Neymar Jr. has been called up by second time around Brazil coach Dunga for friendlies against Ecuador and Colombia in early September. Dunga famously left a teenage Neymar behind for the 2010 World Cup, but with the Barcelona superstar given the medical all-clear after his injury, there was no reason not to pick him. Dani Alves, however, was left out of the Brazil squad for the first time in years as a result of his declining performances for both club and country. Adriano also does not make it and looks unlikely to ever again.
Barcelona teammates Claudio Bravo, Javier Mascherano, and Lionel Messi have all been called up to their respective national teams for friendlies as well.
The FC Barcelona Foundation and the Rafa Márquez Foundation have established a new partnership through which the ‘FutbolNet’ project will be implemented in Mexico. The project will be centered in the towns of El Salto and Tonala in Jalisco State, where the foundation of the former Barça player has several educational and social centers. Learn more after the jump.
FC Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu speaking at 35th Congrés Mundial de Penyes [Supporters' Clubs World Conference] held at the Palau de Congressos de Catalunya yesterday, underlined the value of fulfilled promises. “At the end of last season I promised publicly to begin a profound transformation of the football team and the club and we have done this,” he said.
Bartomeu praised the new coach saying, “Our most important signing this year is Luis Enrique. He brings passion and leadership and sacrifice. He’s a real hard worker and we are expecting great things from him. He has the utmost enthusiasm and always transmits it.”
The pre-season is now over and on top of the scoring charts isn’t Lionel Messi or Neymar, but Munir El Haddadi. The 18-year-old has clearly impressed Luis Enrique, getting a lot of game time over the summer and rewarding the boss’ faith with four goals, more than anyone else in the squad. Now playing with Barça B, it’s not a question of if we will see him with the first team this season, only how much.
Barcelona B are coming off the back of an historic season in Liga Adelante, having managed to equal the side’s best ever finish achieved by Luis Enrique’s team in 2010/11. However, last year’s squad has been stripped apart, with many players sealing moves abroad, others moving to La Liga clubs, and others released. Coach Eusebio Sacristán has a squad that includes just 15 players who were with the team last year, with the rest being new signings and players who were promoted from last year’s all-conquering Juvenil A side. Through this mini-series, which is to be split into two parts, we will attempt to give you an insight into your second favourite Barça team. Part 1 gave you an idea on those who are still here from last year’s squad. Read on to meet the rest of the squad, including all new signings…
Xavi Hernández and Neymar Jr have been given the medical green light ahead of tonight’s Joan Gamper trophy match against Club León. Barça B players Munir El Haddadi, Álex Grimaldo and Sergi Samper took part in training with the 21 first team members.
The whole squad is expected to attend the match. The injured Thomas Vermaelen and Marc-André Ter Stegen along with the rest of the team will be all presented for the first time to the home fans. Team presentation will start an hour before kick off.
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…
Barcelona right-back Martín Montoya and his partner Maite announced the birth of their son Dylan on Saturday afternoon. The 23-year-old is now a proud dad, but that didn’t prevent him from attending Sunday’s morning session, where he was of course congratulated by his teammates.
The totalBarça team would like to congratulate Martín and wish him all the best for his family.
Barcelona B are coming off the back of an historic season in Liga Adelante, having managed to equal the side’s best ever finish achieved by Luis Enrique’s team in 2010/11. However, last year’s squad has been stripped apart, with many players sealing moves abroad, others moving to La Liga clubs, and others released. Coach Eusebio Sacristán has a squad that includes just 15 players who were with the team last year, with the rest being new signings and players who were promoted from last year’s all-conquering Juvenil A side. Through this mini-series, which is to be split into two parts, we will attempt to give you an insight into your second favourite Barça team. Read on to meet the squad…
In the aftermath of Gerard Deulofeu’s transfer, many people have expressed their discontent about the move. However, Ginés Meléndez, a man who knows Deulofeu inside out, having coached the 22-year-old for the Spain U-19s before assuming the role of the coordinator for all Spanish youth teams, seems to think that the move will actually benefit the winger. Read more…
During an interview with FC Barcelona’s new signing Ivan Rakitić (26), the player was asked many questions about his new coach and teammates. Ivan Rakitić seems to have seamlessly blended with his new team. The Swiss-born Croatian humbly follows the Barça dressing room routine, and wants to become a key part of the team. In addition, his performance was noticed during Barça’s preseason which had different, vertical football, with good ball-striking and powerful middle-distance shots. He came to Barça willing to take a giant leap in quality in his football career.
