UPDATED: Thiago included in squad; Messi works on recovery

UPDATED: Thiago included in squad; Messi works on recovery

As FC Barcelona’s official site reports, Lionel Messi was back on the training pitch at the Ciutat Esportiva for the first time since picking up his injury last Sunday. He trained separately from the main group, working on his recovery, while the rest of his team mates, included Barcelona B midfielder Thiago Alcántara, prepared for Saturday evening’s game against Athletic Club de Bilbao. Éric Abidal will also miss the trip, though he has returned to Barcelona and resumed solo training, after being away on personal leave.

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Ultimate Game – Get Inside Guardiola’s Head Game

Ultimate Game – Get Inside Guardiola’s Head Game

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 Ath. Bilbao.

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

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Barcelona tracking Vertonghen

Barcelona tracking Vertonghen

British daily newspaper The Guardian reports that several European top clubs, including Barcelona, would be interested in Ajax defender and Belgian international Jan Vertonghen (23). Barcelona coach Josep Guardiola is reportedly interested in the versatile defender, and wants to bring him to Barcelona during January’s transfer window.

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Offside – Chants: That’s Pep

Offside – Chants: That’s Pep

Recently our very own Cerridwen’s series of fantastic articles about some of Barca’s best known and most loved chants has enlightened and excited many people here at totalBarça, yet it seems there is one chant she has somehow managed to overlook.

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Cartoon of the Day: El Mundo Deportivo

Sara Carbonero:

Cristiano Ronaldo is selfish and individualist.

And I better not say what I think about Mourinho because if I did, all hell would break loose.

Cartoon of the Day: Sport

Newspaper: Sport, the most sold newspaper.

Villa: They [Sport] are the leaders…and they did it without Clos Gómez’s help, who I’m sure doesn’t read exactly Sport…

The Front: El Mundo Deportivo (24.09.2010)

PIQUÉNBAUER

Pressure from Madrid? “There is some people who wants a change”.

Cristiano? “I’ve scored a single goal so far, just like him, but what he scored was a penalty kick”.

Shakira? “Ibra must be so sad”.

Villa warns that he has already adapted to Barça.

Watch the super top-floor flat Henry has bought in NY.

Messi wants to travel to Kazan and he will go to Japan.

Basket Barça: First Barça – Madrid of the season.

[Non Barça Related]

Madridistas, tired of Mou’s excuses.

Racing takes the leader position away from Sevilla.

The Front: Sport (24.09.2010)

HE WANTS TO PLAY AGAIN, NOW!

Messi wanted to play against Athletic.

Work on the field. He will start to run today and could even train with the ball.

He will travel to Kazan. On Tuesday he will join the group and he will be in the bench.

Piqué defends Guardiola from the Madrid-based press attacks.

Basket Barça: Luxurious duel in the Supercup. Both Barça and Madrid will fight to be in the final today.

[Non Barça Related]

The whole squad asked for it and Mourinho gave up and delayed the trainings.

Iker Casillas defends Sara Carbonero; she criticized Cristiano Ronaldo’s individualism.

Sport, the most sold sports newspaper in July and August

International call-ups for South American quintet

International call-ups for South American quintet

After the league match with Mallorca in early October, a number of Barcelona’s players will once again disperse for international duty. Of the squad lists released so far, Brazil’s 23 man squad includes Barcelona defenders Dani Alves and Adriano, while Argentina manager Sergio Batista has called up defender Gabriel Milito, newly signed midfielder Javier Mascherano and forward Lionel Messi, despite his recent injury.

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totalBarça Retro – OFFSIDE: Zlatan pulled a Stevie G!

totalBarça Retro – OFFSIDE: Zlatan pulled a Stevie G!

totalBarça Retro takes you back in time to reflect on what was happening at FC Barcelona and totalBarça  in the past. This daily article showcases a post from the exact same day a year back and may include news articles, opinion pieces, pictures, videos, and more.

Todays article is an archive and was published exactly one year ago on totalBarça.

