The Front: Mundo Deportivo (30.10.2014)

the front MD oct 30 2014

BARÇA BEATS ESPANYOL IN PENALTIES (4-2) TO LIFT THE CATALAN SUPER CUP

SUÁREZ SHOWS HIS FACE

The Uruguayan, who confirmed his class, and Masip, the best of a muted Barça against a young Espanyol

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The Front: Sport (30.10.2014)

the front sport oct 30 2014

NEYMAR, WITH GOOD FEELINGS

“THIS IS MY YEAR, I’M GOING TO PERFORM BETTER”

“I’m doing physical work to have more endurance in the matches, I want to be at the maximum level”

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Vermaelen: “My chance will come”

Vermaelen: “My chance will come”

Great mystery has surrounded Thomas Vermaelen’s back ever since the Belgian signed for FC Barcelona. The centre-back has been on the sidelines for four months now, and hasn’t even been able to officially debut for the club. However, the 30-year-old is certain that his return is near. In comments made to an English football website, Vermaelen assured that he is “feeling well” and that he is “training hard” in order to be able to debut with Barça. “Luis Enrique is a coach who rotates his squad frequently. Only Messi is playing every minute,” added the Belgian.

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Valdano: “Messi has lost his ability to disrupt the defense”

Valdano: “Messi has lost his ability to disrupt the defense”

Jorge Valdano, the former Real Madrid manager, sporting director, and player, offered some opinions on the current form of his fellow countryman Leo Messi. Find out what he said after the jump.

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Messi makes a dream come true for 30 children

We culés know that Leo Messi is a great person, aside from being a truly great footballer, despite what some sections of the Spanish press want us to believe. On Tuesday morning, Leo Messi interrupted his superstar routine to make a dream come true for 30 ill children from all over the world, the dream of meeting the world’s number 1. Read more…

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20 players called-up for Supecopa de Catalunya clash

20 players called-up for Supecopa de Catalunya clash

Barcelona coach Luis Enrique has named the 20 players who will travel to Girona on Wednesday night for the Supercopa de Catalunya final against Espanyol. As anticipated, ‘Lucho’ has opted to give many first team players a much-needed rest. The list includes only 13 first team players and 7 Barça B players.

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Golazos Made in La Masia (25-26 October)

It’s been another week of beautiful football at La Masia and, of course, great goals. Choosing is always difficult, but goals by Matías Lacava (Infantil B), Xavi Simons (Alevín A), Álex Carbonell (Juvenil A), Roger Coll (Benjamín A) and Pau Servat (Alevín A) probably stand above the rest.

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The Front: Sport (29.10.2014)

The Front: Sport (29.10.2014)

I am Guilty!

Alergic to criticism

“There are people who can listen to and accept criticism. I am not one of them”

Mathieu on notice

“There should have been no surprises with his position.”

Laporta’s Victory

FIFA continue campaign against Messi and Suarez

The Front: Mundo Deportivo (29.10.2014)

The Front: Mundo Deportivo (29.10.2014)

The debate heats up!

Luis Enrique admits responsibility, rejects his critics and defends his approach to the match: “we were true to our style.”

Messi: “I don’t know if he played on painkillers.”

Laporta cleared of wrong-doing

No Messi or Neymar for the Supercopa

Picture of the day: Breakthrough!

Picture of the day: Breakthrough!

Barcelona’s young starlet Rafinha Alcántara was honored as the “Breakthrough” young player in La Liga in the 2013-14 season. Handsome devil too!

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Case against Laporta thrown out

Case against Laporta thrown out

The judge in FC Barcelona’s civil liability case against former club president Joan Laporta and his board has thrown the case out today. Learn more details after the jump.

