Zubizarreta: “Douglas will increase competition”

Zubizarreta: “Douglas will increase competition”

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.” 

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Official: Alex Song joins West Ham on loan

Official: Alex Song joins West Ham on loan

FC Barcelona have made official that Alex Song joins Premiership side West Ham on loan for the 2014/15 season.

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Match Preview: FC Barcelona B vs CE Sabadell

Match Preview: FC Barcelona B vs CE Sabadell

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.

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The Front: Mundo Deportivo (30.8.2014)

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“I WANT TO BE LIKE ALVES”

DOUGLAS, THE LATEST SIGNING

“I’m happy and I’m prepared to confront the challenge of playing at Barça”

Zubi: “We set up the session, but Luis Enrique decided who came… We’ve followed him since 2012.”

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The Front: Sport (30.8.2014)

the front sport aug 30 2014

“I WANT TO BE LIKE ALVES”

DOUGLAS ARRIVED, WAS PRESENTED AND TRAINED WITH LUIS ENRIQUE TODAY

With the Brazilian winger, Barça has spent 162 million euros to conquer their fifth Champions

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Cartoon of the day: Sport

cartoon of the day sport aug 30 2014

CRISTIANO: “IF I SAID EVERYTHING THAT I THINK ABOUT MESSI BEING ELECTED (BEST PLAYER IN THE WORLD CUP), I WOULD BE IN PRISON”

Messi: If I say everything that I think about CR crying…

… I’d be condemned to a life sentence

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Picture of the day: Pinto in Hollywood

Picture of the day: Pinto in Hollywood

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?”

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Six visits to El Madrigal

Six visits to El Madrigal

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.

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Mascherano: “We still haven’t seen the best of Messi”

Mascherano: “We still haven’t seen the best of Messi”

Fresh off signing a contract extension, Javier Mascherano sat down for a revealing interview in which he discussed the pain of the World Cup final, Luis Enrique’s coaching style, his Argentine teammate Leo Messi, and that black cat at the Elche CF game. Read what he said after the jump.

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Number of the Day: 16

Number of the Day: 16

The latest acquisition in this summer’s super spending spree Douglas will wear the number 16 jersey vacated by Sergio Busquets. However, the Brazilian is expected to spend a large part of his time with the B side.

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La Roja calls up five Barça players

La Roja calls up five Barça players

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.”

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Training: Rafinha back at the Ciutat

Training: Rafinha back at the Ciutat

The news of the day from training is Rafinha’s return from injury, though he has not yet received full medical clearance for matches. Otherwise, the injured players continue their specialized workout while Barça B lads Munir El Haddadi and Sandro Ramírez remain for the senior side.

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Douglas: “I want to learn”

Douglas: “I want to learn”

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.

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The Front: Sport (29.8.2014)

the front sport aug 29 2014

I’LL EXPECT YOU HERE

MESSI AND IBRA WILL CHALLENGE EACH OTHER IN A DUEL BETWEEN BARÇA AND PSG IN THE CHAMPIONS

In Paris they’re afraid of Messi, who already eliminated them two seasons ago… with a muscular injury

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Cartoon of the Day: Sport

Cartoon of the Day: Sport

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”

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Picture of the day: Team Lunch

Picture of the day: Team Lunch

The first team and staff celebrated the beginning of the 2014/15 season with a lunch yesterday. Alex Song took this epic selfie of the occasion.

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Suárez: “My dream was to play here”

Suárez: “My dream was to play here”

Of the numerous signings during the summer, there is little doubt that Luis Suárez was the prized catch of them all. But it turns out the big fish always wanted to jump in the Barça boat. Find out what he said after the jump.

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Rakitić: “Lucho told me to shoot from outside”

Rakitić: “Lucho told me to shoot from outside”

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.

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Ondoa, Bagnack and Dongou called up by Cameroon

Ondoa, Bagnack and Dongou called up by Cameroon

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.

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Group F: Barça, PSG, Ajax, APOEL

Group F: Barça, PSG, Ajax, APOEL

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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August 28, 2014

Video of the Day: Munir’s magic at La Masia

Comparing Douglas, Alves and Montoya

Video of the Day: Basketball, orange, gum

Who will they be?

The Front: Sport (28.8.2014)

Cartoon of the Day: Sport

Picture of the day: “Dream Team”


August 27, 2014

One last signing

Number of the Day: 6

The rise of Munir El Haddadi

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