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Fundacion Leo Messi Project: A letter to our Barcablog members

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Dear member,

After nearly five years running Barcablog, words can't possibly explain how proud I am to have developed our website into a community where Barcelona fans regularly come to read the latest news, share their opinions, interact with each other and, ultimately, celebrate their love for FC Barcelona.

Having over 500,000 followers in social media and receiving over 2,500,000 visits on the website has certainly exceeded expectations. Considering it all started with simply posting a photo explaining the Barcelona crest on Facebook, it is clear that the journey that followed was impossible to predict.

Barcablog is now in a position to contribute towards achieving goals which go beyond the barriers of football. After much consideration, I am delighted to announce the decision to contribute to the Fundacion Leo Messi on a termly basis. In other words, Barcablog will donate at least $100 on the first day of January, April, July and October. The sum of money donated will increase up to $500 if finances allow it at that point.

If you are reading this letter, thank you. Your support throughout the years has not gone unnoticed. Every single comment, like, retweet, share or click is incredibly valuable. The dream of making a difference to the lives of the children that Messi so passionately supports via his charity is now closer than ever.

Our main channel to attract revenue is Adsense, a Google initiative that places ads next to our content and pays us a very small commision every time a user clicks on them. In order to raise even more funds for our Messi charity project, we have recently become affiliates of Viagogo and Amazon, meaning we get a tiny percentage of any Camp Nou tickets or Barcelona merchandise our visitors may buy.

More often than not, the question "How do you get time to keep the site updated?" pops up. I must admit, it is not always easy. Luckily, my gorgeous wife is hugely understanding of my passion for Barcelona and doesn't complain too much -- although, when she does, it can be scary!

With that in mind, I couldn't be happier to announce that we are recruiting! If you want to join our team and feel you have the passion, talent and confidence needed write for Barcablog, this is your unique chance to prove your worth. And no, you don't have to write every day! Contact at myworldofsport(at)gmail(dot)com for more details.

On behalf of the team at Barcablog, we would like to thank you once again for your continued support by commenting, liking, sharing or whatever-you-are-doing-ing on a regular basis.

We are committed to continue to provide you with engaging content about Barcelona, the best football team on the planet, for many years to come.

As the Barca anthem explains, Tots Units Fem Força (Together We Are Stronger)

Exciting times!

Francesc Tomàs
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FC Barcelona Camp Nou tickets: The ultimate experience for true football lovers!

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Barcelona's Camp Nou is, without a doubt, one of the most iconic stadiums in the world. Witnessing the magical Lionel Messi, Neymar or Andres Iniesta surrounded by their impressive 99,000-strong crowd has to be the ultimate experience for any true football lovers.

The Camp Nou has been the FC Barcelona stadium since 24th of September 1957, the date of its inauguration. It was designed by architects Francesc Mitjans Miró and Josep Soteras Mauri and it was constructed between 1955 and 1957, using mainly concrete and iron. The whole project cost a staggering 288 million pesetas, which meant the club would spend the following years in heavy debt. 

Although it was originally going to go under the official name of ‘Estadi del FC Barcelona’, it soon came to be popularly known as the 'Camp Nou' (the ‘new ground’), as opposed to the club’s old home at Les Corts. It was not until the 2000/2001 season that  the decision was made to make ‘Camp Nou’ the official name of the stadium. 

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With a capacity of 99,354, it is now the biggest stadium in Europe. However, the total capacity has varied over the years owing to different modifications. When it was first opened in 1957, it held 93,053 spectators, which would be increased to 120,000 in 1982 on occasion of the FIFA World Cup. However, the introduction of new regulations outlawing standing areas reduced the stadium’s capacity in the late 1990s to just under 99,000.

In the 1998-99 season, UEFA recognised the services and functionalities of the Camp Nou by awarding it five star status.

Apart from being the stage for all of FC Barcelona’s home matches, the Camp Nou has also witnessed several major international finals, including Cup Winners Cup and Champions League finals, and the football final of the 1992 Olympic Games. But it has not only been used for sports, but also several other major international events, such as concerts given by Bruce Springsteen, Michael Jackson and groups like U2.

FC Barcelona Fans Camp Nou tickets

Unsurprisingly, the Camp Nou continues to attract local fans and visitors in equal measure. Having been fortunate enough to attend Barcelona home matches from a very young age, I must say that those who can stretch their budget enough to travel to the beautiful Catalan capital should certainly take advantage and buy a ticket to watch Lionel Messi and his FC Barcelona teammates live. It would definitely be a memorable experience you and yours will never forget.

