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Barca Buzz: International Excitement

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Well now! A lot has gone down with the Barca boys during our little hiatus, from Gerard Pique coming out number two in Don Balon's sexiest Spanish footballers - hell yeah! - to Argentine fans deciding that Leo Messi should go Maradona with his hair - the thought of which is making us shudder.

We once read that Pep takes to calling his players at their homes at random hours of the night, to make sure they're tucked away in bed getting their much needed rest and not off partying somewhere; and he's also prone to forbidding them from attending endorsements and other events when there's a tight match schedule.

Barca Buzz: Extended Celebration

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We all saw the players celebrating on the Mestalla after the match, but just like when they'd qualified, the party continued after that in the dressing room and beyond...
Gerard Pique, Xavi Hernandez, and Victor Valdes led the celebrations, and things were looking pretty wild as various people who came to greet and congratulate the players, including former Generalitat president Pasqual Maragall, Barca president Joan Laporta and his vice Rafael Yuste, as well as the president of the Catalan Parliament, Ernest Benach, were met by the shouts of "Champions, champions!

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Barca Buzz: They Want To Stop Us With Grass

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Last night we read that Rubin Kazan's manager had instructed the Russian club's groundskeeper not to trim the grass in the stadium, so that it would slow Barca down. Now, it is quite flattering that other teams feel the need to go to such measures when facing us, but really, it's starting to get a bit old.

Barca Buzz: Vice Presidents Spied Upon?

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The latest buzz circulating around our Blaugrana world is that four of Barcelona's vice-presidents were being spied upon by the club, or so they claim - they being Joan Boix, Joan Franquesa, Rafael Yuste and Jaume Ferrer.

The club's side of it - the club here being general director Joan Oliver - is that they were not spying on them, but providing them with protection.

Barca Buzz: The Supercup Comes Home

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Does this seem a tad familiar? The Barca squad descending from their plane, laden with yet another trophy... it's a recurring scene and one we'll never get tired of.

You have to love Pique making off with the match balls, like he did after Roma! This boy is just too cute. And how hot is Pep looking?

Barca Buzz: Boys In Training

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Poor Gerard - his feet must be aching from all the tough work Pep is putting the boys through. All in preparation for tomorrow's Supercopa match... okay, we're not going to pretend there's a point to this post, because there isn't any, other than to drool over the boys as they train. Zlatan is really freaking us out though.

Barca Buzz: Training, With Ibrahimovic

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With most of the players off with their national teams, Barca's sqaud is looking scanty with only Valdes, Pinto, Jorquera, Henrique, Maxwell, Victor Sanchez, Iniesta, Pedro, Bojan, Henry and Ibrahimovic left; along with B-teamers Fontas, Muniesa, Jonathan and Jeffren.

Training goes on however, and Ibrahimovic worked right along with the rest of the players for the first time, after recieving his greenlight from the medics.

Barca Buzz: Arrival In San Fransisco

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Barca's final stop in the United States is San Fransisco, having arrived there earlier today. The team went straight to the Intercontinental Hotel where they'll be staying for two days (apparently, Spiderman star Tobey McGuire is also currently staying there), with a double training session planned for today - pictures from their arrival here.

Barca Buzz: What Sport Do We Play Again?

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The team held their last training session in Seattle yesterday, with the focus mainly on recovery following the match. Marquez and Iniesta alone couldn't train, because of their injuries, while Puyol and Jeffren trained apart from the rest.

Ibrahimovic continues to train with the group despite his injury, but apparently he's exerting himself a bit too much - his decision to do a bicycle kick ended badly when he came down on his injured hand, causing Pep to grab his head in his hands and yell out, "No Ibra, don't do that!

Barca Buzz: Pep's Training Techniques

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Looks like Pep has finally discovered how to keep the players in line - let's just hope, for their sake, that his kicking abilities are not what they once were!

