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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Picture of the Day: Guardiola meets Pochettino

Picture of the Day: Guardiola meets Pochettino

Mauricio Pochettino, RCD Espanyol Coach and Pep Guardiola pose during their pregame meeting at the stadium Cornella-El Prat.

New & Improved Statistics 18-12-2010

Here at totalBarça, we always strive to maintain high standards and quality. We always try to improve and better this site – for our dear readers. You ladies and gentlemen have spoken and requested more information in the statistics section. We listened and here are the new statistics.
There are two new tables, One shows games and total games played by each player in all different competitions. The other one shows goals per game and the average for each player. The tables can be sorted as per your convenience, just as before.
Have feedback? Send us love through the comments section.

On behalf of the staff here at totalBarça,
Maz

See the tables after the jump!

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

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

Original article can be found @ FIFA.com

Rosell: Barça’s world title was paradise

Friday 17 December 2010

Barcelona’s reign as global kings will come to an end tomorrow. And though that status will disappear, the celestial feeling winning the FIFA Club World Cup delivered will stay with the club’s President for a long time to come. On the eve of the UAE 2010 final between TP Mazembe Englebert and F.C. Internazionale Milano, Sandro Rosell chatted to FIFA.com about lifting the trophy 12 months ago, its importance, Barça’s desire to return to the competition next year and having all three FIFA Ballon d’Or contenders.

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Cartoon of the Day: Sport

Guardiola: Against Madrid they seem to be just budgerigars* but against us they become lions.

*Espanyol’s fans are called “periquitos” (budgerigars or parakeets)

Offside: No wedding bells for Puyol just yet

Offside: No wedding bells for Puyol just yet

Malena Costa, who featured in a fashion show last night, told Galician newspaper ‘Faro de Vigo’ that she is not ready to take the walk down the aisle with the 32-year-old FC Barcelona defender Carles Puyol just yet.

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

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

In an interview he gave to men’s magazine ‘Esquire’ recently, FC Barcelona midfielder and Spain’s World Cup hero Andres Iniesta – named as its ‘Man of the Year 2010′ – reiterated his love for the club he has played for since he was 12.

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The Front: Sport (18.12.2010)

MORE THAN A MATCH

Espanyol – Barça (20h)

A Champions’ derby. The best Barça in history goes into the match as the leader and Espanyol, in  fourth place.

Rivals but not enemies. The relations between the clubs have improved thanks to Rosell and Iniesta.

Guardiola: “We’re in a great moment”

Barça, to break another record. 10th victory in a row.

Pichi Alonso’s analysis.

Board staff meeting.

The Front: El Mundo Deportivo (18.12.2010)

SUPER DERBY

Espanyol has not lost any match at home and Barça has not lost any away match. Anything else?

Pochettino: “We will have to play almost excellently to have the chance to get points

Guardiola: “We know that it will be hard to play against such a great rival,  but not an enemy.


Video of the Day: Pressing

 

Song of the Day: Viva Barcelona


December 17, 2010

Pep: “I expect as tough a game as last year”

Friday training at Camp Nou

The Ultimate Game: Get Inside Guardiola’s Head

Guardiola’s first take on UCL draw against Arsenal

Zubizarreta: “We will see a great tie”

Barça drawn against Arsenal

Cartoon of the Day: El Mundo Deportivo

Live Chat: Champions League Draw

Rosell to use clout in search of a solution for Dani

The Front: Sport (17.12.2010)

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