Player Reactions: FC Barcelona 5-0 UD Almeria

Player Reactions: FC Barcelona 5-0 UD Almeria

The members of Pep Guardiola’s squad were understandably upbeat after today’s 5-0 thrashing of Almeria, a result that virtually guarantees the team a place in the Copa del Rey final. But the lesson of last week’s encounter with Betis is not forgotten. Read on for reactions from key team members.

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Small is good

Small is good

FC Barcelona is the shortest club in Europe.

The average height at the Catalan club is 177.38 cm. 

Source: Professional Football Players Observatory’s Demographic Study of Footballers 2011

Pedro: 100th game for Barcelona

Pedro: 100th game for Barcelona

Pedro Rodriguez played his 100th official match for the club against Almeria and scored his 41st goal for the blaugrana. He made his first team debut three years ago and holds the record of scoring in six competitions in the same season (2009-10).

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The Goals: FC Barcelona 5-0 UD Almeria

The Goals: FC Barcelona 5-0 UD Almeria

Another game, another Manita! Thats what the story of the season has been so far. In a sumptuous display in the first half, Barca scored 4 within 35 minutes. Keita made it 5 at the end of the 2nd half with a very well-taken goal.

Watch the goals after the jump!

Thanks to nzm for the better video link.

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Man of the Match: FC Barcelona 5-0 UD Almeria

The Result: FC Barcelona 5-0 UD Almeria

The Result: FC Barcelona 5-0 UD Almeria

RESULT:

FC Barcelona: 5

UD Almeria: 0

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Live Match Chat & Links: FC Barcelona vs Almeria

Live Match Chat & Links: FC Barcelona vs Almeria

FC Barcelona vs UD Almeria, Copa del Rey

(Wednesday, January 26, 2011 @ 22:00 Barcelona time – Convert to local time)

FC Barcelona Chat: http://apps.facebook.com/fcbarcelonachat/(direct chat through Facebook)
Direct link: http://fcbarcelona.hopto.org

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Updated: Messi fined for displaying t-shirt with a message

Updated: Messi fined for displaying t-shirt with a message

Lionel Messi’s lovely gesture for his mother in the match against Racing Santander, in which he lifted his shirt to reveal a vest with the message “Feliz Cumple Mami” [Happy Birthday, Mom], may have made for great photographs, but the action has come at a price. The Spanish Federation’s disciplinary committee has punished Messi with a fine of 2,000 to 3,000 Euros and also given him a yellow card. While the referee hadn’t booked the striker during the game, in his match report he did make a note of Messi’s goal celebration, which was in defiance of the federation’s article 91.1. This is the season’s second yellow for the FIFA Ballon d’Or winner.

UPDATE: According to the club’s official website, FC Barcelona has decided to appeal against the decision of the Comité de Competición to sanction Messi for the message he displayed for his mother’s birthday during the game with Racing.

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Final session before meeting Almeria

Final session before meeting Almeria

On Wednesday at noon, the first team held their last training session before receiving Almeria at the Camp Nou tonight in the first leg of the Cup semifinals. Bojan, who was unable to complete Tuesday’s session, trained normally with the group. Joining in the session were three B team players: Marc Bartra, Martin Montoya, and Nolito. 

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Cartoon of the Day: Sport

I was planning to draw a cartoon about Mourinho…but he has hidden from me too…

What were you doing at 20?

What were you doing at 20?

The following is a translation from Girona based newspaper Diari El Punt. The original can be found here.

The public debate that is currently raging about FC Barcelona forward Bojan Krkic forgets the fact that Messi and just a couple of other players were playing with the first team on a regular basis at 20 years old.

You only need to look to the squad, which has very few forwards, to appreciate the value of Bojan. However, the small player is once again in the centre of controversy. Despite just turning 20, he is used to this. The controversy involving him is again raising questions about what he has done or what he will [be able to] do. David Villa yesterday shared his thoughts about Bojan’s value as a member of the team: “Although he did not score, Bojan is playing very well and people should not be talking about him that way.”

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Guardiola: “No such thing as an easy competition”

Guardiola: “No such thing as an easy competition”

Pep Guardiola, in yesterday’s press conference, has again reiterated the importance of the Copa del Rey competition for his team, and will look to overcome Almeria to reach the final.

