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Barcelona Player Ratings from El Clásico

April 17, 2011

Here are the player ratings from the 1-1 draw against Real Madrid at Santiago Bernabéu.

Two of the best men on the pitch, Xavi and Pepe, fight for the ball. Picture courtesy of http://www.sport.es.

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Puyol to Start

April 16, 2011

With recently healed tendons in his left knee, Carles Puyol will start El Clásico at 9pm, according to FC Barcelona on Twitter.

This will be his first league match since being subbed at half time during the game against Racing Santander on January 22.

Puyol and Higuain of Real Madrid. Picture courtesy of http://nimg.sulekha.com/

 

The line ups are as followed:

Casillas                                                                                                Valdés
Sergio Ramos – Albiol – Carvalho – Marcelo                      Dani Alves – Piqué – Puyol – Adriano
Pepe – Khedira – Xabi Alonso                                                   Busquets
Cristiano Ronaldo –  Di Maria                                                   Xavi – Iniesta
 Benzema                                                                                           Messi – Villa – Pedro

Benches:

Real Madrid: Adan, Garay, Arbeloa, Kaka, Özil, Higuain, Adebayor

FC Barcelona: Pinto, Maxwell, Milito, Affelay, Thiago, Fontás, Keita

Puyol in Squad for El Clásico

April 16, 2011

Carles Puyol returns to the squad after almost three months absence for the first of four remaining games against Real Madrid.

Carles Puyol given green light by club doctors. Picture courtesy of http://www.fcbarcelona.com

Puyol has been injured since January 22, when he was substituted at half time in the game against Real Santander (3-0), with damaged tendons in his left knee.

The captain trained with the first team squad on Friday, and was then declared fit to play. It is, however, unlikely that he’ll start the game at 9pm this evening.

Éric Abidal, post-operation, Bojan, knee injury and Javier Mascherano, suspension, are all unavailable for Barcelona.

The players travelling to Madrid are Valdés, Pinto, Fontàs, Puyol, Maxwell, Adriano, Piqué, Alves, Milito, Busquets, Keita, Xavi, Iniesta, Thiago, Dos Santos, Afellay, Pedro, Jeffren, Messi and Villa, according to the homepage of FC Barcelona.

To ease the wait, here’s a highlights video from the last El Clásico.

Breaking News: Abidal Diagnosed With Tumour

March 15, 2011

A tumour has been discovered in Éric Abidal’s liver, he is scheduled to operate on this Thursday at the Hospital Clínic de Barcelona by Doctor Josep Fuster Obregon, according to the homepage of the club.

Éric Abidal diagnosed with tumour. Picture from http://www.fcbarcelona.com

This will likely end the season for the Frenchman, who has had a fantastic season for Barcelona.

FC Barcelona’s homepage requests that; ‘In accordance with the specific wishes of the player himself, the club would like to demand the maximum respect for his privacy at this moment’.

Let’s hope that it is benign and wish him the best of luck.

Who Will Give Way for Puyol?

March 15, 2011

With Éric Abidal’s wonderful performances at centre half and Adriano’s solid play at left back, who will have to go when Carles Puyol returns from injury?

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Barcelona – Arsenal: The Stats

March 9, 2011

Barcelona scored four goals as their dominating performance culminated in a 3-1 victory over the English number two Arsenal. Here are the stats from the game.

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Arsenal Snatches Barcelona Youngster

February 23, 2011

Jon Miquel Toral Harper of Barcelona’s youth squad, Cadete A, is picked up by Arsène Wenger and his Arsenal.

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