The Result: APOEL Nicosia 0-4 FC Barcelona

The Result: APOEL Nicosia 0-4 FC Barcelona

RESULT:

APOEL Nicosia: 0

FC Barcelona: 4

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Café con leche: November 25, 2014

Café con leche: November 25, 2014

Everyday Spain’s near 20 million football fans visit their local news stand, pick up their preferred periodical poison and either delight or disgust in the latest happenings of their favorite club. And whether 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 Barça nation.

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The Front: Mundo Deportivo (25.11.2014)

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MESSI, GOING FOR RAÚL

Leo could be the solitary top goalscorer in the Champions League if he scores today in Cyprus

Lucho wants to win in Nicosia to decide first place in the group against PSG in the Camp Nou

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The Front: Sport (25.11.2014)

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DON’T STOP, LEO

AFTER ZARRA, TO BEAT RAÚL

With one more goal, he’ll be the sole top goalscorer of the Champions League

… But Cristiano Ronaldo, with one goal less, is close behind

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Medical: Vermaelen out again

Medical: Vermaelen out again

Thomas Vermaelen, purchased last summer for 19 million euro, is out injured. Again. Or is it still? The Belgian international has a hamstring injury in his right leg that may necessitate surgery. Since his purchase in August, Vermaelen has been out all of August and half of September with the hamstring injury he received during the 2014 World Cup. He went out again at the end of September and had been training alone until November 17 when he was again able to join the team but is now down indefinitely. Vermaelen has featured in exactly one match for FC Barcelona, a Barça B team friendly against Indonesia, and has yet to make his first team debut. Is it too late to get our money back for this guy?

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Café con leche: November 24, 2014

Café con leche: November 24, 2014

Everyday Spain’s near 20 million football fans visit their local news stand, pick up their preferred periodical poison and either delight or disgust in the latest happenings of their favorite club. And whether 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 Barça nation.

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First team travels to Cyprus

First team travels to Cyprus

All available first team players and Barça B’s Munir travel today to Cyprus, when tomorrow FC Barcelona face APOEL Nicosia in the UEFA Champions Leauge group stage game. Excluded from the exhibition are Andrés Iniesta, who still waits for green light from Club Medical Service, and Thomas Vermaelen who suffers from a right hamstring injury. Apart from players and technical staff, president Josep Maria Bartomeu, vice-president Javier Faus directors Silvio Elías, Josep Ramon Vidal-Abarca and Pau Vilanova, and director of sport Andoni Zubizarreta are traveling with the team to Cyprus. Full squad list below. Continue reading »

Match Review: FC Barcelona 5:1 Sevilla FC

Match Review: FC Barcelona 5:1 Sevilla FC

Like all stunning moments in life, the Barcelona-Sevilla game yesterday made us reexamine what we take as given. At the core of it all was Lionel Messi, and at the core of Messi is one question: “How the hell did he do that?” But there were other questions too, like: “Wait, so that guy with the goofy smile being lifted in the air is the one who’s going to leave Barcelona?” or “Weren’t Sevilla supposed to be good?” or “Weren’t we supposed to be terrible?” My question, admittedly, would have to be “How do I write about him?”

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The Front: Mundo Deportivo (24.11.2014)

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MESSI

BALON D’OR

He’s gathering distinction and has plenty of quality to aspire to the prestigious trophy for the fifth time

After breaking Zarra’s record, now he’ll go for Raúl’s record in the European Cup

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The Front: Sport (24.11.2014)

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MESSI

The Legend

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Bartomeu: “Messi is the greatest player in football history”

Bartomeu: “Messi is the greatest player in football history”

FC Barcelona’s president, Josep Maria Bartomeu, praised Leo Messi after he became the all time scorer in La Liga history, saying; “I congratulate him. We’ll have Leo here for many more years. We are delighted with what he has achieved, it’s a huge satisfaction … We knew the record was going to come. It made me very happy to see him equal it, for him, for the team and for the club”.

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Number of the day: 21

Number of the day: 21

Ever since last night’s game, Lionel Messi has been the headline of every story after breaking Telmo Zarra’s long standing record with a beautiful hat-trick. FC Barcelona are lucky to have him. But it’s okay, Messi’s history will mention Sevilla as well – albeit, not in the way they might have wanted. Twenty-one goals against the Andalucians made them joint favourite victims of the great Leo Messi. Any guess who are they joint with? That’s right, the other favourite victim of La Pulga are Barça’s eternal rivals, Real Madrid. Ironically, Messi’s last hat-trick, before the one on Saturday, was also against Real Madrid.

So what do you think it is? Do Sevilla and Real Madrid have something in common that triggers Leo? Maybe it’s the white shirts…

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Video of the Day: All hail King Leo!

