Written by Will Parchman

Qatar Airways is Barcelona’s kit sponsor, the first such arrangement in the club’s history. So it’s no surprise that the ads are beginning to roll out.

Admittedly, this one’s pretty cool. It envisions a Barcelona city in which Neymar kicks your luggage at you and Pique strangely has to work at customs while Iniesta paints walls with soccer balls. What did Pique do to piss off Qatar?

My biggest issue: how is Busquets not leading the Barcelona school of performing arts? You flub a line in Macbeth, hit the deck, writhe like your vocal chords just got snipped and then peek out to make sure everyone is really, really upset for you. When that fails, just kick everyone. Busquets is a natural already.

 

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Written by Will Parchman

 

There are obvious things to say, and then there’s this: Barcelona is going to be a lot of fun to watch for the next eight months. These two quick-hitter videos are a major reason why.

One is Neymar doing very Neymar-y things, dribbling through basalt cliffs and Krakens and Liam Neeson in Thailand. The other is a fun little clip where we get to live as Xavi’s feet for a tight-alley Barcelona passing drill. I watched the Xavi one like six times. It looks too easy.

FIFA 14 online Barcelona spammers, get your trigger fingers ready. You’re about to unleash the fury.

 

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Written by Will Parchman

Tactically, Pep Guardiola accomplished a fair bit at Barcelona. Ignoring the trophies and focusing instead on the play that won them, Guardiola’s tactical gadgetry set the tone for what the national team assumed not long after the run began. Suicidal pressure, a razor’s edge of a back line, formulaic passing matrixes and an unselfish superstar.

What you had was a nominal 4-3-3, with Iniesta and Xavi sitting above Busquets in the midfield and Messi dropping in as something not totally unlike a false nine. The possession system was freer, though, and it allowed Pep’s system to breathe holistically like a lung. Iniesta could play tucked just inside the attackers and spring them with tightly controlled short passes or deliver those killer through balls he’s known for. They’d collapse the wings and play without a striker or create width with Abidal and Alves.

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Written by The 91st

We’re obligated to show you every single FIFA 14 trailer that’s released, because that’s just the way things should be. This one features Messi, and gets all dramatic with a few familiar Barcelona faces.

 

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Written by Rudy Madrigal

Ronaldo

About a month ago, Ronaldinho expressed how he feels about Cristiano Ronaldo by saying that he is one of the best players in the world today. Along with other praises, Dinho even gave Ronaldo a shirt of his own in hopes that he would like it.

Well, apparently Ronaldo liked the gesture and returned the favor. He sent a signed Real Madrid jersey to the ex-Barcelona star. Ronaldinho then took to Facebook to upload the picture of how happy he was to receive this awesome gift. He even went went on to say how much he loved it. I’m sensing a friendship blossoming between the Brazilian and Portuguese soccer stars.

 

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Written by Rudy Madrigal


Barcelona star Lionel Messi and his father are accused of not paying their taxes in Spain. It is reported that they owe around 4 million euros for the years 2006 to 2009 and that they channeled their money through companies that served as a front in tax haven countries, specifically Belize and Uruguay. Messi and his father, Jorge, have denied any such accusations and released a statement saying they found out about the allegations through the media.

If the allegations are true, Messi could be in a lot of trouble. In this case, the tax fraud would not be because of mistakes in paperwork (I’m sure he pays a lot of money to have his millions taken care of properly), but because the evasion would be part of an intricate system that is specifically set up for the purpose of avoiding paying taxes. While it will take a while for everything to unfold (if the allegations are true), it will be interesting to see what happens. Good luck Leo.

 

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Written by Rudy Madrigal

Last week after Barcelona’s penalty shootout win against Espanyol in the Copa Catalunya, Chilean striker Alexis Sanchez crashed his car into a barrier on the highway and managed to walk away unscathed. It is unclear how he lost control of his car, but authorities expect he was speeding. After crashing his car, Sanchez got out and called a teammate to pick up him. The two left the car in the middle of the road and just went back to Sanchez’s house without telling police. Due to Sanchez leaving the scene, it is likely he will receive some sort of fine.

 

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Written by The 91st

Neymar has officially joined Barcelona. If you don’t believe us, check out Barca’s complete coverage of the day which includes everything Neymar did, ate and thought (telepathic coverage) during his big introduction.

Oh, yeah, above are Neymar’s first words as a Barca player. Surprisingly, they were not “MA-MA.”

 

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Written by The 91st

We’re back with the talented kids from the world’s top club. Here are the top five goals of the week as scored by the up-and-coming stars of the Barca program.

 

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Written by The 91st

Neymar

Brazilian superstar Neymar announced that he has signed with Barcelona, joining forces with the premier club in the world and other superheroes like Messi, Xavi and Andres Iniesta.

This is turning out a lot like the plot of Avengers. World domination is sure to follow. Messi has already given his seal of approval on the deal and Barca confirmed it via Twitter.

Brazilian media is reporting that Barca will pay about 30 million euros ($38.8 million) for the 21-year-old former Santos star.

“I’m sad to be leaving Santos, but it’s a great honor to be signing with a club like Barcelona and to be able to play with some of the best players in the world,” Neymar said.

[ESPN FC]

 

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