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Barca Buzz: Arrival In Seattle

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The team departed yesterday from Los Angeles, destination Seattle, their bus escorted to the airport by several police cars and motorcycles. They arrived in the afternoon and went straight to the Four Seasons Hotel where they'll be staying, before heading out again for a light training session just to loosen up tired muscles.

Barca Buzz: Ibra Meets The Team

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The first training of the season with Barca's full squad took place today, with all the first team players attending except Hleb, who is awaiting his loan out to Inter Milan. Most of the youth players have rejoined the B-team, except for Muniesa, Jonathan, Jeffren and Fontas, who continue training with the senior squad (remember that Sanchez and Pedro have aleady recently been confirmed as part of the first team).

Barce Buzz: A Quiet Reunion

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While most of the Blaugrana world was caught up in the excitement of Ibrahimovic's presentation, an odd training session took place yesterday with Barca coach Pep Guardiola and ten players in attendance: Pique, Puyol, Iniesta, Xavi, Busquets and Dani Alves returning from thier international leave; as well as Marquez, Maxwell, Henry and Hleb who are recovering from injury.

Barca Buzz: The Squad Is Complete

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The Barca boys who were on international leave have finally rejoined the team! Dani, Iniesta, Puyol, Xavi, and Busquets all came back to Barcelona and reported this morning along with Pique, who arrived a few days ago, to take their physicals (photos here).

These six held a special training session earlier this evening, while Pep had given the rest of the players the day off.

Barca Buzz: First Training!

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They're back! The team held their first training yesterday on the Ciutat Esportive, and we get a first look at this season's new outfits. The neon yellow training shirts are a tad too bright and flashy we think, but they're reminding us of the away kit of 2005-2006 in which Barca won the Champions League, so we're not complaining!

Barca Buzz: Youngsters Called Up

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Following the respective cups and qualifiers they participatred in with their national teams, Barca coach Pep Guardiola is letting each of Xavi, Iniesta, Busquets, Pique, Puyol, Dani Alves and Messi prolong their vacation. These seven gents won't join the team right from the start of the preseason in London.

Barca Buzz: Working On The Camp

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Following the U2 concerts on Barca's home stadium, Camp Nou, the pitch is now being replaced with new turf, imported from Bordeaux; a favorable type of grass the players have become used to over the last four years. The renovation will begin on July 7, and should be completed by the 25th. Read more about the process here.

Barca Buzz: Preseason Schedule

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After completing the most incredible season in history, the important thing now is to prepare for next season.

Barca's preseason will kickoff with a friendly against English club Tottenham Hotspurs on July 24, however the team will be assembled before that to begin training, and all players will undergo physicals on July 20.

Barca Buzz: A Patchy Defense

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That's exactly what we're going to have for the match in Rome. There has not been a match as important as this one all season, it's the friggin Champions League final here, and we must play it without both our fullbacks.
.Why? Becuase the UEFA have again refused to admit the protests against the respective cards shown to Dani Alves and Abidal, saying that the protests were submitted not on time and with no real grounds for contesting the referee's decisions.

Barca Buzz: Appeals?

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So, we're confused. The Catalan authorities at Sport claim that Barca wants to appeal the cards given to Dani and Abidal in the second leg against Chelsea, which would keep them from the final, just as we expected they would. And yet, the UEFA has given an official statement declaring that they have recieved no appeal from Barca concerning Abidal.

Barca Buzz: Pep Lays Down the Law

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In light of the hectic match schedule ahead, and the importance of the coming matches, Pep has forbidden the players from attending any promotional events or advertising for the forty eight hours preceding every match. He wants them to simply concentrate and rest up for these decisive games. As a result, Bojan, Messi, and Pique were all kept today from events where they were supposed to be promoting their sponsors; they're all abiding by their coaches orders nobody's cheating.

Barca Buzz: Down with UEFA

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Because they stupidly dismissed Barca's appeal for the revoking of Messi's yellow card and Pep's sending off.

