Live Match Chat: FC Barcelona – Sporting Gijon

Live Match Chat: FC Barcelona – Sporting Gijon

FC Barcelona – Sporting Gijon
(Wednesday September 22, 2010 @ 20:00 Barcelona time – Convert to local time)

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The Debate: Guardiola’s plans without Messi

The Debate: Guardiola’s plans without Messi

As our readers know from playing ‘The Ultimate Game’, it can be quite a challenge to determine the actions of Barcelona coach Josep Guardiola. But now that Pep is faced with the task of at least two matches without the reigning World Player of the Year, Lionel Messi, how will he respond? We’ve compiled the thoughts of a trio of our writers, each posed with the following question: How do you think Guardiola will respond to Messi’s absence in the next few games? Who will he play, how will he vary his tactics/approach and why? Feel free to share your own thoughts in the comments section as well.

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Barça to face Ceuta in the Copa del Rey

Barça to face Ceuta in the Copa del Rey

In the Round of 32 of the Copa del Rey, Barça will face Second Division B side AD Ceuta, playing the first leg away on October 27th and the second leg at home at Camp Nou on November 10th, according to the club’s official site.

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Cartoon of the Day: El Mundo Deportivo

Madrid press, delighted

Ujfalusi’s tackle has been the perfect excuse to not talk about how good Barça played

Cartoon of the Day: Sport

Iniesta will be father!!!

Florentino: I wonder how much does Iniesta’s son’s fetus buyout clause cost…

Match Preview: FC Barcelona vs Sporting Gijon

Match Preview: FC Barcelona vs Sporting Gijon

Today’s match will be an important match for Villa as he will be playing against his childhood club, meanwhile for the rest of the team it’ll be a time to prove their mettle when the going gets tough. The list of occasions that doesn’t seem to go with Barcelona plans gets longer after each match. Messi is injured from a horrendous tackle from Ujfalusi last Saturday, meanwhile Iniesta is on the verge of experiencing fatherhood and that might take off his concentration from the match a little. Bojan and Villa, on the other hand, also experienced a little rough patch in their goal scoring form. It is time for Guardiola to motivate the team and find the perfect balance for what will hopefully be an exciting match for FC Barcelona.
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totalBarça Retro – Barcelona consider move for Sissoko

totalBarça Retro – Barcelona consider move for Sissoko

totalBarça Retro takes you back in time to reflect on what was happening at FC Barcelona and totalBarça  in the past. This daily article showcases a post from the exact same day a year back and may include news articles, opinion pieces, pictures, videos, and more.

Todays article is an archive and was published exactly one year ago on totalBarça.

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Ultimate Game – Get Inside Guardiola’s Head Game

Ultimate Game – Get Inside Guardiola’s Head Game

This is your chance to prove not only your knowledge about the game of football, but also your psychological insight by cracking the code of Barcelona coach Josep ‘Pep’ Guardiola’s master brain:

Predict Barcelona’s Starting Lineup

This is not (as in: N-O-T) a place for discussion on team tactics or personal player preferences. You just give the system and the eleven names you think will start the game against Sporting Gijon.

Join us after the jump to take part in the game.

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The Front: El Mundo Deportivo (22.09.2010)

DEDICATED TO MESSI

Barça wants to win without Leo and dedicate the victory to him.

Villa will play as a blaugrana for the first time against “his” Sporting.

Guardiola: “We’ll keep winning without him

The Front: Sport (22.09.2010)

ANOTHER KICK TO MESSI

A ridiculous ban!

A 2 matches-ban for Ujfalusi. Such a soft Committee doesn’t protect the cracks.

Dangerous playing. The Committee didn’t consider the tackle a “violent tackle”.

[Non Barça Related]

Madrid 3 – 0 Espanyol. The referee was Madrid’s best player.

