Cartoon of the Day: Sport

Reina proved again that he’s a wonderful showman but…the real “king of the celebrations” is still Messi during the treble celebration.

Reina: We don’t get along? the hell with it!

Messi: We’ll keep on winning, we’ll win it all! We’ll celebrate it all again!

The Front: El Mundo Deportivo (14.07.2010)

PEP SIGNS

Barça and his agent closed their first agreement yesterday after a long negotiation: a contract which lasts until 2011.


Guardiola will sign today and will be taken the photo with Rosell for the first time.

Hero Iniesta.

Cesc: Arsenal has to sell.

The Front: Sport (14.07.2010)

(HE) SIGNS FOR A YEAR

He extends today his contract with Barça.

The club announced officially the agreement with the coach, which will sign the extension this very noon with Rosell.

Guardiola, faithful to his ideas, wanted a short contract instead of compromising for more seasons.

Arsenal, obliged to sell. The London club and its fans can’t bear the pressure put on them both by Barça and the player itself.

That’s how the party ended. Iniesta, his girlfriend and the Cup were the stars of the party.

The “rookies” celebrated in Txistu, a famous mason placed in Madrid.

South Africa wants now the Olympic Games. Hard blow for Madrid, whose options become lower.

Quote of the day: Paul Hayward, The Guardian

Quote of the day: Paul Hayward, The Guardian

Creativity, in this context, does not mean trickery, though there is some of that. It means orchestral passing. Spain exclude the opposition from the game. They have mastered the art of circulation and space manipulation. At Barcelona’s urging the nation’s team turned their backs on power and automation in favour of agility and self-expression.”

Paul Hayward writes in the UK newspaper The Guardian about Spain’s tactics and its endurance.

Guardiola to sign contract extension today

Guardiola to sign contract extension today

FC Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola will sign an extension to his contract at the Camp Nou on Wednesday, the club have announced.

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OFFSIDE: Iniesta invites Kasabian for a ‘mad’ night out

OFFSIDE: Iniesta invites Kasabian for a ‘mad’ night out

According to British-based tabloid The Sun, FC Barcelona and Spanish International Andrés Iniesta (26) wants to invite British Indie rock band Kasabian for a ‘mad night out in Barcelona’ with the team. Which leads to the question… what, exactly, would a ‘wild night out’ in Barcelona for quiet Iniesta be?

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Fabregas Senior: “Cesc is grateful to Arsenal”

Fabregas Senior: “Cesc is grateful to Arsenal”

Arsenal FC midfielder and Spanish international Cesc Fabregas’ father insists nothing should be read into his son donning a Barcelona shirt amid Spain’s World Cup celebrations.

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Del Bosque wants Puyol to continue with Spain

Del Bosque wants Puyol to continue with Spain

According to a report in Catalan sports paper Sport, after going all the way through the difficult World Cup journey and eventually emerging as winners of the Cup, Spanish National Team coach Vicente Del Bosque is hoping to convince Barça Captain and centre-back Carles Puyol (32) to continue with La Roja.

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Youth: 7 Blaugrana youngsters in Spain squad for European U-19 Championship

Youth: 7 Blaugrana youngsters in Spain squad for European U-19 Championship

Madrid sports tabloid Marca reports that Spain U-19 coach Luis Milla has today released his final list consisting of 18 players for the European U-19 Championship’s, that will be held in France from Sunday.

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Barça without 8 Players for Supercopa Final

Barça without 8 Players for Supercopa Final

The eight Barca players who participated with the Spanish National Team at the World Cup are set to miss the first leg of the Spanish Supercopa. The match, against Copa del Rey winners Sevilla F.C., will take place on the 14 or 15th of August, with the World Cup champions missing out due to being on vacation until August 9 and then going to Mexico for an international friendly.

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Cartoon of the Day: Sport

That’s how the Spain map looks like right now.

Country: Spain

Capital: Fuentealbilla

King: His Majesty the King Iniesta

Royal Family: All Iniesta’s family.

President: Vicente del Bosque

Ministers:

- Defence: Iker, Puyi, Piqué, Ramos, Capdevila, Albiol, Marchena and Arbeola.

- (of the) Interior: Xavi, Busquets, Cesc, Alonso, J.Martínez, Silva, Mata and Navas.

- Education: Valdés and Reina.

- Work: Pedro, Torres and Llorente.

