The Front: Sport (21.8.2014)

the front sport aug 21 2014

12 DAYS TO SIGN

BARÇA ALREADY PLANNED TO INCORPORATE ANOTHER PLAYER BECAUSE OF THE FIFA SANCTION

“THE MASIA CASE” – They upheld the punishment in both markets without hiring or going to TAS

PLANNING – The club studies wrapping up another player now for the future

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The Front: Mundo Deportivo (21.8.2014)

the front MD aug 21 2014

11 DAYS TO SIGN

THE MASIA CASE: FIFA MAINTAINS BARÇA’S SANCTION UNTIL JANUARY 2016

Barça has a week and a half to reinforce or count on the cantera

The resolution is against the spirit of La Masia and the club will resort to TAS

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Remember La Masia!

Remember La Masia!

After the ruling by FIFA to uphold the ban on FC Barcelona from the transfer market in 2015, many a fan are in a panic about how the team will succeed without access to external talent. Fear not, culés! The team can find answers from within… More after the jump.

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Internationals: South Americans

Internationals: South Americans

Neymar Jr. has been called up by second time around Brazil coach Dunga for friendlies against Ecuador and Colombia in early September. Dunga famously left a teenage Neymar behind for the 2010 World Cup, but with the Barcelona superstar given the medical all-clear after his injury, there was no reason not to pick him. Dani Alves, however, was left out of the Brazil squad for the first time in years as a result of his declining performances for both club and country. Adriano also does not make it and looks unlikely to ever again.

Barcelona teammates Claudio Bravo, Javier Mascherano, and Lionel Messi have all been called up to their respective national teams for friendlies as well.

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Barça and Rafa Márquez team up for a cause

Barça and Rafa Márquez team up for a cause

The FC Barcelona Foundation and the Rafa Márquez Foundation have established a new partnership through which the ‘FutbolNet’ project will be implemented in Mexico. The project will be centered in the towns of El Salto and Tonala in Jalisco State, where the foundation of the former Barça player has several educational and social centers. Learn more after the jump.

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The Front: Sport (20.8.2014)

the front sport aug 20 2014

“I’VE COME TO WIN TITLES”

LUIS SUÁREZ DEMONSTRATES HIS AMBITION AS AN AZULGRANA

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The Front: Mundo Deportivo (20.8.2014)

the front MD aug 20 2014

LUIS SUÁREZ IS PRESENTED

“I’VE REALIZED A DREAM”

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Bartomeu: “Our most important signing is Luis Enrique”

Bartomeu: “Our most important signing is Luis Enrique”

FC Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu speaking at 35th Congrés Mundial de Penyes [Supporters' Clubs World Conference] held at the Palau de Congressos de Catalunya yesterday, underlined the value of fulfilled promises. “At the end of last season I promised publicly to begin a profound transformation of the football team and the club and we have done this,”  he said.

Bartomeu praised the new coach saying, “Our most important signing this year is Luis Enrique. He brings passion and leadership and sacrifice. He’s a real hard worker and we are expecting great things from him. He has the utmost enthusiasm and always transmits it.”

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Number of the Day: 4

Number of the Day: 4

The pre-season is now over and on top of the scoring charts isn’t Lionel Messi or Neymar, but Munir El Haddadi. The 18-year-old has clearly impressed Luis Enrique, getting a lot of game time over the summer and rewarding the boss’ faith with four goals, more than anyone else in the squad. Now playing with Barça B, it’s not a question of if we will see him with the first team this season, only how much.

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The Front: Mundo Deportivo (19.8.2014)

the front MD aug 19 2014

EXCITING

SPECTACULAR START FOR BARÇA 2014-15 IN THE CAMP NOU

Goal-fest, good feelings and great newcomers and youngsters in the Gamper homage to Márquez

Suárez’s debut, Rakitić shone, Messi and Neymar functioned in tandem and attention on Munir

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The Front: Sport (19.8.2014)

the front sport aug 19 2014

WITH MESSI, IT WENT WELL

BARÇA PREMIERES IN THE CAMP NOU WITH A GOAL-FEST OF A GAMPER

LETHAL DUO WITH NEYMAR: The Argentinean came back plugged in and the Brazilian made two goals

A SOLID BLOCK: They were intense and Rakitić featured among the new players

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Looking into Barça B 2014/15-Part 2

Looking into Barça B 2014/15-Part 2

Barcelona B are coming off the back of an historic season in Liga Adelante, having managed to equal the side’s best ever finish achieved by Luis Enrique’s team in 2010/11. However, last year’s squad has been stripped apart, with many players sealing moves abroad, others moving to La Liga clubs, and others released. Coach Eusebio Sacristán has a squad that includes just 15 players who were with the team last year, with the rest being new signings and players who were promoted from last year’s all-conquering Juvenil A side. Through this mini-series, which is to be split into two parts, we will attempt to give you an insight into your second favourite Barça team. Part 1 gave you an idea on those who are still here from last year’s squad. Read on to meet the rest of the squad, including all new signings…

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Medical: Xavi and Neymar given all clear

Medical: Xavi and Neymar given all clear

Xavi Hernández and Neymar Jr have been given the medical green light  ahead of tonight’s Joan Gamper trophy match against Club León.  Barça B players Munir El Haddadi, Álex Grimaldo and Sergi Samper took part in training with the 21 first team members.