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A New Barca – Part One; A cause in search of a defence

A New Barca – Part One; A cause in search of a defence

Although the season is still young, one thing has become apparent during the course of the  games we have witnessed so far. This is a new Barca. As such there have been qualities on display for fans to both admire and fear in equal measure. Over the course of two articles we shall look more closely at just how our team has changed and just what we can expect of this new Barca during the upcoming season.

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Hleb realizes Birmingham’s differences to Barcelona

Hleb realizes Birmingham’s differences to Barcelona

Barcelona loan-out and Belarusian international Alexander Hleb (29) shared his thoughts with British newspaper Daily Telegraph. The Birmingham midfielder has discovered that it is not always easy to become a star player on a mid-level team.

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Barcelona battles Manchester United over Brazilian prospect Andrigo

Barcelona battles Manchester United over Brazilian prospect Andrigo

British tabloid newspaper Daily Mirror reports that Barcelona and Manchester United would be interested in Internacional Porto Alegre forward Andrigo (15). Andrigo is regarded as one of the most talented players in Brazil and looks likely to be selected for next year’s South American under-17 championships.

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Cartoon of the Day: Sport

Those who are not “Clos-Gómez-dependents”1 – 0 Sporting

Guardiola: Today we’ve won in a boring way, like Madrid does; but we don’t need Clos Gómez helping us to win.

And now, excuse me but I have to keep peeing cologne*…

* When someone is very “sophisticated” or refined we say that she/he “mea colonia”.

Cartoon of the Day: El Mundo Deportivo

Player #1: We’re being really thick lately, eh?

Player #2: Yes, but we used to lose when we had this kind of matches.

totalBarça Retro – The most efficient start since 1957

totalBarça Retro – The most efficient start since 1957

totalBarça Retro takes you back in time to reflect on what was happening at FC Barcelona and totalBarça  in the past. This daily article showcases a post from the exact same day a year back and may include news articles, opinion pieces, pictures, videos, and more.

Todays article is an archive and was published exactly one year ago on totalBarça.

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The Front: Sport (23.09.2010)

VILLAGOAL

The Asturian didn’t “feel sorry” for his beloved Sporting

Barça 1 – 0 Sporting

A blocked Barça. Guardiola’s team found it so difficult to break Preciado’s ultra-defensive tactic.

Messi suffered in the stands. Like the rest of the fans, he ended up asking how many time was left until the match finished.

Villa didn’t want to celebrate the goal which gave three golden points to Barça against the team where he “was born”.

The Front: El Mundo Deportivo (23.09.2010)

LONG LIVE VILLA!

Barça 1 – 0 Sporting

El Guaje gave three golden points to Barça, who didn’t feel comfortable on the field.

Sporting made the champion to sweat blood to get their first victory in Camp Nou of La Liga.

Messi will work in the beach to recover.

OFFICIAL: Oriol Romeu renews through 2012

OFFICIAL: Oriol Romeu renews through 2012

The club’s official website has confirmed that Barcelona B midfielder and Spanish youth international Oriol Romeu (18) has renewed his contract. Meeting on Thursday at noon with Sandro Rosell, president of Barça, the player from Ulldecona will continue at least to 2012 after renewing his contract with the Catalan club. His buyout clause is set at 30 million euros.

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Rate the Referee: Barcelona – Sporting

Referee José Luis Paradas Romero took charge of the Barcelona – Sporting match today at the Camp Nou. While this match lacked the intensity and controversy of the Atletico game, it was still filled with many incidents that called Romero into action. What did you all make of his performance: should he be invited back again?

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September 23, 2010

Post-match review: FC Barcelona – Sporting Gijon 1-0


September 22, 2010

The Goals: FC Barcelona – Sporting Gijon 1-0

The Pictures: FC Barcelona – Sporting Gijon 1-0

Man of the Match: FC Barcelona – Sporting Gijon 1-0

The Result: FC Barcelona – Sporting Gijon 1-0

Live Match Chat: FC Barcelona – Sporting Gijon

The Debate: Guardiola’s plans without Messi

Barça to face Ceuta in the Copa del Rey

Cartoon of the Day: El Mundo Deportivo

Cartoon of the Day: Sport

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