In an interview with Rac1, Claudio Bravo displayed his great confidence in his abilities as a goalkeeper ahead of the competition awaiting him, and the Chilean does not plan on spending much time on the bench. “At Real Sociedad, I was in the shadow of [Luis Miguel] Arconada. They are both [ter Stegen and Jordi Masip] great goalkeepers, but the challenge is a motivator.” More after the jump.
Following the small victory achieved in the Luis Suárez case, with the Uruguayan now cleared to train by CAS, FC Barcelona will have to fight a new and much more complex legal battle starting next week. Barça will have to appear before FIFA for the conflict regarding the youth players whose situations have been found to be irregular. The hearing of the case has been scheduled by FIFA for next Tuesday. Read more…
‘MESSI’, the documentary will be presented this weekend in Barcelona at the World Supporters Clubs Congress. ‘MESSI’ was presented for the first time during the World Cup in Brazil and will be screened on September 6 at the Venice Festival. The documentary is directed by Álex de la Iglesia and produced by MEDIAPRO.
Many people appear in the documentary such as César Luis Menotti, Diego Maradona, Jorge Valdano and Johan Cruyff. ‘MESSI’ tells the story of one of the greatest footballers ever through the eyes of many football legends including, teammates, coaches and many more. The documentary includes archive footage, interviews and unseen family recordings. Read more after the jump.
Barça may have sent Gerard Deulofeu away for good. Not literally, as he’s still under control till 2017 with a 35 million euro buy-out clause, but figuratively. Deulofeu has never been of the typical La Masia mould. He’s highly individualistic, at a younger age he named Cristiano Ronaldo his idol (in and of itself perfectly fine, but still an insight into the type of figure he aspires to emulate), was forced by the club to close a social media account (reportedly due to expressing an attitude contrary to the club’s) and has never been the “rah-rah Barça till I die” guy. He’s immensely self-assured, some say to the point of arrogance, and seemingly impatient. The club wasn’t sold about loaning him out last season, allegedly succumbing to the young man’s desire to seek more minutes. He left Everton feeling he “deserved to play more”.
“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”
Barcelona’s Juvenil A side failed to beat the Mauritania national team yesterday in a preseason friendly for the COTIF tournament. Jordi Vinyals’ team, which could not count on a number of key players at the back, could not impose its game on the Mauritanians, who defended bravely to earn an unlikely draw. Vinyals had to experiment with his centre-backs, fielding full-back Xavi Quintillà alongside Ros, who had never player in that position before, as Rodrigo Tarín, who was knocked following the ‘battle’ against the Argentines, as well as Adrià Vilanova who was sent-off, were unavailable. Read more after the jump.
The club’s largest signing in history Luis Suárez has finally trained with the first team thanks to the decision from the Court of Sports Arbitration (CAS), which however still upheld the ban over official matches. The Uruguayan striker spoke to Barça TV while training in the Ciudad Esportiva this morning, “I am really happy to feel like a footballer again, and to be with my teammates. I just couldn’t wait to get started”. The new Barça number 9 described the situation he’s been as “really tough…it was a situation that made me feel really uncomfortable. I’m paying for a mistake I made and one I have apologised for, but I have to forget about all this”. Suárez went on then to state: “I am only thinking about the future, which is at FC Barcelona, the club who I dreamed of playing for”. More from the man of the hour right after the jump.
Tests this morning confirmed that injured FC Barcelona goal keeper Marc-Andre Ter Stegen (22) will be out for 2 to 3 weeks. It was also revealed that the injury suffered is a small fracture in the vertebrae during a training session on August 11.
The club medical staff reported that the player will carry out recovery work during the period. The injury will force the player out of the friendly match against Club León in the Joan Gamper trophy and La Liga opener against Elche CF.
The German shot-stopper made his debut with FC Barcelona in the first friendly against Recreativo de Huelva coming in as a substitute. Ter Stegen also played the full match against OGC Nice.
totalBarça wishes Ter Stegen a speedy recovery.
After the jump those interested in the specifics of the Court of Arbitration of Sport’s (CAS) Luis Suárez ruling can read the official press release. Football’s players union, which is of late actively trying to gain weight in the game, released their own press release expressing disappointment based on what they deem disproportionate ruling.
The Spanish League (LFP) has announced in a statement issued through its official website that the start of the Segunda División season, which had been scheduled for the weekend 24-25 August, has been suspended. The suspension was deemed necessary as there are ongoing judicial processes that may require the league to re-draw the fixture list for the 2014/15 season. The league had originally planned the season counting on relegated Mirandés as the last team in the division following the administrative relegation handed by the LFP to last year’s fourth placed side Real Murcia for owing nearly 13 million euros to the state in tax arrears. However, the league has been ordered by a judge to reinstate Murcia to the Segunda División, under the reasoning that demotion would further complicate the financial situation of the debt-ridden club. More details after the jump.
Former FC Barcelona player Éric Abidal made a move this summer that had many people scratching their heads. After Barça let ‘Abi’ go in June 2013, he went to play at AS Monaco for the 2013/14 season. He signed an extension with Monaco in July and then two days later signed with Greek club Olympiacos FC. The rapid-fire switch made many people wonder if it had anything to do with Monaco’s treatment of former FCB goalkeeper, Víctor Valdés. Read on to find out what really happened.
Luis Suárez has already trained for the first time with his new teammates. Following the decision from the Court of Sports Arbitration (CAS), the Uruguayan can now get fully involved with everything bar matches. The team will train again later this evening at 6:30.
He will be presented on Monday before the Joan Gamper Trophy match kick-off, and the next day do his kick-about in Camp Nou before giving his first official press conference.
A BLOW FOR LUIS SUÁREZ
TAS CONFIRMED ALMOST ALL OF FIFA’S SANCTION
1. He can train but he will still go four months without playing
2. He will train with the group today, will be at the Gamper and will be presented on Tuesday
3. The Uruguayan will return just in time for the clasico against Real Madrid
4. He can play friendlies with both Barça and Uruguay
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Many footballers hold football camps during their off time in the summer. Andres Iniesta posted this photo on his social media accounts yesterday and said, “Hello everyone, last week we finished my first football camp. I want to thank all the children who participated, the coaches, the Junior CF, the sponsors, and everyone who worked to make this campus a reality. Thank you very much! It has been amazing and I hope that we can return next year and enjoy another one together.”
Barcelona B has played three official preseason friendlies so far. They won the first, lost the second, and drew the third,which was played against Lleida yesterday at pitch number 7 of the Ciutat Esportiva. Eusebio’s men definitely deserved more than a goalless draw in this friendly. Yet they did have some reasons to smile, as they saw Alen Halilović and Edgar Ié make more than welcome returns to the B team. The duo entered the fray at halftime and helped change the match alongside another player who made his return in the last few days, Adama Traoré. Read more…
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