Café con leche: November 24, 2014

Café con leche: November 24, 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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First team travels to Cyprus

First team travels to Cyprus

All available first team players and Barça B’s Munir travel today to Cyprus, when tomorrow FC Barcelona face APOEL Nicosia in the UEFA Champions Leauge group stage game. Excluded from the exhibition are Andrés Iniesta, who still waits for green light from Club Medical Service, and Thomas Vermaelen who suffers from a right hamstring injury. Apart from players and technical staff, president Josep Maria Bartomeu, vice-president Javier Faus directors Silvio Elías, Josep Ramon Vidal-Abarca and Pau Vilanova, and director of sport Andoni Zubizarreta are traveling with the team to Cyprus. Full squad list below. Continue reading »

FC Barcelona museum won’t change name

FC Barcelona museum won’t change name

Former FC Barcelona President Josep Lluis Núñez has been jailed for 26 months after being convicted of bribing tax inspectors. Despite his imprisonment in Quatre Camins, the club does not plan to change the club museum name that in 2000 under the presidency of Joan Gaspart was renamed President Nuñez museum.

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11 against Ebola

11 against Ebola

The “11 against Ebola” campaign featuring the top football players including Barcelona’s Neymar Jr, Xavi Hernández and Gerard Piqué, promotes 11 simple health messages selected with the help of doctors and health experts from Africa, the World Bank Group and the World Health Organization who are tackling the outbreak in West Africa. “It is so important that we get the right information to those affected by the Ebola outbreak. We all hope this positive campaign will improve people’s understanding of the Ebola virus and help us to reduce the chances of it spreading,” said Neymar as he invited all to join the efforts. “Let’s all get behind this campaign to help our brothers and sisters in the worst-hit regions. Together, we can beat Ebola.”  The campaign, which was launched on Monday, features video clips, radio content, banners, posters and pictures. Continue reading for all messages and videos with Neymar Jr, Xavi and Piqué. Continue reading »

Busquets: “We are not as bad as they say”

Busquets: “We are not as bad as they say”

FC Barcelona player Sergio Busquets, on the radio show on Radio COPE ‘El Partido de las 12,’  shared some of his views on the current situation in the club and the national team. “Football is evolving” said Busquest. “It is impossible to make everything the same way. We will not see the best-ever Barça nor the best Spanish NT again.”

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Messi equals Champions League record

Messi equals Champions League record

FC Barcelona striker Leo Messi is used to breaking records during his extraordinary career. Wednesday in Amsterdam he equaled the all-time Champions League goalscoring record of 71, set by Raúl González (Real Madrid and Schalke 04). Messi needed only 90 matches (in eleven seasons), while Raúl set a record in 142. Now it is just a matter of time for Messi to break yet another record and set his own.  Continue reading »

Suárez: “It’s a special match for me”

Suárez: “It’s a special match for me”

FC Barcelona’s newest striker Luis Suárez spoke at the press conference ahead of tonight’s UEFA Champions Leauge group-stage game against AFC Ajax. He discussed a numbers of topics including the team’s current situation, playing alongside Lionel Messi and why he will not celebrate if he scores. He has already debuted as a Barça man in La Liga, but his blaugrana European debut is still ahead. Tonight he will have a chance to play against his old club and while this may stir media attention, Suárez himself remains focused and underlined that he is “delighted to be back in Amsterdam – it’s a special match for me. I’m always happy to play here. Ajax were the most important club of my career, I learned a lot here both personally and professionally. Thanks to Ajax my dream of playing in the Champions League with a top team has become reality.”  Continue reading »

Luis Enrique: Suárez will have minutes

Luis Enrique:  Suárez will have minutes

FC Barcelona manager Luis Enrique participated in a press conference before the La Liga game against Real Madrid. One of the most discussed topics was, of course, Luis Suárez. “Today I cannot play this game. But he will have some minutes for sure, how many I cannot say,” said Luis Enrique and added that for the player it is a big thing to join up finally with the team and get some minutes in such an important game. Referring to his past as Real Madrid player and the usual unpleasant welcome at the Bernabéu due to his transfer to Barcelona, the coach said,“Going as a coach and player is very different. Last year my visit there was very calm.”  Speaking about his team, he mentioned that Sergio Busquets feels good. “He has trained with everyone, and in principle, is available without any problem.”  Read on for more from Lucho.

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Luis Enrique’s debut as Barça manager at the Bernabeu

Luis Enrique’s debut as Barça manager at the Bernabeu

El Clasico is always a special occasion to football fans, players and coaches. To play in the match between Real Madrid and FC Barcelona is a privilege, and to sit on a bench as a team manager is both a big responsibility and a reason to be proud. Tomorrow Luis Enrique, the FC Barcelona coach will debut at the Santiago Bernabéu stadium in this role.

