El Pivote (The Pivot) is a totalBarça column by Anoop Jethwa, a fully licensed coach in UK, about the trials and tribulations of FC Barcelona. From the positives to the negatives, this piece will dive deep into the living fabric that is blaugrana.
The dust has settled on the season. Now that we have the last few games of the season out of our minds, a quick reflection on the players’ performances over the course of the entire 2013/14 season is a good starting point for focusing on what we need from the players for the new season.
We had the Christmas report cards (part one and part two) for the players in January, and I will be using the same grading scheme again. In brackets will be what the player received in the winter break. (A quick reminder — here’s the simple grading scheme: A = exceptional, B = good, ticking along nicely, C = progress required next term to get back on track, D = struggling.)
FC Barcelona were awarded the 2013 Variety Humanitarian Award in “recognition of the club’s charity work and social commitment to the education of children around the world.” Josep Maria Bartomeu collected the award from DreamWork’s founder Jeffrey Katzenberg at the gala agent held in the Barcelona International Convention Center. Other club delegates were in attendance including the executive directors of the FCB Foundation.
Upon receiving the prize Bartomeu made the following statements:
“I don’t believe it — you’re pulling my leg. It can’t be. Xavi? If Xavi leaves, who is the symbol? If he leaves, then anyone can leave. I do not understand it. You have left me in a state of shock. That is for sure? It can’t be. Xavi cannot leave Barca. I hope I am [staying], I believe so — but now you have left me shocked. You are pulling my leg with that about Xavi, no?“
The season may be over, but the youngsters in Blaugrana are still offering us moments of pure Barça magic. This weekend, the club’s youth teams took part in the Copa Catalunya finals, taking home three trophies and producing some moments of real spectacle with their boots. This week, the La Masia goals compilation features Infantil A striker Abel Ruiz, who has goals ranked at number five and number one, as well as his Infantil A teammate Sergio Gómez, who features at number three. The list is completed by Alevín A hitman Pablo Moreno at number four, and the Benjamín A´s Toni Caravaca at number two.
THERE WILL BE A REVOLUTION AFTER THE FIASCO
HERE IS THE NEW ROJA
NOT CONTINUING: The most veteran sacred cows are renounced and will not be called up (CASILLAS, X. ALONSO, XAVI, VILLA, TORRES)
POSSIBLE SUBSTITUTES FOR DEL BOSQUE: The Federation wants him to continue, but there are alternatives (R. BENITEZ, QUIQUE F., MICHEL)
YOUTH POWER: The future passes from the successful sub-21 team (THIAGO, DEULOFEU, JESE)
New Barcelona signing Ivan Rakitić started for Croatia yesterday as his team crushed Cameroon 4-0, eliminating their opponents from the group and setting up a tense final match against Mexico. Rakitić faced fellow Barcelona player Alex Song, who received a red card for a foolish and bizarre running elbow to the back of Mario Mandzukić, as well as former Sevilla teammate Stephane Mbia, with whom he exchanged kits after the game.
FC Barcelona relationship is set to continue after Josep Maria Bartomeu met with UNICEF’s newly appointed Director of Private Funding and Partnerships Division of UNICEF (PFP) Gérard Bocquenet. The two parties both confirmed their wishes to continue working together and Bartomeu was given an update on how the projects Barça’s donations partly fund are developing.
I began writing this as soon as Chile took the lead, but in truth I could have started it earlier. The end of Spain’s incredible tournament three-peat came crashing down with a dreadful performance, losing to Chile 2-0 in Rio de Janeiro. The Spaniard’s faces were filled with anxiety, devoid of belief and poise. They passed the ball as if they were introduced to it this morning. Spain’s special era had to end, but it feels ugly in this fashion.
June 18, 2014
June 17, 2014