“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.
Gerard Piqué took the time to dismiss recent rumors that suggested the departure of the 27-year-old, assuring everyone that he’s extremely happy. “I’m at the best club in the world. I’ve always dreamed of playing here and have no intention of losing. I’ve just renewed my contract and want to finish my career at Barcelona, although you never know.” The defender believes that FC Barcelona is indeed more than a club, and that is why he loves it. “I love the club for its history, style of play, and identification with Catalonia.” Continue reading for more.
FC Barcelona’s 2-0 victory over the weekend against Rayo took the club’s La Liga victory tally to 1,500. The first ever ictory came back in February 1928, the year La Liga was born, against Racing Santander,with two goals from Parera giving Barça coincidentally a 2-0 win.
Much and more has happened in the 86 years, during which the club has managed to secure 22 league trophies.
Which is your favorite victory of 1,500 to date?
Each year, the Catalan town of L’Escala presents an award to a leading figure in Catalan culture. This year, the “L’Anxova D’Or” (The Golden Anchovy) was posthumously presented to former FC Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova. Jordi Roura, assistant coach under Tito and a long-time friend, read the proclamation and gave a short but very emotional speech. Roura was accompanied by Tito’s daughter, Carlotta, as well as other representatives from the FCB organization. Tito Etern.
Barcelona B failed to return to winning ways Saturday as they ended up losing a match they dominated against Lugo. Eusebio’s team by no means played a spectacular match, but were still dominant and had the best chances, as well as two goals annulled for offside. The visitors defended well and took advantage of one of their few chances to run away with all three points. The Blaugranas are now three matches without a win, but are still comfortable in mid-table. Read more…
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