“The dream of being champions isn’t over”

My dream isn’t over. It was interrupted by a play but it continues. I’m certain that my team-mates will do everything possible so that my dream, which is to be a champion, comes true. My dream was also to play in a World Cup final but this time it didn’t work out. I am sure they will win this cup and be champions, and I will be with them, and all Brazilians will soon be celebrating all of that.

“It’s a very difficult moment, I have no words to translate what is going through my head and my heart, I’d just like to say I will be back as quickly as possible, when you least expect it, I’ll be back.

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Argentina books semifinal spot

Argentina books semifinal spot

La Albiceleste are having a great run in this World Cup, and after beating Belgium 1-0, their dream is starting to turn into a reality. Alejandro Sabella’s men played their best game so far in Brazil on Saturday with Gonzalo Higuaín’s eighth minute half-volley enough to secure a spot in the semifinals. While they know they still have a lot to improve on, it must be noted that for the first time since they kick-started their World Cup campaign, Argentina played more like a unit rather than just a one-man team. They might have not “wowed” the Belgians as their coach Marc Wilmots liked to put it, but they did, however, nullify their opponents’ game. More details after the jump!

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The Front: Mundo Deportivo (6.7.2014)

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MESSI EUPHORIC

Leo’s joy overflowed as the albiceleste return to the ‘semis’ after 24 years. They believed in their play, Higuain scored and Sabella said, “Messi is water in the desert.”

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The Front: Sport (6.7.2014)

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NEYMAR WON’T START THE LEAGUE

EIGHT WEEKS OUT

He should be resting for a month with an orthopedic belt

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Picture of the day: Scream of victory

Picture of the day: Scream of victory

FC Barcelona’s Javier Mascherano played every minute of yesterday’s quarterfinal match with the Argentinian national team and when the whistle blew, he dropped to his knees and screamed with joy, having seen his team through to the semifinals.

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Top 5 La Masia goals 2013/14

Starring: Munir El Haddadi (twice), Carlos Blanco (Juvenil B), Gabi Martínez (Alevín D) and Marc Pelax (Alevín C).

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Barça preseason to kick off in England

Barça preseason to kick off in England

FC Barcelona will have their preseason at St. George’s Park in England between July 28th and August 2nd, 2014. The preseason takes place in the same country as with Pep Guardiola and we hope that this season will be just like Pep’s days. St. George’s Park is the main headquarters of the football association and is located just outside Birmingham. Read on for more details on FCB’s preseason.

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Quote of the Day: Putting patriotic rivalry aside

Quote of the Day: Putting patriotic rivalry aside

Neymar, I hope you get better soon!

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Number of the Day: 91

Number of the Day: 91

Lionel Messi makes appearance 91 in the albiceleste strip tonight, equaling the total of the great El Diego Maradona. At only 27 years old, Messi has a good shot of catching Argentinian cap record holder Javier Zanetti’s incredible total of 145. Despite well documented trials and tribulations with his home nation, Messi has already netted for his country 46 times (almost exactly a goal every other game!), which is eight more than Maradona (though it’s not a fair direct comparison based on several factors).

But there’s only one statistic that truly matters when Leo is put up against Diego, which for now reads 1-0.

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Brazil in, Neymar out

Brazil in, Neymar out

It was a bittersweet victory for Brazil after their celebrations were ruined by Neymar Jr’s injury. The hosts clinched a 2-1 win against Colombia, with Thiago Silva, David Luiz, and James Rodríguez claiming the goals. And now, Brazil will face Germany in the 2014 World Cup’s semifinal, but without their star man. Neymar was stretched off in the closing minutes with a fractured vertebrae and is out for at least four weeks, and they’ll have to survive without him.

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Belletti: “At Barça, you only have to worry about playing”

Belletti: “At Barça, you only have to worry about playing”

Juliano Belletti, a former FC Barcelona defender and famously known for his winning goal against Arsenal FC in the 2006 Champions League final in Paris, was interviewed by the club and asked about the World Cup experience, his time at Barça, Lionel Messi and Neymar Jr. as well as the undergoing changes at the club. Belletti’s goal marked the start of the club’s European success, winning Barça’s second Champions League trophy at the time, and very few can forget that rainy Parisian night. Continue reading for the full interview.

