On this Day: Rivaldo to the rescue

June 17, 2001. Only a draw would take Barça into the Champions League spots. 2-3 down at Camp Nou with next to no time to play. Then Rivaldo did what will never be forgotten.

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The Front: Mundo Deportivo (18.6.2014)

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A FINAL

Only a win will do for Spain in order to continue and Del Bosque asks for more commitment

Iniesta speaks for the whole of the dressing room and assures “we can qualify”

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The Front: Sport (18.6.2014)

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LIFE OR DEATH

SPAIN PLAY FOR ANY CHANCE IN THE WORLD CUP AGAINST CHILE

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Neymar impresses in goalless draw

Neymar impresses in goalless draw

In a goalless yet entertaining game, Brazil were held to a draw in their second 2014 World Cup game against the always difficult Mexico. Both teams failed to capitalize on their chances throughout the 90 minutes. The result keeps Brazil on top of Group A with four points, with Mexico on their tail with four points as well. FC Barcelona’s Neymar Jr. and Dani Alves played the entire game. Continue reading for more details.

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Lionel Messi cleared in tax case

Lionel Messi cleared in tax case

Finally some good news regarding the legal predicaments surrounding FC Barcelona and its footballers. The judge presiding over Jorge and Lionel Messi’s tax evasion case in Gavà declared yesterday that Lionel himself will not be held responsible regardless of what the final decision of the court is. The judge asserted that Leo was “unaware and on the margin of the financial and business structure that his financial advisers had created to manage his income and obligatory fiscal payments“. The conclusion is certainly welcomed but not surprising as Jorge Messi himself told the court from the start Leo was uninvolved in this aspect of his life, and those familiar with Messi personally also knew that Leo do not enjoy being involved in these matters.

The case however continues and Jorge Messi is not off the hook. There is also an ongoing case in Argentina where the Messi family are taking legal against their former financial adviser.

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Picture of the day: Stretch it out

Picture of the day: Stretch it out

The heat and the humidity of Brazil has been taking its toll on all the teams. Here we see the Spanish team stretching their hamstrings during practice. Let’s see what this will do for the match against Chile.

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Quote of the Day: Did Cesc let it slip?

Quote of the Day: Did Cesc let it slip?

I don’t know, I never looked at it like that. Xavi and Puyol have decided to take a different path, to be closer to their families, to get away from such demanding pursuits. Víctor and I have taken personal and professional decisions.

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Official: Gamper 2014 on August 18 against Léon

Official: Gamper 2014 on August 18 against Léon

The annual Joan Gamper Trophy match is set for August 18th against Mexican club Léon de Guanjuato. Léon is the club of former Barça man Rafa Márquez, who just captained Mexico for record setting fourth consecutive World Cup. Mexico follow the non-straightforward league format familiar in South America, so Léon are the reigning champions of Mexcio’s 2014 closing championship and 2013′s opening championship.

The evening will additionally be utilized to stage testimonials for Carles Puyol and Víctor Valdés.

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Changes in the FC Barcelona board

Changes in the FC Barcelona board

FC Barcelona (FCB) held a press conference today to announce some changes to the board of directors. First and foremost, Eduard Coll, the director of the handball team as well as vice president of the FCB Foundation, has resigned from the Barcelona board. Catalan daily SPORT report that this is due to disagreements with club president Josep Maria Bartomeu. Also, Pilar Guinovart, until recently the director of the Social Area, has stepped down, although she will still remain an employee of the club in other capacities. Taking over her responsibilities is Pau Vilanova, who was named as the new social director back in May, but has now officially been introduced as a member of the Barcelona board.

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Cesc: “I asked to leave the club”

Cesc: “I asked to leave the club”

Cesc Fàbregas cleared up the details of his departure during an interview with Cadena Cope program El Partido de los 12. He stated that the decision to leave the club was his, not the club’s as was widely believed.  “No, they did not kick me out. I asked to leave the club. The president (Josep Maria Bartomeu) tried to block me leaving, but I made the decision very thoughtfully.” More after the jump.

