Barcelona Weekends – The Perfect Idea of a Super Break

It’s not for nothing that Barcelona is the second most popular weekend getaway in Europe. Whether you want to enjoy the sights of old Gothic or contemporary architecture, chill out at pubs and cafes, enjoy fine dining, or go sightseeing, Barcelona would make sure that you don’t have a dull moment. There are a million exciting ways of spending weekend breaks in Barcelona. Here’s what you can do in Barcelona:

Barcelona Sightseeing

  • l La Sagrada Familia – the giant temple by Antonio Gaudi, which has been under construction since 1882 and it won’t be another 50 years maybe before the construction finishes
  • l La Pedrera (Casa Mila) – also by Antonio Gaudi, is known for its wavy brick construction and multicolored tiles
  • l L’Aquarium de Barcelona located at Port Vell
  • l Barcelona FC Museum – the huge football museum is also a tourist attraction
  • l The Spanish Village or the Poble Espanyol de Montjuic – the village has houses that look like architecture in different parts of Spain
  • l The Barcelona Zoo – apart from animals, has picnic area, shops, and electric cars
  • l The Picasso Museum – has the master’s paintings in chronological order from his earliest works till his final ones
  • l Miro Museum
  • l National Museum of Art of Catalunya
  • l The Magic Fountain of Montjuic
  • l La Rambla Street

What makes spending a weekend, especially if it’s a long one, in Barcelona more special is its mild weather that lasts through the year. Winters here are also mild and summers are sunny because of the seas.

Barcelona Nightlife

Barcelona is also a perfect place for night crawlers who like to let their hair down at discos. Café de les Delicies, and the silver fish-sculpted Peix on the 43rd floor of Hotel Arts are two hotspots in Barcelona. The city does not sleep and the party goes on till even 6 am! The night clubs are trendy, hip and spectacular. Some other Barcelona Night Clubs are:

Ø Razzmatazz

Ø Moog

Ø Elephant

Ø Piratas

Ø Pacha

Ø Shoko

Barcelona Bike Tours

Barcelona bike tour is also a great way to see the city from a different and fresh perspective. These bike tours are given by guides. They take you through medieval lanes in the Gothic Quarter, the Olympic Village, the modernist edifices by Gaudi, and beaches. You don’t even need to make a reservation with some of the tour providers; you can just get there 10 minutes before the tour begins.

Barcelona hen weekends:

Barcelona is an irresistible land that will lead you straight into temptation especially if you indulge in Barcelona Hen dos. There are innumerable packages where you will be pampered like you cannot imagine. Some of the services provided are:

u Luxurious apartments and hotel accommodation

u Spa

u Sightseeing and bike tours

u Hen meal and cocktails

u Salsa class and entry in the hottest salsa club

u Tapas cuisine

Once you go to Barcelona for a weekend, the longer it is the better and more fun for you!

Highlights | Resumo: FC Porto 1-0 SC Braga (Liga 21/22 #14)

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Luis Díaz a fazer a diferença no Estádio do Dragão, o colombiano marcou o único golo do encontro entre FC Porto e SC Braga, jogo a contar para a 14.ª jornada da Liga Bwin.

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A Profile of Samuel Eto’o

One of the ironies of Samuel Eto’o playing for FC Barcelona is that he originally joined arch-rivals Real Madrid, who immediately put him out on loan; first to second division CD Leganes; then to first division Espanyol after playing just one league match for Madrid; and finally to Mallorca. He did so well at the latter club that they signed him for a club record and became the highest scorer in the history of the club with a total of 54 goals between 2000 and 2004.

The Cameroon striker signed to FC Barcelona after a series of negotiations between Barcelona, Mallorca and Real Madrid who had retained an option on him. On one hand Madrid didn’t require him in the team as they already had two strikers in the form of Ronaldo and Raul; on the other hand they didn’t want him to play for Barcelona, a club that was looking for a quality striker to cement the attack after they were unable to come to an agreement with midfielder Edgar Davids, who had spent the second half of the 2003-2004 season on loan to the Catalan club.

