The Front: Sport (28.7.2014)

the front sport july 28 2014

ALVES WANTS TO STAY

THE WINGER THINKS BEFORE JOINING THE TEAM

He hasn’t talked with the coach, but his intention is to continue. Barça still intends to sign Cuadrado.

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The Front: Mundo Deportivo (28.7.2014)

the front MD july 28 2014

LUCHO TIGHTENS HIS GRIP ON CUADRADO

The azulgrana coach values the multi-talented Columbian a lot. But look out for Manchester United: They made an offer of 38 million.

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Barça trip to England in detail

Barça trip to England in detail

The Barcelona first team has followed the example set by Pep Guardiola in 2009, and will travel to the United Kingdom for a short training camp. The blaugranas will stay in England from the 28th of July until the 2nd of August. The club has announced all arrangements for the team’s trip to England, which cover timetable for this coming week up until the trip to the French Riviera for the friendly against OGC Nice. Read more…

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Osasuna, Barça B’s 1st 2014/15 opponent

Osasuna, Barça B’s 1st 2014/15 opponent

The draw of the 2014/15 Liga Adelante hasn’t been kind to Eusebio Sacristán’s Barcelona B side. In the draw that took place at the Royal Spanish Football Federation’s headquarters in Madrid, the Barça reserves were drawn against Osasuna on matchday one. The team from Pamplona is one of the strongest sides in the league this year, having dropped to the second level just in 2013/14. Read more…

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The Front: Mundo Deportivo (27.7.2014)

the front MD july 27 2014

LUCHO’S NOTEBOOK

Based on the school of the classic azulgrana system of 4-3-3, the coach plans more bold offensive variations, like 3-4-3.

The coach took part in a charity run yesterday

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The Front: Sport (27.6.2014)

the front sport july 27 2014

ALTERNATIVE AGGER

OPTION IF MARQUINHOS FAILS

Liverpool’s central would come for 15 million euros and is on target for Barça. Zubizarreta had him signed last year but Martino was against the operation.

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Picture of the day: Luis Enrique runs into fans

Picture of the day: Luis Enrique runs into fans

As we have posted before, Luis Enrique is a runner. He participated in a 10K charity run in Castelldefels on Saturday and was cheered on by fans throughout the race. He did not let that distract him while running but posed for pictures and autographs after crossing the finish line.

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Ex-Barça: Quintillà to Ajaccio

Ex-Barça: Quintillà to Ajaccio

Jordi Quintillà spent two seasons in the Barcelona youth ranks but spent most of the time on loan. The last season he played with L’Hospitalet, managing eight appearances. His contract has now lapsed with Barça and the 20 year old center midfielder has found a new home with freshly relegated French side Ajaccio on a three year deal.

Best of luck to Jordi on his new adventure in Corsica.

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26 to England confirmed

26 to England confirmed

The 26 footballers who will travel to pre-season camp in England have been announced. Of the total, 18 come from the senior squad and the remainder from Barça B. Martín Montoya is included but Adriano Correia is not, who continues to work on his specialized program following his heart scare. However there is contradictory information per the Barça site as they have included Adriano in the 26 man list below.

Full list:

Senior Squad (18): Ter Stegen, Masip, Bravo, Adriano, Piqué, Alba, Mathieu, Bartra, Song, Busquets, Xavi, Iniesta, Rafinha, Sergi Roberto, Rakitic, Afellay, Pedro, Deulofeu.

Barça B (8)PatricEdgar GrimaldoSamperHalilovicMunirSandro, Adama.

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Lucho’s final selection

Lucho’s final selection

At the start of preseason on July 14th, new Barça manager Luis Enrique only had eight first team players available. For that reason, Lucho called up 16 Barcelona B players in order to make up for the numbers in the initial double sessions. Now that number has been trimmed down to eight B team hopefuls, who are hoping to convince the new Barça coach that they are worthy of a first team spot. Read on to find out those who are still standing…

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Mathieu trains as a Blaugrana for the first time

Mathieu trains as a Blaugrana for the first time

Today’s morning session was no different from any other day’s, with the exception that today the team welcomed its newest member, Jéremy Mathieu. The towering French defender was given a warm welcome by his new teammates and then trained under Luis Enrique’s orders for the first time, just a day after he was officially presented as an FC Barcelona player. More after the jump.

