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Catalonia separatists pin hopes on September vote after setback - Reuters UK

Catalonia separatists pin hopes on September vote after setback - Reuters UK | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
By Sarah White MADRID (Reuters) - Catalan leaders said on Tuesday they would press ahead with regional elections in September meant as a proxy vote on independence from Spain, despite separatist parties losing in Barcelona's town hall election.

 

A leftist coalition led by social activist Ada Colau and backed by new anti-austerity party Podemos beat secessionist forces on Sunday to win the most votes in Barcelona's city council, one of the biggest upsets in local elections held across the country. Support for independence is on the wane in some areas and is fractured among differing separatist camps...

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‘Xavi is eternal. He is football. He has made Barcelona what it is today’ | Sid Lowe - The Guardian

‘Xavi is eternal. He is football. He has made Barcelona what it is today’ | Sid Lowe - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
The Barcelona midfielder Xavi pulled the strings in an unprecedented era of success for club and country and leaves with glowing tributes from those who managed and played alongside him

 

Thiago Alcântara, former Barcelona team-mate “Xavi is eternal. Even when he is not at his very best level physically, he plays a kind of football that gives oxygen to a team, play, speed. It makes me sad to think that I won’t be able to watch Xavi [in Europe] for more time. He’ll always have that level. He is football. He is one of those players that has made Barcelona what it is today”

 

Hristo Stoichkov (on Onda Cero radio), former Barcelona team-mate

“I remember that little lad, fresh-faced, just a kid, coming on at Valladolid and scoring a header – a header that saved that Dutchman’s [Louis van Gaal] neck. If we’re talking about Xavi, we’re talking about a legend in world football, a genuine legend. From the very first game to the very last game he has been the most decisive player at Barcelona, the player who has done more for Barcelona than anyone else, the player who has lifted more trophies than anyone else, ever. That’s Xavi Hernández. There will be a Before Xavi and an After Xavi. It’s not fair that he never won the Balon d’Or, but he was ‘unlucky’ to coincide with Messi. I am sure that one day he will end up coaching Barcelona. There will never be another player like him.”...

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Was this an earthquake in Spanish politics? Not quite, but it’s coming soon | Miguel-Anxo Murado - The Guardian

Was this an earthquake in Spanish politics? Not quite, but it’s coming soon | Miguel-Anxo Murado - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it

These elections have further eroded the two main parties’ hegemony. But it’s September’s Catalan vote that could radically alter Spain’s political landscape

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And finally, there’s the unspoken question mark which hangs over Spain’s near future. Despite being left aside for the duration of the campaign it’s still there: the stubborn Catalan issue. At least in theory, there will be a Catalan regional election in September which – if it finally takes place – will be no ordinary vote. The Catalan government intends to turn it into a referendum on independence, no less, and if Sunday’s results are replicated then it may actually win it. Much has been made of the fact that last Sunday the main pro-independence party lost the city of Barcelona. That is certainly a serious blow, but what few seem to have noticed is that the pro-independence camp as a whole has increased its support substantially and has effectively won the election in Catalonia.

 

That doesn’t mean it’s a done deal for the pro-independence parties either. Come September, they may get a majority of seats in parliament but without a majority of votes. In any case, turmoil is almost guaranteed and, depending on what happens next, the national political debate as a whole could abruptly change tack, making the result of the general election in November even more unpredictable. Now, that would be an earthquake.

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Dani Alves hits out at Barcelona for showing him ‘lack of respect’ - The Guardian

Dani Alves hits out at Barcelona for showing him ‘lack of respect’ - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it

Dani Alves hit out at Barcelona regarding his contract situation and said he would decide his future after the Champions League final on 6 June...