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La Masia-produced players top CIES rankings

La Masia-produced players top CIES rankings

We all know that La Masia is as prolific in producing talent as a football academy can get. Yet no one could have predicted that FC Barcelona’s academy would be the top provider of talent to Europe’s so-called ‘Big 5’ leagues. According to a recent study, players formed at La Masia are more abundant than players produced in any other academy based in one of the ‘Big 5’ countries. Read more…

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LFP awards: 4 Blaugranas honoured

LFP awards: 4 Blaugranas honoured

In a star-studded gala in Madrid, the LFP honoured the best players in La Liga and the Liga Adelante for the 2013/14 season. Four Barcelona players, Andrés Iniesta, Ivan Rakitić, Rafinha Alcántara and Barça B’s Jean Marie Dongou, received awards on a night which clearly belonged to Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo, who collected three awards. Read more…

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Youth Teams: Weekend Roundup

Youth Teams: 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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4 Blaugranas nominated for the 2014 FIFA Ballon D’Or

4 Blaugranas nominated for the 2014 FIFA Ballon D’Or

Here it comes again. The FIFA Ballon D’Or shortlist is here for yet another year, and controversy is not missing of course. Four Barça players are on the 23-man shortlist, Leo Messi, Javier Mascherano, Neymar Jr. and Andrés Inesta getting nominations. Curiously, there is no place for Luis Suárez. Read more…

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The Front: Sport (28.10.2014)

the front sport oct 28 2014

LUIS ENRIQUE WAITS FOR MORE FROM THEM

PIQUE: He has failed to take the lead in the defense

BUSQUETS: He covers less space because of his physical problems

INIESTA: He still doesn’t fit the all-terrain profile the coach wants

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The Front: Mundo Deportivo (28.10.2014)

the front MD oct 28 2014

“MORE PRESSURE”

Luis Enrique will ask his men for more ‘pressing,’ assists and attention

Another Barça, already!

The coach should return to his initial project and excitement

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Mathieu: “I was surprised to play at fullback”

Mathieu: “I was surprised to play at fullback”

Jéremy Mathieu has shown that he never shies away from interviews. The Frenchman was one of the few Barça players to give interviews after the defeat in the Clásico. The 30-year-old spoke to French TV station RTL on the ‘Le club Liza’ show on Sunday evening, and commented on every aspect of Barcelona’s first league defeat of the season.

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Loan watch: Denis Suárez thriving at Sevilla

Loan watch: Denis Suárez thriving at Sevilla

Luis Suárez got plenty of attention this weekend for making his long-awaited Barcelona début, but it was really another Suárez who stole the headlines. Barcelona midfielder Denis Suárez, who is on loan this season at Sevilla, is really making a name for himself at the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán with some truly impressive performances. This weekend, the Vigo-born man scored a crucial goal for Sevilla against Villarreal to help the Sevillistas tie Barça at the top of the league table.

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Match Review: CD Tenerife 2-0 FC Barcelona B

Match Review: CD Tenerife 2-0 FC Barcelona B

The key to participating successfully in a 42-round championship is to improve as time goes on. For Barcelona B, this doesn’t seem to be the case. The reserves showed signs of nearing top form with last week’s 4-1 win over Alcorcón, but were unrecognisable in Tenerife, putting on a performance that can only be compared for lack of quality with the hands-down opening day defeat at Osasuna. Eusebio’s men played second fiddle to the hosts throughout the match, and inevitably ended up losing to a team which had only won twice in 9 matches. Read more…

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The Front: Sport (27.10.2014)

the front sport oct 27 2014

WHERE IS THE CHANGE?

IN THE BERNABÉU, WITH EIGHT STARTERS FROM LAST YEAR

Six players 30 years of age or more and the average age of 28.6

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Rewind: Win the Clásico

Rewind: Win the Clásico

When I saw Suarez and Busquets in the starting eleven, I knew that Luis Enrique was taking some risks with his approach to the match to throw Madrid off their stride. In this case, his risky formation didn’t pan out. And while some will applaud him for his ambitious tactics, others have criticized him for misunderstanding his opponent and the potential weaknesses of the team he fielded.

So, since hindsight is 20-20, what would you have done to win this match? How would you have changed the original starting 11? What substitutions would you have planned? What tactical instructions would you have given to your squad?

Go!