With Eto’o in place as striker and Ronaldinho as attacking mid-fielder, Samuel Eto’o quickly proved to be good value for money and scored a total of 24 league goals in the 2004-2005 season. Although he helped FC Barcelona to take the league title, he narrowly missed the title of top goal scorer in La Liga.

However, at the celebrations that followed at the Nou Camp he gave speech in which he openly criticised Real Madrid, apparently venting the bitterness he felt for being passed over by the club in favour of being put on loan. He later had to retract his statement and issue an apology.

The following year Samuel Eto’o was able to improve of his league score and with a total of 26 goals he narrowly took the «Pichichi» crown, just one goal ahead of David Villa from Valencia. His strong performance on the pitch saw him also score six Champions League goals, helping to propel Barcelona all the way to the final against Arsenal. He was strongly implicated in the result as first the Arsenal goalkeeper was sent off for a foul against Eto’o in the first 20 minutes; failing to capitalise on the one man advantage, Eto’o equalised in the 76th minute from a pass from Larsson and Belletti scored the winning goal a few minutes after.

On the basis of a strong season Samuel Eto’o was awarded the title of UEFA Champion’s League Best Forward as well as Best African Player for the third year running.

Resumo: FC Vizela 0-4 FC Porto – Liga Portugal bwin | SPORT TV

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O FC Porto foi ao terreno do FC Vizela vencer por 4-0, em jogo da 15.ª jornada da Liga Bwin. Luis Díaz (14′) e Otávio (19′) marcaram no primeiro tempo, Zaidu (47′) e um auto-golo de Samu (64′) na segunda parte fecharam a marcha do marcador.

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FC Barcelona Players – Samuel Eto’o

Samuel Eto’o, although he seems to have been playing at the top level for such a long time, was, in fact, born in March 1981 in Nkon, Cameroon. Seemingly followed by controversy, Eto’o signed for Real Madrid as a 16 year old and had, to put it mildly, a strange relationship with the club from then on.

Firstly, upon his arrival at Madrid airport, young Samuel was famously forgotten about – a young black African with no Spanish hanging around an airport; an inauspicious beginning. After uneventful loan spells at Leganés and Espanyol, the coltish-looking Eto’o found himself loaned out to Mallorca, where he really began to show off his credentials.

Scoring 54 goals, Eto’o became the islanders’ highest league goal scorer and developed a real affinity with the supporters there – and he famously scored a spectacular individual goal against Madrid in the Bernabeu! Eto’o enjoyed his relationship with Mallorca so much that, when they reached the Copa del Rey final in 2003, he paid out EUR30,000 on a meal for them!

At the end of his loan spell, the Real Madrid supporters were almost unanimous in their desire for Samuel to return to the capital and compete for the forward positions with Raul and Ronaldo. What followed was a summer of continuous speculation and argument and eventually, for EUR24 million, the player signed for Barcelona – something that still annoys many Real Madrid fans.

Since then, Eto’o has scored goals galore for the Catalan giants. In his first, championship-winning season, Eto’o scored 25 league goals, including the title-clinching strike at Levante. He reached 50 goals in just 67 matches – a club record.

In addition to wining African Footballer of the year a record three times in succession from 2003, Samuel was part of the Cameroon side that won the African Cup in 2000 and 2002 and was runner-up in 2008. Previously, he had been the youngest player, at 17 years and 3 months, in the 1998 World Cup. He was the pichichi, top goal scorer, in La Liga in 2005/06, when, of course, he scored an equalising goal in the Champions’ League final against Arsenal.

Controversy has never been far away, however. After winning the league in 2005, Eto’o made the mistake of singing an abusive song about Madrid during the on-pitch celebrations. He has also been famously outspoken in his denouncements of racial abuse chanted in grounds – even threatening to walk off during one league game at Zaragova. Furthermore, there were times during 2007/08 season when Samuel Eto’o seemed a very forlorn figure, when his relationship with some of the other players was not at its best. At the end of the season, it seemed that the club were determined to transfer Ronaldinho, Deco and Eto’o, the perceived bad influences at the club. Eto’o, though, with typical determination, was adamant that his future was still with Barcelona – and he has proved to be absolutely correct.

