Match Preview: CA Osasuna vs FC Barcelona B

Match Preview: CA Osasuna vs FC Barcelona B

The new Liga Adelante season is finally here! Following some late drama, involving Real Murcia’s successful appeal against its administrative relegation at civil court and the LFP’s refusal, all issues have finally been resolved and 22 teams from all around Spain, including four from Catalonia, are set to begin a 42-round season that will see them play until mid-June 2015.

Barcelona B is one of those teams. The Barcelona reserves are the only reserve team in the division, and have the youngest squad by some margin, therefore there will be many people who will underestimate them. Starting with this Saturday’s challenging curtain raiser against Osasuna, Eusebio’s team has to start proving the doubters wrong, coming off the back of the best season in the team’s history.

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Picture of the day: Dynamic Duo

Picture of the day: Dynamic Duo

Neymar Jr. and Lionel Messi made their 2014/15 debut at the Gamper and joined forces to dominate the first half.

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Match Review: FC Barcelona 6-0 Club León

Match Review: FC Barcelona 6-0 Club León

Finally, the wait was over and the first match at the Camp Nou was played between FC Barcelona vs Club de León which ended 6-0 for Barça. FC Barcelona’s line up for the first half was: Claudio Bravo, Dani Alves, Jordi Alba, Jérémy Mathieu, Rafinha,Sergio Busquets, Ivan Rakitić , Javier Mascherano, Andrés Iniesta, Lionel Messi and Neymar Jr. León’s starting line-up was: Yarbrough, Rafa Marquez, Magallon,Gonzalez,Edwin Hernandez, Elias Hernandez, Pena, Cardenas,Vazquez, Rivera, Boselli. Read more after the jump!

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Live Match Chat: FC Barcelona vs Club León

Live Match Chat: FC Barcelona vs Club León

totalBarça welcomes you all to the Joan Gamper trophy final between FC Barcelona and Club Léon! Are you ready?

Monday, August 18, 2014 @ 20:30 Barcelona time - Convert to local time

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Barça B suffer last-minute 1-2 defeat

Barça B suffer last-minute 1-2 defeat

Barcelona B ended the round of preseason friendlies with a defeat against newly promoted Llagostera at the Miniestadi. Eusebio’s men were not on their day and lost the match to an own goal by captain Patric and a last-minute goal by Tarradellas, despite going in front early in the second half. Read more…

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Picture of the day: The Young Ones

Picture of the day: The Young Ones

The young players of FC Barcelona’s first team performed very well against HJK Helsinki. Here are two of the match’s goal scorers, Sergi Roberto and Munir El Haddadi (who scored two).

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Barcelona B loses its final friendly in Navata

Barcelona B loses its final friendly in Navata

Barcelona B finished their preseason training camp in Torremirona with a surprising defeat in the Municipality of Olot against the local side. Eusebio continued to experiment with players and formations, his players showed some signs of progress creating and missing lots of chances, but the team still ended up losing the match thanks to a solitary goal scored by the opposition before halftime. Read more after the jump.

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Match Review: HJK Helsinki 0-6 FC Barcelona

Match Review: HJK Helsinki 0-6 FC Barcelona

FC Barcelona will walk away from Finland with a second preseason win after defeating HJK Helsinki with six goals to nil. The result may seem impressive and the players had a good game, but they were also facing a weak, toothless Finnish side. It’s definitely the team’s best performance since the start of preseason, but is it an accurate indicator of what to expect? Read more after the jump.

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20 players to Helsinki

20 players to Helsinki

For the third pre-season match in a row, a false representation of FC Barcelona 2014/15 will feature in tomorrow’s friendly against HJK Helsinki. Xavi Hernández and Jérémy Mathieu are again absent from the squad list for precautionary medical measures, while Javier Mascherano, Dani Alves, Leo Messi and Neymar also remain in Spain to continue physical preparation. Adriano does not travel as he continues to be cautionary monitored following the irregular heart picked up during the medical, while once again Ibrahim Afellay and Alex Song, both healthy and fit, are simply not selected by Luis Enrique, making it blatantly obvious at this point they do not feature in his plans and will be moved on before the window shuts.

The 20 man squad is composed of 14 senior guys and 6 from the B team. Full list below.

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Player Reactions: SSC Napoli 1-0 FC Barcelona

Player Reactions: SSC Napoli 1-0 FC Barcelona

Barcelona lost 1-o to SSC Napoli in their third preseason friendly of the season. The Catalans played well for the majority of the game, but were undone by a late strike from distance which Claudio Bravo mishandled. Ivan Rakitić was particularly impressive, looking more comfortable in the Barça system by the day. Bravo, Rakitić and Pedro Rodriguez all shared some thoughts after the game – check them out below.

