The Front: El Mundo Deportivo (20.11.2010)

PRESSURE ON MADRID

Barça, to win and to come back without injuries or bans will put pressure on Madrid.

The blaugranas need to win their sixth match in a row against Lillo’s team, who could be fired if they themselves don’t win.

Guardiola ignores the “noise” coming from Madrid: “I better not say anything“.

Piqué: Pep doesn’t reveal whether he will keep Piqué for el Clásico or play him today.

Abidal: With the player KO, organising a proper defensive line-up will be complicated even further.

Villa and Alves: Both will play their match number 250 in La Liga.

The Ultimate Game: Get Inside Guardiola’s Head

The Ultimate Game: Get Inside Guardiola’s Head

This is your chance to prove not only your knowledge about the game of football, but also your psychological insight by cracking the code of Barcelona coach Josep ‘Pep’ Guardiola’s master brain:

Predict Barcelona’s Starting Lineup

This is not (as in: N-O-T) a place for discussion on team tactics or personal player preferences. You just give the system and the eleven names you think will start the game against Almeria.

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Live: Barcelona B vs. Recreativo de Huelva

Live: Barcelona B vs. Recreativo de Huelva

Barcelona B vs Recreativo de Huelva, Matchday 13, Segunda A
Friday, November 19, 2010 @ 21:00 Barcelona time – Convert to local time
Venue: Mini Estadi, Barcelona (Capacity: 15,276)

After last weekend’s tough loss away at Granada (4-1), Barça B has the chance to bounce back in their Friday night clash with Recreativo de Huelva. So far this season, the reserve team has gotten good results at the Miniestadi, with five wins and only one loss providing the majority of the 22 points they have earned. By contrast, their opponents are finding life difficult on the road, and are currently in 21st place with only 10 points and no wins away from home. Sometimes encounters with teams near the bottom of the table can prove trickier than they first appear, will this be the case today? Find links and comment after the jump!

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Pep: “Don’t ask me about Madrid. This is about Almeria”

Pep: “Don’t ask me about Madrid. This is about Almeria”

“Nothing will happen. Everyone looks at the Clasico like it’s the last Clasico to be played, like it is the match of the century or that the world will end with it. We will try to play well with our brand of football and that’s it,” was the first answer coming out of Pep Guardiola when asked if the tense atmosphere surrounding the 29th November La Liga match is the same as the one he felt as a player.

“I don’t know (if the tense atmosphere will benefit anyone). Players are just human beings and at times, during a match, can be affected by factors the likes of Messi’s disallowed goal while Nilmar’s stands (against Villarreal) but we’ll persevere.” Continue reading »

About Dani Alves’ contract

About Dani Alves’ contract

According to Catalan based newspaper El Mundo Deportivo, Dani Alves’ contract offered by FC Barcelona is a renewal until the year 2015 with the option to renew until 2016 if Alves will have played at least 50 % of the 2015 season.

The proposal is very similar to that of Barcelona’s midfielder Xavi, and if Alves agrees to sign the contract he will be one of the six or seven highest-paid players in the team.

Pep’s biggest mistake? – Part 2

Pep’s biggest mistake? – Part 2

In part 1 we discussed a few of the things that have left many Barca fans scratching their heads when it comes to the decisions of manager Pep Guardiola, with El Mister’s handling (or should that be mishandling?) of players’ egos upper most on the agenda. Today we continue with our investigation into Pep’s less than great moments – this time taking a closer look at the manager’s philosophy when it comes to tactics and transfers set firmly in our sights. Amongst other things.

Perhaps Pep’s biggest mistake has not come in the form of players who have been bought and sold but those who have not. What with the amount of top-class players who have moved around over the last three seasons there are some amongst us who can’t help but feel the club could have been a bit more dynamic in the transfer market.

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Squad for Almeria, Friday training

Squad for Almeria, Friday training

Josep Guardiola has called up 19 players to travel to Almeria on Saturday. Neither Abidal or Jeffren Suárez will make the trip. In their place, three youngsters will join the squad traveling to Andalusia: Thiago, Fontàs and Sergi Gómez. Pinto, with a cold, is also doubtful.

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Cartoon of the Day: El Mundo Deportivo

To insult Guardiola, wait for your turn.

Cartoon of the Day: Sport

La Roja crashes* again

Vicente Del Bosque: More than a star we seem to have a cross to bear…since we got it we don’t do anything positive.

“Winning a lot of money playing trashy friendlies!”

*Play with “estrella” (star) and “estrellarse” (to crash)

Video of the Day: Eto’o in Barcelona

Note: This video is part of the Informe Robinson TV show.

