Barça B: FC Barcelona 1-1 SD Ponferradina

Barça B: FC Barcelona 1-1 SD Ponferradina

In their final game of 2010, Barcelona B slipped to 6th place after the team’s fifth consecutive draw, having tied 1-1 with SD Ponferradina at the Mini Estadi on Sunday afternoon. The two goals happened within one minute of each other, with Saúl scoring first to give the reserve side the lead, only to be levelled a moment later by Javi López. Details of the match and full highlights can be found after the jump.

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Case Closed: Pastore extends contract with Palermo

Case Closed: Pastore extends contract with Palermo

Argentine international Javier Pastore, 21, has renewed his contract with the Italian team Palermo until 2015. The star midfielder, the revelation of the Italian championship, has reportedly been an object of interest for FC Barcelona for a long time now.

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The Video: Afellay’s PSV farewell

Dani: “I would give Barca a 12 out of 10″

Dani: “I would give Barca a 12 out of 10″

This morning, at a scheduled meet-the-press session after training, Dani Alves had to once again face a question about his future with the club.

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Live: FC Barcelona B vs Ponferradina

Live: FC Barcelona B vs Ponferradina

Barcelona B vs Ponferradina, Matchday 17, Segunda A
Sunday, December 19, 2010 @ 17:00 Barcelona time – Convert to local time
Venue: Mini Estadi, Barcelona (Capacity: 15,276)

FC Barcelona B, currently sitting in 6th place, today faces Ponferradina who start this game as the 20th team in the standings. Recently, the reserves have proven themselves to be strong competitors after two come backs on the road, but four straight draws have left them falling slightly in the standings, without a win since early November. Can they return to their winning ways at home today? Links to the match can be found after the jump along with the comment section which awaits your thoughts on the encounter.

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Recovery session as focus shifts to the Copa del Rey

Recovery session as focus shifts to the Copa del Rey

On Sunday morning, Josep Guardiola’s squad held a training session at the Ciutat Esportiva. Besides the typical mild recovery session for the starters against Espanyol after their 1-5 victory, the rest of the team began their preparations for Tuesday’s game against Athletic Bilbao in the Copa del Rey.  

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Cartoon of the Day: El Mundo Deportivo

Pep, el Manitas

Cartoon of the Day: Sport

‘This is Cornellà’* 1-5 “The Enemy”

Pedro: “It’s true that in every game I’m growing [in ability] … above all in las manos.”

*Espanyol had a promotional campaign before the derby with the theme, in English: “This is Cornellà”

Picture of the Day: RCD Espanyol 1-5 Barcelona

Picture of the Day: RCD Espanyol 1-5 Barcelona

In last night’s press conference, Guardiola was asked if he thinks his players can maintain their form all season, to which he replied, “That is up to ourselves but sooner or later this magic show will have to come to an end. What we need to do is to keep them motivated.”

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Maybe this is one way how rival crowds can help do that.

Video of the Day: One year ago…

The Front: Sport (19.12.2010)

‘MANITA’ ON ESPANYOL

Espanyol 1-5 Barça

THE BLISS THAT WAS MISSING

After Madrid, the pericos conceded another five goals in their presumed fort Cornellà

Another exhibition of play and intensity from the super Barça, with goals from Pedro (2), Xavi, and Villa (2)


The Front: El Mundo Deportivo (19.12.2010)

ANOTHER RECITAL

Espanyol 1-5 Barça

An impeccable derby by the ‘manita team,’ with Messi, Pedro, and Xavi directing the symphony

Barça overcame the test of Espanyol’s fortress like a steamroller and puts pressure on Madrid

Extraordinary response of the public for Iniesta

[Non Barça Related]

Mourinho, modest: “I give myself an 11 out of 10.”

Pep: “It is a great night for us”

Pep: “It is a great night for us”

Pep Guardiola was visibly satisfied with his players’ attitude in facing a tough opposition and the hostile atmosphere that greeted them in the Cornella-El-Prat last night.

“Yes, I was impressed. I can only congratulate the team on the way they handled the pressure and went for the win,” said the coach at the post-match press conference after the 1-5 drubbing they gave their city rivals.

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Rate the Referee: RCD Espanyol – FC Barcelona

Rate the Referee: RCD Espanyol – FC Barcelona

Some FC Barcelona fans were worried when old “friend” Alberto Undiano Mallenco was selected to officiate today’s local derby with Espanyol. A report in Sport earlier this week suggested an anti-Barca bias; and who could forget Mallenco’s absurd ejection of Dani Alves in the same fixture from last season?

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Thank you Iniesta

After his tribute at the World Cup to their fallen captain, Dani Jarque [RIP], the pericos gave Andres Iniesta a massive ovation as he was subbed off during el derbi barceloni.

The Goals: RCD Espanyol 1 – 5 FC Barcelona

Enjoy the commentary by the colorful Ray Hudson!

Man of the Match: RCD Espanyol 1-5 FC Barcelona

Man of the Match: RCD Espanyol 1-5 FC Barcelona

Who was the best performer against RCD Espanyol? Give your vote after the jump, and use the comments box below to explain your choice.

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The Result: RCD Espanyol 1-5 FC Barcelona

The Result: RCD Espanyol 1-5 FC Barcelona

RESULT:

RCD Espanyol: 1

FC Barcelona: 5

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Live Match Chat & Links: RCD Espanyol – FC Barcelona

Live Match Chat & Links: RCD Espanyol – FC Barcelona

RCD Espanyol – FC Barcelona

(Saturday December 18, 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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Thiago included in squad list against Espanyol

Thiago included in squad list against Espanyol

Pep Guardiola’s men held their final training session this morning in preparation for tonight’s match, and as is usual with their last exercise before a match, it is focused on refining the tactical details that the team will utilise in the match.

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December 18, 2010

Picture of the Day: Guardiola meets Pochettino

New & Improved Statistics 18-12-2010

Rosell: “We are gaining ground in ME and Africa”

Cartoon of the Day: Sport

Offside: No wedding bells for Puyol just yet

Iniesta: “My wish is to retire here but it depends”

The Front: Sport (18.12.2010)

The Front: El Mundo Deportivo (18.12.2010)

Video of the Day: Pressing

Song of the Day: Viva Barcelona

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