"But where to start?" I hear you asking. Fortunately, you can check Barca's schedule and whether tickets for the game you want are still available right here. We are proud to announce that, due to the agreement we have established with the Fundacion Leo Messi, a percentage of the price you pay for your tickets will be donated to the Argentinean star's charity on your behalf. A win-win situation, right?


As always, please do not hesitate to contact me if in need of assistance.

Enjoy the game!

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Barcelona Top 5 News: Luis Suarez, Neymar, La Masia, Andres Iniesta, Ivan Rakitic


Barcelona news are constantly splashed all over the world's media all day, every day. Keeping updated about Lionel Messi, Neymar, Andres Iniesta and the rest of their Barca teammates can be a tideous task at times, meaning that you may actually miss valuable quality content as a result.

The solution? We have taken the time to hand-pick today's hottest news about the Camp Nou giants so you don't have to, all in one place.

Oh, and before we forget: Thank you for supporting our Fundacion Leo Messi Project. Your support doesn't go unnoticed. Every single comment, like, retweet, share or click to support our advertisers is incredibly valuable. The dream of making a difference to the lives of the children that Messi so passionately supports via his charity is now closer than ever!

Here are today's Top 5 Barcelona News:

Luis Suarez's stellar brace leads Barcelona to an assured win over PSG

Barcelona beat Paris Saint Germain convincingly in a 3-1 win at the Parc des Princes in the first leg of the Champions League quarterfinals. Neymar and Luis Suarez (brace) scored the goals for the visitors, who enjoyed 64 percent of possession, created 11 goal-scoring chances and attempted nine shots, six of them on target and one to the post.

Luis Enrique's team played one of their best games of the season. Although Suarez's impressive goals will deservedly make the headlines around the world, this valuable victory came as a result of the players' strength as a collective, their ability to put the interests of the team before their own.

As most expected, PSG took a ...


Barcelona enjoy easy win over PSG thanks to Luis Suarez and Neymar

It was a very open game through the early stages, and we seemed set for a helter-skelter encounter; even the potential for a tight tie that would take both legs to find a decider. PSG's Javier Pastore had an excellent early chance, miskicking when the ball reached him free just 8 yards from the Barca goal. Lionel Messi then also came close, with a typical curler from 18 yards out that bounced away off the post.

Then came Neymar's opener for Barca, after excellent approach play by Sergio Busquets and Messi, just as the visitors were starting to get well on top. It seemed for a while, especially as PSG's injury woes continued with Thiago Silva's early replacement, that the Catalans would press on and win easily. However, with Blaise Matuidi outstanding in midfield, PSG rallied well and Blaugrana utility-man Javier Mascherano had to ...


Rakitic eager to put on Camp Nou masterclass

Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic is determined to qualify for the UEFA Champions League semi-finals in style by putting on a show against Paris Saint-Germain at Camp Nou.

Luis Suarez scored twice as the Catalan giants took a giant stride towards the last four of Europe's premier club competition by beating Ligue 1 leaders PSG 3-1 in Wednesday's first leg at the Parc des Princes.

Rakitic reflected on a job well done in the ...



Barcelona’s winning philosophy makes them coaching incubator for top clubs

Where are they now? In the dugout, that’s where, and not just any dugout. Take a look at the picture above. It is nearly 19 years old now: 28 August 1996, the side that won the Spanish Super Cup. You will recognise some of the faces, and among them are four of the eight coaches in the Champions League quarter-finals: this week Pep Guardiola’s Bayern Munich face Julen Lopetegui’s Porto and Laurent Blanc’s Paris Saint-Germain take on Luis Enrique’s Barcelona. Their Barcelona, where they all played together.

If it is extraordinary enough that one team provides half the managers left in the competition, go a little deeper. The starting XI that day ran: Lopetegui, ...


Iniesta did specific work after the shock against PSG

Smiling and confident to know that they achieved the aim in Paris, Barcelona players appeared this Thursday in Joan Gamper Sport training center again. The squad wants to prepare the match against Valencia without Iniesta, who received a shock during the match in Paris.

Iniesta did a test this Thursday that confirmed the player has ...