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Barcelona’s Xavi enthusiastic about leaving for ‘thrilling project in Qatar’ - The Guardian

Barcelona’s Xavi enthusiastic about leaving for ‘thrilling project in Qatar’ - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
Barcelona captain Xavi Hernández has announced he will join the Qatari side Al-Sadd this summer, ending his 24-year run with the Catalan club
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Will Catalonia's dream of Independence be Crushed? - Shout Out UK

Will Catalonia's dream of Independence be Crushed? - Shout Out UK | AC Affairs | Scoop.it

Will Podemos crush Catalonia's dream of becoming an independent state? 2015 promises to be a crucial year for dealing with this tense issue....

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Rapper among 19 arrested and accused of glorifying violent separatism in Spain - The Guardian

Rapper among 19 arrested and accused of glorifying violent separatism in Spain - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
Def Con Dos leader Cesar Montana Lehmann, aka Cesar Strawberry, among those alleged by police to have glorified Eta, Terra Lliure and Grapo groups
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Homage to Catalonia - The Times

Homage to Catalonia - The Times | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
Commemorating Spain’s civil war requires honesty about the brutality of both sides

 

"I never forgive but I always forget," declared Arthur Balfour. That might almost be a summary of the state of Spain's commemoration of its brutal civil war of 1936-39. General Francisco Franco, whose insurrection against the republican govern- ment established a peculiarly vicious dictatorship, died in 1975. Yet political divisions in interpreting these terrible events still run deep.

Now the son of the war's acutest observer, George Orwell, has stepped into the fray. Richard Blair has travelled to Aragon, in eastern Spain, to call for the restoration of the trenches where his father fought. It has become a party issue. The centre-right government of Mariano Rajoy has stopped funding for various heritage projects, citing financial constraints. The socialists in Aragon are making an election issue of the restoration.

 

It would be a disservice to history if the site were allowed to deteriorate. Yet commemoration of the war and preservation of its places of battle should present an unflinchingly honest account. The partisan claims of the republican side are far from being the full truth of the war. The nationalist revolt against a constitutional government was an outrage, as was its saturation bombing of civilians. Orwell's own reportage of the war makes clear the partiality to atrocity of the republican side too, however...

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Barcelona's demolition does Man City a favour - Manchester Evening News

Barcelona's demolition does Man City a favour - Manchester Evening News | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
Messi and Co's sprint to the final proves Manchester City were not CL flops after all.
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SNP plotting second independence referendum, say party sources - Mirror

SNP plotting second independence referendum, say party sources - Mirror | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
The party says public opinion has shifted since last year's no vote but a new poll would be 'indicative' only and have no basis in law
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As executioner or conductor, Barcelona star Lionel Messi is the best - The Independent

As executioner or conductor, Barcelona star Lionel Messi is the best - The Independent | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
He was, said his mentor, Pep Guardiola, the best player who has ever kicked a football, better even than Pele. Lionel Messi is heading to his third European Cup final and he seems more in command of his powers now even than when he destroyed Manchester United at Wembley four years ago.
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Barcelona’s Marc-André ter Stegen makes his case for being undisputed No1 - The Guardian

Barcelona’s Marc-André ter Stegen makes his case for being undisputed No1 - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
Ter Stegen, who has to share goalkeeping duties with Claudio Bravo, was arguably their man of the match ay Bayern Munich rather than the forwards

 

Albert Camus looks annoyed. The author and philosopher is trying to watch the football but the man with the microphone keeps asking questions. He wants to talk about the Nobel prize that Camus won earlier that year but Camus wants to talk about the football. Specifically he wants to talk about the goalkeeper, a position that Camus played at university in Algiers. “It’s when you’re in the middle of the woods,” says Camus, “that you realise how difficult it is.”

 

If you need any reminder of just how correct Camus was 58 years ago, you need only look at local pub players and how little enthusiasm is mustered on pitches each Sunday morning when the manager asks who fancies being in goal and everyone’s head drops as if a giant rock has been secured to their neck. They have a point. No one really wants a big finger of blame aimed at them should the other side score and it is hardly a position rolled in glitter and glamour. Most want to be the headline generators, the ones friends talk about in the pub after the game, not the one who cost their side three points...

