Live Match Chat: FC Barcelona vs Elche CF

Live Match Chat: FC Barcelona vs Elche CF

totalBarça welcomes you all to the first Liga game of the season between FC Barcelona and Elche CF! Are you ready?

Sunday, August 24, 2014 @ 21:00 Barcelona time – Convert to local time

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The history of Barcelona – Elche

The history of Barcelona – Elche

Before last season, FC Barcelona and Elche CF hadn’t played each other in nearly 25 years. But before that, they were frequent opponents for the Catalans, and not without success: Elche has beaten Barça 8 times at home, and drawn 7 out of their 20 games at Camp Nou. Read more about the history of Barcelona vs Elche encounters after the jump.

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Match squad: Pedro in, Neymar out

Match squad: Pedro in, Neymar out

With the start of Barça’s new Liga campaign kicking off tonight against Elche, the hosts have been fortunate with Pedro Rodríguez’s inclusion in the squad list. Pedro was suffering from gastroenteritis and was a doubt for tonight’s game. However, the Brazilian wonder kid Neymar Jr has been omitted from the squad list along with many others despite progressing well from his ankle injury. Neymar joins a list of absentees that includes Marc-André Ter Stegen, Thomas Vermaelen and Adriano Correia who are injured, Luis Suárez and Gerard Piqué who are suspended, and the omitted Alexandre Song. But Luis Enrique has put his faith in the club’s youth and included Munir El Haddadi and Sandro Ramirez. Check out the full squad list for the Elche match after the jump.

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Number of the Day: 5

Number of the Day: 5

The last time FC Barcelona lost on the opening day of La Liga was the 2008/9 season, when Pep Guardiola’s eventual all-conquering triplete side lost to Numancia 1-0. After that, Guardiola managed a win on the opener of his other three campaigns as did Tito Vilanova and Gerardo Martino in their debut seasons. Will Luis Enrique make it six on the trot?

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Match Preview: FC Barcelona vs Elche CF

Match Preview: FC Barcelona vs Elche CF

The wait is finally over. FC Barcelona will today face Elche CF in their opening league game and Luis Enrique will make his first official managerial debut with the Catalan club. Much has changed since last season, with several new arrivals and goodbyes. The fans and players are as hungry as ever and are aiming to put the disappointments behind them, for the night is darkest just before the dawn.

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The Front: Sport (24.8.2014)

the front sport aug 24 2014

THE RECONQUEST BEGINS

BARÇA OPENS LA LIGA IN THE CAMP NOU

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The Front: Mundo Deportivo (24.8.2014)

the front MD aug 24 2014

NEW BARÇA

La Liga begins and Messi, Munir and Rafinha will form the trident in attack

The azulgrana goes for a triumph with this untested forward and youngster from the cantera

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Cartoon of the Day: Sport

Cartoon of the Day: Sport

FIGHT, RUN AND WIN;

NOW BEGINS THE SEASON OF…

LUCHO’S CLUB

LUIS ENRIQUE: “I am not Guardiola but… fasten your seat belts”

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Cartoon of the day

Cartoon of the day

THERE’S ONLY ONE THING MORE EXPENSIVE AND FRAGILE THAN A CHINESE VASE

…AND THAT’S A BRAZILIAN “VASE”

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Picture of the day: Ready… Set…

Picture of the day: Ready… Set…

GO!!! La Liga 2014-15 begins today for FC Barcelona. What will happen? Who will play? How many trophies will be won? Who’s excited?

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Luis Enrique: “Nobody will beat us in terms of hope and determination”

Luis Enrique: “Nobody will beat us in terms of hope and determination”

Starting today, La Liga kicks off it’s new season, and Luis Enrique has given his final press conference ahead of Barça’s first league encounter against Elche. “It has been a great week in terms of the team dynamic and we are going into the game in the same buoyant mood as we did before the Gamper,” said the Barça boss before adding, “We know Elche will pose us problems because tactically and defensively they’re such a well-structured unit.” More from the Asturian after the jump.

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Simeone: “Our objective is third place”

Simeone: “Our objective is third place”

Atlético Madrid manager Diego Simeone has stressed that the fans should not expect last season’s La Liga triumph to occur again this season. “I don’t like to lie to people and one thing is clear: we can’t compete with [Real] Madrid and Barcelona. Our direct rivals are Sevilla CF, Valencia CF and Athletic [Bilbao]; the objective is third place. We are a new team…” the Argentinean said during an interview on with “La Gazzetta.”

