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Villareal CF vs FC Barcelona match preview

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Villareal CF – FC Barcelona

El Madrigal, Castellon Saturday 28th of January 2012 at 22:00 Spanish League   FC Barcelona visits Villareal tonight with only 18 players due to an overbooked injury list. A victory is mandatory to remain in contact of Spanish League leaders Real Madrid.   Alexis and Iniesta both went down with injuries against Real Madrid last wednesday, and have joined Villa, Afellay and Fontàs on the sidelines. In addition, Pep Guardiola will have to do without Seydou Keita, due to his participation in the African Nations Cup. The catalan coach, however, will be counting on the youngsters Isaac Cuenca, Jonathan Dos Santos, Sergi Roberto and Tello.   FC Barcelona fans  
it is impossible to beat FC Barcelona without playing a brilliant match
After a very disappointing start in the League, the yellow submarine know it won’t be easy against the European champions. Their manager said this week that “it is impossible to beat FC Barcelona without playing a brilliant match”.   Next at the camp Nou: FC Barcelona vs Real Sociedad on February 4th. Get tickets now  
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FC Barcelona vs Valencia – Spanish Cup semi final on February 8th at 21:00

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FC Barcelona will play against Valencia CF on Wednesday, February 1st at 21.00. The return leg, at the Camp Nou, is scheduled for February 8th, also at 21.00

 

Tickets for FC Barcelona vs Valencia CF : Click here

 

The other semifinal between Mirandés and Athletic Club will be played on the 31st of January and the 7th of Februrary, both kickoff times are at 22.00.

 

The path to Glory - FC Barcelona

The path to Glory - FC Barcelona

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FC Barcelona make it to the Spanish Cup semi-final

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FC Barcelona drew 2-2 against the defending Spanish Cup Champions Real Madrid  at Camp Nou last night. This was enough for Pep Guardiola’s side to progress to the semi-finals of the Copa del Rey, as they edged out the holders after winning in Bernabéu 1-2 last week (4-3 aggregate)   Barca went in 2-0 up at half-time thanks to goals from Pedro and a stunning goal from Dani Alves in the remaining minutes, but a second half fightback that produced goals from Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema just fell short for Jose Mourinho‘s team.
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Dani Alvés celebrates the second goal of the night for FC Barcelona

Neither side could find the goal in the dying moments, and it ended all square on the night and 4-3 on aggregate to FC Barcelona, who will face Valencia FC or Levante in the semi-finals of the Spanish Cup   Real Madrid’s Sergio Ramos was sent off for a second yellow card and FC Barcelona lost Iniesta and Alexis Sanchez  on injury. Alexis will be out 1-2 weeks with shoulder injury, and Iniesta will be out 2-3 weeks with hamstring strain.  

Watch the video highlights from FC Barcelona 2-2 Real Madrid below

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FC Barcelona vs Real Madrid : Your predictions

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Tomorrow evening, at 10pm, FC Barcelona will try to make it to the spanish Cup semi-finals. After beating Real Madrid in Santiago Bernabéu (1-2) last week, with goals from Puyol and Abidal, will FC Barcelona make it through the next round in front of their home crowd at the Camp Nou? Answer tomorrow…  

Vote below: Which team will make it to the Spanish Cup semi-final?

 
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Messi has already scored 13 goals to Iker Casillas in his career

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Mourinho to get the boot? Will he last until next season?

