathieu and Suárez toppled Real Madrid

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The Front: Sport (23.3.2015)

the front sport march 2015

BLOW TO MADRID

CHAMPION!

AT 4 POINTS

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totalBarça welcomes fubo.tv

totalBarça welcomes fubo.tv

On the eve of the 170th clásico, we are excited to announce a new partnership with fubo.tv – an online streaming service dedicated to providing U.S. audiences their fix for quality football.

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Café con leche: March 22, 2015

Café con leche: March 22, 2015

Busquets gets medical all-clear; makes squad

Luis Enrique wasn’t fooling us when he said yesterday that Sergio Busquets will “be there.” The Barça vice-captain has made a spectacularly speedy recovery after receiving a nasty blow to his ankle in the Copa del Rey semi-final against Villarreal, and is officially included in the squad. Whether he will start or not is down to Luis Enrique, yet in the event that the Asturian chooses to avoid taking risks, a certain Jefecito is more than ready to deputise for ‘Busi’ once again. As for those who will have to watch the match from the stands, there are no surprises, with Lucho leaving Jordi Masip, Martín Montoya, Sergi Roberto, Douglas and the injured Thomas Vermaelen out of the match squad.

The full squad: Ter Stegen, C. Bravo, Piqué, Rakitić, Sergio, Xavi, Pedro, Iniesta, Suárez, Messi, Neymar Jr, Rafinha, Mascherano, Bartra, Jordi Alba, Adriano, Dani Alves, Mathieu.

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The Front: Mundo Deportivo (22.3.2015)

the front MD mar 22 2015

CLÁSI-KO

Barça, with Messi on a roll and the Camp Nou full, will give the final blow for the league to an unpredictable Madrid

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The Front: Sport (22.3.2015)

the front sport mar 22 2015

THE GREAT DAY IS HERE!

YOU DECIDE!

The ball, in Messi’s hands

If Leo continues in his state of grace, the clásico will clearly be blaugrana

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Café con leche: March 21, 2015

Café con leche: March 21, 2015

Lucho wary of Madrid threat

With FC Barcelona labelled as clear favorites for tomorrow’s clásico, Luis Enrique was quick to dismiss that notion although admitting that Camp Nou serves as an advantage.  “There are no clear favorites in games like these. These are two top quality teams with a lot at stake. But we do have home advantage and playing in front of our own fans always gives us that extra boost. We won’t fall into the trap of thinking it will be easy.”

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The Front: Sport (21.3.2015)

the front sport mar 21 2015

LUIS ENRIQUE COULD CONDEMN ANCELOTTI

Florentino could dismiss the coach if Madrid suffers a painful loss

The blaugrana coach could leave strengthened for 2015 and the Italian could lose all credit

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The Front: Mundo Deportivo (21.3.2015)

the front MD mar 21 2015

2 CLASICOS

CHAMPIONS QUARTERFINALS

Barca will again play against PSG with the return leg at the Camp Nou

Luis Enrique: “They’re candidates for the title”

LEAGUE

Busquets wants to play against Madrid and Lucho doubts he’ll risk it

Ancelotti clings to the 4-3-3 and his gala 11 to search for a victory

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Champions League draw: Barcelona to face PSG yet again

Champions League draw: Barcelona to face PSG yet again

FC Barcelona will face Paris Saint-Germain once again in the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals. The two teams have already faced each other twice this season in the group stage, with each team picking up a win at its home ground. They also met in the quarterfinals in 2013, when an ailing, Vilanova-less Barcelona scraped past on away goals. PSG reached the quarterfinals this year after knocking out Chelsea FC in a dramatic extra-time clash at Stamford Bridge. The first leg will be played on the 14t/15th of April in Paris and the second leg will be played on the 21st/22nd at Camp Nou, which is historically a big advantage for Barcelona. Zlatan Ibrahimović, Marco Veratti, and Dani Alves will all miss the first leg due to suspension.

The full draw is below:

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