Thomas Vermaelen, purchased last summer for 19 million euro, is out injured. Again. Or is it still? The Belgian international has a hamstring injury in his right leg that may necessitate surgery. Since his purchase in August, Vermaelen has been out all of August and half of September with the hamstring injury he received during the 2014 World Cup. He went out again at the end of September and had been training alone until November 17 when he was again able to join the team but is now down indefinitely. Vermaelen has featured in exactly one match for FC Barcelona, a Barça B team friendly against Indonesia, and has yet to make his first team debut. Is it too late to get our money back for this guy?
Everyday Spain’s near 20 million football fans visit their local news stand, pick up their preferred periodical poison and either delight or disgust in the latest happenings of their favorite club. And whether Marca in Madrid or Mundo Deportivo in Catalonia, a café con leche is always part of the morning football ritual. So pour one yourself and find out what’s happening today in Barça nation.
All available first team players and Barça B’s Munir travel today to Cyprus, when tomorrow FC Barcelona face APOEL Nicosia in the UEFA Champions Leauge group stage game. Excluded from the exhibition are Andrés Iniesta, who still waits for green light from Club Medical Service, and Thomas Vermaelen who suffers from a right hamstring injury. Apart from players and technical staff, president Josep Maria Bartomeu, vice-president Javier Faus directors Silvio Elías, Josep Ramon Vidal-Abarca and Pau Vilanova, and director of sport Andoni Zubizarreta are traveling with the team to Cyprus. Full squad list below.
The Ratings… Everyone’s 2nd favorite part to a post-match analysis, after the Post-Match Review of course. It is now your turn to show us what you think of the players’ performances. Let’s see how you all do!
To those of you who watched the game against Sevilla, you witnessed history in the making. You got to watch a 27-year-old do the impossible and achieve what others only dream of. Lionel Messi is now La Liga’s all-time top scorer with 253 goals, surpassing the legendary Telmo Zarra, and we had the pleasure of watching his journey up until this moment.
What Messi does cannot be put into words. It’s not about the goals alone because seeing Leo on the pitch wearing the Barça kit ignites a warmth of its own, a feeling that only very few cúles could actually describe. We here at totalBarça would like to take a moment to appreciate having the greatest footballer player of all-time on our side, and being lucky enough to watch him do what he does best week in and week out. Because there’s only one Leo Messi.
Like all stunning moments in life, the Barcelona-Sevilla game yesterday made us reexamine what we take as given. At the core of it all was Lionel Messi, and at the core of Messi is one question: “How the hell did he do that?” But there were other questions too, like: “Wait, so that guy with the goofy smile being lifted in the air is the one who’s going to leave Barcelona?” or “Weren’t Sevilla supposed to be good?” or “Weren’t we supposed to be terrible?” My question, admittedly, would have to be “How do I write about him?”
Lionel Messi now holds the record for most goals in La Liga’s history after surpassing Telmo Zarra’s record of 251 goals. There are no words to describe the Argentine and next Tuesday, Messi may also break yet another record of most goals scored in the UEFA Champions League. The record belongs to Real Madrid’s legend, Raúl González with 71 goals. Messi currently has 71 goals in his account and just needs one goal to break the record. In the video, the club’s directors, coach and players congratulate Messi for breaking Zarra’s record.
FC Barcelona’s president, Josep Maria Bartomeu, praised Leo Messi after he became the all time scorer in La Liga history, saying; “I congratulate him. We’ll have Leo here for many more years. We are delighted with what he has achieved, it’s a huge satisfaction … We knew the record was going to come. It made me very happy to see him equal it, for him, for the team and for the club”.
Saturday night was a joyful night for all cules in the world. Barça beat Sevilla 5-1, Messi broke Telmo Zarra’s record, and the critics have been shut once again. While Leo got all the attention, Saturday night’s game was a special one for Ivan Rakitić , who scored a header against his former team from a beautiful assist from Suárez , and chose not to celebrate out of respect. Rakitić spoke to El Mercador after the game, and highlighted that the team really needed the boost after a few hard weeks. “We needed a good game like this to get our morale back and win the fans’ confidence. We needed to make sure they’re on our side.”
Ever since last night’s game, Lionel Messi has been the headline of every story after breaking Telmo Zarra’s long standing record with a beautiful hat-trick. FC Barcelona are lucky to have him. But it’s okay, Messi’s history will mention Sevilla as well – albeit, not in the way they might have wanted. Twenty-one goals against the Andalucians made them joint favourite victims of the great Leo Messi. Any guess who are they joint with? That’s right, the other favourite victim of La Pulga are Barça’s eternal rivals, Real Madrid. Ironically, Messi’s last hat-trick, before the one on Saturday, was also against Real Madrid.
So what do you think it is? Do Sevilla and Real Madrid have something in common that triggers Leo? Maybe it’s the white shirts…
This kind of scoreline is usually not a good one for commentary. With this kind of scoreline, even a neutral would sit back and watch a game of the Liga Adelante. Yet from a Barcelona B perspective, the game against Ponferradina was both the best, and the worst example of how to manage a two-goal lead away from home. Eusebio’s men came back from behind to earn a two goal lead twice, but somehow Ponferradina managed to equalise within the space of two minutes. Read more…
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