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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Match Review: FC Barcelona B 1-1 CD Numància

Match Review: FC Barcelona B 1-1 CD Numància

Barcelona B’s winless run is set to run for yet another week after the reserves drew against Numància on Saturday. Eusebio’s team were fortunate to go into halftime with the score at 0-0, as Numància completely dominated, but after the restart the hoststook control of the match, managing to equalise the visitors’ early goal and having lots of chances to get their first three points in the league in over a month. There was no reward for their efforts though, meaning that the blaugrana will have to spend another week away from winning ways. Read more…

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Match Preview: FC Barcelona B – CD Numancia

Match Preview: FC Barcelona B – CD Numancia

Barcelona B’s last few weeks have been ones to forget. The team is now three matches without a win in the league, and coming off the back of a truly shocking exit from the Copa Catalunya at the hands of CE Europa, a Tercera División side. It’s all been a free fall down the pit from Eusebio’s men, and one wonders, is there going to be an end? This week’s home match against Numancia will be a real test of character for Eusebio’s squad. A win paired with a good performance has the potential to turn things around, but if another defeat comes, then Barça B will anxiously start looking down the table. Read more…

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Barça B humiliated in Copa Catalunya

Barça B humiliated in Copa Catalunya

You don’t need to be a football analyst in order to tell that there’s something wrong with Barça B. The team simply doesn’t click, but you would always expect them to find a way, hard or easy, to beat a team of the Tercera División (4th level). Therefore, last night’s shock defeat at CE Europa, and especially its magnitude, probably sent shockwaves across Can Barça.

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Barça B: A case of mismanagement?

Barça B: A case of mismanagement?

Barcelona B were last year’s headline grabbers in the Liga Adelante. The team, despite having a dismal period in autumn (a time when even relegation seemed possible) managed to stage a spectacular comeback to finish in third place, always staying true to the Barça way. Fast forward to the present though, and Barça B find themselves in the same situation as last autumn. What on earth went so wrong?

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Golazos made in La Masia (8-9 November)

Weekend=lots of goals at La Masia. Lots of beautiful goals. For those of us not lucky enough to be in Barcelona to admire the little marvels by the little Blaugranas, Barça TV has compiled yet another collection of the weekend’s top 5 goals. This week, Iker Bravo (Benjamín B), Marc Pelaz, Mamadou Saidou, Alejandro Balde (all Alevín A) and Nicolás Fuentes (Alevín D) make up the compilation.

Enjoy!

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Samper: “Do things well and you get your reward”

Samper: “Do things well and you get your reward”

Sergi Samper is the ultimate La Masia product. Having been with Barça since the age of six, the 19-year-old epitomises what La Masia aims to do. This season, Sergi Samper is living through some of the best moments of his short professional career. On Monday evening Samper attended the third Stars Gala of the Catalan Football Federation in order to receive the award for the ‘Most Promising Catalan Player of the Year,’ after finishing first in the voting procedures carried out by Catalan clubs and a jury, ahead of Gerard Deulofeu and Espanyol’s Joan Jordan. Before the gala, Sergi gave a very interesting interview. Read the full interview after the jump…

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Match Review: Real Betis 1-0 FC Barcelona B

Match Review: Real Betis 1-0 FC Barcelona B

Barcelona B’s problems seem to have no end. The Blaugrana reserves narrowly lost to Betis on Saturday, and took their winless run to three matches. It was also a third consecutive match without scoring for Barça B. Eusebio’s team seemed to run out of ideas in the creative department, and relied on flashes of brilliance from Adama and Sandro to create danger for Antonio Adán’s goal. Betis dominated the match throughout, and eventually got a deserved win in a heated affair.

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Match Preview: Real Betis – FC Barcelona B

Match Preview: Real Betis – FC Barcelona B

Barcelona B’s season has been one of ups and downs. The team has been capable of both the best and the worst, and that is reflected in the team’s position on the league table. This week, a special challenge awaits Eusebio’s men when they travel to Seville to face one of the biggest contenders for promotion Real Betis. Could the Estadio Benito Villamarín be the venue for Barça B’s return to victories?

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Quintillá and Tarín called-up by Spain U-19

Quintillá and Tarín called-up by Spain U-19

Spain U-19 coach Luis de la Fuente has announced a list of 20 players who will travel to Greece for the U-19 tournament to be held in Greece. Two Barcelona players have been called-up. Fullback Xavier Quintillá and centre-back Rodrigo Tarín, both of the Juevnil A are the Blaugranas included in the call-up. The tournament will be played in the Greek towns of Veria and Katerini, from the 13th of November. Spain U-19 will face hosts Greece, reigning U-19 champions Germany and 2013 runners-up France.

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Ajax-Juvenil A: Narrow defeat in Amsterdam (1-0)

Ajax-Juvenil A: Narrow defeat in Amsterdam (1-0)

Barcelona’s Juvenil A side didn’t have the luckiest of outings in their visit to Ajax’s legendary De Toekomst training ground, losing 1-0 to newly established group leaders Ajax. Jordi Vinyals’ boys shared dominance in the match with the hosts, but lacked the cutting edge in front of goal, which was what set them apart from their Dutch counterparts. Read more…

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Match Review: FC Barcelona B 0-0 Sporting de Gijón

Match Review: FC Barcelona B 0-0 Sporting de Gijón

A hard-worked draw for Barça B. In a game of two faces, Eusebio’s team survived an incredibly intense first half from Sporting de Gijón and then went on to search for the win with some improved play in the second half, yet wastefulness and the referee kept the hosts at bay, prolonging the visitors’ unbeaten streak. Barcelona B, now two games without a win, will definitely take heart from the fact that they managed another clean sheet. Read more…

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Match Preview: FC Barcelona B vs Sporting de Gijón

Match Preview: FC Barcelona B vs Sporting de Gijón

Barcelona B put on a worryingly lackluster performance in Tenerife last week, and inevitably, ended up losing to one of the league’s bottom sides. The defeat disrupted the good feeling surrounding Eusebio’s team following a string of more positive displays, but it could have actually served as a reminder that there are no ‘easy’ games. This week though, is a wholly different story. Barça are facing their toughest test to date, against 3rd placed Sporting de Gijón. How is the team going to perform? Read more after the jump.

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