After more than a year of siege, on September 11, 1714 Barcelona fell to King Philip V of Borbon’s army. On that day, Cataluñya was absorbed into the Spanish empire and has remained so ever since. Calls for an independent nation of Cataluñya have never been stronger and more united, and whilst FC Barcelona does not active participate in politics, the club as always reiterated it will move with the people of its region. Before the Athletic Club match on Saturday, a special banner will be displayed to highlight the 300th anniversary since the day independence was lost, and seeing as a referendum is scheduled for later in the year, perhaps the mosaic a year from now will be noting a markedly different situation.
Among Argentina’s long list of laws, a certain one prohibits parents from using surnames as first names. Nevertheless, that did not stop Hector Varela, an Argentinian man from the southern city of General Roca, to name his son after his football hero, Lionel Messi. Varela asked the authorites for permission to name his son ‘Messi’, and his request was accepted. Many surely hoped they would follow in his same footsteps, but in Messi’s hometown of Rosario, the head of civil registry took it upon himself to remind the citizens that the law still prohibits the use of surnames as first names in order to avoid confusion. Messi Daniel Varela will get to enjoy a unique name.
Yet another Spain U-17 call-up, yet another overwhelming Barça contingent. Santi Denia has called-up six blaugrana for training sessions at the Las Rozas National Training Centre in Madrid on September 15 and 17, which is as many players as Real Madrid and Villarreal, the teams with the second most players have combined.
As for the players who have been called-up, there isn’t much change. They are the same six who were called-up the last time round. The Juvenil B stars Carles Aleñà, Carles Pérez, Marc Cucurella, Dani Morer, Alex Blanco and Oriol Busquets are those who got the call-up.
José Perals, a corruption watchdog in the Spanish government, recommended to judge Pablo Ruz, in charge of the still ongoing Jordi Cases Neymargate saga, that FC Barcelona club president Josep Maria Bartomeu and vice president Javier Faus not be named as an accused in the case. He states that “no incriminating evidence involving them has materialized.” I guess he read the small print.
September 11 is a very important day in Catalonia. Historically, the date commemorates the defeat of Catalonia during the War of Spanish Succession in 1714. The date has come to take on a more personal meaning for many Catalans as it is now used as a day to promote Catalan independence. totalBarça wishes all of our Catalan friends a feliç Diada.
As with every week, we bring you the top five goals scored by La Masia youngsters over the past weekend. This week five different players have been picked, with Pablo Moreno (Infantil B), Joan Román (Barça B), Marc Río (Juvenil B), Gerard Gumbau (Barça B) and Hugo García (Alevín B) making up a wonderful compilation of true Barça goals.
Barcelona midfielders Ivan Rakitić (26) and Alen Halilović (18) both started in Croatia’s win against Malta. The match was played for Group H of the EURO 2016 qualifiers. The two Blaugrana formed a midfield trio along with Real Madrid’s Luka Modrić, who celebrated his 29th birthday yesterday. Read more about the Croatians’ performance after the jump.
September 10, 2014
September 9, 2014