The Front: Sport (18.7.2014)

the front sport july 18 2014

LUIS ENRIQUE WILL HOLD LEO BACK

NEW POSITION FOR MESSI

He will play behind Suárez and Neymar to take advantage of his vision of the game

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Picture of the day: Thank you, Javier

Picture of the day: Thank you, Javier

This billboard appeared after the World Cup in Javier Mascherano’s hometown of San Lorenzo, Argentina. All of Argentina, and indeed anyone who watched Mascherano play in the World Cup, were very impressed with Masche’s dedication, strength and leadership skills.

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Luis Enrique on individual players

Luis Enrique on individual players

Barça’s new coach Luis Enrique has given us an insight on how he sees certain players in our squad. With president Josep Maria Bartomeu still faithful to his promise of making a team overhaul, the new changes have been a cause for both concern and excitement for cules around the world. The Asturian will have a lot to plan for ahead of next season, and with only his third day in charge, take a look at what he thinks of the trio in attack, the three goalkeepers, Dani Alves and more right after the jump.

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Josimar Quintero signs for Chelsea

Josimar Quintero signs for Chelsea

The mass exodus of Barcelona youngsters to the Premier League is not a new phenomenon. It has been going on for years, and it one of the key issues for every Barcelona board. However, as long as regulations don’t change, Barça are essentially bound to lose. Chelsea has lured yet another pearl emerging out of La Masia by offering attractive financial terms FC Barcelona are lawfully unable to. Read more after jump…

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#GALAXY11: The Match – Part II

It’s finally here! The final piece of what was a magnificent campaign by Samsung. The Galaxy 11 coached by Franz Beckenbauer are the assembled team to fight the extra terrestrials over our beloved planet Earth. If you’ve already seen the first half of the fictional game, check out the second half and final piece of the campaign, with Messi and Ronaldo teaming up to save Earth.

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Enrique: “I am a born leader and I lead this team”

Enrique: “I am a born leader and I lead this team”

New Barcelona coach Luis Enrique held a press conference Wednesday, along with sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta. He discussed the roadmap for the upcoming season, his preferred style of play, and discussed some of the challenges over the past year.  Find out what he said after the break.

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The Front: Sport (17.7.2014)

the front sport july 17 2014

LUIS ENRIQUE DRAWS THE LINE

“I AM THE LEADER”

“I don’t feel the need to recover Messi, he’s the best in the world”

FOR FOUR TO SIX WEEKS: ADRIANO, OUT FOR A HEART PROBLEM

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The Front: Mundo Deportivo (17.7.2014)

the front MD july 17 2014

LEADER LUCHO

THE COACH PRESENTED HIS NEW BARÇA WITH PASSION

Luis Enrique wants an unpredictable team, that is exciting, attractive and that has fidelity to the club’s essence

MESSI: “He remains the best in the world”

TRIDENT: “Messi, Neymar and Suárez? I’m delighted.”

THE NEW SIGNINGS: “It’s fantastic that they come with hunger for titles”

LUIS SUÁREZ: “We accept that human beings have their imperfections”

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Picture of the day: Off to a roaring start

Picture of the day: Off to a roaring start

Cristian Tello barely arrived and had time to put on his new kit before playing and scoring for his new club, FC Porto. The club held their first pre-season friendly on Wednesday against Dutch side, Venlo. Tello was subbed on in minute 70 and scored a goal in minute 80. The Dragons ended up beating Venlo 6-2.

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Luis Enrique’s team

Luis Enrique’s team

Luis Enrique’s Barça is a reality, and the ex-Blaugrana captain will now aim to guide the team back to winning ways with the help of six trusted colleagues, who make up his technical team. Unlike last season, when the remains of Tito Vilanova’s team had to mix with Tata Martino’s own staff, this year’s coaching staff has members with clearly defined roles and responsibilities. Read more after the jump…

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Roger Riera signs for Nottingham Forest

Roger Riera signs for Nottingham Forest

FC Barcelona Juvenil A captain Roger Riera has signed for English Championship club Nottingham Forest. The 19-year-old centre-back led the immensely talented Juvenil A side to triumph in the inaugural UEFA Youth League, but the club elected not to renew his contract or offer him a place on the B team squad.

Riera leaves Barcelona after spending 9 years at La Masia, where he played at all youth levels. The 19-year-old leaves the club having the unique honour of being the most decorated captain in the history of La Masia, having managed to captain all sides he has played for and win trophies with them.

The totalBarça team wishes Roger the best of luck with his new club.

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Zubizarreta: “We are in the process of acquiring targets”

Zubizarreta: “We are in the process of acquiring targets”

Sitting alongside Luis Enrique, Andoni Zubizarreta spoke to the media this afternoon to give some insight into what’s happened and what is to come. Let’s begin with what everyone is most interested in: the mystical center-back. “Last year we had four very good center-backs and still wanted cover. But these are long processes and some of them weren’t 100% in our control. We are working on this need, that of a center-back. But it’s a need [for center-backs] that 80% to 90% of the top clubs also have. We are all working on finding one and if you noticed, there hasn’t been any big news save David Luiz’s move to PSG. We are in the process of acquiring certain targets and we hope to reach agreements with them.” Barça’s sporting director additionally confirmed that FC Barcelona have made an official offer for Valencia’s Jérémy Mathieu and the ball is now in their court.

