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Thursday, 21 August 2008
Goals for everyone
Topic: News

By David Puig

Barça has scored 31 goals this pre-season, eleven of which were the work of midfielders and defenders. Goals are not just for the forwards. The whole team is involved in attacking moves.

One of the premises set out by manager Josep Guardiola when he took charge of the first team was the implication of all the players in defence and attack. Defending is not only a job for defenders and neither is attacking only for forwards. The players have taken note of this and in the pre-season 11 of the 31 goals scored by Barça were by midfielders and defenders, which accounts for 35% of the total.

The second line works

The midfielders have been particularly inspired in front of goal, especially Xavi Hernández, who scored three of the seven goals from players in the second line. The man from Terrassa is on a roll and we also have to add to the tally the goal he scored for the national squad on Wednesday against Denmark. Gudjohnsen, with two goals and Touré and Hleb with one, have also scored this pre-season.

The defenders score too

The attacking play of the defenders has paid off with four goals. Of these two were scored by the Barça captain, Carles Puyol, especially the one against Boca Juniors in the last Joan Gamper Trophy. Martín Cáceres and Márquez were the other goal scoring defenders for Barcelona.

Variety in attack

If we look back at the 31 goals scored this pre-season we will see a lot of variety. They have scored two with headers, from outside the box, from corners, goals scored from crosses from the wing, in individual actions and in fast triangulations. Sylvinho summed it up well in Tuesday’s press conference: “We have players who finish the play off well. Others push up dangerously from the second line. It’s also important to have good players on the wings and that the crosses come in as we already have players who specialise in interior play, capable of triangulating, blocking and dribbling.”

Effectiveness in the air
Barça has scored five goals from headers this pre-season, a sign that the aerial play and strategy are other offensive means, which are being worked well. All that remains are goals from free kicks as the team has yet to score a goal from this kind of play.


Posted by barcelona-24-7 at 7:39 PM EDT
F.I.F.A. looks back at Bar??ai??a??a??s history
Topic: News

F.I.F.A.’s official website published an article this Wednesday which talks about Barça as more than a club. The text looks back at the history of the club through the great players who have played for the club.

The article, titled ‘FC Barcelona, much more than a club’, begins by quoting this slogan pronounced by Narcís de Carreras in 1968, and goes on to talk about the origins of the club, with Hans Gamper as the main character.

Why it is ‘more than a club’

F.I.F.A. explain how FC Barcelona “strengthened its symbolic image associated with Catalanism, which was denied by the political regime in Spain” during the dictatorship of Franco. Later on it explains the agreement with U.N.I.C.E.F., when the club wore publicity on the shirt for the first time, but with no financial gain and only aiming to give support.

Barça’s stars

The look at Barça’s history is all about the stars that have played for Barça. Kubala, Cruyff, Maradonna, the ‘Dream team’ and Ronaldinho or Eto’o are some of the names used by F.I.F.A. to describe the major victories - and some losses – of FC Barcelona.

The Camp Nou
The article ends with a reference to the Barcelona stadium. We are reminded that it was opened on the 24th of September, 1957 and that there have been several big events there, such as the Champions’ League final in 1999 and the opening ceremony of the World Cup in 1982 and it was also home to the Olympic Games in 1992.

 Click here to read the article on


Posted by barcelona-24-7 at 7:36 PM EDT
Updated: Thursday, 21 August 2008 7:38 PM EDT

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