Abidal summoned by the French Football Federation

Abidal summoned by the French Football Federation

France’s national team was more remembered for its antics on the training ground and in the locker room than on the field at the recently-concluded FIFA World Cup. Embarrassed by the catastrophe and the disgrace it caused to the nation, the French Football Federation has identified five players – Eric Abidal, Frank Ribery, Patrice Evra, Jeremy Toulalan and Nicolas Anelka, who was sent home during the tournament for abusing manager Raymond Domenech – as the musketeers behind the rebellion. The quintet will report to Paris for a disciplinary hearing on August 17 to explain their version of the events. The announcement means that Abidal will have to travel three days before the second leg of the Spanish Super Cup.

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Cartoon of the Day: Sport

After the soap opera* of Cesc arrives that of Ozil

Pep: “And the one of Mascherano could even return.”

*Culebrón = soap opera.  Culebra = snake, so it is a play on those two words.

Cartoon of the Day: El Mundo Deportivo

A month ago, all of us culés were with La Roja

Today, instead, we are rojo with anger

The Front: Sport (11.08.2010)

VILLA DREAMS IN BLAUGRANA

The great signing of 2010-2011

Exclusive Interview

“I’m dying to start scoring goals in Camp Nou”

“My big goal is to win the league and above all the Champions League”

Ozil waits for Guardiola

Mascherano offers himself to Barça

Mexico – Spain (22:00 K, TVE-1)

The pin of controversy [Del Bosque]


The Front: El Mundo Deportivo (11.08.2010)

THEY VOTE FOR OZIL

MD survey: 85% of the fans want to see the German international as a blaugrana

Guardiola has not given a response, but if he gives the OK, Barça would close it in 24 hours

Craziness and Red alert

More than 100,000 fans met the champions at the airport

Barça, concerned about its players who will play a game in extreme conditions

Werder Bremen denies Barca offer for Özil

Werder Bremen denies Barca offer for Özil

According to his current club Werder Bremen, Mesut Özil (21) is not on the verge of pulling the blaugrana shirt over his shoulders and taking the pitch in a possible star-studded midfield with Xavi and Andres Iniesta.

There have been multiple reports in the Spanish media that an agreement had been reached with his German club, and that Guardiola’s approval was all that was left for the deal to go through. But according to the Associated Press, Werder Bremen media director Tino Polster has begged to differ, saying “there are no talks and there is no offer from Barcelona.”

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Agent: “Mascherano would love to join Barcelona this summer”

Agent: “Mascherano would love to join Barcelona this summer”

The Spanish agent of Liverpool midfielder and Argentina captain Javier Mascherano has revealed in an interview with Catalan Radio station COMRadio, that the holding midfielder is longing for a move to the Catalan giants before the end of the transfer window. Heavily linked with the FC Barcelona during the previous summer transfer window, the hard tackling midfield player nicknamed El Jefecito (the little chief), has not renewed his contract at Anfield, and is looking to the continent for new opportunities.

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Barca History: Paulino Alcántara

Barca History: Paulino Alcántara

His nickname was ‘El Romperedes’, which can be translated as “The Netbreaker.” Paulino Alcántara is the all-time leading scorer of FC Barcelona, but he is perhaps best known for a legendary moment he created with his right foot while playing for the Spanish national team.    Continue reading »

Youth: Àlex Sánchez transfers to Zaragoza

Youth: Àlex Sánchez transfers to Zaragoza

Statements on both Barça and Zaragoza’s official websites have confirmed that FC Barcelona and Real Zaragoza have reached an agreement for the transfer of Youth goalkeeper Àlex Sánchez (19).

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Iniesta returns to training after holiday

Iniesta returns to training after holiday

Andres Iniesta was the first of the eight Barcelona players, who were part of Spain’s World Cup-winning squad, to return to the club. While the remaining seven were called for the friendly against Mexico, Iniesta was spared the trip to the Azteca stadium.

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Cartoon of the Day: Sport

Like this is how Barça is left after suffering the “FIFA Virus” attack.

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The Front: Sport (10.08.2010)

AGREEMENT FOR OZIL

The only thing missing is Pep’s approval

12 million euros — the signing of the Werder Bremen player could be closed in 10 days

Confidential: Rosell offers Robinho, but Pep doesn’t want him

National team in the polemic game: the blaugrana players will only play 15 minutes

Del Bosque ‘promises’ not to force them physically in Mexico

“We wait for you next season” — his national team teammates cheer up Cesc after not signing for Barça

The hero of the World Cup final is already trainng — Iniesta passed the medical exams with Barça and will not play in the Super Cup

The Front: El Mundo Deportivo (10.08.2010)

PEP DECIDES

OZIL, tied – there is an agreement with the player for 4 years and with Werder for 12 million.  They only lack Pep’s okay.

Mascherano, within range — his agent says that “he woud love to sign for Barça” and he costs half of what Cesc costs

More Barça:  Andres Iniesta is back to work after his vacation

Mexico – Spain: the Barcelona players prefer to say nothing

One Year Without Dani Jarque

One Year Without Dani Jarque

Last year a tragedy struck the footballing world, RCD Espanyol’s captain Daniel Jarque passed away from a heart attack during his team’s preseason games in Italy. Today is the first anniversary of his death and this article is a homage to him and a chance to express our condolences to the player’s family, all the Espanyol team and board, and the fans.

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Offside: Belgian couple name their baby boy Barça

Offside: Belgian couple name their baby boy Barça

Catalan based newspaper Sport reported that a Belgian couple, Wesley Beeckman and Anneke Maes, decided to name their newly born child Barça! The parents, who both are dedicated Barcelona fans, explained to the FC Barcelona official website that the idea, of naming their child Barça, came to them one night while they were watching Barcelona players playing, so they decided to name their baby boy by the name of the club they loved: Barcelona.

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Ex-Barca: Deco to Fluminese

Ex-Barca: Deco to Fluminese

Fluminense, current leader of the Brazilian championship, announced on Saturday the hiring of Chelsea midfielder Deco (32), the Portuguese international midfielder who played for FC Barcelona from 2004-08.

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Cartoon of the Day: Sport

Villar:  Just so the  culés are clear about it.  If we have prejudiced the club with the contest in Mexico, it’s not because we are anti-Barcelona….. we simply are doing it to cover our costs.

Cartoon of the Day: El Mundo Deportivo

Guardiola: Our squad is very short

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The Front: Sport (09.08.2010)

OZIL: I WANT TO PLAY AT BARÇA

The German international has been a culé since he was young and is an admirer of Messi

He prefers Barça to Madrid and his signing would cost 15 million

Guardiola: “We will have a great squad”

Gouan 0 – 3 Barça – Ibra scores and the cantera makes the grade

And now to prepare for the Super Cup

The Front: El Mundo Deportivo (09.08.2010)

IN-HOUSE CRACKS

Pep will bet more on the cantera, with more chances for Thiago, Fontias, and Dos Santos

Guardiola: “Calm. We will have a very good squad.”


August 8, 2010

Statistics Preseason

Chants: El Cant del Barça

Barca U-15 win Nike Premier Cup

Guardiola prepares for Super Cup with nine players

Offside: Cesc’s Last Stand – The Musical

The Result: Guoan 0-3 FC Barcelona

Cartoon of the Day: Sport

Cartoon of the Day: El Mundo Deportivo

Live Match Chat: Beijing Guoan – FC Barcelona

The Front: Sport (08.08.2010)

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