Ondoa, Bagnack and Dongou called up by Cameroon

Ondoa, Bagnack and Dongou called up by Cameroon

Barcelona B trio Fabrice Ondoa (18), Macky Frank Bagnack (19) and Jean Marie Dongou (19) have been included in the 25-man squad announced by Cameroon’s national coach Volker Finke for the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers, against the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Ivory Coast, next month. Alex Song has been left out, as he remains suspended following his sending off in Cameroon’s second group match against Croatia at the FIFA World Cup in June.

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Video of the Day: Munir’s magic at La Masia

A natural goalscorer can be of any age. Just take a look at some of Munir El Haddadi’s best goals at La Masia so far. Sunday’s goal was a tad too easy in terms of finishing, don’t you think?

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The rise of Munir El Haddadi

The rise of Munir El Haddadi

FC Barcelona managed to begin the season with a 3-0 win against Elche, with Leo Messi bagging a brace and generally looking to be close to his effervescent best. However, the most grabbing storyline from the blaugranas’ winning league opener was the goalscoring first team debut of Munir El Haddadi. The 18-year-old, who will turn 19 on September 1st, put on one of the most complete displays a forward can produce, and scribed his name on the record books with his first Barça goal. Read on to find out who Munir really is, and whose feat he has been able to match over the past year…

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Barça School Now Open in Sao Paulo

Barça School Now Open in Sao Paulo

Last week, the second official FC Barcelona football school opened in Brazil. After Rio de Janeiro  a year ago, Barça announced the launch of activities at their Sau Paulo school with around 400 new students of both the male and female genders.

Different trials for young footballers from Sao Paulo and surrounding areas took place and only 400 footballers from the initial 1,000 that tried out were selected to be educated the Barça football philosophy from the start. However, the club admitted a new admission procedure will be started soon.

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Match Review: CA Osasuna 2-0 FC Barcelona B

Match Review: CA Osasuna 2-0 FC Barcelona B

Barcelona B’s 2014/15 Liga Adelante season began with a defeat at El Sadar against promotion contenders Osasuna. What the reserves showed on the pitch at Pamplona must have surely left coach Eusebio with plenty to ponder. The team was lackluster, lackeing the grit and determination to match the hosts’ energy. Eusebio’s side created very few chances, and was forced to play with a backline that was totally in shambles. Avoiding relegation will be a challenge this season. Read more…

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Dongou and Bagnack earn African nomination

Dongou and Bagnack earn African nomination

Jean Marie Dongou and Macky Frank Bagnack were named among the African footballer of the Segunda division nominations.

Dongou was the top scorer for FC Barcelona B last season and had an important role in Eusebio Sacristán’s team, while Bagnack played at a very high level with Barça B and has a bright future. Both players were crucial for the B team.

Other nominees were Nigerian Christantus Macauley (UD Las Palmas), Congolese Ritchie Kitoko (Real Jaén) and Ivorian Ibrahim Sissoko (Deportivo La Coruña). All users of the LFP (Liga de Fútbol Profesional) can vote for their favorite player until the 27th of October 2014.

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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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Looking into Barça B 2014/15-Part 2

Looking into Barça B 2014/15-Part 2

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…

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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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Looking into Barça B 2014/15 – Part 1

Looking into Barça B 2014/15 – Part 1

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…

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Barça-powered Spain U-17 side wins 4-0

Barça-powered Spain U-17 side wins 4-0

The Spain U-17 national team aced its friendly against a Las Palmas U-21 selection, beating the local team 4-0 on the island of La Palma, one of the Canary Islands. The Spanish squad, included six Barcelona youth players, all of whom play for the club’s Juvenil B side. Read more… Continue reading »

Canterano loans: A shift in policy?

Canterano loans: A shift in policy?

The announcement of Gerard Deulofeu’s loan to Sevilla sparked feelings of utter surprise for culés around the world. Nobody had expected the La Masia graduate to leave, as he had just made his return from a year-long loan at Everton, hoping to play some sort of role in the squad. Many question marks were raised. Is the club changing its policies? In order to answer this question we have to go back in time, and then view the situation in context.

