Quote of the Day: Not perfect

Quote of the Day: Not perfect

I’m not perfect, but I’m limited edition.”

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Coach Culé: The Ultimate Prediction Game

Coach Culé: The Ultimate Prediction Game

totalBarça presents Coach Culé: The Ultimate Prediction Game. Brought to you by Footynews!

This is your chance to prove not only your knowledge about the game of football, but also your Blaugrana insight by cracking the code of Barça’s coaching. It’s time for you to…

Predict FC Barcelona’s Starting Lineup

For upcoming match: FC Barcelona vs Almeria

More game and prize details after the jump.

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Pellegrini suspended two matches

Pellegrini suspended two matches

UEFA’s control and disciplinary body has banned Manchester City head coach Manuel Pellegrini for three UEFA competitions games, one of which is under probation for two years.” Thereby Pellegrini is prevented from accessing the dressing room at Camp Nou or partaking in any kind of communication with any of his players or staff during the match. He will be suspended for a second match, either if Manchester City turn a home 2-0 first leg deficit around and progress, something that has been done only once (last year by Barça), or otherwise the match will carry over to the 2014/15 season. The probationary match will only come into effect if the manager breaches rules again in the two year span.

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The Front: Sport (1.3.2014)

the front sport mar 1 2014

VÍCTOR STILL HASN’T DECIDED HIS FUTURE

VALDÉS IS OFFERED TO THE PREMIER

He has a pre-contract with Monaco that he can break with an escape clause

He is speaking with Liverpool and City but Txiki Begiristain isn’t thinking of signing him at this time

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The Front: Mundo Deportivo (1.3.2014)

the front MD mar 1 2014

HALILOVIC: “I’M GOING TO BARÇA”

The young talent confirmed his signing for the azulgrana club

He signed for five seasons, his price is 5.2 million plus variables and, to begin, he will play with the B team

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Picture of the day: Forget something, Valdés?

Picture of the day: Forget something, Valdés?

Hey, Víctor! Were you in a hurry this morning? Did you lose a bet? Did you get mugged on your way to training? Because your pants are missing.

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Munir El Haddadi earns first Barca B call-up

Munir El Haddadi earns first Barca B call-up

18-year-old Juvenil A striker Munir El Haddadi has been called up by Eusebio Sacristán for Barcelona B’s match against Mallorca on Saturday, his first ever summons to the B team. Equally adept as a winger and a striker, Munir is widely regarded as one of the best attackers in La Masia, and he is a regular feature on Barcelona’s weekly top five goal videos from the youth teams. In addition to his extraordinary left-footed shot, the youngster has a seemingly endless reserve of creativity and dribbling skills, drawing comparisons to a Barcelona legend, Rivaldo. This excellent news comes just a few days after Munir received his first call-up to the Spain U-19 team for a friendly against Holland, along with fellow Barcelona youngsters Adama Traoré, Alex Grimaldo, and Sandro Ramirez. A great week for Munir El Haddadi, and a great sign for Barcelona’s future.

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Seven from Barça picked for Spain squad

Seven from Barça picked for Spain squad

Vicente del Bosque has announced his 22-man list for the international friendly against Italy next week. The coach picked up the following seven FC Barcelona players: Víctor Valdés, Jordi Alba, Xavi Hernández, Andrés Iniesta, Cesc Fàbregas, Sergio Busquets and Pedro Rodríguez.

Gerard Piqué didn’t make the list because of his calf injury, while it was said that despite the coach leaving out Carles Puyol, Del Bosque claims that he is “not writing him off” and that there will be no doubt in the Barça captain’s participation once he goes back to being fit and playing regularly. A somewhat surprise inclusion was former Barcelona player Thiago Alcántara, who has been sensational in Pep Guardiola’s Bayern Munich and looks likely to be selected for the World Cup in Brazil. Full squad below.

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Cuenca out for four weeks

Cuenca out for four weeks

Isaac Cuenca picked up an injury in yesterday’s afternoon training in Ciutat Esportiva. The Spanish winger who just recently recovered from a long-term injury has now torn the biceps femoris in his left leg, and will be out of action for the next four weeks.

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Rafinha named La Liga player of the month

Rafinha named La Liga player of the month

FC Barcelona’s on loan man at Celta Rafinha Alcántara was named by the LFP La Liga’s best player in February 2014. That is certainly welcomed news as one of Barça’s loanees is truly thriving in a circumstance with regular game time.

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Official: Halilović announces Barça move

Official: Halilović announces Barça move

17-year-old Dinamo Zagreb midfielder Alen Halilović has confirmed a move to FC Barcelona on his official Facebook and Instagram accounts. The young Croatian is regarded as one of the best midfield talents in the world, drawing comparisons to Andrés Iniesta and even Lionel Messi, due to his excellent left foot. He has made 48 appearances for the Dinamo first team in the last two seasons, becoming the youngest goalscorer in the Prva HNL,  the second-youngest player to ever feature in the Champions League, and the youngest ever player to debut for the Croatian national team in the process. The transfer fee is rumored to be somewhere between three and ten million euros, and Halilović would play a year with the B team before promotion.

