It has been a rather difficult season for FC Barcelona. The illness of Tito Vilanova and the injuries suffered by many key players have made the season more or less a battle for survival, even though the Liga title has already been secured. We all know that some things can’t be controlled, such as Tito’s unfortunate illness, but could we have done something differently to prevent the injury problems we’ve faced this season? Could we have learned more from the previous seasons when the same problems occurred, though to a smaller extent?
Both Sport and Mundo Deportivo are reporting on Tuesday that want-away goalkeeper Víctor Valdés has agreed in principle to a summer departure. This means that the club can try to sell the player before his contract expires in 2014; he is currently valued at 10-15 million euros. Óscar Zárate, writing in Mundo Deportivo, speculated that Valdés already had an offer from another team, and thought that Arsenal or Monaco were likely destinations.
It seems certain that Valdés will leave; where would you like to see him end up?
As FC Barcelona won the league title on Saturday evening, fans filled Las Rambla around Canaletes to celebrate. And yesterday the Barcelona streets filled up with supporters as the team travelled through the city in an open-bus parade. totalBarça’s Alexandra was there to get you pictures from the celebration…
FC Barcelona’s official site announced today that Messi has a strained right hamstring and will be out for two to three weeks. The Argentine forward limped off the field against Atlético Madrid on Sunday which cut short his first Liga start since March. Messi has been fighting a recurring injury since the away leg against Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League quarter-finals, playing portions of several games since then despite not being fully fit, which has likely exacerbated the injury. He could be available for the team’s final game against Málaga, but it would probably be best for all involved if Messi rested for the rest of the season.
Image: Miguel Ruiz (FCB)
There’s something striking about this image; I love it!
Image: Manel Montilla [MD]
After yesterday’s uninspired victory over Atlético Madrid, several FC Barcelona players spoke to the press about the much larger victory of regaining the Liga championship.
FC Barcelona has just reported that the club has agreed terms with Gerard Deulofeu (19) to extend the B team player’s contract until June 2017. The young winger has been watched by several English clubs, including Liverpool and Manchester City, and his new buyout clause of 35 million euros is a clear message from Barcelona to the rest of Europe that La Masia’s best are not for sale.
FC Barcelona’s football team is going to celebrate the 2012/13 La Liga championship with the fans and the whole city of Barcelona. The players and coaches will take part in an open top bus tour of the city today. They will be joined by the women’s football team ‘Femení A’, who have won their league for the second year in a row.
The bus will leave from the World Trade Centre in the Port at 6:30 pm and take the following route: Passeig de Colom, Via Laietana, Ronda de Sant Pere, Plaça Catalunya, Passeig de Gràcia, Carrer d’Aragó, Avinguda de Roma, Carrer del Comte d’Urgell, Avinguda de Sarrià before finishing in the Plaça del doctor Ignasi Barraquer.
FC Barcelona took to the Vicente Calderon field surrounded by the Atlético Madrid guard of honor, with friendly greetings and congratulations between the two sets of players. As the new champions of Spain, the blaugrana went into the game with nothing but pride forcing them to go for the victory, which they did in one of the most testing games of the season.
Although this season’s La Liga title seems like a small achievement to many football fans around the world, that is only due to the extremely high standards that Barça has set throughout the last five years, and the high expectations from their ruthless displays early in the season. However, the fact still remains that they have won this trophy because of an amazing showing in the domestic league, with the only slump happening later on in the season because of many unfortunate events at the club.
A league title is won by the best team, so imagine a team winning it with our point difference, and a possible 100 points collected, to equal last year’s Real Madrid record.
FC Barcelona’s Lionel Messi left the pitch owing to a right leg injury during Sunday’s match against Atlético Madrid. The Argentine forward exited the match in the 67th minute upon noticing his muscle problem and after all three substitutions had already been made. The player will undergo further medical tests Monday to determine the extent of the injury. Speaking at a press conference after the match, coach Tito Vilanova explained, “he [Messi] felt well but, as is often the case with muscular injuries, the discomfort returned suddenly.”
May 12, 2013
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