Three Blaugrana goals featured on UEFA all-time best goals list

Three Blaugrana goals featured on UEFA all-time best goals list

UEFA is celebrating its 60th birthday. On this occasion, the European federation has published a compilation of the 60 best goals ever scored in continental competitions. Two players currently on FC Barcelona’s books are featured, while the list also features two former players. Barça is featured on UEFA’s list on a further five occasions albeit on the conceding side. Read more after the jump.

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Ex-Barça: Who said Eto’o was bad?

A local ten year-old named Pedro waited outside Cameroon’s hotel everyday during the Africans time in Brazil. Some days ago he got a signed shirt from the former Barça man but check out this emotional goodbye Samuel Eto’o shared with the young fan he doesn’t even know. Nice one, Samu.

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Cameroonian team strikes for more money

Cameroonian team strikes for more money

The Cameroonian national football team, which includes FCB player Alex Song and ex-Barça player Samuel Eto’o, refused to board their plane to Brazil until the country’s government and their national football federation (FECAFOOT) agreed to pay them a higher bonus for participating in the World Cup. The players were to receive a bonus of 50 million CFA francs (approximately 76,000 euro). They will now receive 55.8 million CFA francs (approximately 85,000 euro).

Everything is ok now. We will embark tonight,” said FECAFOOT spokesman Laurence Fotso, adding that the federation had to borrow the funds to pay the bonuses. “That money is given (by FIFA) three months after the end of the competition,” said Fotso. So FECAFOOT “borrowed money as a private loan to satisfy the players.

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Ex-Barça: Eto’o blasts Guardiola

Ex-Barça: Eto’o blasts Guardiola

Pep Guardiola may be the recipient of an avalanche of plaudits, having just recently won the Bundesliga in record time (seven games to spare), and over this campaign broken a host of Bayern Munich and Bundesliga records. Of course, you can’t please everyone, Munich legend Franz Beckenbauer included, but nevertheless former Barça star Samuel Eto’o seemed to go over the line recently with some comments in a BeIN SPORTS interview. There have been many thousands of words printed on the relationship between the pair and a host of theories as to why Guardiola let such a fantastic and productive player go, yet it seems that for Eto’o, it is not water under the bridge. I did some fact checking into this (and it appears legitimate) simply because I’ve always believed and maintain that Eto’o got an unfair rap regarding his personality in Barcelona, and therefore was rather shocked and disappointed with these very unnecessary comments.

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Ex-Barça: Samuel Eto’o signs for Chelsea FC

Ex-Barça: Samuel Eto’o signs for Chelsea FC

Samuel Eto’o (32) has become the second Anzhi Makhachkala player to join manager José Mourinho at Stamford Bridge, following Willian’s move for €37 million. The Cameroonian striker joins Chelsea on a one-year deal for approximately €5 million. Continue reading »

How could Barcelona utilize a striker?

How could Barcelona utilize a striker?

As the Confederations Cup has evolved and Spain has marched ahead in the tournament, many have noticed the one major change in the lineup compared to the team that conquered Europe a year ago. Instead of using a false 9, Spain has used an actual striker – Roberto Soldado or Fernando Torres – and looked very lively in attack. The usage of a striker is something many have hoped to see in Barcelona as well, but as David Villa seems likely to leave the club during the summer, the change looks unlikely to happen anytime soon. But the question remains the same, is a striker something Barcelona should invest in?

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El Pivote: Neymar or Moneyball?

El Pivote: Neymar or Moneyball?

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. We welcome your thoughts and feedback in the comments section.

El Pivote is taking a look at the transfers that may or may not occur this summer, the value of stats and science versus an eye for talent and overall what history can and should tell Zubizarreta about players joining Barcelona.

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Racism continues to taint the Beautiful Game

Racism continues to taint the Beautiful Game

In the aftermath of another heated Clásico, Dani Alves, FC Barcelona’s right back, dejectedly pointed out that “the fight against racism in Spanish football is a lost cause”. He was referring to the monkey noises that some Real Madrid supporters chanted at him whenever he touched the ball. These insults most likely came from the infamous “Parroquia Blanca” section of the Bernabéu, which also joined in calling Messi a “subnormal”, the Spanish term for a mentally challenged person. Sadly, this kind of behavior is only the most recent manifestation of a long tradition of racism in football. Ultimately, these chants represent a much larger problem, one that is deeply ingrained in the fringes of society. In a time when racism is supposedly a thing of the past, some fans take advantage of the anonymity that a football stadium provides in order to release bottled up emotions that they wouldn’t be free to express elsewhere. As a result, angry and offensive taunts are common, to the point that insulting the other team has become an accepted sign of the more committed fan.

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Video(s) of the Day: Barça Legends – Samuel Eto’o

Watch part 2 after the jump!