Samuel Eto’o is fast, two-footed, brave and a totally committed team player and arguably the best centre forward in modern football.

Highlights | Resumo: FC Porto 3-0 FC Arouca (Liga 21/22 #4)

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O FC Porto venceu por 3-0 o Arouca, em jogo da 4.ª jornada da Liga Bwin. Matheus Uribe abriu o marcador aos 24′, Mehdi Taremi aumentou a vantagem dez minutos depois e Marcano fechou o resultado aos 63′.

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The Best Ways to Get Tickets For a FC Barcelona Football Game

FC Barcelona has Europe’s biggest football/soccer stadiums. Built in the 1950s, Camp Nou, or the New Camp has earned the fans of Barcelona the nickname of «Les Cules» – literally meaning «the arses» as the opposing supporters could see the back of the bums on seats of the loyal Barça fans from outside the stadium. Match day is a fantastic day out, especially against bitter rivals Real Madrid, or local derby matches against RCD Espanyol – indeed such is the draw of the venue, that the last world tour of U2 was performed here, due to the enormous capacity – around 99,000 people, with plans already approved to increase the capacity to 106,000. So how do I get to see a match, I hear you cry?! Well relax; there are some foolproof techniques you can employ before resorting to those ticket websites.

First of all, you can try the official website. Tickets go on sale approximately 2 weeks before match day, and you can be lucky and find seats this way. Alternatively, if you’re already in town, you can make your way down to the ticket office at the stadium – with such a high capacity, it’s rare for games to sell out – unless we’re talking about the previous fixtures of Real Madrid or a semi final in the Champions League, of course! However, this information is readily available on the website or any affiliate program of Barcelona. What I’m going to reveal are the tricks.

Season ticket holders to FC Barcelona can only ever give their ticket back to the club, or maintain that ticket with the surname. So many older generation season ticket holders, simply hold on to their relatives’ season tickets and sell on these seats on match day. Let me explain. Say my father and his 4 brothers were all season ticket holders, but of those 5 siblings, only 1 had children (me). I would renew those season tickets each year, due to their privileged location within the stands, and simply turn up 30 minutes before kick off each home game and sell on those tickets for face price, with the guarantee of having better view than the box office tickets and probably paying off my own season tickets from the profits by the end of the season. This is perfectly legal within the eyes of the club and the governing bodies of football, as long as money doesn’t change hands. So those clever OAP’s you see hanging around the metro station are the ones with the best tickets! The security guards at the turnstiles know the score, but as long as they haven’t seen money changing hands, then its fine by them. This is the best way to get tickets for the match, as you are effectively escorted in by the seller (you will sit next to them), so no security risks with regards fake tickets. It does however, have its risks in that if anyone sees you pay for the ticket, then you run the risk of losing your money and the ticket.

Tickets for matches are released to the general public after the FC Barcelona Members can buy them. You pay an annual subscription to the club if you can’t get a season ticket (based on my previous paragraph, you won’t be surprised to hear that the waiting list for a season ticket extends back to the 1970`s) and then have first refusal for the tickets before the public. In this way, many «touts» will buy up their share of the ticket allocation, often meaning they take all of the second tier seats in the stadium or the second best seats, after the season ticket holders. They then have a mark up of around 5 Euros per ticket, which for the majority of tourists is a steal, considering the better seat you will be able to get for this first time experience.

My final tip is again, not one that is well publicised and although this means that you don’t have the choice of the better seat allocation, it’s an official way of going about getting a ticket. You may be surprised to hear that ATMs or cash machines of the bank «La Caixa» also sell FC Barcelona tickets. The Catalan bank sells concert tickets, opera entrances and theatre stalls, so it’s no surprise to be able to find seats for the football, either. The reason why I left this tip for last is that due to the previous methods, the Cash point tickets are usually always the last to be sold, meaning you will have the cheapest seats (therefore be higher up in the stadium) which is not to put you off, as any seat in the stadium is well worth the price, but just so that you know you have various options. This option, for example, is great for larger groups who all want to stay together, as it means tickets can be bought in bulk – this way guaranteeing adjacent seating arrangements.

