Video of the Day: Corre tio, corre

Please note: Part of this video is very noisy so you might want to be careful with the volume!

The Front: Sport (10.11.2010)

ANY ANSWER TO MOURINHO BY GUARDIOLA

Guardiola: “I’ll only answer when my team is involved”

Strategy: Pep’s good sense contrasts with Mourinho’s provocations.

Guardiola’s press conferences are full of reasons, not full of poisoned references to the rival teams.

*In Spanish…”no decir ni mu” means not to say a word (or not to make a sound). They made a pun with “Mou” and “mu”.

The Front: El Mundo Deportivo (10.11.2010)

PIQUÉ: “MADRID GETS MORE HELP

Interview MD.

Barça has to work much harder than the rest to win La Liga”

If Madrid had won 8 titles and had in his squad 8 World Champions they would be really unbearable

Messi, called. Barça – Ceuta

Spain U-21 draw tough group for Euros

Spain U-21 draw tough group for Euros
While most of our European players will be enjoying the summer off (for some, their first for many years), a number of our younger players look likely to be involved in the 2011 UEFA European Under-21 Championship, set for June this summer. The group stage draw was held on Tuesday, and Spain finds themselves in Group B along with Ukraine, Czech Republic, and England.
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David meets Goliath: a preview of FC Barcelona v AD Ceuta

David meets Goliath: a preview of FC Barcelona v AD Ceuta

Barcelona defeated AD Ceuta 0-2 two weeks ago in a gritty Copa del Rey matchup that saw Pedro and Maxwell snatch the goals. Does Ceuta have the heart and ability to cause an upset in the return leg at the Camp Nou on Wednesday, or will Pep and the boys return them empty-handed to the obscurity of their North African haven?

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Offside: Prince Pique for charity

Offside: Prince Pique for charity

Gerard Pique participated in a photo shoot for the calendar of Fundació Ànima, a charity organization whose main aim is to give comprehensive assistance to children affected by chronic diseases and/or terminally illnesses. Among the celebrities who participated in this project were also Leo Messi, Vicente del Bosque, Rafa Nadal, Jorge Lorenzo and Felipe Massa. FCB players and coaches frequently collaborate with Fundació Ànima and often participate in events and meetings with kids.

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The Ultimate Game: Get Inside Guardiola’s Head

The Ultimate Game: Get Inside Guardiola’s Head

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 AD Cueta.

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

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Guardiola: “I’m more confident in Bojan now than I was a few years ago”

Guardiola: “I’m more confident in Bojan now than I was a few years ago”

Pep Guardiola attended the press conference prior to tomorrow’s King’s Cup game against AD Ceuta.  The game is scheduled for 22:00 Barcelona time and will decide who moves on to the Round of 16 of the competition.  FC Barcelona goes in with a two away goal advantage.  In the press conference, the coach talked about a lot of different things such as the B team, Mourinho and the current state of the first team.

“I don’t want to fall into the trap of thinking that everything is already decided.  We have to take this game seriously as it is an important competition.”

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Espanyol seeks good relations with Barcelona

Espanyol seeks good relations with Barcelona

The relations between the two Catalan rivals Barcelona and Espanyol have always been tense. As much as the derby is always a hard match to play on the field for both of them, both teams’ directors never got along outside the field as well.

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Borja Valero would welcome move to Barcelona

Borja Valero would welcome move to Barcelona

According to Catalan based newspaper Sport, Villarreal’s midfielder Borja Valero hopes to play for Barcelona one day.

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Tuesday training; squad for Ceuta

Tuesday training; squad for Ceuta

The coaching staff has summoned 17 players for the Copa del Rey match on Wednesday, twelve from the first team and five players from the reserves. 

The squad is as follows: Valdés, Pinto; Puyol, Milito, Bartra, Adriano, Maxwell, Abidal; Mascherano, Keita, Sergi Roberto, Thiago, Dos Santos; Bojan, Messi, Pedro, and Nolito. 

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Chelsea ready to offer 30 million Euros for Busquets?

Chelsea ready to offer 30 million Euros for Busquets?

Catalan based newspaper Sport reported that according to British paper “Daily Mail”, the London based club Chelsea is ready to make an offer for Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets (22). The reported sum for the transfer is 20 million Pounds (around 30 million Euros) to tempt Busquets to sign a contract with them.

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Cartoon of the Day: Sport

The Atlético fans still upset with the derby’s refereeing.

“What annoys us the most is that the referee whistles against our interests precisely during the match against Madrid…we don’t need any help to lose against them in Bernabéu!

Video of the Day: Two worlds

 

Poll: Come and get it!

Poll: Come and get it!

Surely, it doesn’t matter where you get it…as long as you get some!

The Front: Sport (09.11.2010)

AFFELLAY: “PLAYING ALONG XAVI AND INIESTA WOULD BE A DREAM COME TRUE

Guardiola asked Cocu for information about him.

Barça style: “I like to have the ball and pass it and being offensive

Barça, the best team of the 21th century.

The Front: El Mundo Deportivo (09.11.2010)

WHITE HAND

The number of penalty kicks in favour is for Madrid (+5 in 10 matches).

Referees don’t judge Barça and Madrid equally when the action is the same. Xabi Alonso’s hand wasn’t even whistled while Piqué was given a yellow card.

Pep knows that they must be much better than Madrid to win La Liga.


Barça board discussions: new ‘socios’ and ‘el clásico’

Barça board discussions: new ‘socios’ and ‘el clásico’

Catalán sports daily Sport published an article that discussed statements made by FC Barcelona Board of Directors spokesman Toni Freixa.  Among the topics were the preferred date for el clásico and the search for ways to open the club back up to new socios.  What follows is a translation of part of the article.  The original can be found here.

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The kids are alright

The kids are alright

With the second leg of our Copa Del Rey clash with AD Ceuta fast approaching, now seems a good time to stop and consider what we saw in the first leg, and just what we can expect in the second.

As with many games this season, the first leg against Ceuta was a rather disjointed affair with the first half full of gusto, creativity and blistering energy, only for the second half to be more reserved and cautious, if not downright sloppy. This is a theme that has been recurrent almost the entire season so far – the team producing moments of magic whilst also flattering to deceive all within the same game.

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Cruyff’s Corner: Mourinho goes fishing but Guardiola doesn’t take the bait

Cruyff’s Corner: Mourinho goes fishing but Guardiola doesn’t take the bait

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

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November 9, 2010

Picture of the Day: Waiting at the airport


November 8, 2010

A belated welcome!

Pedro: “I’ll try to score more”

Guardiola: “Pique’s sending off changed the game”

Post match player reactions

Happy Birthday Pinto!

Video of the Day: Xavi and Ricky

Recovering for the Copa at Monday training

The history of the Camp Nou, Part 1: The Construction and Inauguration

Cartoon of the Day: Sport

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