Today marks an important 25-year anniversary in the history of the club. August 1st is the day when one of the best ever Barcelona defenders, Ronald Koeman, made his debut with the club. The Dutchman, who has become deeply embedded in the hearts of culés thanks to his exploits with Barça, first pulled on a blaugrana kit in August 1989 during the club’s training camp in Hungary, in a friendly against amateur team VV Buitenpost. Koeman debut turned out to be a dream one: he scored 2 goals in 45 minutes in a 15-1 win. Read more…
Barcelona B got back to work on July 14 and after more than two weeks of intense preparation at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper, the team played its first preseason friendly yesterday, against UE Figueres of the Tercera División (4th level on the Spanish football pyramid, after the Primera, the Segunda and the Segunda B). Eusebio’s team won 2-0, but the result was the last thing that the coaches had on their mind, as the game served for the players to get some valuable playing time in match conditions, just two days before the teams’s departure for Torremirona, where Eusebio will train his squad for a week at the annual training camp. Read more after the jump…
Carles Puyol is no longer a FC Barcelona player, as our beloved captain decided to end his playing career at the end of last season, thus ending a 19-year service to the blaugrana as a footballer. ‘Puyi’ left the number 5 jersey vacant following his departure, but this wasn’t meant to last for long, as Barcelona has announced that midfielder Sergio Busquets will wear number 5 next season after a personal request made by Puyol himself. Read more after the jump…
FC Barcelona B’s Dani Nieto has agreed to join newly-promoted side SD Eibar. Eibar will pay a reported fee of 200,000 euros for the 23-year old youngster as they work on strengthening their side ahead of the start of the league. Real Zaragoza were interested in the player but Nieto was eager to join a La Liga side and could not let this opportunity slip when it came knocking, and Barça didn’t stand in the way. Nieto joined Barça B from AD Alcorcón last season and featured against Recreativo de Huelva in the club’s first preseason friendly a couple of weeks back.
Best of luck to Dani Nieto with his new club!
This has not been the best of summers for La Masia, as the jubilation at the enormous amount of success achieved by the youth teams has been replaced by anxiety, as many of the teams are being picked apart without Barcelona being able to legally prevent it from happening. One of the worst hit teams is the Cadete A squad. In just a couple of hours, Juvenil B Xavier García Pimienta has found out that he will not be able to count on two of the Cadete A’s best players for his Juvenil B squad in 2014/15. First came the news of Georgios Spanoudakis’ transfer to VfB Stuttgart, and two hours after came the shock announcement of Dani Olmo’s signing by Croatian champions Dinamo Zagreb. Read more…
Summers at La Masia are never short of transfer sagas. Because of the dreaded article of Spanish law that prohibits under-age players from signing professional contracts, many of Barça’s pearls are snapped up by foreign teams without the club getting any compensation. After the departures of Carlos Blanco and Josimar Quintero earlier this year, a third high-profile loss from La Masia’s ranks has happened, with Cadete A midfielder Georgios Spanoudakis joining Bundesliga club VfB Stuttgart after a week of media frenzy surrounding his name. Read more after the jump…
Gerard Piqué admitted during his press conference yesterday afternoon that he hasn’t been enjoying his best football lately, saying that “at the moment I am not among the the best central defenders in the world.” The defender was disappointed at his performances with FC Barcelona during the past season and Spain during the World Cup, but he is convinced that “with Luis Enrique’s help I will recover a high level.” Piqué also said that he sees it as a challenge and if he plans to continue playing with Barça, he must become one of the best once again. Continue reading for more.
Both Sergi Roberto and Rafinha posted this picture of the winning team during their practice game on Thursday. The team is a great mix of veterans (Gerard Pique, Jordi Alba), young players (Rafinha, Gerard Deulofeu, Sergi Roberto, Alen Halilović) and new signings (Marc-André ter Stegen, Ivan Rakitić), which is a reflection of this season’s squad as a whole. It’s going to be exciting to watch what happens.
INSIDE VIEW – Training camp in Birmingham, day 3 by fcbarcelona
After learning of the death of Julio Grondona, Lionel Messi cut his vacation short on Thursday and flew to Buenos Aires to attend the funeral of the president of the Argentine Football Association. FIFA president Joseph Blatter is also expected to attend, according to an AFA spokesman. More after the jump.
Here’s the latest on FC Barcelona’s legal joys. Barça’s favorite judge Pablo Ruz has officially legally summoned Neymar’s father to the court to appear as a witness in the “Neymargate” case. The judge has additionally requested that within 10 days Neymar senior must provide the court documents that show payments from FC Barcelona his company received including commission fees, expenses reimbursed as well as documents relating to the 900,000 euro payment tagged for image rights.
Furthermore, club financial director Nestor Almela is to be called to the stand and Ruz has also requested the club provide him minutes of board meetings and a report regarding all payments. Frankly, I have no idea why he wouldn’t have asked for those documents by now.
Neymar senior and Almela are requested to be in court on October 1st.
The first of Barca’s many signings this summer, Marc-André ter Stegen is the club’s goalkeeper of the future. But what else do we know about him? The young German sat down with Mundo Deportivo this week to discuss the expectations of Luis Enrique, competing for the starting spot and the joy of the German World Cup victory, to the chagrin of his teammates. Read more after the jump.
The Joan Gamper trophy’s kick off time has been brought forward and the game will now start at 8:30 PM CET. The match against Rafa Márquez’s Club León side will be Luis Enrique’s first at the Camp Nou and the fans will finally get to watch FC Barcelona entertain once again at home.
Gerard Deulofeu will be making his debut as a first team player and is currently promoting the presentation of Luis Enrique’s new project alongside the boss himself, Marc Bartra, and Marc-André ter Stegen. The squad will be officially presented an hour before kick off and tickets are now available at the Camp Nou ticket offices and on the club website.
Pedro Rodríguez’s future at the club was questioned by many during the past few weeks as some predicted that the winger may be offloaded after five years with the first team. Nevertheless, Pedro revealed that he talked to Andoni Zubizarreta to understand his role at the club a few weeks back and felt valued. “The club has confidence and faith in me. I’ve worked under Luis Enrique before, he knows me and he knows what I can bring. That was important in keeping me at the club which has given me everything.” Continue reading for more.
July 31, 2014
July 30, 2014