Match Preview: FC Barcelona – Hercules CF

Match Preview: FC Barcelona – Hercules CF

Last week was a tiresome week for all international players, as hosts of games friendly or competitive took part in a seemingly short time. The highlight of the week for many were Spain’s two matches. One was an emphatic 4-0 win against Liechtenstein where we witnessed David Villa closing in on Raul’s record as the top goalscorer of Spanish national side, ending with one goal difference. Things got a little worse for Spain as they received their first big loss [4-1] against Argentina, in a friendly that took place in Buenos Aires. Del Bosque toyed around with line-up compositions and strategies but the Spanish players seemed keen to reserve their energy for the coming weeks of competitive football.

Even so, the blaugrana squad is in good spirits as they want to keep the momentum going in what is sure to be a battle for La Liga. Guardiola said that “all the players have come back in good form. There have been no worries and everyone is in good spirits. They have all trained hard and impressed me.”

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Guardiola: “Hercules will come to attack us”

Guardiola: “Hercules will come to attack us”

During Friday’s press conference, Guardiola only had words of praise for FC Barcelona’s next opponent, Hercules.  “There are teams that only play defense and there are others that try to attack you and from what I’ve seen it seems that Hercules will try the latter.”

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Oriol Romeu out for three weeks

Oriol Romeu out for three weeks

Barca B midfielder and Spanish youth international Oriol Romeu (18) will be unable to play for approximately the next three weeks due to a hamstring injury in his left rectus femoris.

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Mascherano: “I will adapt quickly”

Mascherano: “I will adapt quickly”

We here at totalBarça are pleased to present newest Barça signing Javier Mascherano’s (26) recent interview with Sport, where he shares some more details of his signing and the relationships he has with his fellow Argentine cules. Check it out after the jump.

 

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Guardiola: “I don’t know if we could have won five trophies without Ibra”

Guardiola: “I don’t know if we could have won five trophies without Ibra”

Guardiola gave his usual pre match press conference on Friday.  One difference is that he finally addressed the Ibrahimovic subject for the first time since the club found an exit for the Swede.  As opposed to responding to Ibra’s constant attacks, Guardiola took the high road and looked within himself for an explanation to Ibra’s disappointing stint as a Barca player.

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Spain draws Croatia for Euro U-21 play-offs

Spain draws Croatia for Euro U-21 play-offs

The Spanish U-21 national team has today been drawn against Croatia, a team they will face in a two-legged play-off on October 8 and 12 to reach the finals of the UEFA European Under-21 Championships.

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FC Barcelona the most popular football club in Europe

FC Barcelona the most popular football club in Europe

Sport+Markt, a Germany-based research and consultancy company in international sport business, recently released the third edition of “Football Top 20″, a report that “analyses the popularity of domestic and international top football clubs in 17 European countries“. The company’s official site said that “over 10,200 football fans aged 16 to 69 years were interviewed” for the study. The result declared FC Barcelona as the most popular football club in Europe. With 57.8 million fans, the reigning La Liga champion is way ahead of its nemesis Real Madrid, which finished second. Real Madrid, in fact, is one of the biggest losers having gone from 48.6 million fans in 2005-06 to 31 million in 2009-10.

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Cartoon of the Day: El Mundo Deportivo

Valdano: Mourinho only needs time.

Florentino: I know! That’s why I’m giving him 90 minutes.

Cartoon of the Day: Sport

The elections will be celebrated the same day that El Clásico is played. Vote FCB

Messi: I don’t know what the result of the elections will be, but I’m sure that in Camp Nou, abstention will be zero.

The Front: El Mundo Deportivo (09.09.2010)

VILLA, IN THE MINE’S SOUL

The 33 Chilean miners already have Villa’s jersey.

Villa’s message, which was taken by EMD, was received with a big emotion in San José’s mine.

The miners’s families thank David for his gesture: “It gives us a bit of freedom.

Mascherano: “Here there are not bosses nor little bosses.

Xavi: “I would give the Ballon d’Or to Guardiola.

The Front: Sport (10.09.2010)

GET READY, GET SET, GO!

Mascherano makes his debut

I didn’t come to take someone else’s place but I want to contribute to win many titles.

My personal challenge is to prove that I deserve to be in the best team of the world.

Confidential: This is how Guardiola’s first impassioned speech to the players was.

Xavi praises Pep: “The Ballon d’Or to Guardiola

Beating Madrid soundly. Europe is culé: almost 58 million supporters are Barça fans, only 31 millions are Madrid fans.