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Barça – Benfica: An Encouraging History

Barça – Benfica: An Encouraging History

FC Barcelona has faced SL Benfica in 3 separate seasons in the UEFA Champions League (twice under the European Cup label), all 3 times FC Barcelona has been in the final that year.  In fact, the winner of this matchup has always gone to lift the trophy.  The first one occurred in 1960/61, where the two sides met in the final hosted at Berne, where Barça was defeated 3-2 despite taking the early lead.  As an interesting side note, this was the first European Cup final FC Barcelona had ever reached.

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We’ve got mail: Who will score this season?

We’ve got mail: Who will score this season?

Lionel Messi is a gift of many sorts.  Yet, do we rely too much on him?  In this edition of We’ve got mail, a long-time culé shares with us his view on the advantages and disadvantages of what could happen if we rely too much on our #10, once again.

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Barça moves forward, as do Eto’o and co.

Barça moves forward, as do Eto’o and co.

On the same day FC Barcelona progressed to the UEFA Champions League semi-finals at the expense of a prolific AC Milan side, a former Barcelona and Inter Milan player announced his protracted legal battle with the Spanish giants would come to rest.

Former Barcelona forward and Cameroonian international Samuel Eto’o (31) announced Tuesday he would no longer seek legal recompense from his former club over his 2009 transfer to Inter Milan, according to an FC Barcelona statement.

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Quote of the Day: Samuel Eto’o

Quote of the Day: Samuel Eto’o

“We are striving to be like Barcelona, they are the inspiration. Barcelona are the reference point in football today….”

In an interview to The Guardian, former FC Barcelona forward Samuel Eto’o on how the Russian Premier League side Anzhi Makhachkala hope to emulate the style and success of the Catalan club.  

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Ex-Barca: Eto’o signs for Anzhi Makhachkala

Ex-Barca: Eto’o signs for Anzhi Makhachkala

Former FC Barcelona striker Samuel Eto’o has left Italian club Inter Milan to join Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala. By doing so he has become the world’s best-paid footballer. The British publication Guardian reports that the 30-year-old three-time UEFA Champions League winner “is set to earn €20.5m (£17.9m) after tax per season“.  The three-year deal will see the Russian outfit pay Inter €25m (£21.8m) for the Cameroonian forward who will live and train in Moscow but will have to travel to the capital of Dagestan to play the home matches.

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Eto’o racially abused outside Milan bar

Eto’o racially abused outside Milan bar

According to reports in Italy, former FC Barcelona favourite Samuel Eto’o has suffered once again at the hands of racist football fans. The incident, which occurred two nights ago outside a trendy Milanese night spot, saw the Cameroonian heckled by a group of AC Milan ultras, causing the striker’s security to become irate and confront the group, although a physical altercation was eventually avoided.

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Eto’o offers moral support ahead of Wembley final

Eto’o offers moral support ahead of Wembley final

Former FC Barcelona attacker Samuel Eto’o had words of encouragement for his old teammates ahead of Saturday’s clash with Manchester United in the final of the Champions League. Eto’o’s thoughts were disclosed in an interview that appeared on the official UEFA website on Tuesday. Although Eto’o will watch the match from the stands, he made it clear who he supported in the contest. “I’ll be at the final in spirit because I have good friends who will be playing so my heart will be with them. I definitely hope Barcelona win. But you never know what will happen. Both Manchester United and Barcelona have improved [since the 2009 final]. I hope it will be a beautiful final.”

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Eto’o: “I always support the team”

Eto’o: “I always support the team”

Former Barca favourite Samuel Eto’o has revealed how his heart is still behind the Catalan club whenever he watches his former team take to the field. Speaking to Radio Monte Carlo, the Cameroon forward said, “Although I like Arsène, I always go with the club. I spent five years there and maintain many wonderful friendships.

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Sid Lowe’s La Liga Team of the Decade is Barca heavy

Sid Lowe’s La Liga Team of the Decade is Barca heavy

Some may argue that that there are six FC Barcelona players in Sid Lowe’s La Liga Team of the Decade, which is part of his series for Sports Illustrated. But we will be frank and say that the real number is  four – Carles Puyol, Xavi Hernandez, Lionel Messi and Samuel Eto’o, even though Lowe takes into account Eto’s performances for Mallorca. Lowe, often, we think, unjustly proclaimed as anti-Barca, may have partially redeemed himself in the eyes of Cules as he even includes Dani Alves and David Villa, who now ply their trade at the Catalan Club. So even if Lowe, taking a dig at the fans of Madrid and Barcelona, says that yes, there is a “bias” and that his team is “anti-Barca” and “anti-Madrid“, the truth is otherwise. If Lowe’s chosen legion was to play now, the reality is that much like Spain’s national team, it would be a Barca affair.

