Sergi Samper is the name on Barça fans’ lips these days. The 19-year-old managed to make his official debut for the club, after spending the whole of his footballing career at the club. Samper started out at the FCBEscola, where the youngest aspiring Barça stars take their first steps in football. FCBEscola is a place that becomes the breeding ground for 25,000 dreams each year. Read more…
Reigning UEFA Youth League champions, FC Barcelona’s Juvenil A, have started this year’s campaign with a victory against opponents APOEL. In this tournament, the youth sides are placed in a group identical to the first team. All three goals were scored within a 17-minute interval sentencing the game as victory for the blaugrana. Details after the jump.
In football, you always have to work to get results. Matches are never won before kick-off. Perhaps that’s what Barcelona B’s players were thinking when they took to the pitch to face Llagostera yesterday. But when the match started they were faced by reality: They had no answers for neither Llagostera’s brilliantly orchestrated defensive tactics, or for their venomous counterattacks. The front line had a day off, and the defence made mistakes of the kind that have been unseen for months now. Defeat was inevitable for Barça B yesterday, despite Sergi Samper’s spirited performance in the pivot role. It is a rule that when your forwards are absent, getting goals is hard. Read more…
This particular Barça youth forward may not be currently able to wear the blaugrana due to the FIFA ban, but his exploits on the international stage have certainly not gone unnoticed. 16-year-old Lee Seung Woo guided his native South Korea to the final of the U-16 Asian Championships, but couldn’t beat the North Korea, and therefore had to settle for a runner’s up medal. His efforts though, won him the Best Player award for the tournament, aside from winning the golden boot. Read more after the jump.
With a packed calendar to finish up the month of September, Luis Enrique has again done a bit of tinkering with the match squad. All those rested against APOEL midweek, Sergio Busquets, Javier Mascherano, Pedro Rodríguez and Martín Montoya, travel to Valencia, whereas Marc Bartra and Adriano Correia remain in Catalonia. Rafinha Alcántara also misses out as a precaution after feeling a slight thigh strain over the weekend.
Full match squad (19, 1 to drop): Ter Stegen, Bravo, Montoya, Piqué, Rakitic, Busquets, Xavi, Pedro, Iniesta, Messi, Neymar, Mascherano, Douglas, Alba, Roberto, Alves, Mathieu, Sandro, Munir.
Gerard Piqué’s goal in the Champions League against APOEL was the Catalan centre-back’s ninth in the elite European club competition, and his seventh with Barça (he also has two with Manchester United). Although that figure hardly seems to be anything close to record-breaking, it is in fact the third highest number of goals scored by a defender in UEFA Champions League history. The centre-back only trails Roberto Carlos and Christian Panucci, who were both attacking full-backs, and is therefore the highest scoring centre-back in the history of the competition. Way to go, Geri.
The coach of Spain’s national U-17 side, Santi Denia has published the list of players called-up for friendly matches against Belgium in Brussels on September 23 and 25. Three Barcelona players have made the list, with the Juvenil B’s Marc Cucurella, Carles Aleña and Carles Pérez the ones who have been picked.
Barcelona midfielder Rafinha Alcântara has been called up by Brazil’s national U-23 side for preparation friendlies to be played next month ahead of the 2016 Rio Olympics. The Brazilians will play two friendlies, first against the senior national team of Bolivia at the Arena Pantanal in Cuiabá, a stadium which hosted World Cup matches this summer, and then against a side that is still to be confirmed three days later.
Sergi Samper made his official first team debut against Apoel on Wednesday in the Champions League. He was the most impressive thing about the match! Don’t believe us? Check out this vid!
Over the summer, Barcelona brought back young startlet Gerard Deulofeu from Everton, leading many culés to speculate that he would play a role with the team this year. Instead, he was loaned out to Sevilla, as Luis Enrique figured that he would get more playing time there. Things haven’t worked out that way so far. Learn more after the jump.
Sergi Samper became the third La Masia graduate to make his official first team debut under Luis Enrique after Lucho trusted him with a starting spot in Barcelona’s Champions League opening match against APOEL Nicosia. Culés were clearly pleased with the 19-year-old’s performance on a night that didn’t bring out the best of the blaugrana, but many Barça fans were surprised by the midfielder, who seamlessly stepped into the shoes of the midfield’s Mr. Dependable, Sergio Busquets, his idol. This question was surely high on the post-match agenda for culés: Who is this kid, and what can he do?
Read more about Samper after the jump.
A compilation of Sergi Samper’s best goals during his La Masia career has been published today, and one thing that becomes evident is the fact that the boy has natural talent, as if he was born to be a midfielder. Nothing has really changed in his game, apart from his defensive ability. Even the hair is the same.
FC Barcelona beat APOEL 1-0 without putting on a spectacular show on Wednesday, but Luis Enrique’s new-look side managed to break a significant record. This season’s team is the first team in Barcelona’s history to win all four opening matches without conceding a goal. This may not look particularly exciting for culés, who expected goals last night, but let’s not forget the old saying: attackers win matches, defenders win titles.
Another compilation of the top 5 La Masia goals, from the past weekend. This week, two Alevín A players, Marc Pelaz and Arnau Farnós, the Cadete B’s Rodrigo Sánchez, and the Juvenil B’s Ayoub Abou are included in the lsit, which is capped off by a wonderful inswerving corner goal scored by Juvenil B’s Sergio Gómez.
The Ratings… Everyone’s 2nd favourite 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!