The Front: Sport (23.03.2011)

RENEWED UNTIL 2015

Alves and Barça reached an agreement to extend the contract duration

The player, happy: “It’s a dream to be a Barça player this long

Possible strike during the 30th round of La Liga.

Basket Barça: Epic win in a devoted Palau.

We’ve got mail: In Pep We Trust

We’ve got mail: In Pep We Trust

Gary, from Suffolk, England shared with us a piece of Guardiola imagery on totalBarca’s Facebook page a little while back.  It was so powerful that we wanted to share it with everyone!

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Number of the Day: 31 million

Number of the Day: 31 million

According to France Football magazine, FC Barcelona striker Lionel Messi is the highest paid footballer in the world, with income from his salary and publicity deals in 2011 amounting to €31 million ($44 million).

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Llorente: Xavi is one of the best of all time

Llorente: Xavi is one of the best of all time

Fernando Llorente, Athletic Club de Bilbao and Spanish international striker, gave praise to Barcelona maestro Xavi Hernández, who this week will play his 100th game for the Spanish national team. The Basque striker stated that “Xavi is one of the best in Spanish football of all time“.

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OFFICIAL: Alves – Blaugrana till 2015

OFFICIAL: Alves – Blaugrana till 2015

FC Barcelona has announced the contract extension of Brazilian full-back Dani Alves till 2015.

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Chygrynskiy: Guardiola is not just a coach, but a good friend

Chygrynskiy: Guardiola is not just a coach, but a good friend

Former FC Barcelona central defender Dymytro Chygrynskiy, who spent just 1 year with the La Liga Champions before being offloaded back to Ukraine, spoke about his time at Barca and had words of praise for the coach, the team and its individuals.

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Training with the reserves

Training with the reserves

The six first team players not currently on international duty have trained with Barça B on Tuesday morning. After today’s session, the blaugrana will have a day off on Wednesday and resume training on Thursday.

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Transfer Madness: Will poaching Villarreal’s attack solve our striker crisis?

Transfer Madness: Will poaching Villarreal’s attack solve our striker crisis?

FC Barcelona’s MVP strikeforce has been amazing this season, racking up even more goals than in previous years. But our attack is one serious injury away from crisis: Bojan has been in indifferent form [and that’s being generous], Jeffren has been struck down with chronic injuries, and Affelay is as yet unproven.

The hunt for more depth in attack has taken Barcelona scouts to the farthest reaches of the football world, but if reports in Sport this week are to be believed, the solution may very well rest in our own backyard: Villarreal.

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Cartoon of the Day: El Mundo Deportivo

THE MEDIA CAVE [Madrid press] DOESN’T STOP

During La Liga break due to international matches, they left their slander on duty.

…and I have it on good authority! Barça…

Cartoon of the Day: Sport

FLORENTINO’S MADRID EVOLUTION SINCE MOURINHO IS THE COACH

(Florentino turns into Torrente): The idea is to sh*t on Barça and if it works we could wank for a while*.

*Torrente’s tipycal sentence (or one of them): “Nos hacemos unas pajillas”.

We apologize for the inappropiate language but that’s what actually says on the cartoon. Torrente is a really rude character.

The Front: El Mundo Deportivo (22.03.2011)

DILEMMA WITH NEYMAR

Guardiola must decide if a striker who is as genius as undisciplined is worth signing.

Villa: “I’ll be luckier soon”

Zubi: “Abidal feels good and happy

The Front: Sport (22.03.2011)

20.000 KM JUST FOR TWO GIGS

Guardiola will have 13 of his players flying around the world before the key game against Villarreal

Cesc will force [Arsenal] to let him leave. The player doesn’t trust in Wenger’s word anymore.

Zubi: “Abidal feels perfect

Laporta: “Madrid is behind all this doping issue

Andres Iniesta helps kids with rare diseases

Andres Iniesta helps kids with rare diseases

Andres Iniesta joined the charity initiative helping Asociación Sanfilippo, whose main aim is to help children with rare diseases. Andres appeared on the cover and wrote the prologue for the seventh edition of the book “Historias solidarias del deporte” entitled “Heroes of sport”.

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Cruyff’s Corner: Madrid has to make an apology

Cruyff’s Corner: Madrid has to make an apology

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.

After the [international] break every team will have reached the decisive stage of their season. Arriving at this stage with all options still available can be considered a success. Winning or losing titles is just a matter of the details.

It’s going to be fifteen days without any Liga or Champions League matches – a long break for the teams. But when they return to club competitions, the final fireworks will start with all bets put on the table. For Barca and Madrid there are certain to play 12 more matches each, which can be 14 [UCL semis], and a maximum of 15 if they get to the final at Wembley. It will be two months with two games a week, unless that is, one of the two crashed along the way in the quarter-finals of the Champions League. Concern for injuries? For the number of cards received? For the physical state and playing form of this player, that one and that other one? For me, no complaint. On the contrary. I am just glad to be still alive, and so should Barca and Madrid.

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Another honour for Busquets

Another honour for Busquets

The City Council of Badia del Vallès decided to name the local Municipal Stadium after Barcelona star and Spanish International Sergio Busquets Burgos. “I am very proud to receive this honour. It was here that I began to learn the values of humility, hard work and commitment,” said the young midfielder at the official ceremony in Badia del Vallès last Sunday. 

Xavi Hernandez and Pedro Rodriguez were the surprises of the day. Without warning Sergio Busquets, they came to the hometown of their teammate to attend the ceremony and to be with their friend on such special day.

Statistics: 21-03-2011

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Barça B: Huesca 1-1 FC Barcelona

Barça B: Huesca 1-1 FC Barcelona

FC Barcelona B remain in fourth place with 48 points after drawing 1-1 away at Huesca on Saturday afternoon. The blaugrana’s goal came from Benja Martinez, securing the point after the Catalans went one goal down in the first half. The team remains the top scoring side in the division, now with 57 goals. Details of the match, Luis Enrique’s post-match comments, and highlights are below.

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Quote of the Day: Eric Abidal

Quote of the Day: Eric Abidal

“I could never have thought people loved me that much.”

Eric Abidal, speaking in a meeting with Barça president Sandro Rosell in hospital yesterday.

Dani Alves explained that before the game against Getafe, the players had spoken to Abidal’s wife, who “told us he’d be watching the game and we had to win.” Abidal was able to witness, via TV, the good wishes from his teammates, opposing players, and the fans in the Camp Nou before the match via the message on the shirts, the many banners, and a moving video.

Video of the Day: Put racism offside

Small training session

Small training session

Six first team players and eight players from Barça B trained on Monday morning on field no. 2 of the Ciutat Esportiva. A number of the first team players are currently away on international duty.

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March 21, 2011

Pedro – Left or Right?

The Front: El Mundo Deportivo (21.03.2011)

The Front: Sport (21.03.2011)

Barca’s second soul

Bojan’s 100th league game with Barcelona


March 20, 2011

A few anecdotes from Barcelona – Getafe

Caption This: Captain Courageous!

Quote of the Day: Ronaldinho

Michel: “They have already ordered the trophy”

Man of the Match Poll Result Video: Dani Alves vs Getafe

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