Official: Isaac Cuenca joins Deportivo La Coruña

Official: Isaac Cuenca joins Deportivo La Coruña

Earlier this afternoon, FC Barcelona announced that both parties agreed to mutually rescind the contract that kept Isaac Cuenca bound to the club until June 2015. Just ten minutes ago, RC Deportivo La Coruña, once again in La Liga, announced via their Twitter account the arrival of Cuenca to the Galician club.

Who knows how it might have worked out without the injuries (in my opinion, I always maintained it would have been no different), but it is better now that Cuenca moves on and finds a place to play regular football and make his name.

We at totalBarça wish Cuenca all the luck in the world and hope that he stay injury free.

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Club medical staff: “Neymar recovery going very well”

Club medical staff: “Neymar recovery going very well”

As scheduled, FC Barcelona medical personnel flew to Brazil to collaborate with the Brazilian federation’s doctors regarding Neymar Jr. The club medics are in total agreement with the injury diagnosis as well as the recovery plan. Neymar will return to Barcelona on August 5th, three weeks after pre-season training has officially started and continue his recovery in Spain.

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Argentina edges closer to World Cup dream

Argentina edges closer to World Cup dream

After Germany mauled Brazil 7-1 in the hosts’ worst defeat in history, it was up to Argentina to truly show their quality as a team against a very dangerous Dutch side to book a final date in Maracanã. But Louis Van Gaal’s men in orange were not an easy team to beat, and with uncensored images of the Germany/Brazil game still fresh in the players’ minds, both teams did their best to secure a clean sheet through heroic defending. Both teams succeeded. The scoreless draw led to penalty shootouts in which Sergio Romero came out as a hero blocking away two spot-kicks and sending La Albiceleste to their first World Cup final since 1990. More details after the jump.

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Stoichkov: “Oppositions will provoke Suárez”

Stoichkov: “Oppositions will provoke Suárez”

The transfer of Liverpool FC’s Uruguayan striker, Luis Suárez, to FC Barcelona seems closer than ever, and many fear the player’s tendency to lose control during games. In an interview with Sport, ex-Barça attacker Hristo Stoichkov warned Suárez that he will have to deal with incredible pressure from both the media and opposition as they will hope to provoke the player into doing something he’ll regret deeply in the future. “He seems a really good player to me, one of the best forwards, with the character required to play for the biggest clubs – but the bites are going to be a problem!” More from the Bulgarian after the jump.

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The Front: Mundo Deportivo (10.7.2014)

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MESSI’S FINAL

ARGENTINA-GERMANY/JULY 13/21.00h/MARACANÃ

The crack and Mascherano will play to the end against Löw’s machine

The goalkeeper, Romero, was the hero in penalties after 120 minutes of mutual respect

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Picture of the day: After the match

Picture of the day: After the match

“Anti-doping got me and I couldn’t live this moment in the dressing room. I am proud to be part of this team!! What phenomenons they are, what a game they had, what craziness!!! We’re in the final!! We’ll enjoy it… We have one more little step. A hug for all of Argentina and a special mention for Jorge “Topo” Lopez, this victory is especially for you, my friend. A big hug to your family, much strength to them.” Lionel Messi posted this message to his social media accounts after the nail-biting semi-final match against the Netherlands was decided in penalties. Jorge “Topo” Lopez is an Argentinian journalist who was killed in a traffic accident this week while covering the World Cup in Brazil.

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Official: Dos Santos joins Villarreal

Official: Dos Santos joins Villarreal

FC Barcelona and Villarreal CF have reached an agreement on the transfer of Jonathan Dos Santos. The fee along with some variables could reach two million euros and Barça has the right to be involved in future sale of the player.

Dos Santos joined the Catalan club in June 2002 with his brother, Giovani Dos Santos, who now plays for Villarreal as well. Jonathan Dos Santos played through Barça’s ranks until reaching the first team. The Mexican played under Barça’s new coach, Luis Enrique, in Barça Atlètic before being promoted to the first team in 2012.

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Dani Alves: “I will meet with Barcelona and we will decide”

Dani Alves: “I will meet with Barcelona and we will decide”

Barcelona’s Brazilian defender Dani Alves was not very helpful in giving us an insight into his future thoughts when he appeared before the press at Teresópolis, in the aftermath of Brazil’s humiliating exit from the World Cup on home soil, after a record-breaking 7-1 defeat at the hands of Germany.

The atmosphere in the pressroom at Brazil’s base was not the best, yet questions were still directed at the 31-year-old regarding his future. Dani Alves was quite enigmatic in his response. “I don’t know yet what I will be doing for next season. I will meet with Barcelona and we will decide. If they want me to continue, I will continue.”

