Number of the day: 351

Number of the day: 351

During last Saturday’s match against Real Betis, Lionel Messi scored his 351st official goal. Messi continues his march against all the goal scoring records ever, this time closing in on the record for all time goal scorer in Spanish domestic competitions. Leo’s latest goals bring his domestic total to 240, only eleven away from record holder Telmo Zarra’s 251.

Have a look at the list of Spanish football records. By the time Messi retires, the record book will be thrown out and the name LIONEL MESSI will be carved in stone above the words ALL RECORDS EVER.

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The Front: Sport (7.4.2014)

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THIS IS YOUR CHAMPIONS, NEY

He’s made four goals and ten assists and is the only one who has scored this season at Atlético 

“I’M IN THE BEST MOMENT OF MY LIFE AND TO WIN THIS TITLE IS A DREAM”

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The Front: Mundo Deportivo (7.4.2014)

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MESSI IS THE KEY

Leo intimidates with 20 goals made against Atlético and 21 made against Real Madrid

Yesterday he relaxed with a barbecue and a full streak of 11 goals in the last seven matches

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Picture of the day: Asado con amigos

Picture of the day: Asado con amigos

It’s a beautiful sunny day, you don’t have to work; what do you do? You barbecue! Or grill or, if you’re Argentinian, asado. Lionel Messi played host to Jose Manuel Pinto, Sergio Busquets, Javier Mascherano and trainer Pepe Costa. Follow the jump for a picture of the friends after dinner.

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A look at the Liga Table

A look at the Liga Table

Close title race? Close title race!

Liga Matchday 33: Granada v FC Barcelona; Getafe v Atlético Madrid & Real Madrid v Almeria. Who has the toughest match?

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Faus: “Everything that is happening is not a coincidence”

Faus: “Everything that is happening is not a coincidence”

FC Barcelona vice president Javier Faus gave an interview on Ràdio 4 where he commented about the FIFA ban. According to him, everything that is happening with the club at the moment is not a coincidence. He said, “The last five years the club has become a victim of series of accusations. Doping, the attacks on coaches Pep Guardiola and Tito Vilanova, statements by certain people regardless of who is on the board, Messi, Neymar and so on. These accusations aren’t random.” 

Faus also mentioned how the club needs to be united, saying, “If Barça as an institution and everybody who loves us don’t stick together it will hurt us. Our proposal is to be united. They try to damage the image of our club but they will not succeed. As an institution we know said: Enough is enough. In fact, each week we tell other organisations, clubs or administrations how we work and explain how we operate.” Read more what Faus had to say after the jump.

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View Your Ratings: FC Barcelona 3-1 Real Betis

View Your Ratings: FC Barcelona 3-1 Real Betis

You’ve had your chance to rate the performance of the Blaugrana and the results are now tallied up. Take a look at how the totalBarça community ranked the squad and see how the ratings played out.

Image: EFE via sport.es

Eusebio: “All going very well”

Eusebio: “All going very well”

Eusebio Sacristán was this week’s guest on Barça TV’s show ‘ADN Barça.’ The Barcelona B coach said that the his team’s season is “very positive, the Segunda División is very well balanced, and we are doing things well… Barça B’s objective is to finish first, that is the team mentality, that we have to persevere until the very final minute in order to get the best possible result,” added the coach. Read the full translation of the interview after the jump.

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La Masia No Es Toca

La Masia No Es Toca

“LA MASIA NO ES TOCA” read the unmissable flag prior to the Real Betis match kick-off. This bold and brazen move by the club was unmistakably both a message to the fans as well as to a certain footballing institution. Thursday’s blockbuster press conference saw president Josep Maria Bartomeu follow two main narratives: The dark forces and the club’s immense displeasure with FIFA for attacking the practices of La Masia. “La Masia is not to be touched. It is a model that made us world leaders in football for the last ten years.

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Match Preview: FC Barcelona B-CD Numancia

Match Preview: FC Barcelona B-CD Numancia

Barcelona B have essentially secured their Liga Adelante spot for next year. However Eusebio’s team is still long from securing their continuation in the Spanish second level mathematically, but in theory that issue should be dead and buried, as it would a spectacular, film-like turn of events in the league for Barça B to find themselves in danger. Anyway, the reserves have proven that their place lies nowhere but in the Liga Adelante, as their results against the biggest teams in La Segunda have shown just that. Last week, they held league leaders Eibar at bay away from home, and should had they been a little more careful they could have walked away from Ipurua with the full three points in the bag.

That win didn’t come though, and Barça B still need some more points to put any doubts regarding their status for next year to bed. Next up for them is one of the toughest, if not the toughest teams in the League. Numancia is La Segunda’s third best defensive line, meaning that Barça B’s forwards would need to be at their very best (which hasn’t been the case for most of this season) if they are to get past the Numantinos.

