Golazos made in La Masia (18-19 October)

Yet another week of goals at La Masia, and yet another compilation of the best of the best. This week, the special compilation prepared by FC Barcelona features golazo specialist Sergio Gómez (Cadete B), Wilfrid Kaptoum (Barça B) with his first reserve team goal, Ansumane Fati and  Miguelete Ramírez (both Infantil A) and Jean Marie Dongou (Barça B), who is having the season of his life with the reserves.

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Juvenil A – Ajax: Comeback draw (2-2)

Juvenil A – Ajax: Comeback draw (2-2)

Barcelona’s Juvenil A side couldn’t double Blaugrana victories over Ajax on Tuesday. Jordi Vinyals’ squad had to come back from two goals down against Ajax at the Miniestadi, abut in the end it was one point won rather than two lost for the Barça U-19s, who continue to lead their group alongside the Amsterdam-based side. Read more…

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The Front: Mundo Deportivo (23.10.2014)

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AT THE CLASICO WITH 30,000

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The Front: Sport (23.10.2014)

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HE WILL PLAY!

LUIS SUÁREZ, SURPRISE FACTOR IN THE BERNABÉU

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The Front: Mundo Deportivo (22.10.2014)

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NOW THE CLASICO

Barça put on an exhibit for an hour, made two goals and later thought about Madrid

Lucho took a chance on benching Neymar, Iniesta and Messi!

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The Front: Sport (22.10.2014)

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MESSI AND NEYMAR FINE TUNE THEIR AIM FOR THE CLASICO

WITH THE GUNPOWDER FIRING ON POINT

LETHAL PAIR: Leo gave Ney the first goal and scored the second, and Luis Enrique subs them thinking of the Bernabéu

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The Ratings: FC Barcelona 3-1 AFC Ajax

The Ratings: FC Barcelona 3-1 AFC Ajax

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 AFC Ajax

The Result: FC Barcelona 3-1 AFC Ajax

RESULT:

FC Barcelona: 3

AFC Ajax: 1

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Luis Enrique: “We are used to playing every three or four days”

Luis Enrique: “We are used to playing every three or four days”

FC Barcelona manager Luis Enrique underlined during the usual prematch press conference that game 3 of the Champions League won’t be an easy match. “We will have to produce a complete performance to beat Ajax, a team of many strengths. Ajax are a well-structured side, one that knows how to attack, how to press. Last season they created many problems for Barcelona.” said the coach. He had more words of praise for tonight’s opponent and underlined that “Ajax’s positional play is very good. They can play short and long passes and they find solutions in all areas. They press in defence − they don’t hesitate − and counterattack really well.”

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Vinyals looking for a response in the UEFA Youth League

Vinyals looking for a response in the UEFA Youth League

The Barcelona first team is not the only club team in European action this week, as the club’s Juvenil A team (U-19s) face their Ajax counterparts in the UEFA Youth League on Tuesday afternoon at the Miniestadi. Speaking to the press, coach Jordi Vinyals issued a warning about Ajax’s quality and asked for a response by his players following a run of mixed results. Read Vinyals’ key comments after the jump…

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The Front: Sport (21.10.2014)

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LUCHO ‘PASSES’ ON MADRID

“MY ONLY OBSESSION IS AJAX, I’M NOT INTERESTED IN THE REST”

BARCA NEEDS TO WIN AND THE COACH DOESN’T WANT DISTRACTIONS

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The Front: Mundo Deportivo (21.10.2014)

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KEY MATCH

“We’re obsessed with the duel with Ajax. The others don’t exist,” says Luis Enrique

The coach, inclined towards Busi in the rotations for the Clasico

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Neymar: “I want to score against Ajax and in the clásico”

Neymar: “I want to score against Ajax and in the clásico”

Neymar was asked whether he would prefer to score against Ajax in the Champions League or against Real Madrid in Saturday’s clásico. But why choose? He wants to score in both games. And with the Brazilian firing in goals from all angles this season, there is no reason to believe that that won’t be the case. Read what he said in a press conference after the jump.

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Rafinha nominated as Breakthrough Player

Rafinha nominated as Breakthrough Player

Barcelona’s last season wasn’t the best, but that hasn’t prevented the team from getting many players onto the LFP awards shortlists (La Liga awards). After Sergio Busquets, Andrés Iniesta, Ivan Rakitić, Jordi Masip and Sergi Samper received nominations, Rafinha Alcántara has also received a nomination for the Breakthrough Player award for his performance last season with Celta Vigo. Read more…

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Match Review: FC Barcelona B 4-1 AD Alcorcón

Match Review: FC Barcelona B 4-1 AD Alcorcón

Barcelona B had been seeking a victory for over a month before their match against Alcorcón. Against the team from Madrid, Barça B not only returned to winning ways, but did so in style. The reserves, led by an inspired Adama Traoré, put on their best performance of the season and put 4 past helpless Alcorcón, whose defenders were blown apart by the high quality football exhibited by the Blaugranas. Read more…

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Luis Enrique: “We will go to the Bernabeu to win”

Luis Enrique: “We will go to the Bernabeu to win”

Luis Enrique, was delighted with Barcelona’s performance against SD Eibar; “the team can never be in a situation where we can’t improve – we always want more. Tonight all the players put in a good performance  – you don’t get a second half like that without the intensity we showed before the break”.