Being a month at the club, Was it easy to absorb all the changes with respect to Sevilla FC?
Honestly, the changes are noticed, but it’s hard to explain how. Overall, the general idea of football does not change much because the ideas of Unai Emery are similar to those of Luis Enrique. Here the idea is similar to the one in Sevilla which includes possession and pressure, and that is helping me a lot.
You one said that Felix Magath was the most demanding coach you played for. Is Luis Enrique as demanding?
There is only one Magath in the world (smiles) … What you learn with him is awesome. I am very grateful for the year and a half I had with him at Schalke 04, but the way he works is different, very difficult to bear, which requires a lot physically and also because you never know if tomorrow you train in the evening or morning, he always left everything open. Luis Enrique is different; he has very clear ideas, leaves no doubt, and works on all the details. Everything is very professional, even in his talks, he never has lingering questions, and he focuses to the last detail. He has very clear ideas and that is very important to us.
Read more from Rakitić’s interview after the jump.
Following the small victory achieved in the Luis Suárez case, with the Uruguayan now cleared to train by CAS, FC Barcelona will have to fight a new and much more complex legal battle starting next week. Barça will have to appear before FIFA for the conflict regarding the youth players whose situations have been found to be irregular. The hearing of the case has been scheduled by FIFA for next Tuesday. Read more…
‘MESSI’, the documentary will be presented this weekend in Barcelona at the World Supporters Clubs Congress. ‘MESSI’ was presented for the first time during the World Cup in Brazil and will be screened on September 6 at the Venice Festival. The documentary is directed by Álex de la Iglesia and produced by MEDIAPRO.
Many people appear in the documentary such as César Luis Menotti, Diego Maradona, Jorge Valdano and Johan Cruyff. ‘MESSI’ tells the story of one of the greatest footballers ever through the eyes of many football legends including, teammates, coaches and many more. The documentary includes archive footage, interviews and unseen family recordings. Read more after the jump.
Barcelona’s Juvenil A side failed to beat the Mauritania national team yesterday in a preseason friendly for the COTIF tournament. Jordi Vinyals’ team, which could not count on a number of key players at the back, could not impose its game on the Mauritanians, who defended bravely to earn an unlikely draw. Vinyals had to experiment with his centre-backs, fielding full-back Xavi Quintillà alongside Ros, who had never player in that position before, as Rodrigo Tarín, who was knocked following the ‘battle’ against the Argentines, as well as Adrià Vilanova who was sent-off, were unavailable. Read more after the jump.
Tests this morning confirmed that injured FC Barcelona goal keeper Marc-Andre Ter Stegen (22) will be out for 2 to 3 weeks. It was also revealed that the injury suffered is a small fracture in the vertebrae during a training session on August 11.
The club medical staff reported that the player will carry out recovery work during the period. The injury will force the player out of the friendly match against Club León in the Joan Gamper trophy and La Liga opener against Elche CF.
The German shot-stopper made his debut with FC Barcelona in the first friendly against Recreativo de Huelva coming in as a substitute. Ter Stegen also played the full match against OGC Nice.
totalBarça wishes Ter Stegen a speedy recovery.
The Spanish League (LFP) has announced in a statement issued through its official website that the start of the Segunda División season, which had been scheduled for the weekend 24-25 August, has been suspended. The suspension was deemed necessary as there are ongoing judicial processes that may require the league to re-draw the fixture list for the 2014/15 season. The league had originally planned the season counting on relegated Mirandés as the last team in the division following the administrative relegation handed by the LFP to last year’s fourth placed side Real Murcia for owing nearly 13 million euros to the state in tax arrears. However, the league has been ordered by a judge to reinstate Murcia to the Segunda División, under the reasoning that demotion would further complicate the financial situation of the debt-ridden club. More details after the jump.