Rakitić: “Suárez promised it won’t happen again”

Rakitić: “Suárez promised it won’t happen again”

FC Barcelona midfielder and Croatian international, Ivan Rakitić, spoke to local newspapers as reported by Catalan daily SPORT during his concentration with the Croatian national team as part of the international break. Several themes were mentioned, namely how happy he happens to be at Barcelona and his teammate Luis Suárez. Read more after the jump.

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Juvenil A: Kick off With a Draw

Juvenil A: Kick off With a Draw

On Sunday, current UEFA Youth League and Honour Division Liga champions, FC Barcelona’s Juvenil A side kicked off their campaign with a match against Atlétic Balears. The match is the first of this year’s Liga competition, and it certainly wasn’t an easy one ending with a draw without any goals being scored. Details after the jump.

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Portugal U-21, without Ié, beat Norway

Portugal U-21, without Ié, beat Norway

Portugal’s U-21 national team maintained their perfect record in Group 8 of the qualifiers with a 1-2 away win against Norway. The Portuguese took a 2-0 lead, but the Norwegians managed to pull one back within minutes of the visitors’ second and pushed hard for the equaliser, but couldn’t find one, despite of the best efforts of the impressive 15-year-old Martin Ødegaard, who has been touted as a potential Barça target.

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La Liga close-up: Real Madrid

La Liga close-up: Real Madrid

Spain’s incredible trio seems to be in line for another nail biting three-horse race. Atlético Madrid, FC Barcelona, and Real Madrid have stayed busy during the summer transfer window as they prepare themselves for another challenge, but did they strengthen or weaken their squads? Are their current players capable of enduring another trinity war? This article will focus on last year’s Champions League winners and the side that finally succeeded and ended the search for ‘La Decima.’ Barça’s fiercest rivals may face a tougher campaign than expected.

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The Front: Mundo Deportivo (8.9.2014)

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400

The crack, 27 years old, has made 398 goals between Barça (356) and Argentina (42)

Saturday against Athletic he can arrive at a figure only available to a genius

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The Front: Sport (8.9.2014)

the front sport sept 8 2014

THE FANS BET ON TWO TITLES

LUIS ENRIQUE: Convinced that he can mark an era as did Guardiola

NEW ADDITIONS: Luis Suárez and Rakitić, the fans preferred signings

THE RIVALS: Bayern Munich in the Champions and Madrid in the league, the most dangerous

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Picture of the day: Piqué judges dunk contest

Picture of the day: Piqué judges dunk contest

Gerard Piqué is crazy about all sports, not just football. FC Barcelona’s defender got to judge some basketball greats in a dunk contest yesterday in Barcelona. Charles Barkley, former NBA star and member of the American Dream Team that competed in the 1992 Barcelona Summer Olympics, was also on the judges panel.

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Sandro: “I always have to give my all”

Sandro: “I always have to give my all”

Barcelona B forward Sandro Ramírez is very happy boy right now. The Canary-Islander made his first team debut on Sunday, scored his first goal and then got a surprise call-up to the Spain U-21 national team, as a replacement for Munir El Haddadi, who got called up to the senior team. Speaking to the official media outlet of the Spanish Football Federation, Sandro couldn’t hide his joy at the call-up.

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Bravo’s Chile draw against Mexico

Bravo’s Chile draw against Mexico

The Chilean national team, with Claudio Bravo playing the full 90 minutes between the sticks, played out to a goalless draw against Mexico at Levi’s Stadium in San Francisco. The friendly match was part of the two countries’ preparations ahead of the 2015 Copa América which will be held in Chile next June. Read more…

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Rafinha with Brazil U-21

Rafinha with Brazil U-21

Rafinha Alcântara, played with the Brazilian U-21 team against Palestine in Qatar which ended (3-0) in favor of Brazil. Rafinha played for 70 minutes before being subbed off.

The Brazilian team was having difficulties in breaking the deadlock of the Palestinians, however, in the second half, Ademilson scored Brazil’s first. Shortly after, Rafinha provided Dória with an assist. And finally, Vinicius Araujo scored the third and last goal.

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Neymar’s killer strike

Neymar’s killer strike

Neymar Jr. was the captain of Brazil during the match against Columbia which ended (1-0) for Brazil, thanks to a winning free-kick from the FC Barcelona forward. Neymar had accepted the apology of Juan Camilo Zúñiga (whom ended Neymar’s world cup dream when he vigorously hit Neymar in the back which resulted in a broken vertebrae.)