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The Front: Sport (20.10.2014)

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THE SECRET TO THE CHANGE IN NEYMAR

+ STRENGTH + SCORING

He’s spent months with a special plan in the gym with which he’s gained 4 kilos of muscle

The key has been to gain weight and volume without losing speed

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The Front: Mundo Deportivo (20.10.2014)

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INSATIABLE MESSI

Leo scored his last ‘Hat tricks’ in the Champions and the league against Ajax and Madrid

The ‘10’ didn’t want to leave the pitch against Eibar because he was enjoying himself

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The Front: Sport (19.10.2014)

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READY FOR THE CLASICO

BARCA ARRIVE AS LEADER TO THEIR APPOINTMENT IN THE BERNABÉU

Great game from Messi, who scored against Eibar and has Zarra’s record in his grasp in Madrid

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The Front: Mundo Deportivo (19.10.2014)

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ON POINT

Barça, prepared for the big week: Ajax and Madrid

Messi, going for the historic goal of ‘Pichichi’ en the Bernabéu

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Luis Enrique: “Totally focused on getting the 3 points”

Luis Enrique: “Totally focused on getting the 3 points”

During his press conference on Friday, Luis Enrique talked about many topics and stressed that the team is ready to earn the three points against SD Eibar on Saturday at the Camp Nou. “I’m only worried about the next opponent, Eibar, and their potential. They’re playing well and could create problems,” said Enrique before adding that he only sees eagerness in his players eyes. “I haven’t seen anything like distractions or players relaxing. Not based on their training. One thing is whether or not they play well.” The coach then added that the players are “totally focused on getting the three points. Records will eventually fall, but we just want to win.” More after the jump.

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The Front: Mundo Deportivo (18.10.2014)

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ONLY EIBAR

Barça, to consolidate their lead before Ajax in the Champions and the Clasico

Leo, at two goals from Zarra in the league

Neymar will play his 50th match with Barça

Luis Enrique has no doubt: “Pedro will be starting”

TODAY: Barça will hold a meeting with news

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The Front: Sport (18.10.2014)

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GOING FOR THE RECORDS

BARÇA, FOR ANOTHER VICTORY BEFORE THE CLASICO

MESSI: With a ‘hat trick,’ 252 goals and beats Zarra. With one goal, 200 bullseyes in Camp Nou. If he wins, 300 victories with Barça.

With two goals, Barça will pay him tribute today

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Dani Nieto: “Intensity, defending and strategy”

Dani Nieto: “Intensity, defending and strategy”

Dani Nieto spent a quite fruitful season with Barça B in 2013-14, becoming the team’s first sub on the way to third place in the Liga Adelante. This weekend, the winger will be back to Can Barça, but this time he will be wearing Eibar’s colours. Dani Nieto, who was converted into Eibar’s record signing after leaving Barça B this summer, spoke to the FCB official website about his new team, their prospects in their first year ever in La Liga , as well as his views on Barça. Read the full translation of the interview shedding some light onto Barcelona’s unknown opponents after the jump.

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2014/15 Copa del Rey draw

2014/15 Copa del Rey draw

This morning the Real Federación Española de Fútbol (RFEF) conducted the 2014/15 Copa del Rey draw, and FC Barcelona take on Second Division B, Spain’s third league tier, side SD Huesca. The first leg is on December 3rd away, with the return happening in Barcelona on December 17th. This will be the first time Barça and Huesca have ever squared off.

And as one can see from the image, assuming results go as one would expect, if Barça can navigate past Huesca they will take on the winner of the Valladolid-Elche tie and after that one of either Real Madrid or Atlético Madrid.

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The Front: Sport (17.10.2014)

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ON THE ATTACK IN THE BERNABÉU

THIS IS HOW BARÇA WILL PLAY IN THE CLASICO

Luis Suárez is on point to start up front with Neymar

Messi will hold his position in a very offensive 4-4-2

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The Front: Mundo Deportivo (17.10.2014)

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EXCITED

Luis Suárez, Messi and Neymar, the luxury trident, on point for the Clasico

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Picture of the day: Thank you from Leo

Picture of the day: Thank you from Leo

Lionel Messi  has seen messages of praise and admiration flood in on the day of the tenth anniversary of his Barça debut, and as he always does, he made sure to return some of the love. The ‘Flea’ took to his official Facebook page to post the following message: “I want to thank my whole family, friends, teammates and all the staff at FC Barcelona for these ten wonderful years. I’ve always enjoyed myself on the pitch, wearing these colours and living through very beautiful moments. But as always I am keen to improve and win more titles for the team. A hug for everyone!”

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Ter Stegen’s Germany through; heartbreak for Spain

Ter Stegen’s Germany through; heartbreak for Spain

This week of friendly matches was unfortunately an overall negative one for Barcelona’s U-21 internationals. Of the five who were in action for the U-21 championship playoffs (Munir, Sandro, Sergi Roberto, Ter Stegen, Halilović), only Marc-André ter Stegen will be on the plane to the Czech Republic this summer, as Germany followed up with a second win over Ukraine. Spain, with Sergi Roberto, Munir and Sandro went out as Serbia scored a winner deep into extra time, while Halilović’s Croatia were unable to overturn a first leg deficit. Read more…

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Alves: “Luis Suárez is a beast, a beast.”

Alves: “Luis Suárez is a beast, a beast.”

FC Barcelona full-back, Dani Alves says he is counting the days to see Luis Suárez in action. Suárez is currently banned for biting Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini during the World Cup match of Uruguay and Italy. The Uruguayan striker will be available for Luis Enrique in time for the match at the Bernabéu against Real Madrid on the 25th of October.

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