Video of the Day: Pep Noel

Pep Guardiola is like Santa Claus, he gives us many presents. He not only gave us six titles in his first season and the best football team in the world. In 2010, thanks to his “generosity”, we could enjoy the Liga championship and a Supercopa. Guardiola gives titles but also opportunities to the cantera. Pep is very generous to supporters as he gave us the best football ever, and a triumphant Barca. One of his best gift this year was the historic “manita” against Real Madrid, 3 other “manitas” and an 8-0 victory against Almeria. He always has kind words for his rivals and former players, even when they criticize our Mister. Gifts for everyone and a special gift for Messi this year: some extra free days to spend with family. Pep Noel, Papa Guardiola the most generous man in the football world.

GIVEAWAY CONTEST: CP5 Sport Watch

GIVEAWAY CONTEST: CP5 Sport Watch

Want to wear the watch seen all over Spain? totalBarça is excited to bring you our very first GIVEAWAY CONTEST! The great team over at CP5 has been awesome enough to donate a CP5 Sport (from the official Carles Puyol watch line) watch for us to give to YOU, our fantastic readers!

We want to see you get creative with our captain – Carles Puyol’s number, 5. Look for the number 5 in your everyday life (street signs, money, etc.) take a picture of you with it and submit it in to enter the giveaway.

Contest details and rules after the jump!

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Cartoon of the Day: Sport

Cristiano Ronaldo: Asking for health, money and love to the New Year is not for me…I always ask for the same: (tough) abdominal muscles, money and a giant mirror to look at myself during 24 hours a day.

The Front: El Mundo Deportivo (29.12.2010)

SUPER BOJAN

Krkic lead the festival of La Selecció with two goals and two assists to Sergio García and Coro.

28.150 spectators vibrated with emotion in Monjuïc with Catalunya’s football exhibition.

Catalunya 4 – 0 Honduras

Cesc, the number 4.

The Front: Sport (29.12.2010)

INIESTA, MAN OF THE YEAR

2010 has been his year; he is one of the best players of the world.

About to get the Ballon d’Or. His goal in the World Cup’s final has made him the favourite to win this award.

Catalunya 4 – 0 Honduras. Bojan leads the big beating by Catalunya. The blaugrana striker scored two goals and assisted the other two.

Barça starts to train again today.

Cesc threatens: “We are now a great team.

We’ve got mail: Penya-Barca Dallas

We’ve got mail: Penya-Barca Dallas

It’s always so great to hear the formations and successes of Penyas.  Here is a nice message we received a while back from one in Texas!

If you and/or your Penya want to be mentioned in future ‘”We’ve got mail” features, just give us a holler at web[at]totalbarca.com.

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Best of 2010: Performances

Best of 2010: Performances

After exploring the best goals and goal celebrations, now it’s time to turn to the best performances of 2010. What was the best team performance, the best showing by an individual, and who does the totalBarça team consider the most improved player? Find out below, and have your say by voting in the poll and voicing your thoughts in the comments.

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Highlights: Catalunya 4-0 Honduras

In Tuesday’s 4-0 victory for Johan Cruyff’s Catalan team against Honduras, FC Barcelona striker Bojan Krkic (20) had a hand in all the goals, assisting the first two then scoring twice.

Video of the Day: El Clasicos 2008-2010

 

Cruyff’s Corner: The team that’s worth millions

Cruyff’s Corner: The team that’s worth millions

The following is a translation of Johan Cruyff’s weekly article in El Periodico.  The original can be found here.

Johan Cruyff’s key points.

With the current state of their game and the results that Barca enjoys, the board has alternatives to the idea of selling the shirt

I always write my articles from my reflections. This past year a lot of things have happened in Barca. Of these, three times, three decisions, which are above all else. One, the election of the new president; two, to bring to justice the former [president] for economic reasons; and three, sell the shirt. I respect the majority decision of the socis to elect the new head of the club. But if for nothing else, I just want to talk about the other two points.

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Live: Catalunya vs. Honduras

Live: Catalunya vs. Honduras

Catalunya vs. Honduras
December 28, 2010 @ 19:00 CET – Convert to your local time 
Venue: Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys, Barcelona (Capacity: 55,926)
Barça players: Valdes, Puyol, Bartra, Fontas, Busquets, and Bojan

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

Click here to chat!

Links can be found after the jump!

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News Round Up, December 28th* – Ibra to Madrid and more

News Round Up, December 28th* – Ibra to Madrid and more

With the holiday break, news from the Spanish sources has been scarce.  So totalBarça brings you a round up of several stories for Tuesday, December 28th.

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Pique out of Catalunya squad with injury

Pique out of Catalunya squad with injury

As Catalan paper Sport reports, FC Barcelona Gerard Pique will not play as part of Johan Cruyff’s Catalunya team when they face Honduras on Wednesday. Pique has been dropped at the last minute, owing to an injury.

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Cartoon of the Day: Sport

Make the iMOUcentada*

Cut it out and glue it to some merengue friend.

(on the paper doll: “Come outside the bench, Mourinho!”**)

*Today, December 28th, is the “Santos Inocentes” Day in Spain. It’s just like April Fool, so the tradition is to make any kind of jokes, but the most traditional joke is to glue a paper doll like the one in the picture (without the big hand, though) in someone’s back.

* “Inocentada” is like “April Fool’s joke”

** This is what Camp Nou chanted at the end of “el Clásico”, when Barça was already winning by 5 – 0 and Mourinho was sat down in the bench.

The Front: El Mundo Deportivo (28.12.2010)

PEP, OK

His contract renewal is agreed and Barça just have to wait for Guardiola to sign when he thinks it’s best.

The agreement follows the annual formula wished by Guardiola: 1+1+1.

Sergio Busquets 2015, about to be signed.

The socios give Rosell a 7 (out of 10), want to sign Cesc and there’s some disagreement about Alves.

Arsenal 3 – 1 Chelsea. Festival by Cesc’s Arsenal.

The Front: Sport (28.12.2010)

COMING BACK TO SCHOOL

Villa travels through his childhood alongside Sport.

Holidays in Tuilla. Villa doesn’t forget Barça even being on holidays. “We’re hungry and we want to win all of the titles

Matches played on January 2nd are in danger! AFE demands the suspension of all the matches played on this day, included the Barça-Levante one.

Friendly with three champions. Catalunya – Honduras (18h)

Afellay: “I’m crazy about playing alonside Messi and Iniesta.

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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December 27, 2010

Messi: “Sometimes I enjoy more making assists”

Nolito opens up

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

Chelsea chasing Sergi Roberto

Barcelona keeping an eye on adversaries

Cartoon of the Day: Sport

The Front: Sport (27.12.2010)

The Front: El Mundo Deportivo (27.12.2010)

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


December 26, 2010

Best of 2010: Goals and goal celebrations

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