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The Front: Sport (26.7.2014)

the front sport july 26 2014

THEY’LL SIGN ANOTHER CRACK

MARQUINHOS AND CUADRADO: They continue seeking objectives to complete a great defensive line

56.5 MILLION: Is the money that remains in the budget for signings and one of the defenders will come.

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The Front: Mundo Deportivo (26.7.2014)

the front MD july 26 2014

MARQUINHOS WANTS TO COME

Barca knows that the Brazilian wants to sign and maintains that he is their ideal central. PSG’s desire to buy and the long summer are the weapons of the blaugrana club.

VERMAELEN: The Belgian defender is a solid alternative and Arsenal is ready to sell.

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Barça 2006 vs Porto 2004

Barça 2006 vs Porto 2004

A lot has happened for former FC Barcelona star Deco in the last 12 months. He retired from the game just a month before being charged with doping, leading people to think the two events were related. But Deco took the doping issue to the Court of Sport Arbitration (CAS), had his sampled retested and in May this year was cleared of all charges with CAS finding no metabolic steroids or markers in the sample. The lab in Rio was further suspended by CAS for sloppy testing procedures.

Tonight Deco will be honored in a testimonial match held at FC Porto’s Estádio do Dragão that sees “Barça 2006″ take on “Porto 2004″, the two sides Deco lifted the Champions League with. To boot, both José Mourinho and Frank Rijkaard will manage the sides.

The one major absentee is Ronaldinho, who was refused permission to attend the match by his club Atlético Miniero. But there are still the likes of Lionel Messi, Samuel Eto’o, Carles Puyol and of course Juliano Belletti. The game kicks off at 20:30 CET. Full squads below.

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Mathieu: “I will try to do the best job possible”

Mathieu: “I will try to do the best job possible”

Jérémy Mathieu (30) was finally presented to the media as a Barça player after lengthy negotiations with his former club, Valencia. The Frenchman explained that although it has come late in his career, he is very grateful and excited to join the Catalan club. “I think I’m currently playing the best football of my career. I am very proud, I have worked very hard to come here.” He later added, “I’m a versatile player, but I feel more comfortable as a centre back, I’ve come here to play as a centre back.” More from Barça’s newest signing after the jump.

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Figo speaks on El Clásico Legends match

Figo speaks on El Clásico Legends match

Former Barcelona and Real Madrid players will be taking part in a Clásico Legends Match on September 11th at Marlins Park in Miami.

In an interview with the Miami Herald magazine, Luis Figo spoke about the intentions behind the game. “We are a group of friends who at one time were rivals and we want to give the local fans some joy. We know the love that exists for these two clubs in Miami and hope everyone leaves happy.”

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The Front: Sport (25.7.2014)

the front sport july 25 2014

SUÁREZ AGAINST JAMES

OCTOBER 26 – MADRID-BARÇA

The first Clásico, just when the Uruguayan’s sanction is over. But it will be a mess if it’s played on Saturday the 25th. The TAS will urgently transmit the appeal and will wait until the 12th of August to reduce the punishment.

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The Front: Mundo Deportivo (25.7.2014)

the front MD july 25 2014

OBJECTIVE VERMAELEN

Barça raises the option of signing Arsenal’s Belgian central after the difficulty of signing Marquinhos. The ‘gunners’ look for a substitute and Van Gaal fights to bring him to United.

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Picture of the day: Peekaboo

Picture of the day: Peekaboo

Andrés Iniesta cautiously returns to work on Thursday. All the Spanish, Croatian and Cameroonian internationals reported back for physicals and are gearing up for the coming season.

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La Liga 2014/15 fixture list released

La Liga 2014/15 fixture list released

The 2014/15 La Liga fixture list was announced this morning. The full schedule is available here, and FC Barcelona’s calendar is available on the club website. A summary of what’s in store for the Catalans is below.