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Video of the Day: 11 goalscorers against Madrid

Can you believe that eleven players of the current FC Barcelona first team have scored 44 goals in total against Real Madrid? What’s more, 23 goals by 9 players were at the Santiago Bernabéu. The list of goalsocrers include Piqué, Rakitic, Xavi, Pedro, Iniesta, Messi, Neymar, Jordi Alba, Adriano, Mathieu and Alves. Rakitic, Mathieu and Adriano have all scored against Madrid for their former clubs. Leo Messi is the leader for the current FC Barcelona against Real, with 21 goals in 28 matches.

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Luis Enrique: “We are used to playing every three or four days”

Luis Enrique: “We are used to playing every three or four days”

FC Barcelona manager Luis Enrique underlined during the usual prematch press conference that game 3 of the Champions League won’t be an easy match. “We will have to produce a complete performance to beat Ajax, a team of many strengths. Ajax are a well-structured side, one that knows how to attack, how to press. Last season they created many problems for Barcelona.” said the coach. He had more words of praise for tonight’s opponent and underlined that “Ajax’s positional play is very good. They can play short and long passes and they find solutions in all areas. They press in defence − they don’t hesitate − and counterattack really well.”

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Medical: Adriano not available versus Ajax

Medical: Adriano not available versus Ajax

FC Barcelona medical staff informed that Adriano Correia has tightness in his right adductor muscle and due to the injury will not play in he Champions League match against Ajax at Camp Nou tonight.

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Player reactions: FC Barcelona 3-0 SD Eibar

Player reactions: FC Barcelona 3-0 SD Eibar

FC Barcelona captain Xavi Hernández underlined after the 3-0 victory against Eibar. “I’m very satisfied. It was a good game overall. It was hard work to start with, but the first goal made it easier and we ended up enjoying ourselves.”

Xavi also said that he is looking forward to Tuesday’s game against Ajax, which could be decisive: “After the slip up in Paris, we have to take the three points.”

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Video of the Day: The Invincible Duo

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Best La Masia goals (27-28 September 2014)

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Iniesta: “One point more and move on”

Iniesta: “One point more and move on”

“We always aim to get three points but although people take it as given that we’ll always win, today showed that that’s not the case,” said FC Barcelona captain Andrés Iniesta commenting on the first draw of league season, which until the game against Málaga has been the perfect ride. “We should look on it as one point more and move on … Football is always about two teams, We tried to get the ball moving fast to gain superiority but they were very tight at the back. We tried to change our approach but we just couldn’t score.”

He stressed that the team “tried to find solutions, but there was just no way,” and what’s more, Iniesta added,“We’ll face this kind of situation again, and it’s up to us to find success against them. We’ll keep trying. It’s never easy to attack against an eleven-man defense, and we saw that today.”

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Medical: Vermaelen given the green light.

Medical: Vermaelen given the green light.

Good news from the FC Barcelona medical staff. Thomas Vermaelen, who injured his right hamstring during the World Cup in June, was today given the medical all-clear. The Belgian has been one of the additions to the club this summer, but due to medical conditions he is still waiting for his official debut with the first team. He did, however, play some minutes and scored a goal with Barça B Wednesday against U-19 Indonesia team.

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Player Reactions: Levante UD 0-5 FC Barcelona

Player Reactions: Levante UD 0-5 FC Barcelona

”Thank God I’ve got my first goal at last.” Ivan Rakitić admitted that team mates “were starting to tease me about it. But the most important thing is to help the team.” Jordi Alba stated, “Last season wasn’t very good, either for me or for the team. After the World Cup and Luis Enrique’s arrival, we were more motivated and we’re working much harder. It’s been some time since we’ve all been so happy.” Take a look at what Rakitić, Alba and Sandro Ramírez had to say in the post-match reactions right after the jump.

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Video of the Day: Mascherano – Tackling Machine

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Picture of the Day: Here is your office

Picture of the Day: Here is your office

On Monday, Carles Puyol, FC Barcelona’s former captain, appeared at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper. It was his first day on the job as assistant director of sport. Henceforth, Puyol will be working closely with Andoni Zubizarreta. Puyol was shown around the offices and introduced to the other members of the department.

