Cartoon of the Day: Sport

Cartoon of the Day: Sport

THE SAD REALITY OF THE CULÉS

Only six says ago we dreamt of a treble, but considering how things have gone, we’ll gladly sign off on this…

Cartoon by Caye

Stat of the Day: Roadblock

Stat of the Day: Roadblock

When it comes to statistics, yesterday’s game against Granada CF was probably FC Barcelona’s best in terms of domination yet the team failed to score. Barça attempted 33 crosses, their record in a league game this season, but there was no one to convert or make use of them which brings up a common question. Why not sign a classic #9 striker if crosses have become such an essential part of our game?

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View Your Ratings: Granada CF 1-0 FC Barcelona

View Your Ratings: Granada CF 1-0 FC Barcelona

You’ve had your chance to rate the performance of the Blaugrana and the results are now tallied up. Take a look at how the totalBarça community ranked the squad and see how the ratings played out.

Image: Miguel Ángel Molina, EFE via mundodeportivo.com

Submit Your Ratings: Granada CF 1-0 FC Barcelona

Submit Your Ratings: Granada CF 1-0 FC Barcelona

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The Result: Granada CF 1-0 FC Barcelona

The Result: Granada CF 1-0 FC Barcelona

RESULT:

FC Barcelona: 0

Granada CF: 1

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Live Match Chat: Granada CF vs FC Barcelona

Live Match Chat: Granada CF vs FC Barcelona

totalBarça welcomes you all to Liga match between Granada CF and FC Barcelona!

Saturday, April 12, 2014 @ 20:00 Barcelona time - Convert to local time

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Martino: “There is no time for lamentations”

Martino: “There is no time for lamentations”

Hurting but not defeated was the message from Gerardo Martino going into today’s match against Granada. “It is impossible for a team to be fully over an elimination like that in so little time. You cannot be in top spirits just by magic. Nobody is in the best of moods, but there is no time for lamentations. There is no time for crying about things, although some defeats are very painful. We have to get straight back to thinking about the league. A win against Granada would allow us to move on a bit from the result in the Champions League.” More after the jump.

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Match Preview: Granada CF vs FC Barcelona

Match Preview: Granada CF vs FC Barcelona

Back to La Liga action after being unceremoniously thrown out of the Champions League, FC Barcelona take on Granada with only a handful of matches remaining in the season. With the unconvincing performance given out by Gerardo Martino’s men in Europe, questions have been raised to whether the team can keep up with the final dash to the finish line.

What had started out as a promising campaign with theories of how the team will gel over time under Martino’s guidance, and adopt alternative forms of play to take on opposing teams’ defensive tactics, has turned into unpredictable showings that don’t guarantee when they will play at the level they are capable of, and when they will fail.

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Stat of the Day: On the bright side…

Stat of the Day: On the bright side…

With Barcelona’s Champions League run over, they now have to focus on La Liga. There may be concerns that their European form might carry into their weekend match at Granada, but history suggests otherwise: Barcelona are undefeated in the games immediately following each of their last six CL exits, with five wins and a draw. In fact, the most recent victories were emphatic goalfests, taking out the frustration of Champions League defeats with a total of 21 goals spread over four games. It’s scant solace, but Barça must turn their heads now to the competitions at hand.

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A look at the Liga Table

A look at the Liga Table

Close title race? Close title race!

Liga Matchday 33: Granada v FC Barcelona; Getafe v Atlético Madrid & Real Madrid v Almeria. Who has the toughest match?

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View Your Ratings: FC Barcelona 3-1 Real Betis

View Your Ratings: FC Barcelona 3-1 Real Betis

You’ve had your chance to rate the performance of the Blaugrana and the results are now tallied up. Take a look at how the totalBarça community ranked the squad and see how the ratings played out.

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Match Review: FC Barcelona 3-1 Real Betis

Match Review: FC Barcelona 3-1 Real Betis

It was one of those days where all that matters to the team is winning the three points. Many expected a much more comforting performance from FC Barcelona ahead of the Champions League’s return leg against Atlético Madrid, but in the end we’ll have to settle for a poor win against Real Betis who sit at the bottom of the table. The goals came from Lionel Messi (2) and an own-goal, while Ruben Castro scored for Betis. More after the jump.

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Submit Your Ratings: FC Barcelona 3-1 Real Betis

Submit Your Ratings: FC Barcelona 3-1 Real Betis

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The Result: FC Barcelona 3-1 Real Betis

The Result: FC Barcelona 3-1 Real Betis

RESULT:

FC Barcelona: 3

Real Betis: 1

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Live Match Chat: FC Barcelona vs Real Betis

Live Match Chat: FC Barcelona vs Real Betis

totalBarça welcomes you all to Liga match between FC Barcelona and Real Betis!

Saturday, April 5, 2014 @ 18:00 Barcelona time - Convert to local time

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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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Stat of the Day: 4.4

Stat of the Day: 4.4

The last ten meetings between FC Barcelona and Real Betis at Camp Nou have witnessed 44 goals, a 4.4 goals per game ratio. Real Betis have failed to defeat the Catalan club at their home ground in all of those games, with Barça winning eight and drawing twice. The team also managed to score three or more goals in eight of these games, while Betis found the net in only seven. Things are looking good also in the sense that Gerardo Martino’s men are the league’s strongest attacking force, scoring 89 goals, and will now face the team with the second most goals conceded, 61.

