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Lionel Messi vs. Cristiano Ronaldo: 10 differences
One is Argentine, the other Portuguese. Leo is 1.70metres, Cristiano is 1.85m. One is Blaugrana, the other merengue, the man from Rosario has only ever had one club, the other has had three. These ...

Éric Abidal has decided his future and it's far away from Barcelona. According to statements of the former player published by the magazine 'France Football', Abidal has decided to choose Olympiako... 

Luis Enrique Deserves Credit for Barcelona's Pep-Equalling 11-Game Win Streak
During the second half of Barcelona's 5-0 crushing of Levante on Sunday night, a large section of supporters in the stand behind Diego Marino's goal, began chanting one name, over and over. It was...

Camp Nou faithful make peace with Luis Enrique
At the end of the game against Levante, the stands of the Camp Nou were all chanting the name of Luis Enrique. The fans are recognising their manager's contribution to their side's recent performan...

All eyes on the treble
Barcelona's transformation on the pitch in barely six weeks has radically heightened expectations within the squad. The team left Anoeta crestfallen, full of self-doubt and with an open rift betwee...



Why Barcelona Are the Most Exciting Team to Watch in Champions League Last 16
Champions League football is back, and there will be multiple clubs ready to make some noise in the last 16. Which club will be the most exciting to watch? Will Barcelona's attacking trio steal the...

Barcelona finally clicking into gear at last 
Football is an odd game, sometimes. After a less-than-convincing start of the season in which newly arrived manager Luis Enrique had to endure constant criticism, the Camp Nou faithful ended up cha...

Cavani says it's difficult to connect with Luis Suárez
Edinson Cavani and Luis Suárez are the two strikers of Uruguayan national team. The PSG player talked about his mate in an interview at 'Marca Plus' magazine. According to Cavani, the way the Barça...

Villa: "It's going to be a very evenly-matched tie" 
In an interview published on the Manchester City website, David Villa spoke about the upcoming Champions tie between the Premier League side and Barcelona. The former Barça and Atlético man current...

Barça: from deadly duo to triple trouble 
Luis Suárez didn't start the season well. The ban imposed by FIFA for biting Chiellini at the World Cup delayed his process of adapting to life with the 'Azulgranas'. He's turned the page and left ...

Messi reaching his peak, says Mata
The Spain international believes the four-time Ballon d'Or winner is capable of inspiring the club to domestic and European success this term Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata says Barcelona s...

Usual Barça training field will officially be named Tito Vilanova next Feb. 20
According to the journalist Miguel Rico in Mundo Deportivo, next Friday 20 Barça training field num. 1 in Joan Gamper Training Center will be officially named Tito Vilanova, in memoriam of the form...

Barcelona send scout to Porto to watch No 1 target Danilo
However, the Catalans may face stiff competition for the man they want to replace Alves Barcelona sent a scout to Portugal at the weekend with the objective of keeping an eye on the performance of ...

Danilo Luiz, Barça’s best option to replace Dani Alves
The future of Dani Alves seems to be further away from the Camp Nou by the minute. Despite the contract of the best right-back in over 115 years of Blaugrana history expiring in less than five mont...

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