Former Barcelona icon Rivaldo has officially announced today via Twitter that he will be returning to action in Brazil on a one year loan deal with Sao Paulo. Rivaldo, FIFA World Player of the Year in 1999, starred for Barcelona between 1997 and 2002, scoring 130 goals for the team during this period.
All the times you vote for the Man of the Match Poll and wonder and think about that particular player’s performance in the match, replaying it in your mind, wishing you could watch it over and over again. We at totalBarca thought the same and hence, came up with a way to archive those special performances in the form of a Poll Result Video.
Here is our first one: Andres Iniesta vs Racing Santander
This video was brought to you by totalBarca’s newest squad member, Allas! He will be creating more such amazing videos from now on. Enjoy the video after the jump!
In an interview with Betfair, the club’s official betting partner, FC Barcelona captain and centre-back Carles Puyol shared his views on the season so far, praised coach Pep Guardiola and expressed a desire to continue playing for a while. Excerpts from the interview are below. Read the complete piece here.
The return of Thiago Alcantara to Barca B stirs up lively discussions but it is just one of the phases in his maturation process: to be precise, the last stretch of the so-called Phase 3. The four months in which Thiago co-existed with the first team has not been plain-sailing but filled with obstacles which he passed.
In a column for espn.com, writer Graham Hunter digs deep into what makes FC Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola so “awe-inspiring”. In what is an illuminating read, Hunter goes from Guardiola’s early days at La Masia to his stint as a club player and then as the manager. Hunter quotes Lionel Messi and Xavi Hernandez, who credit Guardiola’s discipline, his meticulous planning and passion for the game as the reasons why the club keeps performing consistently well. The piece also touches on the topic that every Cule is anxious about: Guardiola’s contract. Hunter is convinced that Guardiola, like Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United, will keep going at FC Barcelona.
Read the complete article here. Excerpts from the article below.
ED. This is an exclusive article in my local paper ‘Borneo Bulletin’ by Cesar Luis Menotti, former Argentina international and World Cup winning coach. It is in paper-only edition and not available online.
Date: 22 January 2011
I think I need to get my head back in order – considering the marvellous things that Barcelona has presented us with.
When the Ballon d’Or was placed in the hands of Lionel Messi from the hands of Pep Guardiola – and keeping in mind that these prizes are a lot more important in evaluation and analysis than in success – I felt the urge to shout, “Don’t hand it over” – but only an urge.
ANOTHER VICTORY, ANOTHER RECORD, AND ANOTHER PARTY!
Barça 3-0 Racing
Barça has won 14 straight league games, in which they have scored 54 goals
Dedicated to Celia – Messi wanted to congratulate his mother on her birthday and showed after scoring the penalty a message written on his shirt
Madrid spent the night 7 points behind
Barça 3-0 Racing
Barça wins without exerting themselves and go to bed seven points from Madrid
Pedro, Messi, who dedicated his goal to his mother, and Iniesta signed the comfortable azulgrana victory
Barça scored quickly, always controlled the match, and put all of the pressure on Madrid
[Non Barça Related]
Tough time for Mourinho
The coach says that if Barça gets more of an advantage “the title race is over”
The Portuguese continues to leave his future past June uncertain
It took Pedro one minute after the initial whistle to score the opener, from a wonderful Villa-Messi combination that ended with an assist by Messi scored by Pedrito. The game was against Racing de Santander, 14th in the league table.
The away game ended with three goals for Barcelona, and the scenario was once again the same, only this time it was at the Camp Nou.
FC Barcelona B vs Rayo Vallecano, Matchday 21, Segunda A
Saturday, January 22 2011 @ 18:00 Barcelona time – Convert to local time
Venue: Mini Estadi, Barcelona (Capacity: 15,276)
Sixth placed FC Barcelona B faces a tough match today at home against 3rd place Rayo Vallecano, currently 9 points ahead of Barça B in the second division standings with 40 points. After breaking their winless streak last weekend with a 2-3 victory at Salamanca, the blaugrana have also been boosted this week by the return of players Vazquez, Muniesa and Tello from injury, as well as Thiago from the first team. Will this be enough to snatch another win? Links to the match and the latest news can be found after the jump.
The club held their last training session this Saturday morning before the evening match against Racing Santander at Camp Nou. Jose Manuel Pinto could not exercise because of some stomach problems and was replaced in the squad by reserve keeper Oier Olazabal.
January 22, 2011
January 21, 2011