The Front: Mundo Deportivo (21.6.2014)

the front MD june 21 2014

LUIS SUÁREZ – BARÇA

THE KEYS TO SIGNING HIM

His daughter was born in Barcelona and he has family in Catalunya
Alexis could cheapen the operation because he is intended for Liverpool
Luis Enrique likes him and he would give his approval

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Cartoon of the day: Sport (21.6.2014)

Cartoon of the day: Sport (21.6.2014)

THERE GOES THE MYTH 

THERE GOES THE CRACK, THERE GOES THE X MAN, THERE GOES THE GREAT PLAYER, THERE GOES THE ARCHITECT, THERE GOES THE TOUCH, THERE GOES TIKI TAKA…

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Picture of the day: Hungry?

Picture of the day: Hungry?

Lionel Messi and the Argentinian team look well fed. Hopefully, they are hungry to devour Iran in today’s World Cup match.

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El Pivote: Summer Holiday Report Cards (Part 2)

El Pivote: Summer Holiday Report Cards (Part 2)

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.)

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FC Barcelona win Variety Humanitarian Award

FC Barcelona win Variety Humanitarian Award

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:

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Quote of the Day: Dumbstruck

Quote of the Day: Dumbstruck

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?

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Golazos made in La Masia (14/15 June)

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.

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The Front: Sport (20.6.2014)

the front sport june 20 2014

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)

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Cartoon of the day: Sport (20.6.2014)

Cartoon of the day: Sport (20.6.2014)

After his father’s abdication he became FELIPE VI

After abdicating the goal and allowing 7 goals in 2 matches he became IKER THE SEVENTH

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Picture of the day: Basketball Clásico

Picture of the day: Basketball Clásico

“I can’t help feeling sooo good whenever Barça beats Madrid! (Today it was basketball),” said a friend after FC Barcelona’s basketball team beat Madrid 98-93 in the first match of the playoff finals of the Liga Endesa. The second match will be played Saturday at the Palacio de Deportes in Madrid.

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Video of the Day: Rakitić seems a friendly chap

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Rakitić Watch: Croatia 4-0 Cameroon

Rakitić Watch: Croatia 4-0 Cameroon

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.

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Friendly against Napoli SSC

Friendly against Napoli SSC

Sandwiched in-between FC Barcelona friendlies against OGC Nice (August 2nd) and the match in Finland (August 9th), Barça will take on Napoli in Geneva on August 6th at 20:00 CET.

The two sides have not met since the 2011 Gamper Trophy match that ended 5-0 in the blaugrana’s favor.

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UNICEF collaboration set to continue

UNICEF collaboration set to continue

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.

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Quote of the Day: No, No, No

Quote of the Day: No, No, No

Marquinhos is staying, that’s for sure.

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The Front: Sport (19.6.2014) with bonus World Cup cover

the front sport june 19 2014

SIGNED!

Barça will pay Real Sociedad 12 million to get Bravo

He will sign for four years and will be official in the next few hours

ROJO: “I WOULD LIKE TO PLAY FOR BARÇA”

XAVI: A SETTLEMENT OF 4 MILLION

Additional World Cup cover after the jump:

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The Front: Mundo Deportivo (19.6.2014)

the front MD june 19 2014

THEY ABDICATE

The champions leave the World Cup without glory and with a lot of shame

Chile consummated the total catastrophe of a group who sealed the end of an era

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Cartoon of the day: Sport (19.6.2014)

Cartoon of the day: Sport (19.6.2014)

XAVI ALSO CUTS OUT

BARTOMEU: “THIS ISN’T THE END OF AN ERA, IT’S THE EXTERMINATION OF AN ERA.”

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Picture of the day: Spain is out

Picture of the day: Spain is out

Strength to my friends and teammates on the Spanish national team. I learned how to win by watching you and I will learn from watching how you get back up again!” Lovely words of support from Marc Bartra.

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Spain’s era ended by desire-filled Chile

Spain’s era ended by desire-filled Chile

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.

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June 18, 2014

On this Day: Rivaldo to the rescue

The Front: Mundo Deportivo (18.6.2014)

The Front: Sport (18.6.2014)

Neymar impresses in goalless draw

Lionel Messi cleared in tax case

Picture of the day: Stretch it out


June 17, 2014

Quote of the Day: Did Cesc let it slip?

Official: Gamper 2014 on August 18 against Léon

Changes in the FC Barcelona board

Cesc: “I asked to leave the club”

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