Víctor Valdés has resurfaced after a long silence and recovery period and it seems that the future is looking brighter for FC Barcelona’s former keeper. On November 9, Valdés put up this message on his social media accounts: “Great training session this morning. Almost ready! Thanks for your supportive messages throughout these months. They have helped me a lot! See you soon!” His former Spain teammate and current Manchester United star Juan Mata told Spanish radio station COPE, “I speak regularly with Víctor Valdés, he’s training with us (Manchester United). We’re waiting to see what his plans are.”
Much has been made of Barça’s current penny-pinching administration. The Board of Directors has been accused of elevating ticket prices and cashing in from everywhere. Fortunately, nobody stands above the club’s statutes, and the club continues to have a more human face, the face of ‘Més que un club.’ For the fourth year in a row, the club will be offering less fortunate Barça fans the chance to witness a game live at the Camp Nou on the team’s Copa del Rey round of 32 tie against Huesca. Read more…
Few people know that Denis Suárez actually belongs to Barça. The Galician was loaned out to Sevilla with the plan being that he gets the minutes he needs to develop into a useful player for FC Barcelona’s first team. The 20-year-old is doing great so far, and the time is almost here for his biggest challenge yet: facing his parent club at Camp Nou. Speaking to Esports Cope, Denis made his priorities very clear. Read the full translation of the interview after the jump…
Agustí Benedito, who lost the 2010 election to Sandro Rosell, has taken it upon himself to take the pulse of Barça’s socios (members). Using a survey circulated on the day of FC Barcelona – Celta Vigo on November 1st, we now have a picture of what the 2016 elections may look like. It’s been exclusively translated by totalBarça after the jump.
Barcelona’s recent league matches haven’t seen the team put in its best performances. Yet it must be noted that Barça’s life would have been made much simpler without the woodwork, which has so far denied the Blaugranas 11 times, more times than any other team in the league. The man who has hit the post most times is, unsurprisingly, Leo Messi who has seen his efforts come off the woodwork 6 times. The Argentine is followed by Neymar (2), Luis Suárez (1), Iniesta (1) and Munir (1).
While the players are busy with the international week, Xavi Hernandez attended his new football camp in Cairo, Egypt. The midfielder, who was honored to transfer his project to the north african country, used the conference to comment on the team’s latest performance. After the team bounced back with a win against Almería after suffering two consecutive league defeats, Barça suffered a lot of criticism on their performance and the new coach has been treated as bait for it all. “Luis Enrique’s trademark is to play well and win, that’s the philosophy at Barça,” said Xavi on Monday morning in Cairo. “It’s the same style with a few changes, but the philosophy hasn’t changed at all.”
“We would like to be at our best in every game and for that to happen as soon as possible… But we started the season with a new manager and new players. All the same, we are going about things the right way.” More from the Barça captain after the jump.
Sergi Samper is the ultimate La Masia product. Having been with Barça since the age of six, the 19-year-old epitomises what La Masia aims to do. This season, Sergi Samper is living through some of the best moments of his short professional career. On Monday evening Samper attended the third Stars Gala of the Catalan Football Federation in order to receive the award for the ‘Most Promising Catalan Player of the Year,’ after finishing first in the voting procedures carried out by Catalan clubs and a jury, ahead of Gerard Deulofeu and Espanyol’s Joan Jordan. Before the gala, Sergi gave a very interesting interview. Read the full interview after the jump…
Only once the final whistle blew did the red haze start to fade from cule eyes. Looking at the scoreline, it was hard to fathom the bile and spite that had been spewed for the previous two hours. But as the rage started to subside, some questions started to come forward. Would Luis Suárez have been as effective if he had started the game against a fresh, hardworking and disciplined Almería side? Did two away games three days apart, including an unexpected overnight delay in Amsterdam, play a factor in Luis Enrique’s choice of lineups? The international break was put forward as a boon – no Barcelona games for Enrique to worry about – but these fixtures have always been more ache than break for Barça’s players, most of whom have tremendous responsibilities in their national teams.
“I will tell my grandchildren about when I won the Champions League, but most of all I will tell them that their grandfather used to play with Lionel Messi.” – Angel Di Maria
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