The Ratings: FC Barcelona 5-0 Córdoba CF

The Ratings: FC Barcelona 5-0 Córdoba 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 5-0 Córdoba CF

The Result: FC Barcelona 5-0 Córdoba CF

RESULT:

FC Barcelona: 5

Córdoba CF: 0

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Live Match Chat: FC Barcelona vs Córdoba CF

Live Match Chat: FC Barcelona vs Córdoba CF

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

Saturday, December 20, 2014 @ 16:00 Barcelona time – Convert to local time

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Anything but a win spells an unhappy Christmas

Anything but a win spells an unhappy Christmas

FC Barcelona say farewell to 2014 tomorrow at Camp Nou against 19th place Córdoba. Nothing other than victory will suffice. Club president Josep Maria Barotmeu envisions 2015 as the “year of Luis Enrique” whereas the manager himself stressed that the team must raise the bar. What will eventually happens remains to be seen – for right now the only objective is to finish the year strong and send the players off on their break in good spirits.

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View The Ratings: FC Barcelona 8-1 SD Huesca

View The Ratings: FC Barcelona 8-1 SD Huesca

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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Probably about 70:30, a PSG 3-4-3 analysis

Probably about 70:30, a PSG 3-4-3 analysis

We had control of the game from the start, even though they scored first. We knew where we could do them damage, where to find space, and where we could get our decisive players into the game. We wanted to accumulate as many players as possible in attack, to try and unbalance the opponent. We gave up some chances, but against this type of opponent, that will happen. We are stronger when we can use different shapes. To sum up, a very good night for us.

- ESPNFC

That’s how Luis Enrique summed up the much talked about 3-1 victory over Paris Saint-Germain (PSG). Well, I’m about to talk more about, A LOT more, so if that’s your kind of thing…onwards!

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Copa del Rey Match Review: FC Barcelona vs SD Huesca

Copa del Rey Match Review: FC Barcelona vs SD Huesca

Not much opposition was expected from SD Huesca for the return leg of the Copa del Rey round of 32 encounter. Indeed, with a four-goal cushion and having recently dropped points in the league to Getafe, FC Barcelona manager Luis Enrique’s thinking was obviously more about resting up for the long La Liga/CdR/Champions League marathon ahead, rather than use Lionel Messi to clobber some pretty weak opposition.

Wisely, Lucho opted to leave most of his first team to watch from the stands. Of the sixteen players called up, he asked only eleven first-team players to suit up. Even Martín Montoya got a much-deserved start. Heavens!

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The Ratings: FC Barcelona 8-1 SD Huesca

The Ratings: FC Barcelona 8-1 SD Huesca

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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Live Match Chat: FC Barcelona vs SD Huesca

Live Match Chat: FC Barcelona vs SD Huesca

totalBarça welcomes you all to the Copa del Rey game between FC Barcelona and SD Huesca! Are you ready?

Tuesday, December 16, 2014 @ 22:00 Barcelona time – Convert to local time

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Copa del Rey Match Preview: FC Barcelona vs SD Huesca

Copa del Rey Match Preview: FC Barcelona vs SD Huesca

FC Barcelona takes on SD Huesca for the second leg of the Copa del Rey round of 32 on Tuesday evening at the Camp Nou.

After a scoreless draw against Getafe at the weekend and a tactically strange experiment against PSG last week, FC Barcelona manager Luis Enrique will be looking to continue his delicate balancing act at the helm of the first team. He must somehow look to achieve a convincing result, blood his talented youngsters from the B team, and spare his first team regulars from unnecessary minutes ahead of league action against Córdoba this weekend.

In all likelihood, progression to the next round against either Real Valladolid or Elche will go Barça’s way given there’s a nearly insurmountable four-goal aggregate standing in Huesca’s path.

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View The Ratings: Getafe CF 0-0 FC Barcelona

View The Ratings: Getafe CF 0-0 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 after the jump.

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Barça B-Mirandés: Reserves self-destruct (1-3)

Barça B-Mirandés: Reserves self-destruct (1-3)

In football, the ball never forgives. If you fail to put the ball into the net, you get punished. It is as simple as that. Yet Barcelona B seem to be so deeply confused at this time that they can’t even do basic things right. The match against Mirandés on Saturday was a true disaster. For all of the team’s good efforts in attack, there were tons of missed chances and a catalogue of inexplicable defensive errors. In essence, Barça B managed to throw away a match that could have very easily been theirs. Mirandés may have had the lead from early on, but once Dongou equalised it all seemed to be going the right way. No. Somehow, Mirandés scored two more goals to triumph in Barcelona. Read more…

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Feo against Getafe, a game to forget

Feo against Getafe, a game to forget

On a cold and rainy night on the outskirts of the Spanish capital, FC Barcelona huffed and puffed away fruitlessly for 90 minutes in an ugly (feo) 0-0 draw with Getafe. The home side made 18 interceptions, 21 clearances and smart fouls in an all out defensive display that limited the number of saves to 2 for keeper Vicente Guaita. The most problematic element is Getafe managed all that without too much fuss. Barça should have had a penalty, though Getafe could claim one as well, but anyone holding their breath expecting a La Liga referee to do his job competently may as well arrange the funeral right now. When going up against this hideously difficult defensive ploy, a penalty or a free-kick hit just an inch lower can be the best panacea, but still not an excuse. The performance wasn’t good. Barça have been going up against this tactic for six or seven years now with increasing frequency, so it’s not like Luis Enrique and the boys should have expected anything different. This was an instantly forgettable match with nothing worth noting. What remains obvious is Luis Enrique’s Barça very much remains a work in progress.