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Lionel Messi is the best player of all time, says Bayern's Pep Guardiola - The Guardian

Lionel Messi is the best player of all time, says Bayern's Pep Guardiola - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
Barcelona’s Lionel Messi is the best player ever, the Bayern Munich coach, Pep Guardiola, said after Barça eliminated his side 5-3 on aggregate to reach next month’s Champions League final
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Anti-eviction campaigner promises change in Barcelona - AP

Anti-eviction campaigner promises change in Barcelona - AP | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
Leading Spanish social activist Ada Colau said Monday the fight against evictions, poverty and corruption will be her priority as new mayor of the country's second city, Barcelona.
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Barcelona's Copa del Rey win sets up possible treble, says Luis Enrique, video - The Guardian

Barcelona's Copa del Rey win sets up possible treble, says Luis Enrique, video - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
La Liga champions Barcelona beat Athletic Bilbao 3-1 to win the Copa del Rey at Camp Nou on Saturday (30 May)

 

La Liga champions Barcelona beat Athletic Bilbao 3-1 to win the Copa del Rey at Camp Nou on Saturday (30 May), bringing them closer to winning three titles this season. Barcelona coach Luis Enrique hopes for a repeat performance against Juventus in next week's Champions League final to complete their second continental treble, which they had last completed in 2009.

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Mariano Rajoy disappointed by indignados' election success in Spain - The Guardian

Mariano Rajoy disappointed by indignados' election success in Spain - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
PM struggles to address criticisms of his leadership of the People’s party as leftist parties win in Barcelona and perform well in Madrid
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George Orwell's son embarks on pilgrimage to save war site that inspired Homage to Catalonia - The Independent

George Orwell's son embarks on pilgrimage to save war site that inspired Homage to Catalonia - The Independent | AC Affairs | Scoop.it

For Richard Blair, the sight of the sandbagged trenches outside the Spanish village of Alcubierre gives rise to strong emotions. It was here that his father, George Orwell, came within millimetres of death as a sniper’s bullet traversed his neck and nearly robbed the world of some of modern literature’s greatest works....

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Renewing my Barça membership - Jimmy Burns

Renewing my Barça membership - Jimmy Burns | AC Affairs | Scoop.it

Nothing like renewing one’s FC Barcelona membership card-as I’ve just done – at the Camp Nou-to focus one’s mind.


Membership does not come cheap and in the many years of being a cule  I haven’t exactly gained much benefit from it. Phones lines are usually busy so it is almost impossible to communicate, let alone vote from London where I live for much of the year. Not being a techo geek, I find the membership section of the Barca website difficult to navigate, and I’ve never managed to get a ticket using my card, finding it easier to see matches as a guest of a friend , or as a journalist , or -if I am lucky with the draw- with fellow cules from my beloved Penya Blaurana London...

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Xavi Hernández is leaving Barcelona to join Qatari club Al Sadd - The Guardian

Xavi Hernández is leaving Barcelona to join Qatari club Al Sadd - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
The Barcelona midfielder Xavi Hernández will announce on Thursday he is leaving the club he joined as an 11-year-old to sign a lucrative three-year deal with the Qatari side Al Sadd, his agent has said
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Barcelona transform season from trouble to a possible treble | Sid Lowe - The Guardian

Barcelona transform season from trouble to a possible treble | Sid Lowe - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
Four months ago, few thought regaining the Spanish title was really possible. But that night Barcelona beat Atlético Madrid. And on Sunday they beat them again

 

It started against Atlético Madrid and it ended against Atlético Madrid, the circle completed at the Calderón. Three hundred and 64 days after Atlético went to Barcelona and won the league, Barcelona went to Atlético and won it back again, Leo Messi’s superb goal sufficient to take the title. But maybe 17 May was not the date, after all; maybe 11 January was. The night the crisis was contained, a collective catharsis that became the first day of the rest of their season. There was trouble then; there may be a treble now. Barcelona have won the league and two of their three remaining games are finals: against Athletic Bilbao in the Copa del Rey and Juventus in the European Cup...