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Video of the Day: Everything starts again

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Video of the Day: Busquets – Elegant Euphoria

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Player Reactions: FC Barcelona 3:0 Elche CF

Player Reactions: FC Barcelona 3:0 Elche CF

With the first La Liga match of the season for FC Barcelona, the players are also back to giving their post-match comments in the Zona Mixta of the Camp Nou. Dani Alves underlined that “the team has taken on board what Luis Enrique wants and that’s important for our progress. If we put it all into practice, the wins will come. Things are in our grasp, so we’re all happy.” Speaking about a young teammate who not only had his first team debut but also scored a goal, Alves noted that “we have to look after Munir because he’s got a great future ahead of him. He’s humble, but hard work is getting him what he deserves. It’s a pleasure to have him in the team.” Read on for comments from Ivan Rakitić and Marc Bartra.

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Bartomeu: “Our most important signing is Luis Enrique”

Bartomeu: “Our most important signing is Luis Enrique”

FC Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu speaking at 35th Congrés Mundial de Penyes [Supporters’ Clubs World Conference] held at the Palau de Congressos de Catalunya yesterday, underlined the value of fulfilled promises. “At the end of last season I promised publicly to begin a profound transformation of the football team and the club and we have done this,”  he said.

Bartomeu praised the new coach saying, “Our most important signing this year is Luis Enrique. He brings passion and leadership and sacrifice. He’s a real hard worker and we are expecting great things from him. He has the utmost enthusiasm and always transmits it.”

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Alex Song leaves training camp for family reasons

Alex Song leaves training camp for family reasons

The offcial FC Barcelona website informed ealier that Alex Song (26), “left the training tour at St. George’s Park for familial reasons.”  No estimated absence time was given, but it seems that the Cameroonian player will miss out on the opening days of the training camp in England.

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Iniesta: “Puyol, Xavi and Victor have always been my references”

Iniesta: “Puyol, Xavi and Victor have always been my references”

FC Barcelona midfielder Andrés Iniesta (30) underlined in a recent interview that captaining games is a thing to enjoy and that the moments “make you feel happy and proud.” As a former La Masia wonderkid and long time first team member, Iniesta values the privilege of wearing the captain armband. “For people who have been at home here for a long time and have been part of the grassroots here, being captain of the first team has always been in your dreams.” 

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FC Barcelona preseason starts today

FC Barcelona preseason starts today

FC Barcelona began preparing for the approaching 2014-15 season this morning with player medical tests and analyses. First teamers Marc-André Ter Stegen, Jordi Masip, Martín Montoya, Marc Bartra, Adriano Correia, Sergi Roberto, Rafinha Alcântara, Gerard Deulofeu, Ibrahim Afellay, Cristian Tello and Bojan Krkić were joined at the Ciutat Esportiva by players from the reserves team including Patric, Edgar Ie, Frank Bagnack, Diagne, Álex Grimaldo, Sergi Samper, Alen Halilovic, Munir El Haddadi, Sandro Ramirez, Dani Nieto, Joan Roman, Jean-Marie Dongou and Adama Traoré. Click for more details.

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Video of the Day: Gerard Piqué Season Review 2013-14

Here’s a collection of Gerard Piqué’s finest moments for last season.

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Crackòvia: Lucho, the musical

Crackòvia: Lucho, the musical

It’s been a long time since our last Crackòvia episode! Today we have a video featuring Luis Enrique who in a very special performance sums up the current situation of the team and reveals some of his plans for the next season. Follow the jump to watch the video.

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Official: Cesc Fàbregas transfers to Chelsea FC

Official: Cesc Fàbregas transfers to Chelsea FC

As FC Barcelona announced via it’s official website, the Catalan club and Chelsea FC have reached an agreement for the transfer of player Cesc Fàbregas. The 27-year-old player has joined the English club on a five-year contract and will wear the no. 4 shirt. As official Chelsea FC website informs, Fàbregas said: ‘Firstly I would like to thank everyone at FC Barcelona where I enjoyed three wonderful years. It was my childhood club and I will always be proud and honoured that I had a chance to play for such a great team. I do feel that I have unfinished business in the Premier League and now is the right time to return. I considered all the other offers very carefully and I firmly believe that Chelsea is the best choice. They match my footballing ambitions with their hunger and desire to win trophies. They have an amazing squad of players and an incredible manager. I am fully committed to this team and I can’t wait to start playing.”

The Catalan club expressed its gratitude for Cesc by publishing the following thank-you lines within the statement. “FC Barcelona wishes to publicly thank Cesc Fàbregas for his professionalism and dedication during his years at the club, which will always be his home, and to wish him all the very best for the future.”

The deal is said (Guillem Balague) to be for 33 million euros which will increase depending on variables.

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