The Front: Mundo Deportivo (26.1.2015)

the front MD jan 26 2015

REPEAT OFFENDER – CRISTIANO

The Portuguese was sent off in Córdoba for the fifth time since he joined Real Madrid

The committee will meet on Wednesday and could ban him for two or three matches

The sanction could go 4 out of 12 matches if they see that there was aggression

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The Front: Sport (26.1.2015)

the front sport jan 26 2015

NEY GOAL!

.9 GOALS PER MATCH

Neymar has tapped all of his talent and records the best average of his career

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Barça B-Osasuna: New match, new loss (0-1)

Barça B-Osasuna: New match, new loss (0-1)

A new match means a new loss for FC Barcelona’s B team. These are not new airs for Eusebio’s squad who, after today’s match, only managed one victory along with five losses in the last six matches. Even at the home in the Mini Estadi and against a ten man Osasuna, the youngsters couldn’t find a way. Things continue to look bleak and desperate in Barça B´s fight to stay in Segunda A, whatever individual brilliance has helped them survive recently is now gone and collective play is a rarity. It is time (or has been for a while now) for big changes to happen. Read more…

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Context and clean sheets: a look at Elche-Barcelona

Context and clean sheets: a look at Elche-Barcelona

As the final whistle blew on Barcelona’s 0-6 thrashing of Elche, several people noted that the scoreline was misleading out of context. Indeed, Elche attacked decently and defended well, while Barcelona were lackluster for 50 minutes and only broke the game open with goals off a set piece and a penalty. The goals only started to flow once Fayçal Fajr received his second yellow in the 57th minute, allowing Messi and Neymar to run rampant against 10 men. All of which is true, of course. But two things stand out to me in that line of thinking. First, if you were unable to enjoy the show of samba and smiles put on by Barça’s brilliant duo in the last half hour in Elche, you should stop reading this piece and go back to kicking puppies and pissing in flower beds. Second, and more seriously, is this tricky notion of context, the idea that some numbers are misleading and others aren’t, which I think bears more exploration.

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The Front: Mundo Deportivo (25.1.2015)

the front MD jan 25 2015

MESSI NEYMAR

SWAGGER!

Both cracks scored a pair of goals and made clear that their connection continues to be lethal

Piqué opened the scoring in his 200th match and Barça continues their great progress

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The Front: Sport (25.1.2015)

the front sport jan 25 2015

FESTIVAL MESSI & NEYMAR

THEY EACH SCORED TWO GOALS AND GAVE A FOOTBALL RECITAL

Luis Enrique made rotations and the team responded with five goals in the second half

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The Result: Elche CF 0-6 FC Barcelona

The Result: Elche CF 0-6 FC Barcelona

RESULT:

Elche CF: 0

FC Barcelona: 6

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Barça B – Osasuna: Round two, FIGHT!

Barça B – Osasuna: Round two, FIGHT!

FC Barcelona B got a breath of fresh air last week when they managed to snatch three points from visitors Recreativo Huelva in a 3-1 win. Both teams were standing in the relegation zone and desperately needed the win; fortunately it was the blaugrana who earned it. This surge of events came after a turbulent time with coach Eusebio going all out against his players in press conferences with the team being on a run of five consecutive losses. This week, Eusebio’s young men must seek to build upon last week’s victory with another win to get further away from the relegation zone and try to secure continuity in Liga Adelante as they face a tougher opponent in the Riojan men of Osasuna.

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Happy Birthday, Suárez!

Happy Birthday, Suárez!

Luis Suárez is a man who is loved by some cúles, hated by others, and in between several love-hate relationships at the moment. But today, the Uruguayan gets a break from all the mixed emotions. So calm down, relax, and celebrate your 28th birthday while wearing the blaugrana shirt, and hopefully you’ll be the one bearing gifts with a goal or two against Elche CF.

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The Front: Sport (24.1.2015)

the front sport jan 24 2015

TODAY’S YOUR TURN!

