Picture of the day: Thank you from Leo

Picture of the day: Thank you from Leo

Lionel Messi  has seen messages of praise and admiration flood in on the day of the tenth anniversary of his Barça debut, and as he always does, he made sure to return some of the love. The ‘Flea’ took to his official Facebook page to post the following message: “I want to thank my whole family, friends, teammates and all the staff at FC Barcelona for these ten wonderful years. I’ve always enjoyed myself on the pitch, wearing these colours and living through very beautiful moments. But as always I am keen to improve and win more titles for the team. A hug for everyone!”

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Video of the Day: Goals, goals, goals

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Ter Stegen’s Germany through; heartbreak for Spain

Ter Stegen’s Germany through; heartbreak for Spain

This week of friendly matches was unfortunately an overall negative one for Barcelona’s U-21 internationals. Of the five who were in action for the U-21 championship playoffs (Munir, Sandro, Sergi Roberto, Ter Stegen, Halilović), only Marc-André ter Stegen will be on the plane to the Czech Republic this summer, as Germany followed up with a second win over Ukraine. Spain, with Sergi Roberto, Munir and Sandro went out as Serbia scored a winner deep into extra time, while Halilović’s Croatia were unable to overturn a first leg deficit. Read more…

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A very Messi decade

A very Messi decade

9+25+36+40+51+53+55+60+50+46+9 = 434. 1+8+17+16+38+47+53+73+60+41+7 = 361. 0+3+3+13+17+11+24+29+15+14+7 = 135. 434 games played, 361 goals scored, 135 assists given. 434, 361, 135. That’s Lionel Messi’s decade in the FC Barcelona first team by the numbers, for on this day, 10 years ago Messi officially took the pitch in blaugrana for the first time.

Had Newell’s Old Boys or another Argentine club committed to paying the medical expenses a young Messi critically needed, nothing would have been the same. Had Carles Rexach not fought against the majority at the club week after week and Joan Lacueva not personally paid for Messi’s treatment while the club foundered in disagreement before eventually signing the player on a napkin, nothing would have been the same. Anyone who has ever wished more from Messi, or even worse wished him elsewhere, should feel entirely ashamed. That Lionel Andrés Messi Cuccittini found his way to Barça is the most fortunate of occurrences a football fan could ever dream of. So feel lucky, feel appreciative, feel blessed and more you’ve been around to witness history unfold, that one day you can say you and I saw Leo Messi, the very best there ever was.

To relive the highlights of Messi’s 10 years, FC Barcelona have put together this excellent interactive timeline.

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Alves: “Luis Suárez is a beast, a beast.”

Alves: “Luis Suárez is a beast, a beast.”

FC Barcelona full-back, Dani Alves says he is counting the days to see Luis Suárez in action. Suárez is currently banned for biting Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini during the World Cup match of Uruguay and Italy. The Uruguayan striker will be available for Luis Enrique in time for the match at the Bernabéu against Real Madrid on the 25th of October.

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The Front: Mundo Deportivo (16.10.2014)

the front MD oct 16 2014

Luis Suárez received the Golden Boot and presents his bid for the Bernabéu

“I’M AT 100%”

He got the prize for his 31 goals, none from penalties

“A front line of Messi, Neymar and Suárez sounds good”

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The Front: Sport (16.10.2014)

the front sport oct 16 2014

“I’M AT 100%”

GOLDEN GOALS FOR THE BERNABÉU

Luis Suárez received the Golden Boot and said he is anxious to debut in the Barça jersey

ALSO ON POINT FOR MADRID, NEYMAR: “WE ARE READY TO WIN”

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Cartoon of the Day: Sport

Cartoon of the Day: Sport

MESSI 10 YEARS
WE WERE TOLD TO REMEMBER HIS NAME
AND WITH WHAT HE HAS ACHIEVED WE WILL NEVER FORGET IT

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Picture of the day: Brothers

Picture of the day: Brothers

While the rest of the squad seems to be out gathering awards and international goals, Jordi Alba is training with his “brother,” Pedro Rodríguez.

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Best Goals from Barça’s youngsters

11-12 October,2014

 

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El Clásico referee announced

El Clásico referee announced

Refereeing in the clásico is always destined to be a matter of debate. Over the past few years many referees have come under fire for their decisions in the fiercest football game in Europe. This year’s first clásico will see a change in guard. 30-year-old Gil Manzano, of the Extremaduran committee has been selected by the RFEF (Royal Spanish Football Federation) as the man to oversee the first clásico of the season at the Santiago Bernabéu on October 25th.

