View Your Ratings: FC Barcelona 2-1 Athletic Bilbao

View Your Ratings: FC Barcelona 2-1 Athletic Bilbao

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Match Review: FC Barcelona 2-1 Athletic Bilbao

Match Review: FC Barcelona 2-1 Athletic Bilbao

The past couple of weeks have been horrid for culés. We’ve seen our beloved team lose the Champions League, the Copa Del Rey and the Liga (most probably, given the other contenders’ form) in three matches. We needed our team to respond, to show some signs of life. Well, if a response is a true exhibition of fighting spirit, then the game against Athletic was the perfect response. FC Barcelona came back from behind to beat a team that is challenging for Champions League football. They provided enough reason for optimism by playing their finest football for the final 15 minutes. Jump for more.

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Match Review: FC Barcelona B 2-1 Girona FC

Match Review: FC Barcelona B 2-1 Girona FC

Barça B extended their unbeaten run to eight matches with a hard-fought victory against Girona at the Miniestadi. Eusebio’s team had to come back from behind, after conceding a first-half penalty, but the task proved easy for the leaders of the Juvenil A, Adama and Munir, who came on as substitutes in the second half, changing the shape of the game completely. The win puts Barça B on 54 points, which places them right in the upper echelons of the league standards, in 3rd place, just six points behind leaders Deportivo, who have a game in hand.

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Submit Your Ratings: FC Barcelona 2-1 Athletic Bilbao

Submit Your Ratings: FC Barcelona 2-1 Athletic Bilbao

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The Result: FC Barcelona 2-1 Athletic Bilbao

The Result: FC Barcelona 2-1 Athletic Bilbao

RESULT:

FC Barcelona: 2

Athletic Bilbao: 1

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Live Match Chat: FC Barcelona vs Athletic Bilbao

Live Match Chat: FC Barcelona vs Athletic Bilbao

totalBarça welcomes you all to Liga match between FC Barcelona and Athletic Bilbao!

Sunday, April 20, 2014 @ 21:00 Barcelona time - Convert to local time

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Match Preview: FC Barcelona vs Athletic Bilbao

Match Preview: FC Barcelona vs Athletic Bilbao

With the Copa del Rey and the Champions League gone, Barcelona must turn their attention back to La Liga. While hopes of finishing higher than third are slim at best, they must give one hundred percent for each of the five remaining games of the season. Athletic Bilbao will probably represent the Catalan’s greatest challenge until the final day of the season, where they will of course take on leaders Atlético Madrid for a potentially title-deciding match.

But first, the Basques. They handed Barça their first league loss of the season back in December at the New San Mamés, which has been a nigh-impregnable fortress this season. Undefeated in their last seven away trips, though only one win of the last four, Bilbao have ample motivation going into this game. They are currently in fourth with a six-point lead over Sevilla FC, but that lead is surely not enough to be comfortable – a loss to Barcelona and Sevilla next week would open up the battle for Champions League football.  Athletic will be eying Barcelona as wounded giants, an opportunity to gain points from what used to be a certain loss.

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Match Preview: FC Barcelona B vs Girona FC

Match Preview: FC Barcelona B vs Girona FC

When Barça B set about the 2013-14 Liga Adelante season back in late August, everyone in blaugrana was declaring the team’s goal: retain Segunda División status. Fast forward eight months, and you’ll see a very different image. The Barça reserves are not only miles away from struggling for retaining their league status, but are actually playing some of the best football in the league and are quite fairly part of the league’s top 5 teams. Of course the target of retaining Liga Adelante status remains the same; Barça B are not allowed to win promotion to the Liga BBVA anyway, and therefore, all they have to do in the remaining eight league matches is to collect as many points as possible, starting with today’s home match against Catalan neighbours Girona.

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Coach Culé: The Ultimate Prediction Game

Coach Culé: The Ultimate Prediction Game

totalBarça presents Coach Culé: The Ultimate Prediction Game. Brought to you by Footynews!

This is your chance to prove not only your knowledge about the game of football, but also your Blaugrana insight by cracking the code of Barça’s coaching. It’s time for you to…

Predict FC Barcelona’s Starting Lineup

For upcoming match: FC Barcelona vs Athletic Bilbao

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Barça B earn yet another win (0-3)

Barça B earn yet another win (0-3)

Barça B continued their impressive form in the Liga Adelante this past weekend with a comfortable 3-0 win over strugglers Real Jaén. This win lifts the Blaugrana reserves into 5th place. On 51 points, Eusebio’s team is just 9 points adrift of leaders Deportivo and 4 behind second-placed Eibar. Read more after the jump.