Zubizarreta was coy on the details but was continually pushed with questions on the subject. He said if there isn’t success with primary targets, the club will “look for alternatives” and that there is always the possibility to “look down [Barça B] and not forget the quality of players we have.

More future plans from Zubi below.

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Breaking: Irregular heartbeat found in Adriano

Breaking: Irregular heartbeat found in Adriano

In some worrying news just announced through FC Barcelona’s channels, an irregular heartbeat was found during medical testing in Adriano Correia. That is all the information thus far, besides him being ruled out of action for a seemingly arbitrary number of four to six weeks.

Just the mention of this condition should ring alarm bells and the club must act as cautiously as necessary. Players diagnosed with heart conditions have returned to action, including Antonio Cassano and Nwankwo Kanu, but it can as easily go the way of say Rubén de la Red or worse.

We wish Adriano all the best and hopefully this will be nothing more than a scare. The highest degree of care must be taken in these situations as the football world knows all too well what can happen with heart issues.

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Three Blaugrana goals featured on UEFA all-time best goals list

Three Blaugrana goals featured on UEFA all-time best goals list

UEFA is celebrating its 60th birthday. On this occasion, the European federation has published a compilation of the 60 best goals ever scored in continental competitions. Two players currently on FC Barcelona’s books are featured, while the list also features two former players. Barça is featured on UEFA’s list on a further five occasions albeit on the conceding side. Read more after the jump.

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Cristian Tello heads to FC Porto on loan

Cristian Tello heads to FC Porto on loan

This is something we’ve been expecting for quite a few days and now has been made official. FC Barcelona’s Cristian Tello has joined FC Porto on a loan deal:

“FC Barcelona and FC Porto have reached an agreement for the transfer of Barcelona player Cristian Tello on loan for the next two seasons, with the Portuguese club reserving a purchase option. The loan agreement includes a fee, with Barcelona reserving the right to cancel the purchase option as well as the loan agreement itself at the end of the first season.”

Mundo Deportivo (MD) report that Porto has paid Barça two million euros as the upfront loan fee and between MD and Sport the future purchase price is reportedly between eight and 12 million euros. Click for more.

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Happy Birthday, Sergio Busquets!

Happy Birthday, Sergio Busquets!

Sergio Busquets is 26 today. The midfielder, who is enjoying the last days of his break after the World Cup (along with other internationals), will join up with the team on July 24th, as will all other Spanish internationals. After this short break, the Badia-born midfielder will start his seventh season as a member of Barcelona’s first team, having managed to become one of the club’s key players.

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The ethos of austerity, or “The case of the inconsistent penny-pinchers”

The ethos of austerity, or “The case of the inconsistent penny-pinchers”

President Josep Maria Bartomeu recently spoke about how he wanted to “transform Barcelona.” In his speech, he praised the club’s economic growth, saying, “Barca’s economic health is not the end goal, but it is a good and essential tool that will guarantee the independence of the Club and benefit athletic and infrastructure investments.” As always, he concluded the speech by noting that Barcelona had reduced the debt and increased revenue to record levels. This has been a familiar party line from Bartomeu and his predecessor, Sandro Rosell, since they joined the board of directors in 2010 (Rosell famously declaring that the club could not afford color copiers). Despite running on a platform of transparency, rarely have these men spoken of the vision they have for the club in anything but vague platitudes - rather, the details and the accomplishments have come in the spreadsheets, in the money saved and the money earned. Read on for more.

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Season 2014/15 away kit revealed

Season 2014/15 away kit revealed

FC Barcelona and Nike have unveiled Barça’s away kit of the 2014-15 season. The kit will be available for purchase starting July 17 on Nike.com/FCB and in stores on July 17th. The shorts and socks have a new look with the away shorts having a bright crimson with a thin blue stripe, while the away socks are bright crimson with a wide tonal stripe on the back. The t-shirt design represents the desire of youth to stand out from the crowd due to its light color. Click for more information on the technology used in making the kit.

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The Front: Mundo Deportivo (16.7.2014)

the front MD july 16 2014

GÖTZE YIELDS TO MESSI

The hero of the final took a photo with Leo and called him a ‘genius’ in the social networks. The Argentinean crack, with 32 goals, is the actual world pichichi of 2014.

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The Front: Sport (16.7.2014)

the front sport july 16 2014

LUIS ENRIQUE, ALREADY PRESSING

He’s pressing the eight who are already at the Ciutat Esportiva and directed a double session of three hours

His enthusiasm is contagious and he made it clear with the ‘rondos’ that the ball is the protagonist

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July 16, 2014

Picture of the day: FIFA x4

Rumour: Mathieu signing imminent


July 15, 2014

Number of the Day: 17

Barcelona B back to work

Quote of the Day: Three’s a crowd?

Barcelona B sign Deportivo midfielder ‘Bicho’ on loan

The Front: Mundo Deportivo (15.7.2014)

The Front: Sport (15.7.2014)

Picture of the day: Back to work

Bartra: “People will see a better player”

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