From the Opposite Corner: Ancelotti and Casillas

From the Opposite Corner: Ancelotti and Casillas

Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti and captain Iker Casillas weighed in with their pre-match thoughts yesterday in anticipation of tonight’s Copa del Rey final. Despite a loss in the last clásico, Ancelotti’s men are in good form, having earned a semifinal berth in the Champions League, while Casillas has not conceded a goal so far in Madrid’s Copa campaign. Both individuals are going into the final against Barcelona confident; see what they had to say about the game below.

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Messi cam

Messi cam

Tonight the Copa del Rey final broadcasters RTVE will have one of their 24 cameras solely focused on Lionel Messi for the entire match. There will be another lens on Gareth Bale, and the footage will eventually be used to produce a special program on the two players. However, while one enjoy the match on the TV, tonight is will be possible to follow every step Messi takes live at www.rtve.es.

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The Front: Sport (16.4.2014)

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THE FANS DESERVE THE COPA

Tata resolves the doubts in defense today and thinks about Alexis, Messi and Neymar in attack

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The Front: Mundo Deportivo (16.4.2014)

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LIFT IT UP, BARÇA

The barcalonistas come to the match convinced that they will return to win against Real Madrid as they did in the Bernabéu 

Tata may have Bartra as central and it’s confirmed that Piqué, CR7 and Marcelo are out

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Martino: “Finals are there to be won”

Martino: “Finals are there to be won”

FC Barcelona head coach Gerardo Martino argued that his team still has what it takes to defeat Real Madrid for the Copa del Rey title, while acknowledging the disappointment of recent results. Make the jump for more details.

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Official: Cristiano Ronaldo out of Copa del Rey Final

Official: Cristiano Ronaldo out of Copa del Rey Final

Today Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti officially ruled Cristiano Ronaldo out of tomorrow evening Copa del Rey final. Winning will still need a fully focused and committed performance from FC Barcelona, particularly considering the last several days. But with Ronaldo out, Gerardo Martino’s team’s task has markedly improved. Less excuses now, lads.

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The Front: Sport (15.4.2014)

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PUYOL SURPRISE

THE CAPTAIN SAID, “I’m going to give it all to be in condition”

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The Front: Mundo Deportivo (15.4.2014)

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LA MASIA WINS

Jordi Vinyals’ team showed brilliant form in the Champions juvenile

Munir made a genius goal from midfield that topped off an historic match

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Oé, oé, oé UEFA Youth Team Champions!

Oé, oé, oé UEFA Youth Team Champions!

Just some time ago, FC Barcelona’s Juvenil A side defeated Benfica 3-0 in the first UEFA Youth League, the competition that mirrors the Champions League for players of 19 years and under. The star of the show, and the tournament, was Munir El Haddadi. The young man got a brace this afternoon, and over the entire competition 11 goals and six assists. The other goal today was scored by Rodrigo Tarin. Adama Traoré also shined in the win, as he has done all season. It’s truly a great accomplishment for the club and La Masia, which despite all the negative press stemming from the FIFA ban, is still the benchmark for football player development. I recommend anyone more interested to check out @Youngcules Twitter page for everything including the goals.

Congratulations Juvenil A! The future is bright indeed.

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The Front: Mundo Deportivo (14.4.2014)

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AWAITING PIQUÉ 

Today, Gerard will pass a final test to see if he can play in Valencia

Alexis is on point to start, Sergio Ramos is OK and CR7 not confirmed

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Match Review: Granada CF 1-0 FC Barcelona

Match Review: Granada CF 1-0 FC Barcelona

Yesterday, Granada CF beat FC Barcelona for the first time since 1972, dealing a massive blow to Barça’s hopes of winning La Liga. As it stands, the blaugrana sit in third place, and with the toughest schedule of the top three in the last five games of the season, they are odds-on to stay there. If Barça were to finish bronze, it would be the first time since the 2007-08 season, well known as Frank Rijkaard’s last year and the year before Pep Guardiola came in and cleaned house. The Barça players have not given up yet, and the fans certainly shouldn’t – but maybe, just maybe, Gerardo Martino has.

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Pelé: “I’d play for Barça”

Pelé: “I’d play for Barça”

In an interview with Time magazine, Edson Arantes do Nascimento “Pelé” was asked which club would he choose to play for today. The Brazilian legend who played for Santos for 18 years and then signed for the New York Cosmos at the end of his footballing career, said that he would undoubtedly return to his beloved Santos FC once again. Nevertheless, if he had to choose from today’s modern teams, he’d pick the Catalans. “If you were to ask me about teams from now, from modern football, I could name two or three teams, but at this moment, I would say FC Barcelona. It’s same style that Santos used to play.” More after the jump. Continue reading »

Happy Birthday: Carles Puyol

Happy Birthday: Carles Puyol

Today Capità turns 36, and it’s very possibly the last birthday Carles Puyol will celebrate in the blaugrana strip. Time is the inescapable constant, and even a warrior of Puyol’s calibre will suffer it. The man broke his body for the sport and club he holds so dear, he will be universally missed.

Happy Birthday Puyi from totalBarça. Don’t be a stranger you hear.

