Official: Jéremy Mathieu signs for Barcelona

Official: Jéremy Mathieu signs for Barcelona

After 5 years of endless but fruitless searches, Barcelona has finally managed to sign a centre-back, Jérémy Mathieu. Valencia’s 30-year-old Frenchman  will dress in blaugrana after Barça agreed to pay the whole of his 20 million euro release clause. He will sign a four-year contract, with an option for a further year, which includes a release clause set at 50 million euros.

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Welcome back, Leo!

Welcome back, Leo!

Everyone’s favorite “Atomic Flea” is back in Barcelona! After spending a week decompressing from the intensity of the World Cup in Brazil, Leo Messi flew back from Argentina on Tuesday, though he does not need to report to the team until the first week of August.

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Rafinha returns to training

Rafinha returns to training

Rafinha Alcântara trained with the group on Tuesday and has gotten the medical green light to rejoin the team. He injured his big toe during training last week and was unable to play in the first match of the season for the Colombino trophy. He resumes regular training Wednesday morning.

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The Front: Sport (23.7.2014)

the front sport july 23 2014

TWO SIGNINGS

MATHIEU will be a Barça player today for 20 million

XAVI decides to continue for now and will train tomorrow

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The Front: Mundo Deportivo (23.7.2014)

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MATHIEU IS IMMINENT

The agreement is for 20 million but Barça wants to pay in installments and Valencia wants cash. The player could travel from Peru today with the idea to be with Luis Enrique soon.

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Breaking: Bojan to Stoke City

Breaking: Bojan to Stoke City

FC Barcelona and English side Stoke City F.C. have reached an agreement over the transfer of Bojan Krkić (23). Bojan’s La Masia goals exceed the 400-goal mark making him the all-time highest scorer in Barça’s youth teams.

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The Front: Mundo Deportivo (22.7.2014)

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GOODBYE XAVI

Barça and the player could decide his definitive exit today. He could be dismissed this weekend and all signs point to signing with NY City.

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The Front: Sport (22.7.2014)

the front sport july 22 2014

CUADRADO YES OR YES

BARÇA WANTS HIM ALTHOUGH ALVES WANTS TO STAY

MATCH POINT: 35 MILLION + BONUS

Manchester United presented their offer yesterday and the player’s representative will review Barca’s offer today

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Second week of training begins

Second week of training begins

The first team continues training with another week of double sessions. The players who began training with Luis Enrique last week will continue training morning and evening on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Only morning sessions will be held on Wednesday and Saturday, and the team will have next Sunday off.

Some of the international players, namely those whose teams were knocked out of the World Cup early, will return this week. Xavi Hernández, Andrés Iniesta, Gerard Piqué, Sergio Busquets, Jordi Alba and Pedro Rodriguez (Spain), Ivan Rakitić (Croatia) and Alex Song (Cameroon) will begin training on Thursday.

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The Front: Sport (21.7.2014)

the front sport july 21 2014

ULTIMATUM: FOR MATHIEU (DATE LIMIT, TUESDAY the 22nd) OR CUADRADO (DATE LIMIT, FRIDAY the 25th)

THIS WEEK, BARÇA MUST MAKE DECISIONS ABOUT PENDING SIGNINGS

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The Front: Mundo Deportivo (21.7.2014)

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MATHIEU OR BLIND ALREADY

The signing of the French central could be immediate if Valencia revokes his release clause. If the ‘che’ club blocks that situation, the option of the Dutchman will be expedited.

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Luis Enrique: “One cannot draw conclusions too early”

Luis Enrique: “One cannot draw conclusions too early”

FC Barcelona’s new coach Luis Enrique Martínez (44), started his spell with a victory over Recreativo de Huelva in a friendly match that ended 1-0 for the Catalans thanks to a goal from Joan Àngel Román. The coach was happy with the team’s display and especially the youngsters. “All of Barça B and the first team have been fine, have taken the game seriously, with dedication and have had opportunities. However, one can not draw conclusions too early,” he said during the post press conference.  Read more from Enrique after the jump.

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The Front: Mundo Deportivo (20.7.2014)

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BLIND, IN BARCELONA

Ajax’s central is the first option for Barça if Mathieu or Marquinhos fall through. The Dutchman spends his vacations in Barcelona and waits for a call from the club.

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The Front: Sport (20.7.2014)

the front sport july 20 2014

LUIS ENRIQUE DEBUTS WITH A VICTORY

DEULOFEU AND HALILOVIC AIM HIGH

The Catalan gave the goal and sent a ball to the crossbar while the Croatian showed great things. The new coach kept the essence of the champion’s style from the past years.

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The Result: Recreativo 0-1 FC Barcelona

The Result: Recreativo 0-1 FC Barcelona

RESULT:

Recreativo: 0

FC Barcelona: 1

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Barça youngster Carlos Blanco signs for Juventus

Barça youngster Carlos Blanco signs for Juventus

The summer of 2014 is proving to be no different to other summers: It is yet another summer of exits from La Masia, with many of Barça’s most promising youngsters lacking the patience required in order to make it to the Camp Nou, instead opting to move to foreign clubs that offer more attractive economic terms. The latest exit is a huge blow to the league winning Juvenil B side. Read more after the jump…

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The Front: Mundo Deportivo (19.7.2014)

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PUSH FOR BLIND

The Dutchman interests Barça as an alternative to Mathieu, who could be retained by Valencia. Van Gaal’s United also wants this versatile 24-year-old defender.

