Number of the Day: 16

Number of the Day: 16

The latest acquisition in this summer’s super spending spree Douglas will wear the number 16 jersey vacated by Sergio Busquets. However, the Brazilian is expected to spend a large part of his time with the B side.

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La Roja calls up five Barça players

La Roja calls up five Barça players

It’s this time of the year again, and after their humiliating exit from the previous World Cup in Brazil, Vicente del Bosque wants to get his team back on track to its winning days. Spain will face France in a friendly game and Macedonia in the first qualifying game for the 2016 European Championship. The boss called up Andrés Iniesta, Sergio Busquets, Jordi Alba, Pedro Rodríguez and debutant Marc Bartra from the Catalan club. According to Vicente Del Bosque, Gerard Piqué was not called up because he still has some “discomfort” and is not yet “fully fit.”

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Training: Rafinha back at the Ciutat

Training: Rafinha back at the Ciutat

The news of the day from training is Rafinha’s return from injury, though he has not yet received full medical clearance for matches. Otherwise, the injured players continue their specialized workout while Barça B lads Munir El Haddadi and Sandro Ramírez remain for the senior side.

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Douglas: “I want to learn”

Douglas: “I want to learn”

Brazilian full back Douglas Pereira has arrived at Barcelona’s El Prat airport this morning, and he’s already spoken to Barça TV of his excitement in joining the Catalan club. “This is the pinnacle for me  – this is everything I could wish for. I am so happy to be able to represent this club. I want to thank everyone involved in me coming here and I just hope I can return their confidence in me on the pitch.” More from the newest signing after the jump.

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The Front: Sport (29.8.2014)

the front sport aug 29 2014

I’LL EXPECT YOU HERE

MESSI AND IBRA WILL CHALLENGE EACH OTHER IN A DUEL BETWEEN BARÇA AND PSG IN THE CHAMPIONS

In Paris they’re afraid of Messi, who already eliminated them two seasons ago… with a muscular injury

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Cartoon of the Day: Sport

Cartoon of the Day: Sport

CASILLAS, HIERRO, SANCHÍS, AND GENTO WERE THE ‘INNOCENT’ HANDS FOR THE VERY PRO-MADRID DRAW

FLORENTINO’S CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

THE MERENGUE GROUP MADE UP OF:

- R. MADRID

- EASIEST TEAM FROM POT 2

- EASIEST TEAM FROM POT 3

- EASIEST TEAM FROM POT 4

PEREZ: “In the next draw, there won’t even be balls… I will just point out what I want on the blackboard”

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Picture of the day: Team Lunch

Picture of the day: Team Lunch

The first team and staff celebrated the beginning of the 2014/15 season with a lunch yesterday. Alex Song took this epic selfie of the occasion.

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Suárez: “My dream was to play here”

Suárez: “My dream was to play here”

Of the numerous signings during the summer, there is little doubt that Luis Suárez was the prized catch of them all. But it turns out the big fish always wanted to jump in the Barça boat. Find out what he said after the jump.

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Rakitić: “Lucho told me to shoot from outside”

Rakitić: “Lucho told me to shoot from outside”

Newly signed Croatian midfielder Ivan Rakitić spoke in Thursday’s press conference ahead of Sunday’s away game against Villareal CF opining that, “It’ll be difficult because Marcelino makes his teams work very hard, but we just have to focus on ourselves. We’re very positive about the trip”. Rakitić also felt that “it is very important for people to realise that we’re making progress. There have been a lot of changes to the team in every area, but you can tell that we’re constantly improving.” More from the new signing after the jump.

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Ondoa, Bagnack and Dongou called up by Cameroon

Ondoa, Bagnack and Dongou called up by Cameroon

Barcelona B trio Fabrice Ondoa (18), Macky Frank Bagnack (19) and Jean Marie Dongou (19) have been included in the 25-man squad announced by Cameroon’s national coach Volker Finke for the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers, against the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Ivory Coast, next month. Alex Song has been left out, as he remains suspended following his sending off in Cameroon’s second group match against Croatia at the FIFA World Cup in June.

