The Front: Sport (01.09.2010)

PUYOL, KO

He got injured during the first Spanish national team training.

He suffered a relapse of his left calf’s injury and he could be 20 days out.

He would miss 3 Liga matches and the Champions’ first match.

Guardiola, delighted with “Masche”. The Argentinean completed his first training under Pep’s orders.

Ronnie still loves Barcelona. He played “futvolley” in Castelldefels beach.

[Non Barça Related]

Robinho signs for Milan too. He will play with Ibra and Ronnie.

Keita extends contract to 2014

Keita extends contract to 2014

On the final day of the summer transfer window, FC Barcelona confirmed the services of midfielder Seydou Kieta until 2014. The club’s official site announced that the 30-year-old Malian international improved on his earlier deal, which ran till 2012. Keita’s new contract will be renewed each year and be dependent on the number of games he plays each season. His buy-out clause was increased from 90 to 100 million Euros.

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Hleb loaned out to Birmingham

Hleb loaned out to Birmingham

Belarusian international Alexander Hleb (29) is on the move again as he is leaving FC Barcelona after the club agreed on a one year loan spell in England, as it was reported by Spanish newspaper AS. Lending players seems to be a new trend in Barcelona, when Hleb was loaned out after Keirrison, Henrique, Cáceres and Ibrahimovic (on loan to AC Milan before being bought).

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Mascherano’s first day at training

Mascherano’s first day at training

As a majority of the first team players reported for internationals and friendlies, Argentinian captain and FC Barcelona midfielder Javier Mascherano attended his first training session with his new club before he too left for Buenos Aires in the afternoon. Mascherano was joined by Maxwell, Adriano, Alves, Keita, Pinto, Abidal and 25 Barca B players.

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Puyol out of current call up due to injury

Puyol out of  current call up due to injury

According to Catalan-based news daily Sport, FC Barcelona and Spanish international defender Carles Puyol (32) has abandoned training for the Spanish national team and is returning to Barcelona, due to injury.

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CASE CLOSED: Robinho to AC Milan

CASE CLOSED: Robinho to AC Milan

Italian, English and Spanish media have been contemplating the future of Brazilian international striker Robinho (26) for a couple of months now. According to various sources, Barcelona was fascinated by the idea of Robinho joining the team. Some even claim, that Guardiola would have welcomed Robinho, but for some reason the deal fell through.

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Cruyff’s Corner: A small squad has advantages

Cruyff’s Corner: A small squad has advantages

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

The few, the proud, the blaugrana

I don’t know if Barca is planning on signing another player for the attack in the next few hours but it would surprise me if they did.  With the departure of Ibrahimovic and the arrival of Mascherano, the team is made of up 19 players, two of them goalkeepers.  It seems crazy to start a season consisting of three competitions with only 17 players but with a team like Barca anything is possible.  It’s Guardiola’s gamble and it reaffirms the philosophy of the club: we start with nineteen first team players but we have numerous possibilities from the cantera.  These youth players have talent and will fit in due to having been brought up under this same style of play.

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Pique: “Mascherano will give us stability in the midfield”

Pique: “Mascherano will give us stability in the midfield”

FC Barcelona defender Gerard Pique sat down for an interview late last week with Catalan sports paper El Mundo Deportivo.  The conversation included a variety of topics such as Ibrahimovic, the Champions League and of course, Real Madrid.

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Cartoon of the Day: El Mundo Deportivo

Florentino: After the match against Mallorca, I’m willing to do a late signing…who do we need to sign to improve Madrid’s playing?

Mourinho: Our Lady of Lourdes.

Cartoon of the Day: Sport

Ibra keeps running Guardiola down in Milan (and he will keep doing it for a long while!)

Ibra: Guardiola shouldn’t be angry because I called him a philosopher…after Hleb, Cáceres, Chygro and me, he clearly is more a philosopher than an economist.

The Front: El Mundo Deportivo (31.08.2010)

CULE MASCHERANO

You can’t say no to the best team of the world

He stepped in Camp Nou’s field yesterday.

The Argentinean crack relinquished a 20% of his fee to sign for Barça.

