Barça B-Tenerife: Improvement but no victory

Barça B-Tenerife: Improvement but no victory

Signs of improvement are becoming more apparent in the performances of FC Barcelona’s B team. This evening, Barça B have managed to gain a point after a draw in an exciting match versus Tenerife. Jordi Vinyals’ men fought from the very beginning to the very end especially after forward Jean Marie Dongou got sent off during the first half. The clash at the Mini Estadi ended with a (2-2) draw, with the goals coming from Dongou and Patric.

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View The Ratings: FC Barcelona 2-1 Real Madrid CF

View The Ratings: FC Barcelona 2-1 Real Madrid CF

You’ve had your chance to rate the performance of the blaugrana and the results are now tallied up. Take a look at how the totalBarça community ranked the squad and see how the ratings played out after the jump.

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Live from Camp Nou: A battle of a Clásico

Live from Camp Nou: A battle of a Clásico

Last night, I attended my first ever clásico. It’s often called a showcase, an exhibition of the finest (and most expensive) players in the world, but what I saw was more battle than spectacle. It was sloppy at times, thuggish and theatrical at others, but there were also examples of extraordinary brilliance on both sides. The pace of the game could be tracked by the noise in Camp Nou, occasionally subdued but mostly frenzied: roaring, whistling, and hurling obscenities at the enemy – which included not just Real Madrid players but Mateu Lahoz as well. If some claimed that Barcelona were not the better team, they were certainly the tougher one, and this was a battle to be won.

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The Ratings: FC Barcelona 2-1 Real Madrid CF

The Ratings: FC Barcelona 2-1 Real Madrid CF

The Ratings… Everyone’s 2nd favorite part to a post-match analysis, after the Post-Match Review of course. It is now your turn to show us what you think of the players’ performances. Let’s see how you all do!

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The Result: FC Barcelona 2-1 Real Madrid CF

The Result: FC Barcelona 2-1 Real Madrid CF

RESULT:

FC Barcelona: 2

Real Madrid CF: 1

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Live Match Chat: FC Barcelona vs Real Madrid

Live Match Chat: FC Barcelona vs Real Madrid

totalBarça welcomes you all to the game we all have been waiting for –  El Clásico! Are you ready?

For people looking for high quality streaming for today’s game, check out our new partnership with fubo.tv.

Sunday, March 22, 2015 @ 21:00 Barcelona time

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Picture of the day: Clásico mosaic

Picture of the day: Clásico mosaic

The Camp Nou will use 98,000 cards to create this gigantic mosaic for today’s clásico. Visca Barça!

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Alcorcón-Barça B: Yet another defeat (3-1)

Alcorcón-Barça B: Yet another defeat (3-1)

Barça B’s situation this season is getting more and more abysmal by the day. The reserves are set to spend yet another week in the relegation zone after losing 3-1 at Alcorcón. Fortune once again seemed to be conspiring against the reserves, who had a first half to forget. Despite playing with ten players for more than an hour, goalkeeper Ortolá was sent off, Barça had chances to equalize in the second half, yet they all came to nothing, condemning Barça B to seventh  match without a win.

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Clásico preview: A tale of two cities

Clásico preview: A tale of two cities

No names, but here’s a sample of what this here website’s readers had to say about Luis Enrique following the 1-0 defeat against Real Sociedad on January 4th – “This dude Get to go. Period”; “Lucho..,you fool”; “No strategy, No urgency, No direction”; “He is a clueless idiot with 0 tactical knowledge and he is arrogant on top of that”; “He is such a clueless coach”; “FRAUD”; “He has no desire to win matches.” That was the overwhelming consensus, with frequent accusations of incompetence and arrogance and one solemn vow to never watch Barça until Lucho was shoved out the exit door. Well, that pious soul has missed some sumptuous football since and the tune being sung by culé nation sounds significantly different. Would Barça win the clásico on Sunday, that tune will turn into a symphony of jubilation.

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This time it’s different

This time it’s different

A lot has happened since the last match between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid. On the 25th of October of 2014, Real Madrid beat Barcelona 3-1 at the Santiago Bernabéu in what was, at the time, the blaugrana’s first loss of the season in the league. It was a rather strange match to say the least. Madrid had not yet hit form – they would then go on to break a record for most consecutive wins – and Barcelona seemed to be playing quite well under newly contracted coach Luis Enrique. The match signaled a change in positions, where culés would enter crisis mode while Madridistas would only now start their footballing peak of the season.

