Dongou nominated as Best African in Liga Adelante

Dongou nominated as Best African in Liga Adelante

FC Barcelona B’s record-breaking season last year was really a collective effort, but undoubtedly some individuals stood out. Individual brilliance in Eusebio’s squad hasn’t gone unnoticed by the league, which has nominated three players for the LFP awards. After Jordi Masip and Sergi Samper, Jean-Marie Dongou became the third Barça B player receive a nomination today, for the Best African Player of the Segunda División. The Cameroonian forward will compete for the award against Deportivo’s Ibrahim Sissoko and Jaén’s Ritchie Kitoko.

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Ney nominated as Best South American in La Liga

Ney nominated as Best South American in La Liga

FC Barcelona players continue to receive nominations from the LFP. Today was Neymar’s turn to receive a new nomination. The Brazilian ace, despite having a mixed first season at Barça, received a nomination for the “Best South American in La Liga”. The other two nominees are Sevilla’s Colombian forward Carlos Bacca and former Real Madrid star Ángel di María, now with Manchester United. Curiously, there’s still no place for Leo Messi in these years LFP nominations.

The award gala will take place next Tuesday October 27th in Madrid. Neymar will be attending the gala alongside his teammates Sergio Busquets, Andrés Iniesta, Ivan Rakitić, Rafinha and Jordi Masip, as well as Barça B’s Sergi Samper and Jean-Marie Dongou.

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Video of the Day: 11 goalscorers against Madrid

Can you believe that eleven players of the current FC Barcelona first team have scored 44 goals in total against Real Madrid? What’s more, 23 goals by 9 players were at the Santiago Bernabéu. The list of goalsocrers include Piqué, Rakitic, Xavi, Pedro, Iniesta, Messi, Neymar, Jordi Alba, Adriano, Mathieu and Alves. Rakitic, Mathieu and Adriano have all scored against Madrid for their former clubs. Leo Messi is the leader for the current FC Barcelona against Real, with 21 goals in 28 matches.

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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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He’s literally impossible

He’s literally impossible

On the 1st of July Nate Silver’s ESPN statistics and analytics blog FiveThirtyEight published the “Lionel Messi is Impossible” piece. Over social media recently I stated that it’s not the numbers that prove Messi is the best player in the world. What does then? To shorten what is complicated and longwinded reasoning, it comes down to a simple statement: you can just see it. Then a follower reminded me of the aforementioned FiveThirtyEight piece, though he ironically implied that Messi isn’t about stats and figures when the entire premise of the article he cited is stats and figures. Which is precisely the beauty of “Lionel Messi is Impossible”. Even though his genius is exponentially more than the box score, measurables are handy because there are no “yeah, but”s. These are hard, inarguable analytical facts which as I will go through to fortify Messi’s unmatchable grandeur. Now quoting the author Benjamin Morris:

By now I’ve studied nearly every aspect of Messi’s game, down to a touch-by-touch level: his shooting and scoring production; where he shoots from; how often he sets up his own shots; what kind of kicks he uses to make those shots; his ability to take on defenders; how accurate his passes are; the kind of passes he makes; how often he creates scoring chances; how often those chances lead to goals; even how his defensive play marking compares to other high-volume shooters. 

And that’s just the stuff that made it into this article. I arrived at a conclusion that I wasn’t really expecting or prepared for: Lionel Messi is impossible.

What I particularly loved about this piece was its scope. Morris crunches a ton of numbers to gives us a perfectly fair representative sample that analyses the gauntlet of football. It’s also a handy source to squash any annoying Ronaldo versus Messi debate. So let’s get into it.

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The Front: Mundo Deportivo (23.10.2014)

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AT THE CLASICO WITH 30,000

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The Front: Sport (23.10.2014)

the front sport oct 23 2014

HE WILL PLAY!

LUIS SUÁREZ, SURPRISE FACTOR IN THE BERNABÉU

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Cartoon of the Day: Sport

Cartoon of the Day: Sport

THE MADRID PRESS WHEN MESSI DIDN’T SUB OUT…

“Luis Enrique is afraid of Messi and doesn’t sub him out”

THE MADRID PRESS WHEN MESSI DID SUB OUT…

“Luis Enrique is afraid of the press and subs Messi out”

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Picture of the day: Worried about the clasico?

Picture of the day: Worried about the clasico?

Lionel Messi doesn’t look worried about anything at all.

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View The Ratings: FC Barcelona 3:1 AFC Ajax

View The Ratings: FC Barcelona 3:1 AFC Ajax

You’ve had your chance to rate the performance of the blaugrana and the results are now tallied up. Take a look at how the totalBarça community ranked the squad and see how the ratings played out after the jump.

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Ter Stegen: “I want to be the goalkeeper for Barça”

Marc-Andre ter Stegen spoke in the mixed zone after the Champions League encounter against Ajax where he made his intentions clear on what he wants to achieve with Barça.