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Match Review: FC Barcelona 0-1 SSC Napoli

Match Review: FC Barcelona 0-1 SSC Napoli

Being that it’s still preseason, I’ll be mild-mannered with my words. Given all the talk of revolution, changes, tactical shifts and experimentation, viewers were given nothing of that tonight in FC Barcelona’s 1-0 loss to SSC Napoli. That could have been any old game at any old time in the past three to four seasons. Is this really the new Barça given the mega-star attacking trident is absent, the first team mostly vacated on 60 minutes and players are obviously rusty and physically unfit? The answer is in the question. Nevertheless, despite dominating the ball, it was a match of minimal insight and anyone claiming to notice change at this point is willing it rather than seeing it.

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Luis Enrique: “We can’t expect too much”

Luis Enrique: “We can’t expect too much”

Barça’s 1-1 draw against Nice yesterday evening may have left Luis Enrique with as many questions as answers. Lucho noted that the result “matters least” and that the purpose of the games “are for seeing where each player is and telling each of them what they’ll need to improve.” Concerning the new signings, he stressed “we’re going the logical, correct, way about things. We can’t expect too much before the season has even started.” He also said that he hoped “all the players with me now are still here at the end of the season” but did not deny questions from the media on the possibility of new faces arriving before the end of August.

These were his comments on the game itself. Not pleased with the first half, Luis Enrique highlighted  “players not knowing how to make use of space.” But he was more enamored with the second half, “we created more chances by playing well.” What was blatantly obvious to many an observer, including the new manager, was the enormous influence Xavi Hernández had when coming on. “Right now he’s back to his best both in terms of fitness and motivation.

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Match Review: OGC Nice 1-1 FC Barcelona

Match Review: OGC Nice 1-1 FC Barcelona

FC Barcelona had to settle for a 1-1 draw at the French Riviera following a match in which the blaugrana had two very different halves. Luis Enrique had the chance to experiment around with players and tactics, and it is certain that the coach wasn’t left disappointed, as the match gave him plenty of food for thought. Read more after the jump…

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The Result: OGC Nice 1-1 FC Barcelona

RESULT:

OGC Nice: 1

FC Barcelona: 1

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Barça B win their first preseason friendly

Barça B win their first preseason friendly

Barcelona B got back to work on July 14 and after more than two weeks of intense preparation at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper, the team played its first preseason friendly yesterday, against UE Figueres of the Tercera División (4th level on the Spanish football pyramid, after the Primera, the Segunda and the Segunda B). Eusebio’s team won 2-0, but the result was the last thing that the coaches had on their mind, as the game served for the players to get some valuable playing time in match conditions, just two days before the teams’s departure for Torremirona, where Eusebio will train his squad for a week at the annual training camp. Read more after the jump…

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Video of the day: Alen Halilović’s debut

Much was made of Alen Halilović’s abilities when he was signed with FC Barcelona this past spring. Is the hype justified? Watch this video from his debut match with the first team and judge for yourself.

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Match Review: Recreativo 0-1 FC Barcelona

Match Review: Recreativo 0-1 FC Barcelona

Luis Enrique’s coaching spell at FC Barcelona kicked off with a narrow win over Recreativo de Huelva thanks to a goal from Joan Román. Enrique introduced all 23 players that were called up for the club’s first friendly game as the players start their journey towards regaining full match fitness. The game was far from entertaining, but the time will come when fans expect beautiful football and it is not now. The squad was mainly made up of Barça B players who will aim to impress Enrique for a shot at joining the first team.

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The Result: Recreativo 0-1 FC Barcelona

The Result: Recreativo 0-1 FC Barcelona

RESULT:

Recreativo: 0

FC Barcelona: 1

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Brazil in, Neymar out

Brazil in, Neymar out

It was a bittersweet victory for Brazil after their celebrations were ruined by Neymar Jr’s injury. The hosts clinched a 2-1 win against Colombia, with Thiago Silva, David Luiz, and James Rodríguez claiming the goals. And now, Brazil will face Germany in the 2014 World Cup’s semifinal, but without their star man. Neymar was stretched off in the closing minutes with a fractured vertebrae and is out for at least four weeks, and they’ll have to survive without him.

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Picture of the day: Protecting Messi

Picture of the day: Protecting Messi

These are the shin guards that Lionel Messi will be wearing for Argentina’s match today against Belgium. I am intrigued by the ‘spots’ he is using in the design and think they are possibly some sort of secret code. What do you think it says?

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Brazil beat Chile on penalties

Brazil beat Chile on penalties

Arguably the most intense game so far at this World Cup has come to an end after 120 minutes of football and ten penalties. In the end it was the Brazilian side of Neymar Jr and Dani Alves that won against Alexis Sánchez and Claudio Bravo’s Chile. Read the full report after the jump.

