Video of the Day: Gerard Piqué Season Review 2013-14

Here’s a collection of Gerard Piqué’s finest moments for last season.

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Number of the day : 8

Number of the day : 8

Sadly, there are eight FC Barcelona players heading home after being eliminated from the World Cup. The World Cup comes every four years so it is painful to leave the biggest football tournament early. Those eight players : Gerard PiquéJordi Alba, Sergio Buquets, Xavi Hernández, Andrés Iniesta, Pedro Rodríguez, Alex Song and the newly signed Ivan Rakitic.  More information about how they performed after the jump.

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Piqué misses last Spain training

Piqué misses last Spain training

The Spanish national team will play what will be their final match in this year’s World Cup today against Australia. FC Barcelona’s Gerard Piqué missed the last group training because he is suffering from muscular problems. A statement on the Spanish Football Federation’s official website said, “Gerard Piqué had to withdraw due to pain in the adductor (hip) muscle region.”  That means that Piqué, at age 27, has possibly played his last World Cup match.

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El Pivote: Summer Holiday Report Cards (Part 1)

El Pivote: Summer Holiday Report Cards (Part 1)

El Pivote (The Pivot) is a totalBarça column by Anoop Jethwa, a fully licensed coach in UK, about the trials and tribulations of FC Barcelona. From the positives to the negatives, this piece will dive deep into the living fabric that is blaugrana.

The dust has settled on the season. Now that we have the last few games of the season out of our minds, a quick reflection on the players’ performances over the course of the entire 2013/14 season is a good starting point for focusing on what we need from the players for the new season.

We had the Christmas report cards (part one and part two) for the players in January, and I will be using the same grading scheme again. In brackets will be what the player received in the winter break. (A quick reminder — here’s the simple grading scheme: A = exceptional, B = good, ticking along nicely, C = progress required next term to get back on track, D = struggling.)

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The Netherlands put Spain to the sword

The Netherlands put Spain to the sword

That’s exactly how I thought that would go. Obviously not guys. Spain was welcomed to their title defense with a 5-1 mauling at the hands of an expertly prepared Netherlands side. The game is an odd one because Spain’s first 44 minutes may not have been spectacular but they’re were good enough and had David Silva done better with his first half opening, Spain lead 2-0 and the football match takes an entirely different path. Such are the fine margins of top-level competition. Pedro Rodríguez was bright in his cameo but the rest of the Barça guys had rough evenings.

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Picture of the day: Joker Gerry

Picture of the day: Joker Gerry

I wonder if Cesc Fàbregas has forgiven Gerard Piqué for his ‘accidental’ slip of the tongue in letting the world know that Cesc is (probably) leaving FCB.

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Your Barça World Cup Guide – Group Stage

Your Barça World Cup Guide – Group Stage

The moment we’ve all been waiting for has finally come, the FIFA World Cup 2014 in Brazil begins this Thursday 12th of June with the Barça boys spread out over five national teams: Spain, Brazil, Argentina, Chile and Cameroon. Nine players from the Catalan club lifted the trophy in the last World Cup in South Africa with our golden boy Andres Iniesta scoring the winner in the final. Will we see others in the Blaugrana squad achieve the same feat? Will the same players hold onto the crown? Or will another team get their hands on the trophy? Maybe it’ll be your nation, who knows? Tell us below who do you think will win and check out the Group Stage dates for our beloved players right after the jump!

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Something or nothing?

Gerard Piqué was caught on cameras telling Spanish national team manager Vicente del Bosque that Cesc Fàbregas has already secured a 33 million euro deal.

He sits down, saying: “[I'm going to] defend Cesc a bit,” then he rather loudly whispers to Del Bosque that “He [Cesc] already told me it’s done.” Del Bosque says, “Him?“, and Piqué replies, “He’s going. He told me 33 million.

It appears clear, but is Piqué to be taken at his word? Was he really so oblivious to what he was saying? I have my suspicions.

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The bantering Alba

FC Barcelona’s left-back Jordi Alba, who was selected for the Spanish squad ahead of the FIFA World Cup in Brazil, showed some of his lovely skills as he nutmegged not only his Barça teammate Gerard Piqué during training, but he also got the Brazil-born striker Diego Costa, who was recently called up by Vicente del Bosque for La Roja despite his injury. Take a look at both nutmegs in the video above!

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Official: 7 Barça players with Spain in Brazil

Official: 7 Barça players with Spain in Brazil

After much suspense about the final 23-man squad list that Spain’s Vicente del Bosque kept audiences in suspense with, the list has been finally announced. Seven players from the blaugrana family will pack their bags for the trip to Brazil this summer, the same seven who were selected for the initial 30-man squad. These seven are Gerard Piqué, Jordi Alba, Sergio Busquets, Xavi Hernández, Andrés Iniesta, Cesc Fàbregas and Pedro Rodríguez.

