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.
Barcelona B will aim for their third consecutive victory in Liga Adelante as they take on newly promoted Llagostera at the Miniestadi. Eusebio’s men had to suffer in order to get a win last week at Alavés, but they are back home this week, where they have a perfect record so far, having scored 7 times and conceded just twice. Llagostera is an unknown quality for even the closest followers of the Segunda División, but that doesn’t mean that Barça B will have an easy afternoon. Read more…
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.
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.
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.
FC Barcelona Juvenil A player, Seung Woo Lee has been part of the South Korean U16 squad in the U16 Asian Championships and he has been leading his team victory after victory. They now head into the semi finals of the tournament. Seung Woo Lee scored two goals in South Korea’s victory against Japan as part of the U16 Asian Championship. He also scored a goal past Malaysia in the previous game. The championship is currently taking part in Thailand and South Korea lead by Lee, who lifts number ten, are cruising their way through. Another stunning goal after the jump.
After a draw in the first game of the league this season away at the Balearic Islands, FC Barcelona’s Juvenil A side managed to claim a victory against Gimnastic de Tarragona at home at the Joan Gamper sporting complex. Curiously, the winning goal – and only goal – came from the youngest player on the team, Ayoub.
Barcelona B managed to record their first away win yesterday, beating Alavés 2-3 in Vitoria, but the truth is that the scoreline should never have been so close. Eusebio’s team dominated against a clueless Alavés in the first half, and despite of the hosts having some chances, they managed to put themselves into a three-goal lead by halftime. The second half was another story, as the reserves completely lost control over the match, conceded two late goals, and saw the opposition miss a penalty right at the death, ensuring that they had to suffer in order to get a third consecutive win. They did though, and that’s all that matters. Read more after the break.
Barcelona B are in action for yet another weekend, with a match for matchday four of the Liga Adelante. Following two successful home outings against Sabadell and Zaragoza, the Blaugranas will have to prove that the opening day fiasco at El Sadar was nothing more than a bad day at the office, and that they still carry last season’s tendency of winning the majority of away games. It won’t be easy, as Alavés is a hard team to beat and the Mendizorroza a tricky ground to play at. But with some key players back from national team duty, Eusebio should have enough resources to at least pursue the win.
Yet another Spain U-17 call-up, yet another overwhelming Barça contingent. Santi Denia has called-up six blaugrana for training sessions at the Las Rozas National Training Centre in Madrid on September 15 and 17, which is as many players as Real Madrid and Villarreal, the teams with the second most players have combined.
As for the players who have been called-up, there isn’t much change. They are the same six who were called-up the last time round. The Juvenil B stars Carles Aleñà, Carles Pérez, Marc Cucurella, Dani Morer, Alex Blanco and Oriol Busquets are those who got the call-up.
As with every week, we bring you the top five goals scored by La Masia youngsters over the past weekend. This week five different players have been picked, with Pablo Moreno (Infantil B), Joan Román (Barça B), Marc Río (Juvenil B), Gerard Gumbau (Barça B) and Hugo García (Alevín B) making up a wonderful compilation of true Barça goals.
Much has been made of the overhaul Barcelona’s first team has undergone this summer. 2014 has seen the departure of Victor Valdés and Carles Puyol, over 150 million euros spent in the transfer market, and what feels like a return to Pep Guardiola’s values with Luis Enrique. In particular, much has been made of Luis Enrique’s use of the youth team in preseason and the first two Liga games, in which 19-year-olds Munir El Haddadi and Sandro Ramirez each made their first-team debuts and scored.
A statistic making the rounds of late shows that Luis Enrique has already featured Barça B players more than Gerardo Martino did all last season. With Luis Suárez still banned and a sulking Gerard Deulofeu shipped out on loan, culés are delighted to have a seemingly ceaseless conveyor belt of talented youths to fill the gaps. Indeed, Barcelona B is brimming with talent in nearly every position, and seems perfectly situated to supplement the first team through the 2015 transfer ban. The timing couldn’t be better. Yet amidst the overwhelming focus on Luis Enrique and Andoni Zubizarreta’s renewal of the first team, few have drawn attention to the quiet work at Barcelona B over the last few years that have brought these talents to the surface. Read on after the jump.