This time things look different. FC Barcelona seem to have a clear idea of what Luis Enrique wants and are winning, and it is now los blancos‘ turn to enter crisis mode, losing a number of important matches and the top spot of La Liga to the blaugrana. I warn you, however, not to err and write Madrid off. A merengue with a scratched pride is more much dangerous than an arrogantly confident one.

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Alcorcón-Barça B: A win is long overdue

Alcorcón-Barça B: A win is long overdue

There is one statement that has now applied to Barça B’s for quite some time: a win is needed. Jordi Vinyals’ appointment to the managerial hot-seat has not turned the tide for the reserves who continue to lie in the relegation zone. Barcelona B’s recent schedule has presented them with ample opportunities to collect points, with matches against direct rivals, yet the team has simply been unable to do so. Today’s match in Madrid against the infamous Alcorcón is yet another ‘final’ for Vinyals’ men. Read more…

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View The Ratings: FC Barcelona 1-0 Manchester City

View The Ratings: FC Barcelona 1-0 Manchester City

You’ve had your chance to rate the performance of the blaugrana and the results are now tallied up. Take a look at how the totalBarça community ranked the squad and see how the ratings played out after the jump.

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Are you not entertained?

Are you not entertained?

After Schalke 04 and Arsenal FC almost completed miraculous comebacks against their respective opponents, and after Paris Saint-Germain, against all odds, knocked out Chelsea CF at Stamford Bridge, I was a little nervous when it came to tonight’s game. I thought Manchester City would go into the match fearlessly and play as if they have nothing to lose because, after all, a Champions League Round of 16 exit against FC Barcelona should not be surprising, so why not give it their all? Or at least I thought they would.

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The Ratings: FC Barcelona 1-0 Manchester City FC

The Ratings: FC Barcelona 1-0 Manchester City FC

The Ratings… Everyone’s 2nd favorite part to a post-match analysis, after the Post-Match Review of course. It is now your turn to show us what you think of the players’ performances. Let’s see how you all do!

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The Result: FC Barcelona 1-0 Manchester City FC

The Result: FC Barcelona 1-0 Manchester City FC

RESULT:

FC Barcelona: 1

Manchester City FC: 0

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Match Preview: FC Barcelona v Manchester City

Match Preview: FC Barcelona v Manchester City

All eyes are on the Camp Nou on Wednesday for the marquee match in the Champions League round of 16. Barcelona is firmly in the drivers seat for this tie, after a 1-2 victory in Manchester two weeks ago, but the Catalans will surely be irritated that they failed to win that match more conclusively after dominating for long periods.

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Barça B-Racing: Cruel twist of fate robs reserves of three points

Barça B-Racing: Cruel twist of fate robs reserves of three points

New game, same old story. Barça B were unable to get three direly needed points against Racing Santander, despite dominating and taking the lead for the first time during Jordi Vinyals’ time as coach. A goal by Sandro in the second half seemed to be sending everything down the right track for Jordi Vinyals’ men, but four minutes from time yet another cruel twist of fate robbed Barça of a much needed win.

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View The Ratings: SD Eibar 0-2 FC Barcelona

View The Ratings: SD Eibar 0-2 FC Barcelona

You’ve had your chance to rate the performance of the blaugrana and the results are now tallied up. Take a look at how the totalBarça community ranked the squad and see how the ratings played out after the jump.

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Barça B-Racing: The first final

Barça B-Racing: The first final

Life can be full of contrasts. Just look at FC Barcelona. While the first team is having a purple patch, the reserves are in the doldrums. Yes, safety is just 3 points away…for the time being. Three points is a difference that can be covered with a single win but should that ‘win’ turn out to be a defeat, reaching safety becomes a more complicated task. Starting from today’s match against Racing de Santander, Barcelona B face a series of 14 finals. Read more…

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Eibar-Barça: Business as usual

Eibar-Barça: Business as usual

No rival can ever be underestimated in football. Especially if we are talking about La Liga. Yet sometimes you can be forgiven for valuing some games a bit more than others. After all, can a game against little Eibar ever have the same value as a game against your eternal rivals or a game that will decide whether you will play midweek in Europe for the rest of the season? In their first visit to the Estadio Municipal de Ipurúa, Barça’s players played as much as they needed to do to make sure that the team will go into next week’s clásico defending a lead no matter what.