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Match Review: SD Ponferradina 4-4 FC Barcelona B

Match Review: SD Ponferradina 4-4 FC Barcelona B

This kind of scoreline is usually not a good one for commentary. With this kind of scoreline, even a neutral would sit back and watch a game of the Liga Adelante. Yet from a Barcelona B perspective, the game against Ponferradina was both the best, and the worst example of how to manage a two-goal lead away from home. Eusebio’s men came back from behind to earn a two goal lead twice, but somehow Ponferradina managed to equalise within the space of two minutes. Read more…

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The Front: Sport (23.11.2014)

the front sport nov 23 2014

NEVER LEAVE, LEO!

BARCA WON WITH A ‘HAT TRICK’ AND A RECORD FROM MESSI

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The Front: Mundo Deportivo (23.11.2014)

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MESSI FOREVER!!!

MESSI: “The record is for those who support me and for those who are no longer with us”

Leo beat Zarra’s record and, with 253 goals, he is now the best in history

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The Result: FC Barcelona 5-1 Sevilla FC

The Result: FC Barcelona 5-1 Sevilla FC

RESULT:

FC Barcelona: 5

Sevilla FC: 1

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Match Preview: SD Ponferradina vs FC Barcelona B

Match Preview: SD Ponferradina vs FC Barcelona B

Barcelona B are once again in Liga Adelante action this weekend against Ponferradina. Eusebio’s men will travel to Ponferrada to visit the league’s surprise package, Ponferradina, and will hope the team’s improvement will continue, and that it will finally be translated into goals and victories. Read more…

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The Front: Mundo Deportivo (22.11.2014)

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MD STARTS A CAMPAIGN OF SUPPORT FOR LEO

#siempremessi (Messi Forever)

This is the best moment to give back to the crack what he has given to Barça

Send messages of support, pictures and videos through this newspaper’s social media accounts

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The Front: Sport (22.11.2014)

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BARÇA RECEIVES SEVILLA WITH THE GOAL OF QUIETING THE CRITICS

LET GOOD FOOTBALL RETURN!

Leo wants Zarra’s record, Neymar continues his streak and Suárez premieres

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You’re the Manager: Beat Sevilla!

You’re the Manager: Beat Sevilla!

This pivotal match has banana skin written all over it. Luis Enrique must assemble a starting 11 that takes into account a long international break. Sevilla has been in great form, thanks in part to a pair of Barça loanees who might just have a point to prove.

Who is in your starting team? What instructions do you give them? What substitutions do you plan to outfox Sevilla manager Unai Emery?

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International Break Round-Up

International Break Round-Up

With the International break over, we look at how FC Barcelona players fared  with their respective countries. Below is the round-up for the International break. Read more…

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Bartomeu: “Say it ain’t so, Jorge”

Bartomeu: “Say it ain’t so, Jorge”

Leo Messi’s recent comments about his future at the club startled many people, team president Josep Maria Bartomeu among them. So he picked up the phone and called Leo’s dad to get some clarification. Find out what Jorge Messi said after the jump.

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Medical: Sergi Roberto cleared to play

Medical: Sergi Roberto cleared to play

Barcelona midfielder Sergi Roberto has been given the medical all-clear to return to action after a groin problem that had kept him out of the team’s matches against Ajax and Almería. The La Masia graduate is now training with the group normally and is available for selection for the Liga match against Sevilla on Saturday.

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The Front: Mundo Deportivo (21.11.2014)

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Mascherano, to the rescue, rationalizes Leo’s words

“MESSI IS HAPPY AT BARÇA”

“It’s impossible to discredit one of the world’s greats”

“I won’t resign and I want to return to excellence”

“This month we must win it all”

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The Front: Sport (21.11.2014)

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“WE PLAY FOR EVERYTHING IN THREE MATCHES”

Barça’s dressing room considers the games against Sevilla, Valencia and PSG as key.

The challenge is for Madrid to not gain more of an advantage and to equal Bayern and Chelsea in Europe

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Training with all 23 players

Training with all 23 players

Thursday’s training session was probably a strange one for Barça coach Luis Enrique. Not because anything strange happened at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper, but because it was the first time in months that ‘Lucho’ was able to have a session with all his players. Read more…

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Golazos made in La Masia (15-16 November)

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The Front: Sport (20.11.2014)

the front sport nov 20 2014

BARTOMEU SPEAKS WITH LEO’S FATHER AND IS CALMED

THERE IS NO ‘MESSI CASE!’

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The Front: Mundo Deportivo (20.11.2014)

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RAKITIC

“I WANT IT ALL”

“With Messi, I would play on the moon”

“Luis Enrique has his idea and we are going for it”

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