Picture of the day: Xavi is the man

Picture of the day: Xavi is the man

The crowd in the San Mamés gave Barça’s Xavi Hernández a lovely round of applause when he exited the game yesterday. Everyone knows that Xavi is the man.

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The Ratings: Athletic Bilbao 2-5 FC Barcelona

The Ratings: Athletic Bilbao 2-5 FC Barcelona

The Ratings… Everyone’s 2nd favorite part to a post-match analysis, after the Post-Match Review of course. It is now your turn to show us what you think of the players’ performances. Let’s see how you all do!

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The Result: Athletic Bilbao 2-5 FC Barcelona

The Result: Athletic Bilbao 2-5 FC Barcelona

RESULT:

Athletic Bilbao: 2

FC Barcelona: 5

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Live Match Chat: Athletic Bilbao vs FC Barcelona

Live Match Chat: Athletic Bilbao vs FC Barcelona

totalBarça welcomes you all to the Liga game between Athletic Bilbao and FC Barcelona! Are you ready?

Sunday, February 8, 2015 @ 21:00 Barcelona time – Convert to local time.

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Real Madrid slipped up, Barça must capitalize

Real Madrid slipped up, Barça must capitalize

There’s not much mystery to Athletic Club’s struggles this season. With only 18 goals scored in the 21 league games thus far, Athletic rank alongside 19th place Elche and 16th place Almería as the fifth worst offense in La Liga ahead only of Getafe (16 goals/15th place), Córdoba (16 goals/17th place), Granada (14 goals/18th place) and Levante (13 goals/20th place). That’s not the company a team like Athletic wants to keep given their history of attacking prowess and the fact they finished just last season as the fifth best overall goal scorers. Combined with a reasonably leaky defense and the strain of Champions League football on a small squad, Ernesto Valverde’s side are currently three times closer to a relegation spot (5 points) than the lowest European position (15 points). Over the summer Ander Herrera became the third major player to depart the Basque club in as many years and due to their commendable yet restrictive transfer policy only 1 million euro of Herrera’s 36 million pursue was reinvested. That amount was used exclusively for the services of Borja Viguera, a 27-year-old who thus far has contributed one solitary goal in 660 minutes of action and was not selected for the squad tonight. While it’s true FC Barcelona are now three seasons removed from an away win against Athletic, that streak is likely to come to an end this evening.

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Real Zaragoza vs FC Barcelona B: Back to normality (4-0)

Real Zaragoza vs FC Barcelona B: Back to normality (4-0)

Barcelona B couldn’t make it two wins in a row Saturday at La Romareda. Eusebio’s team went back to this year’s bad habits, lacking control of the match for the best part of the 90 minutes and being torn apart by a terrifyingly effective Zaragoza on the counter, in Eusebio’s 150th game in charge of the reserves. Read more…

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The Front: Mundo Deportivo (8.2.2015)

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BATH 4-0

AND THE LEAGUE!

Atlético gave a tremendous lesson to a Real Madrid bordering on the ridiculous

The blancos’ slip-up opens up the championship and Barça should take advantage

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The Front: Mundo Deportivo (8.2.2015)

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ATLÉTICO 4-0 MADRID

MADRID, THRASHED AND HUMILIATED

THE LEADER TUMBLES WITH AN HISTORIC LOSS

ANCELOTTI, DESPERATE: “The lack of desire of some players is unusual”

CRISTIANO GIVES VOICE TO ALARM: “It lacked attitude and we are in bad shape physically and mentally”

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Cartoon of the Day: Sport

Cartoon of the Day: Sport

AFTER WHAT HAPPENED IN THE DERBY… WE HAVE TO WIN AT ALL COSTS!

ENRIQUE: “And don’t worry about any horrible experiments… …it’s the Trident now and forever”

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Picture of the day: Old friends

Picture of the day: Old friends

Former Barça keeper Jose Manuel Pinto visited Barcelona this week to film a music video (and get his hair braided) and took the opportunity to catch up with old friends Lionel Messi, Javier Mascherano and Jordi Roura.

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Café con leche: February 7, 2015

Café con leche: February 7, 2015

Lucho confident ahead of San Mamés visit.

Along with La Anoeta, Athletic Club’s San Mamés is one of those grounds that always make life difficult for FC Barcelona. The club has failed to register a win in its last three visits to the  opponents’ stadium, whether the old or the new San Mamés, but Luis Enrique is confident that his team has what it takes to leave the Basque country with a victory.