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The Front: Mundo Deportivo (5.4.2014)

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YES

Barça, with one less outing, added three vital points and keeps the pulse of the super league

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The Front: Sport (5.4.2014)

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YES! TO THE LEAGUE

Messi is on point with two more goals in a match without brilliance

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Bonus! Picture of the day: Voting for the referendum

Bonus! Picture of the day: Voting for the referendum

One of FC Barcelona’s most well known socios, Gerard Piqué, and one of the youngest, his son Milan, turned out to vote for the referendum yesterday.

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Picture of the day: Bartra gets a chance

Picture of the day: Bartra gets a chance

Marc Bartra got a good chance to stretch his legs against Real Betis.

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Video of the day: The Brazuca!

The 2014 World Cup in Brazil is fast approaching (whether Brazil is ready or not), and the official ball is going on tour. Called the Brazuca, the ball is already well loved by footballers for its design. Adidas has built a Brazuca that contains six cameras and they are sending the ball around the world and recording its adventures. If you watch the video closely, you can see the faces of FC Barcelona players Cristian Tello, Xavi Hernández  and Dani Alves. If you want to follow the ball’s journey, go to Twitter @brazuca.

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Match Review: FC Barcelona 3-1 Real Betis

Match Review: FC Barcelona 3-1 Real Betis

It was one of those days where all that matters to the team is winning the three points. Many expected a much more comforting performance from FC Barcelona ahead of the Champions League’s return leg against Atlético Madrid, but in the end we’ll have to settle for a poor win against Real Betis who sit at the bottom of the table. The goals came from Lionel Messi (2) and an own-goal, while Ruben Castro scored for Betis. More after the jump.

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The votes are in

The votes are in

What sets FC Barcelona apart from the vast majority of football clubs are its members. The democratic process is a cornerstone of the institution, and one that should never be taken for granted or under valued. Today nearly 119,000 club members (socios) were invited to attend the Barça Space or New Camp Nou referendum, whatever one wants to call it, and use a 12 hour time span to exercise their democratic right. Democracy is far from a perfect model in whatever sphere, but it’s collectively agreed upon as the best model humanity has managed to come up with thus far. So today in all the glory of democracy, 37, 535 votes were cast, representing 31.65% of total socios. Of those, 27, 161 or 72.36% voted YES. That is an overwhelming majority. But for many, today was democracy in both shame and glory. More than 80,000 members didn’t even pitch (where they reside is not an all encompassing excuse) and 751 people decided it was worth their time to attend and simply submit a blank vote, which is really useful. Like it or not, the people have spoken and as it stands the current club administration have the legal power to begin moving forward with a 600 million euro budget.

Nevertheless, this is only the beginning. Actual construction will only begin in 2017 and the acquisition of permits occurs midway through 2016. What makes these dates so key is they are all post the 2016 presidential elections. Theoretically, if this administration is not re-elected, presumably with Josep Maria Bartomeu at the head, it will be extremely interesting to see what happens. My guess is if say Joan Laporta wins again, or someone with similar animosity towards the current suits, the entire plan could be scrapped or significantly amended. How easy that will be is another story, depending on what contracts are signed and what extent penalty clauses to breach contract would apply. Yet, those are discussions for another day. Today, April 5th 2014, the socios have spoken, and they’ve said yes.

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Bartomeu: “Someone wants to hurt Barça”

Bartomeu: “Someone wants to hurt Barça”

Suspicions of doping, problems with Lionel Messi’s taxes, investigations surrounding Neymar’s signing, irregularities in La Masia’s recruitment–FC Barcelona President Josep Maria Bartomeu is convinced that the same person or group of people are responsible for all of this. A “black hand” acting anonymously. “We noticed that externally they are trying to hurt FC Barcelona in recent times. We’re investigating. We have some evidence that leads us to think that somebody is trying to hurt Barça. We will not stop until we find the person, or people, responsible,” he said.

The president has seen “strange things” in the case of the alleged irregularities in signing youth players. He added, “The UEFA Committee decided the penalty of our club on November 28, 2013  but we only receive it four months and five days later. However on 9 December, only 11 days later, they ask us for more information on the players, which we provided them.”

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Submit Your Ratings: FC Barcelona 3-1 Real Betis

Submit Your Ratings: FC Barcelona 3-1 Real Betis

Here is your chance to rate the players of today’s match. Show us what you think of their performances by selecting and clicking on the stars after each player. You can rate the players after the jump. Let’s see how you all do!

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The Result: FC Barcelona 3-1 Real Betis

The Result: FC Barcelona 3-1 Real Betis

RESULT:

FC Barcelona: 3

Real Betis: 1

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April 5, 2014

Live Match Chat: FC Barcelona vs Real Betis

Cartoon of the Day: Sport

The Front: Sport (5.4.2014)

The Front: Mundo Deportivo (5.4.2014)

Rumour Patrol: Zubizarreta and the FIFA ban

Picture of the day: Meow

Bartomeu in contact with Blatter

Match Preview: FC Barcelona vs. Real Betis

Piqué hoping to return quickly

Real Madrid VP Lopez Jimenez denies involvement in FIFA ban

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