Picture of the day: Abidal having fun during training

Éric Abidal (31) trains at the Ciutat Esportiva in Barcelona on October 5, 2010.

Ex-Barca: Oleguer participates in protest

Ex-Barca: Oleguer participates in protest

According to Catalan newspaper El Mundo Deportivo, former Barcelona player and Ajax defender Oleguer (30) participated in a demonstration in defense of a movement squat, which was carried out on the streets of Amsterdam.

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Bojan: “Every striker goes through a drought”

Bojan: “Every striker goes through a drought”

Speaking to the press following Sunday’s game against Mallorca, Bojan analyzed his current form as well as that of the team. He seemed to understand the team’s critics but was optimistic of good times ahead.

I’ve always said it and it’s obvious that strikers will be judged on the goals they score.  I can play a good game but if I don’t score I won’t be judged to have played as well.  It’s a fact I’ve got to live with.  I know goals are important and even more so in games like these.”

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Video of the day: Messi is the best

Training without the internationals

Training without the internationals

On Tuesday morning, Barça held a training session without the players who have gathered with their national teams. Thus, the squad involved in training consisted of four first team players and ten from the reserve side according to Barcelona’s official site.

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Premi Catalunya de l’Esport for Xavi

Premi Catalunya de l’Esport for Xavi

Midfielder Xavi Hernández (30) is the winner of first edition of the Premi Catalunya de l’Esport. The award is given to an athlete or organization that promoted Catalan sport last season in any discipline. Among 10 finalists, chosen by on-line voting of more than 6,000 people, were also Pep Guardiola, Carles Puyol and Gerard Pique. The final decision was made by a jury of journalists, politicians and former athletes. The prize launched by Secretaria General de l’Esport with support from TV3 and Catalunya Ràdio doesn’t involve any monetary reward.

Guardiola: A lesson needs to be learned from Mallorca match

Guardiola: A lesson needs to be learned from Mallorca match

No one is pleased that Mallorca was able to pull out a draw at the Camp Nou.  But before anyone starts calling for Michael Laudrup and Migeul Angel Nadal to take Guardiola’s place, remember that it’s not the end of the world.  Barca has started slow before and come back to do great things, such as winning the treble the year before last.  Before the club can think about repeating achievements like that, the current state of affairs must be dealt with.

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Chants: I Barça!

Chants: I Barça!

And we’re back to the Camp Nou chants!

This week, another popular one (yet not too known outside of Camp Nou’s walls). It’s very, very easy to learn as it has only two words which repeat over and over again.

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Cartoon of the Day: Sport

Barça players win almost every Liga’s individual awards.

Pep: After having won La Liga it’s not surprising that we win so many awards. What is surprising is that we’ve been chosen to win these awards by those who said that we won La Liga thanks to the “Villarato”.

Cartoon of the Day: El Mundo Deportivo

CAMP NOU’S GRASS IS BEING CHANGED

Pep: I need to supervise that the work is done properly to stay calm! Anyway, it’s not like I have something else to do during this week…

Poll: Hungry for totalBarca

Poll: Hungry for totalBarca

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The Front: El Mundo Deportivo (05.10.2010)

MORE CONCENTRATION

Pep encouraged them to not “forgive” like they are doing now because they’ve got quality.

He insisted in the offensive aspect without forgetting the defence.

Pedro, three weeks  KO.

They’re changing the grass.

Barça’s two faces.

The Front: Sport (05.10.2010)

WE CAN’T BE OVER-CONFIDENT

Categorical message: “If we don’t change, we won’t win anything

Confidence in the reaction. Pep is sure that the players won’t let him down.

The manager met the players and asked them for goals.

Barça changes Camp Nou’s grass.

[Non Barça Related]

Kaká’s future is in Italy

Players understand the need to take opportunities on offense

Players understand the need to take opportunities on offense

If nothing else, we can say that the players and coaching staff are on the same page.  Guardiola hammered home the point that the team did a great job of creating against Mallorca, they just need to put the ball in the back of the net after doing so.  After the match, the players felt the same way.

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Abidal: “We played an almost perfect game in the first half”

Abidal: “We played an almost perfect game in the first half”

FC Barcelona defender Eric Abidal gave a press conference on Monday in which he touched on the shaky start that the blaugrana have had this season.

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Picture of the day: Barça take all major Marca awards

Picture of the day: Barça take all major Marca awards

Three players from FCB received today their MARCA awards for the 2009/10 season. Víctor Valdés won the Zamora trophy, the Pichichi was awarded to Leo Messi and the Zarra trophy went to David Villa. The players didn’t participate in the gala that took place in Madrid, so they received the awards at the Ciutat Esportiva in Barcelona.

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Song of the day: Scissor Sisters – Fire With Fire


According to Catalan sports paper Sport, the song “Fire with Fire” performed by Scissor Sisters is the new theme song for Barcelona’s team this season. In previous years, “Viva la vida” by Coldplay and “Human” by Killers were the motivational songs used as unofficial anthems the past two seasons. Will this song bring luck to our team this year?

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Life’s a pitch!

Life’s a pitch!

During our disappointing draw with Mallorca yesterday evening, one thing stood out above anything else, and no it is not our inability to kill off a game – it is the absolutely abysmal state of the Camp Nou pitch. What’s happened here? Why have those in charge allowed the matter to get to this state? And what a state it is – uneven and unreliable, dry and bitty in some parts, slick and greasy in others and with no natural flow to it – the surface has caused more than its fair share of problems during every game Barca have played at home this season.

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Guardiola’s ongoing conflict with Marca editor Eduardo Inda

Guardiola’s ongoing conflict with Marca editor Eduardo Inda

There will be some notable absentees from the annual Madrid gala in which trophies for the leading scorer [Pichichi], and most effective keeper [Zamora] are publicly celebrated from the previous Liga season. This in itself would not be hugely notable save for the names of the players who have chosen to boycott the event: they are none other than FC Barcelona superstars Lionel Messi and Victor Valdés.

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Pedro out for three weeks

Pedro out for three weeks

After further testing on Monday morning, Barcelona’s club doctors have announced that forward Pedro Rodríguez (23) will be out for up to three weeks with the injury he picked up late in the match against Mallorca.

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October 4, 2010

Lionel Messi votes for his FIFA/FIFPro World XI

Cartoon of the Day: El Mundo Deportivo

Cartoon of the Day: Sport

The Front: El Mundo Deportivo (04.10.2010)

The Front: Sport (04.10.2010)

Messi: “It would be nice to win it again”


October 3, 2010

Pedro, with a hamstring injury

Rate the Referee: Barcelona – Mallorca

Man of the Match: FC Barcelona 1-1 RCD Mallorca

The Result: FC Barcelona 1-1 RCD Mallorca

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