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The Front: Mundo Deportivo (13.4.2014)

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TATA-CLISM

Barça left more than half the league in Granada in another match to forget

Martino took a team that was incapable of making one goal and that suffered in defense

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The Front: Sport (13.4.2014)

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THREE DAYS AFTER THE LOSS OF THE CHAMPIONS

GOODBYE, LEAGUE: A Barça impotent before the goal falls to third place after the triumph of Madrid (4-0 against Almería)

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The Front: Sport (12.4.2014)

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NEW DEFENSE WITH THE LEAGUE IN PLAY

TATA’S REVOLUTION

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The Front: Mundo Deportivo (12.4.2014)

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THE MATCH IN LOS CÁRMENES IS VERY IMPORTANT FOR THE LEAGUE TITLE

FINAL IN GRANADA

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Juvenil A earn Youth League final berth

Juvenil A earn Youth League final berth

Barça’s Juvenil A team will be contesting its first UEFA Youth League final ever on Monday, after a narrow win over Schalke. Jordi Vinyals’ boys beat the Germans 1-0 at Nyon’s Colovray Stadium thanks to a 72-minute strike by the usual suspect, Munir El Haddadi, setting up a final meeting with Benfica, who earned an impressive 4-0 win over Real Madrid in the first semi. Read more after the jump.

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Barça Zone Valencia

Barça Zone Valencia

Those heading down to the Mestalla in Valencia to see FC Barcelona take on Real Madrid for the Copa del Rey should be sure to stop by Barça Zone Valencia. From 10 am to 7:30 pm, the club have organized a fan zone for the estimated 20,000 supporters that will make the midweek trip. Set up in Parc dels Tarongers, Barça Zone with have a range of activities on offer. Four bands will be performing live: The Uppshitters (apparently) (2 pm), Itaca Band (3:10 pm), Pirat’s Sound Sistema (4:25 pm) and Dr Calypso (5:45 pm), there will be various activities for children, foosball, mini-arena football, Catalan billiards, video games and of course plenty of food and beverages.

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Marc Bartra out of Granada squad

Marc Bartra out of Granada squad

Barça boss Gerardo Martino announced the 18 men who will travel to Granada for Saturday’s La Liga encounter. Centre back Marc Bartra pulled his right hamstring in training this morning and although the injury doesn’t seem too serious, he is being rested this weekend as a precautionary measure. And with Gerard Piqué and Carles Puyol ruled out with injury, the travelling squad does not include a single natural central-defender!

Squad: Pinto, Oier, Montoya, Alves, Adriano, Jordi Alba, Mascherano, Song, Busquets, Sergi Roberto, Xavi, Iniesta, Cesc, Tello, Messi, Alexis, Neymar Jr, Pedro

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The Front: Mundo Deportivo (11.4.2014)

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AFTER THE DISAPPOINTMENT OF THE CHAMPIONS, NOW, FOR THE LEAGUE AND THE COPA

THERE ARE TWO

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The Front: Sport (11.4.2014)

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CONFIDENTIAL: THE TEAM CONSPIRES TO WIN

“WE WILL DIE FOR THE DOUBLE”

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Stat of the Day: On the bright side…

Stat of the Day: On the bright side…

With Barcelona’s Champions League run over, they now have to focus on La Liga. There may be concerns that their European form might carry into their weekend match at Granada, but history suggests otherwise: Barcelona are undefeated in the games immediately following each of their last six CL exits, with five wins and a draw. In fact, the most recent victories were emphatic goalfests, taking out the frustration of Champions League defeats with a total of 21 goals spread over four games. It’s scant solace, but Barça must turn their heads now to the competitions at hand.

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View Your Ratings: Atlético Madrid 1-0 FC Barcelona

View Your Ratings: Atlético Madrid 1-0 FC Barcelona

You’ve had your chance to rate the performance of the Blaugrana and the results are now tallied up. Take a look at how the totalBarça community ranked the squad and see how the ratings played out.

Image: Claudio Chaves via mundodeportivo.com

The Front: Mundo Deportivo (10.4.2014)

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GOODBYE

Barca was not up to the standards of the highest competition in Europe

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The Front: Sport (10.4.2014)

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CHAMPIONS: BARÇA FALL BEFORE A ROJIBLANCO STORM

EVEN THOUGH IT HURTS, ATLÉTICO WAS BETTER

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Ronaldo to miss Copa del Rey final?

Ronaldo to miss Copa del Rey final?

After medical tests carried out, Real Madrid’s medical services have announced that Cristiano Ronaldo has a muscular injury to his left hamstring. In official statment there is no information about estimated time of recovery, only the phrase that the club is “awaiting developments.” It’s still unclear if player will be able to play against FC Barcelona in Copa del Rey final, scheduled for next Wednesday, April 16, 2014.

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The Front: Mundo Deportivo (9.4.2014)

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BIG GAME (2)

Barça wants to undo the quarterfinal draw following a triumph that will lift them to the semis

Martino went with all available, Puyol included, and Atleti loses Turan

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From the Opposite Corner: Simeone speaks

From the Opposite Corner: Simeone speaks

Atlético Madrid coach Diego Simeone addressed the press ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League quarter-final clash with FC Barcelona in Madrid. Make the jump for all the details.

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Arda Turan not included in Atlético match squad

Arda Turan not included in Atlético match squad

Atlético Madrid have just released their official match squad for the UEFA Champions League second leg against FC Barcelona tomorrow, and midfielder Arda Turan has been left out due to injury. Diego Costa is in the squad, though he is doubtful for the match. Read on after the jump to find out the squad.

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