The whole squad is expected to attend the match. The injured Thomas Vermaelen and Marc-André Ter Stegen along with the rest of the team will be all presented for the first time to the home fans. Team presentation will start an hour before kick off.

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Barça B suffer last-minute 1-2 defeat

Barça B suffer last-minute 1-2 defeat

Barcelona B ended the round of preseason friendlies with a defeat against newly promoted Llagostera at the Miniestadi. Eusebio’s men were not on their day and lost the match to an own goal by captain Patric and a last-minute goal by Tarradellas, despite going in front early in the second half. Read more…

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The Front: Sport (18.8.2014)

the front sport aug 18 2014

THE GAMPER OF MESSI AND LUIS SUÁREZ

Premiere in the Camp Nou with the return of Leo and the debut of the Uruguayan

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The Front: Mundo Deportivo (18.8.2014)

the front MD aug 18 2014

“WE’RE READY”

LUIS ENRIQUE: The coach instills confidence in a positive speech. “I’m optimistic that we rebuilt ourselves a lot and very well.”

GAMPER TROPHY: The match will be a serious test for the league and all the cracks will play

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Picture of the day: Montoya Jr.

Picture of the day: Montoya Jr.

Barcelona right-back Martín Montoya and his partner Maite announced the birth of their son Dylan on Saturday afternoon. The 23-year-old is now a proud dad, but that didn’t prevent him from attending Sunday’s morning session, where he was of course congratulated by his teammates.

The totalBarça team would like to congratulate Martín and wish him all the best for his family.

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Looking into Barça B 2014/15 – Part 1

Looking into Barça B 2014/15 – Part 1

Barcelona B are coming off the back of an historic season in Liga Adelante, having managed to equal the side’s best ever finish achieved by Luis Enrique’s team in 2010/11. However, last year’s squad has been stripped apart, with many players sealing moves abroad, others moving to La Liga clubs, and others released. Coach Eusebio Sacristán has a squad that includes just 15 players who were with the team last year, with the rest being new signings and players who were promoted from last year’s all-conquering Juvenil A side. Through this mini-series, which is to be split into two parts, we will attempt to give you an insight into your second favourite Barça team. Read on to meet the squad…

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Ginés Meléndez: “Deulofeu will go back to Barça through the front door”

Ginés Meléndez: “Deulofeu will go back to Barça through the front door”

In the aftermath of Gerard Deulofeu’s transfer, many people have expressed their discontent about the move. However, Ginés Meléndez, a man who knows Deulofeu inside out, having coached the 22-year-old for the Spain U-19s before assuming the role of the coordinator for all Spanish youth teams, seems to think that the move will actually benefit the winger. Read more…

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Rakitić: “We will work very hard”

Rakitić: “We will work very hard”

During an interview with FC Barcelona’s new signing Ivan Rakitić (26), the player was asked many questions about his new coach and teammates. Ivan Rakitić seems to have seamlessly blended with his new team. The Swiss-born Croatian humbly follows the Barça dressing room routine, and wants to become a key part of the team. In addition, his performance was noticed during Barça’s preseason which had different, vertical  football, with good ball-striking and powerful middle-distance shots. He came to Barça willing to take a giant leap in quality in his football career.

Being a month at the club, Was it easy to absorb all the changes with respect to Sevilla FC?
Honestly, the changes are noticed, but it’s hard to explain how. Overall, the general idea of football does not change much because the ideas of Unai Emery are similar to those of Luis Enrique. Here the idea is similar to the one in Sevilla which includes possession and pressure, and that is helping me a lot.

You one said that Felix Magath was the most demanding coach you played for. Is Luis Enrique as demanding?
There is only one Magath  in the world (smiles) … What you learn with him is awesome. I am very grateful for the year and a half I had with him at Schalke 04, but the way he works is different, very difficult to bear, which requires a lot physically and also because you never know if tomorrow you train in the evening or morning, he always left everything open. Luis Enrique is different; he has very clear ideas, leaves  no doubt, and works on all the details. Everything is very professional, even in his talks, he never has lingering questions, and he focuses to the last detail. He has very clear ideas and that is very important to us.