My last tip is to wrap up warm if you happen to go to a winter fixture! Although the winters in Barcelona are fairly mild, the height of the stadium coupled with its geographic location means that often the wind chill factor is very high within the stadium.

AZUL E BRANCO É O CORAÇÃO – FC Porto Oficial – (Alberto Indio)

«Azul e Branco é o Coração»
(letra: Alberto Indio / arranjos: Alberto Indio, Rodolfo Cardoso; Artur Guimarães)

Música Oficial FC PORTO

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music: Willibald Quanz, lyrics: Walter Rothenburg
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Translated and adapted (with changed lyrics). «Azul e branco é o coração» by Alberto Indio


Porto é uma nação
Eterno Campeão
Azul e Branco é o coração
Porto Portooooo

Jamais podem apagar a nossa história
Oh meu Porto
Dá-nos mais uma vitória

É invicta
indomável imortal
A cidade que deu nome Portugal

Porto é uma nação
Eterno Campeão
Azul e Branco é o coração
Porto Portooooo

Com orgulho na pronúncia do Norte
Sou do Porto
E vou ser até à morte

Há magia na bancada do Dragão
Temos fé,
Orgulho, honra e tradição

Porto é uma nação
Eterno Campeão
Azul e Branco é o coração
Porto Portooooo

FC Barcelona Fixtures Published

With the draw for the Spanish League now published we now know the full details of FC Barcelona’s fixtures for the 2007-2008, listed below:

26 Aug Racing v Barcelona

2 Sep Barcelona v Athletic

16 Sep Osasuna v Barcelona

23 Sep Barcelona v Sevilla

26 Sep Barcelona v Zaragoza

30 Sep Levante v Barcelona

7 Oct Barcelona v At. Madrid

21 Oct Villarreal v Barcelona

28 Oct Barcelona v Almeria

31 Oct Real Valladolid v Barcelona

4 Nov Barcelona v Betis

11 Nov Getafe v Barcelona

25 Nov Barcelona v Recreativo

2 Dec Espanyol v Barcelona

9 Dec Barcelona v Deportivo

16 Dec Valencia v Barcelona

23 Dec Barcelona v Real Madrid

6 Jan Mallorca v Barcelona

13 Jan Barcelona v Murcia

20 Jan Barcelona v Racing

27 Jan Athletic v Barcelona

3 Feb Barcelona v Osasuna

10 Feb Sevilla v Barcelona

17 Feb Zaragoza v Barcelona

24 Feb Barcelona v Levante

2 Mar At. Madrid v Barcelona

9 Mar Barcelona v Villarreal

16 Mar Almeria v Barcelona

23 Mar Barcelona v Real Valladolid

30 Mar Betis v Barcelona

6 Apr Barcelona v Getafe

13 Apr Recreativo v Barcelona

20 Apr Barcelona v Espanyol

27 Apr Deportivo v Barcelona

4 May Barcelona v Valencia

7 May Real Madrid v Barcelona

11 May Barcelona v Mallorca

18 May Murcia v Barcelona

While the season gets off to a fairly easy start, the clash against Real Madrid at the Nou Camp will take place on December 23rd this year, a great time for anyone who want to make the most of a football and last minute shopping weekend, while Barcelona visit Spain’s capital city on May 7th 2007.

We’re still awaiting details of the Champions League draw, which will kick off in September. After losing the League title to Madrid at the last minute and being knocked out of the European title Barcelona’s supporters eagerly await the start of the season to see what difference the new signings, like Thierry Henry, make to FC Barcelona’s fortunes.

Highlights | Resumo: FC Porto 2-1 Vitória SC (Liga 21/22 #12)

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Triunfo do FC Porto por 2-1 frente ao Vitória SC, em jogo da 12.ª jornada da Liga Bwin. A equipa vimaranense até marcou primeiro, por intermédio de Edwards (36′ g.p.), mas Luis Díaz restabeleceu a igualdade na jogada seguinte. No segundo tempo, um golo de Evanilson (59′) assegurou os três pontos para a formação portista.

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