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Rosell: “I didn’t read the small print”

Rosell: “I didn’t read the small print”

Disgraced former FC Barcelona president Sandro Rosell gave his testimony in the Neymar proceedings on July 22 and it must be said he did nothing to redeem himself. For the most part it appears his declarations added next to nothing to the case. Rosell continued to maintain that the transfer fee for Neymar was 57 million euros and explained the difference to the total 86 million of the entire “operation” in exactly the same manner the club did in January (10 million – pre-contract, 2.5 million – agent commissions, 4 million – publicity payments, 2.5 million – charitable amounts, 7.9 million – options on three Santos players and 2 million – legal costs for Neymar’s father’s company). The baffling part comes after the jump.

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Eight internationals start preseason

Eight internationals start preseason

FC Barcelona players who were knocked out of the World Cup’s group stages have today arrived at the club for their first day of training. The players completed the same medical and fitness tests their teammates went through on the 14th of July and will soon join them and Luis Enrique on the pitch.

The eight internationals are Gerard Piqué, Jordi Alba, Sergio Busquets, Xavi Hernández, Andrés Iniesta, Pedro Rodríguez, Alex Song and Ivan Rakitić.

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Suárez appeal decision expected mid August

Suárez appeal decision expected mid August

The Spanish news agency EFE reported today that the appeal concerning the ban handed to Luis Suárez by FIFA has been accepted by the Court of Arbitration of Sport (CAS). Sport’s highest legal authority, according to unnamed sources, will review the case in the second week of August and a decision is expected around August 12th.

If the ban is upheld in its entirety, which I believe based on knowledge concerning EU labor law is quite unlikely, then Suárez will return for the weekend of October 25 and 26, coincidentally (not) the weekend of the first league clásico. 

Updates on the case to be reported when available.

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El Clásico legends face-off

El Clásico legends face-off

On September 11th, those of you in Miami will have the chance to witness a blast from the past, a real Clásico of legends. Confirmations have already emerged that the friendly will be played at Marlins Park in Miami, Florida; with ex-footballers such as Deco, Ludovic Giuly, Luis García and Francesco Coco will be representing FC Barcelona. As for the opposition, the Los Blancos team will include Fabio Cannavaro, Fernando Redondo, Míchel Salgado, Steve McManaman, Fernando Morientes and Luís  Figo. The Blaugrana outfit will be coached by Carles Rexach, while the latter will be coached by Hugo Sánchez.

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Mathieu: “Barça is the best club in the world”

Mathieu: “Barça is the best club in the world”

FC Barcelona’s newest signing Jérémy Mathieu made his first statements on Barça TV Wednesday upon his arrival to the Catalan city, claiming that he is “very proud to come to Barcelona”. The Frenchman arrived from Valencia for €20 million to become the first centre back signed since Dmytro Chygrynskiy. The 31 year old had nothing but good things to say upon his arrival, claiming that “The club know how I play and I’m just coming to do my very best,” while adding, “Barça is the best club in the World, and coming here is a great opportunity for me.”

The player will be presented today (19:30 CET), with the traditional pose in front of the club crest. After the photo shoot, Mathieu will then undergo his medical tests and sign his contract before being presented on the Camp Nou pitch and later in front of the press.

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The Front: Mundo Deportivo (24.7.2014)

the front MD july 24 2014

MATHIEU CAPPED

The fifth reinforcement passed his medical, signed his contract and will unite with the group tomorrow. “Barça is the best club in the world,” said the central who publicly asked to come.

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The Front: Sport (24.7.2014)

the front sport july 24 2014

BARÇA HAS A CENTRAL, BUT…

IS MATHIEU ENOUGH?

The option of Marquinhos remains open, but this is almost impossible. If it is not him, there will not be another central bought. The Frenchman, who was presented today, is super-happy: “I’m coming to the best club in the world.”

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José Aurelio Suárez: “Messi is a very normal guy”

José Aurelio Suárez: “Messi is a very normal guy”

Barcelona B’s new goalkeeper José Aurelio Suárez gave a really interesting interview to the El Comercio daily, based in his native Gijón. The 18-year-old spoke about Juvenil A’s record-breaking season last year, his ambitions for the season to come, Luis Enrique, the experience of training with the seniors, Lionel Messi, and of course about some of his immensely talented teammates at the Juvenil A. Read on to have a look at the most interesting excerpts of the interview…

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Official: Jérémy Mathieu signs for Barcelona

Official: Jérémy Mathieu signs for Barcelona

After five 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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