The Front: Sport (27.6.2014)

the front sport june 27 2014

CHAMPIONS!!!

Barça buries Madrid and wins the league in a devoted Palau. The azulgranas won 83-81 after a game with a lot of tension.

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Picture of the day: What’s so funny?

Picture of the day: What’s so funny?

Javier Mascherano and Lionel Messi look like they are enjoying their training session in Brazil. What do you think Masche said to make Leo laugh so hard?

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Ex-Barça: Who said Eto’o was bad?

A local ten year-old named Pedro waited outside Cameroon’s hotel everyday during the Africans time in Brazil. Some days ago he got a signed shirt from the former Barça man but check out this emotional goodbye Samuel Eto’o shared with the young fan he doesn’t even know. Nice one, Samu.

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Cartoon of the day: Sport (26.6.2014)

Cartoon of the day: Sport (26.6.2014)

NOW WE MUST GET SUAREZ TO TAKE THE BAIT

LUIS ENRIQUE: “If I am the bait, it’s very rare”

SUAREZ: “I love it rare”

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FIFA chooses Puyol for World Cup honor

FIFA chooses Puyol for World Cup honor

FIFA has chosen FC Barcelona’s former captain and Spanish national team mainstay Carles Puyol to give the World Cup trophy to the upcoming champions on July 13 when the winner of the competition is decided. The former champions always give the trophy to the newly crowned winners and Puyol was selected for the honor because both FIFA and the Royal Spanish Football Federation feel that he exemplifies the hard work, dedication and commitment of the title-winning 2010 Spanish team.

Puyol has been a mainstay of the Spanish national team since his debut in November 2000. He made 100 appearances with the national team – 70 wins, 19 losses, 11 draws and made three goals. Puyol retired from football, club and country, this spring.

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Number of the Day: 41,975,000

Number of the Day: 41,975,000

That figure, 41,975,000 euros, is what FC Barcelona have been paid by UEFA from last year’s Champions League edition. The figure breaks down to 8.6 as a “participation bonus”, 4.5 is a “performance bonus”, 21.475 comes from “market pool” and then 3.5 and 3.9 come from playing in the round of 16 and quarterfinals respectively.

This years UEFA paid out a whooping 904,600,000 euros in total prize money, the most going to the Madrid clubs who made the final. Real Madrid took in 57,414,000 million and Atlético 50,048,000 million. The difference is found in the “market pool” sharing (where Real got more than 3 million more) and the winner’s bonus of 4 million.

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Messi double secures third consecutive win for Argentina

Messi double secures third consecutive win for Argentina

In one of the most exciting matches of the 2014 World Cup so far, Lionel Messi was able to inspire Argentina into a third straight win after defeating Nigeria with three goals to two. Argentina finish on top of Group F and await Group E’s runner up. Goals came from Messi (2) and Marcos Rojo for Argentina, while Ahmed Musa (2) scored for Nigeria. Continue reading for more details.

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The Front: Sport (26.6.2014)

the front sport june 26 2014

CONTROVERSIAL SIGNING

LIVERPOOL AND BARÇA FINALIZE THE DETAILS OF THE TRANSFER

1. The player gives the OK and only wants to wear azulgrana
2. Alexis could enter the 80 million operation
3. His aggression in the World Cup put his sporting values in doubt

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The Front: Mundo Deportivo (26.6.2014)

the front MD june 26 2014

LETHAL

MESSI-NEYMAR, DUEL FOR GOALS

Barça’s two cracks lead the goalscoring in the World Cup with 4 goals each

Messi made a brace and got Argentina in 1/8

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Picture of the day: Visiting Daddy

Picture of the day: Visiting Daddy

Neymar Jr. got a visit from his adorable son, Davi Lucca, on Monday. Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari gave his players the day off and Neymar spent it with his son and his sister, Rafaella.

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Video: Neymar’s golden dream

When Neymar Jr. was a boy, he used to spray-paint his boots gold before he played. Nike took this anecdote and made Neymar’s dream a reality by developing special golden boots for him to wear for the remainder of the World Cup tournament.

