Sabadell – Barça B: Catalan Derby for Permanency

Sabadell – Barça B: Catalan Derby for Permanency

After yet another defeat last week, FC Barcelona’s B side will attempt to make the most out this week’s match in an effort to get further away from the relegation zone and stay in Liga Adelante as they face Catalan club Sabadell. Last week’s loss meant a return to Baby Barça´s previous awful form, with five losses and a single win in the last six matches. The duel that is to be disputed this week carries a heavy weight upon its shoulders, not only because it is will constitute a huge boast for the winner, but also because it will probably dictate coach Eusebio’s future at the Barcelona club.

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Barça B-Osasuna: New match, new loss (0-1)

Barça B-Osasuna: New match, new loss (0-1)

A new match means a new loss for FC Barcelona’s B team. These are not new airs for Eusebio’s squad who, after today’s match, only managed one victory along with five losses in the last six matches. Even at the home in the Mini Estadi and against a ten man Osasuna, the youngsters couldn’t find a way. Things continue to look bleak and desperate in Barça B´s fight to stay in Segunda A, whatever individual brilliance has helped them survive recently is now gone and collective play is a rarity. It is time (or has been for a while now) for big changes to happen. Read more…

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Barça B – Osasuna: Round two, FIGHT!

Barça B – Osasuna: Round two, FIGHT!

FC Barcelona B got a breath of fresh air last week when they managed to snatch three points from visitors Recreativo Huelva in a 3-1 win. Both teams were standing in the relegation zone and desperately needed the win; fortunately it was the blaugrana who earned it. This surge of events came after a turbulent time with coach Eusebio going all out against his players in press conferences with the team being on a run of five consecutive losses. This week, Eusebio’s young men must seek to build upon last week’s victory with another win to get further away from the relegation zone and try to secure continuity in Liga Adelante as they face a tougher opponent in the Riojan men of Osasuna.

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Golazos Made in La Masia (17-18 January)

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Youth leagues: Weekend Roundup

Youth leagues: Weekend Roundup

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 Prebenjamín side. Find out how the youth teams fared this week as the most comprehensive La Masia roundup around is back! Read more…

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Barça B mid-season progress report-Part 2

Barça B mid-season progress report-Part 2

Barça B’s win against Recreativo Huelva on Saturday marked the midpoint of the reserves’ season. Such milestone dates are usually great opportunities for reflection. 21 games into the Liga Adelante season, totalBarça youth specialist Savi Marquez tackles the Barça B side and lays down his mid-season progress reports. Each and every player is scrutinised to the deep detail here and graded in the fashion of the standard A-F system, including plus and minuses. Read more…

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Barça B mid-season progress report – Part 1

Barça B mid-season progress report – Part 1

Barça B’s win against Recreativo Huelva yesterday marked the midpoint of the reserves’ season. Such milestone dates are usually great opportunities for reflection. 21 games into the Liga Adelante season, totalBarça youth specialist Savi Marquez tackles the Barça B side and lays down his mid-season progress reports. Each and every player is scrutinised to the deep detail here and graded in the fashion of the standard A-F system, including plus and minuses. Read more…

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Barça B-Recreativo: Light at the end of the tunnel (3-1)

Barça B-Recreativo: Light at the end of the tunnel (3-1)

A win at last. Barcelona B put an end to a miserable five match losing run with a well-deserved 3-1 win over Recreativo today at the Miniestadi, the team’s first at home since October 19th, and for now, Eusebio’s men can sleep with a little more tranquility. On Munir’s return to the reserves, Eusebio’s men beat all the absences and played a game of good football against a direct rival, and led by the ‘rabbit out of the hat’ (aka Juan Cámara) they were able to get a result that allows them to set their sights on putting the relegation battle behind them for good. Read more…

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Golazos Made in La Masia (10-11 January)

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Leganés-Barça B: No end to the crisis (2-0)

Leganés-Barça B: No end to the crisis (2-0)

Nobody had great expectations from Barcelona B for today’s game against Leganés. The way last season’s third placed team have fallen from grace is just spectacular, and three consecutive defeats in the league didn’t create any high hopes. We just expected Eusebio’s men to finally react, but in the end we just got a typical Barcelona B performance of the 2014/15 season: soulless and utterly lacking in creativity. Read on for more.

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50 Golazos made in La Masia

The first half of the season is technically over for the youth teams, and now let us warm you up for the second half of the season with a compilation of the best 50 goals scored by the Masia boys and girls between the start of the season and the Christmas break.

Enjoy!

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Barça B-Las Palmas: Free fall continued (0-2)

Barça B-Las Palmas: Free fall continued (0-2)

New Year, same old story for Barça B. The reserves surely had one of their toughest challenges in their hands with the opponent being the league leader, but one would still expect Eusebio’s men to make a notable effort. The league leaders left Barcelona with three points in the bag after a game during which they barely had to stretch their feet to overcome the tame challenge presented by the hosts. Eusebio’s team seemed lost in space once more, with the players seemingly coaching themselves against a rival that came to the Miniestadi with a clear aim and an even clearer plan. Read more…

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Golazos Made in La Masia (20-21 December)

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Valladolid-Barça B: Reserves’ Waterloo (7-0)

Valladolid-Barça B: Reserves’ Waterloo (7-0)

If Barcelona B’s defeat to Mirandés last week was a matter of bad finishing and horrendous errors at the back, then this week’s defeat at Valladolid is as shameful as a defeat can get. Barcelona B lost 7-0 to a team that had shown to have nothing special up to this point, and no matter how this hurts, Eusebio’s players deserved to lose by this margin. Barcelona B succumbed to their worst ever defeat in the Liga Adelante yesterday, and sadly, the scoreline was somewhat flattering for the visitors. Read more…