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Messi double secures third consecutive win for Argentina

Messi double secures third consecutive win for Argentina

In one of the most exciting matches of the 2014 World Cup so far, Lionel Messi was able to inspire Argentina into a third straight win after defeating Nigeria with three goals to two. Argentina finish on top of Group F and await Group E’s runner up. Goals came from Messi (2) and Marcos Rojo for Argentina, while Ahmed Musa (2) scored for Nigeria. Continue reading for more details.

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Rakitić unable to do much as Mexico sink Croatia

Rakitić unable to do much as Mexico sink Croatia

Croatia was unceremoniously chucked out of the World Cup by an excellent Mexican display, losing 3-1. El Tri weren’t as gung ho as usual, showing a tactical versatility and discipline to their game. Ivan Rakitić and the rest of his teammates didn’t have much of a game. On the positive side, he delivered the assist for Ivan Persić’s late goal, but on the negative side he was deservedly yellow-carded for a nasty high tackle. Other than that Rakitić did nothing of note, as he and midfield partner Luka Modrić were left isolated and unable to conjure anything. The Mexicans did a superb job of disconnecting Croatia’s playmaker from the wingers and Mario Mandzukić upfront. At least the new signing will now have some time to kick his feet up and rest for what will be the most demanding chapter of his professional career when he begins at Camp Nou.

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Spain say until next time, not goodbye

Spain say until next time, not goodbye

Spain finally put points on the board with a 3-0 victory over Australia. The goals came from David Villa, Fernando Torres and Juan Mata in a game La Roja dominated quite comfortably. It’s false logic to conclude that had Vicente del Bosque used this line-up or any other against The Netherlands or Chile things would be different. Those are unknowable answers not worth wasting time pondering. Rather, Spain thrived in a match against a proactive opponent composed of the worst collection of individuals in the group. One can call it naivety or bravery from Australia, either way Spain will look better against any side that decides to take the game to them rather than sit back in numbers and counter-attack.

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Brazil finish on top of Group A

Brazil finish on top of Group A

Brazil were able to stay on top of Group A of the 2014 World Cup after defeating a weak Cameroonian side with four to goals to one. Goals came from Neymar Jr. (2), Fred, and Fernandinho. Brazil will now face Alexis Sánchez’ Chile, who finished second in Group B, in the round of sixteen. Neymar was subbed off after 70 minutes while Dani Alves played the entire game. Continue reading for more details.

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First friendly in Huelva

First friendly in Huelva

FC Barcelona have confirmed another pre-season friendly. The match on July 19th, just five days after the squad is required to report back to training, will see Barça take on Recreativo de Heulva for the Colombino Trophy at 22:00 local time. The game is part of Recreativo’s 125th anniversary celebration.

Seeing as Spain are already out of the World Cup, it’s likely now that Spanish first team players will be back to training already, though players involved with national teams that go deeper into the tournament are unlikely to be involved in this match.

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Friendly against Napoli SSC

Friendly against Napoli SSC

Sandwiched in-between FC Barcelona friendlies against OGC Nice (August 2nd) and the match in Finland (August 9th), Barça will take on Napoli in Geneva on August 6th at 20:00 CET.

The two sides have not met since the 2011 Gamper Trophy match that ended 5-0 in the blaugrana’s favor.

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Spain’s era ended by desire-filled Chile

Spain’s era ended by desire-filled Chile

I began writing this as soon as Chile took the lead, but in truth I could have started it earlier. The end of Spain’s incredible tournament three-peat came crashing down with a dreadful performance, losing to Chile 2-0 in Rio de Janeiro. The Spaniard’s faces were filled with anxiety, devoid of belief and poise. They passed the ball as if they were introduced to it this morning. Spain’s special era had to end, but it feels ugly in this fashion.

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Neymar impresses in goalless draw

Neymar impresses in goalless draw

In a goalless yet entertaining game, Brazil were held to a draw in their second 2014 World Cup game against the always difficult Mexico. Both teams failed to capitalize on their chances throughout the 90 minutes. The result keeps Brazil on top of Group A with four points, with Mexico on their tail with four points as well. FC Barcelona’s Neymar Jr. and Dani Alves played the entire game. Continue reading for more details.

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Official: Gamper 2014 on August 18 against Léon

Official: Gamper 2014 on August 18 against Léon

The annual Joan Gamper Trophy match is set for August 18th against Mexican club Léon de Guanjuato. Léon is the club of former Barça man Rafa Márquez, who just captained Mexico for record setting fourth consecutive World Cup. Mexico follow the non-straightforward league format familiar in South America, so Léon are the reigning champions of Mexcio’s 2014 closing championship and 2013′s opening championship.

The evening will additionally be utilized to stage testimonials for Carles Puyol and Víctor Valdés.

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