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Gerard Pique cautious about Champions League chances despite victory in Paris

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Gerard Pique was outstanding once again in the Champions League. His composure, determination and eagerness to achieve a valuable result lead him to deliver one of his best performances of the season to date.

Here is what the Catalan centre-back had to said after Barcelona's convincing 3-1 victory against PSG:



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Luis Suarez stars for Barcelona against Paris Saint Germain with superb double

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Barcelona beat Paris Saint Germain convincingly in a 3-1 win (watch all goals and highlights here) at the Parc des Princes in the first leg of the Champions League quarterfinals. Neymar and Luis Suarez (brace) scored the goals for the visitors, who enjoyed 64 percent of possession, created 11 goal-scoring chances and attempted nine shots, six of them on target and one to the post.

Luis Enrique's team played one of their best games of the season. Although Suarez's impressive goals will deservedly make the headlines around the world, this valuable victory came as a result of the players' strength as a collective, their ability to put the interests of the team before their own.

As most expected, PSG took a defensive approach from the initial whistle. Despite being a highly physical contest in the early stages, with winning second balls becoming more important than ... Read the rest of my column for ESPN (800+ words, including Player Ratings) here: "Luis Suarez's stellar brace leads Barcelona to an assured win over PSG"

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Paris Saint Germain 1-3 Barcelona | All goals and highlights | Champions League 2015




Barcelona beat Paris Saint Germain convincingly (3-1) at the Parc des Princes in the away leg of the Champions League quarter-finals. Neymar and Luis Suarez (brace) scored the goals for the Blaugrana, who enjoyed 64 percent of possession, created 11 goalscoring chances and attempted nine shots, six of them on target and one to the post.

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Paris Saint Germain, Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, Ter Stegen, Neymar | Barcelona News


Barcelona news are constantly splashed all over the world's media all day, every day. Keeping updated about Lionel Messi, Neymar, Andres Iniesta and the rest of their Barca teammates can be a tideous task at times, meaning that you may actually miss valuable quality content as a result.

The solution? We have taken the time to hand-pick today's hottest news about the Camp Nou giants so you don't have to, all in one place.

Oh, and before we forget: Thank you for supporting our Fundacion Leo Messi Project. Your support doesn't go unnoticed. Every single comment, like, retweet, share or click to support our advertisers is incredibly valuable. The dream of making a difference to the lives of the children that Messi so passionately supports via his charity is now closer than ever!

Here are today's Top Barcelona News:

Barcelona's attacking trio the key to victory in Paris

Barcelona's attacking trio needs to be firing on all cylinders if they are to claim a positive result in the first leg of their Champions League quarterfinal in France on Wednesday against Paris Saint-Germain.While it may seem a little obvious to pick out three of the best forwards in world football as the key for this battle, it has been their slight failings in front of goal that have punished Barca in ...


Champions League: Barcelona Should Still be Wary of PSG, Even Without Zlatan and Co.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Serge Aurier and Marco Verratti are all suspended for Paris Saint-Germain as they clash with FC Barcelona in the first leg of their Champions League tie. Not only that, but Thiago Motta is surely out with an injury, while David Luiz is in doubt but included in the squad. Lucas Moura is still recovering from an injury and not fit for the full '90. PSG is weakened, for sure. Ibra might be ....


Ter Stegen content with Barca role

Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen said he is satisfied with his situation as backup to number one Claudio Bravo in La Liga, though the German would like to be play more often for the Catalan giants. Ter Stegen is expected to start against Paris Saint-Germain in Wednesday's UEFA Champions League quarter-final first leg in ...


Luis Suarez insists he joined Barcelona for big games in Europe

Barcelona striker Luis Suarez insists the reason he joined the club was the prospect of playing in the latter stages of the Champions League. Barca travel to Paris St Germain on Wednesday for the first-leg of their quarter-final clash, and a realistic chance of going all the way in the competition according to Suarez. The 28-year-old move to the Nou Camp from Liverpool last July for £75m with his eyes firmly ...


Luis Enrique says PSG's depleted side still provide a stern test for Barcelona

Barcelona coach Luis Enrique says important players missing from Paris Saint-Germain's squad do not make him any more confident ahead of Wednesday's Champions League quarterfinal between the sides. The two teams met in the group stages of this year's competition with PSG winning 3-2 at Parc des Princes in September, and then Barca coming out on top 3-1 in December's return game at the Camp Nou. But Barcelona pundits see the balance tipped in ...

