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
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.”
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“
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
January 25, 2011