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The Front: Sport (5.7.2014)

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79 MILLION FOR LUIS SUÁREZ!

ONLY THE SIGNATURE IS PENDING FOR PAYMENT

The forward signed for five years and will be on the salary level of Neymar and Iniesta, lower only than Messi.

FIFA DID NOT CLARIFY… AND NOW HE IS PROHIBITED FROM TRAINING DURING THE SANCTION

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Picture of the day: Protecting Messi

Picture of the day: Protecting Messi

These are the shin guards that Lionel Messi will be wearing for Argentina’s match today against Belgium. I am intrigued by the ‘spots’ he is using in the design and think they are possibly some sort of secret code. What do you think it says?

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Neymar out for 4-6 weeks

Neymar out for 4-6 weeks

Neymar Jr.’s World Cup run is over after incurring a broken vertebrae in his spine during Friday’s quarterfinal match against Columbia. The Brazilian striker was taken off the pitch on a stretcher after a getting knee in the back from Columbia’s Juan Zuniga during a high flying challenge. This means that Neymar will not be able to participate in the remainder of Brazil’s World Cup matches nor FC Barcelona’s pre-season which runs through August 18.

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Breaking: Reports indicate Luis Suárez deal done

Breaking: Reports indicate Luis Suárez deal done

Not long before Germany finished Germanying France, reports from both sides of the divide (England and Spain) are claiming a deal has been made with Liverpool FC for the transfer of one Luis Suárez. Spanish football insiders Guillem Balague and Graham Hunter are amongst those reporting, with the latter stating that the amount is 79.2 million euros (which agrees quite closely to other sources) and he would sign a five year deal. Indications are that the only area of disagreement remaining is the structure of paying the fee. There is a general consensus that the deal should be made official before the weekend is up.

Well Josep Maria Bartomeu said there would be “profound” changes. He wasn’t lying.

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Quote of the Day: Pay up

Quote of the Day: Pay up

Mathieu is only leaving if Barcelona pay his clause.”

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Rakitić: “A new era at Barça is just beginning”

Rakitić: “A new era at Barça is just beginning”

In an interview with Barça TV and www.fcbarcelona.cat, Ivan Rakitić, who recently joined the Catalan club from Sevilla FC, stated how excited and motivated he is to be part of a great club like FC Barcelona. The player signed a five-year contract and will wear the number 4 shirt following in the footsteps of Pep Guardiola, Patrick Andersson, Rafa Márquez and Cesc Fàbregas. Rakitić expressed his admiration of the current Barça players, hoping that he will be able to both learn and influence them: “I’m really motivated. There are a lot of good players around me, and as well as learning from them, I also hope to help make them even better. I hope to do the best I can to help them with their objectives. In such a great team you have to go for it from the start.” Continue reading for more from the Croatian.

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Messi: “We are chasing our dream”

Messi: “We are chasing our dream”

Lionel Messi reflected on the intense second round match-up with Switzerland. He admitted to a case of nerves near the end of the game. “Like everybody I was very nervous because we couldn’t score. We knew if we made a single mistake we would have been going home. We didn’t want it to go to penalties because we were tired… we suffered and suffered, all of us. We started to think it wasn’t going to happen. But at the end we had luck on our side and now we have to take advantage and move on.” Read on for more from Messi.

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The Front: Mundo Deportivo (4.7.2014)

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VALDÉS, DISCARDED

Monaco discards him after his physical examination

He does not have a team and his representative announces a legal battle

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The Front: Sport (4.7.2014)

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VALDÉS, WITHOUT A TEAM!

Monaco discards his signing because he did not pass the physical

Barça has offered their facilities to continue his recuperation

The player is touched and is rethinking his future

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July 4, 2014

Picture of the day: Everyone hates exercise bikes


July 3, 2014

AS Monaco will not sign Valdés

Bartomeu: “We still need defenders and a forward”

Official: Sergi Gómez to Celta

Official: Jordi Masip 2017

The Front: Sport (3.7.2014)

The Front: Mundo Deportivo (3.7.2014)

Picture of the day: The Rakitić family


July 2, 2014

Adriano: “I’m only thinking about Barça”

Video of the Day: Gerard Piqué Season Review 2013-14

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