Video: Aww-inspiring detergent ad featuring David Villa and messy kids

Karen O and The Kids’ “All is Love” featured in Spike Jonze’s memorable Where The Wild Things Are plays in the background.

Lionel Messi ties up with Dolce & Gabbana

Lionel Messi ties up with Dolce & Gabbana

The reigning FIFA World Player of the Year and the latest recipient of the Golden Boot award, Lionel Messi, is currently one of the most sought-after football players in the world of advertising and promotions. The latest to get Messi’s seal of approval is Italian fashion label Dolce & Gabbana, who suit up the Italian national team, and clubs AC Milan and Chelsea. “I have always had a preference for their sartorial style and I always loved the sophisticated image they project,” said Messi in a press release put up on D&G’s official Twitter account. In this video interview with swide.com, Messi responds to questions about his contenders for Ballon d’Or,  his work as a goodwill ambassador with UNICEF, and the mission of the Leo Messi Foundation. The final question is specially fantastic and Messi’s response even cuter.

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From the Kit Room: 1920s

From the Kit Room: 1920s

Welcome back to the Kit Room, where we cover the history of the beautiful (and occasionally strange) uniforms worn by our glorious team. For this installment, I’ll cover the first changes in the players’ kit since the club was founded in 1899.

As discussed in the previous article, the original shorts worn by Barça were white. After ten years, the shorts became black for a time. It was in the 1920s, however, that the familiar blue shorts came to be worn. Along with that change came an important evolution in the Barça shirt: stripes.

It was the 1920s kit that first featured the verticle stripes cules are familiar with today. A wide red stripe ran down the middle of the shirt, with blue flanking it on either side. The sleeves of this kit were half red and half blue from the shoulders down to the red cuffs.

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Offside: Lionel Messi artwork in Hong Kong

Offside: Lionel Messi artwork in Hong Kong

Spotted in Hong Kong: Messi in the company of illustrious men at a stall in Night Market on Temple Street.

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Transfer Talk: World on watch for Wayne?

Transfer Talk: World on watch for Wayne?

The British press is rife with rumours that Wayne Rooney has told manager Alex Ferguson that he wants out of Manchester United over what the player perceives to be the club’s unwillingness to back him during his recent slump in form.

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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 FC Copenhagen.

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

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Cartoon of the Day: Sport

Peace between Laporta and Rosell is over, WELCOME TO THE REAL WORLD

Laporta: Al loro!*  We are at war!

**Laporta’s expression: “Al loro!” could be literally translated as “To the parrot!” even if the meaning has nothing to do with parrots: “pay attention!” or “be careful!”.

Video of the Day: Pep the Conductor

 

The Front: Sport (19.10.2010)

WE WANT TO WIN MORE TITLES THAN ANYONE

Piqué, ambitious. “We’ll give everything to be in Wembley Champions’ final.

Rosell-Laporta. “The controversy generated by the “due diligence” doesn’t benefit anyone

Milito, two weeks due to injury.

Bojan receives a prize for his attitude and fair play.

Laporta starts the opposition. “The “due diligence” is an indecent move to create social alarm”

I think that Sandro Rosell is a jealous, envious and resentful person

The Front: El Mundo Deportivo (19.10.2010)

BECKENBAUER, A PIQUÉ FAN

The honour is all mine” He said when he received the Barça jersey dedicated by “Piquenbauer”.

Are needed more football player like him, who start the play from behind and are spectacular

Laporta disproves the Meeting and threatens the Directive Staff.

Xavi could rest tomorrow, Milito KO.

[Non Barça Related]

Mourinho looks down on Milan’s coach.

Barca following Moutinho

Barca following Moutinho

According to Portuguese newspaper “O Jogo“, FC Barcelona is following the steps of Portuguese midfielder Joao Moutinho (Oporto), who Pep Guardiola likes because of his capacity to press the opponents and his passing accuracy.

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Milito out for two weeks

Milito out for two weeks

As FC Barcelona’s official site reports, during Monday’s training Gaby Milito suffered a hamstring injury to the adductor of his right thigh. His recovery time will be approximately two weeks.

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Board to sue Laporta for club losses

Board to sue Laporta for club losses

Newly elected FC Barcelona president Sandro Rosell has continued his personal feud with outgoing leader Joan Laporta, according to reports in a variety of media, inciting the general assembly to agree to take Laporta and his board of directors to court over financial losses incurred by the club under his presidency.

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Keeper Stats: what the numbers tell us

Keeper Stats: what the numbers tell us

Last season FC Barcelona and Spanish International goalkeeper Víctor Valdés (28) claimed the Zamora trophy for a second straight year after allowing the fewest goals in La Liga.  In 38 matches, he allowed only 24 goals.  Barcelona’s defense also stood out as one of the best in Europe.  To date, it has been a bit of a different story this season.  With 6 goals scored against them already, the Barcelona defense is looking less convincing.

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Cartoon of the Day: Sport

Rosell: I promised to never conceal anything from the soci…and, even if it will be very hard when winter comes…

…I’m accomplishing it. The tie is just a protocol thing.

Cartoon of the Day: El Mundo Deportivo

Laporta: This is intolerable! They want to put all the crap I left in Barça on me!!!

Video of the Day: A Dream Come True

The Front: El Mundo Deportivo (18.10.2010)

THE TACTICAL CHANGE

Guardiola used his chalkboard to win against Valencia.

1- He defended with two lines of four players with Messi and Villa putting pressure on the rival’s defence.

2- Regarding attack, he gave total freedom to Iniesta, who was playing as an attacking midfielder.

3- Maxwell and Alves moved ahead and played as a false wingers.

From “capi” to “capi” (“capi” is the abbreviation of “capitán”, captain). Xavi assisted Puyol in his 2-6 goal, in his World Cup goal and in his goal against Valencia.

[Non Barça Related]

Mallorca 0 – 1 Espanyol. A good Espanyol, which played with ten men for an hour, deserved a bigger prize.

Madrid: Milan, first serious test for Real in the Champions.

Eto’o scored and quieted the racists.

The Front: Sport (18.10.2010)

SIGNING INIESTA

Andrés becomes decisive again in Guardiola’s Barça

Only Valdés has played more minutes than him. He has played 7 Liga matches and 2 Champions matches and he has scored 2 goals.

Scoring goals is not only a forward’s thing. 11 Barça players have scored 22 goals between Liga, Champions and Spanish Supercup.

Laporta disprove the Meeting.



Xavi not 100% fit yet

Xavi not 100% fit yet

Speaking to Barca TV on Sunday, midfielder maestro Xavi Hernández (30) admitted that despite his solid performance on Saturday, he is still not completely fit after his recent Achilles tendon troubles.

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October 18, 2010

Picture of the Day: Celebrations


October 17, 2010

Valdés stops it all

Cartoon of the Day: Sport

Video of the Day: Bad boys

The Front: Sport (17.10.2010)

The Front: El Mundo Deportivo (17.10.2010)

The Goals: FC Barcelona 2-1 Valencia CF

Barça B: Gimnàstic de Tarragona 1-1 FC Barcelona

Post-match review: FC Barcelona – Valencia CF 2-1


October 16, 2010

Man of the Match: FC Barcelona 2-1 Valencia CF

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