What gives? Leo was booked for no existing reason, and Pep's protest was perfectly in place. Well, okay, perhaps he did get a bit too carried away, but that's hot.

Apparently though, the UEFA don't think so.

Barca Buzz: Appeals for Leo and Pep

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Just as we expected they would, the club is going to appeal to the UEFA against Pep's sending off from the stadium and also the yellow card given to Messi in the recent UCL quarter final against Bayern Munich. However, the it may be a few days before the decision is announced, because of the Easter holidays—the UEFA will probably not rule until next Tuesday, the day of the return leg in Munich.

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Barca Buzz: Dressing Room Secrets

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Catalan paper Sport has recently featured secrets from inside Barca's dressing room, where Pep continually strives to instill team unity between the players and blend all their personalities and egos into harmony.

From the more withdrawn players like Abidal and Keita to pranksters Pique and Dani Alves, the players get along great and there's always a friendly atmosphere in the locker room.

Barca Buzz: Owning The Show

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The dudes who run La Liga, otherwise known as the LFP (La Liga de Futbol Profesional) just dished out all the player awards for last season, and naturally, it was all about Barca, with seven spots out of nine going to our boys: .Best Player: Lionel Messi
Best Coach: Pep Guardiola
Best Defender: Daniel Alves
Best Midfielder: Xavi
Best Attacking Midfielder: Andres Iniesta
Best Striker: Lionel Messi
Best Breakthrough Player: Sergi Busquets
Meanwhile Iker Casillas of Real Madrid came off with Best Keeper, and the Fair Play award went to Deportivo's Juan Carlos Valeron.

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Barca Buzz: News From UEFA

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Yeesh, we're away for a bit and what's happened? Barca has gone through so much in these four days, from winning awards and cups to new signings, and we're frantically catching up with it all... first off, we tackle the UEFA realated:

- You have to be proud of Messi and Xavi, who were named best striker and best midfielder, respectively, of the 2009 UCL.

Barca Buzz: LA Training, Can You Feel The Love?

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Barca training in Los Angeles, a.ka. once the squad is complete the romance is unleashed...

Pique leaping onto Puyol and smothering him - our Spanish centerbacks have missed each other! Geri's face is just begging for some love. Has anyone seen Bojan? He must have been watching from his ingenious hiding place behind Yaya, ready to leap out and snatch his boyfriend back from Puyol's clutches.

Barca Buzz: Preseason Kickoff

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Offseason's over and preseason's begun! We're so happy that the boys are final back and in action. We've missed them!

The B-team lads as well as a couple of first-teamers all reported to take their physicals yesterday, while the rest of the team are due back today - that is, except for those who have permission to stay later and won't return till the 27th: Dani, Pique, Puyol, Busquets, Xavi, and Iniesta.

Barca Buzz: Liga Champions!

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We're so overjoyed, we're coming close to tears here. Barca are La Liga Champions for the first time since 2006! It's bigger than winning the Copa Del Rey, it's such a huge acheivment and we're exceedingly proud of the team, every part of it, from players to staff to even the ball boys...

Not just because the Liga is won, but also because the team won it so greatly, with three matches and nine points to spare.

Barac Buzz: An Eventful Training Session

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The team took up training again yesterday after returning from their Copa Del Rey victory, and though some of the boys arrived late, the session was completed with all the uninjured players present, save for Gerard Pique who left to undergo special recuperation after just a few minutes.

Nothing has been reported about his having any form of injury, so it's probably just a minor glitch from the last match.

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Barca Buzz: The Team's In LA!

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Barca's plane arrived in Los Angeles earlier today! "Australia" was the in-flight movie the lads enjoyed during their twelve hour flight, also biding their time by playing cards or catching up on their sleep.

The team had departed yesterday from El Prat Airport in Barceona, and the peoplke there just wouldn't leave Ibra alone.