Stat of the Day: 15 of 16!

Stat of the Day: 15 of 16!

FC Barcelona youth teams this season crushed the opposition in 15 of the 16 leagues in which they were competing. In the last league, Barca-B took third place to equal their best-ever finish. The future is bright!

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Quote of the Day: Farewell Pinto!

Quote of the Day: Farewell Pinto!

“Move complete! Hasta la vista Barcelona! Thanks for everything!”

– José Manuel Pinto says goodbye to Barcelona

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Eusebio puts pen to paper

Eusebio puts pen to paper

To the delight of absolutely no one, Eusebio Sacristán today signed a contract extension that will see him in charge of Barça B until June 2015. Despite some intense criticism of his management and coaching style, Sacristán has lead Barcelona’s second team to one of its strongest finishes ever in the Spanish second division. In fact, if Barça B dispatch with Hércules this weekend, they will finish third in Segunda A, eclipsing the record established in 2010-11 by Luis Enrique.

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Stat of the Day: 200 and counting!

Stat of the Day: 200 and counting!

FC Barcelona attacker Neymar Jr reached a sporting milestone as he scored his 200th professional goal as Brazil defeated panama 4-0 in a World Cup warmup on Tuesday. The kind folks over at Mundo Deportivo plotted all of Neymar’s goals in the handy infographic featured above.

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Quote of the Day: Cruyff on Xavi

Quote of the Day: Cruyff on Xavi

“Those who dispute the value of Xavi are idiots; they have no idea what they’re talking about. He is the best thinker on the team.”

– The ever-diplomatic Johan Cruyff

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Video of the Day: FC Barcelona 2-1 Atlético Madrid

Painful fact: FC Barcelona scored two legitimate goals in the Camp Nou last weekend in the title decider against Atlético Madrid. The video above is in Spanish, but it clearly highlights the fact that the offside call against Messi was incorrect because the ball deflected off Atlético defender Juan Fran and not Cesc Fabregas as the lineman apparently concluded. Draw what conclusions you may from this, but isn’t the lack of discussion of this blown call somewhat striking?

Video of the Day: And he scores too!

Check out all 18 goals scored by Carles Puyol over his entire Barça career. He may not have scored often, but his offensive contribution was often decisive. What a great video!

If you had to chose one favorite goal which one would it be?

Rumor: Eusebio & Amor latest victims in La Masia shakeup

Rumor: Eusebio & Amor latest victims in La Masia shakeup

Persistent rumors in the Catalan press point to big changes in the Barcelona youth coaching and administrative staff. Sport has reported that Barça-B coach Eusebio Sacristán will be deposed and replaced by Jordi Vinyals, the current Juvenil A coach. This would end Eusebio’s three year stint as coach of Barcelona’s second team. Vinyals, for his part, would be rewarded for leading his talented Juvenil A squad to trophies in the Youth League and Youth Champions League.

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Huge mosaic planned for Saturday final

Huge mosaic planned for Saturday final

FC Barcelona will unveil a huge Camp Nou mosaic to urge the team onto victory, and the Liga title, during Saturday’s match against Atlético. 100,000 leaflets will be used to spell out “Som El Barça” [We are Barça]. The phrase will be wrapped in the blue and red team colors and the red and gold of the Catalan Senyera. Are any of you lucky enough to be attending the match live?

Graphic: Sport

Video of the Day: Thank you Willy!

Malaga keeper Willy Caballero has long tormented the Barcelona attack. But today, he saved our skin with an amazing reaction save in the dying moments of the Atlético – Malaga match. Check it out!

Martino: “Finals are there to be won”

Martino: “Finals are there to be won”

FC Barcelona head coach Gerardo Martino argued that his team still has what it takes to defeat Real Madrid for the Copa del Rey title, while acknowledging the disappointment of recent results. Make the jump for more details.

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Iniesta: behind the scenes

FC Barcelona last month released a behind the scenes video documenting the hours before a match from the first-person perspective of Neymar. Now it’s Andrés Iniesta’s turn to have the cameras on him. Click play for a unique look at the Camp Nou and the inner workings of the squad.

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A look at the Liga Table

A look at the Liga Table

Close title race? Close title race!

Liga Matchday 33: Granada v FC Barcelona; Getafe v Atlético Madrid & Real Madrid v Almeria. Who has the toughest match?

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The Other Side: Atlético defenders point to Barça as favorites

The Other Side: Atlético defenders point to Barça as favorites

Atlético defenders Diego Godín and João Miranda underlined that FC Barcelona go into the Champions League quarter final tie as favorites, ahead of Tuesday’s clash at the Camp Nou. Make the jump for more details from the other side.

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Barça B hold their own against leaders Eibar

Barça B hold their own against leaders Eibar

FC Barcelona’s second team faced off against Liga Adelante leaders Eibar in an afternoon away match and more than held their own in an entertaining 0-0 draw. Barcelona B keeper Jordi Masip and his counterpart Xabi Iruretagoiena were both kept busy in what was a relentlessly attacking affair; both teams had opportunities to take all three points but in the end settled for a draw.

After 32 rounds of play, Barcelona sit in sixth place on 48 points. Eibar continue as leaders with 55.