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Jose Mourinho is to face tomorrow’s El Classico clash with FC Barcelona amid rising criticism from Real Madrid‘s supporters and players and claims his spell as Real Madrid manager will not carry on to next season. Madrid are five points ahead of Barcelona at the top of La Liga, but his position has been seriously undermined by the leak of an argument on the training ground between himself, Sergio Ramos and Iker Casillas. ‘Marca’, the Madrid-based paper carried out a full report which has not yet been denied by the Madrid manager. After Sunday’s 4-1 win over Atlhetic Bilbao, the Barnebeu crowd chanted their support of Mourinho, to show their loyalty regardless, but the other half of the crowd responded with booing and whistles in response. Siro Lopez, a Spanish journalist, of ‘AS’, told TV viewers that Mourinho has decided to leave his post at Barnebeu before next season. Mourinho has been widely criticised for his Real’s negative strategy of fowls, aggressive play and poor form, and they must now go to meet Barca in their homeground and win tomorrow’s Spanish Cup match to avoid yet another clash at the hands of Guardiola and his squad. Publicly, Mourinho has retaliated and seems to be holding up despite full support from his fanbase. “I’m not bothered by the whistles at me,” Mourinho said after his win over Bilbao. “It’s not a problem. It’s the first time it’s ever happened to me. There’s a first time for practically everything…but there may come a day when the fans are sad.”

FC Barcelona vs. Real Madrid – match preview

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FC Barcelona vs Real Madrid

Copa del Rey – Camp Nou stadium, Barcelona, Spain Wednesday 25 January 2012 – Time: 22:00

  Real Madrid travel to Barcelona tomorrow to face their rivals once again in the second leg of the Copa del Rey quarterfinals series. Madrid will be looking to continue their success after their 4-1 victory over Atletico Bilbao in the league. Tomorrow will tell whether Mourinho will be changing his tactics come Wednesday night but after admitting fault for Real’s disappointing 1-2 in the previous leg, we reckon he’s more than busy rethinking his strategy for his next el Clasico.
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Will FC Barcelona advance to the Copa del Rey semi-finals?

Note that the question isn’t who will win, but who is going to advance, as even if Real Madrid do manage to pull off a 1-0 victory in Camp Nou tomorrow, FC Barcelona still have two away goals at hand.

Who will qualify for the Spanish Cup’s next round?

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95.92% of voters think Pepe should get suspended

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Out of 245 voters, a staggering 95.92% (235 voters) think that Real Madrid‘s Pepe deserve to get suspended after stepping intentionally on Leo Messi‘s hand during last week’s Clasico: Real Madrid 1-2 FC Barcelona

Still nothing from the Spanish football authorities though… Pepe steps on Messi's hand We could not help but remind all our readers that Mario Balotelli, Mancheter City‘s forward, is facing a sanction after what seems a deliberate kick in the face of Tottenham’s Parker. Although it is hard to judge with just a picture, there are plenty of videos available on youtube.
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Balotelli stamps on Parker's face

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Malaga CF 1-4 FC Barcelona. New hat trick from Leo Messi

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Messi scored his fifth hat-trick of the season as FC Barcelona cruised past Malaga with a 4-1 victory at La Rosaleda. Messi has already scored 22 goals this season in the Spanish League. Malaga CF 1-4 FC Barcelona La Liga, Day 1 -rescheduled- January 22nd, 2012 0-1 Messi (m. 32) 0-2 Alexis (m. 48) 0-3 Messi (m. 51) 0-4 Messi (m. 81) 1-4 Rondón G (m. 85) The win pulled the Blaugrana closer to La Liga leaders Real Madrid, but Los Merengues later beat Athletic Bilbao 4-1 at the Santiago Bernabéu to move back five points clear at the top of the classifiction.  
Leo Messi scored a hat trick against Malaga CF

Leo Messi scored his 5th hat trick of the season - Picture Jorge Guerrero - AFP

 

Match highlights and goals from Malaga CF 1-4 FC Barcelona

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Málaga CF vs. FC Barcelona

La Liga logoLa Rosaleda, Malaga

La Liga  Day 1 -Rescheduled match-

22 Jan – 6:00pm

In their previous game, FC Barcelona cleaned the Camp nou with the boys from the south, beating them with an easy 4-1, with a straightforward drive of hard defense and a powerful front line. See the goal details below: FC Barcelona vs Malaga CF – January 17th, 2011 08′ [1 - 0] A. Iniesta 18′ [2 - 0] D. Villa 36′ [3 - 0] P. Rodriguez 68′ [3 - 1] Duda 74′ [4 - 1] D. Villa Watch the video highlights from FC Barcelona v’s Malaga on Jan 17th, 2011   This game however, is one of the most difficult remaining in La Liga for the reigning champions to successfully defend their title. Malaga, on the other hand will be looking to merely obtain some points for a shot at their place in the European Cup.  

