FC Barcelona player Jordi Alba, speaking during the presentation ceremony of his youth training campus, said that despite winning the main objective, the La Liga title, the team still wants to do something important this spring. “We have three games left and we’ll try to win them. We want to equal Madrid’s record and win 100 points,” he declared. Asked about plans for next season and his opinion about upcoming signings, Alba noted that “the coaching staff and the board of directors will strengthen the team where they see fit. I think the team is great, we have a bright future, and I hope we win more titles next season.” When asked specifically about the possibility of Neymar joining the blaugrana, he said, “I don’t know if he’ll come or not. He’s a great player and he’s proving that he’s a different kind of footballer.”
FC Barcelona’s football team is going to celebrate the 2012/13 La Liga championship with the fans and the whole city of Barcelona. The players and coaches will take part in an open top bus tour of the city today. They will be joined by the women’s football team ‘Femení A’, who have won their league for the second year in a row.
The bus will leave from the World Trade Centre in the Port at 6:30 pm and take the following route: Passeig de Colom, Via Laietana, Ronda de Sant Pere, Plaça Catalunya, Passeig de Gràcia, Carrer d’Aragó, Avinguda de Roma, Carrer del Comte d’Urgell, Avinguda de Sarrià before finishing in the Plaça del doctor Ignasi Barraquer.
FC Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets spoke at a press conference on Wednesday. He began by stating that “we’re ready to win the match on Sunday, but if [the league title] comes before then, it’ll be just as important. Winning a title is special and the league even more so.” The La Liga title, however, won’t be Barça’s just yet. Real Madrid’s 6-2 victory over Málaga at the Santiago Bernabéu means Barça will have to wait to celebrate the title. Sergio underlined the importance of the title, saying that “the league is the tournament of regularity and the most important. What’s more, it would be the fourth league title in five years and that would be spectacular.”
Exactly 4 years ago we experienced one of the most amazing nights in the history of FC Barcelona. Most culés will probably never forget where they were, what they were doing, or how they celebrated Andrés Iniesta’s last minute equalizer at Stamford Bridge on May 6, 2009. Let’s once again cherish that sweet memory.
“I don’t think we need to talk about the referee. They were better and we have to congratulate them.”
-Gerard Piqué speaks after the difficult defeat to Bayern Munich last night.
A number of FC Barcelona’s players made comments to the press after 4-0 defeat to Bayern Munich in the first leg of the Champions League semi-finals. “They are faster and they are stronger. They played better than we did and this Tuesday they were superior. We need to pick ourselves up, play well in the return leg and win La Liga as soon as possible,” said Gerard Piqué. He continued: “I don’t think we need to talk about the referee. They were better and we have to congratulate them.”
<!–more–>Marc Bartra noted that “it’s a difficult day. Losing 4-0 isn’t easy, we have to move forward and finish with our heads held high. We scored against Milan four times, why can’t we score four again?” The full back added: “We need to be optimistic. We owe it to ourselves to finish well. I had two chances to score tonight, that’s not normal, but they didn’t go in. We have to keep on fighting.”
Messi smiles during training at the Allianz Arena ahead of the UEFA Champions League semi-final against Bayern Munich.
Picture Credit: PEP MORATA – MD
FC Barcelona assistant coach Jordi Roura spoke at a press conference ahead of the Champions League semi-final against Bayern Munich. “The two teams that have featured in the last four Champions League finals are going to play against each other,” he said. “I think it’s going to be a very equal tie, and it’s going to be decided by small details. Hopefully we’ll play the return leg at the Camp Nou like we did against Milan,” said Roura.
FC Barcelona midfielder Xavi Hernández talked to the press ahead of the Champions League semi-final between FC Bayern Munich and FC Barcelona. The Barça Maestro underlined that “retaining possession will be key, not having the ball would be the worst possible scenario. We need to control the ball for long periods of time and take control of the game. We know that Bayern are in form, but we’ll try to impose our style of play. The team that imposes its personality will win the tie.”
Today, we the totalBarça team want you, our website visitors, to pause. Because for more than two years, Syrian children have been suffering with no pause at all. As you know, we are contributing to UNICEF via totalBarça’s philanthropic initiative, known as The totalBarça Project. And as a partner of UNICEF, we want to support their actions not only through donations, but also information. That is why we want to share with you this special video. Because after more than two years of conflict and more than 70,000 deaths, including thousands of children … after more than five million people have been forced to leave their homes, including over a million refugees living in severely stressed neighbouring countries … after so many families have been torn apart and communities razed, schools and hospitals wrecked, and water systems ruined … it’s time to say enough. Enough.
FC Barcelona midfield maestro Xavi Hernández recently sat down with uefa.com to discuss the club’s philosophy of football, the current situation of the team, and his memories from Wembley. “It’s about doing something extra, not just winning,” says Xavi. “It’s about playing well and then if you manage to win, even better. Barça always try to direct the game, they don’t wait for the opposition but go out and attack, so people identify with the club. Barça fans would never understand if the team were not controlling or dominating a match. That’s the way it has to be.” Describing FC Barcelona’s philosophy, he said that ”football is played to win, but our satisfaction has to be double, other teams win and are happy, but it’s not the same. The identity is lacking. In football the result is an impostor. You can do things really, really well but not win. There’s something greater than the result, more lasting – a legacy.”
The FC Barcelona Intersport players showed their support for the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing with a sign that read “With #BostonMarathon.” They displayed the special banner before a Liga ASOBAL handball game. In addition to Barça Intersport, Cuatro Rayas BM Valladolid and the referees also posed with the sign to show their support.
Picture credit: GERMÁN PARGA – FCB
FC Barcelona assistant manager Jordi Roura spoke at a press conference following the 0-3 win away at Real Zaragoza. He stated that he was pleased with the effort put in by the team against Zaragoza, but he also reminded the press that “we have seven games left, 21 points are still in play.” He asked everyone to remain humble, as “mathematically, we aren’t champions.”