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Barça featured in 2015 Guinness World Record book

Barça featured in 2015 Guinness World Record book

The 2015 Guinness World Records book has been released in most countries, featuring a brand new sports section. Barcelona has earned two entries in the book: one for the team and one for Neymar Jr. Read more…

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Suárez and his golden boot

Suárez and his golden boot

For the first time in seven seasons the European Golden Boot winner goes to a player from the Premier League. Well, kind of. Firstly, while the goals were scored (31 goals) for Liverpool, Luis Suárez is now an FC Barcelona player. Secondly, for the first time since 2004/5 the award is shared, this year with Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo.

Suárez received the award this evening in Barcelona from Liverpool legend and Kenny Dalglish, who described the Uruguayan as a “fantastic player, its a pleasure to watch him play”. The striker himself was very thankful to Liverpool and all they did for him. “This is a very special moment. I want to thank first the most important people, my wife and daughters, and then to everyone at Liverpool, teammates and staff, for the three and a half years I was there. Now I start a new era, I am fulfilling a dream being here at Barça.”

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The little big Dane: An interview with Allan Simonsen

The little big Dane: An interview with Allan Simonsen

If you have been a long time culé, or simply a Dane, the name Allan Simonsen would ring a bell. The former Danish international spent three years of his career in FC Barcelona. Born in 1952 in Vejle, Denmark, Allan quickly showed his potential as a footballer and by the age of 20 he signed a professional contract with Borussia Mönchengladbach, which resulted in three championships in a row. In 1977, Allan joined the company of players such as Johan Cruyff and Franz Beckenbauer by winning the Ballon D’or, the first and only Danish footballer to achieve this prize.

In the summer of ’79 Allan joined FC Barcelona and he quickly proved to be a fan favourite. With the same characteristics of some of today’s Barcelona players, Allan was named “El pequeño gran danés,” meaning the little big Dane. He was a small but quick footballer who wasn’t afraid of taking on defenders. In 1981, Barcelona won the Copa Del Rey and the year after, Allan scored the decisive goal in the 2-1 victory over Standard Liége to help Barça win the European Cup Winners Cup final. Barcelona brought in Diego Maradona that summer and because of the regulations on foreigners, Allan decided to leave the club. Allan Simonsen is said to have played some of his best football in the Blaugrana jersey and totalBarça had the opportunity to have a talk with the Danish hall of famer, or “the gentle man of football” as he is called back home. Read more after the jump!

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The Front: Sport (15.10.2014)

the front sport oct 15 2014

HE’S FULL OF ENERGY

4 GOALS FROM NEYMAR

“I DON’T KNOW WHERE MY LIMIT IS”

Phenomenal beginning to the season for the crack with 14 goals in 13 matches

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The Front: Mundo Deportivo (15.20.2014)

the front MD oct 15 2014

DYNAMITE

NEYMAR: 4 GOALS, MESSI: 2 GOALS, SUÁREZ: 2 GOALS

Barça’s luxury trident is on top ten days from the Clasico: A poker from Ney and doubles from Leo and Luis

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Cartoon of the Day: Sport

Cartoon of the Day: Sport

INIESTA OVERSHADOWS CR7 FOR THE ‘GOLDEN FOOT’

RONALDO: “To avoid more situations like this I will need the help of… Little Blatter

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Picture of the day: I’m a little busy but…

Picture of the day: I’m a little busy but…

Lionel Messi is habitually nice to pitch invaders. This one ran onto the field in the 87th minute of Argentina’s match in Hong Kong and Messi obliged him with an autograph.

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Four Blaugranas called by Spain U-17s

Four Blaugranas called by Spain U-17s

Spain U-17 coach Santi Denia has announced the 18-man squad that will be on the plane to Slovakia for the Elite Round of the UEFA U-17 championship. Barcelona is the best represented team on the list, as usual, with four players. Carles Aleñà, Carles Pérez, Marc Cucurella, and Dani Morer are those who have made the squad.

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Deulofeu: “My career has always been perfect”

Deulofeu: “My career has always been perfect”

Currently out on loan to Sevilla, FC Barcelona forward Gerard Deulofeu shared some insight on his time in the Premier League and his career ambitions in Spain. More after the jump.

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October 14, 2014

Suárez: Comeback against Real Madrid is fate

Iniesta awarded the ‘Golden Foot’ for 2014

The Front: Sport (14.10.2014)

The Front: Mundo Deportivo (14.10.2014)

Cartoon of the Day: Sport

Picture of the day: The Man in Black

Masip nominated as best Liga Adelante keeper


October 13, 2014

Piqué: “I play with discomfort”

The Front: Sport (13.10.2014)

The Front: Mundo Deportivo (13.10.2014)

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