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Alba suffers hamstring injury

Alba suffers hamstring injury

In what would prove to be a disappointing game, Jordi Alba suffered an injury to the biceps femoris in his right leg in the first half, and was subbed off during the break of the Copa Del Rey final against Real Madrid. The extent of the injury will be evaluated on Thursday.

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Copa Del Rey Final Review: FC Barcelona 1-2 Real Madrid

Copa Del Rey Final Review: FC Barcelona 1-2 Real Madrid

The Copa del Rey final kicked off as a potential saving grace to a disappointing FC Barcelona week, and what might prove to be a disappointing season, at La Mestalla in Valencia, and ended with a painful loss.

With this defeat, the chances of winning any title has dwindled down to La Liga, where the team trails in 3rd behind their Champions League vanquishers, Atlético Madrid, and tonight’s winners, Real Madrid. It has been a heartbreaking week indeed, yet tonight’s game was even more so because there were moments when a fan couldn’t be faulted in believing that it could have turned out better.

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The Result: FC Barcelona 1-2 Real Madrid

The Result: FC Barcelona 1-2 Real Madrid

RESULT:

FC Barcelona: 1

Real Madrid: 2

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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 Copa del Rey final match between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 @ 21:30 Barcelona time - Convert to local time

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Copa del Rey final Preview: FC Barcelona vs Real Madrid

Copa del Rey final Preview: FC Barcelona vs Real Madrid

Pros: Gerardo Martino is 2 for 2 against Real Madrid, Marc Bartra appears set to start, Leo Messi might be feeling in the mood for proving a point and tonight genuinely is Barça’s best shot at silverware. Cons: Carles Puyol and Gerard Piqué are effectively ruled out and Cristiano Ronaldo is unavailable. More pros than cons then, but of course, football is not won with a pros and cons table. Thus far Tata has had Carlo’s number, but Ancelotti is as experienced and able as any, it would be some feat for Martino to make it 3 for 3. But that’s what he must do, operative word being must.

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Oé, oé, oé UEFA Youth Team Champions!

Oé, oé, oé UEFA Youth Team Champions!

Just some time ago, FC Barcelona’s Juvenil A side defeated Benfica 3-0 in the first UEFA Youth League, the competition that mirrors the Champions League for players of 19 years and under. The star of the show, and the tournament, was Munir El Haddadi. The young man got a brace this afternoon, and over the entire competition 11 goals and six assists. The other goal today was scored by Rodrigo Tarin. Adama Traoré also shined in the win, as he has done all season. It’s truly a great accomplishment for the club and La Masia, which despite all the negative press stemming from the FIFA ban, is still the benchmark for football player development. I recommend anyone more interested to check out @Youngcules Twitter page for everything including the goals.

Congratulations Juvenil A! The future is bright indeed.

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Match Review: Granada CF 1-0 FC Barcelona

Match Review: Granada CF 1-0 FC Barcelona

Yesterday, Granada CF beat FC Barcelona for the first time since 1972, dealing a massive blow to Barça’s hopes of winning La Liga. As it stands, the blaugrana sit in third place, and with the toughest schedule of the top three in the last five games of the season, they are odds-on to stay there. If Barça were to finish bronze, it would be the first time since the 2007-08 season, well known as Frank Rijkaard’s last year and the year before Pep Guardiola came in and cleaned house. The Barça players have not given up yet, and the fans certainly shouldn’t – but maybe, just maybe, Gerardo Martino has.

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View Your Ratings: Granada CF 1-0 FC Barcelona

View Your Ratings: Granada CF 1-0 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.

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Player Reactions: Granada CF 1-0 FC Barcelona

Player Reactions: Granada CF 1-0 FC Barcelona

Another day and another loss. Gerardo Martino’s players have disappointed the fans once more in this roller coaster season after a loss at Granada that gave up Barça’s grip on the league chase. But who’s to blame? The board? The players? Martino? Well, Javier Mascherano chose to steal Cristiano Ronaldo’s creative excuse instead, The ball didn’t want to go in, but we can’t make excuses. I think we created chances to score, but football can be like this.” More from the Argentine along with post-match comments from Andrés Iniesta and Martin Montoya after the jump!

