Offside: Victor Valdes, Author

Offside: Victor Valdes, Author

Spanish international and Liverpool man, Pepe Reina, has written a book about Spain’s World Cup experience. The book, El Mundo En Nuestras Manos [The World In Our Hands], reveals locker room secrets and shares the special journey these players lived. As a special treat, Reina asked Iker Casillas to write the prologue and Victor Valdes to write the epilogue. We have the translated version of the epilogue below, you can find Casillas’ prologue here.

Catch the epilogue written by Victor Valdes after the jump!

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Final offer for Dani Alves

Final offer for Dani Alves

FC Barcelona has yesterday submitted its final contract extension offer for Dani Alves’s agent to study and accept, which according to the Catalan-language sports paper ‘Sport’ today, is kind of a take-it-or-leave-it proposal.

Although the player has a contract that will last until June 2012, the club wants him to renew as it has been acknowledged by everyone involved that the Brazilian international is an integral part of FC Barcelona’s successes in the past two seasons, and is still Pep Guardiola’s main man at right-back.

The offer, said to be a major improvement to any that was proposed before, will see Dani receiving a pay scale close to the one that Xavi, Iniesta and Villa has, and if accepted, will remain with the club until June 2015 with an option to extend further depending on requirements.

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Wednesday training

Wednesday training

Much like Tuesday’s training session, only a few first team players were available to coach Josep Guardiola for the training session held on Wednesday morning. Without the international players, who should be back in time to train on Thursday afternoon, eight players joined the five first team players to make up the numbers. 

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totalBarca EXCLUSIVE : Interview with ex-Barca player Patrik Andersson – Part 2

totalBarca EXCLUSIVE : Interview with ex-Barca player Patrik Andersson – Part 2

Here is the continuation of our exclusive interview with ex-Barca central defender Patrik Andersson.

You can read Part 1 here.

Read on after the jump to see how Patrik responded to questions from readers of totalBarca!

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Cartoon of the Day: Sport

“Raiola: Cruyff and Guardiola need to be admitted in a mental hospital

Cruyff: After this words by Raiola, I wonder…would there be a golf -course in such hospital?

Cartoon of the Day: El Mundo Deportivo

PUYOL’S 500 MATCHES

Puyol: It’s decided…I’ll retire as soon as I play 500 more matches.

Video of the Day: Gran Derbi closer every day

The Front: Sport (17.11.2010)

INIESTA AND XAVI WIN BY A LANDSLIDE

One of them will win the Ballon d’Or award.

Andrés is the most voted by the journalists, while they national teams managers and captains prefer Xavi.

With Rosell in Qatar. He met Ferguson and Ronald de Boer.

Argentina – Brazil (18h). Messi against Ronaldinho.

…and today they will face Cristiano Ronaldo. Portugal – Spain (22h)

The Front: El Mundo Deportivo (17.11.2010)

THE KING SPEAKS

Interview and exclusive pictures.

I don’t play to be better than Cristiano

If Mourinho coached Barça he would have to change his way of speaking

I’m delighted for Ronaldinho being back in the Brazilian national team.

That’s how Guardiola wants Afellay to play.

Barça gets tired and stops paying Raiola.

Photo of the day: Puyol, Cesc and Pique

Photo of the day: Puyol, Cesc and Pique

FC Barcelona captain Carles Puyol put this picture up on his official Twitter account. The trio are known to get along well as this, this and this video proves. Spain faces Portugal in a friendly today.

Quote of the Day: Afellay

Quote of the Day: Afellay

“To play at the Camp Nou is a dream for me. In fact, I think it’s a dream for everyone.”

Ibrahim Afellay, quoted in El Mundo Deportivo.

Messi: “We’ll surely beat Madrid”

Messi: “We’ll surely beat Madrid”

A day before the Brazil vs Argentina friendly in Qatar on Wednesday, FC Barcelona forward Lionel Messi gave an interview to Fifa.com.  As has been habitual over the past week, Messi talked a lot about the upcoming clash against Real Madrid on November 29th.

