The Front: Sport (23.10.2010)

FERNANDO TORRES, FOR SALE

Liverpool goes bankrupt and Barça opens its gates for him.

Destination: Camp Nou. “El Niño” prefers Barça rather than Inter or Chelsea.

He has Guardiola’s OK. The coach thinks that he has “Barça profile”.

Príncipe de Asturias award. Xavi, blaugrana prince.

[Non Barça Related]

Rooney stays in Manchester for 5 more years.

The Front: El mundo Deportivo (23.10.2010)

MESSI POWER

Zaragoza – Barça (18h)

Leo likes “La Romareda”: last season scored a hat trick there.

Barça, without Xavi but with Valdés, to win and achieve his best Liga’s start in away matches.

Guardiola, sick and tired.

Princes* of the football. The Spanish national team received the Príncipe de Asturias award.

*Príncipe means Prince.

Quote of the Day: Sergio Busquets

Quote of the Day: Sergio Busquets

Referring to the Copenhagen game, Busquets explained: “The other team are also on the pitch and they took the ball off us for a quarter of an hour or so in the second half. It’s nothing to get worked up about, the other team are playing as well and that’s football.

OFFSIDE: New season, New cars!

OFFSIDE: New season, New cars!

FC Barcelona’s official site reports that the clubs vehicle sponsor Audi handed out new cars to the first team squad on Thursday. Audi distribute the vehicles at the start of every season and have been an official sponsor of the team since 2006 for the vehicle sector. Both entities share values which have allowed them to move into the vanguard of their respective sectors and lead them on a world level. These values have been the basis of the agreement and helped to strengthen the relationship between the two.

Read the complete statement and watch the video after the jump.

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Valdes trains normally; Thiago included in Zaragoza squad

Valdes trains normally; Thiago included in Zaragoza squad

After training on Friday, the squad list for the trip to Zaragoza for Saturday’s match was announced. The list includes Barcelona B midfielder Thiago, taking the place of Xavi who has been left out of the squad to continue his Achilles tendon recovery, and the return of Victor Valdes after sickness kept him out of Wednesday’s Champions League game. Gaby Milito will also miss the trip due to injury.

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Zaragoza keeping tabs on several La Masia talents

Zaragoza keeping tabs on several La Masia talents

Catalan sports paper Sport reports that the technical chiefs at Zaragoza namely, Antonio Prieto and Pedro Herrera, have been in contact with the club in order to obtain the release of several players from the Barca youth teams.

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Ultimate Game – Get Inside Guardiola’s Head Game

Ultimate Game – Get Inside Guardiola’s Head Game

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 Zaragoza.

Join us after the jump to take part in the game.

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Cartoon of the Day: Sport

Del Bosque: I’m glad to know that Xavi’s coming to pick the award for Barça. Anyway, with no doubt, there will be someone missing there…Paul the octopus!

Cartoon of the Day: El Mundo Deportivo

Paul the octopus, indignant.

Paul the octopus: Nobody has invited me to attend to the “Principes de Asturias” event in Oviedo!

Video of the Day: True Champions

 

The Front: Sport (22.10.2010)

I WON’T LET YOU DOWN

Villa feels in debt with Barça.

1) Fans. He wants to thank all the support given by the fans since he arrived.

2) Team. He knows that his teammates support him and that’s an extra motivation for him.

3) Guardiola. He wants to give him back all the support Guardiola has publicly given to him.

4) Club. He will give it all to make his signing profitable.

Luxurious representative in the “Príncipe de Asturias”. Xavi will be in Oviedo but he will not be able to play in Zaragoza.


Thursday training, players hit the gym

Thursday training, players hit the gym

As reported on FC Barcelona official site, most of the players involved in Wednesday night’s game ended up working out in the gym, with just seven of the first team squad, together with five players from the B team, took part in yesterday’s training session at the Joan Gamper facilities.

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Ex-Barca: Frank Rijkaard Leaves Galatasaray

Ex-Barca: Frank Rijkaard Leaves Galatasaray

Frank Rijkaard’s contract as coach of Turkish outfit Galatasaray has officially been dissolved by mutual consent, after a poor run of results that saw the club slump to ninth in the league. The club was earlier eliminated from the Europa League. Also let go in the same operation were Rijkaard’s assistants Johan Neeskens, Alberto Roca Pujol and Carlos Cuadrat. Rijkaard has already been replaced by former player Romanian Gheorghe Hagi.

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Barca issues clarification about “invented interviews”

Barca issues clarification about “invented interviews”

FC Barcelona’s popularity suffered a huge blow, especially in England, when during the summer transfer period a host of interviews with the club’s players appeared in English publications such as Daily Star , Daily Star Sunday etc.. They mostly carried sensational quotes by Barca players on topics such as the possible transfer of Cesc Fabregas and more recently even Fernando Torres. It was about time that the club issued a strongly-worded statement about the fabricated nature of these interviews and simultaneously clear the air with the football fans about the truth.

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Xavi to be rested for Zaragoza game

Xavi to be rested for Zaragoza game

As reported on the FC Barcelona official site, Xavi Hernandez will not make the trip to Zaragoza on Saturday. The club’s technical staff, doctors and coaches discussed the state of Xavi’s Achilles tendon and decided that it’d be better to not risk his “troublesome ankle“. This, in turn, has paved the way for Xavi to be a part of the presentation of the Premi Príncep d’Astúries dels Esports in Oviedo, where the Spanish national football team is being honoured for their excellence. Xavi will be the only representative from FC Barcelona, which had eight players in the World Cup-winning squad. Many other players such as Cesc Fabregas, Fernando Torres, Sergio Ramos and Xabi Alonso will also not travel because of the busy league match schedules.

Post match reactions from the players and Guardiola

Post match reactions from the players and Guardiola

Speaking to the press after the game, there were many similarities between the statements of coach Pep Guardiola and several members of the first team. With many questions surrounding the missed scoring opportunities, one and all assured that patience would be rewarded on this front, with goals flowing more freely in the near future. Find the compiled statements after the jump!  

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Statistics: FC Barcelona vs FC Copenhagen

Statistics: FC Barcelona vs FC Copenhagen

Some interesting facts and statistics have emerged from yesterday’s 2-0 win over FC Copenhagen in the Champions League. Find them after the jump!

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Cartoon of the Day: Sport

By a whisker 2 – 0 Copenhague

Pinto: What do you think about my performance?

Guardiola: Your performance was good…your hairdresser’s…I better don’t say anything about it.

Video of the Day: We are one

The Front: El Mundo Deportivo (21.10.2010)

I LOVE MESSI

Barça leads the group after Leo’s goals, who has scored as many goals as Rivaldo and Alcántara.

The blaugrana team suffered at the end  against the Dane champion because they didn’t finish off the match before.

Barça 2 – 0 Copenhague


October 21, 2010

The Front: Sport (21.10.2010)

The Goals: FC Barcelona 2-0 FC Copenhagen

Champions League Post Match Review : FC Barcelona 2-0 FC Copenhagen


October 20, 2010

Man of the Match: FC Barcelona 2-0 FC Copenhagen

The Result: FC Barcelona 2-0 FC Copenhagen

Live Match Chat & Streams: FC Barcelona – FC Copenhagen

Beckenbauer wishes to see Pique with Bayern Munich

OFFSIDE: Ladies, cast your vote!

Breaking News: Valdes out of Copenhagen match

Cartoon of the Day: El Mundo Deportivo

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