Thomas Vermaelen, purchased last summer for 19 million euro, is out injured. Again. Or is it still? The Belgian international has a hamstring injury in his right leg that may necessitate surgery. Since his purchase in August, Vermaelen has been out all of August and half of September with the hamstring injury he received during the 2014 World Cup. He went out again at the end of September and had been training alone until November 17 when he was again able to join the team but is now down indefinitely. Vermaelen has featured in exactly one match for FC Barcelona, a Barça B team friendly against Indonesia, and has yet to make his first team debut. Is it too late to get our money back for this guy?
Everyday Spain’s near 20 million football fans visit their local news stand, pick up their preferred periodical poison and either delight or disgust in the latest happenings of their favorite club. And whether Marca in Madrid or Mundo Deportivo in Catalonia, a café con leche is always part of the morning football ritual. So pour one yourself and find out what’s happening today in Barça nation.
All available first team players and Barça B’s Munir travel today to Cyprus, when tomorrow FC Barcelona face APOEL Nicosia in the UEFA Champions Leauge group stage game. Excluded from the exhibition are Andrés Iniesta, who still waits for green light from Club Medical Service, and Thomas Vermaelen who suffers from a right hamstring injury. Apart from players and technical staff, president Josep Maria Bartomeu, vice-president Javier Faus directors Silvio Elías, Josep Ramon Vidal-Abarca and Pau Vilanova, and director of sport Andoni Zubizarreta are traveling with the team to Cyprus. Full squad list below.
Like all stunning moments in life, the Barcelona-Sevilla game yesterday made us reexamine what we take as given. At the core of it all was Lionel Messi, and at the core of Messi is one question: “How the hell did he do that?” But there were other questions too, like: “Wait, so that guy with the goofy smile being lifted in the air is the one who’s going to leave Barcelona?” or “Weren’t Sevilla supposed to be good?” or “Weren’t we supposed to be terrible?” My question, admittedly, would have to be “How do I write about him?”
FC Barcelona’s president, Josep Maria Bartomeu, praised Leo Messi after he became the all time scorer in La Liga history, saying; “I congratulate him. We’ll have Leo here for many more years. We are delighted with what he has achieved, it’s a huge satisfaction … We knew the record was going to come. It made me very happy to see him equal it, for him, for the team and for the club”.
Ever since last night’s game, Lionel Messi has been the headline of every story after breaking Telmo Zarra’s long standing record with a beautiful hat-trick. FC Barcelona are lucky to have him. But it’s okay, Messi’s history will mention Sevilla as well – albeit, not in the way they might have wanted. Twenty-one goals against the Andalucians made them joint favourite victims of the great Leo Messi. Any guess who are they joint with? That’s right, the other favourite victim of La Pulga are Barça’s eternal rivals, Real Madrid. Ironically, Messi’s last hat-trick, before the one on Saturday, was also against Real Madrid.
So what do you think it is? Do Sevilla and Real Madrid have something in common that triggers Leo? Maybe it’s the white shirts…
This kind of scoreline is usually not a good one for commentary. With this kind of scoreline, even a neutral would sit back and watch a game of the Liga Adelante. Yet from a Barcelona B perspective, the game against Ponferradina was both the best, and the worst example of how to manage a two-goal lead away from home. Eusebio’s men came back from behind to earn a two goal lead twice, but somehow Ponferradina managed to equalise within the space of two minutes. Read more…
Barcelona B are once again in Liga Adelante action this weekend against Ponferradina. Eusebio’s men will travel to Ponferrada to visit the league’s surprise package, Ponferradina, and will hope the team’s improvement will continue, and that it will finally be translated into goals and victories. Read more…
This pivotal match has banana skin written all over it. Luis Enrique must assemble a starting 11 that takes into account a long international break. Sevilla has been in great form, thanks in part to a pair of Barça loanees who might just have a point to prove.
Who is in your starting team? What instructions do you give them? What substitutions do you plan to outfox Sevilla manager Unai Emery?
Barcelona midfielder Sergi Roberto has been given the medical all-clear to return to action after a groin problem that had kept him out of the team’s matches against Ajax and Almería. The La Masia graduate is now training with the group normally and is available for selection for the Liga match against Sevilla on Saturday.
Barcelona center back Thomas Vermaelen returned to full training this week, according to reports in Sport. In participating in the training session the Belgian defender completes a two month recovery from the muscular injuries that kept him out of theBelgian world cup squad, and that have put the brakes on his Barcelona debut.
Former FC Barcelona President Josep Lluis Núñez has been jailed for 26 months after being convicted of bribing tax inspectors. Despite his imprisonment in Quatre Camins, the club does not plan to change the club museum name that in 2000 under the presidency of Joan Gaspart was renamed President Nuñez museum.
Leo Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo faced off on Tuesday in an international friendly that pitted Argentina against Portugal. Portugal emerged with a narrow win, courtesy of a Raphael Guerreiro strike at the death. Both international superstars had relatively quiet games, with Messi substituted at the end of the first half.