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The 3rd clasico for the season. Well – technically not, because that term only really exists for the Liga games, but has now become synonymous with every meeting between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid.

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Match Comments: Barca vs. Valladolid

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The Purple & Whites are back at Camp Nou.

Team to meet them is: Valdés, Alves, Piqué, Bartra, Adriano, Xavi, Song, Fàbregas, Alexis, Neymar and Tello.

Bench: Pinto, Iniesta, Dos Santos, Montoya, Pedro, Busquets and Sergi Roberto.

Valladolid: Mariño, Rukavina, Valiente, Rueda, Peña, Baraja, Rossi, Ebert, Omar, Bergdich and Guerra.

Have your say in the comments, but please keep it polite & respectful.

 

Visca Barca!

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Match Comments: Atléti vs. Barça Supa Copa

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Here we go – the team is in Madrid for the start of another lengthy season where numerous clasico games will be played against Real Madr…. oh wait a minute, it isn’t Real Madrid?  It’s Atlético Madrid?  Damn – we’ve swapped a Mad Mou for a Snarky Simeone.

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Preview: Barça vs. Málaga – The Last Dance

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The last game for the season and the chance to equal 3 records: 100 points, 32 wins in one season and 18 home wins in one season.

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Preview: FC Barcelona vs. Real Valladolid

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Barça heads into the penultimate home game for the season against Castile and León side Real Valladolid but, for the home press, all focus appears to be on the after-match celebrations in which the Liga Trophy will be presented to the team by RFEF President Ángel María Villar.

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Preview: Atlético Madrid vs. FC Barcelona

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This is going to be the shortest preview ever, given that there’s less than 2 hours until the match starts and, hey – did you hear that, yesterday, Espanyol early gifted Barça the Liga, and Iniesta a birthday present?
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Preview: Barça vs. Betis – For Want of a Nail

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Get out of here if you think that the Liga is already won. None of the opponents in the 5 remaining games will be pushovers. A win tonight will mean that Barça requires 2 points more to seal the championship, assuming that Madrid wins all their games.
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Preview: Ballar a Balaídos

When Barça last visited the Balaídos stadium in 2006, keeping goal for Celta de Vigo was José Manuel Pinto Colorado.  For 2 seasons, Pinto shared the locker with Thiago and Rafinha’s old man, Mazinho.

For a time, he also shared the #1 GK duties with Frenchman Richard Dutruel.  Continue Reading

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Welcome Back Tito: Dreams or Tickets Out

A short little video recorded Tito Vilanova’s return to Barcelona early yesterday morning, accompanied by Jordi Roura, Aureli Altimira and their wives who had flown to NYC as a thank-you for all their efforts and to escort El Mister back home. Continue Reading

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Part 2: Our Top Scorers – A Comparison

This article continues from the previous post in which I shared some comparative scoring analysis between the Top 2 teams from each of Spain’s La Liga, England’s EPL, Germany’s Bundesliga and Italy’s Serie A.

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Part 1: Our Top Scorers – A Comparison

The official Barça website recently published an article reporting on the number of goals scored by the First Team. It explained that Messi and Villa had scored 54.7% of the 126 goals scored this season.

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Preview: A Little Rayo Sunshine

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A long time ago, when Kluivert, Rivaldo, Guardiola and De Boer roamed the Camp Nou pitch and Van Gaal steered Barça from the sidelines, Rayo Vallecano came to visit with hope in their hearts and dread on their minds. Continue Reading

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