The Ratings: Atlético Madrid 2-3 FC Barcelona

The Ratings: Atlético Madrid 2-3 FC Barcelona

The Ratings… Everyone’s 2nd favorite part to a post-match analysis, after the Post-Match Review of course. It is now your turn to show us what you think of the players’ performances. Let’s see how you all do!

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The Result: Atlético Madrid 2-3 FC Barcelona

The Result: Atlético Madrid 2-3 FC Barcelona

RESULT:

Atlético Madrid: 2

FC Barcelona: 3

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Barça B-Osasuna: New match, new loss (0-1)

Barça B-Osasuna: New match, new loss (0-1)

A new match means a new loss for FC Barcelona’s B team. These are not new airs for Eusebio’s squad who, after today’s match, only managed one victory along with five losses in the last six matches. Even at the home in the Mini Estadi and against a ten man Osasuna, the youngsters couldn’t find a way. Things continue to look bleak and desperate in Barça B´s fight to stay in Segunda A, whatever individual brilliance has helped them survive recently is now gone and collective play is a rarity. It is time (or has been for a while now) for big changes to happen. Read more…

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Barça B – Osasuna: Round two, FIGHT!

Barça B – Osasuna: Round two, FIGHT!

FC Barcelona B got a breath of fresh air last week when they managed to snatch three points from visitors Recreativo Huelva in a 3-1 win. Both teams were standing in the relegation zone and desperately needed the win; fortunately it was the blaugrana who earned it. This surge of events came after a turbulent time with coach Eusebio going all out against his players in press conferences with the team being on a run of five consecutive losses. This week, Eusebio’s young men must seek to build upon last week’s victory with another win to get further away from the relegation zone and try to secure continuity in Liga Adelante as they face a tougher opponent in the Riojan men of Osasuna.

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Café con leche: January 22, 2015

Café con leche: January 22, 2015

Tie yet to be settled

In his post-match declarations, FC Barcelona coach Luis Enrique made it clear he believes the Copa del Rey tie between his side and Atlético Madrid is far from being settled. “This was a very positive result, but I never settle for future results. Atlético still have a lot to say. It looks like it’ll be an attractive game because we’re up against a team that will also be out for a win.

Regarding the 1-0 win at Camp Nou, the Asturian commented that “it means we can feel optimistic about the second leg. But we have to go out to win at the Vicente Calderón. Defensively, they’re one of the best teams in the world,” he highlighted. “We expected them to make things difficult for our attacker. We knew that to hurt Atlético we would need to be compact in both phases of the match.

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The Ratings: Elche CF 0-4 FC Barcelona

The Ratings: Elche CF 0-4 FC Barcelona

The Ratings… Everyone’s 2nd favorite part to a post-match analysis, after the Post-Match Review of course. It is now your turn to show us what you think of the players’ performances. Let’s see how you all do!

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The Result: Elche CF 0-4 FC Barcelona

The Result: Elche CF 0-4 FC Barcelona

RESULT:

Elche CF: 0

FC Barcelona: 4

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Café con leche: January 15, 2015

Café con leche: January 15, 2015

Everyday Spain’s near 20 million football fans visit their local news stand, pick up their preferred periodical poison and either delight or disgust in the latest happenings of their favorite club. And whether Marca in Madrid or Mundo Deportivo in Catalonia, a café con leche is always part of the morning football ritual. So pour one yourself and find out what’s happening today in Barça nation.

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The Ratings: FC Barcelona 3-1 Atletico Madrid

The Ratings: FC Barcelona 3-1 Atletico Madrid

The Ratings… Everyone’s 2nd favorite part to a post-match analysis, after the Post-Match Review of course. It is now your turn to show us what you think of the players’ performances. Let’s see how you all do!

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The Result: FC Barcelona 3-1 Atletico Madrid

The Result: FC Barcelona 3-1 Atletico Madrid

RESULT:

FC Barcelona: 3

Atletico Madrid: 1

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The Ratings: FC Barcelona 5-0 Elche CF

The Ratings: FC Barcelona 5-0 Elche CF

The Ratings… Everyone’s 2nd favorite part to a post-match analysis, after the Post-Match Review of course. It is now your turn to show us what you think of the players’ performances. Let’s see how you all do!