But what the headlines will read tomorrow morning will have nothing to do with Barça players, they will however mention the exclusion of several great Spaniards and the inclusion of Fernando Torres. With Víctor Valdés injured, Carles Puyol retired and Marc Bartra still too young, Barça’s seven were always going to be safe. What do you think of the squad-list? Can Spain make it two in a row?

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Picture of the day: Large, medium, small

Picture of the day: Large, medium, small

FCB’s center back, Gerard Piqué, walked to the Spanish National Team training yesterday with his teammates Ander Iturraspe and David Silva.

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2013/14 individual league stats

2013/14 individual league stats

After a long and painful season, here’s a look back at the individual stats in the league campaign from the first team players. With the statistics broken down to 14 categories, we could see who former coach Gerardo ‘Tata’ Martino favoured all throughout the season and the reasons that may be behind it. Take a look at the stats provided by Opta Sports after the break.

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Official: Piqué puts pen to paper

Official: Piqué puts pen to paper

Gerard Piqué reached an agreement with the club nearly a week ago to renew his contract with FC Barcelona till June 30th, 2019. If the Catalan defender commits to his contract, he would have played 11 years for Barça at just 32. “Knowing that I could live out my career here is a big boost for me”, he said. “I hope we can enjoy as many successes as we have had already.” President Josep Bartomeu added “it is very important to consolidate Gerard Piqué at Barcelona. He’s the best centre back in the world … He is a core part of the new project here at FC Barcelona”.

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FIFA’s Handshake for Peace

FIFA’s Handshake for Peace

FC Barcelona players Gerard Piqué and Neymar Jr. are the protagonists in a new campaign sponsored by FIFA and the Nobel Peace Center called Handshake for Peace. The campaign uses the gesture of a handshake to demonstrate peace, friendship and respect between people, no matter their backgrounds. FCB first team players Piqué and Neymar almost certainly would have never met if it had not been for the common denominator of football and, as Neymar stated, “Football has shown me you can achieve anything in life.  You can get things moving, so it’s our duty to use our popularity in a good cause.

The article in FIFA Weekly contains some wonderful insights into these two players and some great photography. You can read the entire issue of FIFA Weekly here.

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Official: Piqué renews to 2019

Official: Piqué renews to 2019

FC Barcelona have reached an agreement with Gerard Piqué to extend the defender’s contract until 2019. Piqué’s former deal with the club was set to expire on the 30th of June 2015, and now has been renewed for another four years.The Spaniard returned to his home club in 2008 following spells at England’s Manchester United and Real Zaragoza, and has made since then 266 appearances for the club, scoring 20 goals and winning 16 trophies in the process.

You can find everything Piqué here.

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Piqué, Neymar and Alba given green light

Piqué, Neymar and Alba given green light

Gerard Piqué, Neymar and Jordi Alba have were given medical clearance following today’s morning training session. The three important starters are therefore included in the match squad, but saying that Gerardo Martino has named 24 players and will need to whittle that to the mandated 18. Nevertheless, all three should make that cut and I’d venture Gerard Piqué will be the most likely of the trio to start tomorrow.

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Seven blaugrana in prelim Spain squad

Seven blaugrana in prelim Spain squad

Earlier today Spain boss Vicente del Bosque released his 30 man squad which will in the next weeks be whittled down to the 23 who eventually board the plane to Brazil. Seven FC Barcelona players have made it: Gerard Piqué, Jordi Alba, Sergio Busquets, Xavi Hernández, Andrés Iniesta, Cesc Fàbregas and Pedro Rodríguez. All seven are expected to make the final cut, with the only sort of doubt being around Pedro. However, Pedro has been excellent for Spain in the road to Brazil, and it’s still likely he makes the 23 man squad.

The major selection absentee was clearly Real Madrid’s Álvaro Arbeloa. However, given that Dani Carvajal has usurped him at Madrid and Atlético Madrid’s Juanfran has been fantastic this campaign, this comes down to those unavoidable realities in professional sport that time ticks on and younger, better players are never too far. Full 30 man squad below:

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Picture of the day: Wounded Warrior

Picture of the day: Wounded Warrior

How many times has Carles Puyol injured himself in the line of duty? Countless times. Knees, elbow, face, on and on, over and over. But he never gives up, he’s always back as soon as humanly possible, usually before that. Remember the time he tried to staple his own forehead because the medic wasn’t going fast enough for him? Now that’s a warrior!

