Villa: I always want more, but I’m happy enough with the job I’m doing so far

Villa: I always want more, but I’m happy enough with the job I’m doing so far

After the training session today, it was the turn of FC Barcelona striker David Villa to speak to the press before the upcoming encounter against Getafe in Madrid. Villa was asked about his lack of firepower in front of the goal to which he stated that the team always takes the priority over the individual. “Barca did not sign me to be the top scorer, but to help make Barca better”, said the 28-year-old player from Asturia. “The most important thing is for Barca to get goals, not me.

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Date confirmed for the Copa Catalunya

Date confirmed for the Copa Catalunya

According to FC Barcelona’s official site, this season’s edition of the Copa Catalunya will take place on December 1st at the Nova Creu Alta in Sabadell. The schedule has also been confirmed: Barça will play the two matches in their ‘triangle’ at 21:45 against Espanyol, and at 22:45 against Hospitalet.

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Offside: Pique not the most handsome player!

Offside: Pique not the most handsome player!

In what is shocking news for female Cules across the world, Gerard Pique lost to 33-year-old central defender of Athletic Bilbao, Aitor Ocio, in Don Balon’s second edition of “El Guapo del 2010,” or, “The Most Handsome (player or trainer) of 2010”. Even more disappointing was that he finished fifth in the top 15, behind Athletic Bilbao striker Fernando Llorente (57 points), Espanyol striker Osvaldo (52 points) and Real Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso (45 points).

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Full squad takes part in Friday training

Full squad takes part in Friday training

On Friday at the Ciutat Esportiva, the entire first team plus five reserve players took part in a training session preparing for Sunday’s match away at Getafe.  

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Cartoon of the Day: Sport

Barça players hitting the posts all the time doesn’t seem real…but sometimes things are not what they seem to be.

Cartoon of the Day: El Mundo Deportivo

Pope Benedict XVI*: La Sagrada Família is very nice…but, making the most of being here, could I watch a Barça match? I’ve been told that Iniesta, Xavi and Messi together can work real wonders.

The Pope is coming to Barcelona this week and he will say mass in La Sagrada Família.

Oh, what could have been!

Oh, what could have been!

The seconds are ticking by far too quickly as Barca’s dream of playing in the European Cup final at the Bernabeu begin to ebb away. But wait! Out of nowhere the ball drops at the feet of substitute Bojan Krkic who, with only the keeper to beat, turns and lashes the ball past a stranded Julio Cesar. Once again they have done the impossible. Once again the phoenix has arisen from the dying embers of the flames and filled our hearts with joy. The dream is a reality and, as at Stamford Bridge a year earlier, it is one of our very own youth team prodigy’s who made it all possible. Off to Madrid we go!

Or at least that’s how it should have been. If not for an awful decision that saw Bojan’s strike scratched off Barca could have been at the Bernabeu to defend their Champions League crown.

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The Front: El Mundo Deportivo (05.11.2010)

AFELLAY, MAYBE IN JANUARY

Barça doesn’t rule out to sign the PSV crack if Xavi’s injury went worse.

He’s 24, his contract ends in 2011 and he would cost about 2 or 3 million euros.

Pastore: “Barça is my priority“. “Playing whith Messi is like playing with 5 more players“.

Xavi: “We’re the favourites in el Clásico”.

The Front: Sport (05.11.2010)

AT ONE HUNDRED PER CENT

Barça’s physical plan arrives to its top.

Piqué: “We’ll go all out in el Clásico”

The team feels strong and Xavi reckons that Barça will be favourites against Mou’s team.

Basket: First Barça defeat in Euroleague.

Madrid interferes in Afellay’s signing.


Xavi: “I’m going to try to play as many games as possible

Xavi: “I’m going to try to play as many games as possible

FC Barcelona midfielder Xavi Hernandez attended the launch of his new Adidas Predator X boots and spoke about his current injury as well as a few thoughts about the Clasico later this month.

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Jeffren back in training

Jeffren back in training

After a tough encounter in Copenhagen, which led coach Pep Guardiola to remark that his players were “extremely tired“, FC Barcelona’s players were back on the training pitch of Ciutat Esportiva after a day off. Good news for Guardiola and the team was the return of Jeffren Suarez, who has had an injury-marred season so far.

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Pique: “The team will be ready for the Classico”

Pique: “The team will be ready for the Classico”

According to Catalan based newspaper Sport, Barcelona’s central defender, Gerard Pique, said that Barcelona will be ready for the Classico game.

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Three Barcelona players in Don Balon’s 100 best young footballers

Three Barcelona players in Don Balon’s 100 best young footballers

Don Balon, the Spanish magazine, released a list of footballers who they deem are the future stars of the game. Only players born on or after 01/01/1989 were selected for the recognition. FC Barcelona had three players on the list, namely Bojan Krkic, Thiago and Marc Muniesa, all of whom are graduates of the club’s youth academy, La Masia.

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Xavi: Our game is both simple and complicated at the same time

Xavi: Our game is both simple and complicated at the same time

Looks like FIFA had more to ask and Xavi Hernandez more to say as part two of the midfielder’s interview went up on FIFA’s official site. In the second part of the interview, Xavi reflects on the club’s philosophy and his role in the club and national side, reveals who had the biggest influence on him tactically, and gives his opinion on the Ibrahimovic saga. An excerpt of the interview is below.

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Cartoon of the Day: El Mundo Deportivo

You can clearly see…that Solbakken is not afraid of anything.

Cartoon of the Day: Sport

Mou: He’s furious, unpleasant, liar…ok, decided: I’ll tell tito Floren to sign that guy to be my second coach.

Video of the Day: Great motivation

Please note: This video contains language which some may find unsuitable.  

The Front: El Mundo Deportivo (04.11.2010)

BOOM BALE

Barça with an eye on Tottenham’s left winger.

His great performances against Inter (a hat trick and two assists) impresses everyone.

He was better than Maicon and all the big teams want him on their teams.

Messi, in the top ten of Champions’ goal scorers.

Poll: How many Barca jerseys do you own?

Poll: How many Barca jerseys do you own?

It’s always interesting to see how much money we spend on Barca apparel – and then of course flaunt it in front of everyone we know!!

The Front: Sport (04.11.2010)

ZUBI’S SIGNINGS

Cesc: Guardiola wants him whatever it takes and he’ll try to sign him again.

Afellay: Already on negotiations. It’s the best option regarding quality-price relationship.

Bale: Tottenham’s left back is the new sensation of the Champions.

Pastore: They like the skills and the size of the Argentinean from Palermo.

Suárez: He’s doing great in Ajax, where he has proved that he has good scoring skills.

Llorente: A tank which would give Pep another option in case of emergency.

Xavi will not rest; he will play against Getafe.

[Non Barça Related]

Pedro León saves Madrid during the extra time: Milan 2 – 2 Madrid.


November 3, 2010

Exclusive: Ask your questions to ex-Barça player Patrik Andersson

Video of the Day: Pep Guardiola in Banco Sabadell ad

Milan not forced to keep Ibra

Cruyff’s Corner: Benzema and Canales – The same error

Xavi might be rested against Getafe and Ceuta

Statistics: FC Copenhagen vs FC Barcelona

Postmatch player reactions

Guardiola: “We didn’t play well in the second half”

Cartoon of the Day: El Mundo Deportivo

Cartoon of the Day: Sport

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