Video of the Day: Neymar’s eyes

Check out Neymar’s latest spot for Panasonic. Using the company’s new wearable 4K camera A500, the Brazilian super star does some juggling and basketfoot play.

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Rosell: “I didn’t read the small print”

Rosell: “I didn’t read the small print”

Disgraced former FC Barcelona president Sandro Rosell gave his testimony in the Neymar proceedings on July 22 and it must be said he did nothing to redeem himself. For the most part it appears his declarations added next to nothing to the case. Rosell continued to maintain that the transfer fee for Neymar was 57 million euros and explained the difference to the total 86 million of the entire “operation” in exactly the same manner the club did in January (10 million – pre-contract, 2.5 million – agent commissions, 4 million – publicity payments, 2.5 million – charitable amounts, 7.9 million – options on three Santos players and 2 million – legal costs for Neymar’s father’s company). The baffling part comes after the jump.

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Quote of the Day: Three’s a crowd?

Quote of the Day: Three’s a crowd?

I don’t understand how Barça are going to manage combination football with Messi, Neymar and Luis Suárez in the team. The three are individualists. Makes it clear that Barça prefer individual play before a team that plays good football.

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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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Club medical staff: “Neymar recovery going very well”

Club medical staff: “Neymar recovery going very well”

As scheduled, FC Barcelona medical personnel flew to Brazil to collaborate with the Brazilian federation’s doctors regarding Neymar Jr. The club medics are in total agreement with the injury diagnosis as well as the recovery plan. Neymar will return to Barcelona on August 5th, three weeks after pre-season training has officially started and continue his recovery in Spain.

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“The dream of being champions isn’t over”

My dream isn’t over. It was interrupted by a play but it continues. I’m certain that my team-mates will do everything possible so that my dream, which is to be a champion, comes true. My dream was also to play in a World Cup final but this time it didn’t work out. I am sure they will win this cup and be champions, and I will be with them, and all Brazilians will soon be celebrating all of that.

“It’s a very difficult moment, I have no words to translate what is going through my head and my heart, I’d just like to say I will be back as quickly as possible, when you least expect it, I’ll be back.

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Quote of the Day: Putting patriotic rivalry aside

Quote of the Day: Putting patriotic rivalry aside

Neymar, I hope you get better soon!

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Cartoon of the day: Sport (1.7.2014)

Cartoon of the day: Sport (1.7.2014)

THE STAR THAT CARRIED BRAZIL TO THE SECOND ROUND

(Neymar Jr.)

THE STAR THAT CARRIED BRAZIL TO THE QUARTERFINALS

(The Crossbar)

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Leading by example

Leading by example

FC Barcelona’s ace attackers Lionel Messi and Neymar Jr have taken the 2014 World Cup by storm. Both men have inarguably been their national sides’ top performers. Messi has 24 goals in his last 24 Argentina caps, or 32 goals in 36 games in 2014, with 10 assists. In canary yellow, Neymar has outrageously good career statistics, 22 years old, 52 appearances, 35 goals and 20 assists. After the jump are their group stage performances in numbers, including an impressive 92% shot accuracy from Neymar.

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El Pivote: Summer Holiday Report Cards (Part 2)

El Pivote: Summer Holiday Report Cards (Part 2)

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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Leo, Ney and Don Andrés on NYT front cover

Leo, Ney and Don Andrés on NYT front cover

FC Barcelona’s three best dribblers, Lionel Messi, Neymar Jr and Andrés Iniesta, will feature on the widely read New York Times Magazine that is to hit the stands tomorrow. The renowned magazine will feature exclusive photo- and video-shoots before the action kicks off in Brazil.

What’s more is that Leo, Ney and Cristiano Ronaldo will feature on the cover of The New York Times (newspaper) this week. Starting this Sunday, the NYT website will publish the videos of the players from the photo-shoot. Continue reading »

If I were Zubi – Part 3

If I were Zubi – Part 3

Here we are, many thousands of words later, the third and final part of “If I were Zubi.” Having covered Luis Enrique and goodbyes in Part 1 then the goalkeeping and defensive situation in Part 2, naturally it’s time for the midfield and the attack. Having spent an estimated sum of between 50 and 70 million euros of the soft 100 spending cap on the defense, Part 1 left the remaining lines as follows:

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The Game Before the Game

The newest commercial by Beats by Dre starring Neymar also features Cesc Fàbregas and former Barça man Thierry Henry.

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Stat of the Day: 200 and counting!

Stat of the Day: 200 and counting!

