First Impressions: Midfielders

First Impressions: Midfielders

A pause in club football for the international break provides an opportune moment for some reflection and projection. With about a sixth of the season over and done with, the totalBarça writing team looks into “First Impressions” of the Luis Enrique tenure. The series dives into each positional unit and considers whether there is novelty, areas for improvement, issues of concern and more that may factor into how the 2014/15 season could play out.

Over the past few years, FC Barelona’s midfield has arguably been the most consistent and strongest in the world, providing the fans with one less thing to worry about. What in the world is better than having Xavi Hernández, Andrés Iniesta, and Sergio Busquets as your midfield trio? And along the way, we’ve seen amazing players like Cesc Fábregas and Thiago Alcântara come and go with both claiming they were’t utilized correctly. What they didn’t know was that change was imminent, and Luis Enrique has already begun reforming his midfield.

Continue reading »

First Impressions: Center-backs

First Impressions: Center-backs

A pause in club football for the international break provides an opportune moment for some reflection and projection. With about a sixth of the season over and done with, the totalBarça writing team looks into “First Impressions” of the Luis Enrique tenure. The series dives into each positional unit and considers whether there is novelty, areas for improvement, issues of concern and more that may factor into how the 2014/15 season could play out.

Continue reading »

Match Preview: Racing Santander – FC Barcelona B

Match Preview: Racing Santander – FC Barcelona B

Barcelona B have a third shot at returning to winning ways today as they travel to the Estadio El Sardinero to take on Racing Santander. Eusebio’s team has gone for three consecutive weeks without a win, and despite the fact that they are still located in the upper echelons of the league, points are required in order to stay clear of trouble. Racing Santander may be 16th on the league table, but they still have enough to inflict damage on Barça B. Read more…

Continue reading »

The Front: Sport (11.10.2014)

the front sport oct 11 2014

SUÁREZ ON FORM

HE PLAYED 69 MINUTES, CREATED A GOAL AND WAS THE BEST ON THE URUGUAYAN TEAM (1-1, AGAINST SAUDI ARABIA)

The crack demonstrated his strength, quality and offensive power two weeks before the Clasico

Click for more

Continue reading »

The Front: Mundo Deportivo (11.10.2014)

the front MD oct 11 2014

DUEL OF THE CRACKS

Neymar and Messi play a clasico with 100 years of history today in Beijing

Brazil and Argentina will play the dream final that wasn’t to be in the World Cup

Click for more

Continue reading »

Cartoon of the Day: Sport

Cartoon of the Day: Sport

LUIS SUÁREZ IS READY FOR THE FRIENDLIES

SUÁREZ: “I have the feeling that I’m being watched by Blatter… …waiting for me to go to s*** again”

Continue reading »

Picture of the day: Tattoo clarification

Picture of the day: Tattoo clarification

I have the feeling that Lionel Messi’s new tattoo of a heart and angel wings with his son Thiago’s name in the middle is simply a clarification for people who ask, “Why do you have zombie hands tattooed on your leg?”

Continue reading »

Dani Alves: I’m the one with most assists to Messi!

Dani Alves: I’m the one with most assists to Messi!

Dani Alves takes the headlines again reminding people of his worth and his aim to leave a lasting legacy in Barcelona before moving on with his career. The Brazilian right back arrived to Barça during Pep Guardiola’s reign in 2008, and since then he’s won two Champions Leagues, four league titles and many more trophies besides. Last week he made it clear that this was his last season wearing the Blaugrana shirt. But Alves wants to leave on a high. “My wish this year is to have a great year with Barça. I’d like to leave with the feeling that I’ve given everything for this club to continue to be great and continue to write pages of history,” he told La Vanguardia. More from Alves after the jump.

Continue reading »

First Impressions: Forwards

First Impressions: Forwards

A pause in club football for the international break provides an opportune moment for some reflection and projection. With about a sixth of the season over and done with, the totalBarça writing team looks into “First Impressions” of the Luis Enrique tenure. The series dives into each positional unit and considers whether there is novelty, areas for improvement, issues of concern and more that may factor into how the 2014/15 season could play out.

“With Neymar on board, I would have planned for the possibility of selling Messi, and some would agree with that, others not.” That was the legendary Dutch Johan Cruyff’s input on Neymar’s purchase by the club last season. And while the Barça legend might have had a point watching the duo last season, he cannot be any more wrong this season. A new coach, a new striker, and a new system. The cycle begins, and the face of its leader would be Luis Enrique. The former Barça player received a job with many problems. From ageing players, to over-dependence on certain ones, to lack of involvement from others. It was clear, the system had to change, and so far it’s been going smoothly. Let’s take a look on how the roles of the three men up front has changed this season.

Continue reading »

Training: Rafinha, Vermaelen & Adriano work on recovery

Training: Rafinha, Vermaelen & Adriano work on recovery

The Cuitat Esportiva Joan Gamper is a desolate places these days with only five senior players (Martín Montoya, Douglas, Dani Alves, Jordi Masip, Xavi Hernández) at the facility for training. They were joined this morning by B team members Pol Calvet and Sergio Juste, while Joan Barbarà, José del a Fuente and Luis Enrique himself got involved in exercises.