- Housing: Villa

- Sports: Sara Carbonero

- Science: Paul the Octopus.

Pep’s message to ‘la Roja’ before the final

Pep’s message to ‘la Roja’ before the final

On July 10, 2010, one day before Spain would defeat the Netherlands in a less-than-beautiful game through a last-minute goal scored by Andres Iniesta, FC Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola (39) sent the Spanish National Team a message via a huge building-turned-sign sponsored by Nike.

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The Front: El Mundo Deportivo (13.07.2010)

THEY “SIGN” CESC

Mass welcoming to the champions.

Piqué and Puyol dressed Cesc with the Barça jersey.

Reina unleashes the madness being the life and soul of the party.

Iniesta becomes a legend.

Wenger – Rosell contact.

Pep, about to sign.

The culés champions arrive today (to Barcelona).

The Front: Sport (13.07.2010)

ALL SPAIN IS MAD FOR LA ROJA

The players, welcomed as heroes.

Piqué and Puyol dress Cesc in blaugrana.

Iniesta was the other protagonist of the final party.

Finally, Fabregas on the Horizon?

Finally, Fabregas on the Horizon?

The World Cup has ended, and the proud new owners of the Jules Rimet trophy have returned to Madrid to raucous celebration. To the Barça faithful, this means only one thing: the renewal of the (seemingly) never ending Fabregas transfer saga. As Liverpool FC and Spain goalie Pepe Reina began to introduce him to the adoring Spanish crowds in Madrid this evening, Cesc Fabregas was surprised from behind by fellow Catalans Carles Puyol and Gerard Piqué who proceeded to cover him with a Barça jersey. A visibly amused Fabregas appeared from underneath, and Pepe Reina uttered what could turn out to be the phrase of the summer transfer window in Spain: “the future of Barça, the future of Spain, Cesc!”

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Guardiola: There is no place at Barcelona for Robinho

According to speculation published today in Catalan daily Sport, Pep Guardiola has decided against the signing of Brazilian star Robinho.

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Cruyff’s Corner: “Iniesta is a special person”

Cruyff’s Corner: “Iniesta is a special person”

Johan Cruyff wrote an article for El Periodico which outlined his thoughts on yesterday’s final in South Africa. The original can be found here.

It was a very close game but of a very questionable quality. Holland didn’t want to play, at least not true to their typical style. Spain tried to remain faithful to their style but were lost a good bit of the match. In the end Spain decided to win the game by playing more individually than as a team. And they were able to due to a miracle goal from the player from Fuentealbilla that was raised in La Masia, the youth system of Barca, which is one of the best schools in the world.

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Video of the day: Beer buddies Puyol and Fabregas

Caution! This video isn’t suitable for those high on etiquette. Spanish teammates and fellow Catalans Carles Puyol and Cesc Fabregas returned to the stadium after the match, each with a beer in hand to pose for pictures with fans. Fabregas is comfortably conspicuous to have his hands placed near his nether region throughout the video. What’s mixed in the brew, Cesc?

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Jimmy Jump, a familiar face to the Culé faithful

Jimmy Jump, a familiar face to the Culé faithful

Jimmy Jump, faithful Culé made famous by his security-evading exploits at several major sports tournaments, was in action again at yesterday’s FIFA World Cup.  According to Madrid sports tabloid Marca, Jimmy Jump (real name Jaume Marquet i Cot, from Sabadell, Catalunya) was apprehended by stadium security staff after sprinting across barriers to place a Catalan barretina atop the Jules Rimet trophy.

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totalBarca excel at McDonalds Fifa World Cup fantasy

Hello everyone,

We’re pleased to inform that totalBarca readers and fans excelled at McDonalds FIFA World Cup Fantasy League. With a whooping participation of 534 players we finished at 10th spot in the best league standings.

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July 12, 2010

Quote of the Day: Richard Williams, Guardian UK

Official: Keirrison moves to Santos on loan

Ronaldinho is the key for Zlatan’s switch to AC Milan

Video of The Day: Tribute To The World Cup Champions

Cartoon of the Day: Sport

The Front: Sport (12.07.2010)

The Front: El Mundo Deportivo (12.07.2010)

Iniesta dedicates goal to Dani Jarque

Henry to complete NY Red Bulls move on Thursday

WC ‘Blaugrana’ Report of the World Cup 2010 Final: Spain vs. Netherlands

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