The Ultimate Game: Get inside Guardiola’s head

The Ultimate Game: Get inside Guardiola’s head

It’s back… 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 Josep ‘Pep’ Guardiola’s master brain:

PREDICT BARCELONA’S STARTING LINEUP
You can give your starting line-up until !!!!! 2 HOURS !!!!! before the start of the game against Xerez.

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Cartoon of the Day: Sport

The best selling books on Saint Jordi’s Day were…

- How to eliminate Inter from the final

- How to “eat Inter with potatoes” (win against them clearly)

- How to turn Mourinho and Figo’s faces into silly faces on Wednesday

And the book Pep bought was…

- How to win against Xerez

The Front: El Mundo Deportivo (24.04.2010)

PUT YOUR JERSEY ON!

Barça – Xerez (18h, GOL TV/C+Liga)

Let the blaugrana tide begin today.

Guardiola wants the fans to play a main role in the matches, so he asks for their support.

We need you more than ever because this week is when everything will be decided,” said Pep.

It’s vital for Barça to have some atmosphere in Camp Nou both in the match against Xerez and in the match against Inter.

[Non Barça Related]

Madrid is afraid of visiting Zaragoza, who must not lose three points.

The Front: Sport (24.04.2010)

“WE CAN EITHER WIN OR LOSE IT ALL DURING THIS WEEK”

Guardiola asks for all the culer‘s support.

Winning against Xerez is so important both to stay leaders in la Liga and to regain confidence to win Inter.

Barça – Xerez (18h, GOL TV/C+Liga)

Camp Nou will live two decisive matches in just 5 days and the supporters can’t fail them.

[Non Barça Related]

Kaká and Raúl come back…to the bench. Madrid risks the match against Zaragoza, who can’t fail neither.

Match Preview: Barcelona vs Xerez

Match Preview: Barcelona vs Xerez

Saturday, April 24, 18:00 CET – Camp Nou, Barcelona

What took place mid-week never happened.
It is to be forgotten, discarded and unheard of.
This match is a continuation for Barcelona, and being sidetracked by outside fixtures and thoughts would be foolish and catastrophic.
The week ahead will determine the success or failure in which Barcelona shall endure this season, however only the immediate present should be focused on and that immediate present lies within the League, against Xerez.
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Referee César Muñiz Fernández returns to the Camp Nou for crucial Xerez clash

FC Barcelona players will renew their acquaintance with Belgium-born referee César Muñiz Fernández as he takes control of Saturday’s matchup with Xerez in the Camp Nou. Fernández last visited Catalonia in March as he presided over our 3-0 home victory over Valencia. Follow this link to the more detailed profile that ran on totalBarca before that match:

César Muñiz Fernández to referee Barcelona-Valencia

Know The Opposition: A Profile of Xerez Coach Nestor Gorosito

Six months ago, who would have suspected that an encounter with newly promoted club Xerez would take on the significance that Saturday’s home match has acquired. But the fact is undeniable: FC Barcelona’s season literally hangs in the balance based on the performance in the next two games. Will Xerez, led my their mercurial Argentine manager Nestor Gorosito, throw a wrench in the works, or will Barcelona rise to the occasion, crush Gorosito’s squad, and use the victory as a springboard to recover their morale? Continue reading »

Martin Caceres’ Juventus loan could be extended

Martin Caceres’ Juventus loan could be extended

Reports coming out of Italy claim Juventus vice-president Roberto Bettega and sporting director Alessio Secco met with FC Barcelona’s technical secretary Txiki Begiristain in Milan this week to discuss the possibility of extending Martin Caceres’ loan deal for another season – an assertion denied by Juventus, who only acknowledged the visit as a courtesy call in light of Barcelona’s match with Inter in Milan.

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Marca believes Barca preparing bid for Ashley Young

Marca believes Barca preparing bid for Ashley Young

Madrid-based sports paper Marca today carries an article that states FC Barcelona is preparing a €25 m bid for Aston Villa’s 24-year-old forward Ashley Young.

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Medical: Abidal is injured again

Medical: Abidal is injured again

FC Barcelona held their final training session this morning at the Ciutat Esportiva, as they are not holding any tomorrow before their meeting with Xerez at Camp Nou.

