Ten reasons pointing to a Blaugrana victory

Ten reasons pointing to a Blaugrana victory

We are facing one of the toughest El Clásicos in years with both teams in great form and with some of the best players in the world. Real Madrid is leading the league and have been playing football on a really high level lately, and while there seem to be reasons to be afraid for tonight’s game, there are also many reasons to be confident.

Here are the ten reasons listed by the official site that point towards a Blaugrana victory. 

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Chants: Madridista qui no boti

Chants: Madridista qui no boti

Today is the day; we face our biggest rival at home. Today’s chant will help you to cheer Barça when they face Madrid. There are two versions of the same chant. Learn them after the jump.

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Guardiola: “A draw is a possibility”

Guardiola: “A draw is a possibility”

In last night’s press conference ahead of the Clasico, Pep Guardiola downplayed its significance: “Every year before we have a [big] game such as these, the best result of the recent past has always been mentioned. A win here has always been taken for granted, and that creates problem for us. I felt pressure [to deliver] when we were seven points ahead, and people expect us to win by 6-nil with just two minutes on the clock.”

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Happy 111th Birthday FC Barcelona!

Happy 111th Birthday FC Barcelona!

Businessman Hans Gamper, born in Winterthur, Switzerland on November 22, 1877, was the founder of our beloved FC Barcelona. His first step in the creation of the club was a note placed in a local sports magazine on the 22nd of October 1899, calling for players.

Gamper, known in Barcelona as Joan, had moved to the Catalan capital in 1898 for business reasons and just over a month after placing his ad, on the 29th of November 1899, he presided over the first club meeting at the Gimnas Sole.

We hope that this will be a happy day for all cules around the world.

ALL THE BEST TO OUR BELOVED CLUB!

Cartoon of the Day: El Mundo Deportivo

LAST MOU’S ADVICES BEFORE THE MATCH:

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Cartoon of the Day: Sport

You must go for the three points…because you are Barça…to be the leader…because it’s Madrid. But again, please! You must win to avoid this guy running around our field like this again!

The Preview: FC Barcelona vs Real Madrid FC

The Preview: FC Barcelona vs Real Madrid FC

The first ‘Game of the Century’ of the season is hours away! What do we think will happen and what are the interesting talking points here? Find out more after the jump.

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Quote of the Day: Josep Guardiola

Quote of the Day: Josep Guardiola

“I won my 4 clasicos as a coach? No, WE won them.”

Josep Guardiola, speaking at a press conference on November 28th, 2010.

The Front: Sport (29.11.2010)

TODAY, MORE THAN EVER: BARÇA! BARÇA! BARÇA!

Letter to the fans:
Tonight’s Barça – Madrid is a style, football philosophy and club model duel. Culés, after two years of success, are very satisfied with Guardiola’s project. Today is a good day to thank again the whole team for that

The Front: El Mundo Deportivo (29.11.2010)

BARÇA!

Messi will lead a team which is in their best form when they face Madrid full of stars.

Barça – Madrid (21h)

Juvenil A: Leaders after a beautiful victory

Juvenil A: Leaders after a beautiful victory

Below is the full match report for the latest FC Barcelona Juvenil A game, an exciting derby with local rivals Espanyol. 

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All eyes on Camp Nou

All eyes on Camp Nou

As the official club website reports, a total of 891 professionals, including reporters, photographers, commentators, cameramen, and specialists are coming to represent 159 media from 28 different countries at the Clásico on Monday.

Spain, the UK, France, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Holland, Belgium, Austria, Andorra, Switzerland, Sweden, Norway, Romania, Bulgaria, Denmark, Poland, Russia, Serbia, Turkey, Qatar, United States, Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, El Salvador, Japan and China are the countries with media passes to cover the Barça v Madrid game live.

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Penultimate training session before El Clásico

Penultimate training session before El Clásico

Preparations for Monday’s big game continued on Sunday night at the Camp Nou, where FC Barcelona completed their penultimate training session before the visit of rivals Real Madrid. Pep Guardiola worked with 19 players, 18 from the first team (all except Gaby Milito) and B team midfielder Thiago Alcántara.

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The Ultimate Game: Get Inside Guardiola’s Head

The Ultimate Game: Get Inside Guardiola’s Head

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 Madrid.

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

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Quote of the Day: Noe Pamarot

Quote of the Day: Noe Pamarot

“They both got speed and skills, but for me, Messi always plays for the team and that makes him a more dangerous opponent. He is not always looking to score himself – if he is not scoring, he is making an assist or having a big influence on the game in some way.”

“They are comfortably the world’s best right now. But Messi is very, very special. He is starting to prove, week after week, he is on a different level to everyone else. Can he be the greatest of all time? If he carries on like this for some more years, he can end up the same or even better than Diego Maradona and Pele. Why not?”

Hercules defender Noe Pamarot telling BBC blogger Jonathan Stevenson his reasons for preferring  Messi over Ronaldo.

Puyol: “We are not playing only against Mourinho”

Puyol: “We are not playing only against Mourinho”

Speaking at a press conference after training on Saturday, Carles Puyol acknowledged that the game on Monday night will be “very close“, with a 50% chance for either team to take the three points. However, Barcelona’s captain knows that his team will play as they always do: “Our style never changes. We’ll give it all we’ve got.”

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Pique: “No pig’s head please”

Pique: “No pig’s head please”

“I hope nothing unruly happens on Monday,” said Pique, referring to a possible hostile reception from the home crowd awaiting Mourinho, in a meet-the-press session a few days ago.

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Pedro: “I would never put on the Madrid jersey”

Pedro: “I would never put on the Madrid jersey”

Recently, FC Barcelona and Spanish international forward Pedro Rodríguez (23) spoke with Catalan sports daily Sport, and he revealed a bit of his personal side.  The original article can be found here. Read the translation after the jump.

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The battle off the pitch: Jose Mourinho’s psychological war with Barcelona

The battle off the pitch: Jose Mourinho’s psychological war with Barcelona

Recent football history has been littered with high profile clashes between Jose Mourinho and FC Barcelona. There were the unforgettable Chelsea matches in the middle of the decade, and the more recent Champions League semi-final tie from last season around which debate still smolders. And while Pep Guardiola, like Frank Rijkaard before him, has been reserved about being in the limelight, Mourinho has done exactly the opposite with his provocative statements in the media and infuriating public gestures. Last season, when Mourinho danced defiantly on the Camp Nou pitch after eliminating Barcelona from the Champions League, he sealed in the hearts of every cule a loathing reserved for truly special opponents.

And that was precisely his goal.

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Cartoon of the Day: El Mundo Deportivo

Mou’s advice in the Blanco’s dressing room:

“It will be best if we all drink a pint of beer…”

Unseen player: “Before the game?”

“No. After, to forget the defeat.”


November 28, 2010

Cartoon of the Day: Sport

Video of the Day: More than a game

The Front: Sport (28.11.2010)

The Front: El Mundo Deportivo (28.11.2010)

El Clásico: A Culé vs Madridista writers debate

Guardiola first in line for a possible job at the Bridge


November 27, 2010

El Clasico in numbers

Quote of the Day: Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero

Preparation for the Clasico continues in the cold

Case closed: Gorka Iraizoz renews until 2015

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