Ujfalusi given 2-match ban

Ujfalusi given 2-match ban

Catalan daily Sport are reporting that Tomas Ujfalusi will have to spend two games watching from the stands following his straight red against Lionel Messi on Sunday. According to the article in Sport, the match official, Borbalán Fernandez, indicated that there was no intent to play the ball. As stipulated by Article 115 of the Disciplinary Code, Ujfalusi was eligible for a one to three game ban for his actions. In the end, the Committee chose to give Ujfalusi the middle punishment of two games.

So, what do you think? Was this punishment just? Should it have been one or three games instead?

The Villain Of The Piece

The Villain Of The Piece

Even now as the fact sets in it is still proving hard to accept – Leo Messi will miss at least 2 games, probably more when we factor in recovery time and lost fitness levels. Cut down in his prime for sure, what with the rich run of form he has recently found himself in, but let us count our blessings that the injury is not as bad as first feared. For to lose him for a full season does not bear thinking about.

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Jeffren given medical clearance

Jeffren given medical clearance

Two main stories emerged from this morning’s training session at the Ciutat Esportiva, as reported by Barça’s official site. The first was Jeffren, who will be available to play in tomorrow’s match against Sporting Gijon after being given the medical all clear upon the conclusion of the training session. The second was the presence of Barça B players Thiago and Nolito training with the first team, giving Guardiola 19 players to work with this morning.

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Chants: Madrid se quema

Chants: Madrid se quema

Some of you were asking for some real anti-madridista chants which, obviously, are a part of Barça’s chants. Here’s the first and one of the light ones.

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Cartoon of the Day: Sport

Ujfalusi: “I wanted to take the ball from him

A picture speaks thousand words

This is Messi’s ankle.

And that’s the ball.

Messi: One catches the liar before the cripple.

totalBarça Retro – Messi’s favourite victim

totalBarça Retro – Messi’s favourite victim

totalBarça Retro takes you back in time to reflect on what was happening at FC Barcelona and totalBarça  in the past. This daily article showcases a post from the exact same day a year back and may include news articles, opinion pieces, pictures, videos, and more.

Todays article is an archive and was published exactly one year ago on totalBarça.

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The Front: Sport (21.09.2010)

THIS IS A MIRACLE!

Confirmed: A sprain in the ligaments.

Incredible! Just 15 days out! The image speaks by itself: direct tackle and the ankle totally turned. Messi had luck and he didn’t live a drama but Ujfalusi must be severely penalized.

…and Leo just thinks about playing. Without crutches and after all the tests were done, he seemed happy again.



The Front: El Mundo Deportivo (21.09.2010)

LUCKILY

Confirmed: Messi will “only” miss two matches after the rough tackle.

MD Report: The danger in the aluminium cleats.

Leo breathed again when the tests showed that there wasn’t any fracture.

The Committee will penalize Ujfalusi today, who apologized.

Iniesta will be father next year.

Tactical Evolution: A New Role for Sergio Busquets

Tactical Evolution: A New Role for Sergio Busquets

The arrival of David Villa and the departure of Zlatan Ibrahimovic led many of us to speculate about how Pep Guardiola might change Barcelona tactically to accommodate his new strikeforce. And indeed, Pep has fielded a team with a new shape in recent games although the focal point of that change may surprise you: it is none other than Sergio Busquets.

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Congratulations, Andrés Iniesta

Congratulations, Andrés Iniesta

Several Spanish news sources announced today that  FC Barcelona and Spanish international midfielder Andrés Iniesta (26) and his companion are expecting a child in the spring of 2011.  The original source of the information was the blog Diari de Girona’, and according to the report, the news was confirmed by Iniesta’s maternal grandfather, Andrés Luján.   Unfortunately, it seems that the news was released publicly before the couple had wished it to be so.

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September 20, 2010

Cruyff’s Corner: Injury due to not putting game away

Messi to miss at least two matches

Ujfalusi wishes a speedy recovery for Messi

Cartoon of the Day: Sport

Cartoon of the Day: El Mundo Deportivo

totalBarça Retro – Platini likes Barcelona’s football style

The Front: Sport (20.09.2010)

The Front: El Mundo Deportivo (20.09.2010)

Busquets to represent Spain in the Under-21s

Post match player reactions

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