Ex-Barça: Rivaldo returns to Sao Paulo

Ex-Barça: Rivaldo returns to Sao Paulo

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.

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Man of the Match Poll Result Video: Andres Iniesta vs Racing Santander

Man of the Match Poll Result Video: Andres Iniesta vs Racing Santander

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!

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Puyol: “I hope to play for a while yet”

Puyol: “I hope to play for a while yet”

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.

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‘Sport.es’ analysis of Thiago Alcantara promotion

‘Sport.es’ analysis of Thiago Alcantara promotion

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.

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Graham Hunter: At 40, Guardiola is still awe-inspiring

Graham Hunter: At 40, Guardiola is still awe-inspiring

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.

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Menotti: “Ballon d’Or should have been for…”

Menotti: “Ballon d’Or should have been for…”

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.

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Guardiola: “The cold made it risky”

Guardiola: “The cold made it risky”

“I would like to give a lot of merit to what this team is doing,” said the Barcelona coach after adding his fourteenth consecutive league victory, equalling the record the team achieved in his first season in charge.

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The Front: Sport (23.01.2011)

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

The Front: El Mundo Deportivo (23.01.2011)

‘MOMMY’ MIA!

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

The Goals: FC Barcelona 3-0 Racing Santander

The Goals: FC Barcelona 3-0 Racing Santander

We bring you all the goals from yesterday night’s match against Racing Santander where the boys put in a classy performance with goals from Pedro, Messi and Iniesta.

Watch them after the jump!

Image credits: Getty Images

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Post-match review: FC Barcelona 3-0 Racing Santander

Post-match review: FC Barcelona 3-0 Racing Santander

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.

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Man of the Match: FC Barcelona 3-0 Racing Santander

The Result: FC Barcelona 3-0 Racing Santander

The Result: FC Barcelona 3-0 Racing Santander

RESULT:

FC Barcelona: 3

Racing Santander: 0

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Statistics: 22-01-2011

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Live Match Chat & Links: FC Barcelona vs Racing

Live Match Chat & Links: FC Barcelona vs Racing

FC Barcelona vs Racing Santander, La Liga

(Saturday, January 22, 2011 @ 20:00 Barcelona time – Convert to local time)

FC Barcelona Chat: http://apps.facebook.com/fcbarcelonachat/(direct chat through Facebook)
Direct link: http://fcbarcelona.hopto.org

Click here to chat!

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Live: FC Barcelona B vs Rayo Vallecano

Live: FC Barcelona B vs Rayo Vallecano

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.

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Youth Leagues: Weekly Results; Man of the Match (Updated)

Youth Leagues: Weekly Results; Man of the Match (Updated)

Every week at totalBarca, we bring you the results of the top four youth sides of La Masia: the Juvenil A, Juvenil B, Cadet A, Cadet B sides respectively. We also name the Man of the Match (MOM) performer for each category. Highlights Updated!

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Pinto out, Oier in squad for Racing

Pinto out, Oier in squad for Racing

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.

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Match Preview: FC Barcelona vs Racing Santander

Match Preview: FC Barcelona vs Racing Santander

Can the team learn from the recent defeat at the hands of Betis and provide a quality performance once again? Will Alves’ absence prove influential on the team’s progress to win La Liga? Find out what we think after the jump.

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Cartoon of the Day: Sport

Kaká: “I think that Benzema could play better than that”

Benzema: Mourinho, who is almost Satan’s reincarnation,  saying such things is not surprising…but Kaká, who is half a priest!?


January 22, 2011

The Front: Sport (22.01.2011)

The Front: El Mundo Deportivo (22.01.2011)

Tribute to a Blaugrana Jacket


January 21, 2011

Penultimate session in the cold

Deco: “Barca plays spectacular football”

Alcantara brothers finally crossed paths

Alves’s renewal still in limbo

JDS to be released, and so too Rochina and Armando

Cartoon of the Day: Sport

The Front: El Mundo Deportivo (21.01.2011)

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