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Picture of the Day: Eto’o and Bojan

Picture of the Day: Eto’o and Bojan

Ex-Barca striker Samuel Eto’o hugs Bojan during training session in Barcelona on Wednesday, September 13, 2010.  The Cameroon international striker surprised the Blaugrana stars as he appeared to watch them be put through their paces just over a year after he left the Catalan club to join Inter Milan.

Ex-Barca: Eto’o re-visits Barcelona

Ex-Barca: Eto’o re-visits Barcelona

Today the first team had a great surprise visit from former Barça star Samuel Eto’o at the Ciudad Deportiva Joan Gamper.

More photos and video after the jump.

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic: How AC Milan Hustled FC Barcelona Yet Again

Zlatan Ibrahimovic: How AC Milan Hustled FC Barcelona Yet Again

Original article @ Bleacher Report

by Adi-Oula Sebastian (edited for totalBarça by OmarX)

AC Milan finally got their man… Adriano Galliani hustled FC Barcelona yet again. This time they managed to con FC Barcelona for their most expensive signing in Zlatan Ibrahimovic for a mere €24.000.000 payable next year.

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Eto’o: “The fans were a 10″

Eto’o: “The fans were a 10″

Yesterday was the second time that Samuel Eto’o had returned to the Camp Nou since his departure last summer. The Barca fans took the time to applaud him, even after the game was over. Due to his total dedication to the blaugrana, he’ll always be thought of fondly by most supporters. Speaking in the post-match press conference, Eto’o talked about his feelings during the game.

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Eto’o: “Messi is a god, but we are not scared”

Eto’o: “Messi is a god, but we are not scared”

Former FC Barcelona striker Samuel Eto’o insisted that there is only one possible name that could be on a theoretical list of the best players on this planet; that name is Lionel Messi. But despite that fact, the Cameroonian international warned that Inter is determined not to let their own Champions League hope go down the drain without a fight.“If there is a god of football right now, his name has to be Messi, just as it’s impossible not to say that the best team in the world at this moment is Barcelona,” football-italia.net quoted him as saying.

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Eto’o still respects the Camp Nou crowd

Eto’o still respects the Camp Nou crowd

Samuel Eto’o’s and FC Barcelona’s path will cross again this week. The former Barcelona hero – now in the ranks of Inter Milan – will, for the third time this season face his former teammates in the semi-finals of the Champions League.

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Lessons from the Ibrahimovic-Eto’o comparison

Lessons from the Ibrahimovic-Eto’o comparison

Originally titled “‘IbracadARRRGGHHHH how could he scuff that one?!’ A culé considers requesting a refund,” I decided that was too harsh and not really what I’m arguing. But I miss Sammy, and I’m getting tired of watching Ibra pout on the field. So I went looking for constructive criticisms….

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Eto’o: “I left Barcelona a happy man with no problems and no regrets”

Eto’o: “I left Barcelona a happy man with no problems and no regrets”

After scoring a fantastic goal that saw Inter Milan overturn Chelsea in the last 16 of the Champions League, Samuel Eto’o may well find himself back at the Camp Nou once more this season, this time for a potentially intriguing Champions League semi-final. So now seems a good time to revisit an in-depth interview given by the former FC Barcelona favourite. The interview, given to Four-Four-Twomagazine in February, finds the Cameroon international discussing his time at Barca, his relationship with Pep Guardiola, as well as his big-money move to Inter and everything that entails.

Below are some excerpts from the interview.

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Messi overtakes Ronaldinho in league goals

Messi overtakes Ronaldinho in league goals

The goal Lionel Messi, FC Barcelona player and Argentine international, scored against Malaga was his  71st league goal for Barcelona.

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Ex-Barca: Samuel Eto’o in Top Three of African Player of the Year Awards

Ex-Barca: Samuel Eto’o in Top Three of African Player of the Year Awards

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) on Tuesday revealed the top three nominees for the Glo-CAF Awards 2009 at a press briefing in Accra, Ghana.

Ex-Black Stars defender Anthony Baffoe revealed the identity of the nominees for the various categories at the ceremony attended by Kwesi Nyantakyi, President of the Ghana Football Association (GFA) and other sporting dignitaries

The flagship award, African Footballer of the Year 2009, has former Barca star and Cameroonian forward Samuel Eto’o (29), Ivorian striker Didier Drogba (32), and Ghana midfielder Michael Essien (26) as the contenders.

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Samuel Eto’o: “I miss life in Spain”

Samuel Eto’o: “I miss life in Spain”

Inter Milan striker and Cameroonian international Samuel Eto’o (28) has revealed that he misses life in Spain following his summer move to Inter Milan.

Fernando Torres inspired by Barcelona strikers

Fernando Torres inspired by Barcelona strikers

In a recent interview with Four-Four-Twomagazine Liverpool striker Fernando Torres, 25, revealed the five forwards who have inspired him the most, with the list including two former Barça greats and one current Azulgrana.

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