Barcelona B’s aim is to produce first team players. That is at least the official aim, because if we had to name an aim for the team, it would certainly have to make people expect the unexpected. At the beginning of this season, who would have expected Jean Marie Dongou (19), the Cameroonian forward who has been on the first team fringes for too long without breaking through, to be the Segunda División’s top scorer three matches into the season? Nobody. Yet it has happened. Read more after the jump.
If anyone told you that Barcelona B would end up beating Zaragoza 4-1 in two weeks’ time of the opener at El Sadar, you would have probably thought the man was over confident, or blown away by last season’s extraordinary exploits. Yet that’s precisely what happened at the Miniestadi yesterday. Eusebio’s team not only beat a promotion hopeful, but they completely demolished Zaragoza. They did so with 10 absences, in the aftermath of a summer that saw many of the team’s stars depart. The storyline is just inspiring. What’s more exciting than the previously sloppy, chance-missing Dongou bagging a brace for the second week on the run, and Gerard Gumbau, some 19-year-old kid who had only previously played football in the Primera Catalana scoring seconds after he came on? These moments are moments only offered by Eusebio’s Barça B. Read more after the jump.
On Sunday, current UEFA Youth League and Honour Division Liga champions, FC Barcelona’s Juvenil A side kicked off their campaign with a match against Atlétic Balears. The match is the first of this year’s Liga competition, and it certainly wasn’t an easy one ending with a draw without any goals being scored. Details after the jump.
Barcelona B goalkeeper Joseph Fabrice Ondoa made his full Cameroon debut yesterday, after starting in the 2-0 away win against the Democratic Republic of Congo, in a qualifying match for the 2015 African Cup of Nations. The Cameroonians, who played without Alex Song (suspended) and Samuel Eto’o, who called time on his time with the national side earlier this year, won through goals by Nije and Aboubakar.
Despite of the international break, Barcelona B are on show this weekend, with a second consecutive home match, this time against Zaragoza. After a mixed start to the league, with a poor performance and an inevitable defeat at Osasuna as well as a hard fought comeback win against Sabadell, the reserves would love to bag another three points and send a clear message to the rest of the Liga Adelante: The Miniestadi is no easy hunting ground for anyone. Their bid to win the match will have to be won without a number of important players, but as Barça B brilliantly demonstrated last year, challenges always take the best of Eusebio’s men. Read more…
Last season proved to be the best ever in terms of successes for La Masia, but that success has also brought serious changes. The governing duo of Guillermo Amor and Albert Puig has been replaced by Jordi Roura and Aureli Altimira. Former midfielder Amor, who was a member of Johan Cruyff’s Dream Team in the 1990s, has elected to pursue a career in Australian football, where he has taken over as sporting director at top flight side Adelaide United. Read more after the jump…
After a making significant improvement on last week’s average performance in Pamplona, Barcelona B was able to take its first win of the season with a 3-1 win against the fellow Catalans of Sabadell. It was a very eventful night at Barcelona’s Miniestadi, as Sabadell went ahead, were then reduced to ten players, Barça B managed to win two penalties but converted just one, and finally Dongou turned the game on its head for the hosts. Definitely an enjoyable showing from Eusebio’s men, that leaves a lot of promise for the long season ahead.
Barcelona B didn’t get off to the best of starts in the Liga Adelante last week, as a lacklustre performance in Pamplona against promotion contenders Osasuna condemned the blaugrana reserves to a 2-0 defeat. However, the season is still in its early stages, and there will be many chances to bounce back, this weekend’s Catalan derby against CE Sabadell being one. The new-look Barça B side will take on their Catalan neighbours in the first match of the season before their own fans, and will hope to show that last season’s exploits aren’t out of reach for the new crop of players.