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Blaugranas dominate Copa Catalunya

Blaugranas dominate Copa Catalunya

The Copa Catalunya finals were played this past weekend for most age groups, with La Masia teams impressing. Infantil A, Alevín A, and Benjamín A were crowned champions, as well as the girls of the Femenino Infantil-Alevín team. Read more…

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The Front: Sport (17.6.2014)

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FINAL OFFENSIVE FOR CUADRADO

Barça presents an offer of 25 million and Fiorentina asks 35

The player wants to come and Juve withdraws their bid

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The Front: Mundo Deportivo (17.6.2014)

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RAKITIC CULE

Barça will pay 18 million plus variables and loan Denis Suarez

The second reinforcement, who passed his medical in Brazil, with his new shirt

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Cartoon of the day: Sport (17.6.2014)

Cartoon of the day: Sport (17.6.2014)

CESC SAYS THAT MOU WON HIM OVER

MOURINHO: “That is to say… I’ve brainwashed him (slurped up the coconut) in record time”

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Picture of the day: Bored in the hotel?

Picture of the day: Bored in the hotel?

Looks like Dani and Neymar have been into the hair dye. Is that what the boys do when they are cooped up in the hotel and bored out of their minds?

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Blaugrana MVPs

Blaugrana MVPs

All of Barcelona’s stars playing with their national teams in Brazil have now debuted at the World Cup, and some of them have even managed to stand out with some impressive performances. Neymar Jr. with Brazil, Alexis Sánchez with Chile, and Leo Messi with Argentina have all managed to collect the MVP award for their countries’ respective openers in the competition. Read more…

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Fair Play winners yet again

Fair Play winners yet again

For the fourth season in succession FC Barcelona’s first team and B team are awarded the Spanish Football Federation’s Fair Play Award. Barça finished with 79 fair play points, ahead of Real Sociedad (83) and Athletic Bilbao (85) next.

This is Barcelona’s sixth Fair Play crowning, with the 2005/6 and 2008/09 complementing the previous four seasons. Barça B now claim this recognition for the fifth time: 1998/99, 2010/11 under Luis Enrique and then 2011/12, 2012/13 and 2013/14.

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Breaking: Agreement with Sevilla FC for Ivan Rakitić

Breaking: Agreement with Sevilla FC for Ivan Rakitić

FC Barcelona and Sevilla FC have finally reached an agreement over the transfer of Ivan Rakitić to FC Barcelona. The 26-year old signed a five-year contract while Barça B’s star midfielder, Denis Suárez, will join the Andalusian club for the next two years on loan. Rakitić led Sevilla to European glory this season after defeating SL Benfica in the Europa League final and is also currently playing with Croatia in the 2014 FIFA World Cup. He featured in 29 league games with Sevilla this season in which he scored 12 goals and assisted 10.

Say hello to our newest midfielder!

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Quote of the Day: Relief

Quote of the Day: Relief

The goal was a release for everyone; especially for me.

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Juvenil A: Comeback needed (3-1)

Juvenil A: Comeback needed (3-1)

Barcelona’s Juvenil A side will need to stage a comeback in next week’s rematch at the Miniestadi in order to book a ticket for the Copa Del Rey Juvenil final in Cartagena, as they were defeated 3-1 by Sevilla in the semi-finals first leg.

The match at the Ciudad Deportiva del Sevilla started very well for the team led by Jordi Vinyals, with the Blaugranas creating and missing some good chances to take the lead. However, as time went on, Sevilla grew into the match, and also had chances to take the lead, mainly through dead ball situations, which were proving quite dangerous. Nonetheless, halftime saw the teams draw a blank, after a well-disputed first half played under the intense summer heat of Andalucía. More after the jump.

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June 16, 2014

Edu Bedia to leave Barcelona B

Barça B’s scrapbook for 2013/14

The Front: Mundo Deportivo (16.6.2014)

Cartoon of the day: Sport (16.6.2014)

Picture of the day: Leo delivers

Magical Messi rocks Maracanã


June 15, 2014

Video of the Day: “I want to be world champion”

Quote of the Day: Happy Messi, Better Argie

The totalBarça Project: UNICEF Contribution #8

The Front: Mundo Deportivo (15.6.2014)

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