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Group F: Barça, PSG, Ajax, APOEL

Group F: Barça, PSG, Ajax, APOEL

Moments ago, FC Barcelona’s 2014/15 group stage challengers were made official. From the scary pot 2, Barça were joined by Paris Saint-Germaine (PSG), a significantly strong opponent with a certain familiar face. For the second year running, Ajax came out of Pot 3, while Cypriot club APOEL Nicosia from pot 4 completed Group F.

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Video of the Day: Munir’s magic at La Masia

A natural goalscorer can be of any age. Just take a look at some of Munir El Haddadi’s best goals at La Masia so far. Sunday’s goal was a tad too easy in terms of finishing, don’t you think?

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Comparing Douglas, Alves and Montoya

Comparing Douglas, Alves and Montoya

São Paulo FC fans all over Brazil are lauding the efforts of club directors after off-loading right back Douglas Pereira, whom many fans considered a liability and not worthy of a starting place on their beloved team. To be fair, Dani Alves is also seen by many Brazilians in a similar light domestically, but how one performs from team to team can sometimes provide quite the study in contrast. While assurances of his defensive abilities are plentiful online, numbers from Opta Sports compiled by ESPN Brasil do a little bit more to dispel the worries of non-Portuguese-speaking culés frantically combing the internet for more on who exactly this Douglas character is and what he could possibly offer on a right flank that has been so dominantly deputized by Dani Alves and to a far lesser extent, Martín Montoya. Continue reading »

Video of the Day: Basketball, orange, gum

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Who will they be?

Who will they be?

Today is the 2014/15 UEFA Champions League group stage draw. The event will air at 17:45 CET, so taking into consideration the standard faffing about of the procedure, by 18:30 or so, FC Barcelona will know their challengers. Who may Barça be awaiting?

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The Front: Sport (28.8.2014)

the front sport aug 28 2014

“I’M HAPPY”

DOUGLAS POSES WITH BARÇA’S JERSEY FOR SPORT IN BRAZIL

WITH NOTHING LEFT TO DO BUT SIGN, BARTOMEU WELCOMED HIM: “Luis Enrique is counting on you”

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Cartoon of the Day: Sport

Cartoon of the Day: Sport

THEY HAVE A DRAGON

WE HAVE A DRAGON SLAYER

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Picture of the day: “Dream Team”

Picture of the day: “Dream Team”

Model Alessandra Ambrosio posted this picture of herself and some familiar faces on her Instagram today. Luis Suarez looks like he’s got someone’s jersey stuck in his teeth. (I’m sorry, that was just too easy to pass up.)

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One last signing

One last signing

The new Barcelona team equipment manager was introduced yesterday via Instagram by none other than the best player in the world – Leo Messi. Learn more about the new guy, with the best job in the world, after the jump.

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Number of the Day: 6

Number of the Day: 6

São Paulo’s Douglas Pereira (24) is set to sign for Barça this weekend, making him the sixth Brazilian full back signed by the Catalan club this century. The full back position has been filled by a Brazilian ever since Juliano Belletti and Sylvinho wore the blaugrana shirts back in 2004. Remarkably, Belletti and Sylvinho were also products of the Brazilian club São Paulo. Culés around the world will never forget Belletti’s winner against Arsenal in the 2006 Champions League final in Paris. Sylvinho also featured both in the 2006 and the 2009 Champions League winning squad.

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August 27, 2014

The rise of Munir El Haddadi

Video of the Day: Busquets – Elegant Euphoria

Medical: Adriano cleared

Claudio Bravo: “You always have to be prepared”

Ter Stegen, Vermaelen and Neymar back in training

The Front: Mundo Deportivo (27.8.2014)

The Front: Sport (27.8.2014)

Cartoon of the Day: Sport

Picture of the day: El Jefecito

Mascherano signs contract extension

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