Café con leche: March 30, 2015

Café con leche: March 30, 2015

Xavi returns from Qatar to questions a-plenty

Xavi Hernández returned to Barcelona today and, as expected, a crowd of reporters awaited him at the El Prat airport. The player, however, did not confirm nor deny his possible signing for Al-Sadd and maintained that he was only in Qatar for a short visit. The captain of FC Barcelona, who still has a contract with the club until 2016, said that there will be time later to discuss his future.

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Café con leche: March 23, 2015

Café con leche: March 23, 2015

“This was a nice win and something for the fans to enjoy” underlined FC Barcelona coach Luis Enrique at the post -game press conference of el Clásico. He also stressed despite the victory that “it was important, it was not decisive.” Speaking about being 4 points ahead of  the strongest rival in league standings, Lucho made it clear that “we are where we wanted to be, but we can’t relax because we could drop points in any game.” Asked about his own emotions during game against Real Madrid, he simply stated “I’m very happy with what I’m experiencing” and added that “the players knew how to suffer against the current European champions. This was a difficult match and all credit to them for winning it. I am very satisfied with their work.”

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Lucky blaugrana charms

Lucky blaugrana charms

As a final preparation for one of the most important games of the season, el clásico, we are sharing #totalbarcatraditions. Every clash with Real Madrid is special and I’m sure each culé and each madridista has their own way of preparing for and celebrating the game. When it comes to my ritual, I usually prepare something to eat while listening to my blaugrana playlist, full of Barça inspired songs. Some are pretty nice, others are a bit cheesy, but hey, the most important thing is that they are about Barça or are closely related to our history. I bet all of us think of the treble of 2009 while listening to Coldplay’s “Viva la Vida,” or about the Champions League final in 2009 with the incredible performance of Andrea Bocelli singing the theme song from Gladiator.Click for more

Café con leche: March 16, 2015

Café con leche: March 16, 2015

Day off? Not for everyone

Despite Luis Enrique’s decision to give the players a day of rest today, some players arrived at Ciutat Esportiva this morning. Messi, Mascherano, Alba, Piqué, Ter Stegen, Alves, Bartra and Mathieu decided to go for some individual preparation for the upcoming Champions League game while Montoya, Busquets and Vermaelen did some recovery work.

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Café con leche: March 10, 2015

Café con leche: March 10, 2015

“We are where we wanted to be, but in the final of the Copa del Rey just one [team] will go home happy, in the league just one will go home happy and in the Champions League it will be the same,” underlined FC Barcelona manager Luis Enrique after the game against Rayo. The coach also praised his players saying, “Suárez and Messi are having more and more chemistry, and today we all saw what they bring to the team.” Well, it was a pleasure to watch indeed.

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Café con leche: March 2, 2015

Café con leche: March 2, 2015

Busy week ahead

With the Spanish Cup semi-final return leg against Villarreal on Wednesday (08:00 p.m. CET), this week will be very busy for FC Barcelona. Today first team players were training in the morning. Munir from the B team also took part in this session. Luis Enrique decided that players would have training sessions at the Ciutat Esportiva every single day of the week except for match days.

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Video of the Day: The Right-Footed Lionel Messi | 2014/2015

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Café con leche: February 16, 2015

Café con leche: February 16, 2015

“The players are by no means over-euphoric at the moment. They know how hard it is to win titles,” said Luis Enrique at the post-match press conference after an outstanding performance at the Camp Nou. The coach also added that “I love seeing that the fans are so euphoric. That’s a key factor and makes us feel more optimistic.” Referring to eleven consecutive wins, Enrique underlined, “The number of wins in a row is not important. What matters is that they’ll help us to win titles.” We are really looking for upcoming games as the manager assured that “the win [against Levante] was a huge boost for our morale as a team and for the players.”

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Café con leche: February 9, 2015

Café con leche: February 9, 2015

Morning training without Montoya and Douglas 

The team returned from Bilbao this morning and right after the flight all players went together to Ciutat Esportiva for a training session. The players that started the game at San Mamés did post-match recovery. Martín Montoya was missing with gastroenteritis and Douglas is still injured, all of the other available players were present. Players did not have a day off, as is often the case after away games, because on Wednesday Barça plays the first leg of the Spanish Cup semi-final against VillarrealThen on Sunday Levante visit Camp Nou for a Liga game. Except for the game days, the players will train each day this week.

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Café con leche: February 2, 2015

Café con leche: February 2, 2015

The Neymar-gate continues

According to the accounts made by the prosecutor José Perals, the final cost of the signing of Neymar Jr. for Barca is 94.8 million euros. In a document presented to Pablo Ruz, the judge of the Audiencia Nacional, the amount paid directly in the transaction (82.7 million euros) and the taxes that theFC Barcelona has not  paid (12.1 million euros) are reported. As we reported in the past months the former president Sandro Rosell announced at the time that the signing of Neymar had cost 57.1 million euros. After an investigation and the resignation of Rosell, the new president Josep Maria Bartomeu said that the final price of Neymar, considering all concepts of operation was 86.2 million euros. Now the figure is 94.8 million euros according to the prosecutor. Bartomeu and Rosell could end up being held entirely responsible for the infringements regarding the Neymar contract.

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Café con leche: January 27, 2015

Café con leche: January 27, 2015

Abidal remains silent on club future

In an interview for ‘Le Club’ on beIN SPORTS, Éric Abidal confirmed again that FC Barcelona has offered him a position with the club’s global school system. “The club has offered me to be the CEO of the schools,” said the former player who, according to press speculations, also has an offer to be the link between executive board and the first team.

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Café con leche: January 19, 2015

Café con leche: January 19, 2015

Everyday, Spain’s near 20 million football fans visit their local news stand, pick up their preferred periodical poison and react with delight or disgust at the latest happenings of their favorite club. And whether it’s 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 Can Barça.

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Café con leche: January 5, 2015

Café con leche: January 5, 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 15, 2014

Café con leche: December 15, 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 8, 2014

Café con leche: December 8, 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.Click for more

Café con leche: December 1, 2014

Café con leche: December 1, 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.Click for more

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.Click for more

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.Click for more

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. Click for more

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.”  Click for more

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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