The Front: Sport (19.11.2010)

GREAT POSSIBILITY FOR THE KING’S CUP FINAL!

It could be Barça – Madrid.

After 20 years. 1990 was the last time Barça – Madrid was played in the King’s Cup and yesterday’s draw could make that possible again.

Different routes. Barça faces Athletic while Madrid plays against Levante.

Iniesta doesn’t think about El Clásico just yet.

Laporta files lawsuit against the current Board of Directors, KPMG and the newspaper Marca.

Cristiano played to hurt Busquets. The Portuguese said that it was “a pity for me” not to have hurt the blaugrana player.

[Non Barça related]

The Anti-violence Committee wants to sanction Mourinho (and Preciado).

The Front: El Mundo Deportivo (19.11.2010)

MADRID LOSES IT’S SELF-CONTROL

Cristiano deplored to not have been able to “catch” Busquets: “It’s a pity for me to not have touched him“.

While Ronaldo caused trouble in Portugal, Madrid did the same from Bernabéu with a terrible note. Valdano urged Preciado apologises and said the Anti-violence Committee “is being unnecessarily unreasonable

Great Cup of Kings! There could be a Barça – Madrid final.


Quote of the day: Rob Hughes, NY Times

Quote of the day: Rob Hughes, NY Times

“The maturing of Messi, from a 16-year-old debutant to something approaching the finished article, has been one consistent, upward spiral. Since Pep Guardiola, a former captain of the team, became the coach two years ago, Messi has come in from the wing to be the main forward.

He is free to move where instinct, skill and determination take him. He once played apprentice to Ronaldinho, then he dovetailed with Samuel Eto’o, then for a season with Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Now Villa is his main accomplice in attack.”

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Internationals return to training

Internationals return to training

On Thursday, the first team began their preparations for the weekend’s match with Almeria in earnest, with the 13 international players returning for the afternoon training session. During the session, Jeffren Suarez received his medical clearance to play.

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Pep’s biggest mistake?

Pep’s biggest mistake?

Following the result of the recent CIHEFE study, which ranked Barca as the most succesful Spanish club of the last ten years (2000-2010), many people connected to the club can be forgiven for feeling rather proud of the team’s position atop the pile. After all, 12 trophies in 10 years is quite an achievement. And while there are many, many people responsible for the success the club has found over the last decade a special mention must of course go to our current master and chief Pep Guardiola.

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Dani Alves rejects ‘last’ contract offer?

Dani Alves rejects ‘last’ contract offer?

According to Catalan sports paper El Mundo Deportivo, the contract renewal of Brazilian right-back Dani Alves is looking further in doubt after his agent informed the club that they will not accept the latest (and in some reports last) offer made by FC Barcelona.

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Barcelona draw Athletic Bilbao in next Copa Round

Barcelona draw Athletic Bilbao in next Copa Round

In the Spanish Cup Last 16 draw held earlier today, FC Barcelona has been paired against Athletic Bilbao, with the first leg set to be played at the Camp Nou in mid-December and the return on January 5th or 6th at San Mames.

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Zubizarreta: “Afellay is a bit like Andres Iniesta”

Zubizarreta: “Afellay is a bit like Andres Iniesta”

Barcelona’s sporting director Antoni Zubizarreta shared his thoughts with the club’s official website. Barcelona has not yet agreed personal terms with PSV Eindhoven midfielder and Dutch international Ibrahim Afellay (24), but Zubizarreta is reportedly confident that Afellay joins the Catalan club during January. According to Zubizarreta, Afellay will not have any problems adapting to Barcelona.

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Video of the Day: Puyol reaches 500

Carles Puyol played his 500th game for the club on Saturday against Villarreal (3-1) and showed that at 32 he is still well on top of his game.

The Front: El Mundo Deportivo (18.11.2010)

GREAT GOAL BY MESSI!

Leo decided “the other Clásico” during the extra time and got his first victory against the Canarinha.

The blaugrana crack, with a work of art, enlarges his run of scoring by scoring in 8 matches in a row.

Portugal thrashes la Roja. The World Champions, thrashed by a very motivated rival.


November 18, 2010

The Front: Sport (18.11.2010)

Change in distribution of television revenue

Quote of the Day: Tito Vilanova

Eduardo Iturralde Gonzalez to referee El Clasico


November 17, 2010

Live: International Friendlies

We’ve got mail: An El Clásico Special

SAF: “Barcelona would have been my choice”

The good, the bad and the referee

Offside: Victor Valdes, Author

Final offer for Dani Alves

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