Number of the day: 14

 

14 – The number of FC Barcelona players that will be representing their countries at the World Cup.

Barça has sent 14 players – which is the most by any club. The next closest is Chelsea with 13.

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Valdés makes debut in Spain’s win against South Korea

Valdés makes debut in Spain’s win against South Korea

Madrid-based news site Marca presented a summary of the comments made by FC Barcelona goalkeeper Víctor Valdés (28), who made his national team debut in the second half of the friendly against South Korea.

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Europe’s top teams after Chygrynskiy

Europe’s top teams after Chygrynskiy

According to Catalunya Radio, several top European teams are preparing bids for Barcelona defender and Ukrainian international Dmytro Chygrynskiy (23). The young centre-back is reportedly ready to be transferred since his adaptation to La Liga hasn’t gone as planned. Barcelona club president Joan Laporta is claimed to have offered Chygrynskiy to Arsenal as a makeweight in the deal to sign Cesc Fabregas.

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Busquets: “I’ve learned a lot from Toure”

Busquets: “I’ve learned a lot from Toure”

This is an interview between Sergio Busquets and El Mundo Deportivo. The original can be found here.

How many times have you been reminded recently that in only two years you went from playing in the third division to now preparing for the World Cup?

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Who is the better trainer: Guardiola or Mourinho?

Who is the better trainer: Guardiola or Mourinho?

The debate has already started on the pages of Madrid-based sports daily Marca, who have presented a column where two writers present their views on FC Barcelona coach Josep Guardiola and newly-signed Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho. At the bottom of the article is a place for readers to vote on whom they feel is the best. While the poll is still in progress, the margin between the two, based on the fans’ vote, is already quite wide, with one receving 61.4% (78,824 votes) to date, and the other  receiving 38.6% (49,630 votes). So whom do the Marca readers favor? Read on.

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Barcelona agree to multi-million deal with Herbalife

Barcelona agree to multi-million deal with Herbalife

Herbalife, a nutrition and weight management company, has signed a multi-million deal with Spanish giants FC Barcelona. The deal will see them enjoy the global rights to the team’s logo, significant on-field advertisements and access to the players for promotional activities. They have also agreed to sign Barcelona’s Argentine forward Lionel Messi, to a three-year personal services agreement that will support the sponsorship.

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Messi crowned best player of La Liga by ‘Marca’

Messi crowned best player of La Liga by ‘Marca’

For the second year in a row, FC Barcelona and Argentine International forward Lionel Messi (22) has won the Trofeo Alfredo di Stefano, which is awarded by Madrid-based news daily Marca to the player deemed the league’s best by a committee of 13, as well as by reader polls through the season.

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Cartoon of the Day: El Mundo Deportivo

Joan Oliver: We’ve opened a formal negotiating process to sign Cesc. And we will sign him, whatever it takes! That’s why I asked some “friends” of mine to investigate Wenger and Arsenal’s directive.

Cartoon of the Day: Sport

JANME FERRER

THE BEST TEAM IN THE WORLD IS CATALAN…THEY SHOULD LEARN FROM US*!

Ferrer: To face Alexandre Rosell I will have to Laportize myself a little bit more…so don’t be surprised if tomorrow I appear (publicly) with this mask.

*one of Laporta’s typical sentences.

La Liga celebration: Txema Corbella

Josep Maria “Txema” Corbella is one of the kit managers and the most loved one (both by the players and by the fans).

UNICEF honors Joan Laporta and FC Barcelona

According to Catalan based news paper Sport, in a ceremony held on Wedensday in Madrid, FC Barcelona president Joan Laporta indicated that the agreement between the club and the UNICEF should continue until the year 2011. Marta Segu, CEO of the foundation of UNICEF said “the commitment of the club [FC Barcelona] to the vulnerable children has been extraordinary.”

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The Front: Sport (03.06.2010)

THAT’S HOW CESC’S TRANSFER WILL BE DONE

Barça’s strategy:

The blaugrana club made yesterday the first official offer, 35million€.

Arsenal ruled it out through their web because they want more money.

The player will have to put pressure again on Arsenal while Barça prepares the second offer.

Manchester City, “crazy” for Ibra. Mancini wants to sign him because he thinks he’s the ideal striker.

Valdés to make his debut. 18h, TVE-1.

Pep “signs” for Banc of Sabadell (a catalan bank). He will be their ambassador.

The Front: El Mundo Deportivo (03.06.2010)

IBRA-ANCELOTTI, MEETING IN MIAMI

The Swede and Chelsea’s manager met in Miami South Beach and is thought that they negotiated.

Cesc, is your turn. Barça offers 35 million€ +2, Arsenal said no and the player takes the control of the operations.

Del Bosque confirms Valdés’ debut today.

[Non Barça Related]

Valdano is thinking about leaving Madrid.

Thiago Alcantara to renew next week

Thiago Alcantara to renew next week

Catalan sports paper Sport today report that Barca Atletic midfielder and Spanish Youth international Thiago Alcántara (19) will renew his contract with FC Barcelona next week.

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Official: Jonathan dos Santos renews until 2012

Official: Jonathan dos Santos renews until 2012

FC Barcelona’s official website have today announced that Barcelona Atletic midfielder and Mexican international Jonathan dos Santos (20) has signed a contract extension with the club, tying him to the Camp Nou for a further two years.

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Valdés to make his debut against South Korea

Valdés to make his debut against South Korea

The latest news is that national team coach Vicente Del Bosque intends for goalkeepers Pepe Reina and FC Barcelona player Víctor Valdés (28) to each play a half in the game against South Korea on Thursday, as part of his plan to insure that all members of the 23-man squad receive minutes in the pre-World Cup friendlies.

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Arsenal turn down Barça offer for Fabregas

Arsenal turn down Barça offer for Fabregas

In response to FC Barcelona’s formal bid for Gunners Captain and Spanish International Cesc Fabregas, Arsenal Football Club have today released the following statement about Cesc Fabregas:

Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas is under contract with the Club until the summer of 2015. He is a highly-valued member of the team and part of our future plans.

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Barcelona still leads international club rankings

With the domestic seasons complete in all the major European leagues, the German-based International Federation of Football History and Statistics [IFFHS] has updated its international club rankings to reflect the results of the past season. Their verdict: FC Barcelona is still number one.

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Barcelona makes a formal bid for Cesc

Barcelona makes a formal bid for Cesc

According to FC Barcelona’s official website, Club Director General Joan Oliver has confirmed that Barca have made a formal written offer to Arsenal for Cesc Fabregas.

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Transfer Rumour Round-Up

Transfer Rumour Round-Up

Guardiola to Inter? Rooney our next striker? The summer off-season in Europe is certainly a time for teams to rebuild and recruit new talent. But it is also a time when sports journalists the world over engage in “creative” speculation about potential transfers; some of these reports are more grounded in reality than others. With this grain of salt in mind, we present you with the first in an ongoing series of reports that will follow stories and outright rumors in the transfer market. Tell us which of these rumors seems most [or least] credible to you in the comments.

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June 2, 2010

Cartoon of the Day: El Mundo Deportivo

Cartoon of the Day: Sport

La Liga celebration: Pedro

The Cat and The Canary

The Front: Sport (02.06.2010)

The Front: El Mundo Deportivo (02.06.2010

Pre-World Cup: France and Spain

Jonathan dos Santos dropped from Mexican World Cup squad

Quote of the Day: Juliano Belletti, former Barcelona player


June 1, 2010

Video of the Day: FC Barcelona ~ The style we believe

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