Copa del Rey Match Preview: FC Barcelona vs Elche CF

Copa del Rey Match Preview: FC Barcelona vs Elche CF

This would probably have been the ideal match to rest Lionel Messi in, versus say, a match against a team that Barcelona does not consistently beat. But alas, #MessiGate appears to have come to a head, and the shambolic state of the club is no longer a perspective left for the pessimistic and moderate. Anyone capable of rubbing two sticks together can now see that whether the rift between coach and talisman is real, exaggerated or entirely fictitious, Barcelona as a club is far beyond the point of corruption and singular malfeasance by its former and current presidents. Whether aimed at Barça manager Luis Enrique or the board itself, a power play has taken place, and as any sane bookie could have predicted, Messi appears to have come out on top.

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The Front: Sport (8.1.2015)

the front sport jan 8 2015

BARTOMEU CONFRONTS THE CRISIS AND ANNOUNCES THAT THERE WILL BE

ELECTIONS IN JUNE

REASONS: “The tension that exists in the club, although disproportionate, could affect the team”

MESSAGE: “I ask the future candidates to act responsibly”

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The Front: Mundo Deportivo (8.1.2015)

the front MD jan 8 2015

BARTOMEU ADVANCES THE ELECTIONS TO THE END OF THE SEASON

TO VOTE

The president announced the measure “to lower the tension in the club which is disproportionate”

“I have spoken to Messi and Luis Enrique and they have told me that everything is OK,” explained Bartomeu

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Cartoon of the Day: Sport

Cartoon of the Day: Sport

EMERGENCY ELECTIONS!

LUIS ENRIQUE’S INTRODUCTION

7 MONTHS LATER

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Picture of the day: Back to business

Picture of the day: Back to business

There’s always another match to train for.

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Ex-Barça: Victor Valdés agrees terms with Manchester United

Ex-Barça: Victor Valdés agrees terms with Manchester United

Callously and unceremoniously ushered out the back door following the professional declaration more than a season in advance that he would be leaving his beloved boyhood club, former Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdés may soon have a new home: Manchester United.

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Breaking: Bartomeu announces 2015 summer elections

Breaking: Bartomeu announces 2015 summer elections

In the still ongoing press conference, Josep Maria Bartomeu announced that the board will call early elections for this coming summer. This is a huge and historic moment for the club and one that will have many millions of culés celebrating.

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Live: Josep Maria Bartomeu’s press conference

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The Front: Mundo Deportivo (7.1.2015)

the front MD jan 7 2015

KEY DAY

Bartomeu uses his position to pacify relations between Luis Enrique and Messi that are damaging Barça

An important sector of the group want Bartomeu to hasten the 2015 elections and he is assessing that

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The Front: Sport (7.1.2015)

the front sport jan 7 2015

RUPTURED

LUIS ENRIQUE AND MESSI AREN’T SPEAKING

BROKEN RELATIONSHIP: There have been insults and threats between them in the past weeks

PUNISHED: The coach started an investigation against Leo after his absence in training

TRAINED ALONE: Leo voluntarily trained yesterday after overcoming gastroenteritis

CAPTAINS’ REUNION: The heavyweights of the dressing room intend to mediate between the two today

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Cartoon of the Day: Sport

Cartoon of the Day: Sport

THE FEUD BETWEEN LUCHO AND MESSI…

WHO WILL WIN?

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Picture of the day: The best of the world

Picture of the day: The best of the world

Politics and personnel aside, Barça is ‘mes que un club.’ It is the best of the world. Hang on, culés, and ride out these wild times.

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Café con leche: January 7, 2015

Café con leche: January 7, 2015

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.

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2015: A black hole?

2015: A black hole?

It’s become very easy for us culés to panic during times of defeat, with pitchforks raised in the air calling for someone’s head. That defeat against Anoeta wasn’t the case, and with only a few days into 2015, things seem darker rather than bright. I’m usually an optimistic man, but looking at the facts before us, it’s hard to believe this year will be successful for the team. Maybe a few individuals will enjoy it, but without any structure, Barça looks like it’s heading into a black hole.

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The Front: Mundo Deportivo (6.1.2015)

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THUNDERSTRUCK!

Bartomeu dismisses Zubi after losing confidence

The president could announce the name of a replacement tomorrow

PUYOL LEAVES BARÇA

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The Front: Sport (6.1.2015)

the front sport jan 6 2015

TOTAL CRISIS!

THE LOSS IN THE ANOETA SET FIRE TO BARCA

Zubi, finished – Messi, angry – Puyol left – Luis Enrique, under question – Bartomeu, cornered

AND NOW WHAT, BARTOMEU?

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Cartoon of the Day: Sport

Cartoon of the Day: Sport

WE CULES RECEIVED OUR FIRST GIFT FROM THE KINGS…

…BUT WE HOPE IT WON’T BE THE LAST

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Picture of the day: Take cover

Picture of the day: Take cover

I am usually not a  “The sky is falling!” type of person, but if Carles Puyol has left the club, then the sky is indeed tumbling down.

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Breaking: Carles Puyol resigns

Breaking: Carles Puyol resigns

Carles Puyol has announced via his official Facebook page that he is ending his professional working relationship with FC Barcelona.

A full translation of his announcement after the jump.

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Breaking: FC Barcelona terminate Zubizarreta’s contract

Breaking: FC Barcelona terminate Zubizarreta’s contract

Whether Andoni Zubizarreta already knew or his comments last night were the impetus, minutes ago FC Barcelona confirmed they have terminated the director of football’s contract. I ask totalBarça readers to take caution….champagne corks can be dangerous objects. President Josep Maria Bartomeu will stage a press conference live tomorrow afternoon on this action and likely others. Official statement below:

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January 5, 2015

Café con leche: January 5, 2015

View The Ratings: Real Sociedad 1-0 FC Barcelona

The Front: Mundo Deportivo (5.1.2015)

The Front: Sport (5.1.2015)

Cartoon of the Day: Sport

Picture of the day: $350 million dollar bench


January 4, 2015

The Ratings: Real Sociedad 1-0 FC Barcelona

The Result: Real Sociedad 1-0 FC Barcelona

I do not trust Luis Enrique

Barça B-Las Palmas: Free fall continued (0-2)

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