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Submit Your Ratings: Granada CF 1-0 FC Barcelona

Submit Your Ratings: Granada CF 1-0 FC Barcelona

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The Result: Granada CF 1-0 FC Barcelona

The Result: Granada CF 1-0 FC Barcelona

RESULT:

FC Barcelona: 0

Granada CF: 1

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Live Match Chat: Granada CF vs FC Barcelona

Live Match Chat: Granada CF vs FC Barcelona

totalBarça welcomes you all to Liga match between Granada CF and FC Barcelona!

Saturday, April 12, 2014 @ 20:00 Barcelona time - Convert to local time

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Match Preview: Granada CF vs FC Barcelona

Match Preview: Granada CF vs FC Barcelona

Back to La Liga action after being unceremoniously thrown out of the Champions League, FC Barcelona take on Granada with only a handful of matches remaining in the season. With the unconvincing performance given out by Gerardo Martino’s men in Europe, questions have been raised to whether the team can keep up with the final dash to the finish line.

What had started out as a promising campaign with theories of how the team will gel over time under Martino’s guidance, and adopt alternative forms of play to take on opposing teams’ defensive tactics, has turned into unpredictable showings that don’t guarantee when they will play at the level they are capable of, and when they will fail.

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Juvenil A earn Youth League final berth

Juvenil A earn Youth League final berth

Barça’s Juvenil A team will be contesting its first UEFA Youth League final ever on Monday, after a narrow win over Schalke. Jordi Vinyals’ boys beat the Germans 1-0 at Nyon’s Colovray Stadium thanks to a 72-minute strike by the usual suspect, Munir El Haddadi, setting up a final meeting with Benfica, who earned an impressive 4-0 win over Real Madrid in the first semi. Read more after the jump.

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Coach Culé: The Ultimate Prediction Game

Coach Culé: The Ultimate Prediction Game

totalBarça presents Coach Culé: The Ultimate Prediction Game. Brought to you by Footynews!

This is your chance to prove not only your knowledge about the game of football, but also your Blaugrana insight by cracking the code of Barça’s coaching. It’s time for you to…

Predict FC Barcelona’s Starting Lineup

For upcoming match: Granada vs FC Barcelona

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View Your Ratings: Atlético Madrid 1-0 FC Barcelona

View Your Ratings: Atlético Madrid 1-0 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.

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Match Review: Atlético Madrid 1-0 FC Barcelona

Match Review: Atlético Madrid 1-0 FC Barcelona

And finally there is a victor. Individually, collectively, FC Barcelona were utterly dire, completely dreadful and wholly undeserving of progressing. Readers here know I always credit the opposition in defeat; usually it is what is merited as defeats typically take two to tango. I applauded Ajax, I applauded Real Sociedad, and of course tonight I applaud Atlético Madrid.

However, tonight Barça’s ineptitude played a significant role. Atleti weren’t that special tonight. Yes, they ran tirelessly, were dogged and aggressive. Their shape was solid and their positions disciplined, as they always are. But Barça were awful: No precision, no movement, no sharpness, minimal spirit, no focus, no control. Frankly they looked flustered, dazed and rather confused. Atlético’s goals and chances came from the most basic of ploys. When Sergio Busquets (90% completion) and Andrés Iniesta (84% completion) are misplacing five yard passes, when barely anybody could get past a man, when Lionel Messi only attempts three take-ons and less than 40 passes, something is very wrong. When that is supplemented with poor defending, what chance was there? Defeat is one thing; this was another. I barely flinched during the Bayern massacre because I knew it was entirely unavoidable. But tonight Barça were not outclassed, they were outfought. Tonight Atlético only had to do basic things right, because their opponents did nothing right at all.

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Submit Your Ratings: Atlético Madrid 1-0 FC Barcelona

Submit Your Ratings: Atlético Madrid 1-0 FC Barcelona

Here is your chance to rate the players of today’s match. Show us what you think of their performances by selecting and clicking on the stars after each player. You can rate the players after the jump. Let’s see how you all do!

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The Result: Atlético Madrid 1-0 FC Barcelona

The Result: Atlético Madrid 1-0 FC Barcelona

RESULT:

Atlético Madrid: 1

FC Barcelona: 0

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Live Match Chat: Atlético Madrid vs FC Barcelona (Updated with streams!)

Live Match Chat: Atlético Madrid vs FC Barcelona (Updated with streams!)

totalBarça welcomes you all to UEFA Champions League match between Atlético Madrid and FC Barcelona!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 @ 20:45 Barcelona time - Convert to local time

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