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The Front: Mundo Deportivo (17.8.2014)

the front MD aug 17 2014

SUPER GAMPER

The party on Monday at the Camp Nou is very much a friendly

Luis Suárez will debut as a blaugrana and Neymar and Messi will premiere

It’s the last test for Luis Enrique before beginning the league

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The Front: Sport (17.8.2014)

the front sport aug 17 2014

SIGNING IMMINENT

DOUGLAS WILL BE BARÇA’S NEXT WEEK

SAO PAULO GIVES THE OK: The Brazilian club admits that they are only lacking details to complete the sale

CONTRACTS MOVING FORWARD: Barça will pay 6 million and the winger will sign for 5 years

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Mascherano to sign until 2018

Mascherano to sign until 2018

FC Barcelona have announced that Javier Mascherano will put pen to paper on Tuesday August 26th 2014, extending his contract with the club until June 30, 2018.

The improved and extended contract includes a buyout clause set at 100 million euros.

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La Masia case to be heard by FIFA on Tuesday

La Masia case to be heard by FIFA on Tuesday

Following the small victory achieved in the Luis Suárez case, with the Uruguayan now cleared to train by CAS, FC Barcelona will have to fight a new and much more complex legal battle starting next week. Barça will have to appear before FIFA for the conflict regarding the youth players whose situations have been found to be irregular. The hearing of the case has been scheduled by FIFA for next Tuesday. Read more…

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‘MESSI’ to be presented in Barcelona

‘MESSI’ to be presented in Barcelona

‘MESSI’, the documentary will be presented this weekend in Barcelona at the World Supporters Clubs Congress. ‘MESSI’ was presented for the first time during the World Cup in Brazil and will be screened on September 6 at the Venice Festival. The documentary is directed by Álex de la Iglesia and produced by MEDIAPRO.

Many people appear in the documentary such as César Luis Menotti, Diego Maradona, Jorge Valdano and Johan Cruyff. ‘MESSI’ tells the story of one of the greatest footballers ever through the eyes of many football legends including, teammates, coaches and many more. The documentary includes archive footage, interviews and unseen family recordings. Read more after the jump.

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The Front: Sport (16.8.2014)

the front sport aug 16 2014

“NOW I’M HAPPY”

LUIS SUÁREZ HAS TRAINED AND DRESSED IN THE AZULGRANA

“I fulfilled a challenge, which was to sign with Barça”

“I feel like a footballer again and I want to play in the Camp Nou”

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The Front: Mundo Deportivo (16.8.2014)

the front MD aug 16 2014

LUIS SUÁREZ IMPRESSES

He trained with Barça for the first time, overflowed with intensity and said that he feels “like a new footballer”

The dressing room gave him an ovation and the general feeling was very good

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Juvenil A fail to beat Mauritania

Juvenil A fail to beat Mauritania

Barcelona’s Juvenil A side failed to beat the Mauritania national team yesterday in a preseason friendly for the COTIF tournament. Jordi Vinyals’ team, which could not count on a number of key players at the back, could not impose its game on the Mauritanians, who defended bravely to earn an unlikely draw. Vinyals had to experiment with his centre-backs, fielding full-back Xavi Quintillà alongside Ros, who had never player in that position before, as Rodrigo Tarín, who was knocked following the ‘battle’ against the Argentines, as well as Adrià Vilanova who was sent-off, were unavailable. Read more after the jump.

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Medical: Ter Stegen out for 2 to 3 weeks

Medical: Ter Stegen out for 2 to 3 weeks

Tests this morning confirmed that injured FC Barcelona goal keeper Marc-Andre Ter Stegen (22) will be out for 2 to 3 weeks. It was also revealed that the injury suffered is a small fracture in the vertebrae during a training session on August 11.

The club medical staff reported that the player will carry out recovery work during the period. The injury will force the player out of the friendly match against Club León in the Joan Gamper trophy and La Liga opener against Elche CF.

The German shot-stopper made his debut with FC Barcelona in the first friendly against Recreativo de Huelva coming in as a substitute. Ter Stegen also played the full match against OGC Nice.

totalBarça wishes Ter Stegen a speedy recovery.

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Start of Liga Adelante season suspended

Start of Liga Adelante season suspended

The Spanish League (LFP) has announced in a statement issued through its official website that the start of the Segunda División season, which had been scheduled for the weekend 24-25 August, has been suspended. The suspension was deemed necessary as there are ongoing judicial processes that may require the league to re-draw the fixture list for the 2014/15 season. The league had originally planned the season counting on relegated Mirandés as the last team in the division following the administrative relegation handed by the LFP to last year’s fourth placed side Real Murcia for owing nearly 13 million euros to the state in tax arrears. However, the league has been ordered by a judge to reinstate Murcia to the Segunda División, under the reasoning that demotion would further complicate the financial situation of the debt-ridden club. More details after the jump.

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