Official: Deulofeu joins Sevilla on year-long loan

Official: Deulofeu joins Sevilla on year-long loan

FC Barcelona attacker Gerard Deulofeu (20) will join Sevilla FC on loan for one year. Deulofeu joins Barcelona B’s Denis Suárez at Sevilla and culés can look forward to these two talented youngsters lighting up the Andalusian side for the next year.

totalBarça wishes Gerard all the best on his footballing journey!

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This is what Suárez misses

This is what Suárez misses

I’m aware doom and gloom is the order of the day (years?), but despite the Court of Sport Arbitration (CAS) ruling reducing Luis Suárez’s match ban, FC Barcelona should do just fine without him. Details after the jump.

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Breaking: CAS uphold Suárez match ban

Breaking: CAS uphold Suárez match ban

Though unofficial at this time, as the CAS website has crashed, various press members and outlets are reporting the Court of Sports Arbitration (CAS) have upheld Luis Suárez’s four month ban. They have however lifted the absurd component prohibiting him doing “all football activities”, meaning the Uruguayan can now participate in all FC Barcelona activities save actual competition. This ruling is contrary to what several sport law professionals had anticipated, believing FIFA’s ruling was going to be seen as disproportionate based on the original intention of the statute the world governing body used to apply the four month ban at domestic club level. The recidivism of the act must have been a deciding factor.

An official statement will be posted when available.

And yes, that does mean he will officially debut against Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabéu.

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Márquez will make Camp Nou return at Gamper

Márquez will make Camp Nou return at Gamper

In a message posted on his Facebook account, Rafa Márquez confirmed he will play in the Gamper despite making a move from Club León to Hellas Verona.

On August 18th, Rafa will play his final match as a Club León player when he takes to the Camp Nou in the Joan Gamper Trophy match against FC Barcelona.

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The Front: Mundo Deportivo (14.8.2014)

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SUAREZ’S DAY

                This afternoon, TAS will announce if they will reduce Suárez’s tough sanction. Barça is optimistic because the right to train and to work is inalienable.

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Cartoon of the Day: Sport

Cartoon of the Day: Sport

BARÇA IS OPTIMISTIC ABOUT THE DECISION FROM THE CAS HEARING

BLATTER: “I have already achieved my objective… to mess with the culés for a while”

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Picture of the day: Futbol or Football?

Picture of the day: Futbol or Football?

Marc Bartra looks like he was playing American football in training yesterday. You’re a centerback, Marc, not a quarterback.

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CAS’s decision on Suárez to be announced tomorrow

CAS’s decision on Suárez to be announced tomorrow

The court of arbitration for sport has announced that they will reveal their decision regarding new FC Barcelona player Luis Suárez’s FIFA ban tomorrow at 3 PM (CET). Suárez’s hearing was on Friday, the 8th of August where he presented his arguments before the CAS. The player was accompanied by his agent Pere Guardiola, Lucas Ferrer, Jordi López, and Alejandro Balbi. The hearing lasted for five hours and it seems like the player and his lawyers are feeling optimistic ahead of the court’s decision.

Suárez’s ban prohibits him from all ‘football activity’ and is set to expire in late October if the player’s appeal to the CAS is rejected.

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Camp Nou players tunnel gets facelift

The players’ route to taking to the pitch at a stadium can be a very long one, and the tunnel is usually where they spend most time in the countdown to a match. Andrés Iniesta called it “the worst place you can be at” in a documentary for Spain’s 2010 World Cup win, but the Pale Knight may as well be forced to change his view of players tunnels given the stunning new face of the Camp Nou players tunnel. Read more…

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Messi: “Our fans deserve it”

Messi: “Our fans deserve it”

Lionel Messi is back to training following the World Cup, and the Argentine ace seems to have perfectly understood his responsibilities after his teammates selected him as one of the Barça captains. The 27-year-old took to his official Facebook account to promise the fans that the players are doing their best to return to winning ways. The ‘Flea’ posted the following message:

“Very important week of training sessions. We need to prepare ourselves as best we can for the competitions that are about to start. We must make this season count, our fans deserve it. A hug.”

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Vermaelen: “I’ll be trying to do my best”

Here’s new man Thomas Vermaelen speaking on the transition, his respect for Carles Puyol, looking forward to being in Barcelona and his famous doppelganger.