Simeone talked about many topics, and it seems that he is playing mind games considering how strong Atlético Madrid still are. Simeone talked about his new team saying, “We are putting the finishing touches on forming a squad; the team has changed, above all in attack. I see it as starting from scratch because the team is different. [Mario] Mandzukic, [Raul] Jiménez and [Antoine] Griezmann are different players than [Diego] Costa, [David] Villa and Adrián. We have held on to the solid base on which the team is built, but we are looking for the style that best fits what we have. We have to be patient.”

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Suárez omitted for Uruguay friendlies

Suárez omitted for Uruguay friendlies

Barcelona striker Luis Suárez has been left off the Uruguay squad for the national team’s friendly matches next month. The Uruguay Football Federation decided not to select Suárez due to his uncertain status as a result of the FIFA ban for his actions during the World Cup.

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Dongou and Bagnack earn African nomination

Dongou and Bagnack earn African nomination

Jean Marie Dongou and Macky Frank Bagnack were named among the African footballer of the Segunda division nominations.

Dongou was the top scorer for FC Barcelona B last season and had an important role in Eusebio Sacristán’s team, while Bagnack played at a very high level with Barça B and has a bright future. Both players were crucial for the B team.

Other nominees were Nigerian Christantus Macauley (UD Las Palmas), Congolese Ritchie Kitoko (Real Jaén) and Ivorian Ibrahim Sissoko (Deportivo La Coruña). All users of the LFP (Liga de Fútbol Profesional) can vote for their favorite player until the 27th of October 2014.

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Match Preview: CA Osasuna vs FC Barcelona B

Match Preview: CA Osasuna vs FC Barcelona B

The new Liga Adelante season is finally here! Following some late drama, involving Real Murcia’s successful appeal against its administrative relegation at civil court and the LFP’s refusal, all issues have finally been resolved and 22 teams from all around Spain, including four from Catalonia, are set to begin a 42-round season that will see them play until mid-June 2015.

Barcelona B is one of those teams. The Barcelona reserves are the only reserve team in the division, and have the youngest squad by some margin, therefore there will be many people who will underestimate them. Starting with this Saturday’s challenging curtain raiser against Osasuna, Eusebio’s team has to start proving the doubters wrong, coming off the back of the best season in the team’s history.

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Xavi: “Things are looking good”

Xavi: “Things are looking good”

Xavi Hernández gave a press conference ahead of tomorrow’s Liga curtain raiser against Elche CF to be played at the Camp Nou. Xavi said that he is very optimistic about the upcoming season. “I’m more motivated than on my first day because I like what I’m seeing. The squad is working really well under Luis Enrique. If you could see how the team is training you’d know that things are looking good.” Xavi also said that the team is fulfilling its objective in each training session.

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Training: Pedro rejoins group

Training: Pedro rejoins group

After training alongside Thomas Vermaelen yesterday, Pedro Rodríguez has joined the main group this morning and therefore should be ready to play tomorrow following his stomach bug. The Belgium is back on the pitch but continues a recovery program, as do Marc-André ter Stegen and Neymar. Neymar is unlikely to be in action tomorrow.

Adriano participated in some of the main training but the club remains cautious with the Brazilian. Otherwise, everyone in the senior side is fit for tomorrow. Barça B guys Munir El Haddadi, Sandro and Sergi Samper also trained with the seniors and at least one should make the bench against Elche.

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The Front: Mundo Deportivo (23.8.2014)

the front MD aug 23 2014

ATLETI: SUPERCHAMPION

The early goal from Mandzukić gave the rojiblancos the title and revenge for the Champions

Atlético frustrated the much vaunted challenge of Madrid: Six titles this season

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The Front: Sport (23.8.2014)

the front sport aug 23 2014

A BLOW FOR MADRID

ATLÉTICO ROUTES REAL AND LIFTS THE SUPER CUP

A goal from Mandzukić at two minutes converted the Calderón into a party

Madrid didn’t have intensity, their stars didn’t appear and they’ve already lost the hope for six titles

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Picture of the day: Rearview mirrors

Picture of the day: Rearview mirrors

Dani Alves posted this picture from training today and said that Andrés Iniesta was “ the only player who plays with rearview mirrors.”

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August 23, 2014

Alba accepts the Ice Bucket Challenge

Mascherano accepts the Ice Bucket Challenge


August 22, 2014

Bartra accepts the Ice Bucket Challenge

Suárez accepts the Ice Bucket Challenge

Song accepts the Ice Bucket Challenge

Iniesta accepts the Ice Bucket Challenge

Rakitić: “I wanted to make this step”

Rakitić accepts the Ice Bucket Challenge

Alves: “Who disrespected me? A bit of everyone.”

Medical: Neymar sprains ankle

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