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

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: 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

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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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Match Preview: Atlético Madrid vs FC Barcelona

Match Preview: Atlético Madrid vs FC Barcelona

Four games, four draws. Atlético Madrid and FC Barcelona will now meet for the fifth time this season, and neither team has emerged victorious yet. Many non-La Liga fans underestimated Atlético’s strength when they were drawn against Barça, but their style has proven to be one of the most difficult to face. Now, the Catalans go into the game knowing that they must score a goal for a chance of qualification, but it won’t be the easiest of tasks especially with the exceptional Thibaut Courtois standing between the goalposts.

Atlético needed two wonder strikes from David Villa and Diego Ribas to score, while Neymar Jr. managed to exploit Juanfran’s defensive weaknesses twice to save Barça on two separate occasions, which only makes things the more difficult to predict. Will it end with a goalless draw? Will Messi settle this once and for all? Will Diego Simeone follow in Jose Mourinho’s footsteps and defend till his last breath?

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21 men to Vicente Calderón

21 men to Vicente Calderón

FC Barcelona coach Gerardo ‘Tata’ Martino has selected his 21 men that will travel to Madrid ahead of Wednesday’s quarter final Champions League clash against Atlético Madrid. This list includes Captain Carles Puyol who has not yet received medical clearance.

Squad: Pinto, Oier Olazábal, Montoya, Fàbregas, Puyol, Xavi, Pedro, Iniesta, Alexis, Messi, Neymar, Mascherano, Bartra, Busquets, Song, Jordi Alba, Afellay, Tello, Adriano, Alves and Sergi Roberto. Continue reading »

Lenient Mateu Lahoz to referee Copa final

Lenient Mateu Lahoz to referee Copa final

The Real Federación Española de Fútbol (RFEF) have announced that the Copa Del Rey final between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid shall be played at the Mestalla on April 16th, and will be overseen by Mateu Lahoz of the Valencian Committee.

The decision to appoint Lahoz was taken by the Federation’s board today, though it has been rumoured that the man from Valencia should have been put in charge by Thursday, with sources claiming that the announcement was postponed given FIFA’s controversial ban for FC Barcelona. Read on for Lahoz’s refereeing style.

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Webb to oversee Atlético Madrid-Barcelona

Webb to oversee Atlético Madrid-Barcelona

English referee Howard Webb has been appointed referee of the UEFA Champions League quarter final second leg meeting between FC Barcelona and Atlético Madrid, UEFA has announced.

The 44-year-old, who is a father of three, has been an international referee (FIFA badge) since 2005.

His best year to date has been 2010, when he refereed both the Champions League Final in Madrid, which saw Inter Milan beat Bayern Munich 2-0, as well as the World Cup final in South Africa. That final saw Spain lift their first World Cup after an extra time goal by Andrés Iniesta gave them the win over the Netherlands. Jump for more on Webb’s FCB stats

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Barça to play in black at the Calderón

Barça to play in black at the Calderón

FC Barcelona’s two visits to the Vicente Calderón this season have both ended in draws. Tata Martino’s men played both those draws in their away Seneyra kit, but for Tuesday’s crucial Champions League quarter final return, it appears that the Blaugranas will be men in black when they take to the pitch, as they are planning to use their black kit.

Barça have only used that kit – kit number three – once this season. It was worn previously by the Blaugranas in the Champions League group match against Celtic at Celtic Park, which saw Barça earn a narrow 0-1 win through Cesc Fàbregas’ second-half goal.

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Eusebio: “The team has matured”

Eusebio: “The team has matured”

FC Barcelona B earned yet another victory this weekend by beating CD Numancia 3-0. They consolidated their play-off spot, while also confirming their excellent recent form. Read Eusebio’s post-match comments 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: Atletico Madrid vs FC Barcelona

More game and prize details after the jump.

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Match Review: FC Barcelona B 3-0 CD Numancia

Match Review: FC Barcelona B 3-0 CD Numancia

Barcelona B earned a very hard-fought victory against Numancia on Sunday, despite the fact that the 3-0 scoreline tells a very different story. Eusebio’s men were made to labor by their guests, with the final scoreline coming courtesy of a rare day of absolute effectiveness exhibited by the reserves’ front three. Jean Marie Dongou, Sandro and substitute Adama Traoré got the goals for Eusebio’s team, who managed to completely change the face of the match with his second-half changes.

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View Your Ratings: FC Barcelona 3-1 Real Betis

View Your Ratings: FC Barcelona 3-1 Real Betis

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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