Breaking News: FIFA impose transfer ban on FC Barcelona

Breaking News: FIFA impose transfer ban on FC Barcelona

FIFA have banned FC Barcelona from making any transfers for two consecutive transfer windows for breaches related to the international transfer and registration of players under the age of 18. According to FIFA, “With regard to the case in question, FC Barcelona has been found to be in breach of art. 19 of the Regulations in the case of ten minor players and to have committed several other concurrent infringements in the context of other players, including under Annexe 2 of the Regulations.” Along with FC Barcelona, the FIFA Disciplinary Committee has also sanctioned the Real Federación Española de Fútbol (RFEF) in this allegation.

Can this be appealed? What does this mean for the signings of Ter Stegen and Halilovic? What is the club’s official statement regarding this matter? Stick with totalBarça for updates as they break.

For some excerpts from the official statement from FIFA, follow the jump:

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Player Reactions: FC Barcelona 1-1 Atlético Madrid

Player Reactions: FC Barcelona 1-1 Atlético Madrid

After a spectacular game at the Camp Nou last night, FC Barcelona managed only to draw the match. According to Xavi Hernández, “The tie is wide open. We have to try to score goals there and that will lead us to victory… The result isn’t good for us but Barça played well enough to win. We had more goal scoring chances but they are well organised in defence and they don’t leave any space.” Speaking about the return leg (Wednesday 9 April at 8:45 PM CET), Xavi underlined that Barça will “have to be very patient” because Atlético “are an intense team and it was very difficult for us to find space in the first half. In the second half, we had three or four good chances. Unfortunately, they scored a great goal.

Andrés Iniesta, who entertained us with pure magic on the pitch, stated, “The game was very intense. From start to finish there has been high pace.” Iniesta agreed that such a performance was “a game worthy of a quarter-final” and we saw “a very strong Atlético” but stressed that “the tie is still open.” Andrés expects that the return leg will be “a similar game. That is good,  to compete and face these challenges.”

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Number of the Day: 50

Number of the Day: 50

Gerardo Martino didn’t get the “W” versus Atlético Madrid, and thereby did not genuinely best Pep Guardiola’s first 50 games in charge. Tata’s half-century reads 37 wins, eight draws and five defeats, scoring 136 and conceding 37. Guardiola has the exact same game record, but his 2008/9 side scored 133 and conceded 42.

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Martino: “You saw the best of Barcelona”

Martino: “You saw the best of Barcelona”

This is the game against Atlético that rendered the most goalscoring chances.” That set up Gerardo Martino post-game press conference, during which the Barça boss felt quite satisfied with the team performance. “I am full of pride in the way in which we played. If we continue like this, there are chances for success. Our intention in every game is to go out and win, so we will have to go [to Madrid] and do what we always try to do. After [Atlético's] goal you saw the best of Barcelona. In the second half we moved the ball about well and played with depth. There were also good moves in the final third and several shots [on goal].” More from Tata after the jump, including his thoughts on a few players performances and responding to some tactic questions.

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The Front: Mundo Deportivo (2.4.2014)

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GREAT GAME (1)

A magisterial Iniesta designed Neymar’s goal that leaves everything up in the air

Barça could have been finished but returned to hit a brave Atleti

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The Front: Sport (2.4.2014)

the front sport april 2 2014

GREAT GOAL FOR THE SEMIS

NEYMAR GIVES LIFE TO BARÇA

He equalized for Diego’s goal and maintains options to pass the elimination

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Picture of the day: Time Machine

Picture of the day: Time Machine

If Lionel Messi had been born in another era, he may have had a football card that looked like this. The Argentine blog Paladar Negro has done a series of these portraits of Argentine footballers including Gonzalo Higuain, Àngel Di Maria and Sergio Agüero.

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Manuel Valls: France gets a culé prime minister

Manuel Valls: France gets a culé prime minister

Following the resignation of prime-minister Jean-Marc Ayrault and his entire cabinet, President François Hollande announced his Minister of Interior, Manuel Valls, as the new prime minister. The name might be familiar to culés, and rightly so, as Mr. Valls is widely known for his Blaugrana feelings. How so? Read on. Continue reading »

Deulofeu: “I would like to play at Barça under Roberto Martínez”

Deulofeu: “I would like to play at Barça under Roberto Martínez”

Gerard Deulofeu seems to have some very clear opinions. In an interview given to Raquel Vélez of IB Times UK, the 19-year-old forward who plays on loan to Everton from Barcelona made it clear that he would “love to play at Barça under Roberto Martínez.” Read the full translation of the interview after the jump.

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Piqué out for four weeks

Piqué out for four weeks

Gerard Piqué was subbed off only 11 minutes into the Champions League clash against Atlético Madrid after a bad fall which caused a pelvic contusion. It’s been reported that the 27-year-old will miss four weeks of action due to his hip injury, which means that not only will he miss the second leg of this Champions League encounter, he’ll also miss the Copa del Rey final against rivals Real Madrid. And with Carles Puyol sidelined, Barça are now left with Javier Mascherano and the young Marc Bartra in defence with Pinto behind them to carry the team in this difficult period.

Get well soon Piqué!