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Fabregas: “The whole team is behind Tata Martino”

Fabregas: “The whole team is behind Tata Martino”

Following Iniesta and Xavi‘s press conferences on Tuesday and Wednesday, Cesc Fabregas spoke on Thursday with similar encouraging words, self-criticising himself and the team’s performances in Anoeta against Real Sociedad. “We’re the first to know that we didn’t play a good game. We lacked mobility, intensity and precision, things that are vital to win a game.” The midfielder also added, “We’ve analysed the game, we know where we made mistakes and now we have to recover everything that we didn’t do.”

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The Front: Mundo Deportivo (28.2.2014)

the front MD feb 28 2014

THE GERMAN WAY

MÜLLER, TER STEGEN, HUMMELS

Barça has set their objective for reinforcements in the Bundesliga

Ter Stegen has already passed his medical exam, Müller doesn’t count much for Pep and Hummels is ready to come.

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The Front: Sport (28.2.2014)

the front sport feb 28 2014

HALILOVIĆ WILL BE AN IMPORTANT FIGURE

THE MESSI OF CROATIA

READY TO SIGN, BARÇA DNA

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Picture of the day: Fancy a drink?

Picture of the day: Fancy a drink?

Andrés Iniesta is more than FC Barcelona’s midfield genius, he also has his own winery. Bodega Iniesta is a family-run wine cellar which was begun by Andrés’ father, José Antonio. Bodega Iniesta controls the growing,  production and commercialisation of wines from its own vineyards in Fuentealbilla.

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Carles Pérez: La Masia’s finest?

Carles Pérez: La Masia’s finest?

La Masia hosts a huge number of talents. In this pool of talent, some bright stars are still able to shine. If La Masia had a Ballon D’Or equivalent for its players, this boy would be at the podium, to say the least. He is a 16-year-old who admires Neymar (who was a nightmare for Barça before signing for the club) and is a regular fixture for Spain’s U-16 team. Ladies and gentlemen, meet Carles Pérez.

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Best goals from La Masia


Weekend 22-23 February

Featuring Iker Merino (Benjamín A), Miqui Puerto (Cadete B), Monchu (CadeteB), Munir El Haddadi (Juvenil A) and Toni Caravaca (Benjamín A)

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Marc Bartra to sign contract extension next week

Marc Bartra to sign contract extension next week

Culés have already received the happy news of Marc Bartra’s contract renewal, which the club announced on January the 15th on the centre-back’s birthday. Bartra had been reluctant to commit his long-term future to the club, due to his little playing time last season, and of course due to the rumours of a new centre-back signing. In the end he agreed. Nevertheless, the 23-year-old has not put pen to paper yet, and that has made some Blaugranas worried. Fortunately, there won’t be a reason to worry any more, as the Masia graduate is set to sign the new contract this week. Reasons for the postponement were simply because of the club’s heavy schedule as well as the string of legal issues.

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Liverpool to move for Bojan?

Liverpool to move for Bojan?

Bojan Krkić’s story is a sorry one. The 23-year-old striker experienced a fast track to the FC Barcelona first team after becoming La Masia’s highest ever goalscorer, but couldn’t make it, and has been since touring Europe on loan. Yet if English newspaper ‘The Mirror’ is to be believed, Liverpool is to give the striker, who is now loan to Ajax, a new lease of life in the summer transfer window. Read more after the jump.

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Xavi: “We must be positive”

Xavi: “We must be positive”

Xavi Hernández spoke at a press conference on Wednesday to discuss the team’s situation where he was both self-analytical and optimistic of Barça’s season. The loss against Real Sociedad in Anoeta meant that the Catalan club will be chasing the title with three points between them and their bitter rivals, Real Madrid. But Xavi understood the situation and is well optimistic of the future outcome. “Everything is at stake and we have to be positive. We are training hard, in an unusual  week, without a game. Because of last Saturday we’re angry with ourselves. We know it’s the hour of truth, and we can’t fail any more.” More from Xavi after the jump.

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February 27, 2014

Cartoon of the Day: Sport

Le Monde found guilty of slander

Martino suspended one match

The Front: Mundo Deportivo (27.2.2014)

Picture of the day: Brazilian abs

Cartoon of the Day: Sport

Video of the day: Valdés and Iniesta and Spiderman!


February 26, 2014

Lionel Messi in FIFA’s top 10 footballers in history

Iniesta: “We’re with the coach to the death”

Camp Nou gets a new main entrance

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