Messi: 50 goals in 2010

Messi: 50 goals in 2010

FC Barcelona and Argentine international forward Lionel Messi (23) is poised to set yet another record in the match against Villarreal.  Catalan sports daily El Mundo Deportivo described  Messi’s accomplishments in an article that can be found here.  Read the translation after the jump.

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Live: Granada – Barça B

Live: Granada – Barça B

Granada – Barcelona B, Matchday 12, Segunda A
Saturday, November 13, 2010 @ 16:00 Barcelona time – Convert to local time
Venue: Los Cármenes, Granada, Andalusia (Capacity: 16,200)

After last week’s marvellous victory over Villarreal B (4-1), FC Barcelona B have the chance to keep their winning streak going as they take on Granada. Today’s opponents, Granada CF, currently sit 9th in the standings, and have a decent home record with three wins, one draw, and one loss, with 10 goals for and 3 against. Will Luis Enrique’s lads be triumphant once again today? Share links and discuss the match, after the jump!

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Carles Puyol: number 500

Carles Puyol: number 500

FC Barcelona captain and Spanish international central defender Carles Puyol (32) will play his 500th match for the first team when FC Barcelona faces Villarreal today.

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Cartoon of the Day: Sport

I’ve finally decided that the match will be played on 29th…I’ve also decided that Barça will win…2 – 0…that Messi and Villa will score…and Cristiano Ronaldo’s performance will be terrible…that they will send Mourinho off…that it will be a sunny day…and that you, who are reading this, will have a ham sandwich with some olives for dinner.

Video of the Day: Mascherano on his first months with the squad (in English)

The Preview: FC Barcelona vs Villarreal CF

The Preview: FC Barcelona vs Villarreal CF

In a really tense home game that is about to transpire tonight, Barcelona will try to come out as winners against Villareal as it will be important to keep pressure to the leader Real Madrid. Can they succeed? Find out what we think after the jump.

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OFFICIAL: UEFA rejects FC Barcelona’s appeal in Pinto case

OFFICIAL: UEFA rejects FC Barcelona’s appeal in Pinto case

The UEFA Appeals Body stood firm on the decision of UEFA Control and Disciplinary Body which found FC Barcelona goalkeeper Jose Pinto guilty for “gross unsporting conduct” in the whistle incident in the match against FC Copenhagen and suspended him for two UEFA Champions League games.

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The Front: Sport (13.11.2010)

MESSI, DON’T STOP

Barça-Villarreal 22.00 (TV3 / La Sexta)

If Barça wins, they will be the provisional leaders and if Messi scores, he will break another goal scoring record

AFELLAY SIGNED

Afellay will be dressed in blaugrana in the second half of the season

Bartomeu closed an agreement with Eindhoven and just lacks a signature

He will cost 3 million, will sign for 5 seasons, and will join the team in January

[Non Barça Related]

Only a two-match ban for Mou – the committee gave him the most lenient sanction possible

“Mourinho is a swine” The trainer of Sporting explodes against the Portuguese’s arrogance

The Front: El Mundo Deportivo (13.11.2010)

AFELLAY, OK

Like MD said, will sign him on January. Yesterday an agreement was done in Holland for PSV’s attacking midfielder.

Luxurious football (Barça – Villarreal, 22h). Barça, without Piqué nor Milito, will try to get three vital points.


The Ultimate Game: Get Inside Guardiola’s Head

The Ultimate Game: Get Inside Guardiola’s Head

This is your chance to prove not only your knowledge about the game of football, but also your psychological insight by cracking the code of Barcelona coach Josep ‘Pep’ Guardiola’s master brain:

Predict Barcelona’s Starting Lineup

This is not (as in: N-O-T) a place for discussion on team tactics or personal player preferences. You just give the system and the eleven names you think will start the game against Villarreal.

Join us after the jump to take part in the game.

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Transfer talk: Afellay closer to Barca?