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The Result: FC Barcelona 5-0 Elche CF

The Result: FC Barcelona 5-0 Elche CF

RESULT:

FC Barcelona: 5

Elche CF: 0

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Café con leche: January 8, 2015

Café con leche: January 8, 2015

Everyday Spain’s near 20 million football fans visit their local news stand, pick up their preferred periodical poison and either delight or disgust in the latest happenings of their favorite club. And whether Marca in Madrid or Mundo Deportivo in Catalonia, a café con leche is always part of the morning football ritual. So pour one yourself and find out what’s happening today in Barça nation.

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The Ratings: Real Sociedad 1-0 FC Barcelona

The Ratings: Real Sociedad 1-0 FC Barcelona

The Ratings… Everyone’s 2nd favorite part to a post-match analysis, after the Post-Match Review of course. It is now your turn to show us what you think of the players’ performances. Let’s see how you all do!

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The Result: Real Sociedad 1-0 FC Barcelona

The Result: Real Sociedad 1-0 FC Barcelona

RESULT:

Real Sociedad: 1

FC Barcelona: 0

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Café con leche: January 1, 2015

Café con leche: January 1, 2015

Everyday Spain’s near 20 million football fans visit their local news stand, pick up their preferred periodical poison and either delight or disgust in the latest happenings of their favorite club. And whether Marca in Madrid or Mundo Deportivo in Catalonia, a café con leche is always part of the morning football ritual. So pour one yourself and find out what’s happening today in Barça nation.

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Café con leche: December 25, 2014

Café con leche: December 25, 2014

Everyday Spain’s near 20 million football fans visit their local news stand, pick up their preferred periodical poison and either delight or disgust in the latest happenings of their favorite club. And whether Marca in Madrid or Mundo Deportivo in Catalonia, a café con leche is always part of the morning football ritual. So pour one yourself and find out what’s happening today in Barça nation.

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Merci, Roi Eric

Merci, Roi Eric

Yesterday an FC Barcelona legend retired. This player began his Barça journey in the 2007/08 season under coach Frank Rijkaard. 193 official matches and two goals later, this player would see himself win 15 trophies with the club. Not only that, he would be a very integral part of what I believe, without question, is the greatest team ever. It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that he is one of the most tactically and positionally aware defenders that I’ve seen play the beautiful game. However, none of this really matters because all these trophies amassed are insignificant in the face of the other victories this superhuman achieved. This player’s name is Éric Abidal.

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Café con leche: December 18, 2014

Café con leche: December 18, 2014

Everyday Spain’s near 20 million football fans visit their local news stand, pick up their preferred periodical poison and either delight or disgust in the latest happenings of their favorite club. And whether Marca in Madrid or Mundo Deportivo in Catalonia, a café con leche is always part of the morning football ritual. So pour one yourself and find out what’s happening today in Barça nation.

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The Ratings: FC Barcelona 8-1 SD Huesca

The Ratings: FC Barcelona 8-1 SD Huesca

The Ratings… Everyone’s 2nd favorite part to a post-match analysis, after the Post-Match Review of course. It is now your turn to show us what you think of the players’ performances. Let’s see how you all do!

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The Result: FC Barcelona 8-1 SD Huesca

The Result: FC Barcelona 8-1 SD Huesca

RESULT:

FC Barcelona: 8

SD Huesca: 1

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Café con leche: December 11, 2014

Café con leche: December 11, 2014

Everyday Spain’s near 20 million football fans visit their local news stand, pick up their preferred periodical poison and either delight or disgust in the latest happenings of their favorite club. And whether Marca in Madrid or Mundo Deportivo in Catalonia, a café con leche is always part of the morning football ritual. So pour one yourself and find out what’s happening today in Barça nation.

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Café con leche: December 4, 2014

Café con leche: December 4, 2014

Everyday Spain’s near 20 million football fans visit their local news stand, pick up their preferred periodical poison and either delight or disgust in the latest happenings of their favorite club. And whether Marca in Madrid or Mundo Deportivo in Catalonia, a café con leche is always part of the morning football ritual. So pour one yourself and find out what’s happening today in Barça nation.

