The Front: Sport (15.12.2010)

“WE RISK HALF LA LIGA PLAYING THIS MATCH”

Barça squad think that this derby is decisive.

Puyol, to de la Peña: “You are the strongest rival.

Osvaldo warns Barça: “If they want to win, they will suffer.

The Front: El Mundo Deportivo (15.12.2010)

BAD VIBRATIONS

Cristiano starts to think about leaving Madrid.

Galactic confrontation between Mourinho and the club.

INIESTA’S DERBY

He will play in Cornellà 5 months after his gesture for Jarque and he could be applauded.

Andrés is in his best form: 15 matches played and 4 goals scored.

Offside: Wedding bells ringing for Puyol?

Offside: Wedding bells ringing for Puyol?

Catalan based newspaper Sport reported that, according to Vanitatis.com, the Barcelona central defender Carles Puyol might be close to marrying his current girlfriend, model Malena Costa.

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Video of the Day: New friend

Andres Iniesta shares a story about his furry friend in a new commercial for Gol Television. He says:  “We met a year ago, by chance, and since then, we are inseparable. We share a house, friends and hobbies. We share joy, accept each other with our good things and with the ones that are not that good. But is there another way to love your best friend? This is our first Xmas together and I’ll surprise him. If you have someone very very special this Xmas the best present is Gol Television.”

Read more for the ‘making of’ video and one more clip!

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Cruyff’s Corner: ‘Tainted’ jerseys? No thanks

Cruyff’s Corner: ‘Tainted’ jerseys? No thanks

The following is a translation of Johan Cruyff’s weekly article in El Periodico.  The original can be found here.

Is it worth losing your individuality in exchange for gaining an amount of money that is worth less than 10% of the budget? I think not, because this uniqueness, together with all that it represents to this club, is priceless.

I am totally against putting advertisement on the shirt in exchange for money. And I would say exactly the same thing had it been another president or another board that had given the nod to this operation. Where some see incredible figures (30 million per year for the next five years), I see that this equates to no more than 6 or 7% of the budget. (Depending how you value the contract)

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Picture of the Day: Carles Rexach and Messi

Picture of the Day: Carles Rexach and Messi

Carles Rexach and Leo Messi met to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the arrival of the Argentinian star to Barcelona. Rexach was the sporting director of FC Barcelona in 2000 and signed the first contract with Lionel Messi.

Alves: “My priority is Barcelona but I can’t close the negotiations doors”

Alves: “My priority is Barcelona but I can’t close the negotiations doors”

Catalan based newspaper Sport reported an interview of Barcelona right-back Daniel Alves with the daily sport newspaper ‘A Bola.’

Dani Alves, whose contract ends with Barcelona in June 2012 and is nowadays being connected with the English club Manchester City, said that “My priority is to stay with Barcelona, but I can’t close the door of negotiations. I’m really happy with the club, but the two parties have to agree.

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Rosell: “This deal will make us stronger in the future”

Rosell: “This deal will make us stronger in the future”

On Monday afternoon in the Sala París, FC Barcelona signed their formal agreement with the Qatar Foundation, via Qatar Sports Investment, for a shirt sponsorship deal worth 165 Euros. Barça president Sandro Rosell, Saif Ali Al-Hajari, vice president of the Qatar Foundation, and Ahmad al Sulaiti, executive director of Qatar Sports Investment, all had a number of comments regarding the new partnership.

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Afellay to report in before Christmas

Afellay to report in before Christmas

New signing Ibrahim Afellay is expected to arrive in Barcelona on 23 December to complete his move from Dutch Eredivisie club PSV Eindhoven, according to the  FC Barcelona website today.

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Alleke meets Xavi!

Alleke meets Xavi!

Bring out the hankies. And let the tears of joy flow. We usually don’t use exclamation marks in a headline but we can’t help ourselves here. After Spain’s World Cup-winning team returned home, they boarded a bus which drove through the streets of Madrid to cheers. While most gathered to wave flags, chant slogans and scream in delight, a young 4-year-old girl named Alleke saw the bus and enquired “Where’s Xavi?” Kelly, Alleke’s father, posted the video on YouTube and his site, which concludes with Alleke heartbroken and in tears as she doesn’t get to meet her favourite football player. The video simply titled “Where’s Xavi” touched the hearts of innumerable fans around the world. Some great souls in the organising committee of the Catalonian Sports Awards Ceremony and TV3 (Televisio de Catalunya), which broadcasted the function, got together and ensured that Alleke’s dream came true.

