Barcelona right-back Martín Montoya and his partner Maite announced the birth of their son Dylan on Saturday afternoon. The 23-year-old is now a proud dad, but that didn’t prevent him from attending Sunday’s morning session, where he was of course congratulated by his teammates.
The totalBarça team would like to congratulate Martín and wish him all the best for his family.
Barcelona B are coming off the back of an historic season in Liga Adelante, having managed to equal the side’s best ever finish achieved by Luis Enrique’s team in 2010/11. However, last year’s squad has been stripped apart, with many players sealing moves abroad, others moving to La Liga clubs, and others released. Coach Eusebio Sacristán has a squad that includes just 15 players who were with the team last year, with the rest being new signings and players who were promoted from last year’s all-conquering Juvenil A side. Through this mini-series, which is to be split into two parts, we will attempt to give you an insight into your second favourite Barça team. Read on to meet the squad…
In the aftermath of Gerard Deulofeu’s transfer, many people have expressed their discontent about the move. However, Ginés Meléndez, a man who knows Deulofeu inside out, having coached the 22-year-old for the Spain U-19s before assuming the role of the coordinator for all Spanish youth teams, seems to think that the move will actually benefit the winger. Read more…
During an interview with FC Barcelona’s new signing Ivan Rakitić (26), the player was asked many questions about his new coach and teammates. Ivan Rakitić seems to have seamlessly blended with his new team. The Swiss-born Croatian humbly follows the Barça dressing room routine, and wants to become a key part of the team. In addition, his performance was noticed during Barça’s preseason which had different, vertical football, with good ball-striking and powerful middle-distance shots. He came to Barça willing to take a giant leap in quality in his football career.
Being a month at the club, Was it easy to absorb all the changes with respect to Sevilla FC?
Honestly, the changes are noticed, but it’s hard to explain how. Overall, the general idea of football does not change much because the ideas of Unai Emery are similar to those of Luis Enrique. Here the idea is similar to the one in Sevilla which includes possession and pressure, and that is helping me a lot.
You one said that Felix Magath was the most demanding coach you played for. Is Luis Enrique as demanding?
There is only one Magath in the world (smiles) … What you learn with him is awesome. I am very grateful for the year and a half I had with him at Schalke 04, but the way he works is different, very difficult to bear, which requires a lot physically and also because you never know if tomorrow you train in the evening or morning, he always left everything open. Luis Enrique is different; he has very clear ideas, leaves no doubt, and works on all the details. Everything is very professional, even in his talks, he never has lingering questions, and he focuses to the last detail. He has very clear ideas and that is very important to us.
Read more from Rakitić’s interview after the jump.
Once also branded a La Masia prodigy, Gai Assulin continues his peripatetic career. Now at the age of 23, Assulin has signed for RCD Mallorca on a free transfer from Granada. Since leaving Barça he’s been at Manchester City, Brighton & Hove Albion, Racing Santander and most recently on loan to Hércules. A tale of realism if ever there was one.
The announcement of Gerard Deulofeu’s loan to Sevilla sparked feelings of utter surprise for culés around the world. Nobody had expected the La Masia graduate to leave, as he had just made his return from a year-long loan at Everton, hoping to play some sort of role in the squad. Many question marks were raised. Is the club changing its policies? In order to answer this question we have to go back in time, and then view the situation in context.
In an interview with Rac1, Claudio Bravo displayed his great confidence in his abilities as a goalkeeper ahead of the competition awaiting him, and the Chilean does not plan on spending much time on the bench. “At Real Sociedad, I was in the shadow of [Luis Miguel] Arconada. They are both [ter Stegen and Jordi Masip] great goalkeepers, but the challenge is a motivator.” More after the jump.
Following the small victory achieved in the Luis Suárez case, with the Uruguayan now cleared to train by CAS, FC Barcelona will have to fight a new and much more complex legal battle starting next week. Barça will have to appear before FIFA for the conflict regarding the youth players whose situations have been found to be irregular. The hearing of the case has been scheduled by FIFA for next Tuesday. Read more…
‘MESSI’, the documentary will be presented this weekend in Barcelona at the World Supporters Clubs Congress. ‘MESSI’ was presented for the first time during the World Cup in Brazil and will be screened on September 6 at the Venice Festival. The documentary is directed by Álex de la Iglesia and produced by MEDIAPRO.
Many people appear in the documentary such as César Luis Menotti, Diego Maradona, Jorge Valdano and Johan Cruyff. ‘MESSI’ tells the story of one of the greatest footballers ever through the eyes of many football legends including, teammates, coaches and many more. The documentary includes archive footage, interviews and unseen family recordings. Read more after the jump.
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