Thirteen and counting… Barcelona’s international presence in youth football schools is continuing to grow, with the club having opened its first academy in Turkey. The project is a common collaboration between the club and its partner in Turkey, telecommunications giant Avea, and this kind of operation is pioneering for an FCBEscola school. The agreement was announced at a press conference held in Istanbul, in the presence of Barcelona vice president, Javier Faus, FCBEscola director, Xevi Marcé, Avea CEO, Erkan Akdemir and FCBEscola Istanbul Avea Representative, Âli Kiremitçioğlu. The plan is for the school, based in Istanbul, to start operating in mid October. Read more…
SELF-CRITICISM IN THE DRESSING ROOM
THE PLAYERS ANALYZE ONE ANOTHER AFTER THE DRAW AGAINST MÁLAGA
There are no excuses, neither the referee nor the grass take away responsibility
They think that fluidity, circulation of the ball and control of the game were missing
They must ensure that Messi has more participation
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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.
Tito Vilanova may no longer be with us, but his work and dedication to the team that he loved will certainly never be forgotten. The municipality of L’Escala, a neighboring town of Vilanova’s native Bellcaire d’Empordà, was the place where Vilanova used to maintain his second family home, and a place with which Tito had always maintained friendly and family relations.
The municipality of L’Escala has announced that the late former Barça manager will be honored at the traditional Festa de l’Anxova, the town’s annual celebration of its most well known commodity, the anchovy. Vilanova will be posthumously given the ‘Anxova D’Or’ award, which is awarded by the municipality to exceptional residents. The award will be presented to Tito’s family by his former Barcelona colleague Jordi Roura, who will make the opening speech at the festival which is set to begin this Sunday.
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…
“We always aim to get three points but although people take it as given that we’ll always win, today showed that that’s not the case,” said FC Barcelona captain Andrés Iniesta commenting on the first draw of league season, which until the game against Málaga has been the perfect ride. “We should look on it as one point more and move on … Football is always about two teams, We tried to get the ball moving fast to gain superiority but they were very tight at the back. We tried to change our approach but we just couldn’t score.”
He stressed that the team “tried to find solutions, but there was just no way,” and what’s more, Iniesta added,“We’ll face this kind of situation again, and it’s up to us to find success against them. We’ll keep trying. It’s never easy to attack against an eleven-man defense, and we saw that today.”
Good news from the FC Barcelona medical staff. Thomas Vermaelen, who injured his right hamstring during the World Cup in June, was today given the medical all-clear. The Belgian has been one of the additions to the club this summer, but due to medical conditions he is still waiting for his official debut with the first team. He did, however, play some minutes and scored a goal with Barça B Wednesday against U-19 Indonesia team.
Let’s be clear: No detail about the match at La Rosaleda yesterday bears recapping. Nor is there any point to picking apart the performances of individual players – by and large, Barça’s front six were terrible, and Málaga’s defenders were excellent. Málaga put on the performance of a lifetime, with Roberto Rosales and Sergio Sánchez particularly deserving of praise, while Barça’s players failed at the most basic levels. Passes were misplaced, players were constantly dispossessed, and the overall tempo of the game was sluggish and uninspired. None of which bears analysis – these games happen. The more interesting question is what Luis Enrique does in the face of such challenges.
“Rakitić is going to make history at the club because he is a star and it was an awesome purchase on Barcelona’s part. His all-round game reminds me very much of [Bernd] Schuster, I expect him to get 10 or 12 goals this season.”
Former Real Madrid striker and current president of the Croatian football federation Davor Šuker spoke to SER’s La Graderia programme where he gave his view of Barça’s newest Croat, giving his own prediction on the player’s performance this season.
The Ratings… Everyone’s 2nd favorite part to a post-match analysis, after the Post-Match Review of course. It is now your turn to show us what you think of the players’ performances. Let’s see how you all do!
totalBarça welcomes you all to the Liga game between Málaga CF and FC Barcelona. Are you ready?!
Wednesday, September 24, 2014 @ 22:00 Barcelona time – Convert to local time
September 24, 2014