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Tata Martino appointed Argentina manager

Tata Martino appointed Argentina manager

As has long been suspected, Gerardo Tata Martino has been officially appointed manager of the Argentenian national team with a contract that extends to 2018. Like with FC Barcelona, his long time number two Jorge Pautasso joins him as does his fitness man Elvio Palolorosso. His debut match will be on September 3 against Germany in Dusseldorf.

Some outlets also reported that he will oversee the under 20 set up, assisting also in selection and transition to the senior squad.

Congratulations Tata. Best of luck!

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The Front: Mundo Deportivo (13.8.2014)

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BRUTAL ‘ELEVEN’

NEYMAR, MESSI, LUIS SUÁREZ, INIESTA, BUSQUETS, RAKITIĆ, ALBA, MATHIEU, PIQUÉ, CUADRADO (NOT SIGNED), TER STEGEN

LUIS ENRIQUE COULD LINE UP A DREAM STARTING TEAM

After reinforcing all positions, Barca could be devastating. The trident formed by Messi, Neymar and Luis Suárez is the jewel in the crown.

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The Front: Sport (13.8.2014)

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CUADRADO WANTS TO SIGN

MANCHESTER UNITED KEEPS UP THE PRESSURE

The Columbian communicated with Barça that he is waiting for their offer. Fiorentina gave the date of August 20 as the limit for the sale.

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Picture of the Day: Andrés alla Picasso

Picture of the Day: Andrés alla Picasso

On the occasion of the launch Sky Sports 5, a new Sky channel, English artist John Myatt has incorporated the faces of some of football’s greats, namely Cristiano Ronaldo, Steven Gerrard, Andrea Pirlo, Arjen Robben, and our very own Don Andrés Iniesta, into famous paintings produced by famed painters from the footballer’s home countries.

Iniesta’s face has been stylized in the fashion of Pablo Picasso’s ‘Portrait of Dora Maar’. The others four have been painted in the styles of Vincent Van Gogh (Robben), Columbano Bordalo Pinheiro (Cristiano), Joshua Reynolds (Gerrard), and Leonardo Da Vinci (Pirlo).

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Rafinha called up to Brazil U21 team

Rafinha called up to Brazil U21 team

Rafinha Alcantara has been called up to the Brazilian under-21 team for three friendlies in September which will be held in Qatar. The matches against Qatar, Lebanon, and Egypt will serve as preparation for the under-21s for the 2016 Olympics, which Brazil are hosting. The Olympics are the only football competition that Brazil has competed in but not won, and youth coach Alexandre Gallo is beginning his team’s preparations well in advance to have a better shot at winning gold. Rafinha featured for Brazil with the under-20 team at the 2013 South American Youth Championship.

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Denis Suárez: “When Barça came calling, City offered me a renewal”

Denis Suárez: “When Barça came calling, City offered me a renewal”

Denis Suárez was one of the stand-out performers in the Barcelona B side that finished third last season in the Liga Adelante. This season, the Galicia-born midfielder finds himself at Sevilla, where he will play on loan for two years. In an interview with ‘El País’, Suárez revealed he preferred to sign for Barcelona rather than staying at Manchester City, despite of the fact that coach Manuel Pellegrini had told him that he would count on him. After the jump you will find Denis’ most important quotes…

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A century since Barça’s first doctor

A century since Barça’s first doctor

In the history of FC Barcelona there have been many important dates. Yet few people will know that today is one of the milestone dates in Barcelona’s route to becoming a fully professional club. Exactly 100 years ago, on August 12th 1914, the club appointed its first official team doctor. Read more…

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Video of the Day: 30 second 1 touch rondo

Featuring Alex Song sporting some next level short shorts.

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Medical: Ter Stegen and Mathieu update

Medical: Ter Stegen and Mathieu update

Nothing to worry about regarding Marc-André ter Stegen and Jérémy Mathieu. The German keeper has been confirmed to have a minor back bruise which should clear up with a few days of specialized recovery work. Regarding the French defender, he was given the medical all clear this morning after training following a slight hamstring pull.

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August 12, 2014

Number of the Day: 10

The Front: Mundo Deportivo (12.8.2014)

The Front: Sport (12.8.2014)

Cartoon of the Day: Sport

Picture of the day: Snoop Barça Dogg

Iniesta: “Suárez can’t wait to start”

Ter Stegen suffers slight back injury


August 11, 2014

Neymar Jr back in training

An interview with Neymar Jr.

Medical: Vermaelen still injured

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