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The Front: Sport (19.7.2014)

the front sport july 19 2014

BARÇA-BAYERN: WAR FOR CUADRADO

Fiorentina warns that Barça has one week to match Guardiola’s offer. They ask 42 million, the player wants to come and could leave for a lower price.

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Messi & Suárez nominated for UEFA Best Player award

Messi & Suárez nominated for UEFA Best Player award

UEFA has published its shortlist of the ten players nominated for the UEFA Best Player award, and FC Barcelona’s newly signed Luis Suárez along with Lionel Messi have been included in that list. The top ten will undergo a round of voting and UEFA will announce their three player shortlist on August 14th 2014. With last year’s winner Franck Ribéry missing out, check out UEFA’s top ten list right after the jump.

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Number of the day: 3.2 billion

Number of the day: 3.2 billion

Forbes Magazine has announced their top 50 most valuable sports team in 2014, with FC Barcelona coming in second on that long list of clubs with an estimated value of $3.2 billion. This comes after the board’s stadium expansion plans that were announced back in April 2014. The first on that list are Real Madrid, who are valued at $3.44 billion; with Manchester United coming in third with a $2.81 billion valuation in 2014.

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The Front: Mundo Deportivo (18.7.2014)

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MATHIEU: “LET ME GO”

The Frenchman releases a statement to Valencia asking to let him go to Barça. “I have the opportunity to play in the greatest club in the world.”

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The Front: Sport (18.7.2014)

the front sport july 18 2014

LUIS ENRIQUE WILL HOLD LEO BACK

NEW POSITION FOR MESSI

He will play behind Suárez and Neymar to take advantage of his vision of the game

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Josimar Quintero signs for Chelsea

Josimar Quintero signs for Chelsea

The mass exodus of Barcelona youngsters to the Premier League is not a new phenomenon. It has been going on for years, and it one of the key issues for every Barcelona board. However, as long as regulations don’t change, Barça are essentially bound to lose. Chelsea has lured yet another pearl emerging out of La Masia by offering attractive financial terms FC Barcelona are lawfully unable to. Read more after jump…

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The Front: Sport (17.7.2014)

the front sport july 17 2014

LUIS ENRIQUE DRAWS THE LINE

“I AM THE LEADER”

“I don’t feel the need to recover Messi, he’s the best in the world”

FOR FOUR TO SIX WEEKS: ADRIANO, OUT FOR A HEART PROBLEM

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The Front: Mundo Deportivo (17.7.2014)

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LEADER LUCHO

THE COACH PRESENTED HIS NEW BARÇA WITH PASSION

Luis Enrique wants an unpredictable team, that is exciting, attractive and that has fidelity to the club’s essence

MESSI: “He remains the best in the world”

TRIDENT: “Messi, Neymar and Suárez? I’m delighted.”

THE NEW SIGNINGS: “It’s fantastic that they come with hunger for titles”

LUIS SUÁREZ: “We accept that human beings have their imperfections”

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Picture of the day: Off to a roaring start

Picture of the day: Off to a roaring start

Cristian Tello barely arrived and had time to put on his new kit before playing and scoring for his new club, FC Porto. The club held their first pre-season friendly on Wednesday against Dutch side, Venlo. Tello was subbed on in minute 70 and scored a goal in minute 80. The Dragons ended up beating Venlo 6-2.

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Luis Enrique’s team

Luis Enrique’s team

Luis Enrique’s Barça is a reality, and the ex-Blaugrana captain will now aim to guide the team back to winning ways with the help of six trusted colleagues, who make up his technical team. Unlike last season, when the remains of Tito Vilanova’s team had to mix with Tata Martino’s own staff, this year’s coaching staff has members with clearly defined roles and responsibilities. Read more after the jump…

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Roger Riera signs for Nottingham Forest

Roger Riera signs for Nottingham Forest

FC Barcelona Juvenil A captain Roger Riera has signed for English Championship club Nottingham Forest. The 19-year-old centre-back led the immensely talented Juvenil A side to triumph in the inaugural UEFA Youth League, but the club elected not to renew his contract or offer him a place on the B team squad.

Riera leaves Barcelona after spending 9 years at La Masia, where he played at all youth levels. The 19-year-old leaves the club having the unique honour of being the most decorated captain in the history of La Masia, having managed to captain all sides he has played for and win trophies with them.

The totalBarça team wishes Roger the best of luck with his new club.

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Breaking: Irregular heartbeat found in Adriano

Breaking: Irregular heartbeat found in Adriano

In some worrying news just announced through FC Barcelona’s channels, an irregular heartbeat was found during medical testing in Adriano Correia. That is all the information thus far, besides him being ruled out of action for a seemingly arbitrary number of four to six weeks.

Just the mention of this condition should ring alarm bells and the club must act as cautiously as necessary. Players diagnosed with heart conditions have returned to action, including Antonio Cassano and Nwankwo Kanu, but it can as easily go the way of say Rubén de la Red or worse.

We wish Adriano all the best and hopefully this will be nothing more than a scare. The highest degree of care must be taken in these situations as the football world knows all too well what can happen with heart issues.

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Three Blaugrana goals featured on UEFA all-time best goals list

Three Blaugrana goals featured on UEFA all-time best goals list

UEFA is celebrating its 60th birthday. On this occasion, the European federation has published a compilation of the 60 best goals ever scored in continental competitions. Two players currently on FC Barcelona’s books are featured, while the list also features two former players. Barça is featured on UEFA’s list on a further five occasions albeit on the conceding side. Read more after the jump.

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