Euskadi: Barça’s kryptonite

Euskadi: Barça’s kryptonite

25th September 2010: That’s the last time FC Barcelona managed to win a game in the Basque Country (Euskadi). On that day FC Barcelona had a 1-3 victory over Athletic Bilbao thanks to goals from Xavi Hernández, Seydou Keita and Sergio Busquets. From then on, Barcelona are on a seven game streak without a victory. Three draws and four losses against the Basque clubs is a poor balance.

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The Front: Sport (04.01.2013)

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MESSI SCORES A HATTRICK 

13,200 fans at the mini

The open training was an absolute success

Leo scores three goals and gives one assist in the training match

Messi: I feel good and I’m very happy to be with my teammates again

Emotions and gifts at the hospital: A day with ill children. Tata Martino and his players spend a couple of hours to bring happiness

Hard start for 2014: Two months that demand a lot. It’s possible Barça has to play 15 games in January and February

The Front: Sport (03.01.2014)

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SIGNING MESSI

Leo arrived to Ciutat Esportiva right from El Prat Airport and trained alongside his team mates

Welcome! Neymar fondly welcomed the Argentinian crack and they will play together soon

Valdés got medical clearance and will play on Sunday

Iniesta: “A good year would be winning it all”

Piqué: “We’re being attacked by everyone”

Piqué: “We’re being attacked by everyone”

Before waving goodbye to 2013 forever, defender Gerard Piqué (26) spoke to Catalan newspaper Sport. As always, Piqué spoke his mind. Read the translation of the interview after the jump.

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The Front: Sport (02.01.2014)

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“WE’RE BEING ATTACKED BY EVERYONE”

“There is a point when you need to say ‘that’s enough’”

“Someone should do justice to Messi for all the s*it he is being thrown”

“It’s difficult for Madrid to watch Barça winning all those titles”

Welcome Messi! Leo is back to training today after spending New Year’s Eve with his family.

The Front: Sport (28.12.2013)

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NEYMAR: “I WANT TO WIN TITLES”

“I’m very happy at Barça and now it’s time to win titles”

Pedro: “My only thought is to stay at Barça”

2014 reasons to dream. Iniesta and Ona Carbonell, two champions who are already thinking about what the next year will do for them.

Iniesta: “My wish for the new year is health, health and health. And if I had to keep wishing I would ask for the Champions, Liga, Copa and World Cup”

The Front: Sport (27.12.2013)

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2014 SIGNINGS

Tata Martino gets his 2 cracks back to start the new year

Messi is recovered and will receive medical clearance as soon as he is back to Barcelona

Valdés: “I’m ready” He completed his last training with Juanjo Brau

This is how Barça players celebrated Christmas

The Front: Sport (26.12.2013)

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MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Alves celebrates Christmas thinking already in 2014

“I’ll be back at my best. I only wish to be able to give everything I have inside to Barça”

Messi, fully devoted to his recovery

Tata does not want to sign any player in the winter market

Ex-Barça: Thiago: “At Bayern I am not the homegrown kid”

Ex-Barça: Thiago: “At Bayern I am not the homegrown kid”

Coming back to Barcelona is always a moment of happiness for Thiago Alcántara (22). Normally, the Alcántara family travels back to Brazil to celebrate Christmas but not this year. This year the Alcántaras are staying in Barcelona. Thiago just won the Club World Cup for the second time in his career and even managed to score in the final. His first milestone for FC Bayern Munich. The player shared his first moments at home with Catalan newspaper Sport as he was doing a workout organised by “5-hour ENERGY”, an energy drink. Read the translation of his interview after the jump.

