Blaugrana centre-back Marc Muniesa (21), whose contract with FC Barcelona ends in June, declared that his future is still uncertain because the Club has yet to communicate anything to him with only one month left until the season ends.
José Antonio Iniesta, the father of FC Barcelona midfielder Andrés Iniesta, hit back at Real Madrid coach José Mourinho’s comments on his son, pointing out that the Portuguese manager “doesn’t know respect and shame.” Earlier in the week, Iniesta junior had spoken in favor of beleaguered Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas to which Mourinho later responded that the Barcelona player should mind his own business.
This past weekend saw another game and another goal feast for Juvenil A against Gavà (6-0), giving them a 19 point advantage over second-place Espanyol in the league. The team opened the scoring through David Babunski, though a missed penalty by Ebwelle kept the blaugrana at a minimal lead at the break. After half time the game was truly decided. Herrera, Calvet and Ebwelle all contributed to making it 4-0 within a span of only seven minutes. Sanabria also added his name to the list with Babunski finishing the scoring he had started to make it a 6-0 victory!
If we review FC Barcelona’s Champions League record from the past few years, particularly that of games that have taken place in the United Kingdom, we would realize that something has been going wrong: it is a prohibited territory.
In general, Barça’s Champions League run has been magnificent in the past few years, winning two championships. Also the team has reached four semi-finals in the past four years.
After beating Anderlecht by one goal to nil in the final, Barça’s Juvenil A team was crowned champions of the Otten Cup in Holland earlier this week. This marks an excellent debut by their new coach Jordi Vinyals, who replaced Oscar Garcia after he left the club at the end of last season following a very successful reign.
Central defender, Oriol Rosell (20), has officially left FC Barcelona after having spent six years in its youth teams.
Oriol Rosell will leave the club after a bad year in which he didn’t get much playing time with Barça B. The club and the footballer’s agent came to the decision on Tuesday to end the player’s contract.
Former FC Barcelona player José Edmilson, who wore the blaugrana shirt from 2004 to 2008, visited the club facilities at the Ciutat Esportiva this Friday and was fascinated by the huge improvements made at Barça’s training grounds.
Through his Twitter account, the Brazilian central midfielder admitted his admiration for the installations of the club, and declared that they are much better than when he was at FC Barcelona.
Edmilson played for Villarreal and Zaragoza before moving back to Brazil, where he currently plays for Ceará.
Lionel Messi, in an exclusive interview with Colombian channel Caracol TV, expressed his gratitude towards what FC Barcelona has given him in his career. During the interview, he also spoke about his family and his passion for football, and pointed out the fact that he likes it when children ask for his autograph.
At the end of the interview, the blaugrana star received a cake for his 25th birthday which he celebrates this Sunday.
Several FC Barcelona youth sides have been crowned champions of their leagues in the past two weeks. These are again great achievements for Barcelona’s famous youth academy, which is a key in the present day first team’s success.
The future looks very bright for the young lads, who all are being trained in the exact same style we see from the first team. FC Barcelona’s future is without doubt in safe hands.
FC Barcelona’s youth teams have enjoyed a relatively good football week with some sides being crowned as champions of their respective leagues. Unfortunately, this week Juvenil A was knocked out of the Copa de Campeones (Champions Cup), which is played between the champions of the regional leagues and a few runner ups, like Barça in this case. And the loss had a bitter taste, as it came at the hands of eternal rivals Espanyol.
The Prebenjamin blaugrana side were crowned champions after destroying their rivals Sants (1-14). The future looks bright for these lads.
Barcelona’s Benjamin A & B sides participated in the 1st edition of the MICFootball7, which was held in Andorra.
Benjamin A won their age group, beating Espanyol in the final 2-1. Marc Alegre was chosen as the tournament’s best player. Benjamin B weren’t quite as lucky. After a tie with Valencia in the final 1-1, they lost in the penalty shoot out. Prebenjamin wasn’t able to reach the final, yet Marco Olmo was chosen as the best player of his category.
This has been mostly a good week for FC Barcelona’s cantera, with no team losing a single game. Nevertheless, the oldest youth side, Juvenil A (U19s), drew their game and ended up losing the league to direct rivals Espanyol. In general the youth teams earned 13 victories and 3 draws this past weekend.
The Prebenjamin side is extremely close to being proclaimed champions of their league. If they win their next game against Sants locally, they will officially be handed the title of the Tercera Division Benjamin.
