It was a match for the ex-Barça players of 2006 to reunite for one last time in Deco’s testimonial match where FC Barcelona 20006 played against FC Porto 2004. Lionel Messi, Samuel Eto’o, Juliano Belletti, Deco and Sylvinho all took part in this match with Deco playing for a number of minutes with each side. Deco ended his career with an astonishing lob finish in the dying minutes of the match to equalize for Porto making the match end (4-4).
After the match, Belletti, Deco and Sylvinho took time to talk about the new Barça and they all had promising words to say…
In an interview with La Sexta Deportes, Gerard Piqué hailed the signing of Valencia CF’s former defender, Jérémy Mathieu, after the Frenchman decided to join FC Barcelona saying that the team’s centre-back position needed reinforcements. “We needed to fill the position. When Mathieu played as a central-defender for Valencia he always did well and I am delighted with his move,” he said. More after the jump from Piqué regarding Xavi Hernández and Cesc Fàbregas.
The Barcelona first team has followed the example set by Pep Guardiola in 2009, and will travel to the United Kingdom for a short training camp. The blaugranas will stay in England from the 28th of July until the 2nd of August. The club has announced all arrangements for the team’s trip to England, which cover timetable for this coming week up until the trip to the French Riviera for the friendly against OGC Nice. Read more…
The draw of the 2014/15 Liga Adelante hasn’t been kind to Eusebio Sacristán’s Barcelona B side. In the draw that took place at the Royal Spanish Football Federation’s headquarters in Madrid, the Barça reserves were drawn against Osasuna on matchday one. The team from Pamplona is one of the strongest sides in the league this year, having dropped to the second level just in 2013/14. Read more…
As we have posted before, Luis Enrique is a runner. He participated in a 10K charity run in Castelldefels on Saturday and was cheered on by fans throughout the race. He did not let that distract him while running but posed for pictures and autographs after crossing the finish line.
Jordi Quintillà spent two seasons in the Barcelona youth ranks but spent most of the time on loan. The last season he played with L’Hospitalet, managing eight appearances. His contract has now lapsed with Barça and the 20 year old center midfielder has found a new home with freshly relegated French side Ajaccio on a three year deal.
Best of luck to Jordi on his new adventure in Corsica.
In his first press conference of the 2014/15 season, Andrés Iniesta discussed the team’s hopes and challenges for the upcoming campaign saying that their goal is always the same no matter the circumstances. “The challenges are the same as they are every season – to win titles. And to do that it’s important to get things right from the start.” More after the jump from Iniesta regarding Luis Enrique, Luis Suárez, and Xavi Hernández.
The 26 footballers who will travel to pre-season camp in England have been announced. Of the total, 18 come from the senior squad and the remainder from Barça B. Martín Montoya is included but Adriano Correia is not, who continues to work on his specialized program following his heart scare. However there is contradictory information per the Barça site as they have included Adriano in the 26 man list below.
Senior Squad (18): Ter Stegen, Masip, Bravo, Adriano, Piqué, Alba, Mathieu, Bartra, Song, Busquets, Xavi, Iniesta, Rafinha, Sergi Roberto, Rakitic, Afellay, Pedro, Deulofeu.
Barça B (8): Patric, Edgar Ié, Grimaldo, Samper, Halilovic, Munir, Sandro, Adama.
At the start of preseason on July 14th, new Barça manager Luis Enrique only had eight first team players available. For that reason, Lucho called up 16 Barcelona B players in order to make up for the numbers in the initial double sessions. Now that number has been trimmed down to eight B team hopefuls, who are hoping to convince the new Barça coach that they are worthy of a first team spot. Read on to find out those who are still standing…
Today’s morning session was no different from any other day’s, with the exception that today the team welcomed its newest member, Jéremy Mathieu. The towering French defender was given a warm welcome by his new teammates and then trained under Luis Enrique’s orders for the first time, just a day after he was officially presented as an FC Barcelona player. More after the jump.
July 26, 2014