Everyone wants Martin but who will he choose?

Everyone wants Martin but who will he choose?

By now people in the football loop have heard of Martin Ødegaard. The 15 year old is a seems the real deal football prodigy, making appearances in 2014 in the Norweigan first division and the senior national team, becoming the youngest every footballer ever to accomplish both. He’s now being courted by Europe’s elites, including of course FC Barcelona. Norwegian paper VG reported yesterday that Ødegaard’s manager at Stromsgodet confirmed the club received an official invitation from Barça to come check out the club and the facilities it can offer him.

However the unresolved FIFA ban creates a hurdle. Unless the Court of Sport Arbitration (CAS) overturn FIFA’s ruling or somehow lessen or modify it, Barça will be unable to legally secure Ødegaard for another year or more. Therefore the strategy appears to woo his heart and ask he be patient until the FIFA issue becomes a thing of the past. But with all the other big guns out there loaded with cash to splurge, competition for his talent will be fierce.

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Barça players around the globe

Barça players around the globe

Luis Enrique won’t have much work to do during the upcoming two weeks after the majority of his players have traveled far and away to join their national teams. Fifteen players were called up this international break, leaving the coach with Jordi Masip, Martín Montoya, Adriano Correia, Dani Alves, Douglas Pereira, Thomas Vermaelen, Xavi Hernández, and Rafinha Alcântara. Continue reading for the details.

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The Front: Mundo Deportivo (7.10.2014)

the front MD oct 7 2014

THE CLASICO IN THE BERNABÉU

LUIS SUÁREZ WANTS TO PLAY

The goalscorer will benefit from Uruguay’s two friendlies and complete his fine-tuning to be on point for Real Madrid

Luis will be ‘fitted’ with the Golden Boot in Barcelona on October 15

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The Front: Sport (7.10.2014)

the front sport oct 7 2014

SUÁREZ PREPARES HIS ASSAULT ON THE BERNABÉU

Luis Enrique has asked him to play both friendlies with Uruguay

He’s trying to pick up the pace and be on top for the clasico on the 25th

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Cartoon of the Day: Sport

Cartoon of the Day: Sport

ANCELOTTI: “I’m still twisted up by Paco Jémez. He said that Zidane can’t manage a team without a license… …and Florentino has been doing it for years.”

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Picture of the day: Mushroom hunting

Picture of the day: Mushroom hunting

Gerard Piqué and his partner, Shakira, spent this past Sunday engaged in a popular autumn activity in Catalonia, gathering wild mushrooms.

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Piqué: “I’m at the best club in the world”

Piqué: “I’m at the best club in the world”

Gerard Piqué took the time to dismiss recent rumors that suggested the departure of the 27-year-old, assuring everyone that he’s extremely happy. “I’m at the best club in the world. I’ve always dreamed of playing here and have no intention of losing. I’ve just renewed my contract and want to finish my career at Barcelona, although you never know.” The defender believes that FC Barcelona is indeed more than a club, and that is why he loves it.  “I love the club for its history, style of play, and identification with Catalonia.”  Continue reading for more.

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Number of the Day: 1,500

Number of the Day: 1,500

FC Barcelona’s 2-0 victory over the weekend against Rayo took the club’s La Liga victory tally to 1,500. The first ever ictory came back in February 1928, the year La Liga was born, against Racing Santander,with two goals from Parera giving Barça coincidentally a 2-0 win.

Much and more has happened in the 86 years, during which the club has managed to secure 22 league trophies.

Which is your favorite victory of 1,500 to date?

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The Front: Sport (6.10.2014)

the front sport oct 6 2014

THE MOST SECURE IN EUROPE

Bravo is the only goalkeeper in all the league who is unbeaten

To beat the next record, Reina’s in 1973, he can’t let in goals against Eibar or Madrid

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The Front: Mundo Deportivo (6.10.2014)

the front MD oct 6 2014

MACHINES

Messi and Neymar have collaborated on 19 of the 22 goals Barça has made this season

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Cartoon of the Day: Sport

Cartoon of the Day: Sport

POSSESSION AND VICTORY

 RAYO: 0

BRAVO: 2

LUIS ENRIQUE: “The possession has returned to us in Vallecas… and he who continues to be ‘possessed’ by the gods, is Claudio”

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Picture of the day: Tribute to Tito

Picture of the day: Tribute to Tito

Each year, the Catalan town of L’Escala presents an award to a leading figure in Catalan culture. This year, the “L’Anxova D’Or” (The Golden Anchovy) was posthumously presented to former FC Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova. Jordi Roura, assistant coach under Tito and a long-time friend, read the proclamation and gave a short but very emotional speech. Roura was accompanied by Tito’s daughter, Carlotta, as well as other representatives from the FCB organization. Tito Etern.