LUIS SUÁREZ’S TIME ARRIVES

Barça needs the Uruguayan’s goals to win titles at the end of the season

Luis Enrique, who will make rotations in Elche, stands up for the goalscorer: “We don’t doubt him”

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The Front: Mundo Deportivo (24.1.2015)

the front MD jan 24 2015

ELCHE-BARÇA

ROTATIONS

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One eye on La Liga, one on La Copa

One eye on La Liga, one on La Copa

FC Barcelona travel to Alicante Saturday for the season’s fourth encounter with Elche CF. The Catalans have dominated heavily in the previous three matches across La Liga and the Copa del Rey, but will undoubtedly have Real Madrid and Atlético Madrid in the backs of their minds. Luis Enrique’s men need a victory to keep pace with Real, who sit in the top spot with a one-point advantage. But one eye must be kept on midweek, when a decisive clash at the Vicente Calderón will see either Atléti or Barça crashing out of the Copa del Rey. Continue reading »

Café con leche: January 23, 2015

Café con leche: January 23, 2015

Intensity makes everything easier

Luis Enrique spoke to the press ahead of the clash against Elche and stressed that the team should not underestimate the danger Elche poses and made it clear that the league is still wide open The league is full of surprises, there is no such thing as an easy game. We’ve prepared with that in mind. Without intensity, anyone can make your life difficult. It will be difficult for sure. There will be little space and they’ll try to counter. That happens in every game.” The boss was full of praise for Luis Suárez, who is yet to reach his peak with the Catalan club, saying, “It seems that he’s a bit far away from the goal, but that happens to all forwards. He still provides a lot on offense.” He added, “There are few players who move into the area better than Suárez. I’m not worried. Scoring is natural, he’ll get there.

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The Front: Sport (23.1.2015)

the front sport jan 23 2015

UNITED FOR THE TRIPLE

The team is prepared and are planning to win the Copa, the league and the Champions

The players cover for Luis Suárez and think he will be decisive

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The Front: Mundo Deportivo (23.1.2015)

the front MD jan 23 2015

TRIDENT – 2

The great moment of Piqué, Mascherano and Busquets, another of the keys to the new Barça

The trio’s effectiveness permits the team to allow fewer goals in the league (9) and the Copa (1)

Gerard brings elegance, “El Jefecito” intensity and Sergio adds equilibrium

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Café con leche: January 22, 2015

Café con leche: January 22, 2015

Tie yet to be settled

In his post-match declarations, FC Barcelona coach Luis Enrique made it clear he believes the Copa del Rey tie between his side and Atlético Madrid is far from being settled. “This was a very positive result, but I never settle for future results. Atlético still have a lot to say. It looks like it’ll be an attractive game because we’re up against a team that will also be out for a win.

Regarding the 1-0 win at Camp Nou, the Asturian commented that “it means we can feel optimistic about the second leg. But we have to go out to win at the Vicente Calderón. Defensively, they’re one of the best teams in the world,” he highlighted. “We expected them to make things difficult for our attacker. We knew that to hurt Atlético we would need to be compact in both phases of the match.

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The Front: Sport (22.1.2015)

the front sport jan 22 2015

BARÇA GETS AN ADVANTAGE IN THE COPA

GOAL FOR THE SEMIS

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Piqué and Barça keep Atlético on short leash

Piqué and Barça keep Atlético on short leash

Today was the day that could have landed FC Barcelona manager Luis Enrique once again into the hot seat after a lackluster performance replete with confusing tactics and ineffectual individual performances. But as all good narratives and soldiers of perseverance go, a very positive result came from a scrappy and entertaining fight. Some tactics worked well, while others less so. Some players were absolutely, nostalgically brilliant, and yet one in particular continues to baffle and frustrate. But culés can take at least some solace in a one-goal advantage ahead of next week’s return leg at the Vicente Calderón in Madrid.

Atlético Madrid entered the match with a fierce desire to play their own style, and prevent Barcelona from occupying the middle of the park, where Koke and Arda Turan are at their most dangerous. Los Colchoneros had the near impossible task however, of coming out of this match with all four players on yellow cards able to participate in the home leg. They were mere minutes from succeeding until Diego Godín earned a yellow for protesting in the 85th minute. Antoine Griezmann, Mario Mandžukić and Raúl García all escaped suspension from the second leg. Continue reading »

The Result: FC Barcelona 1-0 Atlético Madrid

The Result: FC Barcelona 1-0 Atlético Madrid

RESULT:

FC Barcelona: 1

Atletico Madrid: 0

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Café con leche: January 21, 2015

Café con leche: January 21, 2015

El Maestro returns to orchestra

Xavi Hernández, who missed the last four games due to a calf injury, returns today after being included in Luis Enrique’s 18-man squad to face the brutal rojiblancos for the first leg of the Copa del Rey’s quarter-final round. Whether he starts or not is still in doubt with Andrés Iniesta and Ivan Rakitić most likely to partner up in midfield tonight. Claudio Bravo, Martín Montoya and Munir El Haddadi are all omitted while Jérémy Mathieu is also out due to injury along with Douglas and Thomas Vermaelen.

