El Clásico referee announced

El Clásico referee announced

Refereeing in the clásico is always destined to be a matter of debate. Over the past few years many referees have come under fire for their decisions in the fiercest football game in Europe. This year’s first clásico will see a change in guard. 30-year-old Gil Manzano, of the Extremaduran committee has been selected by the RFEF (Royal Spanish Football Federation) as the man to oversee the first clásico of the season at the Santiago Bernabéu on October 25th.

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Barça featured in 2015 Guinness World Record book

Barça featured in 2015 Guinness World Record book

The 2015 Guinness World Records book has been released in most countries, featuring a brand new sports section. Barcelona has earned two entries in the book: one for the team and one for Neymar Jr. Read more…

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Suárez and his golden boot

Suárez and his golden boot

For the first time in seven seasons the European Golden Boot winner goes to a player from the Premier League. Well, kind of. Firstly, while the goals were scored (31 goals) for Liverpool, Luis Suárez is now an FC Barcelona player. Secondly, for the first time since 2004/5 the award is shared, this year with Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo.

Suárez received the award this evening in Barcelona from Liverpool legend and Kenny Dalglish, who described the Uruguayan as a “fantastic player, its a pleasure to watch him play”. The striker himself was very thankful to Liverpool and all they did for him. “This is a very special moment. I want to thank first the most important people, my wife and daughters, and then to everyone at Liverpool, teammates and staff, for the three and a half years I was there. Now I start a new era, I am fulfilling a dream being here at Barça.”

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The little big Dane: An interview with Allan Simonsen

The little big Dane: An interview with Allan Simonsen

If you have been a long time culé, or simply a Dane, the name Allan Simonsen would ring a bell. The former Danish international spent three years of his career in FC Barcelona. Born in 1952 in Vejle, Denmark, Allan quickly showed his potential as a footballer and by the age of 20 he signed a professional contract with Borussia Mönchengladbach, which resulted in three championships in a row. In 1977, Allan joined the company of players such as Johan Cruyff and Franz Beckenbauer by winning the Ballon D’or, the first and only Danish footballer to achieve this prize.

In the summer of ’79 Allan joined FC Barcelona and he quickly proved to be a fan favourite. With the same characteristics of some of today’s Barcelona players, Allan was named “El pequeño gran danés,” meaning the little big Dane. He was a small but quick footballer who wasn’t afraid of taking on defenders. In 1981, Barcelona won the Copa Del Rey and the year after, Allan scored the decisive goal in the 2-1 victory over Standard Liége to help Barça win the European Cup Winners Cup final. Barcelona brought in Diego Maradona that summer and because of the regulations on foreigners, Allan decided to leave the club. Allan Simonsen is said to have played some of his best football in the Blaugrana jersey and totalBarça had the opportunity to have a talk with the Danish hall of famer, or “the gentle man of football” as he is called back home. Read more after the jump!

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The Front: Sport (15.10.2014)

the front sport oct 15 2014

HE’S FULL OF ENERGY

4 GOALS FROM NEYMAR

“I DON’T KNOW WHERE MY LIMIT IS”

Phenomenal beginning to the season for the crack with 14 goals in 13 matches

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The Front: Mundo Deportivo (15.20.2014)

the front MD oct 15 2014

DYNAMITE

NEYMAR: 4 GOALS, MESSI: 2 GOALS, SUÁREZ: 2 GOALS

Barça’s luxury trident is on top ten days from the Clasico: A poker from Ney and doubles from Leo and Luis

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Cartoon of the Day: Sport

Cartoon of the Day: Sport

INIESTA OVERSHADOWS CR7 FOR THE ‘GOLDEN FOOT’

RONALDO: “To avoid more situations like this I will need the help of… Little Blatter

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Picture of the day: I’m a little busy but…

Picture of the day: I’m a little busy but…

Lionel Messi is habitually nice to pitch invaders. This one ran onto the field in the 87th minute of Argentina’s match in Hong Kong and Messi obliged him with an autograph.

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Four Blaugranas called by Spain U-17s

Four Blaugranas called by Spain U-17s

Spain U-17 coach Santi Denia has announced the 18-man squad that will be on the plane to Slovakia for the Elite Round of the UEFA U-17 championship. Barcelona is the best represented team on the list, as usual, with four players. Carles Aleñà, Carles Pérez, Marc Cucurella, and Dani Morer are those who have made the squad.

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Deulofeu: “My career has always been perfect”

Deulofeu: “My career has always been perfect”

Currently out on loan to Sevilla, FC Barcelona forward Gerard Deulofeu shared some insight on his time in the Premier League and his career ambitions in Spain. More after the jump.

