Over the past ten seasons, Barcelona and Real Madrid have finished first and second in La Liga eight times. During that time, only two clubs have been able to break through the Spanish giants' dominance ofthe Primera Division: Valencia (who finished in first place in 2003/04) and Villarreal (who were runners-up in 2007/08).
El argentino Lionel Messi (FC Barcelona), el francés Frank Ribéry (Bayern de Múnich) y el portugués Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) son los tres finalistas oficiales a alzarse el próximo 13 de enero con el Balón de Oro de la FIFA 2013, anunció la revista France Football.
Messi ha ganado ese galardón los cuatro últimos años (2009-2012), tomando el relevo de Ronaldo (2008), mientras que Ribéry nunca ha logrado llevarse el trofeo ni entrar en el podium.
"Failure is not fatal, but failure to change might be. - John Wooden "
How fast time changes? Last week we were talking about the possibility of this Barca side emulating the "Arsenal Invincibles"; right now we all have our favourite word on our mouth "THE CRISIS". Now, we jumping on to the word Crisis may not be a big thing, we tend to go for that at the drop of the ball.
Barcelona will be without Lionel Messi again through injury but should still have too much fire power for Celtic who's lack of possession and shots on goal in the competition thus far can only get worse with their visit to the Nou Camp to-night.
Barcelona have won only three of their last nine European games between this and last season, losing and drawing also three.
With all the pressure that comes with being the star of the Brazilian National Team and a €57 million signing by Barcelona, it's understandable to expect that Neymar would pick up the scoring slack while Lionel Messi misses time with injury.
But the 21-year-old winger hasn't been banging in the goals at the same rate that he did for Santos or the Brazilian National Team, while Barcelona lost two matches in a row, at Ajax and at Athletic Bilbao.
Barca lost their unbeaten start to the La Liga season after going down 1-0 at San Mames. Without Messi we looked really below our par, even though the performance was better than what we saw against Ajax. Now in a space of week we have lost twice! Time for Martino to get the boys back on track!
If Barcelona is not careful the gap between themselves are Lionel Messi will reach a point where the Argentina maestro decides to leave the Camp Nou.
In the past year we have had stories about how the Messi camp is upset with the club not backing him over his tax situation and how they feel that he has been overused, which is why he has picked up some many injuries.
Barcelona join the race to snatch €30m Manchester United target - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Manchester United are reportedly interested in Borussia Dortmund's highly rated midfielder Ilkay Gundogan. The Daily Telegraph's award winning writer Mark Ogden wrote recently in article that the Red Devils indeed have shown interest in him.
Arsenal join the race to sign Liverpool player reports Spanish press - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Pepe Reina is still a Liverpool player in theory, but his future surely lies elsewhere after the end of the season. Either he could sign with Napoli on a permanent basis or his possible destination could be Barcelona next summer.
Chelsea want £10m defender in January, Barcelona target Aguero & Van Persie - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Jose Mourinho's second stint with Chelsea hasn't been a smooth ride so far with strike problem remains a major thorn in flesh for the Blues. The cause for frustration further stems out from the fact that defence, which was Mourinho's major strength in his first spell, hasn't provided enough safety at the back, as Chelsea continue to leak in goals at an alarming rate.
Chelsea Transfer: David Luiz wanted by Barcelona - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Barcelona have been searching for a center back for a while now, with very little success. The names that have been on the table over the past few years include high profile names like Thiago Silva, Mats Hummels, Jan Vertonghen.
Manchester United Transfer: Barcelona Eye Move For Robin van Persie, reports Catalan press - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Spanish media is abuzz with gossip of Robin Van Persie handing in a transfer request and on his way to join league leaders Barcelona in next window.
Van Persie reportedly has been critical of the training and management methods of David Moyes and the lethargic performance of last season's Premier League winners would have done little to vindicate Moyes's management abilities to the Dutch striker.
I bet that Arsene Wenger is relieved that Arsenal Football Club signed up the core of young players on long term contracts last season. Because one of those five players was the Welsh wizard Aaron Ramsey, whose fantastic form has been the talk of the season. And that is not just with Arsenal fans either, [.
£50m Ramsey watched by Barca scouts; Tottenham target £30m Italian finisher - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Aaron Ramsey, Arsenal's man of the moment, has been watched by scouts from Barcelona on more than four occasions, according to the latest reports from England.
The Daily Mail today reported that Ramsey, who set up Mesut Ozil for the second goal in the Gunners' 2-0 win over Hull City last night, is being closely monitored by the Spanish giants; and they have even watched him play for Wales.
You won't find too many Arsenal fans saying that they do not think Arsene Wenger should sign another striker in January. Some feel that Olivier Giroud is not quite of the quality needed for the Gunners to win titles and trophies, while even those who are big fans of the Frenchman feel the club needs [.
Liverpool targets Tello and Montoya could leave Barcelona at the end of the season - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
The news would excite Liverpool fans a little bit. Barcelona duo Cristian Tello and Martin Montoya, who are reportedly targets of the Anfield club, have not ruled out a possible exit from the Catalan club, at the end of the season.
Chelsea's David Luiz unhappy with Mourinho, asked for transfer in January reports Spanish press - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
The situation of Chelsea defender David Luiz is getting interesting day by day. Spanish giants Barcelona are heavily interested in signing the Brazilian, if the reports are to be believed, while Luiz himself may look for a move elsewhere, as he is not getting regular game time under Jose Mourinho.
Arsenal Transfer Round Up: Pato bid rejected, latest on Sanabria - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
The biggest test of this young Arsenal side will be the busy month of December, and they will continue to rely on their only recognised/viable striker, Olivier Giroud, to lead the line, despite growing concerns of fatigue.
FC Barcelona started their Copa del Rey Campaign with a 4-1 victory against Cartagena. Cartagena scored first but two goals from Pedro Rodriguez, one each from Cesc Fabregas and Dongou gave Barca a comfortable victory
When Group H schedule was first announced, I was dead sure that this match would be nothing more than a practice game for Barca and crunch game for Celtic. How wrong I was? Tonight when we host Celtic at the Camp Nou, Celtic got nothing to lose, they are already out of the Group and their away supporters are banned from attending this match.
Cartagena vs Barcelona 1-4 2013 Copa Del Rey Highlights Fernando Pedro Fabregas Dongou Goals Video is a post from Soccer Blogger. Follow Soccer Blogger on Twitter
Cartagena vs Barcelona 1-4 2013 Copa Del Rey Highlights Fernando Pedro Fabregas Dongou Goals Video is a post from Soccer Blogger. Follow Soccer Blogger on Twitter Cartagena vs Barcelona 2013 ( Cartagena Barca VIDEO BELOW) Final score and result:- Cartagena vs Barcelona 1-4 ( Fernando/ Pedro*2, Fabregas, Dongou) Estadio Municipal Cartagonova- 6 December, 2013- 21.
05.12.2013 - Ya lo dijo Claudio Borghi: "muchos jugadores fuman"; nadie se va a morir (mañana). No obstante, las fotos publicadas por La Gazzetta dello Sport, mostrando a Neymar fumando se viralizaron repentinamente.
Más tarde salió Eduardo Musa, uno de los responsables de la gestión de la carrera del jugador, a contar que en la imagen se ve al doble que interpreta a Neymar en las publicidades.
For the first time since March, Spanish giants Barcelona are on a losing streak.
Five days after their road Champions League loss to Ajax, the first defeat since Gerardo Martino took over the managerial post at Camp Nou, Barcelona were defeated 1-0 Sunday in their first trip to Athletic Bilbao's new San Mames Stadium.