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Match Review: FC Barcelona B 0-1 CD Lugo

Match Review: FC Barcelona B 0-1 CD Lugo

Barcelona B failed to return to winning ways Saturday as they ended up losing a match they dominated against Lugo. Eusebio’s team by no means played a spectacular match, but were still dominant and had the best chances, as well as two goals annulled for offside. The visitors defended well and took advantage of one of their few chances to run away with all three points. The Blaugranas are now three matches without a win, but are still comfortable in mid-table. Read more…

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Video of the Day: Virtual Piqué

Gerard Piqué followed in the footsteps of Lionel Messi in contributing to the gaming industry, as he helped Ivanovich Games develop their most famous smartphone app, Final Kick. The game allows users to practice special shots, trick opponents, play around with special effects and dazzle with the ball just with their fingertips. Click for more.

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Adama: “I want to continue here for many years”

Adama: “I want to continue here for many years”

Barça B’s star Adama Traore has confirmed that his representatives are currently negotiating a new deal with the club to extend his stay. “I want to continue here for may years,” said Adama. The 18-year-old was promoted to Barça B last season after impressive performances with Juvenil A, and was also handed his first team debut from FC Barcelona’s former manager, Gerardo ‘Tata’ Martino. Adama scored five goals and assisted another five in 28 appearances with the B-team last year.

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View The Ratings: Rayo Vallecano 0-2 FC Barcelona

View The Ratings: Rayo Vallecano 0-2 FC Barcelona

You’ve had your chance to rate the performance of the blaugrana and the results are now tallied up. Take a look at how the totalBarça community ranked the squad and see how the ratings played out after the jump.

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Player reactions: Rayo Vallecano 0-2 FC Barcelona

Player reactions: Rayo Vallecano 0-2 FC Barcelona

FC Barcelona broke the record for the best defensive record since the start of a Liga season and two of the men who made this record possible gave their views on the game shortly after the final whistle. Jérémy Mathieu praised the team’s collective effort, also expressing his will to play anywhere the manager asks him to play, in reference to being assigned to left-back in Vallecas. On his part, Claudio Bravo, the man who gets most credit for the record, expressed his pleasure at the record, but affirmed that he was only looking to do a job for the team rather than earning the record.

Additional commentary from Barça’s defensive stalwarts below.

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Luis Enrique: “Everything means nothing if we don’t win trophies”

Luis Enrique: “Everything means nothing if we don’t win trophies”

After returning to the top of the league table yesterday, Luis Enrique said he was very pleased with the team’s reaction against an exciting opponent like Rayo Vallecano. “The players had the right attitude and performed as they had to against an awkward and hard-working opponent. They played with the required level of intensity.” The win came after a loss in the Champions League and was needed to get  the players back on their feet. “The win has reinforced us.” Continue reading for more from the coach.

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Medical: Rafinha injured again

Medical: Rafinha injured again

Rafinha Alcântara had just received the medical green light before Saturday morning’s session, but the Brazilian said that he felt some pain in his left thigh following said morning session. The extent of the injury is not yet clear and the player will remain out of action for the time being.

Get well soon Rafa!

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The Front: Mundo Deportivo (5.10.2014)

the front MD oct 5 2014

BRAVO BARÇA!

Messi and Neymar returned to form a lethal tandem and decided the match in Vallecas

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October 5, 2014

The Front: Sport (5.10.2014)

Picture of the day: One-two punch

The Wall


October 4, 2014

Match Review: Rayo Vallecano 0-2 FC Barcelona

Historically clean

The Ratings: Rayo Vallecano 0-2 FC Barcelona

The Result: Rayo Vallecano 0-2 FC Barcelona

Youth teams presented

Live Match Chat: Rayo Vallecano vs FC Barcelona

Number of the Day: 540

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