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Agent: “Bojan weighing his option but not for now”

Agent: “Bojan weighing his option but not for now”

‘Sport.co.uk’ in an exclusive yesterday quoted Bojan Krkic’s agent Zoran Vekic as again ruling out a possible move for the 20-year-old player in January but confirming that he and the player will weigh all options come next summer.

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Cartoon of the Day: Sport

Rosell: 165 million euros. I could say a lot of things about the new sponsor but sometimes a number is better than thousand words.

Ex-Barca: Gai formally puts pen to paper

Ex-Barca: Gai formally puts pen to paper

Manchester City FC has officially closed the deal on the free transfer of former la Masia graduate Gai Assulin with the signing of a two and a half year contract yesterday.

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Xavi: “They’ll be tough but so will we”

Xavi: “They’ll be tough but so will we”

Xavi Hernandez, who yesterday accepted the Premi Catalunya de l’Esport top award as Catalunya’s athlete of the year, though cautious, revealed his desire to face Espanyol this weekend.

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The Front: Sport (14.12.2010)

ROSELL ATTACKS

The president assures that the agreement with Qatar “makes Barça stronger“.

Message to Laporta:”The situation was worse than expected. The money will be used to pay some debts.

Message to Madrid: “If I was the rival team, I would be worried. They wanted this sponsor.

Answering Cruyff: “5 years ago he said quite the opposite, but the myths can not be mistaken.

Special Derby:

Meeting to win the derby.

A champions’ duel.

Xavi: “The best is yet to come.”


The Front: El Mundo Deportivo (14.12.2010)

MESSI: “I’D SIGN TO STAY 10 MORE YEARS”

Ten years ago today, Messi signed for Barça.

Carles (Charly) Rexach: “I noticed that he was good, but I could never imagine that he would become the best player of the world.”

Jorge Messi: “Leo is playing for Barça thanks to Charly.

Sandro Rosell: “He probably is the best player of the club’s history.

Xavi is given the “Premi Catalunya de l’Esport” (Catalonia’s Sport Award).

Barça squad have lunch together to win the derby.

We’ve got mail: Socio status

We’ve got mail: Socio status

Not that we want to cause any more headache with what it now takes to become a socio.  Yet, we still wanted to share with everyone a personal experience from a reader.  Anna, having recently moved to Barcelona, wrote us to describe her experience of trying to become a Socio a few months ago…

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Barça B: Albacete 2-2 FC Barcelona

Barça B: Albacete 2-2 FC Barcelona

FC Barcelona B further established themselves as the come back kings on the road on Sunday, coming back from 2-0 down to tie the game in the final 25 minutes of the match through goals from Nolito and Jonathan Soriano. This game followed on the heels of Barça’s 2-2 with Real Betis in midweek, the tie also secured through two late goals. The reserve side currently remains in 4th place in the standings. Details of the game, including the post match comments from Luis Enrique are all below.

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Barcelona staff and players gather for a meal

Barcelona staff and players gather for a meal

According to Catalan based newspaper Sport, Barcelona staff and players gathered around Monday afternoon to have a meal in the restaurant ‘Emperador de la Barceloneta.’

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Jeffren returns to training

Jeffren returns to training

For the first time since being injured in the 11th minute in the Champions League game against Rubin Kazan (2-0), Jeffren was able to work with the squad in their recovery session on Monday following the 5-0 triumph over Real Sociedad at Camp Nou. A total of 25 players worked under Guardiola at the training session. 

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December 13, 2010

FCB Youth And Women’s Football Report

Valdes and the race for Zamora title

Juvenil A: Unfortunate Draw

Pedro: “We can still improve”

Phil Ball: Can anyone stop this lot? I’m beginning to wonder

Six Barca players nominated for UEFA.com’s Team of the Year 2010

Cartoon of the Day: Sport

Cartoon of the Day: El Mundo Deportivo

Quote of the day: Mamadou Niang

The Front: El Mundo Deportivo (13.12.2010)

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