Cartoon of the Day: Sport

With 8 enough 3-1 Almeria

Pep: “I told you that Shakhtar and Almeria would make it very nasty for us and you didn’t believe me…I hope that from now on, even if I say it’s going to rain pink frogs with Pepe’s face, you’ll believe me with your eyes closed.”

Guardiola: “It’ll be like this against teams fighting for survival”

Guardiola: “It’ll be like this against teams fighting for survival”

A relieved Guardiola said the team “in general” played a good game against Almeria, considering they have had to overcome the opening goal of Corona. He conceded he was “pleased” with the result as it was a “precarious” encounter, and is an indication of what the team can expect against bottom dwelling sides fighting for their survival from now on.

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Video: Xavi 550 (part 3)

Video: Xavi 550 (part 3)

It’s time for the third part of the documentary about Xavi Hernandez. In this epiosode, we follow Xavi’s stellar goal at Bernabeu, his worst injury setback and see what the midfield maestro keeps in his locker at Camp Nou. Enjoy this very special documentary made by Catalan channel TV3 to celebrate Xavi’s 550th game for FC Barcelona. If you missed the 1st part, you can find it here and 2nd part here. 

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Play of the Game: Bojan’s Run

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=COVaKzYMXdI

The Front: Sport (10.04.2011)

WITH +8 AT THE BERNABÉU

Barça 3-1 Almeria

Barça maintained their advantage in the league, although they had to suffer against an Almeria that came to fight

Messi the goal scorer returned

With two goals and another by Thiago they signed the comeback

And with 47 goals he equals his best season and is Pichichi

Bojan, goodbye to the season, out 6 to 8 weeks

[Non Barça Related]

Athletic 0-3 Madrid – Madrid breaths through penalties



 

The Front: El Mundo Deportivo (10.04.2011)

REACTION

Barça 3-1 Almeria

Barça made a comeback in a tricky match and arrive at the Bernabéu with an 8 point advantage

Pichichi Messi achieved two goals and Thiago showed his appreciation for being a starter by scoring

Bojan, out 6 to 8 weeks

Macherano saw his fifth yellow and will miss the match against Madrid

 

Srna to miss Barcelona match

Srna to miss Barcelona match

Influential Shakhtar defender Darijo Srna will miss the return leg of his team’s Champions League quarter-final clash with FC Barcelona after injuring his thigh in a Ukrainian league match on Saturday. Srna, who has captained his team and played in every minute of their European campaign this season, hobbled off the field and will be in dry-dock for the next two weeks. His team, unbeaten at home since October 2008, tasted defeat against mid-table opponents FC Obolon who prevailed 0-1.

Match Review: FC Barcelona 3-1 UD Almeria

Match Review: FC Barcelona 3-1 UD Almeria

After the amazing display that the boys put on in the first leg of the Champions League quarterfinals, it was time to turn attention back to the league. With less than a week to go until the big game against Real Madrid, it was easy to think that Week 31’s game against UD Almeria was a foregone conclusion. After all, Almeria came into this game with quite a few problems. They were bottom of the table, they had just appointed a new coach, and in the three games that they have played against us this season, the score read 16-0 in favor of the men in blue and red. However, with the Classico as an obvious distraction, Almeria could have punished us dearly…

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Player Reactions: FC Barcelona 3-1 UD Almeria

Player Reactions: FC Barcelona 3-1 UD Almeria

After a hard-fought 3-1 win, a number of FC Barcelona’s players spoke with the press about the match and other upcoming fixtures rapidly approaching for the squad. Find out what Pinto, Mascherano, Maxwell and Iniesta had to say after the jump.

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Bojan facing a serious injury

Bojan facing a serious injury

FC Barcelona officially informed on it’s website that forward Bojan Krkic has suffered a partially ruptured ligament in his right knee. The young Catalan played only the first 30 minutes of the game against Almeria. Tests showed that his injury will probably rule him out for the rest of the season, with doctors predicting a six to eight week recovery period.

The Goals: FC Barcelona 3-1 UD Almeria

The Goals: FC Barcelona 3-1 UD Almeria

In a ‘must-win game’ as described by Pep Guardiola, the Blaugrana seemed a little off-colour as UD Almeria grabbed a shock counter-attack goal when Piatti set Corona up but then the team got their game back on track and got home the 3 points.

