Yesterday, July 11, marked the five year anniversary of Spain’s World Cup win in South Africa. The gentlemen above, Carles Puyol, Xavi Hernández, and Iker Casillas, were instrumental in winning that trophy. All three gentleman have now moved on from their long-time teams, the difference being that Puyol and Xavi were feted and celebrated and given the send-offs they deserved, while Casillas is being all but thrown out the back door by his club. Makes you even prouder to be a culé, doesn’t it?
The Three Musketeers?
If one were to put aside their preferred candidate and observe the ongoing presidential elections with a semblance of neutrality, they might find difficulty in precisely delineating one set of promises from the other. La Masia, L’Espai Barça, a club-endorsed travelling agency, and even Paul Pogba, have all ostensibly become the pillars upon the foundation of each candidate’s platform.
With that in mind, Joan Laporta’s bombastic suggestion for Toni Freixa and Agustí Benedito to “join forces” and form a rather unholy coalition can perhaps be conceptually reconciled. Indeed the former president wasn’t wide of the mark with his assessment when he declared that “all the candidates with the exception of Josep Maria Bartomeu could go together [in the elections].”
Arda Turan excited in his presentation in Camp Nou, with 6000 people in the stands
“When I received the offer from Barça, I didn’t need to listen to anything more”
“Xavi is irreplaceable, Messi is the best and Iniesta is my idol”
ARDA TURAN, TURKISH PASSION IN CAMP NOU
WITH BARÇA IN HIS HEART
“All my life I’ve wanted to play at Barcelona”
“I can’t replace Xavi, no one can be Xavi”
CREST OF THE BARCELONISTAS
NEW CREST OF THE TURANISTAS (BARBA means beard)
The Penya Barcelonista Iniesta of Fuentealbilla held a gala dinner for their hometown hero, Andrés Iniesta. Above, Don Andrés accepts a golden pin from his mother, Mari.
First things first, I do not like Josep Maria Bartomeu or any of the ideas he proposes. As far as I am concerned he’s to Barcelona what Bernie Madoff was to Wall Street, make of it what you will. That, however, is my own opinion and does not reflect the views or values of totalBarça.
With the elections around the corner, the candidates are on a mission to convince the eligible socis to cast votes for their project. Attached to those projects are promises, from star signings to improved economic conditions.
A key part of the utterly bizarre story (chronicled previously on totalBarça) that is Arda Turan’s transfer to Barcelona has been Josep Maria Bartomeu’s insistence that the signing was Luis Enrique’s express wish. While that claim was almost certainly exaggerated for Bartomeu’s political advantage, one can assume that Arda was at least on Luis Enrique’s list. After all, Bartomeu would be foolhardy to go against the treble-winning manager’s wishes at this critical juncture, where any sort of contradictory statement from Lucho would severely endanger the incumbent’s chances of reelection. If it’s safe to assume that any players in Barcelona’s squad for next season are there by consent of the manager, what does Arda Turan’s signing tell us about the type of team Luis Enrique is building?
Arda arrived in Barcelona very excited and will dress out today for the presentation in Camp Nou, to take place at 11:30
Vidal, in Andorra, supports the arrival of the Turk: “He has a lot of football that he hasn’t been able to show. He’ll surprise us all.”