Post-Arsenal Destruction Transfer Madness!

Post-Arsenal Destruction Transfer Madness!

Arsenal has laid down and died at our feet, but the transfer rumors continue unabated. Read on for the latest. And be sure to have the salt-shaker handy.

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Match Preview: Sevilla FC vs FC Barcelona

Match Preview: Sevilla FC vs FC Barcelona

How will the team build on the win against Arsenal? Will carelessness creep in or would the team’s perseverance show through in Andalusia? Find out what we think after the jump.

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The Front: Sport (13.03.2011)

FIRST FINAL BEFORE THE BERNABÉU

Sevilla-Barça 21.00 (Canal +)

Guardiola wants 12 points in the next four matches

Villa and Messi, the black beasts for Sevilla

Both are a sure goal – David has scored 12 twelve goals and Leo, ten

Bale: “Barça is interested in signing me”

The lateral of Tottenham is one of the stars of the market

The Front: El Mundo Deportivo (13.03.2011)

GOING HALF A LEAGUE

Sevilla – Barça 21h C+

Barça wants to celebrate Guardiola’s 1000 days with an almost decisive victory

The azulgrana, on the brink of record goals, victories, and games without a loss

Mou repeats himself – his discussion of the calendar, in addition to being tiring, is old; he already used it when he trained at Chelsea and Inter

Video of the Day: Impossible?

Final training and squad for Sevilla

Final training and squad for Sevilla

Josep Guardiola has named the 19 players available from the first team who will travel to Sevilla for Sunday night’s game. Puyol, still without his medical clearance, is the only absentee from the list.

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Cartoon of the Day: El Mundo Deportivo

Chapeau!*     Chapeau!   Annoyed!!!

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Juvenil A: A point saved in the final minutes (2-2)

Juvenil A: A point saved in the final minutes (2-2)

Barça’s Juvenil A side remains unbeaten after they battled back from 0-2 down against Mallorca with two goals scored in the last eight minutes of the game. RCD Mallorca had gone ahead with two productive counterattacks in the first half of the match. 

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The Front: El Mundo Deportivo (12.03.2011)

1.000 DAYS WITH PEP

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The Front: Sport (12.03.2011)

WE TAKE MOURINHO AS A JOKE

Barça’s defender answers Mourinho and assures “I will not leave”

Rosell: “We speak on the field”

Barça plays rugby for one day

Mourinho: “They want to destroy La Liga and I may help them”

Adriano: “It is always special for me to play in Seville”

Adriano: “It is always special for me to play in Seville”

Adriano Correia is going back to the place he played for lat six seasons, the Sánchez Pizjuán. “Whenever I go there it’s a special game” he said at press conference on Friday. “It was amazing in the Super Cup, where I got a nice reception … There will be a fantastic atmosphere. The fans tend to fill the stadium for games like this. It doesn’t matter where Sevilla are in the table”.

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Bolo Zenden: “I did enjoy it”

Bolo Zenden: “I did enjoy it”

It seems former FC Barcelona player Bolo Zenden was highly impressed by the team’s display against Arsenal in the Champions League on Tuesday, with the Dutchman giving the team a glowing review.

Speaking to the Northern Echo in England, Zenden, who now plays his football at Sunderland, said, “I watched it and enjoyed it. Obviously because I played there, I know the philosophy there and the whole atmosphere around it. I did enjoy it.

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Puyol the only absence at Friday training

Puyol the only absence at Friday training

After enjoying a day off on Thursday, the group led by Josep Guardiola returned to training on Friday at the Ciutat Espoiva Joan Gamper. The session began at 11 am and was open to the media for the first quarter of an hour. The focus of the session was Sunday’s league match away at Sevilla. Nineteen players from te first team took part, along with Jordi Masip from the B team. The only absence was club captain Carles Puyol. 

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Denis Chaumier: Most French hearts are with Barca

Denis Chaumier: Most French hearts are with Barca

Denis Chaumier, Editor-in-Chief of France Football, was at the Ciutat Esportiva on Wednesday to present the Book of the 50 Years of the Ballon D’Or to the top three players in last year’s awards – Iniesta, Xavi and Messi.

That is when he declared himself to be a Barca fan and said, “even though Zidane is with Madrid, I’d be lying if I didn’t say most French hearts are with Barça”.

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The Front: El Mundo Deportivo (11.03.2011)

TO SIGN CESC

After winning  Arsenal, Barça will try hard to sign him

Guardiola wants him and the club is willing to make and  economical effort and pay 45 million euros, no more.

Barça hopes to renew Pinto and Abidal during the next days.

Too many requests for the Copa del Rey final in Mestalla forces the club to draw lots for them


The Front: Sport (11.03.2011)

DIVISION OF OPINIONS ABOUT THE SIGNING

Most of the voters (61%) wouldn’t pay more than 30 million euros to Arsenal

Would you sign Cesc? Yes – 48%; No – 52%

Puyol, ready to play in Champions’ quarterfinals

More than 8.000 requests to purchase tickets for the Copa del Rey final.

Caption This: Messi & Almunia

Caption This: Messi & Almunia

What are Lionel Messi and Manuel Almunia thinking at the moment this picture was taken?

Put on your humour caps and come up with a witty, wacky caption or dialogue sequence about this picture.

Share it with us in the comments section!

 

Photo Credits: Miguel Ruiz/Àlex Caparrós-FCB

 

Four players called up to Spain U-20

Four players called up to Spain U-20

Four blaugrana youngsters have been called up to the Spain Under-20 side for a few days of training to take place from the 14th to the 16th of March at the Ciudad del Fútbol de Las Rozas in Madrid. The players called up are Marc Muniesa and Cristian Tello from the Barça B squad, along with Sergi Gómez and Javier Espinosa from Juvenil A. With four, Barcelona has the highest number of players called up from a single club. Additionally, Martí Riverola, currently on loan at Vitesse, has also been called to the U-20 side.   Continue reading »

Number of the Day: 900

Number of the Day: 900

The three goals against Arsenal on Tuesday took FC Barcelona past the 900 goal mark in official international games. Messi’s first made it 900 exactly and Xavi and Messi made it 902 later – and counting!

Read more details after the jump.

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Mascherano: “We played like Barça and that’s why we qualified”

Mascherano: “We played like Barça and that’s why we qualified”

On Wednesday, March 9th 2011, at a press conference Barcelona midfielder Javier Mascherano said his side were deserving winners of their Champions League last-16 tie with Arsenal. “Wenger has every right to his opinion but the statistics say it would have been very unfair if we hadn’t qualified having not received a single shot on goal,” underlined Mascherano. “It was unusual that it was 1-1 without them having had a shot. Wenger knows how the game was. It’s tough to lose and nobody likes to be knocked out. ” Read more comments and watch a video after the jump.

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March 10, 2011

Barça B: CD Tenerife 1-4 FC Barcelona B

Abidal to earn new deal?

Crackòvia: Groundhog Day

Quote of the Day: Harry Redknapp

Statistics: FC Barcelona 3 – 1 Arsenal FC

The Front: Sport (10.03.2011)

The Front: El Mundo Deportivo (10.03.2011)

Video of the day: Barcelona’s pressing and passing vs Arsenal FC

Mia Hamm: Barca sets the standard for football

Man of the Match Poll Result Video: Lionel Messi vs Arsenal

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