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Pep Guardiola

Pep Guardiola

Josep Guardiola

I don’t even know how to start. This one week has been very hard for every Cule in the world and yesterday was the culmination, because yesterday was the day when Guardiola left the club. Yesterday was the day, when “Guardiola’s Era” came to end.  Nobody believed or wanted to believe until the last second that Pep was leaving. Today I saw very sad faces of Barca fans, and personally I was feeling very bad for the whole day, like some close person to me had passed away.

I already mentioned that “Guardiola’s Era” has become to an end. Now, I’m sure every person who loves football knows that this means. It simply means – the best club in the whole history of football. Yes, it was Josep Guardiola who created the dream team, the best team of all. I remember when he replaced Frank Rijkaard in 2008, nobody believed in him. Everybody thought that he would fail but thank god we were mistaken. That year Guardiola started writing Barca’s history from a new, empty paper, when at the end of the season Pep’s team got Triplete, winning all 3 possible cups in a season. But it wasn’t enough for Pep, he had the motivation, the spirit to win everything possible, to eat the world. So he did… he won all 6 competitions that Barcelona was taking part in. That was amazing, no other coach has done it before! He won 2 Champions League trophies, 3 consecutive La Liga trophies and gave Barcelona a huge glory… But the main thing he gave Barcelona, was this new way of playing, new style, the whole new philosophy of football. With this new philosophy Barcelona truly became one of the best teams in the whole football history and that was the “fault” of Josep Guardiola, one of the best coaches in the world. He truly is a genius.

I also already said that I saw lots of sad faces of people who love Barcelona. I myself was brought down after I heard that decision. But was it just because of the trophies and the style of playing that Guardiola gave us? I don’t think so… There might be a new coach (doesn’t matter who) who can (theoretically) win more trophies than Guardiola, but I probably won’t feel so bad if that guy leaves. So what is it than, how could Pep manage to make us love him so much? First reason of course is his way of coaching, but then comes the other factors, people love him because of his character, they love him as a person, as a human being, as a friend, brother, he is just a part of Barcelona. He definitely is one of the greatest (if not the greatest) person in whole Barcelona history, as a player, as a coach and probably as a president too in future (at least I hope).

But he left… He left with his own decision. Why? Well, not everybody can understand it. But i’ll try to give you the explanation. He told the press that he got tired and left to have a rest. Then a question came in my mind, who doesn’t other coaches get tired of coaching, like Ferguson, Mourinho or many others… So this is a cover reason, there must be something more deeper. So I think it was because he felt that the next season wasn’t going to be a glorious one either, so he left. He didn’t leave the club because of his personal interests, but for the club’s interests. He loves Barcelona so much that he couldn’t take a risk to harm the club. Besides he didn’t have enough motivation like he did earlier. I remember him how emotional he was especially in the first season when he came, how he wanted to win, how big motivation and desire he had to win more and more. But this year’s Barca wasn’t like it was in earlier years. That’s why Guardiola said that he needs time to recharge, this means he needs more motivation.  Guardiola: “I could have continued but I wouldn’t have the enthusiasm this club deserves. I need to find again the hunger to eat the world.”

At the end, as a Cule, I want to thank Josep Guardiola, a great coach, a great person, for all he gave to Barca and to me. All those happy days since Pep came is now a memory, a great unforgettable memory which will live forever. Thank you Pep for all the joy you gave us!!!

And one more last thing… I am pretty sure, like 100% sure that Guardiola will return sometime! He said he needs to recharge, that he needs to find the hunger to eat the world again, so I hope when he does find it, he will return to Barcelona and give us another “Guardiola Era” or I’d call “The Great Come Back Era of Guardiola”… We’ll miss you Guardiola!

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Barcelona Throphies

Barcelona Throphies

Barcelona is the champions of the world after winning 4-0 to FC Santos in YokohamaThe FIFA Club World Cup turned a very easy game for Catalan Club, they netted four times without any problems. Lionel Messi scored double while Cesc Fabregas and Xavi Hernandez scored their goals too.

The Argentine’s performance was brilliant in the final match. Besides those two goals that he scored, he played very well and his help in winning this game was huge. Before he scored, he already had a shot saved by goalkeeper Rafael.

Xavi, who played his 601th official game for Barcelona, brilliantly controlled the ball before he gave a superb pass to Messi, who by himself conjured up a cheeky chip over the goalkeeper and opened the score.

Xavi then scored a goal himself, after controlling a good pass from Daniel Alves on the first touch and shooting with his second touch.

The third goal was scored after a chaos in Santos box caused by Dani Alves’s cross. Fabregas got the rebound near the goal post and it was very easy for him to score, so he did.