“It is very important, yes. First of all, because you get to play in the final of a competition and to have a chance to be in it is not easy.”

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The Front: El Mundo Deportivo (26.01.2011)

PEP YES, MOU NO

Guardiola faces the media.

Worried about Puyol’s injury. “I hope he will only miss two or three matches

I think Madrid is doing good. They are alive in the three competitions, so they can win it all

Mourinho hides

He sent his second manager to the press conference to avoid complications.

Karanka demands a fine for Sevilla because of their motivation video for the match against Madrid.

The Front: Sport (26.01.2011)

FROM CAMP NOU TO THE FINAL

Barça wants to let the qualification solved.

Guardiola doesn’t want bad surprises, so he will play the best team possible.

Unbelievable! Competition Committee fines Messi with 2.000€ and a yellow card for wishing his mother a happy birthday.

Puyol will be, at least, three weeks out.

Interview with Abidal: “I will only sign a contract renewal if my legs say so

[Non Barça Related]

Madrid signs Adebayor as a SOS signing.

Mourinho heats up the match even more by refusing to attend to the press conference.

We’ve got mail: The Monster of La Masia

We’ve got mail: The Monster of La Masia

In this edition of We’ve got mail – Nico sent us to share with you all a magnificent production to illustrate the dominance of La Masia and to celebrate the recent Ballon d’Or gala.

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Jonathan dos Santos wishes to stay at Barça

Jonathan dos Santos wishes to stay at Barça

According to Catalan paper Sport, Barcelona B midfielder Jonathan dos Santos has claimed he has no intention of leaving the club. Although the same paper reported rumours last week that the club had opened the doors on any possible transfers, the Mexican player believes he has worked too hard to leave now. 

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From London With Love

From London With Love

“From London With Love” is a new feature on your number one source for all Barça-related issues. This feature will provide weekly coverage of what is going on in the land of our next UEFA Champions League rival–Arsenal. Every Tuesday, guest writer (and a friend of our own writer, Hady) Hasan Noueldin, who happens to be an avid Liverpool and English Premier League fan, will be covering what’s happening in the Emirates Stadium in London. From match details to internal club and transfer issues, this is a chance to look at the upcoming encounter from a neutral’s point of view through a slightly sarcastic lens. We hope you enjoy this new feature in its first edition.

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Match Preview: FC Barcelona vs UD Almería

Match Preview: FC Barcelona vs UD Almería

The semifinals of the Copa del Rey are here and we’re one step away from the first El Clasico contested in the tournament since 1997.  All that stands between Barca fulfilling their side of the bargain is UD Almeria, a small Andalucian club who lost 8-0 when the Blaugrana came to their grounds at the Estadio Benito Vaillamarin, in November. If one were prone to presumptions, one might already be making plans for the final on April 20. Barca did look just a touch more impressive during the last meeting. Frankly, we showed up at their place for dinner, kicked in the door, broke the windows with the power of our minds, and Almeria couldn’t do anything about it but hide in the closet. Not to mention that they have a serious relegation battle on their hands.

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Video of the Day: Our Maestro

 

totalBarça EXCLUSIVE: Interview with Almeria forward Henok Goitom

totalBarça EXCLUSIVE: Interview with Almeria forward Henok Goitom

Before the semifinal in the Copa del Rey between Almeria and FC Barcelona, totalBarça got an exclusive interview with Almeria forward Henok Goitom. Goitom shared his thoughts about Almeria, Barcelona and Twitter.

After the game 0-8 loss against FC Barcelona in November you got a new coach in José Luis Oltra, what has changed in the team since then?

With a new coach everyone gets fired up. We have a better understanding what a team needs to do to be able to fight for a new contract in la liga.

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January 25, 2011

Youth Leagues: Weekly Results; Man of the Match

Racing want Thiago

Bojan and Alves back in training

Villa: “Almeria won’t be easy in the Copa”

Cartoon of the Day: Sport

Ian Chadband: Pep holds the ultimate trump card over Mou

Happy Birthday, Xavi Hernandez!

The Front: Sport (25.01.2011)

The Front: El Mundo Deportivo (25.01.2011)

Barça B: FC Barcelona 1-2 Rayo Vallecano

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