Camp Nou supports Abidal during Getafe match

An official tribute to Eric Abidal at the Camp Nou before the match against Getafe.

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Man of the Match: FC Barcelona 2-1 Getafe CF

The Result: FC Barcelona 2-1 Getafe CF

The Result: FC Barcelona 2-1 Getafe CF

RESULT:

FC Barcelona: 2

Getafe CF: 1

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Live Match Chat & Streams: FC Barcelona – Getafe CF

Live Match Chat & Streams: FC Barcelona – Getafe CF

FC Barcelona – Getafe CF

(Saturday March 19, 2011 @ 20:00 Barcelona time – Convert to local time)

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Video of the Day: Power of presence

We recently received a very warm video compiled for one of our heroes, Eric Abidal, who had successful surgery this past week.

Special thanks to Gurvinder for creating and sharing this video with us!

 

 

Michel: “I enjoy watching Barcelona”

Michel: “I enjoy watching Barcelona”

José Miguel González ‘Míchel’, the head coach of Getafe CF, in an interview to El Pais expressed his admiration of FC Barcelona’s style of play ahead of his team’s match against the Catalan club. Asked how he feels seeing Barcelona play, he said, “I feel [as] good as any fan. They provide us with a clear definition of Spanish football, the style we like. It’s a team with personality and character. Playing well is not just passing the ball but being faithful to this idea. Their commitment to the ball possession is marked with blood and fire. Two years ago, I said Guardiola was ahead of his time, like Arrigo Sacchi was. And here we are.”

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Final session before Getafe

Final session before Getafe

Before their home fixture tonight against Getafe at Camp Nou, the team met for a final training session at the stadium. The 16 first team players, plus two from the reserves, Montoya and Fontàs, trained normally without incident.

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Victor Sanchez: “You can win at any stadium”

Victor Sanchez: “You can win at any stadium”

Getafe midfielder Victor Sanchez has been speaking ahead of his side’s visit to the Camp Nou, where the team from Madrid will face Sanchez’s parent club Barca tonight. Currently in the midst of a seaon-long loan with Getafe, Sanchez feels his adopted team can pull off a shock result in Catalunya although the young defensive midfielder does admit it will be difficult.

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Zubizarreta: “It’ll be a very difficult game against Shakhtar”

Zubizarreta: “It’ll be a very difficult game against Shakhtar”

Andoni Zubizarreta, the sports director of FCB, speaking about the Champions League draw, which pitted Barça against Shakhtar Donetsk, said that the Ukrainian team is  “tough, tactically sound and with fast players up front”.

While the media is already excited about the prospect of Barça reaching the semi-final and meeting Real Madrid,  Zubizarreta was cautious and insisted that “we have get through the quarter-final first and then we’ll see what happens. It’ll be a very difficult game against Shakhtar”.

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The Front: El Mundo Deportivo (19.03.2011)

DONETSK

MADRID

WEMBLEY!

Barça qualifiying for the semifinals is feasible so they could play against Madrid in “semis”.

The second leg against Real would be in Camp Nou and there would be 4 Clásicos in 18 days.

Abidal: Barça hopes to have him back in August

Doping: Guardiola: “Ask COPE and Florentino

The Front: Sport (19.03.2011)

OVERDOSE OF BARÇA-MADRID

April 5th: Madrid – Tottenham

April 6th: Barça – Shakhtar

April 12nd: Shakhtar – Barça

April 13rd: Tottenham – Madrid

April 16th: Madrid – Barça (Liga)

April 20th: Barça -Madrid (Final Copa del Rey)

April 26th or 27th: Madrid – Barça (Semifinal Champions)

May 3rd or 4th: Barça – Madrid (Semifinal Champions)

Plus…Barça will play against Espanyol after the European semifinal and Madrid will play against Valencia before the first leg and Sevilla after the second leg.

With 11 Abidals. Barça wants to dedicate the victory to their team mate while Madrid risks the Liga in El Calderón.

Video of the Day: Javier Espinosa

The luck of the draw

The luck of the draw

Heading into this morning’s Champions League draw there were three teams who I hoped Barca would avoid meeting in the quarter-finals of the competition. The bad news is we have ended up facing one of those teams; the good news is we missed the other two, with one of them even set for a trip to Madrid. Two out of three ain’t bad I suppose; although if Tottenham do manage to dump our bitter rivals out of the competition, we may find ourselves facing them in a very tough semi-final.

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Guardiola: We are entering the all or nothing stage of the season

Guardiola: We are entering the all or nothing stage of the season

It has been a testing few days for the club since the Sevilla match, and FC Barcelona coach Josep Guardiola had plenty to talk about – Abidal, Fontas, accusations of the club using illegal drugs and let’s not forget the match against Getafe.

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Penultimate session before Getafe

Penultimate session before Getafe

Messi, who in recent days has been recovering from a heavy blow to his right knee, was back at Friday morning’s training session, able to work normally with his teammates. The striker joined the rest of the team in preparing for Getafe’s visit on Saturday evening. 

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Spain coach Del Bosque calls up six blaugrana

Spain coach Del Bosque calls up six blaugrana

Six FC Barcelona players have been selected by Vicente del Bosque for the Spanish National team’s matches against the Czech Republic and Lithuania. Additionally, a total of 7 players have been called up for two different games of the Spain U-21 side.

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UPDATED: Barca face Shakhtar Donetsk in Champions League quarter-finals

UPDATED: Barca face Shakhtar Donetsk in Champions League quarter-finals

The UEFA Champions League quarter-finals draw were announced at UEFA’s headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland and three-time winners FC Barcelona will be up against Ukrainian club Shakhtar Donetsk on 5/6 April. The rest of the draw is as follows: FC Internazionale Milano vs FC Schalke 04, Manchester United FC vs Chelsea FC and Real Madrid CF vs Tottenham Hotspur FC. If FC Barcelona progress to the semi-finals, they will play the winners of the tie between Real Madrid and Tottenham.

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The Front: El Mundo Deportivo (18.03.2011)

TO WEMBLEY FOR ABIDAL

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The Front: Sport (18.03.2011)

BARÇA AND MADRID, THE HOT BALLS

No one wants a Clásico in quarterfinals, if so, there would be 4 Clásicos in 15 days.

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Video: Around Pep Guardiola (Part 2)

Video: Around Pep Guardiola (Part 2)

Last week we shared with you the first part of the  documentary “Around Pep Guardiola” about Josep Guardiola’s life from the very beginning. Today’s video follows Pep’s difficult path of injuries, doping insinuations and the ending of professional career, to his glorious return to FC Barcelona as coach and winning all possible titles in one year. Enjoy the second part of this documentary “Around Pep Guardiola”.

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March 17, 2011

Valdés: “Every game is like a final now”

Abidal’s operation completed

Fontàs, a calm central defender

Adriano and Alves back with the group

Cartoon of the Day: Sport

Cartoon of the Day: El Mundo Deportivo

Fontas likely to be Abidal’s replacement (UPDATED)

The Front: Sport (17.03.2011)

The Front: El Mundo Deportivo (17.03.2011)

Quote of the Day: Sandro Rosell

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