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The Front: Sport (24.12.2013)

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Tata Martino’s message:

“WHEN YOU’RE BACK I WANT YOU FULLY FOCUSED”

He said goodbye to them in Getafe and asked them to rest and enjoy their holidays

He travelled to Rosario, where he will meet Messi

Iniesta’s contract, renewed

…and Bartra will sign his before the ending of the year

Judge Ruz already has Neymar’s contract

Thiago: “At Bayern I’m not the kid of the team anymore”

The Front: Sport (23.12.2013)

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SUPER PEDRO

Hat trick and comeback

The striker scored three goals, assisted once and got a penalty in a perfect match

Getafe 2 – 5 Barça

Leaders at the end of 2013. The team will leave on holidays at the top of La Liga’s qualification

The Front: Sport (19.12.2013)

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“THANK YOU, BARÇA”

Neymar, superstar in Camp Nou

The signing that made him happy. Facts have proven to him that he made the right choice by signing for Barça instead of Madrid

He already has Sport’s book which contains his biography

Iniesta’s contract, renewed until 2018

Messi, at the final stage of his recovery

Tito Vilanova, a year of fight

The Front: Sport (14.12.2013)

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THE LEADER POSITION, IN DANGER

Barça must show in La Liga the improvement in their performance

5 changes. Martino will play against Villarreal with Bartra, Alba, Song, Iniesta and Cesc

Barça – Villarreal (20h)

Rosell offers an outstreched hand to Guardiola. “Barça’s doors will always be open for Guardiola”

The Front: Sport (13.12.2013)

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THE HAT TRICK PARTY

This is how Neymar celebrated his great performance. Ney enjoyed a special dinner at his home cooked by a Brazilian chef and was joined by his father and two of his friends: A singer and a football player

Rosell personally ties Messi up

The Front: Sport (12.12.2013)

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NEYMAR SHOW!

Barça 6 – 1 Celtic

The Brazilian scored three goals, gave an assist and made the spectators stand up with a brilliant performance

Arsenal, possible rival and Juve is out. Leverkusen, Galatasaray, Olympiacos, Manchester City, Arsenal, Schalke 04 and Zenit await in the rotating drum

A celebration which travelled all around the world. Neymar faced the photographers standing like in the picture after his goals. It was inspired by a Brazilian musician

The Front: Sport (09.12.2013)

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45 MILLION EUROS FOR VAN PERSIE

Barça already knows the price Manchester United asks for him

The fans prefer Kun Agüero (70%)

Montoya’s dilemma. He wants to renew his contract but he does not trust el Tata Martino

Mathematical changes. 70% of the substitutions are made on the 70th minute

The Front: Sport (07.12.2013)

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SOOTHING COMEBACK

Cesc and Pedro were the leaders. The blaugrana victory in La Copa was an obligation after two defeats in a row

Cartagena 1 – 4 Barça

Brazil World Cup. Easy for Messi, easy for Neymar, difficult for Spain

Messi already plays with a ball

The Front: Sport (06.12.2013)

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MARTINO INTONES THE “MEA CULPA”

“Defeats are only my fault since I am the coach”

“Criticism has always some truth in it”

“The ones who play are the ones who, in my opinion, are at the top of their performance. I don’t care about status”

Cartagena – Barça (22h). Debut in La Copa with Alba

The 2014 Brazil World Cup starts. Today, final stage draw (17h)

The Front: Sport (04.12.2013)

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CONTACT KUN

The club got in touch with is agent, who has moved to Barcelona

City’s striker wants to come back to Spain and play along Messi

Tell-off to Tello and Montoya. Iniesta replied and the team is annoyed

A new car for Neymar

Scandalous pro-CR7 campaign

The Front: Sport (02.12.2013)

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THIS IS NOT OUR BARÇA!

