Golazos Made in La Masia (25-26 October)

It’s been another week of beautiful football at La Masia and, of course, great goals. Choosing is always difficult, but goals by Matías Lacava (Infantil B), Xavi Simons (Alevín A), Álex Carbonell (Juvenil A), Roger Coll (Benjamín A) and Pau Servat (Alevín A) probably stand above the rest.

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La Masia-produced players top CIES rankings

La Masia-produced players top CIES rankings

We all know that La Masia is as prolific in producing talent as a football academy can get. Yet no one could have predicted that FC Barcelona’s academy would be the top provider of talent to Europe’s so-called ‘Big 5’ leagues. According to a recent study, players formed at La Masia are more abundant than players produced in any other academy based in one of the ‘Big 5’ countries. Read more…

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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: CD Tenerife 2-0 FC Barcelona B

Match Review: CD Tenerife 2-0 FC Barcelona B

The key to participating successfully in a 42-round championship is to improve as time goes on. For Barcelona B, this doesn’t seem to be the case. The reserves showed signs of nearing top form with last week’s 4-1 win over Alcorcón, but were unrecognisable in Tenerife, putting on a performance that can only be compared for lack of quality with the hands-down opening day defeat at Osasuna. Eusebio’s men played second fiddle to the hosts throughout the match, and inevitably ended up losing to a team which had only won twice in 9 matches. Read more…

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Match Preview: CD Tenerife – FC Barcelona B

Match Preview: CD Tenerife – FC Barcelona B

Barcelona B returned to winning ways in emphatic fashion last week, beating Alcorcón 4-1 at the Miniestadi. Now, it’s time for Eusebio’s men to get a win away from Barcelona, something they haven’t achieved since September 13th. The squad will be boosted by a high profile return, and given that the rival is second-bottom on the league table, Eusebio’s team pretty much have their path to their 5th win of the season drawn out. Yet caution is always required. Read more after the break.

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Golazos made in La Masia (18-19 October)

Yet another week of goals at La Masia, and yet another compilation of the best of the best. This week, the special compilation prepared by FC Barcelona features golazo specialist Sergio Gómez (Cadete B), Wilfrid Kaptoum (Barça B) with his first reserve team goal, Ansumane Fati and  Miguelete Ramírez (both Infantil A) and Jean Marie Dongou (Barça B), who is having the season of his life with the reserves.

Enjoy!

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Juvenil A – Ajax: Comeback draw (2-2)

Juvenil A – Ajax: Comeback draw (2-2)

Barcelona’s Juvenil A side couldn’t double Blaugrana victories over Ajax on Tuesday. Jordi Vinyals’ squad had to come back from two goals down against Ajax at the Miniestadi, abut in the end it was one point won rather than two lost for the Barça U-19s, who continue to lead their group alongside the Amsterdam-based side. Read more…

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Vinyals looking for a response in the UEFA Youth League

Vinyals looking for a response in the UEFA Youth League

The Barcelona first team is not the only club team in European action this week, as the club’s Juvenil A team (U-19s) face their Ajax counterparts in the UEFA Youth League on Tuesday afternoon at the Miniestadi. Speaking to the press, coach Jordi Vinyals issued a warning about Ajax’s quality and asked for a response by his players following a run of mixed results. Read Vinyals’ key comments after the jump…

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Match Review: FC Barcelona B 4-1 AD Alcorcón

Match Review: FC Barcelona B 4-1 AD Alcorcón

Barcelona B had been seeking a victory for over a month before their match against Alcorcón. Against the team from Madrid, Barça B not only returned to winning ways, but did so in style. The reserves, led by an inspired Adama Traoré, put on their best performance of the season and put 4 past helpless Alcorcón, whose defenders were blown apart by the high quality football exhibited by the Blaugranas. Read more…

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Match Preview: FC Barcelona B – AD Alcorcón

Match Preview: FC Barcelona B – AD Alcorcón

Barcelona B managed to put an end to a worrying run of losses last week with a goalless draw against Racing de Santander at El Sardinero, but the team still couldn’t secure victory. It’s been more than a month since Eusebio’s men won in the league, and today’s game against 11th placed Alcorcón, a team with the same points as the blaugranas, provides the perfect opportunity to return to winning ways. The reserves’ recent home form has been worrying, but there is no doubt that Eusebio’s young squad can grind out a win over a side that is pushing for promotion. Read more…

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Best Goals from Barça’s youngsters

11-12 October,2014

 

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Four Blaugranas called by Spain U-17s

Four Blaugranas called by Spain U-17s

Spain U-17 coach Santi Denia has announced the 18-man squad that will be on the plane to Slovakia for the Elite Round of the UEFA U-17 championship. Barcelona is the best represented team on the list, as usual, with four players. Carles Aleñà, Carles Pérez, Marc Cucurella, and Dani Morer are those who have made the squad.

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Match Review: Real Racing de Santander 0-0 FC Barcelona B

Match Review: Real Racing de Santander 0-0 FC Barcelona B

Barcelona B were not able to earn a win at El Sardinero on Saturday, but the feeling after the draw against Racing de Santander surely must have been that it was a point won rather than two lost. Eusebio’s men were outplayed for the most part, and although they did create some danger in the first half, they played second fiddle to the hosts. The second half saw Racing throw everything at Barça B, but Adrián Ortolá was in top form, managing to keep his first clean sheet of the season. Improvement is definitely required from the reserves, but as long as they keep collecting points here and there, they will keep themselves clear of trouble. Read more…

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Match Preview: Racing Santander – FC Barcelona B

Match Preview: Racing Santander – FC Barcelona B

Barcelona B have a third shot at returning to winning ways today as they travel to the Estadio El Sardinero to take on Racing Santander. Eusebio’s team has gone for three consecutive weeks without a win, and despite the fact that they are still located in the upper echelons of the league, points are required in order to stay clear of trouble. Racing Santander may be 16th on the league table, but they still have enough to inflict damage on Barça B. Read more…

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Moha Chooses Morocco Over Spain

Moha Chooses Morocco Over Spain

FC Barcelona’s Juvenil A player, Moha, who has been starring this year under Jordi Vinyals with his electric runs and speedy dribbles, has apparently chosen to play for Morocco rather than Spain, according to BeIN Sports reporter Achraf Ben Ayyad.