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La Masia case to be heard by FIFA on Tuesday

La Masia case to be heard by FIFA on Tuesday

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…

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Juvenil A fail to beat Mauritania

Juvenil A fail to beat Mauritania

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.

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Start of Liga Adelante season suspended

Start of Liga Adelante season suspended

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.

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Barcelona B draw a blank against Lleida

Barcelona B draw a blank against Lleida

Barcelona B has played three official preseason friendlies so far. They won the first, lost the second, and drew the third,which was played against Lleida yesterday at pitch number 7 of the Ciutat Esportiva. Eusebio’s men definitely deserved more than a goalless draw in this friendly. Yet they did have some reasons to smile, as they saw Alen Halilović and Edgar Ié make more than welcome returns to the B team. The duo entered the fray at halftime and helped change the match alongside another player who made his return in the last few days, Adama Traoré. Read more…

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Juvenil A lose second match at COTIF tournament

Juvenil A lose second match at COTIF tournament

Barcelona’s Juvenil A side is competing in the international preseason tournament COTIF 2014 this year. In a match played yesterday against the Argentina U-20 side featuring Barcelona B forward Maxi Rolón, the team coached by Jordi Vinyals lost 2-1. The coach fielded a nearly new lineup, with left-back Fran Alvarez the only one to be fielded from the start in respect to the lineup fielded for the opening day win against Levante. Read more…

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Ortolá: “The three goalkeepers will fight for one spot”

Barcelona B is almost a new team this season, with lots of new players coming in. Goalkeeper Adriá Ortolá (20) is one of the players who were with the team last season, and the only goalkeeper retained in the squad, following the exits of Miguel Bañuz (released) and Jordi Masip (promoted). Former Juvenil A keepers José Aurelio Suárez and Ondoa have joined the goalkeeping squad, and Ortolá has confidence in both. In an interview with Barça TV and the FCB official website, the Jávea-born goalie spoke about his views on next season. Read the full translation of the interview after the jump.

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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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Picture of the Day: “Sick with football”

Picture of the Day: “Sick with football”

Jean Marie Dongou is one of the bright stars of La Masia who not only loves to play football but is obsessed with watching it too. He reportedly watches up to 20 matches a week and keeps tabs on upcoming stars.  A recent profile of Dongou in Mundo Deportivo describes the Cameroonian player as “sick with football.” I’ve seen that phrase used with a couple other La Masia stars that have done well for themselves: Pep Guardiola and Xavi Hernández.

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Barcelona dominate Spain U-17 call-up

Barcelona dominate Spain U-17 call-up

The good work done at La Masia has certainly not gone unnoticed by football associations around the world. In the latest Spain U-17 call-up, Barcelona is dominant, with seven Juvenil B players called-up for the national team’s friendly against Paso on the island of La Palma. The seven Juvenil B players called-up are Carles Pérez (he is having preseason with the Juvenil A), Marc Cucurella, Oriol Busquets, Dani Morer, Carles Aleñà and Alex Blanco (signed from Valencia this summer). More after the jump.

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Eusebio: “This generation has a special talent”

Eusebio: “This generation has a special talent”

Barcelona B coach Eusebio Sacristán is not the coach who will always be the media’s favourite. The former Dream Team midfielder has come under fire from the press in numerous occasions during his tenure at the helm of Barça B, and has always managed to respond with more hard work and impressive results. The coach sat down with Catalan daily Sport during the team’s stay at the resort of Torremirona for a training camp, in order to share his views on the present and future of the Barcelona B team. Read the full translation of the interview after the jump…

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Sergio Juste out for 6-8 weeks

Sergio Juste out for 6-8 weeks

Bad luck has once again struck Barcelona B right-back Sergio Juste. The 21-year-old, who made his return to action following knee surgery and a lengthy 10-month layoff in late May, a mere two months ago, has been ruled out of action for six to eight weeks due to a quadriceps injury. The player had to be taken off during the team’s friendly against L’Escala on Sunday, and medical tests carried out this morning have confirmed that the player has suffered a muscular injury to the anterior rectus fibre of his left quadriceps. He will require a recovery time ranging from six to eight weeks, meaning that he will miss the rest of the training camp in Navata as well as the start of the league season in just more than two weeks’ time.