Second defeat in a row in five days

First KO in La Liga. The blaugrana players let Atlético and Madrid get closer

Only two shots on goal. The team played a good first half but then their performance got worse

Tata Martino: “I saw a good Barça for 70 minutes. We were superior”

The Front: Sport (30.11.2013)

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MEETING TATA – PLAYERS

The team debated the situation of the club

Cesc disagrees with most of his team mates: “It’s not an attitude problem”

The bunker where Messi will go through his recovery

We reveal Ter Stegen and Reina’s secret contracts. 10 million euros for the German and 5 million euros for the Spanish but the rest of the details will have to be settled before March

The Front: Sport (29.11.2013)

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MORE THAN A MONTH IN ARGENTINA

Messi is leaving today and will be back on January 2nd

Recovery plan:
2-D: He keeps working with the kinesiologist Luís García
12-D: Paullorroso joins to provide specific training
12 to 16-D: Dr Pruna and a fisiotherapist will check the process in situ
24 to 29-D: El Tata and Pautasso will visit him in El Rosario
5-J: He could get medical clearance

The debate on the sacred cows. Should El Tata rest any of the cracks?

The Front: Sport (27.11.2013)

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“WE PLAYED HORRIBLE”

The worst Barça of the season and Pique’s tough statement

Without intensity nor proper attitude, Tata’s team was unable to turn the result upside down not even playing against 10

Ajax 2 – 1 Barça

Bad defence and not enough shots on goal in attack. Pinto was scored two goals during the first half and after Xavi’s goal, Neymar could not hit the goal

The Front: Sport (26.11.2013)

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TATABARÇA OF RECORD

Only by drawing they will equal Pep’s 21 matches unbeaten but with more victories

Martino: “What I wish is to win as many titles as him”

Neymar is back to the wing. The Brazilian will be back to the position where performs best and Cesc will play as a false 9

Ajax – Barça (20.45h)

The Front: Sport (25.11.2013)

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MESSI PUTS IT CLEAR: “I WILL NEVER LEAVE BARÇA”

“Many clubs have shown their interest on me but my opinion has not changed. My dream is staying here”

Pep, the new Kaiser of Bayern

“Ter Stegen is ideal for Barcelona”

“Puyol and Xavi, ready for the Champions League”

More youth players against Ajax

El Tata visited Montserrat

The Front: El Mundo Deportivo (25.11.2013)

 

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NEYMAR, AMAZING!

The crack shows his generosity with 9 goal assists

As a striker or playing Messi’s role, his talent has made Barça more a leader

Today, trip to Amsterdam with Xavi

Messi confirms he received super offers

Adama, the sprinter who captivated El Tata

Pep looks for a mole and threatens the whole the team

The Front: Sport (22.11.2013)

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DELICATE ISSUES

Zubi has to decide within a month the future of six “home-made” players

Bartra could be free to go in January. Barça sent him an offer already but he has not answered yet

Montoya. Liverpool want to sign him. He asks the club for more time before accepting the contract renewal.

Sergi Roberto. He is considering the option of being loaned. He plays less than he wanted and he may accept leaving in winter

Tello, unhappy with his status. There is no room for him in the attacking line and asks for a solution

Sanabria, immediate decision. He must be convinced to stay within a week

Cuenca needs to play. The club will find a solution for him in January

Alves will not play against Granada nor Ajax

The Front: Sport (19.11.2013)

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THE JEWELL OF THE YOUTH TEAM IS IN DANGER

Sanabria might leave in January

Super offers. Six teams which will be playing on Champions League multiply his salary

El Tata intercedes. He had a meeting with him and his family yesterday to prevent him from leaving

A three-million-euros buyout clause. The Paraguayan goalscorer is easy to sign

The Front: Sport (18.11.2013)

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MESSI’S CONFESSIONS

“I will not play until my body tells me I’m ready to do so”

“I’m sad and angry but not worried. I will recover”

King Midas wants to sign Leo

Shameful hunt on Neymar in Honduras – Brazil. “I managed to stay alive”

Iniesta is back to the place of the glory

The Front: Sport (16.11.2013)

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TWO CRACKS AVAILABLE FOR SIGNING…WHO WILL BE THE NEW 9?

Lewandowski’s contract expires but he would have to break his agreement with Bayern

‘Kun’ Agüero seems more likely to sign because he knows La Liga and is Messi’s friend

It has been 10 years since Messi made his debut with the first team

Bartra will make his debut with La Roja as a starter

Cuenca has three offers from teams playing in Primera División