Of note is the absence of left-back Eric Abidal, who is carrying a groin pain, just days after being cleared of his thigh’s hamstring injury. He is now a serious doubt for tomorrow’s game against Xerez. He also failed to join the team’s session yesterday.

Guardiola: “Everything hangs on this week’s results”

Guardiola: “Everything hangs on this week’s results”

In today’s pre-match press conference held at the Ciutat Esportiva, FC Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola acknowledged the significance of getting a win against La Liga rival Xerez tomorrow, but warned it won’t be easy or as straight forward as it seems. He also admitted, in a break from his usual stance, that is already thinking about the crucial upcoming home leg match against Inter Milan and Villarreal next weekend. Continue reading »

Surprise! Alves appeal rejected

Surprise! Alves appeal rejected

Royal Spanish Football Federation RFEF Appeals Committee yesterday rejected FC Barcelona’s request to have Daniel Alves’ red card rescinded. The Brazilian right-back was expelled in the 62nd minute in the match against Espanyol last weekend for two bookable offences, even though the second was a point of contention as he barely touched Callejon – a misdemeanour infraction when compared to the physical nature of the opponent’s game.

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Quote of the Day: Carles Rexach

Quote of the Day: Carles Rexach

“Barça is a lot better than Inter and showed it in the last 15 minutes of the game the other day, when they trapped Inter in their own area. If they play like that again in the Camp Nou, I believe that they will be able to make amends.”

FC Barcelona Legend Carles Rexach

Crackovia – Whistling to the Spanish Anthem (Copa del Rey final)

Cartoon of the Day: El Mundo Deportivo

Until last Tuesday, the season had been a bed of roses for Barça…

…but then, we found the thorns!

*Just as a tiny note: Today is Saint George’s Day in Catalunya…the tradition says that boys should give roses to girls and girls should give books to boys. That’s why today’s picture is related to roses.

Cartoon of the Day: Sport

Thank you

The Front: El Mundo Deportivo (23.04.2010)

FRIEND FOREVER

The assistants said goodbye to him while “Amigos para siempre” (song) was played.

Barcelona said their last goodbye to Samaranch among emotion and applause.

The Royal couple presided at the event and our olympic athletes and sportspersons took turns carrying the coffin.

Pending issues

Samuel kicked Ibrahimovic with his studs in the first play.

The Swede was after slapped by Lucio.

Alves was trampled on.

Motta hit Busquets.

Messi was tumbled.

The Front: Sport (23.04.2010)

COOOOMEBACK!

That has to be barcelonistas’ war cry against Inter

The club and the fans are mobilizing to turn Camp Nou into a pressure cooker.

Ibrahimovic: “We are better and the favourites…We will qualify!”

[Non Barça Related]

Atletico 1 – 0 Liverpool. A step closer to the final.

Offside: New referee anounced for Barca – Inter game

Offside: New referee anounced for Barca – Inter game

Rumors are abound that a new referee has been appointed to officiate the return leg of the FC Barcelona Inter Milan Champions League tie. After a dismal display by Tuesday night’s referee, Olegario Benquerenca, it seems UEFA are feeling the urge to level out the playing field by appointing a referee who may (just may) be favorable to the Catalan team. The newly appointed referee is none other than Oleguer-io Blaugrana!

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‘Azulgrana’ supporters heat up Barça-Inter match via email

‘Azulgrana’ supporters heat up Barça-Inter match via email

The FC Barcelona fan base has begun mobilizing their forces so that Camp Nou becomes a Hell for Inter Milan when they visit in the return leg of the Champions League Semifinals.

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April 22, 2010

Valdes: “We hope and believe in the comeback”

Bojan Krkic, an Exemplary Son

Olegario Benquerenca in trouble?

Quote of the Day: Joan Laporta

Cartoon of the Day: Sport

La Masia – A footballing factory par excellence

Milan Aftermath: Did Pep Get His Tactics Wrong?

The Front: El Mundo Deportivo (22.04.2010)

The Front: Sport (22.04.2010)

Cruyff: “A comeback is possible”

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