Four Cadete A players debuted with Juvenil B this weekend: Sergi Palencia, Lionel Enguene, Sergio Buenacasa, Juanan Entrena.
We start with brief reports regarding each team. . . .
The following is a translation of an article originally written in Catalan by Albert Fibla for “El 9 Esportiu”. The article, titled Ceixer en Silenci, was published this past Saturday and centers around FC Barcelona youth player, Robert Costa (17), currently captain of Barça’s Juvenil B side. Enjoy…
This is another case of a player from the youth teams whom we don’t discuss a lot, but who is having a great season and is flying high.
Welcome to totalBarça’s new feature where we will present a variety of youth news coverage in one article, along with highlights and pictures to keep you up to date on everything related to FC Barcelona’s youth teams.
Let’s begin with the Juvenil A game which took place this week against San Franciso and which they won 2-0. Barça are now leading their league – Group 3 of the Division De Honor Juvenil – against direct competitors Espanyol, who tied this week with Mallorca allowing the blaugrana to take the lead in the table. If they win the league, Juvenil A will enter the next stage of the competition, the Copa de Campeones, in which the champions of all the regional youth leagues compete in a knock-out format for the ultimate title among the Spanish youth teams.
Juvenil A continue a great season with another win against Lleida this time, with the game ending with a 5-1 scoreline in Barcelona. Oscar Garcia’s men are now trailing just two points behind leaders Espanyol, after their loss two games ago. FC Barcelona got back on their normal form and rhythm with victories against CIDE on Thursday and at the Mini Estadi against Lleida this time.
After the pause of the previous week, in which the game of Juvenil A against CIDE was postponed because of the snow, Barcelona have returned to winning ways with their sixth consecutive victory. Quintillà gave Barca the victory scoring the game’s only goal.
The team coached by Òscar Garcia took to the game with a good mindset. Barça dominated a match where the locals pressured and made a game of it, but in the end Barcelona could have won by an even wider margin.
This week, FC Barcelona’s Juvenil A side lost to Dutch side Ajax Under-19s. This loss led to their knockout from the NextGen Series tournament, also tipped as the Under-19 Champions League. Ajax have now advanced to the semi-finals and will face Liverpool.
Ajax’s team was older in age to the blaugranas, so much so that it included players from Ajax’s first team who were eligible to play in this tournament. The Dutch side’s three goals came in the second half. The (0-3) loss occured at Miniestadi, Barca B and Juvenil A’s home ground.
The mosaic that will dress the Camp Nou’s seats this Wednesday has been set. “Som-hi Barca!” will be displayed, meaning “Come on Barca!” in Catalan.
The flag of the Paisos Catalans, also known as the Senyera, along with the blaugrana colors and the message of support are the elements that will color the Camp Nou’s seats this Wednesday – the day the 2nd leg of the Clásico clash in the Copa del Rey will be played.
The game, played on Sunday, January 15th, was totally controlled and dominated by the azulgranas and Alex Moreno was the first to score for Barcelona. The feast was complete in the second halftime with goals by Pol Calvet and Jean Marie Dongou with two.
It seems as if yet another English team might want to snatch a “Made in La Masia” star. Martin Ferguson, Sir Alex Ferguson’s brother, was sent on behalf of the team that his brother has coached for almost 3 decades now – Manchester United – to watch FC Barcelona’s forward, Isaac Cuenca (20), in a move which might make it obvious that United are after the lad.
The following is a translation of Martí Pernanau’s latest article for Sport in the ‘La Ultima’ section. Martí, one of the most respected writers on Barça, opens a very interesting point in this article. Bits and pieces were added by totalBarça’s Hady.
‘Tiki-taka’ was a happy slogan that has, without a doubt, instilled a profound misunderstanding of the style of play that inspired it. The same occurs with some other tools of position play (as in the way positions are exchanged and moved on the pitch), which are commonly interpreted as causes when they are, actually and simply, effects. I am, here, referring to concepts such as possession and pressure, concepts that confirm to us daily that most are capable of observing the consequences, but very few see the causes of these actions.
After being two goals down, FC Barcelona Juvenil A, also known as the under-19s, managed to come back for a three goal draw. Óscar García’s team was facing a strong Badalona side who fought for a win but failed to do so after being 1-3 up in the first half. Sandro scored a hattrick for Barça and Dongou displayed great football.