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Del Bosque sends a message to Barcelona

Del Bosque sends a message to Barcelona

In the press conference before the friendly game between Portugal against Spain, Del Bosque sent a message to Barcelona about the worries related to Xavi being called for the friendly game instead of having the time to rest recovering from his tendon injury.

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Afellay: “I cannot wait until I make my debut at Camp Nou”

Afellay: “I cannot wait until I make my debut at Camp Nou”

While Barcelona and PSV are already done with the negotiations for the arrival of Ibrahim Afellay to Catalonia, the midfielder himself has to agree with the Catalan club. Considering the comments from the PSV player, it seems there will be no problem. “Barcelona is fantastic, a great club and a great team. No player would say no to Barcelona,” Afellay said in an interview with El Mundo Deportivo.

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Mino Raiola: “Cruyff can go to hell”; Barcelona responds

Mino Raiola: “Cruyff can go to hell”; Barcelona responds

Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s agent, Mino Raiola, has once again lashed out at Pep Guardiola and this time included Johan Cruyff in his rants.

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Barcelona following Giuseppe Rossi

Barcelona following Giuseppe Rossi

Catalan sports paper Sport reports that Barcelona would be interested in Villarreal forward and Italian international Giuseppe Rossi (23). Barcelona head coach Josep Guardiola has reportedly decided that Rossi would be a suitable transfer target for next season. After the victory over Villarreal on last Saturday, Guardiola was reportedly very impressed by the former Manchester United striker. Rossi has been in a good form during this season, netting seven goals in eleven matches for Villarreal in the Spanish League.

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Messi: A child’s smile is worth more than all the money in the world

Messi: A child’s smile is worth more than all the money in the world

After Xavi, it was the turn of another Barcelona player, Lionel Messi, also a frontrunner for the FIFA Ballon d’Or, to sit down with FIFA.com for an exclusive and extensive interview. In the first part, Messi talks about Argentina’s FIFA 2010 World Cup campaign, his desire to win more titles, including the upcoming 2011 Copa America with the national team, his charity work and reiterates that his colleagues Xavi and Iniesta are the favourites for the honour this year. An excerpt of the interview after the jump.

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Jeffren returns to training

Jeffren returns to training

A small part of the first team squad was back in training this Tuesday morning. Despite not having yet received his medical clearance, Jeffren was back after his shoulder injury, working with the group.

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OFFSIDE: Celebrate Good Times, Come On!

OFFSIDE: Celebrate Good Times, Come On!

As the ball hits the back of the net a player has a huge decision to make – just how they will celebrate. As we saw against Ceuta on Wednesday there are many different ways to do this, ranging from the elegant to the downright absurd and anywhere inbetween. Some would say it is an art form in and of itself, and judging by Bojan’s offering, they may just be right.

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totalBarca EXCLUSIVE: Interview with ex-Barça player Patrik Andersson

totalBarca EXCLUSIVE: Interview with ex-Barça player Patrik Andersson

The long wait is over! Here it is folks..

totalBarça got a chance for an exclusive interview with ex-Barca player Patrik Andersson. Patrik joined FC Barcelona from FC Bayern Munich in 2001 and played as a central defender in what was to be a tough 3 years for him before he returned to his home club Malmo FF in 2004.

Read more after the jump.

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November 16, 2010

Cartoon of the Day: Sport

The Front: El Mundo Deportivo (16.11.2010)

The Front: Sport (16.11.2010)

Poll: The Animal Kingdom

Comment of the week

Number of the Day: 14


November 15, 2010

Cruyff’s Corner: Pep makes calculated decisions about the cantera

BREAKING NEWS: PSV Eindhoven confirms Afellay’s move to Barcelona (UPDATED)

RFEF gala at Las Rozas

2010-2011 Away Shirt?

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