THE TRIDENT RETURNS
Neymar, Luis and Messi will play together in the Bernabéu
Leo will pass a final medical test today and later, will talk to Luis Enrique
Iniesta: “El Clásico has me running like a motor.”
Cruyff: “I am going to win this battle.”
WITH A PAIR
Neymar’s numbers in La Liga outstrip Cristiano’s
Neymar scored in his first Clásico and has scored two goals in his four games against them
“I hope that I can still be better in tomorrow’s game. Compared with the derbies of Brazil, the ambience of Bernabéu does not worry me.”
Alves has 14 victories against the Madridistas
Iniesta: El Clásico has me running like a motor
Rafa works with a 4-4-2, without Benzema
LUIS ENRIQUE PREPARING FOR THE GAME RAFA PREPARING FOR THE GAME
“There is no set recovery date for Messi. The most important thing for him is to be 100 per cent fit again,” stated the Barça coach at a news conference just before the infamous Halloween incident.“It does not matter when he returns. The season is still long.”
Those were the words echoed by everyone around the Argentine, from Javier Mascherano’s “Patience man, no need to hurry” to Neymar and Luis Suárez’s recent show to push on the fact that Barça can take on Real Madrid Leo-less for the first time in over seven years.
Those claims were accompanied by a close source to the club stating that Leo’s recovery is taking longer than previously perceived, ruling out the man who made a career out of torturing the capital club till the first week of December. By then, culés began to make peace with that fact. Barça showed Messindependencia and eyes were on Munir and Sandro to see who would be granted the opportunity of a lifetime.
Only a few days remain before the 2015/16 season’s first clasico is underway. In anticipation of the clash, we are excited to be hosting a flash giveaway contest. The contest starts Friday at 12:01am CET and the entry window will close at 11:59am CET, during the clasico. The randomly drawn winner will earn themselves a totalBarça t-shirt and will be notified via their email address. Have fun and good luck. Visca!
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It’s a question as deceptively simple in its form, as it is universally sentimental; it’s what cuts through the realms of both time and space, capable of bridging together generations, of forming an immediate understanding between complete strangers in the time it takes for the words to register, for neurons to fire.
When it comes to sports, it might as well be the question – the only one that matters.
“Where were you?”
Oh, sometimes, I get a good feeling
When you’re playing one of the biggest games of the season, it doesn’t hurt to have a man who brings balance to the
For Luis Enrique, that man is Ivan Rakitić, an indispensable cog in this Blaugrana machine. Patrolling up and down the right flank, he fits between offensive and defensive roles at will.
The modern game, just like much of modern life, takes place at an astonishingly high speed – there is hardly a chance to catch your breath. The pace and tempo is frantic, uncontrollable, and unprecedented. Shaving off a few seconds here and there from whatever one is doing can be the key to success. Yet at the same time, this obsessive pursuit can also be the cause of one’s potential downfall.
Time is of the essence and it seems that we simply don’t have enough of it. If a problem ever occurs, the solution is to speed up, not slow down. Clog in the old system? Don’t fix it, just buy that new, better, faster version. We’ve come to expect immediate perfection in instances that rely on the utmost precision, losing patience right away when it doesn’t meet our lofty standards. Beauty and efficiency have become inseparable.
Amidst a whirlwind of movement, there is now tremendous value in standing still, both on and off the pitch. The essayist and travel writer Pico Iyer calls this the concept of stillness. Building on ideas from throughout history, religion, philosophy, and time, he argues:
“In barely one generation we’ve moved from exulting in the time-saving devices that have so expanded our lives to trying to get away from them — often in order to make more time.”
“WE WILL GO AT 150%”
Suárez gives the formula for beating Madrid
The Uruguayan is optimistic, assures that the whistles motivate him and proclaims that Neymar is the second best footballer in the world
The trident comes back together again
Neymar returns today and the three cracks will train together after 54 days
Suspect change of linesman by Borbalán
Stoichkov prefers MSN over BBC
Benítez and his Anti-Messi plan
MESSI YES TO BERNABEU
Since Leo has joined the group again, the sensations have been good and people are going crazy for him to reappear against Madrid
He is going to play 90 minutes, but the technical staff has recommended against it and he could start on the bench
Suárez is prepared: “The whistles motivate me.”
Neymar arrives intact after the hardship of Peru-Brazil
Borbalán changes one of his linesmen after 22 games
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