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Medical: Iniesta suffers calf injury

Medical: Iniesta suffers calf injury

Not only did Barcelona lose to a superior Real Madrid side yesterday, but there were also losses in terms of personnel. Andrés Iniesta was taken off injured during the match at the Bernabéu for Sergi Roberto, after he had gone down holding his right calf. Tests carried out this morning in Barcelona confirmed that the midfielder has an injury to the soleus muscle of his right calf. The club’s Medical Services announced on Sunady that the player’s availability for training, and ultimately for next week’s Liga meeting with Celta will depend on the evolution of the injury.

Source: fcbarcelona.es • Image: MIGUEL RUIZ – FCB

Match Review: Real Madrid CF 3-1 FC Barcelona

Match Review: Real Madrid CF 3-1 FC Barcelona

Despite the star-studded rosters out on the pitch, last night’s Clásico was fundamentally a battle between the managers. Carlo Ancelotti unquestionably made short work of Luis Enrique in the Asturian’s first time in charge of a Clásico, but it is worth looking back to Ancelotti’s own debut almost exactly a year ago for comparison. Carlo alluded to the event in his pre-match presser – he famously decided to start Sergio Ramos in midfield only to find Lionel Messi shifted out to the right wing. The surprise move went fundamentally against the current of Ancelotti’s first two months at Madrid, in which he had been painstakingly rebuilding Mourinho’s shattered team into a balanced, possession-comfortable side in his own image. Having finally established the blueprint of his system, it was a rash move to adjust it too radically for the Clásico and backfired significantly. Almost exactly one year later, Luis Enrique fell into a similar trap. But Ancelotti’s Madrid, now in their second season and well-established as the fearsome technical side their manager had envisioned, punished those mistakes ruthlessly. Read on after the jump for a look back at the game.

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The Front: Sport (26.10.2014)

the front sport oct 26 2014

A DISAPPOINTING LEAD

BARÇA FALLS AFTER A REGRETTABLE SECOND HALF

Neymar opened the scoring but Madrid took advantage of the blaugrana errors to come back

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The Front: Mundo Deportivo (26.10.2014)

the front MD oct 26 2014

HALF BARÇA

The team competed well in the first half, but was bested after the break

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Messi gets nomination for the Best Goal in La Liga

Finally, a nomination for poor Leo Messi. The Argentine, who had been inexplicably omitted from the nominees list for the best forwards in La Liga and the best South Americans of last season, has won the right to attend next Monday’s LFP awards gala after having one of his 28 league goals of last season nominated for the best goal award. The goal selected is Leo’s long-range free-kick against Almería at the Camp Nou.

The goals rivalling Messi’s belong to Villarreal’s Giovanni Dos Santos and to Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo. The three best goals making the final list were selected by users online after a two-man committee made up of journalists Axel Torres and Maldini selected the best five.

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Match Preview: CD Tenerife – FC Barcelona B

Match Preview: CD Tenerife – FC Barcelona B

Barcelona B returned to winning ways in emphatic fashion last week, beating Alcorcón 4-1 at the Miniestadi. Now, it’s time for Eusebio’s men to get a win away from Barcelona, something they haven’t achieved since September 13th. The squad will be boosted by a high profile return, and given that the rival is second-bottom on the league table, Eusebio’s team pretty much have their path to their 5th win of the season drawn out. Yet caution is always required. Read more after the break.

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The Result: Real Madrid CF 3-1 FC Barcelona

The Result: Real Madrid CF 3-1 FC Barcelona

RESULT:

Real Madrid CF: 3

FC Barcelona: 1

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Clásico squad

Clásico squad

The main news is that Sergio Busquets is in the squad post missing the midweek game with a hip issue. But will he start? No surprise that Luis Suárez make his first Barça squad, but the following players have all been left out: Jordi Masip, Thomas Vermaelen, Martín Montoya, Rafinha, Sandro Ramírez, Douglas, Adriano. The final two miss out through injury.

Full squad: Ter Stegen, Bravo, Dani Alves, Piqué, Mascherano, Bartra, Mathieu, Jordi Alba, Sergio, Xavi, Iniesta, Sergi Roberto, Rakitic, Neymar, Munir, Pedro, Messi, Suárez

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