There are only a few moments in football where every rivalry is put aside, every team emblem is laid down, and football unites. Real Madrid’s iconic legend and honorary president, Alfredo Di Stéfano, has passed away at the age of 88 after suffering a heart attack. And while he might be one of the core reasons that created the rivalry between the capital club and Barça, he’s also one of the chief people who made football what it is today.
From all of us here in totalBarça, we’d like to express our deepest condolences to Alfredo Di Stéfano and the Real Madrid family.
Rest in peace, legend.
Claudio Bravo passed his medical test at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper on Monday before heading to the Camp Nou to sign his contract. Bravo is the second goal keeper FC Barcelona signed this summer along with Marc-André Ter Stegen. The newly signed Chilean has signed a four-year deal contract with the club. After passing his medical, Bravo headed to the Presidential Suite at Camp Nou to sign his contract that binds him with the club until the end of 2017/2018 season. Claudio was joined by president Josep Bartomeu and vice president Jordi Mestre. After signing the contract, they posted for pictures along with director of football Andoni Zubizarreta.
During his first press conference as a Barca player, Bravo described his happiness with joining a team like Barcelona. “I’ve always hoped for a moment like this, I would like to thank Barça for putting their trust in me.” Bravo then spoke about how he is proud to be part of a club like Barça, “It’s a challenge for me, this is a club with a strong goalkeeping tradition.” The Chilean shot stopper was asked about the competition he will face against Ter Stegen and newly promoted Jordi Masip but he feels “we are all starting from scratch.”
After an impressive campaign with Chile in the 2014 FIFA World Cup, Claudio Bravo has finally arrived in Barcelona to sign his contract with the club. Bravo, Chile’s captain, dazzled throughout the tournament and was on the verge of leading his side to the quarterfinals before losing a penalty shootout against the hosting team Brazil. But what’s done is done, and the goalkeeper is ready to move on and become FC Barcelona’s third new goalkeeper of the 2014/2015 season. Bravo posed in front of the club’s crest for the traditional pictures upon arrival, and he looks eager to start. Continue reading for more details.
FC Barcelona’s new coach, Luis Enrique, is a runner. Not just a few miles a day type runner, not just a marathon runner, but an ultra-marathon runner. Ultra-marathons require runners to complete multiple marathons over a course of days, often in very inhospitable territory. This picture is from 2008 when Lucho ran in the Marathon des Sables in the Sahara Desert, in which participants run 251 km over a course of 5-6 days. Insanity! There is a great video documenting this. It is in Spanish but it is well worth watching whether you understand the language or not, just to see what our coach is made of.
Former FC Barcelona center back and beloved figure for all culés, Éric Abidal, did a dramatic turn around this past week. On Thursday, July 3, he announced his renewal with AS Monaco, where he had spent the 2013/14 season as the club’s captain. Two days later, on Saturday, July 5, it was announced that Abidal had signed a contract with Greek league champions Olympiacos FC. Read on to see what could have happened in those few days to change Abidal’s mind.
FC Barcelona defender Marc Bartra (23) will start his third season with the first team. Despite knowing that the club is looking for a new center back the Catalan youngster is eager to become a regular in Luis Enrique’s team. Read his the full interview with Catalan daily Mundo Deportivo after the jump.
“My dream isn’t over. It was interrupted by a play but it continues. I’m certain that my team-mates will do everything possible so that my dream, which is to be a champion, comes true. My dream was also to play in a World Cup final but this time it didn’t work out. I am sure they will win this cup and be champions, and I will be with them, and all Brazilians will soon be celebrating all of that.
“It’s a very difficult moment, I have no words to translate what is going through my head and my heart, I’d just like to say I will be back as quickly as possible, when you least expect it, I’ll be back.”
La Albiceleste are having a great run in this World Cup, and after beating Belgium 1-0, their dream is starting to turn into a reality. Alejandro Sabella’s men played their best game so far in Brazil on Saturday with Gonzalo Higuaín’s eighth minute half-volley enough to secure a spot in the semifinals. While they know they still have a lot to improve on, it must be noted that for the first time since they kick-started their World Cup campaign, Argentina played more like a unit rather than just a one-man team. They might have not “wowed” the Belgians as their coach Marc Wilmots liked to put it, but they did, however, nullify their opponents’ game. More details after the jump!
FC Barcelona will have their preseason at St. George’s Park in England between July 28th and August 2nd, 2014. The preseason takes place in the same country as with Pep Guardiola and we hope that this season will be just like Pep’s days. St. George’s Park is the main headquarters of the football association and is located just outside Birmingham. Read on for more details on FCB’s preseason.
Lionel Messi makes appearance 91 in the albiceleste strip tonight, equaling the total of the great El Diego Maradona. At only 27 years old, Messi has a good shot of catching Argentinian cap record holder Javier Zanetti’s incredible total of 145. Despite well documented trials and tribulations with his home nation, Messi has already netted for his country 46 times (almost exactly a goal every other game!), which is eight more than Maradona (though it’s not a fair direct comparison based on several factors).
But there’s only one statistic that truly matters when Leo is put up against Diego, which for now reads 1-0.
It was a bittersweet victory for Brazil after their celebrations were ruined by Neymar Jr’s injury. The hosts clinched a 2-1 win against Colombia, with Thiago Silva, David Luiz, and James Rodríguez claiming the goals. And now, Brazil will face Germany in the 2014 World Cup’s semifinal, but without their star man. Neymar was stretched off in the closing minutes with a fractured vertebrae and is out for at least four weeks, and they’ll have to survive without him.
Juliano Belletti, a former FC Barcelona defender and famously known for his winning goal against Arsenal FC in the 2006 Champions League final in Paris, was interviewed by the club and asked about the World Cup experience, his time at Barça, Lionel Messi and Neymar Jr. as well as the undergoing changes at the club. Belletti’s goal marked the start of the club’s European success, winning Barça’s second Champions League trophy at the time, and very few can forget that rainy Parisian night. Continue reading for the full interview.
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