“It’s always very special because of the atmosphere there. It’s like an English stadium. We want to be worthy of such a place,” said Lucho in today’s presser. Athletic Club’s start to the season was disappointing to the fans especially since the team successfully earned a spot in this year’s Champions League, and the Asturian believes it was more of a con than a pro. “Their season didn’t get off to a great start, but I think that’s because they were struggling to play in both La Liga and the Champions League.”

How well Athletic are playing right now is not a concern though, because Barça are going out there tomorrow for the three points no matter how strong the opponent is, especially given Atlético Madrid’s demolishing of Real Madrid. “[The players] have been playing at an extraordinary level, so I’m pretty optimistic about our chances tomorrow.”

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The Front: Sport (7.2.2015)

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THE AZULGRANA GIVES THE OK FOR THE FUTURE ALVES

NEYMAR ‘SIGNS’ DANILO

PORTO ASKS 30 MILLION

The Portuguese are aware of Barça’s interest and will pose a very difficult negotiation

THEY’VE SPENT HALF THEIR LIVES TOGETHER: A FRIENDSHIP TO UNITE THEM AT BARÇA

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The Front: Mundo Deportivo (7.2.2015)

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FATHER’S DAY

TWO MORE SOCIOS: Neymar and his son, Davi Lucca, get their azulgrana cards

NEY CELEBRATES HIS BIRTHDAY TOGETHER WITH THE TEAM AND HIS FAMILY AT A GREAT PARTY

Barça prepares for their appointment at San Mamés if Madrid stumbles in the Calderón

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Cartoon of the Day: Sport

Cartoon of the Day: Sport

 BARTOMEU: “There is a political conspiracy against Barça coming from Madrid! So we will fight together! Am I right, comrades? Comrades?

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Picture of the day: Sasha Piqué

Picture of the day: Sasha Piqué

Gerard Piqué and his girlfriend, Shakira, welcomed their second son, Sasha, last week. The family are partnering with Unicef in a ‘World Baby Shower‘ to share their good fortune with needy children all over the world.

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Ronnie, is that you?

They say that great moments never leave you. Is it possible that Ronaldinho’s ingenious goal at Stamford Bridge in 2005 has become embedded into Barça DNA? Looking at Toni Caravaca’s goal for the Alevín C, we can certainly say that it has.

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Real Zaragoza vs FC Barcelona B: Stop or streak start?

Real Zaragoza vs FC Barcelona B: Stop or streak start?

Loss, loss, win, loss, win. These five words pretty much summarize Barcelona B’s form over the past five matches. Eusebio’s team has been abysmally erratic recently, and there is not one person to deny this. This weekend presents the team with yet another challenge: facing playoff challengers Real Zaragoza away from home. The question beckons: are Eusebio’s men capable of starting to streak wins together or will this week be another stop in the reserves’ stop-season?

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Café con Leche: February 6, 2015

Café con Leche: February 6, 2015

San Mamés ain’t no walk in the park

Athletic Bilbao is upon us as the gods of February start to shape up Barça’s “time of the month”situation. February is not a friendly month, nor the Basque a friendly team. And apparently, Bilbao’s new San Mamés is shaping up to become one of those cursed stadiums where a win is not a possibility. Fun fact: Not a single Barça player has won at the new San Mamés. Albeit it’s only about a year old and Barça has played there just the once, losing 1-0. Still, it’s a bit weird that even the new guys haven’t won there. Luis Enrique and Rafinha starred at the opening ceremony of the stadium when Celta Vigo lost last season 3-2. Nor did Ivan Rakitic’s Sevilla, Claudio Bravo’s Real Sociedad or Jérémy Mathieu’s Valencia manage a win there. Bit spooky, no?

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The Front: Mundo Deportivo (6.2.2015)

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TO RENEW ALVES

Dani wants to continue, Luis Enrique sees him well and the only problem could be the duration of the new contract

The Brazilian’s performance and the fact that Barça can’t sign players, decisive advantages

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The Front: Sport (6.2.2014)

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ALVES’ RENEWAL, NEXT TO IMPOSSIBLE

HE ASKS FOR 3 YEARS

LUIS ENRIQUE wants him, but the club won’t accept his conditions and Van Gaal has opened ManU’s door to him

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February 6, 2015

Cartoon of the Day: Sport

Picture of the day: Don’t forget about Pedro


February 5, 2015

Café con Leche: February 5, 2015

The Front: Sport (5.2.2015)

The Front: Mundo Deportivo (5.2.2015)

Picture of the day: Cracks in Qatar


February 4, 2015

The Front: Mundo Deportivo (4.2.2015)

The Front: Sport (4.2.2015)

Cartoon of the Day: Sport

Picture of the day: Snow day

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