Messi scored calmly from the penalty spot, Thiago scored his 1st Liga goal of the season through a brilliant header and in the dying minutes, Messi put another one past Diego Alves after he put pressure on defender Marcelo Silva.

Watch the goals after the jump!

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Man of the Match: FC Barcelona 3-1 UD Almeria

The Result: FC Barcelona 3-1 UD Almeria

The Result: FC Barcelona 3-1 UD Almeria

RESULT:

FC Barcelona: 3

UD Almeria: 1

GOALSCORERS:

FC Barcelona: Messi (53′), Thiago (64′), Messi (90’+2)

UD Almeria: Corona (50′)

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La Masia, the foundation of Barca’s success

La Masia, the foundation of Barca’s success

Last year, FC Barcelona’s academy La Masia was in the limelight as FIFA Ballon d’Or’s three finalists – Xavi, Iniesta and Messi – were its graduates as well as nine members of Spain’s World Cup-winning team. In a detailed piece on fifa.com, the site spoke to two of La Masia’s key members – Albert Puig, a former coach at the academy who is now its overall coordinator and its director, Carles Folguera – about the institute’s philosophy, its aims and the reasons for its successes.  Said Puig, “Most teams always rely on the first team coach, on the president. The changes that take place in clubs every two or three years mean that ideas change, but Barça has always maintained the same philosophy for youth football and that’s the main difference between us and other clubs. That’s the key to our success.”  

The complete piece can be read here. Excerpts after the jump.

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The Front: El Mundo Deportivo (09.04.2011)


ALL UNITED

Meeting in La Ciutat Esportiva to plan how to face the decisive matches that are coming

Satisfaction by the directive staff for having chances to win the treble, good feelings and sells and signings were discussed

Liga points

Barça – Almería (20h).

The Front: Sport (09.04.2011)

TO FINISH OFF LA LIGA

If they win, they will face Madrid, at least, 8 points ahead them

Guardiola: “It’s the most important title”

Meeting Pep – Rosell

Puyol doesn’t know when will he play again yet.

Mascherano, “Jefe” inside and outside the field


A look at the stats: FC Barcelona 5-1 Shakhtar Donetsk

A look at the stats: FC Barcelona 5-1 Shakhtar Donetsk

A look at the passing statistics for Wednesday’s home match against Shakhtar Donetsk reveals the foundation of FC Barcelona’s comprehensive victory over their Ukrainian opponents. It also demonstrates at least one area where the team needs to improve if it hopes to bring the Champions League trophy home in May. Read on for the gory details!

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Guardiola: “… and they said Sporting will lose at the Bernabeu”

Guardiola: “… and they said Sporting will lose at the Bernabeu”

“No one expected Sporting to win at the Bernabeu and it did. No one expected Schalke to score five against Inter in their own home. And now no one is also expecting Almeria to win at the Camp Nou. Anything can happen in a sport like this and I prefer not to count on anything until everything is done with,” Guardiola letting out a reminder this afternoon ahead of tomorrow’s seemingly easy fixture.

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Live: Barça B vs Granada

Live: Barça B vs Granada

FC Barcelona B vs Granada, Matchday 33, Segunda A
Friday, April 8, 2011 @ 21:00 Barcelona time – Convert to local time
Venue: Mini Estadi, Barcelona (Capacity: 15,276)

Fourth place meets fifth place today, as Barça B, currently 4th in the division with 54 points, takes on 5th placed Granada, four points behind them in the table. FC Barcelona B has been in terrific form lately, with 6 wins and 1 draw from their last 7 matches. They are aiming to finish the highest of any reserve team in the club’s history. Can they gain another victory today to help them on their way to this goal? Links and the comment section await below!

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Penultimate session before Almeria

Penultimate session before Almeria

The club continued to focus fully on this Saturday’s league match at Camp Nou against Almeria during their second-to-last training session held on Friday morning. Participating in the session were the 19 players from the first team, plus B team keepers Miño and Oier. 

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April 8, 2011

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