Malaga CF

malaga cf logoThe Malaga boys have not had the best start to the year in La Liga, but with former Espanyol keeper Kameni under their belt, just recently signed, there may be some hope for the boys in blue, after Willy Cabellero’s butter-fingers blunder cost them the tie with Real Madrid only a short time ago. Pellegrini will probably be happy to draw with the Catalan campeones, to keep the fans happy as he has been under much scrutiny following his poor season to date. With Van Nistelrooy in attack, Malaga can only hope to shake the Barca boys a little, as Malaga have really struggled to score in the past few matches, let alone enter the other half of the pitch at all. Pellegrini is expected to  have his boys defend as solidly as possible, and only hope that FC Barcelona have a poor away game, as so far this season, this seems to be their only weakness in their gameplay.  

FC Barcelona

fc barcelona logoWith Real Madrid currently holding a five point lead at the top of La Liga, Barca have no margin for error. If they wish to win their fourth consecutive title, they simply can’t afford to lose. Barcelona’s away record this season has been quite poor – in eight away games, the club has only won three, tied four and lost one. This is a record that needs to change; if not, FC Barcelona will soon be out of the title race. With this in mind, Guardiola should start with a similar lineup as at Bernabeu when they faced Real Madrid. With Pedro and Villa both out, Cesc Fabregas, Alexis Sanchez and Lionel Messi are pretty much the only forwards that Pep Guardiola can choose from. There’s also the youngster Isaac Cuenca, but as he has not been in the first team for very long and it’s unlikely that he will start for such an important game. FC Barcelona’s strategy will be possession football, owning the field, looking for gaps in the Malaga defense, and pressing them as soon as they lose the ball. They need to be quick and urgent in their play, something that has been lacking in the away games this season and that is necessary for Barca to bag the three points.
La Rosaleda stadium, Malaga, Spain

La Rosaleda stadium, Malaga, Spain

  It is hard to predict the final score for this game, as Barcelona have failed to impress in their away games and their mindset may be focused on the next El Clasico rather than in La Roselada, but we in the office reckon it will be a 3-2 win for FC Barcelona, with Messi upping his away game scoreboard.  What do you think? Predict the score here.
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Pepe’s aggression on Messi. Should he get suspended?

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On 18th of January 2012, for the first leg of the quarterfinals of the Spanish Cup, Real Madrid 0-2 FC Barcelona (video highlights: here), Pepe seems to have lost it once again…

Should he get suspended? Cast your vote below. Thank you

Haven’t seen the video yet? Watch Pepe ‘losing the plot’ and some more awful football  behaviour here

 

Some of Pepe’s controversial tackles in video (… and a bit of history) below:

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Kepler Laveran Lima Ferreira, Pepe

Kepler Laveran Lima Ferreira (born 26 February 1983), aka Pepe, is a Brazilian-born Portuguese footballer who plays for Real Madrid in La Liga.   On 10 July 2007, Real Madrid signed Pepe to a five-year contract, for a fee of €30 million.   In 2009, he was involved in a fight during training with teammate Javier Balboa.   On 21 April 2009, he was involved in an incident with Getafe CF’s Javier Casquero: He brought down the midfielder in the penalty area, and was subsequently sent off. He then proceeded to kick the fallen opponent twice, (on his shin and on his lower back). When being pulled away from Casquero, he also pushed his head into the turf and stamped on him several times. He also struck another Getafe player, Juan Albin, in the face. He eventually received a 10-game ban.   On 27 April 2011, in the UEFA Champions League semi-final first leg, he was sent off for a controversial dive at Daniel Alves (check for yourself here) early in the second half, in an eventual 2–0 home loss.   On 12 July 2011, Pepe extended his contract again, until 2016.