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Suárez: Comeback against Real Madrid is fate

Suárez: Comeback against Real Madrid is fate

Less than two weeks is left before Luis Suárez – Barça’s most expensive player ever – is finally eligible to play, and what better scenario for a comeback than playing in the biggest match in club football – El Clásico . The Uruguayan striker spoke to Barça magazine in depth about his four months away from football, expressing his excitement at being able to play once again with “spectacular players” such as Messi, Neymar, Xavi and Iniesta. Suárez also commented on La Masia and it’s facilities after visiting them, “I am amazed and surprised by the facilities” he said. “And the spaces where the children are looked after in every way, with their studies, their diet, their timetables. It’s all been a surprise for me, especially how well behaved the children are. I wish I had the chance to be raised like this.”

The magazine shows some exclusive old pictures of Luis Suarez visiting the Camp Nou museum with his wife Sofia back in the Ronaldinho era. Looking back at them, the 27-year-old now says, “I could never have imagined back then that one day I would be playing in such a magnificent stadium.” Words of a lifelong cule. Don’t miss out on Luis Suárez’ full interview, right after the jump! Continue reading »

Iniesta awarded the ‘Golden Foot’ for 2014

Iniesta awarded the ‘Golden Foot’ for 2014

Andrés Iniesta is certainly no longer ‘Andresito.’ ‘El Ilusionista’ is now 30, but fortunately those who are supposedly in the last of their prime years are still recognised. Iniesta was one of the ten nominees for the Golden Foot award, the award for the best player of the year aged over 29. The Barça midfielder traveled to Monaco on Monday where he was awarded the Golden Foot. Read more…

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The Front: Sport (14.10.2014)

the front sport oct 14 2014

TREMBLE, MADRID!

THE GOAL ‘KILLER’  IS ALREADY HERE

Luis Suárez made two goals, one of them a ‘vaselina,’ against Oman (0-3)

The Uruguayan, on top: “I look forward to playing in the Bernabéu”

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The Front: Mundo Deportivo (14.10.2014)

the front MD oct 14 2014

 

LUIS SUÁREZ’ DOUBLE

The Uruguayan made two goals against Oman in a test for the Clasico

DESTINY: “If it is right that I return at the Bernabéu, then it will be there.”

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Cartoon of the Day: Sport

Cartoon of the Day: Sport

DIEGO COSTA: “In games with ‘La Roja’ no one saw a pepper… …but finally I saw a goal”

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Picture of the day: The Man in Black

Picture of the day: The Man in Black

Or The Man With the Golden Foot. Andres Iniesta accepts the Golden Foot award in Monaco for his performance during the 2013/14 season.

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Masip nominated as best Liga Adelante keeper

Masip nominated as best Liga Adelante keeper

Barça B’s third place finish last season meant that the team equaled the highest league finish in the team’s history. Many players rose to prominence en route to the record, but one in particular stood out: Jordi Masip. The 25-year-old is now a first team goalkeeper, but to win his place he had to pull off some amazing saves for the B team. His contribution has not gone unnoticed by the LFP, who has nominated him for the award of the best goalkeeper in the Liga Adelante last season, alongside Eibar’s Xavi Irureta, whose team won the league, and Deportivo La Coruña’s Germán Lux, whose team finished second.

Masip may or may not get the award, but he deserves it fully.

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Piqué: “I play with discomfort”

Piqué: “I play with discomfort”

Gerard Piqué caused some confusion when he played with FC Barcelona against Villarreal last month two days after being released from international duty because of injury. He told Spanish daily AS that he is dealing with a hip injury and has had injections of painkillers in order to play for the club. “What happened was that Luis Enrique, who also knew about my situation, felt I was needed by the team to play against Villarreal… But I was being treated by the doctors, who prescribed me [the pain-killer] Voltaren, and during the international break I had to receive injections.” More after the jump.

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The Front: Sport (13.10.2014)

the front sport oct 13 2014

LUXEMBOURG 0, SPAIN 4

A VICTORY TO CALM THEIR SPIRITS

Del Bosque left Iker Casillas on the bench and trusted in the blaugranas to save the day against Luxembourg

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The Front: Mundo Deportivo (13.10.2014)

the front MD oct 13 2014

ZUBI, ON ZARRA’S RECORD

“Messi deserves a tribute”

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October 13, 2014

Picture of the day: Captain Iniesta

Match Review: Real Racing de Santander 0-0 FC Barcelona B


October 12, 2014

Suárez and Rakitić at the centre of the action

Spain U-21 draw as Ter Stegen’s Germany win

The Front: Mundo Deportivo (12.10.2014)

The Front: Sport (12.10.2014)

Picture of the day: New toons


October 11, 2014

First Impressions: Midfielders

First Impressions: Center-backs

Match Preview: Racing Santander – FC Barcelona B

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