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The Myth of the Double Pivot

The Myth of the Double Pivot

Football is just like science. You conceive a hypothesis in an attempt to define something new and innovate using it. You then design a set of conditions and experiment to test if your hypothesis holds or not. If it does, great news; if it doesn’t, you modify it and repeat until it works. This essentially has been the trend this season for Luis Enrique, who has used 13 different XIs in the last 13 matches. The latest of this set of experiments has been to play two naturally ‘defensive midfielders’ in the same eleven last weekend against Valencia. There are several possible reasons as to why Luis Enrique opted to test this system and perhaps it was obvious that at around the seventieth minute of game-play the results were clear in front of him and he opted for a change. Click for more discussion on this experimentation:

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Café con leche: November 27, 2014

Café con leche: November 27, 2014

Everyday Spain’s near 20 million football fans visit their local news stand, pick up their preferred periodical poison and either delight or disgust in the latest happenings of their favorite club. And whether Marca in Madrid or Mundo Deportivo in Catalonia, a café con leche is always part of the morning football ritual. So pour one yourself and find out what’s happening today in Barça nation.

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EXCLUSIVE: Interview with football expert Ángel Iturriaga

EXCLUSIVE: Interview with football expert Ángel Iturriaga

A few days ago, totalBarça’s own Hady Ezzeddine, managed to have a lengthy conversation with prominent Spanish historian and writer, Mr. Ángel Iturriaga. Iturriaga is an expert on Spanish contemporary history, including football.

He has a great passion for the sport and specifically for FC Barcelona about which he has published several works including the Diccionario de jugadores del FC Barcelona (2010), the Diccionario de técnicos y directivos del FC Barcelona (2011) and the Diccionario de jugadores de la selección española de fútbol (2013). He also co-wrote the biography of blaugrana legend, Paulino Alcantara, ‘Paulino’.

In this exclusive interview, Iturriaga gives great and unique insight on things probably known to only a few, on FC Barcelona’s past, shares his views on the present and gives a small outlook to the future of the club.

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Moha Chooses Morocco Over Spain

Moha Chooses Morocco Over Spain

FC Barcelona’s Juvenil A player, Moha, who has been starring this year under Jordi Vinyals with his electric runs and speedy dribbles, has apparently chosen to play for Morocco rather than Spain, according to BeIN Sports reporter Achraf Ben Ayyad.

The 18-year-old has already played for Spain at the under-17 level but now decided to switch to the Moroccan Olympic football team and he is now already in Morocco, according to Ben Ayyad. It is also worth reminding that the player has been a consistent winger in Jordi Vinyals’ starting elevens, scoring twice in the UEFA Youth League against PSG and APOEL.

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Juvenil A: Past Badalona with a Victory

Juvenil A: Past Badalona with a Victory

Juvenil A are back on the right track with a 1-3 victory, after having drawn against PSG midweek. This would be their third Liga victory this campaign, beating CF Badalona at home. This was a match well fought by both sides with a rather dominant Barcelona over the ball. Goals from Isaac Padilla, Adrià Arjona and Aitor Cantalapiedra helped secure the three points needed. Jordi Vinyals opted to start with: Onana, Dani, Rodri, Adrià, Quinti, Ferran, Carbonell (Aitor, min.85), Ayoud (Arjona, min.45), Padilla, Corredera (Enguene min.75) and Moha.

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Youth Teams: Weekend Round-Up

Youth Teams: Weekend Round-Up

As part of the youth teams coverage totalBarça provides, this article covers the performances of youth teams from Juvenil B all the way down to Benjamín B. Find out how the youth teams performed this week in the third article of this season’s series. This week the Juvenil B, Cadete A, Alevín B, Benjamín A, Benjamín B teams all started their respective domestic leagues with a win. The rest of the teams continue participating is friendly matches and tournaments as part of their preseasons.

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Juvenil A: Difficult Draw Against Damm

Juvenil A: Difficult Draw Against Damm

As part of the third game week of the Liga de División de Honor, FC Barcelona’s Juvenil A side had to face Damm at home in a match that was far from easy for the blaugrana youngsters, who only managed to snatch a single point.

Jordi Vinyals fielded a starting eleven of: Onana, Palencia, Rodri, Juanma, Quintillà, Juan Antonio (Ayoub Abou min.71) , Aitor, Corredera (Kaptoum min.63), Padilla, Enguene, Moha. The players managed to retain possesssion and impose their game while Damm sat back and used set-pieces and counter attacks very intelligently to create threats and trouble for the locals. More details and video after the jump.

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