The Champions League Draw for the knockout stages of the tournament is scheduled to be held by UEFA on Monday, 16th December starting at 12:00 CET. This draw will determine the next opponent of Barcelona on the road to the final at the Estádio da Luz in Lisbon, Portugal. Find out more information about the draw after the jump!
The injury to Lionel Messi leaves a giant-sized hole in the center of our attack for the next eight weeks. The injury, however, comes at the best possible time for FC Barcelona as Barça have already qualified for the knockout stage of the Champions League and have relatively easier fixtures in La Liga over the next two months. The main focus is to get Leo fit for the all important encounter against Atlético Madrid on 12th January. In the meanwhile, the question still remains – who will lead the line for Barça?
Another Caption This worthy image from our Brazilian full-back, Dani Alves. He reacts to hitting the post after Andrés Iniesta’s shot was parried away by Kiko Casilla of Espanyol. I wonder what he is saying to himself. Or this could just be his Pavarotti impression.
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Stepping into the shoes of his illustrious Brazilian predecessors – Romario, Ronaldo, Rivaldo and Ronaldinho – Neymar is set to face Real Madrid for the first time. Brazilian magic has decided many a Clásico for Barça in the past, including the legendary Ronaldinho performance at the Santiago Bernabéu.
Neymar says that this is the match every player wants to play in. Rest assured, there will be no grander stage in Europe for Neymar to announce himself.
Barça TV offers us a unique behind the scenes look into what happens after a match. Players mingle with members of the press in the mixed zone, where they provide a few sound-bytes after the game. I’m sure most of us would be envious to be in such close proximity to the players. Coach Gerardo Martino gives a more traditional press conference in the press room. Bartra makes his way over the Barça TV studio. These were clips taken after the Valladolid game.
Dear culés, it’s time to clear out your calendars. The date and time for the biggest fixture of the year has been announced by the LFP. El Clásico will take place on Saturday, 26th Oct at 18:00 CET.
President of Mediapro, Jaume Roures had earlier hinted at a mid-day clásico, catering to the large Asian audience. While not quite the mid-day kickoff, the LFP have finally decided on the 18:00 CET time slot for this match at the Camp Nou.
The totalBarça community voted Valdés as the ‘Man of the Match’ in the game against Rayo, and for good reason.
Watch the highlights of Valdés making save after save after save, including a penalty kick save at an extremely pivotal point in the match when Barcelona were leading by only one goal.
When Gerardo “Tata” Martino first took over at FC Barcelona he clearly mentioned that he would not be introducing drastic changes across the board when it came to Barça’s footballing style. However, that didn’t mean that he wouldn’t put his own stamp on how Barça functioned. What excited us most about Tata’s appointment was the introduction of verticality (or verticalidad) to our possession based game, as well as the return of the pressing game, which was sorely missing last season. In order to successfully incorporate these facets, the focus on fitness is paramount.
In this video, the focus is on Lionel Messi’s unparalleled dribbling ability, or as some people put it – ‘ball on a string’ act. Watch as Messi wiggles and weaves his way in and out of every challenge nonchalantly.
Also, as a fun activity count the number of times Messi ‘nutmegs’ his opponent in this video and share it with us in the comments!
FC Barcelona takes on a considerably weaker Málaga at La Rosaleda in the second match of La Liga 2013/14. This Málaga side is very dissimilar to the one that reached the quarter-finals of the Champions League last season against Borussia Dortmund, only to be defeated by two extra-time goals that could be deemed unfair by many. It has been weakened by a host of outgoing summer transfers — Isco to Real Madrid CF, Joaquín to Fiorentina, Martin Demichelis to Atlético Madrid and Jérémie Toulalan to AS Monaco FC.
Sergio Busquets is very well known for his positional and tactical awareness, as well as his ability to break up play; however, his skill on the ball often goes unnoticed. In this video, we take a look at Busquets’ signature move, the ‘Busi drag back’.
The day has finally arrived. Brazilian superstar, Neymar da Silva Santos Jr. (21), will officially put pen to paper on a contract that ties him to FC Barcelona for five years.
Watch the Live-stream of ‘Neymar’s Day in Barcelona’ starting at 5PM local time, after the jump!
FC Barcelona vice-captain and midfielder Xavi Hernández (33) has signed a contract extension that will keep him at Barcelona through June 30 of 2016, according to an official statement on the club’s website.
The signing took place at the club offices located at the Camp Nou in the presence of President Sandro Rosell, the vice-president Josep Maria Bartomeu sports, and sports director of the Department of Football, Andoni Zubizarreta.