FC Barcelona attacker Neymar Jr reached a sporting milestone as he scored his 200th professional goal as Brazil defeated panama 4-0 in a World Cup warmup on Tuesday. The kind folks over at Mundo Deportivo plotted all of Neymar’s goals in the handy infographic featured above.

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Video of the Day: Neymar vs Panama

Neymar put in a scintillating performance in Brazil’s friendly victory over Panama yesterday. The Barça man was in the middle of everything Brazil created on the offensive end.

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Neymar’s special penalty

I’ve actually seen this before, but it is cool. Will take guts to do it in a proper match however.

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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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Neymar: “Always our solution, never our problem”

Neymar: “Always our solution, never our problem”

Brazil’s favorite son Neymar actually doesn’t do as much press as many think as national team manager Luis Felipe Scolari tries to insulate his star player as much as possible. Neymar however spoke recently with TV Globo on the obvious matter of the World Cup but also Lionel Messi.

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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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Video of the Day: Neymar on Messi and Brazil 2014

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We are all human

We are all human

The banana? You have to laugh at these morons. You have to deal with it like this because now we can’t change it. I’ve been in this country 11 years and it is as it’s always been.

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FC Barcelona cleared by LFP on Neymar deal

FC Barcelona cleared by LFP on Neymar deal

The Spanish first division authority LFP (Liga Nacional de Futbol Professional) have studied the Neymar transfer and concluded there are no irregularities or illegalities. It is however important to understand this is a victory, but certainly not the end of the war. The LFP have cleared Barça on it’s specific set of rules and regulations, so the club will not be penalized by the LFP in whatever way they could. The case is still alive in the Spanish High Courts and when that ruling is eventually given, then the case can be put to bed, one way or the other. Nevertheless, it’s certainly good news to receive a positive verdict. After the jump is the official statement put out by the club earlier this week.

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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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Laporta: “It’s shocking that Messi’s case still isn’t resolved”

Laporta: “It’s shocking that Messi’s case still isn’t resolved”

Former Barcelona president Joan Laporta spoke to Spanish TV station Cuatro. He said, “It is shocking that [Lionel] Messi’s case still isn’t resolved. If it were up to me, Messi would be at FC Barcelona for life.”

Laporta also spoke about Brazilian forward Neymar Jr. According to the Catalan politician, people shouldn’t be too hard on Neymar because, “Neymar is the victim of bad management by the current board.”

Talking about the possibility of running for president again, Laporta said the following: “At the end of the season I will make my intentions concerning Barça clear.” Some media are speculating that Laporta will organise a vote of no confidence against the current FC Barcelona board.

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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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Quote of the Day: Like a dream

Quote of the Day: Like a dream

Getting here was very difficult. It’s a great joy for me. To be in Barcelona today, my dreams are achieved. To get into the dressing room, its like a video game. Because there is Xavi, Dani, Pinto, Messi, Valdés…they are like my family.

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Jordi Alba: “Atlético Madrid are a tough team”

Jordi Alba: “Atlético Madrid are a tough team”

Following Tuesday’s Champions League quarter-final clash against league leaders Atlético Madrid, Jordi Alba spoke to the FC Barcelona’s TV programme ‘El Marcador’ and made it clear that he’s relishing the return trip to the Calderon, “We’ll have to go with all guns blazing in Madrid if we want to reach the semis – we’ll need to put a really good performance. Atlético Madrid are a tough team to play and we’ve drawn every game with them so far.” More from the left-back after the jump.

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

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

Dani Alves gave an extraordinary press conference today ahead of tomorrow’s Champions League clash against Atlético Madrid. The Brazilian full-back was in high spirits, joking with reporters and speaking with complete freedom – a breath of fresh air from the often stilted press conferences professional footballers give most days. Alves held forth on fickle media and dwindling support at Camp Nou, praised his teammates and opponents, and poked a bit of fun at Luis Figo. Read on to see exactly what the Brazilian had to say.

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Bartomeu: “We have told Víctor that the club is at his disposal”

Bartomeu: “We have told Víctor that the club is at his disposal”

FC Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu gave an interview with Catalan radio station COPE yesterday at midnight. It was an unusual hour and an unusual type of interview for a club president. Unlike Sandro Rosell at any point in his tenure, Bartomeu answered a host of different questions and was forthcoming about many issues that have been swirling in the media lately. The Barça president spoke freely on subjects ranging from Víctor Valdés to player contracts and summer transfers – check out some of Bartomeu’s most interesting comments after the break.

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