totalBarça Retro – Barcelona consider move for Sissoko

totalBarça Retro – Barcelona consider move for Sissoko

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.

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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 Sporting Gijon.

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The Front: El Mundo Deportivo (22.09.2010)

DEDICATED TO MESSI

Barça wants to win without Leo and dedicate the victory to him.

Villa will play as a blaugrana for the first time against “his” Sporting.

Guardiola: “We’ll keep winning without him

The Front: Sport (22.09.2010)

ANOTHER KICK TO MESSI

A ridiculous ban!

A 2 matches-ban for Ujfalusi. Such a soft Committee doesn’t protect the cracks.

Dangerous playing. The Committee didn’t consider the tackle a “violent tackle”.

[Non Barça Related]

Madrid 3 – 0 Espanyol. The referee was Madrid’s best player.

Ujfalusi given 2-match ban

Ujfalusi given 2-match ban

Catalan daily Sport are reporting that Tomas Ujfalusi will have to spend two games watching from the stands following his straight red against Lionel Messi on Sunday. According to the article in Sport, the match official, Borbalán Fernandez, indicated that there was no intent to play the ball. As stipulated by Article 115 of the Disciplinary Code, Ujfalusi was eligible for a one to three game ban for his actions. In the end, the Committee chose to give Ujfalusi the middle punishment of two games.

So, what do you think? Was this punishment just? Should it have been one or three games instead?

The Villain Of The Piece

The Villain Of The Piece

Even now as the fact sets in it is still proving hard to accept – Leo Messi will miss at least 2 games, probably more when we factor in recovery time and lost fitness levels. Cut down in his prime for sure, what with the rich run of form he has recently found himself in, but let us count our blessings that the injury is not as bad as first feared. For to lose him for a full season does not bear thinking about.

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Jeffren given medical clearance

Jeffren given medical clearance

Two main stories emerged from this morning’s training session at the Ciutat Esportiva, as reported by Barça’s official site. The first was Jeffren, who will be available to play in tomorrow’s match against Sporting Gijon after being given the medical all clear upon the conclusion of the training session. The second was the presence of Barça B players Thiago and Nolito training with the first team, giving Guardiola 19 players to work with this morning.

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Chants: Madrid se quema

Chants: Madrid se quema

Some of you were asking for some real anti-madridista chants which, obviously, are a part of Barça’s chants. Here’s the first and one of the light ones.

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Cartoon of the Day: Sport

Ujfalusi: “I wanted to take the ball from him

A picture speaks thousand words

This is Messi’s ankle.

And that’s the ball.

Messi: One catches the liar before the cripple.

totalBarça Retro – Messi’s favourite victim

totalBarça Retro – Messi’s favourite victim

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.

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The Front: Sport (21.09.2010)

THIS IS A MIRACLE!

Confirmed: A sprain in the ligaments.

Incredible! Just 15 days out! The image speaks by itself: direct tackle and the ankle totally turned. Messi had luck and he didn’t live a drama but Ujfalusi must be severely penalized.

…and Leo just thinks about playing. Without crutches and after all the tests were done, he seemed happy again.



The Front: El Mundo Deportivo (21.09.2010)

LUCKILY

Confirmed: Messi will “only” miss two matches after the rough tackle.

MD Report: The danger in the aluminium cleats.

Leo breathed again when the tests showed that there wasn’t any fracture.

The Committee will penalize Ujfalusi today, who apologized.

Iniesta will be father next year.

Tactical Evolution: A New Role for Sergio Busquets

Tactical Evolution: A New Role for Sergio Busquets

The arrival of David Villa and the departure of Zlatan Ibrahimovic led many of us to speculate about how Pep Guardiola might change Barcelona tactically to accommodate his new strikeforce. And indeed, Pep has fielded a team with a new shape in recent games although the focal point of that change may surprise you: it is none other than Sergio Busquets.

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Congratulations, Andrés Iniesta

Congratulations, Andrés Iniesta

Several Spanish news sources announced today that  FC Barcelona and Spanish international midfielder Andrés Iniesta (26) and his companion are expecting a child in the spring of 2011.  The original source of the information was the blog Diari de Girona’, and according to the report, the news was confirmed by Iniesta’s maternal grandfather, Andrés Luján.   Unfortunately, it seems that the news was released publicly before the couple had wished it to be so.

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Cruyff’s Corner: Injury due to not putting game away

Cruyff’s Corner: Injury due to not putting game away

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

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Messi to miss at least two matches

Messi to miss at least two matches

According to FC Barcelona’s official site, “after an MRI taken this morning at the Hospital de Barcelona, doctors have concluded that Leo Messi has a sprain in the internal and external ligaments of his right ankle, but confirmed that there is no damage to the bones.”

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Ujfalusi wishes a speedy recovery for Messi

Ujfalusi wishes a speedy recovery for Messi

According to Catalan newspaper El Mundo Deportivo, Atletico Madrid’s coach Quique Sanchez Flores said that his player Tomas Ujfalusi regretted his actions against Barcelona forward Lionel Messi and was in a great hurry to see him. The Czech defender went to Messi after the match to apologize for his actions and wished him a speedy recovery.

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Cartoon of the Day: Sport

The culé’s Kryptonite 1 – 2 Those who finally won…even if they lost Leo

Pep: It’s a real pity that when Kryptonite can’t stop Leo Messi…some dreadful player comes and stops him with a tackle.

Cartoon of the Day: El Mundo Deportivo

There’s only one way to stop Messi.

totalBarça Retro – Platini likes Barcelona’s football style

totalBarça Retro – Platini likes Barcelona’s football style

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.

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September 20, 2010

The Front: Sport (20.09.2010)

The Front: El Mundo Deportivo (20.09.2010)

Busquets to represent Spain in the Under-21s

Post match player reactions

Man of the Match: Atletico Madrid 1-2 FC Barcelona

Atlético – Barcelona: Rate the Referee

Medical: Messi suffers ligament damage


September 19, 2010

The Ratings: Atletico Madrid 1-2 FC Barcelona

BREAKING NEWS: Messi Injured! (updated)

Post-match review: Atletico Madrid 1-2 FC Barcelona

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