Golazos Made in La Masia (28 February-March 1)

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Barça B-Mallorca: Close but…

Barça B-Mallorca: Close but…

In football, you sometimes get those days on which the universe seems to be conspiring against you. Those terrible, horrible days on which nothing seems to be working for you. Barcelona B’s match against Mallorca at the Miniestadi on Saturday was certainly one of those days. Jordi Vinyals’ men found themselves two goals down after conceding two first half goals in quick succession, but still had the mental capacity to fight back and bring the match level. However, a late and highly controversial penalty and a magisterial free-kick condemned the hosts to yet another defeat.

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Barça B-Mallorca: Reserves obliged to deliver

Barça B-Mallorca: Reserves obliged to deliver

It is often said that all newly-appointed managers get a so-called ‘grace period.’ That is absolutely logical, as you cannot expect a manager to get his team to play his brand of football and get results from the word ‘go.’ There always has to be some time for adjustments and tinkering. In Barcelona B’s case though, and for new coach Jordi Vinyals, this ‘grace period’ is a luxury. The jury will soon be out for the man who guided Barça’s Juvenil A side to the UEFA Youth League title last year, if Barcelona B fail to start winning. Starting from the home match against Mallorca, Barça B are fighting a long battle against all deficiencies, doubts and public criticism to retain their Segunda División status.

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Golazos made in La Masia (21-22 February)

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Llagostera-Barça B: Reserves blown out (1-0)

Llagostera-Barça B: Reserves blown out (1-0)

Barça B may have a new coach, but getting rid of old habits is so much harder than sacking a coach. Jordi Vinyals’ team was every bit the team that was often embarrassed during Eusebio’s time against Llagostera today, and inevitably the reserves’ new coach tasted defeat in his first match on the road. His players simply played worse than the rival.

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“A new era,” says Sergi Samper

Barcelona’s reserve team is not living through the best of times. Barça B, last season’s third placed team, is now seventeenth in the Liga Adelante and seriously threatened by relegation. Coach Eusebio is gone after masterminding last year’s spectacular result, having failed to guide the team to safer waters. However, it seems that the players aren’t losing their trust in the team. Midfielder Sergi Samper was on Barça TV yesterday in the show ‘Promeses’ and gave some valuable insight into the B team dressing room.

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Barça B – Alavés: Vinyals’ first point (0-0)

Barça B – Alavés: Vinyals’ first point (0-0)

Half a step forward for Jordi Vinyals’ Barça B. The reserves played an acceptable brand of football for a Barcelona side and got a point that might prove useful in this incredibly tight fight against relegation. Vinyals’ hand in the side was clearly evident, from the team selection to the tactics, and one can definitely say that the first (and often unreliable) first impression is positive.

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Barça B-Alavés: Vinyals’ premiere

Barça B-Alavés: Vinyals’ premiere

We are living through times of change at Barcelona B. Since Monday, the Eusebio-era, which lasted 150 games, is officially over. The Vinyals era is officially under way. This weekend, the 51-year-old coach, was masterminded Juvenil A’s record-breaking quest to the first ever UEFA Youth League title, embarks on a wholly different mission. A mission whose primary goal is not trophies, but survival. Starting with the match against Alavés, the Catalan has 18 matches to guarantee that the Blaugrana reserves will continue to be a Segunda División team come next season. Read more…

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BREAKING: Eusebio Sacked

BREAKING: Eusebio Sacked

After reports from several Catalan media this afternoon suggested that FC Barcelona has decided to sack B team coach Eusebio Sacristán along with his assistant Carlos Hugo, it is now official. The directors of FC Barcelona have decided to unsurprisingly sack the manager given Barça B’s horrendous form recently and rumors of unrest in the dressing room after important players lost trust in the former player.

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Real Zaragoza vs FC Barcelona B: Back to normality (4-0)

Real Zaragoza vs FC Barcelona B: Back to normality (4-0)

Barcelona B couldn’t make it two wins in a row Saturday at La Romareda. Eusebio’s team went back to this year’s bad habits, lacking control of the match for the best part of the 90 minutes and being torn apart by a terrifyingly effective Zaragoza on the counter, in Eusebio’s 150th game in charge of the reserves. Read more…

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Ronnie, is that you?

They say that great moments never leave you. Is it possible that Ronaldinho’s ingenious goal at Stamford Bridge in 2005 has become embedded into Barça DNA? Looking at Toni Caravaca’s goal for the Alevín C, we can certainly say that it has.

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Real Zaragoza vs FC Barcelona B: Stop or streak start?

Real Zaragoza vs FC Barcelona B: Stop or streak start?

Loss, loss, win, loss, win. These five words pretty much summarize Barcelona B’s form over the past five matches. Eusebio’s team has been abysmally erratic recently, and there is not one person to deny this. This weekend presents the team with yet another challenge: facing playoff challengers Real Zaragoza away from home. The question beckons: are Eusebio’s men capable of starting to streak wins together or will this week be another stop in the reserves’ stop-season?

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Sabadell-Barça B: Convincing Victory in an Electric Match (1-4)

Sabadell-Barça B: Convincing Victory in an Electric Match (1-4)

This weekend took a different turn from the past few weeks for the blaugrana youngsters as they managed to convincingly grab the three points at play in the Catalan regional derby against Sabadell. This gave Eusebio’s young men a push up to the 15th position of the classification in the Liga Adelante while they await the result of CD Lugo’s match on Sunday, who in case of a win take the Barcelonese contingent a level down to 16th position. The confrontation started out in a very open way, yet Barça B were more effective and efficient in front of goal and took over the tie bit by bit. For full details on the match read more…

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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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