The Front: Mundo Deportivo (22.3.2015)

the front MD mar 22 2015

CLÁSI-KO

Barça, with Messi on a roll and the Camp Nou full, will give the final blow for the league to an unpredictable Madrid

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The Front: Sport (22.3.2015)

the front sport mar 22 2015

THE GREAT DAY IS HERE!

YOU DECIDE!

The ball, in Messi’s hands

If Leo continues in his state of grace, the clásico will clearly be blaugrana

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Cartoon of the Day: Sport

Cartoon of the Day: Sport

STAY CALM, CULES, IF NOTHING UNUSUAL HAPPENS…

…WHAT HAPPENS TODAY IS WHAT D10S WANTS

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Picture of the day: Clásico mosaic

Picture of the day: Clásico mosaic

The Camp Nou will use 98,000 cards to create this gigantic mosaic for today’s clásico. Visca Barça!

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MSN vs BBC: All the stats you need

MSN vs BBC: All the stats you need

As the clásico approaches, it’s become sort of a trend to predict the starting lineup of both teams. This time, however, one segment of each of the Spanish teams are indisputable – that segment is the attack. Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema are all starting on Sunday for sure; just as Barça’s Lionel Messi, Neymar Jr and Luis Suárez guarantee a starting spot as well. And while the media bombarded us with these silly nicknames of ‘MSN’ and ‘BBC,’ it gets harder and harder not to get caught up by the excitement of football’s greatest eternal rivalry.

Messi eats too many pizzas. Ronaldo is an egotistic piece of crap. Suárez is a cheater, not a footballer. Gareth Bale is Madrid’s latest Galactico flop. Neymar is ridiculously overrated. And Benz, well, should I even go there? Point is, you could say what you like about every player. Haters gonna hate. However, we at totalBarça bring you a breakdown of each of el clásico’s attacking tridents. We’ve categorised both trios’ statistics in the league into these five categories: Scoring, passing, ball control, chemistry and team impact.

Shall we begin?

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Alcorcón-Barça B: Yet another defeat (3-1)

Alcorcón-Barça B: Yet another defeat (3-1)

Barça B’s situation this season is getting more and more abysmal by the day. The reserves are set to spend yet another week in the relegation zone after losing 3-1 at Alcorcón. Fortune once again seemed to be conspiring against the reserves, who had a first half to forget. Despite playing with ten players for more than an hour, goalkeeper Ortolá was sent off, Barça had chances to equalize in the second half, yet they all came to nothing, condemning Barça B to seventh  match without a win.

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Video: Ray Hudson cannot hold back tears on his first visit to the Camp Nou

BeIn Sports’ football commentator and well-known wordsmith Ray Hudson recently visited FC Barcelona’s home stadium, Estadio del Camp Nou for the first time ever. In the video above, Ray describes his feelings visiting the Cathedral and hearing his own voice commentating on the crescendo of the Barcelona tribute film showed at the Camp Nou.

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Clásico preview: A tale of two cities

Clásico preview: A tale of two cities

No names, but here’s a sample of what this here website’s readers had to say about Luis Enrique following the 1-0 defeat against Real Sociedad on January 4th – “This dude Get to go. Period”; “Lucho..,you fool”; “No strategy, No urgency, No direction”; “He is a clueless idiot with 0 tactical knowledge and he is arrogant on top of that”; “He is such a clueless coach”; “FRAUD”; “He has no desire to win matches.” That was the overwhelming consensus, with frequent accusations of incompetence and arrogance and one solemn vow to never watch Barça until Lucho was shoved out the exit door. Well, that pious soul has missed some sumptuous football since and the tune being sung by culé nation sounds significantly different. Would Barça win the clásico on Sunday, that tune will turn into a symphony of jubilation.

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Lucky blaugrana charms

Lucky blaugrana charms

As a final preparation for one of the most important games of the season, el clásico, we are sharing #totalbarcatraditions. Every clash with Real Madrid is special and I’m sure each culé and each madridista has their own way of preparing for and celebrating the game. When it comes to my ritual, I usually prepare something to eat while listening to my blaugrana playlist, full of Barça inspired songs. Some are pretty nice, others are a bit cheesy, but hey, the most important thing is that they are about Barça or are closely related to our history. I bet all of us think of the treble of 2009 while listening to Coldplay’s “Viva la Vida,” or about the Champions League final in 2009 with the incredible performance of Andrea Bocelli singing the theme song from Gladiator.Click for more

Café con leche: March 21, 2015

Café con leche: March 21, 2015

Lucho wary of Madrid threat

With FC Barcelona labelled as clear favorites for tomorrow’s clásico, Luis Enrique was quick to dismiss that notion although admitting that Camp Nou serves as an advantage.  “There are no clear favorites in games like these. These are two top quality teams with a lot at stake. But we do have home advantage and playing in front of our own fans always gives us that extra boost. We won’t fall into the trap of thinking it will be easy.”

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New role, new purpose: Is this the best Messi ever?

New role, new purpose: Is this the best Messi ever?

