Opinion Pieces: Barça is a woman

Opinion Pieces: Barça is a woman

Swedish football player Henrik Rydström, currently a player with Kalmar FF in Allsvenskan, often writes columns for Swedish newspaper Expressen about his views on football. In his latest writings, posted on the 16th of December, he expressed his thoughts on Barça being like a woman and why Zlatan could never fit in. The original article can be found here.

Barcelona is the knockout beauty. The one you just have to admire and long for. Messi, Iniesta, Xavi, Villa, Alves, it’s so soft, so beautiful and nothing is squared nor horrific. But all in all there is something else which impresses the most. The mentality. The desire to make sacrifices. Every day of the week.

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Video of the Day: Xavi & Iniesta

Rosell discusses the first six months of his presidency

Rosell discusses the first six months of his presidency

Speaking at a press conference today, FC Barcelona president Sandro Rosell spoke on a number of issues that have been major discussion points during his presidency so far. Below are his thoughts on everything from the renewal of Guardiola and Alves to his relationship with Cruyff and the new shirt sponsorship deal. The original posts from which this is transcribed can be found here and here.

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Pep: “I wish you a Merry Christmas and a very happy New Year”

Pep: “I wish you a Merry Christmas and a very happy New Year”

Pep Guardiola was pragmatic when talking about his team’s goalless draw with Athletic Bilbao in the post-match press conference last night.

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Video: Caparrós and Guardiola inside joke

Cartoon of the Day: Sport

This match will not go down in history 0 – 0 Athletic

Caparrós (Athletic’s manager): With this result, I’ve won the jackpot. And we had tickets enough to be thrashed!

*Today in Spain is celebrated the most important (or one of the most) state lottery.

Team on holiday until Dec. 29

Team on holiday until Dec. 29

With its next game not until January 2, FC Barcelona’s first team will be on holiday until the 29th of December. The players will have seven days off in total, not having to meet up again for training until next Wednesday, December 29th at 18:30. Messi, as has been typical for the last few years, will not return until the 1st or 2nd of January.

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The Front: El Mundo Deportivo (22.12.2010)

FRONTON

Barça could not pass through Athletic’s ultradefensive wall.

The away match in San Mamés will be epic, but Barça has enough with a draw (not a 0 – 0 draw, though).

Barça 0 – 0 Athletic

Benítez, the replacement. Florentino supports Valdano and Mourinho doesn’t say a word, for now. The club doesn’t relax and keeps an eye on Inter’s ex-manager.

The Front: Sport (22.12.2010)

THEY WILL QUALIFY IN SAN MAMÉS

Guardiola has won three matches and drawn another in Athletic’s stadium.

They lacked speed and effectiveness to score a goal to the ultradefensive Athletic.

Barça 0 – 0 Athletic

Madrid – Levante (20h). Florentino leans on Valdano and Mourinho hides.

Nolito accepts Benfica’s offer

Nolito accepts Benfica’s offer

Manuel Agudo Duran is finally set to leave for Portuguese club SL Benfica on a free transfer next summer, according to a ‘Sport.es’ report today.

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Guardiola donates 1% of his salary to charity

Guardiola donates 1% of his salary to charity

According to Catalan based newspaper Sport, FC Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola has taken the initiative to donate 1% of his salary to charity.

Guardiola has asked the new board of directors to cut 1% of his salary to be donated to charitable foundations. In fact, both the coach and the players will be donating 1% of their salaries to go to both of the following foundations: “Fundació del Barça and Agrupació Barça Jugadors.” The Barcelona coach has already donated 0.5% to each foundation which will be a huge help for both of them.

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Rooney: “It was the best show I have ever seen”

Rooney: “It was the best show I have ever seen”

England international and Manchester United forward Wayne Rooney lately admitted that he was amazed by the performance of FC Barcelona in the Clasico. Barcelona conquered its arch rival in “a show that was the best” the striker has ever seen in his life.

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Another kind of brilliant show

Another kind of brilliant show

Original article can be found @ Guardian.co.uk on 20 December 2010.

‘Barcelona were brilliant at Espanyol. But this was another kind of brilliant’

Author: Sid Lowe

And then at last it happened: someone scored against Barcelona. There had been 31 goals since Villarreal striker Nilmar’s clever strike when the league’s third sexiest player out-sprinted Carles Puyol on Saturday night – and all 31 had been scored by the same team. Almería defender Santi Acasiete was the only non-Barça player to be have found the net in seven and a half matches when the man ‘Don Balón’s’ panel of ‘experts’ (or ‘women’, as they’re also known) judged only marginally less attractive than Aitor Ocio and Fernando Llorente hit a clean, low shot past Víctor Valdés – and Acasiete had found the wrong one. The aggregate score in Barcelona v Their Combined Opponents was 31-0 when, in the 62nd minute of the eighth match, Daniel Pablo Osvaldo did what Almería, Panathinaikos, Real Madrid, Osasuna, Rubin Kazan and Real Sociedad couldn’t do.

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Gerard Piqué … Piqué Noel!

Gerard Piqué … Piqué Noel!

Spanish international and Barcelona defender Gerard Piqué was selected to participate in Don Balon’s 24th edition of their Christmas special to celebrate Christmas with all of Don Balon’s readers and football fans. The Christmas special of the magazine debuted in 1987 with Diego Maradona on the cover page wearing a Santa Claus costume. The tradition has been held since then with famous football players appearing on the cover each year, including the likes of Koemen, Pele, Futre, Zamorano, Torres, Casillas, Messi and Iniesta.

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Man of the Match: FC Barcelona 0-0 Athletic Bilbao

The Result: FC Barcelona 0-0 Athletic Bilbao

The Result: FC Barcelona 0-0 Athletic Bilbao

RESULT:

FC Barcelona: 0

Athletic Bilbao: 0

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Live Match Chat & Links: FC Barcelona vs Athletic Club Bilbao

Live Match Chat & Links: FC Barcelona vs Athletic Club Bilbao

FC Barcelona vs Athletic Club Bilbao

(Tuesday, December 21, 2010 @ 20:00 Barcelona time – Convert to local time)

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

Click here to chat!

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Final training session

Final training session

The 17 available first team members plus Barça B’s Thiago trained this morning in the rain in the final session before the Copa del Rey first leg against Athletic Bilbao, which kicks off at 20:00.

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Cruyff’s Corner: A team with an insatiable hunger

Cruyff’s Corner: A team with an insatiable hunger

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.

Barcelona took, in the last seven matches, a 31 to 1 aggregate and the truth is it conducts itself impressively, uniquely.

About a week ago I had lunch with Pep Guardiola. It’s been some time since we last met even though we spoke [on the phone] often. It was nice, a very pleasant encounter between two coaches who likes nothing more than to talk about what excite us the most; football. Without saying, we don’t have to look for a subject. And of course, obviously the main topic of our conversation ended up being, or rather, started out about Barca.

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Cartoon of the Day: Sport

This is how the table looks like after Mourinho’s crying during the press conference .

This is how the table looks like after Pep’s drooling while he analyses his team’s performance.


December 21, 2010

Video of the Day: More than a goalie

The Front: Sport (21.12.2010)

The Front: El Mundo Deportivo (21.12.2010)

Xavi refutes derogatory remark allegation

FCB Youth And Women’s Football Report

Preview: FC Barcelona v Athletic Bilbao

The Ultimate Game: Get Inside Guardiola’s Head


December 20, 2010

Pep: “No point in looking in the mirror and patting yourself”

Juvenil A: Final Win of 2010

Seven Barça players in Catalunya squad for next week

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