Neymar angry gesture proves growing disappointment with Luis Enrique

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Neymar angry gesture proves growing disappointment with Luis Enrique

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Neymar has grown enormously in his second season at Barcelona. After a first year full of off-the-field drama due to presumed irregularities in the negotiations that brought him to the Camp Nou, the Brazilian is becoming the player everyone was expecting.

Neymar has already managed to score a remarkable 27 goals in 38 appearances for the Catalans this season, a vast improvement on the 15 in 41 in his first 12 months after leaving his beloved Santos.

While Cules are delighted his stats have obviously improved, the main difference is Neymar has ... Read my full post for ESPN (over 800 words) at "Neymar, Barcelona must move on from substitution controversy"

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Barcelona vs Sevilla 2-2 | All goals and highlights | La Liga 2015




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Adriano, Barcelona keen to avoid mistakes against Paris Saint Germain




VIDEO: Adriano may not be a regular starter at Barcelona, but he is definitely one of those players that every manager in world football would love to have in his squad: Ultra-professional despite not always enjoying as much playing time as a player of his calibre deserves, always prepared to support his teammates on and off the pitch and utterly reliable when needed.
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Lionel Messi can be proud of his improvement after difficult Barcelona season

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Lionel Messi is having one of the best season since making his Barcelona debut back in 2004. After performing way beyond expectations during all those years, he has now become the key player for Barca, an indispensable element which the Camp Nou giants simply can't do without.

Words simply can't explain how much admiration Cules have for Messi. To say he is the biggest star Barcelona have ever been fortunate enough to have in their team is a vast understatement. 

Fortunately, Messi has returned back to his very best this season after a difficult year under Gerardo Martino in which his insanely high standards dropped. The 45 goals scored in 44 appearances truly speak for themselves.

If Barcelona are to have any chance of celebrating a historical treble at the end of the current season, it is clear that Luis Enrique's most influential player will have plenty to say on the matter.

Here is what the little Argentinean genius had to say ahead of the decisive Champions League clash against Paris Saint Germain:

"I feel happy. The truth is that I began the season in another away after everything what had happened to me last year. I had a difficult year because of things that happened away from the pitch, injuries and my performance level. But now I feel good."

"Last season was irregular. I spent a lot of time away from the pitch and when I returned I wasn't in great form. I have tried to forget what I experienced, though, and recover my best version and now I feel really good."

"We will fight for everything this season. We all really want to get as far as possible in all the competitions we are in. Maybe we didn't really realise what we were achieving under Pep Guardiola at the time. Now we have gone one year without titles, so when success does arrive, we will enjoy it more because we know how difficult it is to achieve it." 

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"It's nice to score goals, but at these heights each goal is one goal more. I have all my hat-trick balls on display with my trophies, but I have been thinking that maybe I should do something special, something better with them. All my teammates sign the balls because without them I would not have achieved all this success. A hat-trick depends on them, too."

"Everything has changed after the birth of my son Thiago. Above all how I think. Now it it is him first, then everything else after that.  It has changed the way I see games, too. Before, if I missed a chance or I had a bad game, I would not speak to anyone for three of four days. Now, I get home after after a game, see my son and everything else passes me by."

"To be a parent has helped me grow and realise that there are things in life other than football."
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Ludovic Giuly believes Barcelona ready for Paris Saint Germain challenge

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Barcelona will face Paris Saint Germain in the Champions League quarter-finals on Wednesday. The prospect of having such heavyweights of European football giving their all in order to achieve qualification could simply not be any more exciting.

Ludovic Giuly, who played for both Barcelona and Paris Saint Germain during his time as a professional, has shared his views on the upcoming clash:

"The quarter-final clash will be very different from the group stage. There is much more at stake this time and in football every game is different,"

"Barça are in great shape, the system works well and the defence is very good when they lose possession of the ball."

"Both are great coaches and they each use a different system. We'll see two great matches both at Parc des Princes and at Camp Nou. Whoever is better will go on to the semi-finals"

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"All players are important, but Lionel Messi plays a bigger role."

"The Champions League title with Barça was the most exciting. It was the most important title that I won and, in addition, we did it in Paris, in my country."

Now it's your turn: Do you expect Barcelona to knock Paris Saint Germain out of the Champions League? Can Luis Enrique's team bounce back from the poor performance in Sevilla?

Looking forward to hearing your views in the comments section!
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