Lionel Messi’s evisceration of Manchester City has been universally praised by players and journalists alike. It may have been one of his best ever Champions League performances. I was lucky enough to be at Camp Nou Wednesday night, and while I cannot hope to compete with the descriptions of Sid Lowe, something beyond the sheer spectacle of the evening stuck with me.

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This time it’s different

This time it’s different

A lot has happened since the last match between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid. On the 25th of October of 2014, Real Madrid beat Barcelona 3-1 at the Santiago Bernabéu in what was, at the time, the blaugrana’s first loss of the season in the league. It was a rather strange match to say the least. Madrid had not yet hit form – they would then go on to break a record for most consecutive wins – and Barcelona seemed to be playing quite well under newly contracted coach Luis Enrique. The match signaled a change in positions, where culés would enter crisis mode while Madridistas would only now start their footballing peak of the season.

This time things look different. FC Barcelona seem to have a clear idea of what Luis Enrique wants and are winning, and it is now los blancos‘ turn to enter crisis mode, losing a number of important matches and the top spot of La Liga to the blaugrana. I warn you, however, not to err and write Madrid off. A merengue with a scratched pride is more much dangerous than an arrogantly confident one.

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Alcorcón-Barça B: A win is long overdue

Alcorcón-Barça B: A win is long overdue

There is one statement that has now applied to Barça B’s for quite some time: a win is needed. Jordi Vinyals’ appointment to the managerial hot-seat has not turned the tide for the reserves who continue to lie in the relegation zone. Barcelona B’s recent schedule has presented them with ample opportunities to collect points, with matches against direct rivals, yet the team has simply been unable to do so. Today’s match in Madrid against the infamous Alcorcón is yet another ‘final’ for Vinyals’ men. Read more…

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The Front: Sport (21.3.2015)

the front sport mar 21 2015

LUIS ENRIQUE COULD CONDEMN ANCELOTTI

Florentino could dismiss the coach if Madrid suffers a painful loss

The blaugrana coach could leave strengthened for 2015 and the Italian could lose all credit

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The Front: Mundo Deportivo (21.3.2015)

the front MD mar 21 2015

2 CLASICOS

CHAMPIONS QUARTERFINALS

Barca will again play against PSG with the return leg at the Camp Nou

Luis Enrique: “They’re candidates for the title”

LEAGUE

Busquets wants to play against Madrid and Lucho doubts he’ll risk it

Ancelotti clings to the 4-3-3 and his gala 11 to search for a victory

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Picture of the day: Please, Ibra, don’t hurt him!

Picture of the day: Please, Ibra, don’t hurt him!

It’s a good thing that Zlatan Ibrahimović likes Lionel Messi. Look at those hands! He could crush Leo’s rib cage with one squeeze.

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Crossfire: Madrid ready to take on in-form Barça

Crossfire: Madrid ready to take on in-form Barça

As part of our cross-network coverage ahead of the season’s most anticipated clash, fellow Football Collective member and Real Madrid experts Madridismo give us valuable insight into the happenings around the Santiago Bernabéu. totalBarça discussed the opponent’s current form as well as the pressure currently surrounding Carlo Ancelotti and his men. Be sure to pop on over to their site for some expert analysis on our eternal rivals, as well as some cross-network collaboration with totalBarça.

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View The Ratings: FC Barcelona 1-0 Manchester City

View The Ratings: FC Barcelona 1-0 Manchester City

You’ve had your chance to rate the performance of the blaugrana and the results are now tallied up. Take a look at how the totalBarça community ranked the squad and see how the ratings played out after the jump.

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Champions League draw: Barcelona to face PSG yet again

Champions League draw: Barcelona to face PSG yet again

FC Barcelona will face Paris Saint-Germain once again in the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals. The two teams have already faced each other twice this season in the group stage, with each team picking up a win at its home ground. They also met in the quarterfinals in 2013, when an ailing, Vilanova-less Barcelona scraped past on away goals. PSG reached the quarterfinals this year after knocking out Chelsea FC in a dramatic extra-time clash at Stamford Bridge. The first leg will be played on the 14t/15th of April in Paris and the second leg will be played on the 21st/22nd at Camp Nou, which is historically a big advantage for Barcelona. Zlatan Ibrahimović, Marco Veratti, and Dani Alves will all miss the first leg due to suspension.

The full draw is below:

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Culés! Barça are in need of luck!

Culés! Barça are in need of luck!

Wednesday’s Champions League clash against Manchester City was a memorable one. Even though Barça only won 1-0, they destroyed the Premier League winners. Luis Enrique has stepped up since mid season and the results are all good. The team has improved both offensively and defensively this season and are showing real credentials in all three competitions. But in football, good tactics and form don’t complete the perfect formula. A bit of luck is needed.

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March 20, 2015

The Front: Mundo Deportivo (20.3.2015)

The Front: Sport (20.3.2015)

Cartoon of the Day: Sport

Picture of the day: Back at it


March 19, 2015

Golazos Made in La Masia (14-15 March)

Café con leche: March 19, 2015

#ThrowbackThursday

The Front: Mundo Deportivo (19.3.2015)

Cartoon of the Day: Sport

Picture of the day: Masche is the boss

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