The 18-year-old has already played for Spain at the under-17 level but now decided to switch to the Moroccan Olympic football team and he is now already in Morocco, according to Ben Ayyad. It is also worth reminding that the player has been a consistent winger in Jordi Vinyals’ starting elevens, scoring twice in the UEFA Youth League against PSG and APOEL.

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Juvenil A: Past Badalona with a Victory

Juvenil A: Past Badalona with a Victory

Juvenil A are back on the right track with a 1-3 victory, after having drawn against PSG midweek. This would be their third Liga victory this campaign, beating CF Badalona at home. This was a match well fought by both sides with a rather dominant Barcelona over the ball. Goals from Isaac Padilla, Adrià Arjona and Aitor Cantalapiedra helped secure the three points needed. Jordi Vinyals opted to start with: Onana, Dani, Rodri, Adrià, Quinti, Ferran, Carbonell (Aitor, min.85), Ayoud (Arjona, min.45), Padilla, Corredera (Enguene min.75) and Moha.

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Golazos made in La Masia (4-5 October)

As with every week, Barça TV’s show ‘Promesas’ put together a compilation of the top 5 goals scored by youth teams. This week’s compilation by the Juvenil B’s Carles Aleñà,  the Infantil A’s Ansumane Fati, the Prebenjamín’s Lamine Yamal, the Cadete B’s Sergio Gómez and the Juvenil A’s  Lionel Enguene, a spectacular solo effort ranked at no.1. Enjoy!

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Everyone wants Martin but who will he choose?

Everyone wants Martin but who will he choose?

By now people in the football loop have heard of Martin Ødegaard. The 15 year old is a seems the real deal football prodigy, making appearances in 2014 in the Norweigan first division and the senior national team, becoming the youngest every footballer ever to accomplish both. He’s now being courted by Europe’s elites, including of course FC Barcelona. Norwegian paper VG reported yesterday that Ødegaard’s manager at Stromsgodet confirmed the club received an official invitation from Barça to come check out the club and the facilities it can offer him.

However the unresolved FIFA ban creates a hurdle. Unless the Court of Sport Arbitration (CAS) overturn FIFA’s ruling or somehow lessen or modify it, Barça will be unable to legally secure Ødegaard for another year or more. Therefore the strategy appears to woo his heart and ask he be patient until the FIFA issue becomes a thing of the past. But with all the other big guns out there loaded with cash to splurge, competition for his talent will be fierce.

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Match Review: FC Barcelona B 0-1 CD Lugo

Match Review: FC Barcelona B 0-1 CD Lugo

Barcelona B failed to return to winning ways Saturday as they ended up losing a match they dominated against Lugo. Eusebio’s team by no means played a spectacular match, but were still dominant and had the best chances, as well as two goals annulled for offside. The visitors defended well and took advantage of one of their few chances to run away with all three points. The Blaugranas are now three matches without a win, but are still comfortable in mid-table. Read more…

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Adama: “I want to continue here for many years”

Adama: “I want to continue here for many years”

Barça B’s star Adama Traore has confirmed that his representatives are currently negotiating a new deal with the club to extend his stay. “I want to continue here for may years,” said Adama. The 18-year-old was promoted to Barça B last season after impressive performances with Juvenil A, and was also handed his first team debut from FC Barcelona’s former manager, Gerardo ‘Tata’ Martino. Adama scored five goals and assisted another five in 28 appearances with the B-team last year.

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Youth teams presented

Seeing over three hundred youngsters crazy about football gather into a single football pitch is something wonderful. The image was exactly that at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper last night, where Barcelona’s youth teams were officially presented. Read more…

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Match Preview: FC Barcelona B – CD Lugo

Match Preview: FC Barcelona B – CD Lugo

Barcelona B were very generous to let two points slip in Mallorca last week, but life goes for Eusebio’s men. The reserves return to the Miniestadi this week for a match against 9th placed Lugo. The blaugranas have collected 10 points to date, but survival in the division has never been achieved or indeed lost so early in the season, and therefore more wins and points would be more than welcome. Two games without a win is not a disaster, but knowing that this is Barça B, parallels with last season’s horrid run in autumn will certainly be there. Read more…

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Best La Masia goals (27-28 September 2014)

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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 Benjamín B. Find out how the youth teams fared this week in the fourth article of this season’s series. Read more…

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Match Review: RCD Mallorca 3-3 FC Barcelona B

Match Review: RCD Mallorca 3-3 FC Barcelona B

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…

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Match Preview: RCD Mallorca – FC Barcelona B

Match Preview: RCD Mallorca – FC Barcelona B

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…

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Golazos made in La Masia

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.

Enjoy them!

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Over 200,000 pairs of eyes on Barça B

Over 200,000 pairs of eyes on Barça B

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…

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Barça B, with Suárez and Vermaelen, run riot (6-0)

Barça B, with Suárez and Vermaelen, run riot (6-0)

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.

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5 blaugranas called-up by Spain U-16s

5 blaugranas called-up by Spain U-16s

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…

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