Video of the Day: Gerard Deulofeu 2010-11

Focusing solely on Malaga

Focusing solely on Malaga

After enjoying a day off on Friday, Josep Guardiola’s team returned to training on Saturday with the aim of preparing for Sunday’s game against Malaga at the Camp Nou.

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Cartoon of the Day: Sport

Newspaper: “Piqué says he knows all Cristiano’s tricks.

Maybe he could teach my defence some of them.

The Front: El Mundo Deportivo (15.01.2011)

CENTRE BACK OPERATION

Pedro Geromel, David Luiz, Thiago Silva

Barça’s plans were to sign a centre back in June, but considering Milito’s leaving they could do it in January.

Interview to Afellay: “My dream is to score in Bernabéu

To be a Barça player and have the locker next to Messi’s is the result of many work.

The Front: Sport (15.01.2011)

GUARDIOLA WILL SAY YES

The week of his 40th birthday can be decisive.

Rosell: “He will be able to decide when to renew and how many years will his contract last

Messi: I don’t care when does he renew his contract as long as he renews

Puyol: “He will renew because it’s what the players want

All the barcelonistas are with Pep. The 87% of the voters in Sport want the manager to renew immediately.

Busquets, until 2015.

Adebayor could be Mou’s new striker.

Quote of the Day: Messi about Pep

Quote of the Day: Messi about Pep

“Guardiola has given me so much since the first time we spoke. I remember he told me then: ‘With me you will score three or four goals every game’. Because of how he lets me play and the position that [he] puts me in on the pitch Guardiola has given me everything. I owe a lot to Rijkaard and want to thank him for the confidence that he showed in me. But with Guardiola I have grown so much.”

Lionel Messi talks about his FC Barcelona coach, Josep Guardiola.

Blackburn chase Victor Vazquez

Blackburn chase Victor Vazquez

Spanish newspaper AS reports that English Premier League club Blackburn Rovers would be interested in Barcelona B attacking midfielder Victor Vazquez (23).

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10 Messi moments of a golden 2010

10 Messi moments of a golden 2010

(Editor’s note – This piece was translated by Maria Ines, and simply posted by Amanda.)

To celebrate Messi’s winning of the Ballon d’Or for 2010, Argentine paper Clarin compiled 10 of Leo’s best moments from what was truly a ‘golden’ year. The original article can be found here.

Messi scored 62 goals in 2010, between Barcelona and Argentina. He won La Liga and Spain’s Supercup. He scored four goals against Arsenal in the Champions League. Later, he suffered against Inter and during the World Cup. But he celebrated against Mourinho’s Madrid and scored against Brazil, in Qatar, in the very last minute of the game. Here it is, a summary of a brilliant year.

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Happy Birthday, Victor Valdes!

Happy Birthday, Victor Valdes!

On Friday, January 14, FC Barcelona  and Spanish international goalkeeper Victor Valdes turns 29.

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Cartoon of the Day: El Mundo Deportivo

Xavi, chosen again the best “game builder” of the world.

Xavi: To be a good builder you have to work so much and so hard.

Cartoon of the Day: Sport

Leo has won two Ballon d’Or trophies, several Ligas, Champions, Supercups, Cups…but the most terrifying thing for his rivals is that he is only 23 years old.

The Front: El Mundo Deportivo (14.01.2011)

PEP, STAY!

Messi can’t imagine Barça without Guardiola.

I don’t care when does he renew his contract as long as he renews

I can’t get enough titles and now more than ever I want to win the treble

Xavi – voted the World’s Best Playmaker for the 3rd time

Xavi – voted the World’s Best Playmaker for the 3rd time

The 30-year-old Spaniard Xavier Hernández Creus successfully defended his title and was voted as the World’s Best Playmaker (by IFFHS) for the third time in row. Xavi was voted in 1st or 2nd place by 55 countries and has never before achieved such a high number of points in this annual vote. His 26-year-old club and national team mate Andrés Iniesta came second, ahead of the, also 26-year-old, Dutchman Wesley Sneijder of Inter Milan and Barça’s own 23-year-old Argentinian Lionel Messi. Remarkably none of the players in the Top 4 are taller than 1.70 metres, while all are technically and highly skilled footballers.

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Messi: “It’s hard to imagine Barca without Pep”

Messi: “It’s hard to imagine Barca without Pep”

Leo Messi, the winner of the Ballon d’Or, participated today in an event organized by Adidas, part of which included answering some questions from the press. Asked about the possible renewal of Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola, whose contract expires at the end of this season, the Argentinian answered: “I really do not imagine the club without Pep. It’s hard to imagine a Barcelona without him.”

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The Highlights: FC Barcelona 5-0 Real Betis

The Highlights: FC Barcelona 5-0 Real Betis

Missed the wonderful game against Betis, or just urging to take another look at it? There’s more than 20 minutes of footage awaiting after the jump.

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Recovery and focus on Malaga

Recovery and focus on Malaga

After the Cup victory against Betis, the first team returned to training on Thusday morning in order to recover from their efforts on Wednesday night and to start preparing for the match on Sunday against Malaga that marks the halfway point of the league.

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The Ballon d’Or Controversy

The Ballon d’Or Controversy

A forgotten vote, the difference between Xabi and Xavi – read on to find out what all the controversy is about.

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Number of the Day: 27

Number of the Day: 27

FC Barcelona’s win against Real Betis on Wednesday evening took their run to 27 matches without defeat and that equalled the club record held by the side in the 1973/74 campaign.

Quote of the Day: Dani Alves

Quote of the Day: Dani Alves

“Messi is different to everyone else, I think that he ended any debate with his display in the game.”

- Dani Alves after game against Real Betis, on Lionel Messi receiving the Ballon d’Or.

Player Reactions: FC Barcelona 5-0 Real Betis

Player Reactions: FC Barcelona 5-0 Real Betis

Praise for Betis, pride in Messi, and clarification of the Pique-Alves incident were just three of the topics spoken of by the players after the game. Find out what they had to say after the jump.

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January 13, 2011

Cartoon of the Day: Sport

Picture of the Day: Messi & Iniesta apparel

The Front: El Mundo Deportivo (13.01.2011)

The Front: Sport (13.01.2011)

Facts of the Day: Lionel Messi & FC Barcelona

Guardiola: “Betis is one of the best teams that has been here”

Another gem that may leave: Ruben Rochina

Ballon d’Or homage at the Camp Nou

The Pictures: FC Barcelona 5-0 Real Betis

The Goals: FC Barcelona 5-0 Real Betis *UPDATED*

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