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The Ratings: Getafe CF 0-0 FC Barcelona

The Ratings: Getafe CF 0-0 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: Getafe CF 0-0 FC Barcelona

The Result: Getafe CF 0-0 FC Barcelona

RESULT:

Getafe CF: 0

FC Barcelona: 0

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Live Match Chat: Getafe CF vs FC Barcelona

Live Match Chat: Getafe CF vs FC Barcelona

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

Saturday, December 13, 2014 @ 16:00 Barcelona time – Convert to local time

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Match Preview: Getafe CF – FC Barcelona

Match Preview: Getafe CF – FC Barcelona

Heads are held high and spirits are up. On Wednesday night, FC Barcelona avenged their loss to Paris Saint Germain and topped the Champions League group to head into the competition’s round of 16 as leaders. The team is enjoying a fine winning streak and hurdled past challenging obstacles to reach this point, and now it is only a matter of maintaining that level of confidence and making sure that they are only moving forward.

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Barça B-Mirandés: Reserves looking to pair wins

Barça B-Mirandés: Reserves looking to pair wins

Barcelona B managed to put an end to a horrible run of form with a precious, hard-fought victory away at leaders Girona thanks to Alen Halilović’s wonder goal, but league action is going and Barcelona B has to prove that last week’s result wasn’t just a flash of lightning, but a continued storming with the target of climbing up the table. Today’s match against Mirandés surely presents Eusebio’s men with a golden opportunity to get a first win at the Miniestadi since October 19. Read more…

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View The Ratings: FC Barcelona 3-1 Paris Saint-Germain

View The Ratings: FC Barcelona 3-1 Paris Saint-Germain

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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Yes Barça won, but… a preview to the review

Yes Barça won, but… a preview to the review

Unable to give the effort I desire on reviewing FC Barcelona’s 3-1 victory of Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) yesterday evening, I will offer a snippet of what I will have finished tomorrow. Because I am never an over-reactionary, do not hold any sort of agenda and gladly change my opinion when proven otherwise, I have no issue being clear that Barça’s performance yesterday evening did not impress me. Barça’s performance, as in the collective system, not Javier Mascherano’s top-draw pass, Luis Suárez’s sublime assist or Neymar’s glorious goal.

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The Ratings: FC Barcelona 3-1 Paris Saint-Germain

The Ratings: FC Barcelona 3-1 Paris Saint-Germain

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 3-1 Paris Saint-Germain

The Result: FC Barcelona 3-1 Paris Saint-Germain

RESULT:

FC Barcelona: 3

Paris Saint-Germain: 1

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Live Match Chat: FC Barcelona vs Paris Saint-Germain

Live Match Chat: FC Barcelona vs Paris Saint-Germain

totalBarça welcomes you all to the 2014-15 Champions League campaign game between FC Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain! Are you ready?

Wednesday, December 10, 2014 @ 20:45 Barcelona time – Convert to local time

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Champions League Match Preview: FC Barcelona vs Paris Saint-Germain FC

Champions League Match Preview: FC Barcelona vs Paris Saint-Germain FC

Barring the discovery of some sort of corrupt, murderous plot orchestrated by FC Barcelona and/or Paris Saint-Germain against Sepp Blatter and his cohorts, both sides are guaranteed Champions League football in February after the winter break. What’s at stake however, is a potentially season-ending match up against one of the other lethal group winners: Bayern Munich, Chelsea, or to a lesser extent, Porto, Borussia Dortmund or Monaco, (and in PSG’s case, either of the Madrid clubs).

Whichever club snatches top of group today could find life in the next round much easier by drawing FC Basel, Bayer Leverkusen, CSKA Moskva, Sporting Clube de Portugal, Schalke 04, or Shakhtar Donetsk. Interestingly, some difficult opponents will be lurking in this pot as well, namely Juventus, Arsenal, Roma and Manchester City.

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View The Ratings: FC Barcelona 5-1 RCD Espanyol

View The Ratings: FC Barcelona 5-1 RCD Espanyol

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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Girona-Barça B: Halilović with the comeback (0-1)

Girona-Barça B: Halilović with the comeback (0-1)

Golazos are not usually just great goals. They are usually goals which are worth the goalscorer’s weight in gold. Just remind yourself of Andrés Iniesta’s goals in London and Johannesburg. Barcelona B was able to taste victory for the first time in almost two months at the home of the Liga Adelante leaders thanks to a true golazo by Alen Halilović. The midday kick-off of the Catalan derby of the Liga Adelante was rare enough, but the Croat’s goal was a rare moment of sheer brilliance in this league, that gifted three points to Barcelona B. Read more…

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The Ratings: FC Barcelona 5-1 RCD Espanyol

The Ratings: FC Barcelona 5-1 RCD Espanyol

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 5-1 RCD Espanyol

The Result: FC Barcelona 5-1 RCD Espanyol

RESULT:

FC Barcelona: 5

RCD Espanyol: 1

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Live Match Chat: FC Barcelona vs RCD Espanyol

Live Match Chat: FC Barcelona vs RCD Espanyol

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

Sunday, December 7, 2014 @ 17:00 Barcelona time – Convert to local time

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Neither history nor present should concern Barça

Neither history nor present should concern Barça

The Parisians must wait – today nobody should look beyond el derbì. First of all, it feels FC Barcelona are obligated to keep pace with a runaway Real Madrid freight train. Secondly, whilst Espanyol may be far from the top, los periquitos always save their best for Barça. Still, this is a game Luis Enrique and co are expected to win and anything short of the three points will bring harsh comparisons to Carlo Ancelotti’s gang and a micro-crisis before a semi-clutch match on Wednesday against Paris Saint-Germaine (PSG).

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