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Valladolid-Barça B: Time for action

Valladolid-Barça B: Time for action

Developments at Barça B have come in quick succession. The team failing to beat Mirandés last week at the Miniestadi brought the team back to square one and caused Eusebio to criticise his players publicly in an outburst of anger during the post-match press conference. More than satisfactory displays by some of the players during the first team’s Copa Del Rey tie shifted attention away from the team’s problems, but the weekend brings everyone back to the harsh reality of the Liga Adelante, where Barcelona B must recover their sense of calm in a game against promotion-contenders Real Valladolid. Read more…

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Golazos Made in La Masia (13-14 December)

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Barça B-Mirandés: Reserves self-destruct (1-3)

Barça B-Mirandés: Reserves self-destruct (1-3)

In football, the ball never forgives. If you fail to put the ball into the net, you get punished. It is as simple as that. Yet Barcelona B seem to be so deeply confused at this time that they can’t even do basic things right. The match against Mirandés on Saturday was a true disaster. For all of the team’s good efforts in attack, there were tons of missed chances and a catalogue of inexplicable defensive errors. In essence, Barça B managed to throw away a match that could have very easily been theirs. Mirandés may have had the lead from early on, but once Dongou equalised it all seemed to be going the right way. No. Somehow, Mirandés scored two more goals to triumph in Barcelona. Read more…

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Barça B-Mirandés: Reserves looking to pair wins

Barça B-Mirandés: Reserves looking to pair wins

Barcelona B managed to put an end to a horrible run of form with a precious, hard-fought victory away at leaders Girona thanks to Alen Halilović’s wonder goal, but league action is going and Barcelona B has to prove that last week’s result wasn’t just a flash of lightning, but a continued storming with the target of climbing up the table. Today’s match against Mirandés surely presents Eusebio’s men with a golden opportunity to get a first win at the Miniestadi since October 19. Read more…

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Golazos Made in La Masia (6-8 December)

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Girona-Barça B: Halilović with the comeback (0-1)

Girona-Barça B: Halilović with the comeback (0-1)

Golazos are not usually just great goals. They are usually goals which are worth the goalscorer’s weight in gold. Just remind yourself of Andrés Iniesta’s goals in London and Johannesburg. Barcelona B was able to taste victory for the first time in almost two months at the home of the Liga Adelante leaders thanks to a true golazo by Alen Halilović. The midday kick-off of the Catalan derby of the Liga Adelante was rare enough, but the Croat’s goal was a rare moment of sheer brilliance in this league, that gifted three points to Barcelona B. Read more…

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Golazos Made in La Masia (29-30 November)

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The Myth of the Double Pivot

The Myth of the Double Pivot

Football is just like science. You conceive a hypothesis in an attempt to define something new and innovate using it. You then design a set of conditions and experiment to test if your hypothesis holds or not. If it does, great news; if it doesn’t, you modify it and repeat until it works. This essentially has been the trend this season for Luis Enrique, who has used 13 different XIs in the last 13 matches. The latest of this set of experiments has been to play two naturally ‘defensive midfielders’ in the same eleven last weekend against Valencia. There are several possible reasons as to why Luis Enrique opted to test this system and perhaps it was obvious that at around the seventieth minute of game-play the results were clear in front of him and he opted for a change. Click for more discussion on this experimentation:

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Youth teams: Weekend roundup

Youth teams: Weekend roundup

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 Prebenjamín side. Find out how the youth teams fared this week as the most comprehensive La Masia roundup around is back! Read more…

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Match Review: FC Barcelona B 1-2 Albacete Balompié

Match Review: FC Barcelona B 1-2 Albacete Balompié

Barcelona B seem to have hit yet another period of the ‘autumn curse’. Eusebio’s side lost to a valiant Albacete side at the Miniestadi despite going in front just 16 minutes into the match, with the visitors making a brilliant comeback within the space of four minutes to inflict yet another defeat for Barça B, who are now 6 matchdays without a win in the Liga Adelante, and falling steadily down the table. Read more…

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Match Preview: FC Barcelona B vs Albacete Balompié

Match Preview: FC Barcelona B vs Albacete Balompié

Barcelona B’s target of returning to winning ways this weekend is somewhat lacking originality. Barcelona B haven’t won for a month now, and although the result of Sunday’s game against Albacete Balompié won’t be crucial to the team’s future, finishing the weekend with three points is surely better than finishing it with no points. Read more…

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Golazos made in La Masia (22-23 November)

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Match Review: SD Ponferradina 4-4 FC Barcelona B

Match Review: SD Ponferradina 4-4 FC Barcelona B

This kind of scoreline is usually not a good one for commentary. With this kind of scoreline, even a neutral would sit back and watch a game of the Liga Adelante. Yet from a Barcelona B perspective, the game against Ponferradina was both the best, and the worst example of how to manage a two-goal lead away from home. Eusebio’s men came back from behind to earn a two goal lead twice, but somehow Ponferradina managed to equalise within the space of two minutes. Read more…

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Match Preview: SD Ponferradina vs FC Barcelona B

Match Preview: SD Ponferradina vs FC Barcelona B

Barcelona B are once again in Liga Adelante action this weekend against Ponferradina. Eusebio’s men will travel to Ponferrada to visit the league’s surprise package, Ponferradina, and will hope the team’s improvement will continue, and that it will finally be translated into goals and victories. Read more…

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Golazos made in La Masia (15-16 November)

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Adama Traoré renews until 2018

We have seen a lot of La Masia players leave through the back door. Last summer saw a mass exodus from Barça B, yet it now seems that Barça have learned their lesson. Adama Traoré, arguably the most promising player in Barça B’s squad, has renewed his Barcelona contract until 2018. Read more…

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