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Picture of the day: Teammates whether club or country

Picture of the day: Teammates whether club or country

Gerard Piqué posted this picture on his social media accounts of himself and Neymar Jr. horsing around while filming a commercial for the FIFA Fan Experience.

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Video of the Day: On this day, 5 years ago

Five years ago today, Barça played a match that highlighted the start of a historic era for the club. That match was the 6-2 clásico in Santiago Bernabéu during Pep Guardiola’s debut season as Barça coach. A brace from both Thierry Henry and Lionel Messi, with a goal added from both defenders Gerard Piqué and Carles Puyol canceled out a mediocre Real Madrid. And a goal from Gonzalo Higuain and Sergio Ramos was barely enough to match the beasts the club’s most decorated coach had created.

On this day, five years ago… we were unstoppable!

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Winner Stays

Check out Nike’s latest spot “Winner Stays” featuring a host of the game’s stars including Barça men Neymar, Gerard Piqué and Andrés Iniesta, as well as a former player and maybe a future player?

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Piqué: “It hasn’t been our best season”

Piqué: “It hasn’t been our best season”

Barça defender Gerard Piqué had a lot to say during the presentation of the tenth edition of ‘Relats Solidaris de l’Esport (Sports Solidarity Stories).’ He spoke about the up and downs of the current season, Lionel Messi, Cesc Fàbregas and Tata Martino. Read on for Piqué’s comments.

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Training on Good Friday

Training on Good Friday

The squad were given the day off to celebrate Easter Friday, but several made their way to the Ciutat Esportiva. Injured players Jordi Alba, Neymar, Gerard Piqué and Marc Bartra came in to perform recovery work. The other attendee was Adriano.

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Bonus! Picture of the day: Voting for the referendum

Bonus! Picture of the day: Voting for the referendum

One of FC Barcelona’s most well known socios, Gerard Piqué, and one of the youngest, his son Milan, turned out to vote for the referendum yesterday.

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Piqué hoping to return quickly

Piqué hoping to return quickly

Injured defender Gerard Piqué released a message on his recovery from a hip injury on his social media accounts (in Castilian Spanish, Catalan and English, no less). “Thanks a lot for all the messages and support! Recovery going really well. Doing my best every day and hope to be back playing in less than a month.”

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Martino: “Focus is on Betis”

Martino: “Focus is on Betis”

Much has been going on lately at the club, both on and off the pitch, and now is not the time to lose focus. FC Barcelona will face Real Betis tomorrow in La Liga, a game that may seem easy to some, but Gerardo ‘Tata’ Martino looks to have learned from Real Valladolid’s lesson. “We can’t take Betis lightly. They have great players who play with heart and courage, and will fight until the last minute. We have to understand that they are suffering and that they’ll try to recover against us,” he said. Atlético Madrid and Real Madrid will face Villarreal CF and Real Sociedad respectively in this upcoming round, which means that a win against Real Betis may prove to be as important as ever. “Our whole focus is on Betis. It is the most important game and one that could allow us to stay alive in La Liga.” More 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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Picture of the day: Piqué unchained

Picture of the day: Piqué unchained

FCB centerback Gerard Piqué is the cover star and also wrote the foreword for this year’s edition of Solidarity Stories of Sport, a collection of stories that is put out each year to benefit a charitable cause. This year’s edition is the tenth and the proceeds will benefit the Institute Guttmann Neurorehabilitation Hospital. Previous Barça coverboys include Andrés Iniesta, Pep Guardiola and Èric Abidal.

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Player Reactions: Real Madrid 3-4 FC Barcelona

Player Reactions: Real Madrid 3-4 FC Barcelona

Another brilliant evening at the Santiago Bernabéu brings FC Barcelona to within one point of the Madrid clubs, reviving the Liga race. Everyone will have their say, and here are the thoughts of Lionel Messi, Sergio Busquets and Gerard Piqué.

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Piqué joins El Clásico’s 21-man squad

Piqué joins El Clásico’s 21-man squad

Gerardo ‘Tata’ Martino has selected 21 players to travel to Madrid ahead of the highly anticipated El Clásico. Among the players is Gerard Piqué who recently recovered from injury and has received the medical green light. Carles Puyol, Oier Olazábal, Jonathan dos Santos and Isaac Cuenca will miss the clash due to injuries. The team will travel to Madrid on Sunday morning.

Here is the 21-man squad: Valdes, Pinto, Alves, Montoya, Bartra, Piqué, Mascherano, Adriano, Alba, Busquets, Song, Xavi, Iniesta, Sergi Roberto, Fàbregas, Afellay, Pedro, Alexis, Messi, Neymar and Tello. Continue reading »