Barcelona B’s new goalkeeper José Aurelio Suárez gave a really interesting interview to the El Comercio daily, based in his native Gijón. The 18-year-old spoke about Juvenil A’s record-breaking season last year, his ambitions for the season to come, Luis Enrique, the experience of training with the seniors, Lionel Messi, and of course about some of his immensely talented teammates at the Juvenil A. Read on to have a look at the most interesting excerpts of the interview…
The summer of 2014 is proving to be no different to other summers: It is yet another summer of exits from La Masia, with many of Barça’s most promising youngsters lacking the patience required in order to make it to the Camp Nou, instead opting to move to foreign clubs that offer more attractive economic terms. The latest exit is a huge blow to the league winning Juvenil B side. Read more after the jump…
The mass exodus of Barcelona youngsters to the Premier League is not a new phenomenon. It has been going on for years, and it one of the key issues for every Barcelona board. However, as long as regulations don’t change, Barça are essentially bound to lose. Chelsea has lured yet another pearl emerging out of La Masia by offering attractive financial terms FC Barcelona are lawfully unable to. Read more after jump…
FC Barcelona Juvenil A captain Roger Riera has signed for English Championship club Nottingham Forest. The 19-year-old centre-back led the immensely talented Juvenil A side to triumph in the inaugural UEFA Youth League, but the club elected not to renew his contract or offer him a place on the B team squad.
Riera leaves Barcelona after spending 9 years at La Masia, where he played at all youth levels. The 19-year-old leaves the club having the unique honour of being the most decorated captain in the history of La Masia, having managed to captain all sides he has played for and win trophies with them.
The totalBarça team wishes Roger the best of luck with his new club.
Attacking midfielder Javier Fernández (18), commonly known as Bicho, has joined Barcelona B on a two-year loan from Deportivo de La Coruña. The terms of the deal are rumored to be very similar to Denis Suarez’s loan to Sevilla: A two-year deal with options to buy and buy-back for both sides. Bicho is one of several reinforcements to the Barça B’s midfield after the departures of Suarez, Javier Espinosa, and Ilie Sanchez this summer. Read on below for more on Barcelona B’s newest signing.
Gerard Gumbau has completed his move to Barcelona B. The 19-year-old has signed a contract running through to June 2017, which includes a release clause that has been set at 12 million euros.
The signing ceremony took place at the club’s offices at the Ciutat Esportiva, in the presence of board member responsible for Barça B Sílvio Elías. More details after the jump.
Former Barcelona B midfielder Javi Espinosa has finally signed with a club after deciding to leave Barça following the expiry of his contract on June 30th. The Toledo-born midfielder was rumoured to be close to signing for Valencia, but finally he’s ended up signing with another club in the Valencia region, Villarreal. The ‘Yellow Submarine’ announced the agreement with the 21-year-old midfielder on their official website. Espinosa has signed a 3-year contract with the club that finished 6th in La Liga last year.
Barcelona’s B team has suffered the loss of many regulars this summer, but fortunately the rebuilding process is already underway. The club has announced 20-year-old Juan Cámara as the second addition to the Barcelona B ranks, after Alen Halilović. The young Spaniard arrives at the club from Villarreal’s reserves, Villarreal B. Read on to see club and player reactions, as well as a short profile of Barça B’s newest signing.
FC Barcelona and Girona CF have reached an agreement in principle for the transfer of 19-year-old midfielder Gerard Gumbau, to FC Barcelona B.
The Campllong-born player, who measures 1.88m in height, spent last season playing for Girona’s reserve team, Girona B, in the Primera División Catalana. The midfielder was born on December 18th 1994 and played 31 games in the 2013-14 season, scoring six goals.
Gumbau plays as a midfielder and usually occupies a central midfield role, where his technique, penetrating runs from behind and eye for goal stand out. He possesses a powerful shot from both medium and large distances and has been in charge of set-pieces in all of his previous teams. He played two seasons with Girona B, where he completed his footballing education.
Former FC Barcelona utility player Gabriel García, known as Gabri, has returned to the club as one of Eusebio Sacristán’s assistants at Barça B. Gabri came through the La Masia system with Carles Puyol and Xavi Hernández, making his first team debut in 1999 under Louis van Gaal. In that season the midfielder, but also able to play in defense, scored six goals in 30 appearances across all competitions.
Gabri’s career was besmirched with injury and eventually a major knee injury saw him lose momentum at the club. He left in 2006 to Ajax, where he remained until 2010, before spending time in Qatar with Umm-Salal Sports Club and in Switzerland with FC Lausanne. Gabri quickly transitioned from the field to the bench, retiring in 2011 and going straight to work in 2012 as the assistant manager to Sébastian Fournier at FC Sion.
Welcome back Gabri!
The deal has been happening for some weeks and now it is official that former FC Barcelona B defender Sergi Gómez is a Celta Vigo player, signing on until June 2017.
In a twitter message he said thank you and goodbye to Barça. “Today I begin a new era of my life in Vigo. I take with me memories and all that has formed me as a person and professional. For that I want to thank FC Barcelona and everyone who makes it “more than a club”.”