Victor Valdes played very well too, he managed to save the team two times in the game, while he blocked two shots of Santos.
And finally Messi completed the rout in the 82nd minute when he was played through by an excellent pass from the Brazilian Alves. Despite the poor first touch he still managed to skip around the goalkeeper and sent the ball into an empty net.
At the end of the match Messi got a special award from Toyota as the man of the match. Also he managed to repeat the record of Pedro(2009) who scored at least one goal in all the competitions that he participated.
As for the team, Guardiola just got his 13th trophy (form 16 possible) in 3 years, while Pele’s Santos and Cruyff’s Ajax got 12 during the same period of time. Here is all 108 big titles for Barca…

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Barca along with Messi keep pressure on Real Madrid before the El Clasico, as Catalan side won 5-0 to Levante. Fabregas, Cuenca, Messi and Sanchez managed to score in yesterdays match.
Barcelona started brightly, as they scored the first goal on the 4th minute of the game. Leo Messi found Iniesta, who saw his quick-thinking back-heel trickle to the feet of Cesc Fabregas on the edge of the Levante penalty area. He controlled the ball and placed it into the bottom corner of the net.
On the half hour mark Cesc scored again. It was 33th minute when Xavi crossed into the box after a free-kick and the former Arsenal captain put the ball into the net with a beautiful header.
Guardiola‘s men were three up in the 37th minute with a wonderful team goal that was coolly finished by youngster Isaac Cuenca, who scored his second Barcelona goal. After Messi’s superb run Iniesta gave ball to Cuenca who cleverly finished a beautiful attack with a very nice goal.
Barcelona were 4-0 up in the 55th minute when Messi grabbed his 17th Liga goal of the season to draw level with Cristiano Ronaldo. Daniel Alves gave an assist to Messi who made no mistake in shooting the ball.
In the 61st minute, Barca made it their famous 5-0 with a very nice counter-attack. Messi found Alexis Sanchez just inside the box. The Chilean attacker controlled the ball before lifting it over Munua.
Iniesta later scored a 6th goal of the game but it was ruled out by the referee saying it was an offside. On the replay you can see that this decision was wrong…
Barcelona face Bate on Tuesday and later, in 10th of December they go to Madrid to play El Clasico on Santiago Bernabeu. Guardiola is supposed to give a rest to 13 first team players in
Champions League match against Bate, including Leo Messi

‎1. 22/10/08 UCL Basel 0 – 5 Barcelona
2. 26/10/08 PRD Barcelona 5 – 0 Almería
3. 17/01/09 PRD Barcelona 5 – 0 Deportivo La Coruna
4. 11/11/09 CDR Barcelona 5 – 0 Cultural Leonesa
5. 11/01/10 PRD Tenerife 0 – 5 Barcelona
6. 31/10/10 PRD Barcelona 5 – 0 Sevilla
7. 30/11/10 PRD Barcelona 5 – 0 Real Madrid
8. 13/12/10 PRD Barcelona 5 – 0 Real Sociedad
9. 13/01/11 CDR Barcelona 5 – 0 Real Betis
10. 27/01/11 CDR Barcelona 5 – 0 Almería
11. 22/08/11 CLF Barcelona 5 – 0 Napoli
12. 29/08/11 PRD Barcelona 5 – 0 Villarreal
13. 25/09/11 PRD Barcelona 5 – 0 Atlético Madrid
14. 28/09/11 UCL BATE 0 – 5 Barcelona
15. 29/10/11 PRD Barcelona 5 – 0 Mallorca
16. 04/12/11 PRD Barcelona 5 – 0 Levante

Watch Match Highlights on: http://fanebi.tv/barcelona-5-0-levante/

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Leo Messi

Barcelona played against Sevilla on saturday night on Camp nou and the final score was 0-0. But on the dying minutes World star Lionel Messi had a great chance to get 3 points for Barca, instead of one…
The referee gave Barcelona  a penalty kick during the added time of the second half and of course Messi was the one to shoot it. But unfortunately for his and for Barcelona fans, his spot-kick was saved by the impressive Javi Varas, the keeper of Sevilla.
The whole match was very intensive and Barcelona was fighting for 3 point from the beggining till the end, so the missed penalty was very frustrating for them, especially for Messi, who looked far from happy as he left the pitch.
But the Argentine was given support by the home crowd, loudly shouting his name before the referee blew the final whistle. Guardiola also encouraged his player saying that Messi is fine, such a thing might happen to any player on the world and theres nothing to panic about.
Guardiola is right, because there is no great player who hasn’t missed the penalty. As it is saied – “every napoleon has his waterloo”…vDespite of this bad thing, Lionel Messi still stays at the top level and as we know, today there’s no greater player than him…

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