The Front: Sport (21.8.2015)

The Front: Sport (21.8.2015)

RAFINHA WILL BE PEDRO

“He’ll be sorely missed. He’s a great player and he made the group.”

LUIS ENRIQUE WONDERS IF HE CAN BE A FORWARD

Rafinha has already played winger in the European Supercup

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The Front: Mundo Deportivo (21.8.2015)

The Front: Mundo Deportivo (21.8.2015)

ENTER RAFINHA

Luis Enrique counts on him to complete the Trident in San Mamés this Sunday

He was already a starter in the European Supercup ahead of Munir and Sandro

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Versatile Pedro a perfect fit for Chelsea: a totalBarça-The Secret Footballer team up

Pedro Rodríguez celebrates after the scoring the winenr in Barça's 5-4 triumph over Sevilla in the UEFA Super Cup

totalBarça recently teamed up with The Secret Footballer, The Guardian’s man inside the game seeking to lift the lid on football one story at a time. Our very own Sameer Riyaz had a chance to sit down with an editor for The Secret Footballer and answer a few questions on the latest blaugrana legend to depart the Camp Nou, Pedro Rodríguez. The interview is reproduced in it’s entirety below.

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Café con Leche: The Lost Boys and the Loan Watch

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Kids playing football? Madness!

A firm believer in the idea of getting the bad news out of the way first, FIFA’s long-standing feud with the blaugrana has drawn another drop of (bad) blood*, with two more of Barça’s youth players prevented from kicking a ball in anger – what else? – this season.

The unfortunate tykes in question are the Infantil A youngsters Fode Fafana and Matias Lacaza, who had only just been promoted from the Infantil B. Patrice Soussia and Ben Lederman, both of whom are also currently serving bans for which they have done no wrong, will have some company. What a tragic set of circumstances.

There is some respite: Seung Woo Lee – who becomes a legal adult in January – and Seungho Paik can be registered in the winter transfer window in the new year after having seen out their own respective bans.

Glad to have you back, boys!

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Expect a second season slump

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How can Luis Enrique better a debut season treble? He cannot. He quite literally cannot. And it doesn’t matter. Asking to better football perfection is preposterous. Trebles are historic for precisely their fleeting nature. Expecting exceptionality to repeat itself is by definition delusional. No trophy, one trophy or two trophies will be no slump. That sort of haul is the exception reverting to the rule.

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Cartoon of the day: Sport

Cartoon of the day: Sport

FOUR MATCHES FOR PIQUÉ!!!

Piqué: “For all the desire that I have, I have come away from it burned.”

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The Front: Sport (20.8.2015)

The Front: Sport (20.8.2015)

PEDRO GOES WITH MOURINHO

AN OPERATION OF 28 MILLION + 2 VARIABLES

At the express desire of the Portuguese coach, he signed with Chelsea for four seasons

CONFIDENTIAL: The dressing room, worried about the exits

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The Front: Mundo Deportivo (20.8.2015)

The Front: Mundo Deportivo (20.8.2015)

PEDRO, TO CHELSEA

The Tenerifan travelled to London yesterday, passed the medical and signed for three seasons

Mou’s team will pay 28 million plus 2 more in variables to Barça and the agreement between the clubs is final

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Café con Leche: Piqué’s reckoning

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Piqué’s insults go too far? 4 match ban seems to say so

The biggest talking point from the Spanish Supercup second leg was, of course, Gerard Piqué’s red card. The Catalan defender was sent off for insulting the linesman after he failed to call an Athletic player offside, which nearly resulted in a goal for the Basque club. The red card seemed harsh at the time, particularly as the linesman seemed to call almost every Barça attack offside, so Piqué’s frustration was understandable. However, the referee’s post-match report painted the Catalan defender in a very bad light and seemed to justify his sending off, and possibly even more.

According to the referee’s report, Piqué used the words “Me cago en tu puta madre” on the linesman, which translated directly to English reads “I s*** on your wh**e mother”. Very derogotary indeed, at least the english translation of it.

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Exclusive: The Supercopa, in pictures

Passing practice before kickoff

A view of the Supercopa second leg from Boca 435, in the third tier of the Camp Nou.

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