“El Jefecito” said that he comes to help the team and that he decided to come to Barça because of the its human quality.

The Front: Sport (31.08.2010)

THE LAST SIGNING

“Masche”, a luxurious reinforcement

The vice-president Bartomeu said that the 2010-2011′s squad is closed.

I know why I’m here. I would be an idiot if I thought that I’m playing every single match.”

The most feared agent by the European clubs. Mino Raiola, the market patriarch.

[Non Barça Related]

Ronaldo, three weeks KO. He will miss at least two matches and he will not play with Portugal.

Official: Caceres to Sevilla on loan

Official: Caceres to Sevilla on loan

Barcelona have officially revealed that Martin Caceres (23) will be spending the 2010-2011 season on loan with Sevilla, having previously spent last season on loan with Juventus. As part of the deal, Sevilla will have the option to buy Caceres following his loan.

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Iniesta: Mascherano’s signing is going to come in handy

Iniesta: Mascherano’s signing is going to come in handy

According to Catalan based newspaper Sport, Andres Iniesta (26) is contented to see Javier Mascherano (26) signing for FC Barcelona. “It’s a great boost, I know Mascherano and I have played against him on several occasions against Argentina and Liverpool. Moreover, he is the captain of the the Argentinian national team. Mascherano will come in handy, not only because he has defensive skill, but he also has great skills with the ball,” said Iniesta.

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Mascherano’s Barca Toon

Source: FC Barcelona’s Official YouTube

Chants: Esto es un chorreo!

Chants: Esto es un chorreo!

Today we’ll show you the first “anti-madridista” chant (even if it’s a very light one).

Two years ago, former Madrid’s president Vicente Boluda said that Madrid was going to “chorrear” (literally, “to drip”) Liverpool and Barça, meaning that Madrid would beat them soundly, scoring many goals. Liverpool won (4 – 0) and so did Barça (2 – 6) and from then on, the fans have used the word “chorreo” to make fun of Madrid if they lose. Continue reading »

Mascherano presented at Camp Nou

Mascherano presented at Camp Nou

After undergoing his medical this morning and signing a four year contract, Javier Mascherano has been presented on the Camp Nou pitch to the fans as the new number 14. As described by Barcelona’s official website, the midfielder has already experienced one of the most special moments as a new player of FC Barcelona. The Argentine has put on the blaugrana shirt, jumped onto the pitch at the Nou Camp and has had his first touches of the ball in Barcelona. A description and pictures of the event are after the jump.

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Quote of the day: Pep Guardiola on Ibrahimovic

Quote of the day: Pep Guardiola on Ibrahimovic

“He is an immense player. I wish him all the best in his new adventure. He was part of the five trophies that we won.”

In the post match press conference after FC Barcelona won at Racing Santander, coach Josep Guardiola stays clear of negative talk and wishes the Swedish striker well in his new stint at AC Milan.

Sid Lowe: Barcelona finally get their man…but at a price

Sid Lowe: Barcelona finally get their man…but at a price

The Ibrahimovic transfer continues to generate heated discussions among FC Barcelona fans. Count on Sid Lowe to put the pros and cons of the deal straight up. In his latest column for Guardian, the writer couldn’t sum up the entire saga better. Lowe suggests that while the club let go of Ibrahimovic, they got a significant signing in the form of David Villa, who was always the first choice of Pep Guardiola. However, as the headline suggests, this transfer came at a heavy cost.

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Mascherano passes medical

Mascherano passes medical

Argentina international Javier Mascherano (26) has passed his medical at FC Barcelona in the early hours of Monday morning and will now sign his contract to make the move official at 18:00 CET.

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August 30, 2010

Post match reactions from Racing Santander vs FC Barcelona

Cartoon of the Day: El Mundo Deportivo

Cartoon of the Day: Sport

Video of the Day: View From the Crowd

The Front: Sport (30.08.2010)

The Front: El Mundo Deportivo (30.08.2010)

Abidal: “This team wants to win more”


August 29, 2010

Post-match review: Racing Santander – FC Barcelona 0-3

The Highlights: Racing Santander 0-3 FC Barcelona

Puyol and Xavi rested as a precaution

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