Match squad: Ter Stegen, Masip, Alves, Adriano, Piqué, Bartra, Jordi Alba, Mascherano, Sergio Busquets, Sergi Roberto, Iniesta, Xavi, Rakitić, Rafinha, Pedro, Suárez, Messi, Neymar Jr.

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The Front: Mundo Deportivo (21.1.2015)

the front MD jan 21 2015

THE NEW CLÁSICO

Great match in the Camp Nou, deserves the new name for its quality

LUIS ENRIQUE: “We need the support of the fans”

SIMEONE: “We should start better and know how to attack”

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The Front: Sport (21.1.2015)

the front sport jan 21 2015

COPA SEMI-FINALS IN PLAY

THE CAMP NOU, BEFORE A CRUCIAL ELIMINATION

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Can Luis Enrique keep the momentum going?

Can Luis Enrique keep the momentum going?

The first was an act of defiance, a dramatic response from a team that does not take kindly to being attacked and criticized from all sides. To beat Atlético Madrid twice, however, would be an assertion of dominance, proof that Luis Enrique’s men are here to win. For a team criticized for its inconsistency all season, a chance to repeat their extraordinary demolition of Atlético just 10 days ago would be the best possible statement of intent to their detractors. Moreover, with the Liga race likely to be a tooth-and-nail drag, the Copa del Rey could be Barcelona’s best shot at winning silverware this season – get past Atlético, and they will already have one hand on the trophy.

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Youth leagues: Weekend Roundup

Youth leagues: Weekend Roundup

As part of the youth teams coverage totalBarça provides, this article covers the performances of youth teams from Juvenil B all the way down to Prebenjamín side. Find out how the youth teams fared this week as the most comprehensive La Masia roundup around is back! Read more…

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Café con leche: January 20, 2015

Café con leche: January 20, 2015

Everyday, Spain’s near 20 million football fans visit their local news stand, pick up their preferred periodical poison and react with delight or disgust at the latest happenings of their favorite club. And whether it’s Marca in Madrid or Mundo Deportivo in Catalonia, a café con leche is always part of the morning football ritual. So pour one yourself and find out what’s happening today in Can Barça.

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The Front: Sport (20.1.2015)

the front sport jan 20 2015

EARTHQUAKE MESSI

This is what motivated Leo to change Barça’s dynamic

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The Front: Mundo Deportivo (20.1.2015)

the front MD jan 20 2015

MESSI MAKES 30

MISTER ‘HAT TRICK’

Leo has made 30 triples with Barça – Barça’s crack surpassed Cristiano in the global total (33-30), adding three scored with Argentina

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Barça B mid-season progress report – Part 1

Barça B mid-season progress report – Part 1

Barça B’s win against Recreativo Huelva yesterday marked the midpoint of the reserves’ season. Such milestone dates are usually great opportunities for reflection. 21 games into the Liga Adelante season, totalBarça youth specialist Savi Marquez tackles the Barça B side and lays down his mid-season progress reports. Each and every player is scrutinised to the deep detail here and graded in the fashion of the standard A-F system, including plus and minuses. Read more…

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Café con leche: January 19, 2015

Café con leche: January 19, 2015

Everyday, Spain’s near 20 million football fans visit their local news stand, pick up their preferred periodical poison and react with delight or disgust at the latest happenings of their favorite club. And whether it’s Marca in Madrid or Mundo Deportivo in Catalonia, a café con leche is always part of the morning football ritual. So pour one yourself and find out what’s happening today in Can Barça.

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The Front: Mundo Deportivo (19.1.2015)

the front MD jan 19 2015

ON A ROLL!

Barça passes through the Riazor with a spectacular Messi who signed off on another ‘hat trick’

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