Medical: Xavi to miss Valencia clash

Medical: Xavi to miss Valencia clash

Influential Barcelona midfielder Xavi will not be available for Saturday’s clash at the Camp Nou with league leaders Valencia, as he continues to recuperate from problems with his Achilles tendon.  Continue reading »

Villa should be available for Saturday

Villa should be available for Saturday

According to Barça’s official site, after undergoing further tests with FC Barcelona’s Club Medical Services, it has been determined that David Villa’s discomfort in the patella tendon in his left knee should not prevent his participation in Saturday’s match against Valencia. Whether he will take part in the match against Valencia now depends on how the discomfort affects the striker during training.

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Comment of the week

You haven’t seen a title like this on totalBarca right?

We’ve decided to reward you guys! Every week we’re going to select one comment on this website which we regard as the best comment of the week.

Our first comment of the week is by a Cule with a happy nick name “Happiness”:

This article captures the exciting potential which can be realized once the team truly comes together as a cohesive whole. Think how few games David and Leo have actually played together. So they are still just learning how to bring out the best in one another. If they can shine while remaining selfless – thus taking pride in one another’s accomplishments (and goals) and contributing with the winning pass rather than the taking an unlikely shot – they will be a stellar combination. A masterpiece cannot be created in an instant, however given a half season to come together, then barring serious injury losses, we may see something very spectacularly consistent and victorious over the second half of this season. Let’s hope it becomes so!

On the article A New Barca: Part Two – Attack! Attack! Attack!- http://www.totalbarca.com/2010/opinion-pieces/a-new-barca-part-two-attack-attack-attack/

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Of One Club Men…

Of One Club Men…

There are so many different things that make a player decide to change clubs. Lucrative offers from other clubs, lack of playing time, the hunger for success, the clashing of egos, the thirst for new experience and so on. But what makes a player stay on loyally at the same club?

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Tests today to reveal extent of Villa’s knee injury

Tests today to reveal extent of Villa’s knee injury

After missing the last league game due to suspension, FC Barcelona striker David Villa may also miss the chance to face his old team Valencia this weekend, after suffering a bruised left knee in Spain’s win over Scotland (2-3) on Tuesday night. Tests to be carried out today will determine the extent of the injury and whether or not Villa will be able to play on Saturday.

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Cruyff’s Corner: “The solution is to lighten the calendar”

Cruyff’s Corner: “The solution is to lighten the calendar”

The following is a translation of Johan Cruyff’s weekly article in El Periodico.  The original can be found here.

The solution is to lighten the calendar

The fans always want to see their favorite players in their best form.  Unfortunately that is impossible and we are “killing” the athletes.  Football players without a doubt need four weeks of vacation and another four weeks of pre-season training.  Have the World Cup Champions had this?  The answer is obvious.  The friendlies in Mexico and Argentina were a big mistake.  Is it completely necessary to play those?  If so, then play new players.  That is what the friendlies are for, especially after a World Cup.

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Cartoon of the Day: El Mundo Deportivo

WHAT WILL BE MORE DECISIVE TO CHOOSE THE WINNER OF THE BALLON D’OR…?

Having the best abdominal muscles?

Or playing in the World’s best team?

Cartoon of the Day: Sport

Moratti: Relax, Leo! That thing about signing you on January was just a joke!

Messi: The truth is that, after reading it, I couldn’t stop laughing.

Quote of the Day: Sergio Busquets

Quote of the Day: Sergio Busquets

“I play in a position that demands hard work and generosity and little glamour, but I like it.  It’s my job and I like it.  I would rather intercept and steal 10 balls than shoot.  That’s what I’m here for, to make everyone else’s jobs easier.”

- Sergio Busquets, in an interview with El Pais

The Front: El Mundo Deportivo (13.10.2010)

A GOAL FOR A RECORD

Villa equals Raúl’s record of 44 goals scored with the Spanish national team.

The Asturian player was hit on his knee and he could miss the match against Valencia.

Scotland 2 – 3 Spain. Spanish national team won with difficulties.

Rosell is ready for the meeting.

[Non Barça Related]

Florentino doesn’t want Kaká to return to Milan.

The Front: El Mundo Deportivo (13.10.2010)

BRAVO VILLA!

Scotland 2 – 3 Spain

El Guaje scored the 44th goal in the 44th minute.

Great match by La Roja, who leads its group with 9 out of 9 points.

El Mundo Deportivo gives Beckenbauer the “Piquenbauer” Barça jersey he asked for.

“It’s a honour for me to be nicknamed Pickenbauer”, wrote Piqué in the dedication.

Spain U-21 qualify for Euro Finals

Spain U-21 qualify for Euro Finals

In the second leg of the play-off with Croatia held on Tuesday afternoon, Spain’s Under-21 side emerged victorious 0-3 (1-5 on aggregate), earning themselves a place in the European Championship finals set for June 2011. Midfielder Thiago Alcantara played the entire match, while Bojan Krkic, Jeffren Suarez and Andreu Fontas all took part in the triumph for La Rojita, with Jeffren scoring the third goal of the night. Details of the match, courtesy of Barcelona’s official site, are below.

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Picture of the Day: Carles Puyol

Carles Puyol eyes the ball during a training session at Hampden Park in Glasgow on October 11, 2010, on the eve of Spain’s Euro 2012 qualifying football match against Scotland.

David Silva, a target for Barcelona?

David Silva, a target for Barcelona?

According to Catalan based newspaper Sport, Spanish international and current Manchester City player David Silva could be one of Barcelona’s targets for the winter transfer market.

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Mascherano: “I don’t like the word leader”

Mascherano: “I don’t like the word leader”

Recently, Barcelona-based sports weekly Don Balón presented an interview with new FC Barcelona and Argentine international midfielder Javier Mascherano (26).  Read the translation of the interview after the jump.  The original article can be found here.

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Tuesday training, Milito withdraws with adductor trouble

Tuesday training, Milito withdraws with adductor trouble

At the first team’s training session on Tuesday morning, the news emerging from FC Barcelona was the early exit of centre back Gaby Milito from training. The Argentine player had to leave Tuesday’s session owing to adductor trouble. This reduced the number of first team players working under Guardiola from seven to six, with the addition of ten youth reinforcements. 

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Video of the Day: More than a club

 

Cartoon of the Day: Sport

Villa: I don’t care about the record anymore, now what matters is…getting Raúl off of my head*.

Raúl: Raúl to the Spanish national team!

* Here, “head” means both “head” and “mind”.

Statistics 10-12-2010


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Quote of the day: Antoni Ramallets

Quote of the day: Antoni Ramallets

“Records are there to be beaten and I’ll be very happy if a guy like Victor takes it off me”

Antoni Ramallets, former goalkeeper, who during his playing career with FC Barcelona made 538 appearances, including 288 in La Liga.  So far Valdes has made 279 appearances in the Spanish league.


October 12, 2010

Poll: Hook me up!

The Front: Sport (12.10.2010)

The Front: El Mundo Deportivo (12.10.2010)

Video: Dani Alves goal, Ukraine vs Brazil


October 11, 2010

Picture of the Day: A Culé is World Champion

UPDATED: Argentine internationals back for Monday training

Offside: Pep in Madrid

Barça B: FC Barcelona 3-1 CD Tenerife

Barcelona tracking Dortmund starlet Shinji Kagawa

Cartoon of the Day: El Mundo Deportivo

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