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Number of the day : 8

Number of the day : 8

Sadly, there are eight FC Barcelona players heading home after being eliminated from the World Cup. The World Cup comes every four years so it is painful to leave the biggest football tournament early. Those eight players : Gerard PiquéJordi Alba, Sergio Buquets, Xavi Hernández, Andrés Iniesta, Pedro Rodríguez, Alex Song and the newly signed Ivan Rakitic.  More information about how they performed after the jump.

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Neymar Jr. setting records

Neymar Jr. setting records

Neymar Jr. is only 22 years old and has already surpassed Ronaldinho and Rivaldo in terms of goals with the Brazilian national team. Neymar is shining in this year’s world cup, bagging four goals in the group stage. The FC Barcelona crack is already the sixth in the country’s all time goalscorers list. Below are some of Neymar’s activity during the World Cup:

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Messi: Rewriting goalscoring history

Messi: Rewriting goalscoring history

FC Barcelona forward Lionel Messi, who just turned 27 years old, is already Barça’s highest goal-scorer ever. Messi will be looking to claim the best present possible by winning the World Cup with Argentina. Leo topped Paulino Alcantara’s tally of 369 in the season of 2013/2014 with 381 goals in 466 appearances. After the jump is a terrific infographic of everything having to do with his 381 goals.

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Breaking: Barça reach agreement for Claudio Bravo

Breaking: Barça reach agreement for Claudio Bravo

After weeks of speculations surrounding who will be competing for the number one spot with German youngster Marc-André ter Stegen, FC Barcelona has finally announced that Claudio Bravo will be their man. The Chilean goalkeeper is currently captaining his Chile side in the World Cup, and doing an excellent job at that. Bravo is rated as 9.24 on FIFA’s Castrol World Cup player rankings (3rd best goalkeeper). After beating Australia and ending the Spanish reign in the group stage, Chile are now going to have to face Brazil in the following round.

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Video of the Day: Adidas Messi vine

Video of the Day: Adidas Messi vine

Check out this superb vine from Adidas Football depicting Lionel Messi’s clutch winner against Iran.

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The Front: Sport (25.6.2014)

the front sport june 25 2014

BARÇA, THIS ONE DOES BITE

LUIS SUÁREZ IS THE IDEAL SIGNING FOR THE CLUB TO RECOVER THEIR HUNGER FOR TITLES

He was the key for Uruguay’s classification: After his aggression, Godin’s goal happened

HE NAILED FIVE TEETH INTO CHIELLINI

The Uruguayan left his mark in the Italian defender’s shoulder and it’s not the first time it happened: He did it at Liverpool and at Ajax in Amsterdam

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The Front: Mundo Deportivo (25.6.2014)

the front MD june 25 2014

THE CRACKS OF THE WORLD CUP

MESSI & NEYMAR: The azulgranas Leo and Ney, two authentic 10’s, lead, score and decide in their teams

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Picture of the day: Happy birthday from Adidas

Picture of the day: Happy birthday from Adidas

Lionel Messi, who turned 27 on June 24, received these special boots from Adidas for the occasion. They are very… colorful. They remind me of a bowl of Froot Loops. Click the jump to see Leo’s reaction to receiving them.

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Ex-Barça: ‘Chapi’ Ferrer returns to the Primera as coach

Ex-Barça: ‘Chapi’ Ferrer returns to the Primera as coach

Those who have been following Barcelona for some time, since the years of the Dream Team will know all about Albert ‘Chapi’ Ferrer. The right-back was near indispensable during his eight years as a Blaugrana after graduating from La Masia, offering energy and pace down his flank. However, the years have passed and ‘Chapi’ has grown. The 44-year-old is now a coach, and this past Sunday he celebrated his biggest managerial achievement to date: Winning promotion to the Primera División with Córdoba, where next year he will face his beloved Barcelona.

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June 24, 2014

Barça women win Copa del Reina

Happy birthday, Leo!!

Rakitić unable to do much as Mexico sink Croatia

Spain say until next time, not goodbye

The Front: Mundo Deportivo (24.6.2014)

The Front: Sport (24.6.2014)

Picture of the day: Smile, Neymar

Brazil finish on top of Group A

Chile finish second in group B


June 23, 2014

Juvenil A 2 – 1 Sevilla CF: Semi-final exit (agg 4-3)

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