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FC Barcelona B start work in Torremirona

FC Barcelona B start work in Torremirona

FC Barcelona’s first team aren’t the only club team having a preseason training camp right now, as Barça B are having their own camp at the luxurious resort of Torremirona, just 40km from the Spanish-French border. Eusebio’s players arrived at the resort yesterday, and had their first session in the presence of eight Juvenil A players who have joined the team for preseason. Read more after the jump.

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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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La Masia: Dani Nieto joins Eibar

La Masia: Dani Nieto joins Eibar

FC Barcelona B’s Dani Nieto has agreed to join newly-promoted side SD Eibar. Eibar will pay a reported fee of 200,000 euros for the 23-year old youngster as they work on strengthening their side ahead of the start of the league. Real Zaragoza were interested in the player but Nieto was eager to join a La Liga side and could not let this opportunity slip when it came knocking, and Barça didn’t stand in the way. Nieto joined Barça B from AD Alcorcón last season and featured against Recreativo de Huelva in the club’s first preseason friendly a couple of weeks back.

Best of luck to Dani Nieto with his new club!

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La Masia: Dani Olmo signs for Dinamo Zagreb

La Masia: Dani Olmo signs for Dinamo Zagreb

This has not been the best of summers for La Masia, as the jubilation at the enormous amount of success achieved by the youth teams has been replaced by anxiety, as many of the teams are being picked apart without Barcelona being able to legally prevent it from happening. One of the worst hit teams is the Cadete A squad. In just a couple of hours, Juvenil B Xavier García Pimienta has found out that he will not be able to count on two of the Cadete A’s best players for his Juvenil B squad in 2014/15. First came the news of Georgios Spanoudakis’ transfer to VfB Stuttgart, and two hours after came the shock announcement of Dani Olmo’s signing by Croatian champions Dinamo Zagreb. Read more…

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La Masia: ‘Giorgio’ Spanoudakis signs for Stuttgart

La Masia: ‘Giorgio’ Spanoudakis signs for Stuttgart

Summers at La Masia are never short of transfer sagas. Because of the dreaded article of Spanish law that prohibits under-age players from signing professional contracts, many of Barça’s pearls are snapped up by foreign teams without the club getting any compensation. After the departures of Carlos Blanco and Josimar Quintero earlier this year, a third high-profile loss from La Masia’s ranks has happened, with Cadete A midfielder Georgios Spanoudakis joining Bundesliga club VfB Stuttgart after a week of media frenzy surrounding his name. Read more after the jump…

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Juvenil A get their league draw

Juvenil A get their league draw

The league-winning Juvenil A team now knows its league calendar for next season. In the draw hosted today at the RFEF headquarters in Madrid, Jordi Vinyals’ squad was drawn against Atlético Baleares on matchday one, with the team travelling to the Balearic islands for the season’s curtain raiser on September 7th. The first home match will be played on either the 13th or the 14th of September at the Ciutat Esportiva, against Gimnàstic de Tarragona. Read more after the jump.

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Osasuna, Barça B’s 1st 2014/15 opponent

Osasuna, Barça B’s 1st 2014/15 opponent

The draw of the 2014/15 Liga Adelante hasn’t been kind to Eusebio Sacristán’s Barcelona B side. In the draw that took place at the Royal Spanish Football Federation’s headquarters in Madrid, the Barça reserves were drawn against Osasuna on matchday one. The team from Pamplona is one of the strongest sides in the league this year, having dropped to the second level just in 2013/14. Read more…

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