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Match Review: FC Barcelona 1-1 Atlético Madrid

Match Review: FC Barcelona 1-1 Atlético Madrid

And once again there is no victor. Two moments of magic were all that separated two gargantuan performances that will be praised in completely contrasting ways. FC Barcelona gave it absolutely all they had; yet in another very new-age Barça-Atletí flavored meeting the final score read 1-1. Of the encounters this season, tonight Atlético most embodied the ghost of Diego Simeone the footballer: Fouling consistently and physically. German referee Felix Brych was delighted to produce the first yellow, but when a second was more than warranted, the man in the middle cowered. Leo Messi had a quiet night thanks to his man-marking shadows, but the remainder of the side performed admirably and despite a godly Andrés Iniesta and terrific showings from Sergio Busquets, Neymar and Alexis Sánchez, the win was out of grasp.

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Submit Your Ratings: FC Barcelona 1-1 Atlético Madrid

Submit Your Ratings: FC Barcelona 1-1 Atlético Madrid

Here is your chance to rate the players of today’s match. Show us what you think of their performances by selecting and clicking on the stars after each player. You can rate the players after the jump. Let’s see how you all do!

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The Result: FC Barcelona 1-1 Atlético Madrid

The Result: FC Barcelona 1-1 Atlético Madrid

RESULT:

FC Barcelona: 1

Atlético Madrid: 1

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Live Match Chat: FC Barcelona vs Atlético Madrid (Updated!)

Live Match Chat: FC Barcelona vs Atlético Madrid (Updated!)

totalBarça welcomes you all to UEFA Champions League match between FC Barcelona and Atlético Madrid!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014 @ 20:45 Barcelona time - Convert to local time

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Bonus Stat of the Day: 0%

Bonus Stat of the Day: 0%

Since April 2003, FC Barcelona have partaken in 14 UEFA Champions League quater-final encounters. In that period, the blaugrana are undefeated, winning eight and drawing six.

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Cartoon of the Day: Sport

Cartoon of the Day: Sport

ALVES: “WHENEVER I SEE ‘LOS MANOLOS’ I GET THE URGE TO BREAK A BOTTLE.”

“And they’ve already warned me that considering I see other programs from the (Madrid Media) Cave, I can go ahead and get rid of my whole dining room set!”

Cartoon by Caye

Simeone: “We’re going up against the best Barça”

Simeone: “We’re going up against the best Barça”

The Champions League is back, and tonight’s opponents are La Liga leaders Atlético Madrid. Their team has already arrived and trained in the Camp Nou, and their coach Diego Simeone spoke to today’s pre-match conference ahead of Barça-Atleti’s fourth clash of the season, with two still left to play. “Of all the matches against Barça this season, this is the most complicated and difficult one. We’re going up against the best Barça. It’s the Champions League, and they will want to wrap up the tie here,” said Cholo Simeone.“Barça are playing very well. The match against Madrid gave them a lot of strength. They are a team that’s prepared for this type of game because they are used to it.” More from the Argentine after the jump.

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Stat of the Day: Better than Pep?

Stat of the Day: Better than Pep?

Tonight versus Atlético Madrid, Gerardo Martino reaches 50 games in charge of FC Barcelona. Despite all the many pages of criticism and debates about style and its abandonment, if the side win the game for Tata, he will have a half-century of matches statistically superior to Pep Guardiola, even if by only a hair.

Thus far Martino’s record reads played 49, won 37 (75.5%), drawn seven (14.3%) and lost five (10.2%).  That has been done with 135 goals scored and 36 conceded. Guardiola’s first 49 read exactly the same, but with three less goals scored (132) and five more conceded (41). The only manager in Barça’s illustrious history with a better record after 50 games is the late, great and controversial Helenio Herrera, who after his first 50 could boast 40 wins, five draws and five defeats.

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Video of the day: Valdés speaks after his operation

“Hello everyone. I send you greetings from Germany. There’s been no problem with the operation and I feel really happy with how everything has gone. I am just willing to arrive back home to enjoy time with my family and start the recovery as soon as possible. I would like to thank everyone who has sent me cheerful and strong messages these days. I feel very proud to have received so much love from so many people. Now it is time to focus and put all of my effort so that I can be back as soon as possible. Big hugs to everyone, all the supporters, and hope to see you soon.”

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Barça-Atlético: 100,000 Blaugrana flags

Barça-Atlético: 100,000 Blaugrana flags

For Barça’s Champions League meeting against Atlético Madrid, the Camp Nou will be dressed in Blaugrana. The club has decided to place 100,000 Blaugrana flags around the stadium, one on each seat, just like Manchester’s City’s visit a fortnight ago. This option, which was preferred ahead of others, such as a mosaic, will most likely create a magical atmosphere in the Camp Nou, with the stands fully decked out in the Blaugrana colours. See what Tata thinks about this after the jump.

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April 1, 2014

Will Diego Costa play?

Champions League Match Preview: FC Barcelona vs Atlético Madrid

The Front: Mundo Deportivo (1.4.2014)

The Front: Sport (1.4.2014)

Picture of the day: Piqué unchained

Martino: “Never forget that we are Barcelona”

The Other Side: Atlético defenders point to Barça as favorites


March 31, 2014

Dani Alves: “We’re in our best form of the season”

The Other Side: Diego Costa

Seven months for Víctor Valdés

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