Transfer talk: Afellay closer to Barca?

In past few days news has been all over Spain about the possible transfer of Ibrahim Afellay, the 24-year-old midfielder of PSV Eindhoven, to Barcelona. Today AS has boldly claimed that “Afellay will come to Barcelona in January for 3 million“. The Madrid based newspaper was quoting PSV sporting director Marcel Brands, who has confirmed to the magazine Voetbal International that they are maintaining contact with Barcelona to close the signing of Ibrahim Afellay, adding that, “Barcelona is interested in Afella”.

Watch a video of Ibrahim Affellay after the jump!

The Cross Fire: FC Barcelona vs. Villarreal CF

The Cross Fire: FC Barcelona vs. Villarreal CF

In what should be an exciting match of enticing football on Saturday evening, third placed Villarreal CF will take on second placed FC Barcelona at the Camp Nou, a stadium where the Yellow Submarine have met with some success in recent seasons. To gear up for the match, our ongoing series is back! For this edition, the questions will pit longtime Barça fan and chat room regular Anonymous_69 against the members of the official US penya for Villarreal, VillarrealUSA. Read on for some insightful commentary from each side, and remember to have your (respectful) say in the comments! Also, there have been some Barcelona specific questions asked by our friends at VillarrealUSA, you can check them out here.

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Pique: “The referees always help Madrid more”

Pique: “The referees always help Madrid more”

FC Barcelona defender Gerard Pique has attracted a lot of attention this week with comments made in the following interview with El Mundo Deportivo.  Pique talks about what he perceives to be a certain bias when it comes to officiating Real Madrid games.

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Guardiola: “It will be a very good match”

Guardiola: “It will be a very good match”

As is customary the day before a match, FC Barcelona coach Josep Guardiola spoke to the press about Saturday night’s game against Villarreal, which he expects to be a good match.

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Quote of the Day: Mourinho about Pep

Quote of the Day: Mourinho about Pep

“Pep knows what he wants and has grown (up) with the club’s philosophy. Pep is the ideal trainer for Barcelona. He’s intelligent, Catalan and a culé. He has everything.”

Real Madrid manager José Mourinho, quoted by Cadena Ser.

Xavi called for the friendly game against Portugal

Xavi called for the friendly game against Portugal

According to Catalan based newspaper Sport, Spain’s coach Vicente del Bosque has issued the list of the players called for the friendly game against Portugal, which will be played on November 17 in the stadium Luz de Lisboa.

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All eyes on defense at Friday training

All eyes on defense at Friday training

On Friday morning, Barça held their penultimate training session before the match against Villarreal on Saturday. Four youngsters from the B team joined in the session, including  Bartra and Fontàs, with whom Guardiola would be able to fill the gaps in defense with Milito injured and Pique suspended.

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Cartoon of the Day: Sport

ANOTHER GREAT DETAIL BY DON ANDRÉS

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Cartoon of the Day: El Mundo Deportivo

WE KNOW THE DAY WHEN BARÇA – MADRID WILL BE PLAYED!

Guardiola: Well…I’d prefer to know the day when Milito will be fit again.

Video of the Day: Preparing for the official team photo

On Thursday morning, the first team squad took part in the official photos for 2010/2011. Before they could pose on the Camp Nou pitch both in their suits and kits, they had to make sure they were all spruced up enough for the occasion.


November 12, 2010

The Front: Sport (12.11.2010)

The Front: El Mundo Deportivo (12.11.2010)

Maxwell: “I’m very confident about the group we have”

Iniesta presents his World Cup final shirt to Espanyol


November 11, 2010

Diego Lopez: “Barcelona know that we can cause some damage”

Offside: Prankster Pique strikes again

Quote of the day: Former FC Barcelona centre back Migueli

Messi, the fans’ reward

Thursday training focuses on recovery

BREAKING NEWS: ‘El Clásico’ to be played on Monday

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