The main news is that Rafinha Alcánatara, Thomas Vermaelen and Adriano, who is struggling with thing twinge, trained separately on specific recovery work.

Continue reading »

FC Barcelona reiterates support of right to vote

FC Barcelona reiterates support of right to vote

FC Barcelona have sent an official letter of support signed by club president Josep Maria Bartomeu to Joan Rigol, the former president of the Parliament of Catalonia, in which the club reiterates its support to the National Pact for the Right to Decide (Pacte Nacional pel Dret a Decidir) campaign, of which Rigol is the figurehead. By now, that Catalonia as a region wishes to vote for independence from Spain on November 9th is global knowledge and make no mistake, the fervor in the region is the hottest it’s ever been since the end of General Francisco Franco’s rule and the start of democracy. The issue is very nuanced, paralleling intimately to the country’s financial crisis, and is obviously one involving extreme emotion. Not to mention the fact the referendum vote itself is currently under review by the national constitutional court for legality and that the Spanish government is uncompromising on its view that independence is not an option for Catalonia.

Continue reading »

Moha Chooses Morocco Over Spain

Moha Chooses Morocco Over Spain

FC Barcelona’s Juvenil A player, Moha, who has been starring this year under Jordi Vinyals with his electric runs and speedy dribbles, has apparently chosen to play for Morocco rather than Spain, according to BeIN Sports reporter Achraf Ben Ayyad.

The 18-year-old has already played for Spain at the under-17 level but now decided to switch to the Moroccan Olympic football team and he is now already in Morocco, according to Ben Ayyad. It is also worth reminding that the player has been a consistent winger in Jordi Vinyals’ starting elevens, scoring twice in the UEFA Youth League against PSG and APOEL.

Continue reading »

The Front: Sport (10.10.2014)

the front sport oct 10 2014

IKER SINGS

AND LA ROJA IS MADE RIDICULOUS

Casillas let in the first goal and team took the goal without any capacity for reaction

Click for more

Continue reading »

The Front: Mundo Deportivo (10.10.2014)

the front MD oct 10 2014

TEST FOR SUÁREZ

Barça’s goalscorer spent today in his first serious test before the Clasico

“Luis is impeccable physically and in very good spirits,” says the Uruguayans.

Click for more

Continue reading »

Cartoon of the Day: Sport

Cartoon of the Day: Sport

DEL BOSQUE: “Are you sure that your hip is fine?”

PIQUE: “My hip is fine, now the pain is in my tongue… …from chewing so much pine.”

Continue reading »

Picture of the day: Caption this

Picture of the day: Caption this

“I, Luis Enrique, give this ball…”  Finish this sentence in the comments.

Continue reading »

Juvenil A: Past Badalona with a Victory

Juvenil A: Past Badalona with a Victory

Juvenil A are back on the right track with a 1-3 victory, after having drawn against PSG midweek. This would be their third Liga victory this campaign, beating CF Badalona at home. This was a match well fought by both sides with a rather dominant Barcelona over the ball. Goals from Isaac Padilla, Adrià Arjona and Aitor Cantalapiedra helped secure the three points needed. Jordi Vinyals opted to start with: Onana, Dani, Rodri, Adrià, Quinti, Ferran, Carbonell (Aitor, min.85), Ayoud (Arjona, min.45), Padilla, Corredera (Enguene min.75) and Moha.

Continue reading »

Golazos made in La Masia (4-5 October)

As with every week, Barça TV’s show ‘Promesas’ put together a compilation of the top 5 goals scored by youth teams. This week’s compilation by the Juvenil B’s Carles Aleñà,  the Infantil A’s Ansumane Fati, the Prebenjamín’s Lamine Yamal, the Cadete B’s Sergio Gómez and the Juvenil A’s  Lionel Enguene, a spectacular solo effort ranked at no.1. Enjoy!

Continue reading »

First Impressions: Full-backs

First Impressions: Full-backs

A pause in club football provides an opportune moment to do some reflection and projection. With about a sixth of the season over and done with, the totalBarça writing team looks into “First Impressions” of the Luis Enrique tenure. The series dives into each positional unit and considers whether there is novelty, areas for improvement, issues of concern and more that may factor into how the 2014/15 season could play out.

Continue reading »

Estrella Damm extended as key partner

Estrella Damm extended as key partner

FC Barcelona have extended their partnership with local beer giants Estrella Damm until the 2017/18 season. The club and the brewery have long been partners and with the extension of the agreement, Estrella Damm continue to be the exclusive provider of beer to all local Barça facilities. They will additionally retain their presence as the exclusive drink at the Camp Nou Lounge.

Continue reading »


October 9, 2014

The Front: Mundo Deportivo (9.10.2014)

The Front: Sport (9.10.2014)

Picture of the day: Training


October 8, 2014

Quote of the Day: Deity

The records that Bravo could break

Tribute for Messi in Bernabéu?

Not part of Spain? No Liga for you!

Pedro: “Too much unfair criticism of Cesc”

The Front: Sport (8.10.2014)

Cartoon of the Day: Sport

Page 4 of 649« First...23456...102030...Last »