Barça B had a season to remember in 2013/14. The Blaugrana reserves earned third place on the final standings of the Liga Adelante, playing beautiful, attractive, Barça-branded football and winning plaudits from everybody interested in Spain’s second division. However, as happens at the end of each season, the time for reflecting back on the team’s performance has come. With this mini-series, totalBarça will review the individual performance of each of the 26 players who appeared for the team this season, based on an A-F scale. Read on to find out who excelled, who surprised, who disappointed, and who could have done a little bit better…
FC Barcelona B had a season to remember in 2013/14. The Blaugrana reserves earned 3rd place on the final standings of the Liga Adelante, playing beautiful, attractive, Barça-branded football and winning plaudits from everybody interested in Spain’s second division. However, as happens at the end of each season, the time for reflecting back on the team’s performance has come. With this mini-series, totalbarça will review the individual performance of each of the 26 players who appeared for the team this season, based on an A-F scale. Read on to find out who excelled, who surprised, who disappointed, and who could have done a little bit better.
FC Barcelona’s Juvenil A team has had a brilliant season to date, but yesterday against Sevilla CF, Jordi Vinyals’ team could not register another triumph. The Juvenil A team went into the second leg of their Copa Del Rey Juvenil tie against Sevilla trailing the Andalucians 3-1 on aggregate. Sevilla scored first at the Mini-Estadi, but despite the hosts managing to turn things round with two goals in retaliation, the all-important third goal that would send the match into extra time never came, meaning that the Blaugranas crashed out of the competition. More after the jump.
The season may be over, but the youngsters in Blaugrana are still offering us moments of pure Barça magic. This weekend, the club’s youth teams took part in the Copa Catalunya finals, taking home three trophies and producing some moments of real spectacle with their boots. This week, the La Masia goals compilation features Infantil A striker Abel Ruiz, who has goals ranked at number five and number one, as well as his Infantil A teammate Sergio Gómez, who features at number three. The list is completed by Alevín A hitman Pablo Moreno at number four, and the Benjamín A´s Toni Caravaca at number two.
Barcelona’s Juvenil A side will need to stage a comeback in next week’s rematch at the Miniestadi in order to book a ticket for the Copa Del Rey Juvenil final in Cartagena, as they were defeated 3-1 by Sevilla in the semi-finals first leg.
The match at the Ciudad Deportiva del Sevilla started very well for the team led by Jordi Vinyals, with the Blaugranas creating and missing some good chances to take the lead. However, as time went on, Sevilla grew into the match, and also had chances to take the lead, mainly through dead ball situations, which were proving quite dangerous. Nonetheless, halftime saw the teams draw a blank, after a well-disputed first half played under the intense summer heat of Andalucía. More after the jump.
The 2013/14 season will go down as one of the best seasons in the history of Barcelona’s reserve team. The team led by former Dream Team midfielder Eusebio Sacristán marginally failed to equal the 71-point record set by Luis Enrique’s Barça B side in 2010/11, but still managed to finish third on the league standings, which the joint best performance in the history of the team, along with that of 2010/11. This season has been full of those moments that are worthy of inclusion in the season’s scrapbook. Read more to relive some of the most iconic moments, good and bad, in Barça B’s record-breaking season.
La Masia’s has season has been one to remember. After so much effort on the pitch, the young Blaugranas needed some relaxation as well. On Thursday evening, the club organised a celebratory dinner in the gardens of La Masia ‘Centre Formació Oriol Tort‘. In the presence of club president Josep María Bartomeu, vice-president responsible for sport Jordi Mestre, Ramon Cierco (board member responsible for youth football), and Pau Vilanova (responsible for Supporters Clubs), the technical staff and the players, all together marked the end of a wonderful season. Read on for more.
La Masia teams never stop offering us moments of magic. Domestic leagues may be over, with a spectacular trophy haul for Barça’s teams, but the youngsters still have to play in the summer tournaments before going off on holidays. This week’s compilation includes an expert free-kick by Pol Arribas, of the FCBEscola, and a fierce shot into the top corner by Alevín C’s Arnau Farnós, and three goals by the Alevín D: Kais Ruiz with long-range shot, Pau Servat with a rapid solo move and Gabi Martínez with a truly spectacular backheel goal, which looks terribly reminiscent to this goal by Zlatan Ibrahimović.
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This season has been one to remember for FC Barcelona B. The reserves managed to deliver great performances collectively, ending up in 3rd place in La Liga Adelante. Nevertheless, there have been some individuals who really stood out above the rest during the campaign. One of those players is Adama Traoré, whose extraordinary level of achievement this season has been officially recognised by the LFP, who have included him in the Liga Adelante’s best XI of the season. Read more after the jump.
FC Barcelona B managed to have a near perfect season in 2013-14, finishing 3rd in one of the most competitive leagues you’ll find at this level, also racking up some spectacular figures along the way. Such great achievement is always worthy of a big celebration, and everyone at Barça seems to understand that perfectly well. Those involved with the team gathered at the Asador de Aranda grill house in Barcelona for the traditional end of season dinner. The club was represented by the vice-president responsible for sport Jordi Mestre, who congratulated the team on their great season.
The players themselves enjoyed themselves quite a lot, and wished each other the best for the summer holidays. It could have been that some of the players also said farewell, as quite a few of the current crop are rumored to be angling for moves away from the Mini-Estadi.
Barcelona B’s figures for this season are truly spectacular. Goals by Munir El Haddadi and Franck Bagnack sealed the team’s win at relegated Hércules yesterday, and secured a 3rd place finish for Eusebio’s team, who whose points’ tally of 66 points was only inferior to league champions Eibar’s tally of 71, and runners up Deportivo’s 69. Read more after the jump…
Barça’s Juvenil A team, who won the league and the UEFA Youth League this season secured its presence in the semi-finals of the Copa del Rey Juvenil after a dramatic second leg played in Donostia against Real Sociedad, in the return of the scoreless draw at the Miniestadi. Read more after the jump…