Pastore dreams of playing at Barcelona

Pastore dreams of playing at Barcelona

Speaking in an interview with Italian sports paper La Gazzetta dello Sport, Palermo playmaker and Argentinian international Javier Pastore (21) has revealed his desire to play alongside his countryman Lionel Messi at Barcelona. Pastore was selected in the Argentina national team World Cup squad and made three substitute appearances during the tournament. The promising playmaker stated: “It is true that one day wearing the jersey of Barcelona with Lionel Messi would be a dream, but I want to think about the difference I can make to Palermo in Serie A.”

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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 Hercules for the first game in the La Liga.

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

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Puyol trains with the group on Thursday

Puyol trains with the group on Thursday

Carles Puyol has been the main news emerging from Thursday’s training session, as reported on the club’s official site. After several sessions working apart to recover from the injury in his left leg, the captain has once again worked with the rest of his teammates.

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Picture of the Day: David Villa’s message reaches Chile

Picture of the Day: David Villa’s message reaches Chile

David Villa’s message of support for the 33 miners trapped in Copiapo, Chile reached its destination on Thursday, September 9th. His signed FC Barcelona jersey, reading “Animo Mineros” is displayed by Spanish journalist Cristina Cubero outside the San Jose mine. The miners have been trapped underground in the copper and gold mine since it collapsed on Aug. 5. You can read more about the journey of David Villa’s jersey here.

Words of praise for Rafa Alcántara

Words of praise for Rafa Alcántara

Following Tuesday’s friendly at the Ciutat Esportiva between Barcelona B and the Brazilian national team, several members of the Brazil side highlighted the performance of one of the youngsters who himself has Brazilian roots: Rafa Alcántara (17). The younger brother of Thiago came into the match in the second half, and according to Catalan sports paper Sport, left quite an impression.

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Edmilson: The philosophy is the same as ever

Edmilson: The philosophy is the same as ever

Real Madrid may have roped in Jose Mourinho and a multitude of new players, but in the eyes of former Barcelona midfielder Jose Edmilson the Catalan club is the firm favourite to add to their silverware with the squad at their disposal. “The philosophy is the same as ever,” he said on the club’s official site. The Brazilian who now plays for Real Zaragoza noted that despite winning eight titles in two seasons, the players are as driven as always in their quest to win more titles. “I am sure Barça will be just as motivated with eight world champions among them. Barça are still favourites along with Madrid.” Edmilson also hoped that the La Liga would be more competitive this season and teams like Sevilla and Atletico Madrid would give the two powerhouses a tough fight in the competition.

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Medical: Puyol almost certain to miss Hercules game

Medical: Puyol almost certain to miss Hercules game

Catalan sports paper Sport reports that Barcelona defender and Spanish international Carles Puyol (32) is unlikely to be fit in time to play against newly promoted Hercules at the Camp Nou on Saturday. Puyol suffered a calf injury during the warm-up before the first league match against Racing Santander. He also missed  two matches for the Spanish national team, a Euro 2012 qualifying match against Liechtenstein and a friendly match against Argentina.

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Offside: Johan Primero – A Cule driven by love

Offside: Johan Primero – A Cule driven by love

Johan Puig is a hardcore FC Barcelona fan. It is his belief that if he drives around Camp Nou in his Citroen 2CV, painted in Blaugrana colours, 50 times each day, the club will win. The ritual started when Puig’s father bought the car in 1973 and took his son for a drive around Camp Nou. On the very same night, Barcelona would beat Real Madrid 0-5. What started as a weekly trip turns into an amazing 50 trips daily when Puig’s father passes away. During one of Puig’s routine drives, he meets Paquita, a young woman who cleans car windows at the traffic light near the stadium. Puig is confronted by a choice: love for Paquita or his obsession to ensure the club succeeds? The above is the engaging story of the Spanish film Johan Primero, directed by Dutch filmmaker Johan Kramer, which was released in May 2010 in the Netherlands.

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Cartoon of the Day: El Mundo Deportivo

Ethical Code in Madrid?

Florentino: And no more fiddle in Bernabéu’s Director’s box? But then…being a football club’s president would NOT be funny at all!


September 9, 2010

Cartoon of the Day: Sport

The Front: El Mundo Deportivo (09.09.2010)

The Front: Sport (09.09.2010)

Internationals return for Wednesday training


September 8, 2010

Four Barça youngsters training with Spain U-16s

Cruyff’s Corner: Doubts that carry big consequences

Cartoon of the Day: Sport

Chants: Força Barça!

The Front: El Mundo Deportivo (08.09.2010)

The Front: Sport (08.09.2010)

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