Albacete Balompié vs FC Barcelona B, Matchday 16, Segunda A
Sunday, December 11, 2010 @17:00 Barcelona time – Convert to local time
Venue: Carlos Belmonte, Albacete (Capacity: 17,300)
Fifth placed FC Barcelona B takes on Albacete today, who currently reside in 20th place in the Second Division standings. Albacete has earned 10 of their total 13 points at home so far this season, with 2 wins, 4 draws, and 1 loss (8 goals scored, 7 against on their home turf). Will Baca’s positive fight back against Betis midweek (2-2) carry over into this weekend’s match? Links to the game and the squad list can be found after the jump.
Today’s video is from the archives. This is an advertisement by FC Barcelona and UNICEF from 2007 announcing that the club had made a commitment to UNICEF’s humanitarian aid programs through an annual €1.5 million donation and by placing its logo on Barca’s shirts. An agreement that has made this club unique.
When Barca take to the field against Real Sociedad on Sunday there will be a very familiar face on display to the fans sitting in the stands of the Camp Nou – that of former Espanyol captain Raul Tamudo. So while it is unlikely that the forward will start the game this weekend, it is likely he will feature on the bench, and we can certainly expect the former Periquitos favourite to share some of the secrets he has learned over all his years plaguing Barca’s defence with his current club colleagues.
ALL OUT FOR ANOTHER RECORD
Barça -Real Sociedad 21.00 (Canal+)
21 games undefeated would be Guardiola’s best streak as coach
Barça ends 2010 in Camp Nou
Objective: 43 points – to win against Sociedad and Espanyol before the break
Pep supports the agreement with Qatar
The blaugrana coach hopes that with the sponsorship of the jersey that “the numbers of the club are recovered.”
Zaragosa-R. Madrid – Mourinho attacks Alves
DON’T STOP, BARÇA
Barça – R. Sociedad 21 h
The leader – to lock down the ninth consecutive league win and continue in control
Real, a new challenge for Messi, who has not yet scored on the Basque team
Guardiola blesses the agreement with Qatar
“If they’ve made this decision, it’s because the club needs it.”
Zaragosa-R. Madrid – Mourinho hits out at Alves [who said that Barcelona did their talking on the field]
[Non Barça Related]
Athletic-Espanyol – to break 10 years without winning in El Calderon
Our eyes went a bit moist seeing this picture featuring FC Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola with Gerard. Taken by photographer Dany Virgili, the picture is part of Talita Foundation’s calendar for 2011. Earlier editions of the calendar have seen FC Barcelona players like Gerard Pique and Samuel Eto’o.
After the jump a tear-inducing video in which Guardiola displays his fatherly and affectionate side. Watch from 2 mins and 30 seconds to see Pep bond with Gerard.
“Dani Alves demands so much of you both offensively and defensively. He runs and runs and runs … and then runs some more … buf!”
Spanish international and Valencia winger Juan Mata tells Guardian columnist Sid Lowe the player “who’s the biggest pain to play against.“
Most Barça fans know that FC Barcelona and Spanish international central defender Gerard Pique (23) has a great sense of humor and is the team prankster. Thus, it might surprise fans that the sociable young defender did not yet have a Twitter account–until December 8, 2010. It also might explain why Pep Gurdiola was questioned about his views on the players using the social networks, to which he responded:
“It is the trend now. They have Facebook and stuff, and we don’t want to focus on it. So we are not banning them, and what they do at home is their business.”
And just what elicted the question? Read more after the jump.
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 Real Sociedad.
Join us after the jump to take part in the game.
Pep Guardiola has, in today’s pre-match press conference, defended the selection of Qatar Foundation as FC Barcelona’s main sponsor over the next few years.
“When a club with a hundred-odd years of history decided to break with tradition, there are bound to be debates. Yesterday Javier Faus gave the reasons why, and if they took that decision it is because it is needed. We hope it can help bring economic stability to the club, which, as they have said, is not that healthy.”
Lionel Messi talks on the things he cares about most in life and reveals the things he cherishes most. This short but interesting interview is a result of collaboration between player and D&G (that’s why he was asked about “made in Italy”). Enjoy the video and share your comments.
NB: We did publish this before: http://www.totalbarca.com/2010/news/lionel-messi-ties-up-with-dolce-gabbana/#more-54342 – Just in case you missed this the first time.
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