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Support pours in for Víctor Valdés

Support pours in for Víctor Valdés

Teammates, friends, and fans all over the world have rushed to support Víctor Valdés after his heart-breaking injury on Wednesday in the match against Celta in the Camp Nou. FC Barcelona teammates used twitter to send encouraging messages, many of which were compiled on the official FCB website. Follow this post after the jump for a few samples.

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Picture of the Day: Let the battle begin

Picture of the Day: Let the battle begin

Madrid and Barcelona squads find a moment of calm before the Clásico, as they pay their respects to recently deceased Prime Minister Suarez, the first democratically elected leader of Spain in the post-Franco era.

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Referee focus: Was this a penalty?

Referee focus: Was this a penalty?

During the live broadcast of the most recent Clásico, Spanish broadcasters were dubious about whether or not Sergio Ramos actually made contact with Neymar in the buildup to a crucial moment in the match. What is your take on this decision?

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Caption This: And Pepe said…

Caption This: And Pepe said…

There are lots of rumors about what Pepe actually whispered into Messi’s ear during the Clásico [and how Messi responded]. What’s your version of the exchange?

Picture of the Day: Worth 1000 words

Picture of the Day: Worth 1000 words

How perfectly does this sum up Sunday’s Clásico? Damn perfectly!

Image: Javier Lizón

Clásico half-time reaction of the day

Clásico half-time reaction of the day

Jacob Steinberg of The Guardian did the best job we’ve seen of summing up the frenetic first half between Real Madrid and Barcelona today. Check out the rest of his entertaining minute-by-minute here.

Fear and Loathing now out in North America

Fear and Loathing now out in North America

The Kindle version of Sid Lowe’s stellar exploration of the rivalry between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid is finally available, in electronic form, for North Americans. If you start reading right now, you have a chance of finishing it before Sunday’s kickoff! Tragically, physical book lovers will have to wait until April 8 for their copies.

For those of you who have already read the book: what did you think? You can check out our review of the book here.

Benzema likely to feature in Clásico

Benzema likely to feature in Clásico

Real Madrid’s French striker Karim Benzema looks to have made a recovery ahead of his teams clash with FC Barcelona on Sunday, and will likely feature in the match. The striker, who has been in excellent form since the restart, returned to normal training on Thursday after suffering a thigh injury last week that kept him out of the Schalke game.

Image: JAVIER SORIANO/AFP/Getty

Stat of the Day: 2.45%

Stat of the Day: 2.45%

In the history of European club competitions, 326 squads have tried to reverse a 0-2 first leg result. 8 of them have succeeded [2.45%]. All of these historic comebacks were in the UEFA Cup [now the Europa League].

Stats: @2010MisterChip • Image: Laurence Griffiths [Mirror]

Manchester City vs FC Barcelona: Lineups announced!

Manchester City vs FC Barcelona: Lineups announced!

With an hour to go before kickoff, the official lineups for tonight’s Champions League match have been announced.

FC Barcelona: Valdés; Alves, Piqué, Mascherano, Alba; Busquets, Xavi, Cesc; Alexis, Messi and Iniesta.

  • Bench: Pinto, Bartra, Adriano, Song, Sergi Roberto, Pedro and Neymar.
  • Out of the squad:  Oier, Puyol, Montoya, Afellay and Tello.

Manchester City: Hart; Zabaleta, Kompany, Demichelis, Clichy; Fernandinho, Yaya Touré; Silva, Jesús Navas, Kolarov and Negredo.

What do you all think? Does that look like a City-beating eleven?

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Martino: “Possession will be key”

Martino: “Possession will be key”

FC Barcelona coach Gerardo Martino underlined the importance of ball retention ahead of Tuesday’s crucial Champions League clash with Manchester City. “I think the team with less time on the ball is the team that is going to suffer the most.” Make the jump for more of Martino’s pre-match thoughts.

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Barça-B confident ahead of Miniclásico

Barça-B confident ahead of Miniclásico

As you all should know, Barça-B take on Real Madrid Castilla Saturday in a “derby” that has come to be known as the Miniclásico. The Barcelona boys emerged with all three points from the home leg of this fixture and are brimming with confidence for this encounter. However, given the tight race to avoid relegation, this will be a crucial clash.

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Piqué: “If Messi doesn’t kill you Neymar will”

Piqué: “If Messi doesn’t kill you Neymar will”

Paul Hayward interviewed our very own Gerard Piqué on Friday for British newspaper The Telegraph. The central defender had some words of warning for Manchester City ahead of this week’s Champions League clash. Follow along after the jump for more!

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Blatter: Neither Messi nor Cristiano

Blatter: Neither Messi nor Cristiano

FIFA President Joseph Blatter usually puts his foot into his own mouth when he makes pronouncements involving Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo. In a recent interview, he sidestepped both players and proclaimed that his favorite player of all time is Alfredo Di Stéfano. “Journalists and coaches and national team captains chose Cristiano Ronaldo this year. My favorite player is still Alfredo Di Stéfano.”

Di Stéfano was certainly a legend, but better than Messi and Cristiano? What do you all think?

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Stat of the Day: 100 million!

Stat of the Day: 100 million!

FC Barcelona is the first sports club in the world to reach 100 million followers. The club gains about 100,000 new followers a day on more than 30 different networks, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Google+ and the Chinese network Weibo.

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