Suárez unveiling blocked

Suárez unveiling blocked

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.

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FC Barcelona preseason starts today

FC Barcelona preseason starts today

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.

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Quote of the Day: Staying put?

Quote of the Day: Staying put?

We are delighted with Dani Alves. When he’s back we will talk to him.
But we are delighted with him.

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Operation Centre Back

Operation Centre Back

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…

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The Front: Sport (14.7.2014)

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TOO BAD, MESSI!

GERMANY, CHAMPION OF THE WORLD IN EXTRA TIME

Göetze decided the final and Leo only had the sad consolation of being named Golden Boot of the World Cup

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The Front: Mundo Deportivo (14.7.2014)

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4 GERMANY

A goal from Göetze in extra time gives the fourth title to the German selection

Argentina saved face with a great Mascherano and Messi was MVP of the World Cup

It’s the first time a European team has won on South American soil

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Picture of the day: Puyol returns World Cup

Picture of the day: Puyol returns World Cup

Let’s focus on the positive, shall we? Doesn’t Carles Puyol look nice in a suit?

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Gerard Gumbau signs for Barcelona B

Gerard Gumbau signs for Barcelona B

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.

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“The Biggest Game of Messi’s Life”

 

“THIS IS IT. THE BIGGEST GAME OF MESSI’S LIFE. IT’S FOREVER OR NEVER.#ALLIN OR NOTHING”

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Javier Mascherano: “I’m not Rambo”

Javier Mascherano: “I’m not Rambo”

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.

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Maradona: “Smash it”

Maradona: “Smash it”

“Smash it. Sunday’s is going to be your game. You’re going to lead the team, score two goals and we’re going to leave the Maracanã with the World Cup.
It’ll be a historic moment that you’ll never forget”
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Bartomeu: “I hope Messi and Mascherano win the World Cup”

Bartomeu: “I hope Messi and Mascherano win the World Cup”

FC Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu hopes that Barça members Lionel Messi and Javier Mascherano lift the trophy tonight. He also discusses Neymar, the new and former Chileans, Spain and of course Luis Suárez.

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#VamosLeo: All of us or none of you

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Messi: “It would mean everything”

Messi: “It would mean everything”

Football magazine FourFourTwo got some time with Argentina and Barça superstar Lionel Messi on the eve before the biggest night of his life. Though hardly news at this point, the World Cup is what Messi wants the most and for the first time in his life, he has the chance to do so.

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Barça B’s preseason details finalised

Barça B’s preseason details finalised

Barça B will start training on 14 July, on the same day as the first team. Read more…

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Video of the day: Who wants it more? #allin

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.

All in or nothing?

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The Front: Mundo Deportivo (13.7.2014)

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MESSI – FINAL CHALLENGE

Leo looks to make history and give Argentina their third title against favored Germany

The albiceleste trusts in the blaugrana to unbalance Löw’s collective game

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The Front: Sport (13.7.2014)

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MESSI’S GREAT DAY

He will become the best ever if he wins the World Cup with Argentina. Germany is the favorite, but there’s no faith that they can stop Leo.

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Picture of the day: Twins

Picture of the day: Twins

Neymar Jr. on the left and Dani Alves on the right – Or is that Dani on the left and Ney on the right? Anyone else think it’s probably best that these two spend some time apart?

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Marc Muniesa: “Luis Enrique is a born fighter”

Marc Muniesa: “Luis Enrique is a born fighter”

Former Barcelona centre-back Muniesa, who started his second season with Premier League club Stoke City, gave an interview to Mundo Deportivo, and gave his view on a variety of issues. Read the full translation of the interview after the jump…

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July 12, 2014

Messi, Neymar & Mascherano nominated for FIFA Golden Ball

Video: ‘El Jefe’ Mascherano

Barça’s top five most lucrative sales

Quote of the Day: Outraged

Why Alexis had to go

Cartoon of the day: Sport (11.7.2014)

The Front: Sport (12.7.2014)

The Front: Mundo Deportivo (12.7.2014)

Picture of the day: Xavi on vacation

Claudio Bravo’s first interview

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