Exclusive: Barça at Levi’s Stadium

  • Luis Suárez was the only member of the MSN trident available for the match.

    Luis Suárez was the only member of the MSN trident available for the match.

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  • Ter Stegen played in goal during the first half (and took far too many walk-abouts for my liking) and Jordi Masip played the second.

    Ter Stegen played in goal during the first half (and took far too many walk-abouts for my liking) and Jordi Masip played the second.

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  • I will admit to screaming like a 10-year-old girl at a One Direction concert when the boys came out for practice.

    I will admit to screaming like a 10-year-old girl at a One Direction concert when the boys came out for practice.

    4/7
  • First half action

    First half action

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  • Captains Andrés Iniesta and Sergio Busquets were their amazing selves. Legends.

    Captains Andrés Iniesta and Sergio Busquets were their amazing selves. Legends.

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  • Arda Turan got in a short kick about even though he could not play.

    Arda Turan got in a short kick about even though he could not play.

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I attended my first FC Barcelona match yesterday, live and in person. I do not live in Europe, I live in California so I had to wait until the boys came to me. Barça played (and, unfortunately, lost to) Manchester United on a sunny afternoon in the brand new, state-of-the-art Levi’s Stadium, home of American football’s San Francisco 49ers. We American fútbol fans have to watch our matches on television at odd hours or through terrible internet streams, so watching live was a real treat; it made the players human. Highlight of the match for me: seeing Andrés Iniesta complete a back-heel half-touch pass, so fleeting that if you had blinked you would have missed it but so beautiful that those who did see, gasped with delight.

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Café con leche: Adama-pocalypse Now

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Is ‘The Arrow’ pointing towards Bayern?

Pep Guardiola’s relationship with Barça: ball boy, player, captain, coach, and now nemesis? Yesterday, rumors emerged that the blaugrana icon has his eyes firmly set on another of La Masia’s perlas, ‘La Flecha’ (‘The Arrow’), Adama Traoré.

The source of culés’ latest daily dose of distress, a RAC1 report, claims that Guardiola has already spoken to the winger, promising him minutes that are unlikely to be found at the Camp Nou given Barça’s star-studded ‘MSN’ trio, and the presence of Munir El Haddadi and Sandro Ramírez – whether or not both, or indeed one, of the starlets are officially promoted ahead of the 2015-2016 season, Adama is way behind in the pecking order.

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Match Center: FC Barcelona vs Manchester United

totalBarça’s Match Center has all you need for tonight’s league game against Manchester United. The match kicks off at 22:00 Barcelona time – find your local time here. If you’re looking for a high quality stream, check out our new partnership with fubo.tv.

Check out the lineups, match events, streams and live chat, after the jump. As soon as the game is finished, you will be able to submit your ratings for the players as well. Welcome to the totalBarça Match Center – from pre-game to post, we’ve got everything you need for Barcelona-Manchester United.

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The Front: Mundo Deportivo (25.7.2015)

The Front: Mundo Deportivo (25.7.2015)

CHAMPIONS’ TEST

Luis Enrique seeks to elevate the good rhythm, while Van Gaal says, “I’d be happy if we win.”

United have Pedro in their agenda. Rooney: “Barcelona is the best team of the past few years.”

ONE DAY WITH BARTOMEU IN THE USA

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The Front: Sport (25.7.2015)

The Front: Sport (25.7.2015)

ABDENNOUR FOR ADRIANO

Barcelona negotiates with the central defender of Monaco

If the Brazilian leaves, Mathieu will shift to the left wing, which would necessitate the incorporation of another marker 

BIG GAME LADEN WITH DANGER (BARCELONA – MANCHESTER UNITED)

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Cartoon of the Day: Sport

Cartoon of the Day: Sport

I am aware that some bloody journalist will ask me this question

…but I am prepared to lie again.

“Does Cristiano deserve the Ballon D’or this year?”

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Café Con Leche: Exit Route

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Sale a vie

Despite signing a contract extension just a few weeks ago it would appear that Pedro’s future is even more unclear than before. Barcelona’s new President Josep Maria Bartomeu recently said that the club has yet to receive a formal offer for him, whereas Luis Enrique stated that unless any suitor is prepared to trigger his release clause, the winger will stay put.

Now it seems that Manchester United have taken the first steps in securing his signature. While it should be pretty straight forward i.e. meet the €30 million buyout clause, but negotiations always point to a much more convoluted process.

On the other hand, Pedro’s teammate, Marc Bartra, vows to stay put for the time being. Even after the expiry of his lowered release clause, the La Masia product is happy in Barcelona.

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The Front: Sport (24.7.2015)

The Front: Sport (24.7.2015)

Barcelona trusts that Pedro will continue

LLORENTE IN THE CHANGING ROOM

The Juventus player is liked a lot for his play with respect to his price

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The Front: Mundo Deportivo (24.7.2015)

The Front: Mundo Deportivo (24.7.2015)

GIANTS

The cracks of Barcelona played basketball with Barnes, one of the stars of the Golden State Warriors

Bartomeu, in San Francisco: “The team is eager to win everything. He who wants a player will have to pay the release clause.”

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Cartoon of the Day: Sport

Cartoon of the Day: Sport

BEFORE – 

Rafa: “Cristiano is one of the best in the world.”

AFTER CR7’S FIT OF RAGE- 

Rafa (with pants off): “Cristiano is the best in the world.”

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