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Player Reactions: FC Barcelona 3-1 Ajax

Player Reactions: FC Barcelona 3-1 Ajax

The players had a mission on Tuesday, and it was to secure the three points after the loss against Paris Saint Germain in the previous Champions League encounter. That mission was sealed in the first half with two goals from Barça’s magical duo Messi and Neymar, and a Sandro golazo at the closing minutes which sealed the three points. Neymar Jr, Andrés Iniesta, Ivan Rakitić, Pedro Rodríguez and Marc Bartra all spoke to the media at the mixed zone about the Ajax triumph and the Clasico which is looming ahead. Check out what all these players commented after the jump.

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Stat of the day: Deadly duo

Stat of the day: Deadly duo

Ronaldo & Bale? Ibrahimovic & Cavani? Robben & Ribery? Nobody can deny that these are in fact some of the greatest duos in the modern game; and while it’s always a pleasure to see your team striker scoring in five games in a row, it truly is astonishing to have your team’s duo achieve that feat. That’s right, Messi and Neymar have been gelling together better than ever, scoring in the past five consecutive games.

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Messi: “We’re all looking forward to Suárez”

Messi: “We’re all looking forward to Suárez”

Ever since the 3-0 win against Eibar where Lionel Messi showed his evergreen class on the field, there’s been talks around the Argentine refusing Luis Enrique’s orders to be subbed off. No matter how many times the coach has denied this story and that these stories are only mind games from the Madrid media ahead of Saturday’s clásico, it didn’t stop many football figures from criticising Leo. However, Tuesday’s Champions League encounter against Ajax proved that the coach was right after the four-time Ballon d’Or winner was subbed off after 65 minutes into the game. Messi made it even more clear after the match when he said, “Lots of things have been said, but when the boss needs to take me off, he takes me off, no problem.” More from Leo after the jump.

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The Front: Mundo Deportivo (22.10.2014)

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NOW THE CLASICO

Barça put on an exhibit for an hour, made two goals and later thought about Madrid

Lucho took a chance on benching Neymar, Iniesta and Messi!

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The Front: Sport (22.10.2014)

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MESSI AND NEYMAR FINE TUNE THEIR AIM FOR THE CLASICO

WITH THE GUNPOWDER FIRING ON POINT

LETHAL PAIR: Leo gave Ney the first goal and scored the second, and Luis Enrique subs them thinking of the Bernabéu

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Cartoon of the Day: Sport

Cartoon of the Day: Sport

DON’T EVER SUBSTITUTE MESSI AGAIN IN THIS DAMN LIFE 3

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DE BOER: “Though it didn’t do me any good, I thank Lucho for taking out Iniesta, Leo and Ney… …that is friendship and the rest is nonsense”

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Picture of the day: Puyol’s true heir

Picture of the day: Puyol’s true heir

Javier Mascherano has taken over the role of task-master on the field, a role previously occupied by captain Carles Puyol. “He has good control of the game, and we all know this. Moreover, he knows how to organize the team,” enthused Marc-André ter Stegen after yesterday’s Champions League match against Ajax.

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Match Review: FC Barcelona 3-1 AFC Ajax

Match Review: FC Barcelona 3-1 AFC Ajax

It genuinely is different watching live. I was fortunate enough this evening to enjoy the match in prime seats and literally wouldn’t have had a better view of the action. At the same time, I didn’t take notes so forgive me some possible inaccuracies and omissions. So, here goes.

An Ajax goal in the 88th minute made Barça unnecessarily sweat before yet another fantastically taken Sandro Ramírez goal made the result sure. A final 3-1 score-line is far more representative of the match pattern than 2-1 would have been, with FC Barcelona dominating Ajax entirely until Luis Enrique made the big changes in the second half. And as a side note, come on Lucho, telling the public the Real Madrid match was entirely out of your mind when removing Neymar, Lionel Messi and Andrés Iniesta is borderline insulting. That’s why you did it, it’s what you should have done it, and what happened afterwards is not a reflection of decisions taken at the time. That reflection being Barça considerably relaxed in the final half hour, eventually conceding a messy goal. But almost as importantly, the response was quick and fierce, a most positive element.

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October 21, 2014

The Ratings: FC Barcelona 3-1 AFC Ajax

The Result: FC Barcelona 3-1 AFC Ajax

Live Match Chat: FC Barcelona vs AFC Ajax

Luis Enrique: “We are used to playing every three or four days”

Medical: Adriano not available versus Ajax

Vinyals looking for a response in the UEFA Youth League

Match Preview: FC Barcelona vs AFC Ajax

The Front: Sport (21.10.2014)

The Front: Mundo Deportivo (21.10.2014)

Cartoon of the Day: Sport

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