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Mascherano: “What happened to Neymar is so very bad”

Mascherano: “What happened to Neymar is so very bad”

Javier Mascherano is not man who is afraid to speak out. In an interview with Catalan radio station RAC1, ‘El Jefecito’ spoke on everything, offering his view on Neymar’s injury, Luis Suárez, Xavi, his own future with Barcelona and Argentina’s World Cup. Read the full interview after the jump…

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40 million vs 11

It’s all in Spanish, but the message and emotions transcend language.

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Mascherano: “We haven’t made history yet”

Mascherano: “We haven’t made history yet”

Javier Mascherano knows just how much a World Cup win would mean for his country. Argentina have reached the semi-final stage of the competition for the first time in 24 years and now must face the Netherlands. We’ve been fighting for this for so long and now we’ve done it,” Mascherano told FIFA. “Of course we’re delighted, but we need to turn that into confidence and get our strength back quickly. We need to remember that we’re one match away from playing in a World Cup Final and that we haven’t made history yet.”

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The Front: Mundo Deportivo (9.7.2014)

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HUMILIATION

A sensational Germany inflicted the worst loss in history to the ‘canarinha’

The German exhibition got them to their 8th final: They were winning 0-5 at 29 minutes

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The Front: Sport (9.7.2014)

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HISTORIC HUMILIATION FOR BRAZIL

EPIC FAILURE

Desolation in the ‘canarinha,’ tears in the stands and fights in the streets

Germany, to the finals with a spectacular game in a pure Guardiola style

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Picture of the day: Well, that happened

Picture of the day: Well, that happened

So the Neymar masks didn’t work out exactly as planned.

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Messi: “My legs felt like they weighed a hundred kilos”

Messi: “My legs felt like they weighed a hundred kilos”

There are three teams left in the World Cup and with Brazil out, there is only one superstar left that everyone is focusing on. Argentina captain and Barcelona player Lionel Messi offered candid insight into how he is handling the pressure, the expectations, and the weather at the pinnacle event of his career. Read on to find out what he said.

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Juan Cámara joins Barça B

Juan Cámara joins Barça B

Barcelona’s B team has suffered the loss of many regulars this summer, but fortunately the rebuilding process is already underway. The club has announced 20-year-old Juan Cámara as the second addition to the Barcelona B ranks, after Alen Halilović. The young Spaniard arrives at the club from Villarreal’s reserves, Villarreal B. Read on to see club and player reactions, as well as a short profile of Barça B’s newest signing.

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Pedro: “Zubizarreta’s words have reassured me”

Pedro: “Zubizarreta’s words have reassured me”

Pedro Rodríguez thanked Barça’s director of football Andoni Zubizarreta for his words during the official presentation of Barça’s new signing Ivan Rakitić. The former goalkeeper declared Pedro “untransferrable” and that declaration appears to have instilled new confidence in the Canary Islands-born winger. “Those were some very nice words on his behalf,” said Pedro, who had expressed doubts regarding his future in his last two appearances before the press, with Barça and the national team. However, now he knows that Luis Enrique counts on him and only thinks about earning a starting place in the new Barça. “What’s important is my work, and when the chance arises, I will fight and compete like I have always done, and hopefully I will have a good season.”

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Agreement with Girona for Gerard Gumbau

Agreement with Girona for Gerard Gumbau

FC Barcelona and Girona CF have reached an agreement in principle for the transfer of 19-year-old midfielder Gerard Gumbau, to FC Barcelona B.

The Campllong-born player, who measures 1.88m in height, spent last season playing for Girona’s reserve team, Girona B, in the Primera División Catalana. The midfielder was born on December 18th 1994 and played 31 games in the 2013-14 season, scoring six goals.

Gumbau plays as a midfielder and usually occupies a central midfield role, where his technique, penetrating runs from behind and eye for goal stand out. He possesses a powerful shot from both medium and large distances and has been in charge of set-pieces in all of his previous teams. He played two seasons with Girona B, where he completed his footballing education.

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The Front: Mundo Deportivo (8.7.2014)

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ALFREDO DE STÉFANO PASSES AWAY AT 88 YEARS OF AGE

GOODBYE TO A LEGEND

The legendary ex-player did not recover from a heart attack and football mourns his death

Barça joins in with condolences for the genius who changed to Real Madrid

Sadness in the World Cup: Argentina, saddened for the “Blond Arrow”

Messi: “He was a legend”

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The Front: Sport (8.7.2014)

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BRAVO COMES TO BE FEATURED

“I WILL BE GOALKEEPER AND CENTRAL… I can also play with my feet, I am a playmaker when the rival presses”

BARÇA OFFERS 30 MILLION FOR CUADRADO

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July 8, 2014

Picture of the day: We are all Neymar

Barça in contact with Neymar

Welcome, Claudio Bravo!


July 7, 2014

Gabri returns as Barça B assistant

Quote of the Day: Rather a rainy night at Stoke

Rivalry aside: Alfredo Di Stéfano passes away

Claudio Bravo first day

Bravo: “Barça move is a reward for my work”

The Front: Mundo Deportivo (7.7.2014)

Picture of the day: Marathon Man

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