Newly signed Uruguayan striker Luis Suárez cannot be unveiled as an FC Barcelona player during his four month ban. FC Barcelona wanted to hold an event away from the Camp Nou, i.e. football venue, but will be unable as FIFA made it clear that, “The ban relates to all football-related activity. He cannot be in a football-related public event irrespective of the venue. He cannot even be involved in a football-related charity event,” said the head of media, Delia Fisher. But logically the ban didn’t relate to being transferred between clubs, which is clearly not a “football-related activity.”
FC Barcelona began preparing for the approaching 2014-15 season this morning with player medical tests and analyses. First teamers Marc-André Ter Stegen, Jordi Masip, Martín Montoya, Marc Bartra, Adriano Correia, Sergi Roberto, Rafinha Alcântara, Gerard Deulofeu, Ibrahim Afellay, Cristian Tello and Bojan Krkić were joined at the Ciutat Esportiva by players from the reserves team including Patric, Edgar Ie, Frank Bagnack, Diagne, Álex Grimaldo, Sergi Samper, Alen Halilovic, Munir El Haddadi, Sandro Ramirez, Dani Nieto, Joan Roman, Jean-Marie Dongou and Adama Traoré. Click for more details.
With the Luis Suarez transfer saga now finally over, it is time for FC Barcelona to turn its attention to one of the most burning issues in the footballing sector of the club. The purchase of a new centre-back. The search has been going on for years but has not managed to bear fruit. Yet the need for a centre-back has now stopped being just evident; it is rather best described as urgent. Still, the big question remains – Why is it so difficult to get our man? What does he have to be like? Read more after the jump…
Gerard Gumbau has completed his move to Barcelona B. The 19-year-old has signed a contract running through to June 2017, which includes a release clause that has been set at 12 million euros.
The signing ceremony took place at the club’s offices at the Ciutat Esportiva, in the presence of board member responsible for Barça B Sílvio Elías. More details after the jump.
After his heroic efforts in the semi-final match against the Netherlands, Javier Mascherano has received almost as much attention as his teammate and compatriot Lionel Messi. Not that he is comfortable in the spotlight. On the eve of the biggest game of his career, “el Jefecito” sat down with Olé and discussed his reputation as a warrior, the pressure of success, Neymar, and of course, Messi.
The FIFA World Cup final is now upon us, and FC Barcelona’s star man and greatest player ever will have to lead his nation to prove to the world that he is, once and for all, the all-time best. Not Pelé, not Diego Maradona, but him. With Adidas the kit manufacturer for both Argentina and Germany, check out their ad for the final of what could be the most epic international tournament in recent history.
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