Brazil’s new coach, Dunga, started his journey with a win thanks to a free-kick from Neymar in the latter minutes of the game. The match was held at the Miami Dolphins Sun Life Stadium in front of 75,000 fans.

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Luis Suárez to play Uruguayan friendlies

Luis Suárez to play Uruguayan friendlies

Luis Suárez, under sanction from FIFA for his third biting incident, could be called up by the Uruguayan National Team to play two friendlies for his country. This crucial game time will help FC Barcelona’s new forward prepare for his club debut in October’s clasico against eternal rival Real Madrid. It will also help Uruguay make money, as they receive more when the team features star players such as Suárez. More after the jump.

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Ronaldinho signs in Mexico

Ronaldinho signs in Mexico

Global football icon and former FC Barcelona player, Ronaldinho Gaúcho, has signed with Mexican side Querétaro, los Gallos Blancos (the White Roosters). “Now it’s official! The number 49 shirt! My lucky number! I hope to experience the same happiness here!! #GallosForever! I chose Mexico because of the warmth with which I’m always treated here! Really motivated to play for@Club_Querétaro!” More details on Ronaldinho’s new club after the jump.

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Neymar Sr. calls out press on “lies”

Neymar Sr. calls out press on “lies”

Neymar da Silva Santos, father of Neymar Jr., has stated his indignation at accusations leveled at his son after he received his frightening back injury during the World Cup this summer. “He was close to being out for a year or even having more serious consequences (because of the injury),” said Neymar Sr.  “And some people said that he was faking his injury.”  More after the jump.

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Ondoa debuts in Cameroon win

Ondoa debuts in Cameroon win

Barcelona B goalkeeper Joseph Fabrice Ondoa made his full Cameroon debut yesterday, after starting in the 2-0 away win against the Democratic Republic of Congo, in a qualifying match for the 2015 African Cup of Nations. The Cameroonians, who played without Alex Song (suspended) and Samuel Eto’o, who called time on his time with the national side earlier this year, won through goals by Nije and Aboubakar.

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The Front: Sport (7.9.2014)

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THE KEYS TO THE NEW MESSI

He returns to be what he was before and will regain the throne of the number 1 in the world

HIS METAMORPHOSIS

He’s shaken off the burden of the World Cup – He’s happy with the signings – He has a new contract – He has a ‘feeling’ with Luis Enrique – He appreciates Pepe Costa in the dressing room

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The Front: Mundo Deportivo (7.9.2014)

the front MD sept 7 2014

KING NEYMAR

COLUMBIA-BRAZIL 0-1

Brazil’s captain finished the match with a superb goal against a grey James

The azulgrana striker behaved like a crack to hug Zúñiga, who knocked him out in the World Cup

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Cartoon of the Day: Sport

Cartoon of the Day: Sport

MUNIR, CONFIRMED AS A SELECTION FOR SPAIN!

MUNIR: “When I heard I was called up, I was left with my mouth open…”

DEL BOSQUE: “… just imagine how the Moroccan coach feels”

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Picture of the day: The injured return

Picture of the day: The injured return

Neymar Jr. and Radamel Falcao both missed out on their national team’s World Cup experience this summer. Neymar got to play before being injured in the quarter final match against Falcao’s Columbia. Falcao did not play in the tournament at all, leaving James Rodríguez to become the star of the Columbian team. Both players made their comeback yesterday in a friendly match in Miami which saw the Brazilians defeat the Columbians 1-0.

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Match Preview: FC Barcelona B – Real Zaragoza

Match Preview: FC Barcelona B – Real Zaragoza

Despite of the international break, Barcelona B are on show this weekend, with a second consecutive home match, this time against Zaragoza. After a mixed start to the league, with a poor performance and an inevitable defeat at Osasuna as well as a hard fought comeback win against Sabadell, the reserves would love to bag another three points and send a clear message to the rest of the Liga Adelante: The Miniestadi is no easy hunting ground for anyone. Their bid to win the match will have to be won without a number of important players, but as Barça B brilliantly demonstrated last year, challenges always take the best of Eusebio’s men. Read more…

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September 6, 2014

Cartoon of the Day: Sport

Spain U-21 beat Hungary

The Front: Mundo Deportivo (6.9.2014)

The Front: Sport (6.9.2014)

Picture of the day: Chi! Chi! Chi! Le! Le! Le!

Referee set for Barça vs Athletic Bilbao

Croatia, without Rakitić, beat Cyprus


September 5, 2014

Medical: Messi recovering well

Official: Munir called up for Spain senior team!

Ex-Barça: Basingstoke FC want Ronaldinho

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