During the game against Rayo Vallencano, Claudio Bravo became the first goalkeeper in La Liga history to keep a clean sheet in the first 630 minutes of play of the season. While this was an incredible feat achieved by the Chilean, it’s only a matter of time before he sets his sights on bigger records. Check out what records are set on the horizon for Mr Claudio Bravo.
Javier Tebas, president of Spain’s LFP has confirmed that the league is looking into the possibility of paying tribute to FC Barcelona’s Lionel Messi once he breaks Telmo Zarra’s all-time goalscorer record in la Liga. What makes the prospect even sweeter is that the Argentinean is only a hat-trick of goals away from breaking the Athletic Bilbao legend’s record. And with the clasico approaching, Tebas isn’t ruling out the possibility of having Messi’s tribute in the Santiago Bernabéu.What?? Read on…
Much has been made of the upcoming referendum of independence in Catalonia. Many prominent figures have voiced their support for the motion of independence, including many FC Barcelona players, such as Xavi Hernández and Gerard Piqué. Of course, it is all easier said than done, and the referendum could have some serious repercussions for Barça. The primary question is, of course, which league are the Blaugranas going to play league matches in? According to the president of the Spanish league (LFP), Javier Tebas, that place is not going to be La Liga and Spain. More commentary from Mr. Tebas after the jump.
Pedro Rodríguez is not a player you instantly think would be a talker. However, when the Canary Islander wants to speak his mind, he does so in style. During the press conference of the Spanish national team, the Barça forward made his opinion very clear about his ex-Barça teammate Cesc Fàbregas and the playing time he’s getting this year. Read more…
“If you want to talk to me, no problem. Look at my worried face,” sings Dani Alves in the short video he posted on his Instagram account. Message for the press and the fans or simply a case of car karaoke?
While the legendary Argentinean seems to elude capture on the pitch with his insane dribbling skills, it’s more or less the same case in the Messi household – just ten times cuter!! Check out this video of Barça’s number 10 riding his space scooter, getting chased by his puppy, Toby, who is chased by baby Thiago.
Leo Messi is widely known for his ability to score goals. In fact, he has quite a few records to show for this ability, and another one, the all-time top goalscorer in La Liga, currently held by the legendary Telmo Zarra, is about to fall at the Argentine’s might in one or two games. However, Messi is not often credited for his immense playmaking ability. ‘The Flea’ not only able to score beautiful goals, but he’s also able to create lots and lots of goals. Thereby, we give you Leo Messi, the assist centurion. More after the jump.
The sponsorship bonanza shows no sign of stopping as FC Barcelona announced their latest partnership with Apamanshop, a Japanese real estate agency chain. Apamanshop agreed a regional sponsor contract with the club from the 1st of November 2014 until 2016. The company will be using Barça related imagery for marketing campaigns in public spaces, mass transportation venues, shops and as part of product promotion.
Gaizka Mendieta, Luis Enrique’s former FC Barcelona and Spain teammate, has admitted that he did not foresee the Asturian as a coach. “Luis has always been a big fan of football, but personally I don’t know if I’ve seen him as a coach.” Nevertheless, the Spaniard is convinced that Luis Enrique is the right man for the job. “He knows the place perfectly and his character, personality and level of coaching is needed.” Continue reading for more.
By now people in the football loop have heard of Martin Ødegaard. The 15 year old is a seems the real deal football prodigy, making appearances in 2014 in the Norweigan first division and the senior national team, becoming the youngest every footballer ever to accomplish both. He’s now being courted by Europe’s elites, including of course FC Barcelona. Norwegian paper VG reported yesterday that Ødegaard’s manager at Stromsgodet confirmed the club received an official invitation from Barça to come check out the club and the facilities it can offer him.
However the unresolved FIFA ban creates a hurdle. Unless the Court of Sport Arbitration (CAS) overturn FIFA’s ruling or somehow lessen or modify it, Barça will be unable to legally secure Ødegaard for another year or more. Therefore the strategy appears to woo his heart and ask he be patient until the FIFA issue becomes a thing of the past. But with all the other big guns out there loaded with cash to splurge, competition for his talent will be fierce.
Luis Enrique won’t have much work to do during the upcoming two weeks after the majority of his players have traveled far and away to join their national teams. Fifteen players were called up this international break, leaving the coach with Jordi Masip, Martín Montoya, Adriano Correia, Dani Alves, Douglas Pereira, Thomas Vermaelen, Xavi Hernández, and Rafinha Alcântara. Continue reading for the details.
October 7, 2014
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