Speaking of FC Barcelona’s seventh signing of the season, Douglas Pereira, sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta discussed how the Brazilian’s addition will benefit the team. Zubi explained that Douglas “will help us to complete our set of full backs… He is a great defender. He moves into attack well, he’s skilled both with his right and left foot, and good at playing with the team… He moves up the field well and is good at picking out the right pass. He isn’t tall, but he jumps well and is good at defending high balls… He’ll increase the competition in this position and will give us more tactical options to play with.”
Barcelona B didn’t get off to the best of starts in the Liga Adelante last week, as a lacklustre performance in Pamplona against promotion contenders Osasuna condemned the blaugrana reserves to a 2-0 defeat. However, the season is still in its early stages, and there will be many chances to bounce back, this weekend’s Catalan derby against CE Sabadell being one. The new-look Barça B side will take on their Catalan neighbours in the first match of the season before their own fans, and will hope to show that last season’s exploits aren’t out of reach for the new crop of players.
Since José Manuel Pinto was relieved of his goalkeeper duties at FC Barcelona, he has fully embraced his music career. “Hollywood in the palm of my hand! Should we roll out the second edition of Ve A Por Tus Sueños here?”
Barcelona play Villarreal away this weekend at the Yellow Submarine’s famous home stadium, El Madrigal. However, in recent years Barcelona have been nearly as comfortable at El Madrigal as at home, having not lost a game there since 2007. Their last six visits have yielded two 0-0 draws and four wins for the Catalans, including a whopping 1-4 victory in 2010. Last season’s 2-3 win was a tight game, but Luis Enrique’s side will look to dispatch the game early on Sunday.
It’s this time of the year again, and after their humiliating exit from the previous World Cup in Brazil, Vicente del Bosque wants to get his team back on track to its winning days. Spain will face France in a friendly game and Macedonia in the first qualifying game for the 2016 European Championship. The boss called up Andrés Iniesta, Sergio Busquets, Jordi Alba, Pedro Rodríguez and debutant Marc Bartra from the Catalan club. According to Vicente Del Bosque, Gerard Piqué was not called up because he still has some “discomfort” and is not yet “fully fit.”
Brazilian full back Douglas Pereira has arrived at Barcelona’s El Prat airport this morning, and he’s already spoken to Barça TV of his excitement in joining the Catalan club. “This is the pinnacle for me – this is everything I could wish for. I am so happy to be able to represent this club. I want to thank everyone involved in me coming here and I just hope I can return their confidence in me on the pitch.” More from the newest signing after the jump.
CASILLAS, HIERRO, SANCHÍS, AND GENTO WERE THE ‘INNOCENT’ HANDS FOR THE VERY PRO-MADRID DRAW
FLORENTINO’S CHAMPIONS LEAGUE
THE MERENGUE GROUP MADE UP OF:
- R. MADRID
- EASIEST TEAM FROM POT 2
- EASIEST TEAM FROM POT 3
- EASIEST TEAM FROM POT 4
PEREZ: “In the next draw, there won’t even be balls… I will just point out what I want on the blackboard”
Newly signed Croatian midfielder Ivan Rakitić spoke in Thursday’s press conference ahead of Sunday’s away game against Villareal CF opining that, “It’ll be difficult because Marcelino makes his teams work very hard, but we just have to focus on ourselves. We’re very positive about the trip”. Rakitić also felt that “it is very important for people to realise that we’re making progress. There have been a lot of changes to the team in every area, but you can tell that we’re constantly improving.” More from the new signing after the jump.
Barcelona B trio Fabrice Ondoa (18), Macky Frank Bagnack (19) and Jean Marie Dongou (19) have been included in the 25-man squad announced by Cameroon’s national coach Volker Finke for the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers, against the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Ivory Coast, next month. Alex Song has been left out, as he remains suspended following his sending off in Cameroon’s second group match against Croatia at the FIFA World Cup in June.
Moments ago, FC Barcelona’s 2014/15 group stage challengers were made official. From the scary pot 2, Barça were joined by Paris Saint-Germaine (PSG), a significantly strong opponent with a certain familiar face. For the second year running, Ajax came out of Pot 3, while Cypriot club APOEL Nicosia from pot 4 completed Group F.
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