When you concede two goals to a debutant centre-back, you don’t deserve to win. When you blow a lead twice in the same match after you have fought back from behind, you don’t deserve to win. Barcelona B had the perfect opportunity to return to winning ways yesterday against the league’s bottom side, but they blew the chance. They squandered the lead they had acquired after some genuine effort, and ended up gifting Mallorca an unlikely point. Read more…
Barcelona B lost at home for the first time last week, but life must go on. The blaugranas are still in the upper echelons of the league standards despite the defeat, and if they want to retain that position today’s match against Mallorca has to be won. Eusebio’s side deserved a draw last week, but that wasn’t to be. This match-day will be another one of key absences in the squad, but Eusebio’s squad should have enough quality to overcome the challenge of the struggling home side. Read more…
La Masia boys have always been artists when with the ball. As with every weekend, last weekend produced some beautiful goals. Goals by Marcel Céspedes (Benjamín B), Gabi Martínez (Alevín B), Carlos Pérez (Juvenil B), and two by Jordi Tur (Juvenil B) have been selected in this week’s top 5 goals compilation.
Barcelona B matches rarely get much attention. Matches at the Miniestadi are usually played before audiences of 3000-4000, and it is unlikely that many more watch matches on TV. However, by throwing two first team players into the mix, one of them being a global superstar, you get something spectacular: TV audiences sky rocket. Barcelona B’s friendly against Indonesia’s U-19 national team was watched by 220,000 people. Read more…
Barcelona B played and comprehensively won a friendly against the Indonesian U-19 national team yesterday that would have normally gone under the radar, but all eyes were on the Ciutat Esportiva pitch. The reason was none other than the presence of Luis Suárez and Thomas Vermaelen, who both got some valuable playing time before making a return to first team football.
Eusebio’s Barça B side defeated a clearly inferior side in Indonesia’s U-19 national team 6-0, who were in Barcelona more in the capacity of tourists than a team looking to compete. Of course, the match served as a valuable test for Barça B’s squad players, as well as a much needed feeling of competition for the two first team’s signings, Luis Suárez and Thomas Vermaelen, who are working towards returns to action.
The work done at La Masia is of very high quality, and that appears to have been recognised by Spain’s U-16 national coach, who named five blaugranas in the squad to train in Madrid next week, more than any other team. It is worth noting that players who were fixtures in recent call-ups like Marc Cucurella, Carles Aleñà, Carles Pérez, Oriol Busquets or Dani Morer, are no longer available for the U-16s, having made the leap to Barça’s Juvenil B side and the Spain U-17s. Read more…
As part of the youth teams coverage totalBarça provides, this article covers the performances of youth teams from Juvenil B all the way down to Benjamín B. Find out how the youth teams performed this week in the third article of this season’s series. This week the Juvenil B, Cadete A, Alevín B, Benjamín A, Benjamín B teams all started their respective domestic leagues with a win. The rest of the teams continue participating is friendly matches and tournaments as part of their preseasons.
As part of the third game week of the Liga de División de Honor, FC Barcelona’s Juvenil A side had to face Damm at home in a match that was far from easy for the blaugrana youngsters, who only managed to snatch a single point.
Jordi Vinyals fielded a starting eleven of: Onana, Palencia, Rodri, Juanma, Quintillà, Juan Antonio (Ayoub Abou min.71) , Aitor, Corredera (Kaptoum min.63), Padilla, Enguene, Moha. The players managed to retain possesssion and impose their game while Damm sat back and used set-pieces and counter attacks very intelligently to create threats and trouble for the locals. More details and video after the jump.
Sergi Samper is the name on Barça fans’ lips these days. The 19-year-old managed to make his official debut for the club, after spending the whole of his footballing career at the club. Samper started out at the FCBEscola, where the youngest aspiring Barça stars take their first steps in football. FCBEscola is a place that becomes the breeding ground for 25,000 dreams each year. Read more…
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.