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Quote of the day: Keita faster than Messi?

Quote of the day: Keita faster than Messi?

“Now I can tell Messi that he doesn’t own ALL the records”

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View Your Ratings: RCD Espanyol 0-1 FC Barcelona

View Your Ratings: RCD Espanyol 0-1 FC Barcelona

You’ve had your chance to rate the performance of the Blaugrana and the results are now tallied up. Take a look at how the totalBarça community ranked the squad and see how the ratings played out.

Image: Miguel Ruiz, fcbarcelona.com

Match Review: RCD Espanyol 0-1 FC Barcelona

Match Review: RCD Espanyol 0-1 FC Barcelona

It was an ugly match, with moments of brilliance few and far in between. Espanyol hosted FC Barcelona at Estadi Cornella-El Prat in a highly physical and tense encounter, which stayed unsettled till the last 15 minutes, although there weren’t many signs before that of the fixture ever ending well.

When Barça were able to reach the opposition’s goal, their attempts were wasted, otherwise, they were just bullied and beaten off the ball in plain sight of the officials. The match was a counter-tactic to the one employed by Celta Vigo, whom were rightly hailed as an example of attacking play and sportsmanship.

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Submit Your Ratings: RCD Espanyol 0-1 FC Barcelona

Submit Your Ratings: RCD Espanyol 0-1 FC Barcelona

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Live Match Chat: RCD Espanyol vs FC Barcelona

Live Match Chat: RCD Espanyol vs FC Barcelona

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Saturday, March 29, 2014 @ 16:00 Barcelona time - Convert to local time

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Martino: “Espanyol are like Atlético Madrid”

Martino: “Espanyol are like Atlético Madrid”

Gerardo Martino spoke in Friday’s press conference ahead of Saturday’s Derbi Barceloní against city rivals RCD Espanyol, as he expects the game to pose a challenge.

“Espanyol are a very similar side to Atlético Madrid. They generate pressure and make every game difficult,” Martino said. “I expect a complex game. It’ll be tight, with very little space, and that’ll make us uncomfortable.”

Martino also declared he admires former FCB man Sergio García, whom he describes as, “an exceptional footballer. He unbalances defences, he can score, he can dribble.”

More from the Argentine coach after the jump.

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Match Preview: RCD Espanyol vs FC Barcelona

Match Preview: RCD Espanyol vs FC Barcelona

RCD Espanyol host FC Barcelona in the original el derbi, in what should be a tough proposition. Under super La Liga veteran Javier Aguirre, who steered them clear of relegation last season, Espanyol currently sit in a tidy 8th place with 40 points, safe from the drop whilst also unlikely to challenge for European places. Los periquitos have made life difficult for La Liga’s top sides this season. Whereas previous manager Mauricio Pochettino had them playing an aesthetically pleasing, pass and high press game, Aguirre goes back to basics with tough, physical defending and directness. At the Cornellà, Espanyol have managed wins over Valencia (3-1), Athletic Bilbao (3-2) and Atlético Madrid (1-0). And while they may have lost to Real Madrid on three occasions (once at home in the league, and both home and away in the cup), each time it was only by a 1-0 scoreline. Even at Camp Nou, Barça only edged them 1-0, finding it near impossible to penetrate and create clear-cut chances. Gerardo Martino must consider the midweek Champions League fixtures, but he and the team need to be fully focused Saturday, because if there’s one time Espanyol show up, it’s for el derbi barceloní.

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Number of the day: 1,000

Number of the day: 1,000

Wednesday’s game against Celta Vigo was the 1,000th league game played in Camp Nou since its inauguration in 1957. So far the team has recorded 755 wins, 157 draws and 88 defeats in the great stadium, with 2,533 goals for and 777 against.

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The Highlights: FC Barcelona 3-0 Celta Vigo

The Highlights: FC Barcelona 3-0 Celta Vigo

Watch the highlights from last night’s game against Luis Enrique’s Celta Vigo after the jump!

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View Your Ratings: FC Barcelona 3-0 Celta Vigo

View Your Ratings: FC Barcelona 3-0 Celta Vigo

You’ve had your chance to rate the performance of the Blaugrana and the results are now tallied up. Take a look at how the totalBarça community ranked the squad and see how the ratings played out.

Image: Miguel Ruiz, fcbarcelona.com

Match Review: FC Barcelona 3-0 Celta Vigo

Match Review: FC Barcelona 3-0 Celta Vigo

Yesterday FC Barcelona defeated Celta Vigo 3-0, moving up to second place as Real Madrid lost later on in the evening at Sevilla. It should have been a cause for celebration, but the victory was deeply bittersweet, tainted by the image of Víctor Valdés crying as he was stretchered off the field with a torn ACL, presumably never to don the blaugrana kit again. The heroic keeper has done wonders to get Barcelona this far in the title race, but now the Catalans will have to make it to the finish line without him. With eight games left in the season, Barça are one point out of first place. Win out and they take the title: It’s a daunting task, but against Celta Vigo on Wednesday, Barcelona took one step closer to their objective.

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Submit Your Ratings: FC Barcelona 3-0 Celta Vigo

Submit Your Ratings: FC Barcelona 3-0 Celta Vigo

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The Result: FC Barcelona 3-0 Celta Vigo

The Result: FC Barcelona 3-0 Celta Vigo

RESULT:

FC Barcelona: 3

Celta Vigo: 0

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