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Neymar is no Messi or Pelé but the world’s greatest sub-genius footballer | Barney Ronay - The Guardian

Neymar is no Messi or Pelé but the world’s greatest sub-genius footballer | Barney Ronay - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
Barcelona’s gossamer goal-sprite has shown diamond-grade mental toughness and lets the pressure of playing with Lionel Messi wash over him

 

Welcome to the Premier League then, Nathan. Or rather, welcome to wherever you’re off to next, which will, let’s face it, almost certainly be somewhere else. The most obvious reaction to the news that Chelsea have signed the 19-year-old attacking midfielder Nathan from Atlético Paranaense was: why exactly have Chelsea signed the 19-year-old attacking midfielder Nathan from Atlético Paranaense? This is not to denigrate Nathan himself, who will join the club’s 26 loan players in a European league more hospitable to temp-to-perm teenage filler. Nathan may go on to have an excellent career, building on his time at the 2013 Under-17 World Cup, where he starred alongside his club-mate Mosquito. Nathan and Mosquito might even grow into one of football’s celebrated front lines, rather than simply sounding a bit like a much‑loved hifalutin 1990s Scottish indie band...

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Arsenal set for £3m windfall if Barcelona prevail in Champions League final - The Guardian

Arsenal set for £3m windfall if Barcelona prevail in Champions League final - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
Arsenal are reportedly in line for a windfall of £3m if Barcelona defeat Juventus in the Champions League final next month, courtesy of their former defender Thomas Vermaelen
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Cancellation of La Liga strike clears way for Barcelona to secure title - The Guardian

Cancellation of La Liga strike clears way for Barcelona to secure title - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
The final two rounds of fixtures in La Liga will go ahead as originally planned after a Spanish high court ruling on Thursday
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Barcelona president to stand trial on charges of Neymar signing tax fraud - The Guardian

Barcelona president to stand trial on charges of Neymar signing tax fraud - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it

Prosecutors have asked for a prison sentence for Josep Bartomeu and for Sandro Rosell, plus fines and payments of outstanding taxes involved with Neymar’s signing

A Spanish judge has ordered Barcelona’s president, Josep Bartomeu, his predecessor, Sandro Rosell, and the club to stand trial on charges they committed tax fraud in the signing of Neymar.

Judge Jose de la Mata has given the defendants, who deny any wrongdoing, 10 days in which to present their defence in writing, according to court documents published on Wednesday...

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Atlético Madrid 0-1 Barça: Barcelona clinch title with Lionel Messi magic against Atlético Madrid - The Guardian

Atlético Madrid 0-1 Barça: Barcelona clinch title with Lionel Messi magic against Atlético Madrid - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
Lionel Messi’s superb goal gave Barcelona a 1-0 win at Atlético Madrid which secured their fifth La Liga title in seven seasons

 

A year after Atlético Madrid went to Barcelona and won the league title Barcelona went to Atlético Madrid and won it back. As the final whistle went Barcelona’s players gathered in a circle, substitutes and squad players sprinting to join them, and danced while Gerard Piqué began spraying the Catalan cava. Luis Enrique, the manager who spent much of the season questioned but is now 180 minutes away from leading them to a treble, was not there; he was in the dressing room instead. “This gives us huge satisfaction,” he said. “But I prefer private celebrations.”

 

Barcelona, winners of the league, Copa del Rey and Champions League in Pep Guardiola’s first season, may become the only European club ever to complete two trebles – and in two debut managerial campaigns. This was Luis Enrique’s first title as manager but it may not be the last. His side have three games left: one more in the league against Deportivo La Coruña, which no longer matters, and then two finals. They face Athletic Bilbao in the Copa del Rey and a week later face Juventus in the Champions League. “We have to do everything we can to win those games,” the coach said...

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