Offside: Knocked at Messi’s door, got invited in

Offside: Knocked at Messi’s door, got invited in

Albin Larsson travelled to Lionel Messi’s home city of Rosario to see the Barça star’s roots.
Soon the Swede had been invited in by none other than Lionel Messi himself.

Albin told Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet about his amazing story. The original article can be found here.

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Spanish athletes vote for Messi, Xavi and Iniesta

Spanish athletes vote for Messi, Xavi and Iniesta

El Pais asked 69 Spanish athletes from different dispciplines to vote for the best Spanish athlete, international athlete, sporting event and revelation of 2010. Among voters were F1 drivers, basketball stars, tennis champions, golf players, motocycle racers and, of course, footballers.

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Video: Interview with Afellay

 

Villa awarded USSA’s “Athlete of the Year”

Villa awarded USSA’s “Athlete of the Year”

David Villa has been named the United States Sports Academy’s 2010 Male Athlete of the Year. As USSA’s website reports: “Villa’s five goals helped lead his country to its first FIFA World Cup title. He took 32 shots on goal and scored the winning goals in the first and second round of the playoffs.”

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Messi: “Sometimes I enjoy more making assists”

Messi: “Sometimes I enjoy more making assists”

Messi closed out the year with a record number of goals: 60 between Barça and the national team.  Now he wants more and is going all out for the Copa América. “It’s a gift that I want to give to Argentineans.”

FC Barcelona and Argentine international forward Lionel Messi (23) took time off from his vacation in Argentina to speak with sports daily Olé.  What follows is a translation of the article.  The original can be found here.

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Nolito opens up

Nolito opens up

FC Barcelona B player Nolito, in a ‘Diario de Jerez’ exclusive interview out yesterday, quashed reports saying he is set to leave FC Barcelona this summer. Out of contract by then, he is still not sure about his next move. Continue reading »

Five Barça players make L’Équipe’s Team of the Year

Five Barça players make L’Équipe’s Team of the Year

French sports magazine L’Équipe has named their Team of the Year for 2010, an ideal XI which includes five FC Barcelona players (the most from any one team). The players who made the cut are Gerard Piqué, Sergio Busquets, Xavi Hernández, Andrés Iniesta and Lionel Messi. 

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Chelsea chasing Sergi Roberto

Chelsea chasing Sergi Roberto

British tabloid paper The People claims that English Premiere League team Chelsea would be interested in Barcelona B midfielder and Spanish youth international Sergi Roberto (18).

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Barcelona keeping an eye on adversaries

Barcelona keeping an eye on adversaries
A Barcelona ‘representative’ at an unknown EPL match.

Pep Guardiola never dwells on past successes and has always have respected the opposition big or small – a fact he keeps repeating in his press conferences. When the opportunity presents itself today, he is sure to waste no time and is expected to send several ‘pair of eyes’… and videocam/s to the Emirates Stadium, according to ‘Sport.es’. Their job is to note and record Barcelona’s next Champions League rival, Arsenal FC, and a possible opponent in the later stages, Chelsea FC, a tough-to-beat team it has met too many times before – and this time with a new manager.

The two London rivals are to meet tonight (2100h CET).

Cartoon of the Day: Sport

This is one way to announce the news: “5 Spanish players in L’Equipe‘s ideal starting eleven

This is another way: “5 Barça players in L’Equipe‘s ideal starting eleven

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The Front: Sport (27.12.2010)

THAT’S HOW BARÇA WILL SIGN

Aim: Cesc and future. The club will insist in Arsenal’s midfielder and will sign good youth players who are not in Barça B.

The best team is the cheapest.

A dinner to renew. Guardiola will meet Rosell.

Cruyff convinced Afellay to play with Holland despite being Moroccan.

Madrid is looking for cracks in Catalunya.

The manita still hurts Mourinho: “2010 would have been perfect without the 5-0

The Front: El Mundo Deportivo (27.12.2010)

YES

Exclusive interview by MD to 500 socios.

97.2% – The best team of the history

71.6% – Sponsorship

98.6% – Contract renewal for Guardiola

77.8% – Pep, unlimited contract

70% – Xavi, Ballon d’Or.

5 Barça players in the ideal starter XI of L’Equipe.

Youth: Nine blaugrana in the Catalan NT’s Youth Divisions

Youth: Nine blaugrana in the Catalan NT’s Youth Divisions

Up to nine players from the Cantera of FC Barcelona have been summoned by the Federación Catalana de Fútbol to participate in the first phase of the Campeonato Estatal de Selecciones Autonómicas with Catalunya in the U-16 and U-18 categories.

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Best of 2010: Goals and goal celebrations

Best of 2010: Goals and goal celebrations

As 2010 draws to a close, a number of the writers and editors here at totalBarça have shared their thoughts on the best Barça moments of the year. In this edition, we’ll be looking at our favourite goals of 2010 along with the best goal celebrations. Check out the descriptions and videos of the goals, and pictures of the celebrations, and choose your personal favourite in the polls at the bottom. Visca el Barça!

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Xavi: “I couldn’t ask for anything more this year”

Xavi: “I couldn’t ask for anything more this year”

A few days ago Xavi Hernadez gave an exclusive interview to ‘Sport.es’ where he talks about, among others, this year’s achievements and his aspirations for the future.

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Cartoon of the Day: Sport

Merry Christmas!

Statistics 26-12-2010

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Brian Phillips: All Hail Barcelona

Brian Phillips: All Hail Barcelona

All Hail Barcelona
The beauty and majesty of the world’s greatest soccer team.
by Brian Phillips

There’s a special feeling of euphoria, a kind of Olympian giddiness, that soccer fans experience while watching FC Barcelona. Soccer takes great athletes and makes them artificially clumsy—forces them to show what they can do, in effect, with both arms tied behind their backs. It’s a game of tricks, one that turns the simplest action, just keeping possession of the ball, into a perilous high-wire act. But Barcelona pass the ball, and pass the ball, and pass the ball—938 times in their recent 5-0 win over Real Sociedad—and invert defenses as casually as if they were rotating a kaleidoscope. It’s not just that they make it look easy. It’s that three years into their reign as the world’s best soccer team, they still haven’t realized they’re playing 50 feet above the ground.

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Valencia chasing Bojan

Valencia chasing Bojan

According to Catalan based newspaper Sport, Valencia CF is chasing Barcelona striker Bojan Krkic (20) in order to reinforce its attacking line.

In that sense, during a press-conference of the Valencia club yesterday, they revealed their interest in signing the Catalan attacker. However, the possibility will be complicated as Bojan has already signed a contract with the Blaugrana until the year 2015.

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The Front: Sport (25.12.2010)

“I WANT [TO WIN] THE CUP, LIGA AND CHAMPIONS”

Exclusive interview with Xavi.

We’re a improved version of the Dream Team, there was no need to be this physically strong back then.

We, the players, can tell that Guardiola is very excited and we would like him to renew.

Afellay wore the blaugrana kit for the first time. Zubizarreta: “He will give us more shots, physic and a great one versus one“.

[Non Barça Related]

Meeting between Florentino and Mourinho without Valdano.


December 25, 2010

The Front: El Mundo Deportivo (25.12.2010)

Zubizarreta: “The squad is complete”

Video of the Day: Merry Christmas!

Video: Welcome Afellay


December 24, 2010

The Pictures: Afellay’s presentation

Afellay official presentation

Cartoon of the Day: Sport

FC Barcelona has two new sponsors

Ibra threatens Guardiola and not signing with Milan

The Front: Sport (24.12.2010)

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