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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Ex-Barça: Quintillà to Ajaccio

Ex-Barça: Quintillà to Ajaccio

Jordi Quintillà spent two seasons in the Barcelona youth ranks but spent most of the time on loan. The last season he played with L’Hospitalet, managing eight appearances. His contract has now lapsed with Barça and the 20 year old center midfielder has found a new home with freshly relegated French side Ajaccio on a three year deal.

Best of luck to Jordi on his new adventure in Corsica.

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Lucho’s final selection

Lucho’s final selection

At the start of preseason on July 14th, new Barça manager Luis Enrique only had eight first team players available. For that reason, Lucho called up 16 Barcelona B players in order to make up for the numbers in the initial double sessions. Now that number has been trimmed down to eight B team hopefuls, who are hoping to convince the new Barça coach that they are worthy of a first team spot. Read on to find out those who are still standing…

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José Aurelio Suárez: “Messi is a very normal guy”

José Aurelio Suárez: “Messi is a very normal guy”

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…

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Barça youngster Carlos Blanco signs for Juventus

Barça youngster Carlos Blanco signs for Juventus

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…

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Josimar Quintero signs for Chelsea

Josimar Quintero signs for Chelsea

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…

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Roger Riera signs for Nottingham Forest

Roger Riera signs for Nottingham Forest

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.

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Barcelona B back to work

Barcelona B back to work

Just like the first team, FC Barcelona B trained for the first time in the new season yesterday. Eight players took part in the session, with Eusebio Sacristán being “excited and very happy” with the team he will work with this season. Read more after the jump.

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Barcelona B sign Deportivo midfielder ‘Bicho’ on loan

Barcelona B sign Deportivo midfielder ‘Bicho’ on loan

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.

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Gerard Gumbau signs for Barcelona B

Gerard Gumbau signs for Barcelona B

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.

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Barça B’s preseason details finalised

Barça B’s preseason details finalised

Barça B will start training on 14 July, on the same day as the first team. Read more…

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Diawandou Diagne, Barça B’s newest addition

Barcelona B’s restructuring is in progress. The club announced yet another signing yesterday, with Senegalese defender Diawandou Diagne becoming the reserve team’s fourth signing of the season. Read more after the jump…

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Javi Espinosa signs for Villarreal

Javi Espinosa signs for Villarreal

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.

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Juan Cámara joins Barça B

Juan Cámara joins Barça B

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.

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Agreement with Girona for Gerard Gumbau

Agreement with Girona for Gerard Gumbau

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.

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Gabri returns as Barça B assistant

Gabri returns as Barça B assistant

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!

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Video of the Day: La Masia 2013/14 top 100 goals

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Top 5 La Masia goals 2013/14

Starring: Munir El Haddadi (twice), Carlos Blanco (Juvenil B), Gabi Martínez (Alevín D) and Marc Pelax (Alevín C).

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Official: Sergi Gómez to Celta

Official: Sergi Gómez to Celta

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”.

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The Barça B Progress Reports-Summer 2014: Part 2

The Barça B Progress Reports-Summer 2014: Part 2

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…

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FC Barcelona B Progress Report: Summer 2014 Part One

FC Barcelona B Progress Report: Summer 2014 Part One

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.

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Juvenil A 2 – 1 Sevilla CF: Semi-final exit (agg 4-3)

Juvenil A 2 – 1 Sevilla CF: Semi-final exit (agg 4-3)

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.

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Golazos made in La Masia (14/15 June)

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.

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Juvenil A: Comeback needed (3-1)

Juvenil A: Comeback needed (3-1)

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.

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Barça B’s scrapbook for 2013/14

Barça B’s scrapbook for 2013/14

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.

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End-of-season dinner at La Masia

End-of-season dinner at La Masia

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.

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Golazos made in La Masia (9-10 June)

 

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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Official: Ilie Sánchez to 1860 Munich

Official: Ilie Sánchez to 1860 Munich

Ilie Sánchez of Barça B has moved to German second division side 1860 Munich. 1860 have been in German 2nd Bundesliga since 2004 and this year finished 7th place. Gerhard Poschner, 1860′s director of sport, called it “dream signing” and said they plan on playing him in a “Busquets” role.

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Adama included in La Liga Adelante’s best XI

Adama included in La Liga Adelante’s best XI

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. Continue reading »