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The Ratings: SD Eibar 0-2 FC Barcelona

The Ratings: SD Eibar 0-2 FC Barcelona

The Ratings… Everyone’s 2nd favorite part to a post-match analysis, after the Post-Match Review of course. It is now your turn to show us what you think of the players’ performances. Let’s see how you all do!

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The Result: SD Eibar 0-2 FC Barcelona

The Result: SD Eibar 0-2 FC Barcelona

RESULT:

SD Eibar: 0

FC Barcelona: 2

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Live Match Chat: SD Eibar vs FC Barcelona

Live Match Chat: SD Eibar vs FC Barcelona

totalBarça welcomes you all to the Liga game between SD Eibar and FC Barcelona! Are you ready?

Saturday, March 14, 2015 @ 18:00 Barcelona time

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Match Preview: SD Eibar vs. FC Barcelona

Match Preview: SD Eibar vs. FC Barcelona

For a team that was in a crisis a couple of months back, being on top of the table in La Liga, in the Copa del Rey final, and on the verge of qualifying to the Champions League quarterfinals seems fairly magnificent now, no? When FC Barcelona take the pitch tomorrow to face SD Eibar, the stakes will be higher than ever. Ivan Rakitić summarized the situation in his press conference yesterday, saying that “beating Real Madrid won’t matter if we lose the games that follow.” From this moment on no game is more important than the other, just harder.

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View The Ratings: FC Barcelona 6-1 Rayo Vallecano

View The Ratings: FC Barcelona 6-1 Rayo Vallecano

You’ve had your chance to rate the performance of the blaugrana and the results are now tallied up. Take a look at how the totalBarça community ranked the squad and see how the ratings played out after the jump.

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Back where they belong

Back where they belong

It’s been a while since we last saw FC Barcelona sitting atop the league table, and we’ve missed it greatly. What hurt most about the loss against Real Sociedad was not the fact that we again lost at the Anoeta, but rather that the team had wasted a rare chance to close the gap on then leaders Real Madrid. But ever since that loss, the response has been nothing but emphatic. And now, after two months of hard work, Barcelona are back where they belong – top of the league.

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The Ratings: FC Barcelona 6-1 Rayo Vallecano

The Ratings: FC Barcelona 6-1 Rayo Vallecano

The Ratings… Everyone’s 2nd favorite part to a post-match analysis, after the Post-Match Review of course. It is now your turn to show us what you think of the players’ performances. Let’s see how you all do!

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CD Lugo-Barça B: Bad luck condemns reserves to yet another defeat

CD Lugo-Barça B: Bad luck condemns reserves to yet another defeat

Wins in football always come down to a variety of factors. It’s about being switched on during the whole game, running faster, covering more distance than the opponent, but it’s also about Lady Luck being on your side. For Barcelona B, Lady Luck was obviously unwilling to let the reserves get their heads above the water. Jordi Vinyals’ men for yet another week had the strength to come back from behind, this time completing the comeback, but suffering a monumental collapse in the final ten minutes.

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The Result: FC Barcelona 6-1 Rayo Vallecano

The Result: FC Barcelona 6-1 Rayo Vallecano

RESULT:

FC Barcelona: 6

Rayo Vallecano: 1

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A match as entertaining as predictable

A match as entertaining as predictable

Barcelona host Rayo Vallecano at midday tomorrow, in a game that will be as entertaining as it is predictable. Paco Jeméz is near-universally admired for his uncompromising approach to football—he recently gave an interview in which he declared, “I became a coach to see my team play well…winning for the sake of winning doesn’t interest me.” While Rayo’s attacking approach is admirable —indeed, some have even suggested Jeméz as a candidate for future Barça manager—it rarely yields results against FC Barcelona. The blaugrana have won all seven games since Rayo returned to La Liga in 2011, with an aggregate score of 31-1!

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