Messi and Mascherano called-up by Argentina

Messi and Mascherano called-up by Argentina

Lionel Messi and Javier Mascherano are featured in Tata Martino’s second Argentina call-up for friendlies against Neymar’s Brazil in Beijing on 11 October and three days later against Hong Kong. The duo had also been included in the former Barça manager’s first international call-up, but Leo Messi had not been able to play in Argentina’s 4-1 win against Germany due to some discomfort in his left thigh.

The match in Beijing between Brazil and Argentina will be this year’s ‘Superclásico de las Américas’ which for the first time will be a single match, played outside the South American continent.

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Number of the day: 90

Number of the day: 90

Ivan Rakitić played an excellent game against Levante UD which ended 5-0 in favor of FC Barcelona. The Croatian saved a definite goal from the sidelines with the character of a fighter and minutes later he fired a rocket to give the Catalans a 2-0 lead.

‘Rocketić’s’ blast reached 90km/hr which made it impossible for Levante’s goal-keeper, Jesús Fernández, to save it. The Croatian midfielder has won the trust of Luis Enrique, his teammates and the fans due to his hard work and determination. Actions such as his fighting spirit to block a shot from entering in Claudio Bravo’s goal makes him a special player in the Barça team.

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Juvenil A: Difficult Draw Against Damm

Juvenil A: Difficult Draw Against Damm

As part of the third game week of the Liga de División de Honor, FC Barcelona’s Juvenil A side had to face Damm at home in a match that was far from easy for the blaugrana youngsters, who only managed to snatch a single point.

Jordi Vinyals fielded a starting eleven of: Onana, Palencia, Rodri, Juanma, Quintillà, Juan Antonio (Ayoub Abou min.71) , Aitor, Corredera (Kaptoum min.63), Padilla, Enguene, Moha. The players managed to retain possesssion and impose their game while Damm sat back and used set-pieces and counter attacks very intelligently to create threats and trouble for the locals. More details and video after the jump.

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Medical: Neymar and Rakitić do physiotherapy

Medical: Neymar and Rakitić do physiotherapy

Two of Barcelona’s goalscorers in Sunday’s demolition of Levante ended the match at the Ciutat de València with slight injury problems. Scorer of the opening goal,\ Neymar Jr. had to be taken off shortly after the restart after twisting his ankle, but tests carried out Monday showed that it’s just a sore ankle. On the other hand, Ivan Rakitić who got his first goal as a Blaugrana on Sunday, suffered a contusion on his left foot. Both players trained aside from the group on Monday morning, instead doing physiotherapy. The evolution of their injuries will determine their availability for this week’s training sessions.

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The Front: Mundo Deportivo (23.9.2014)

the front MD sept 23 2014

TOTAL MESSI

Barça is still benefitting from the ‘new’ Messi

He’s 5 goals from Zarra to be the maximum goalscorer of the league and one away from 400 official goals

He’s participated in 9 matches, scored 3, given 6 assists and has played in everything

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The Front: Sport (23.9.2014)

the front sport sept 23 2014

BRAVO, 0 – CASILLAS, 8

THE AZULGRANA IS UNBEATEN AND THE MADRIDISTA, UNHINGED

CLAUDIO, TWO GAMES FROM THE RECORD: Chasing Barca’s most unbeaten record at the start of the league, Arola’s six matches in 1977-78

IKER, ON THE BENCH: Ancelotti will debut Keylar Navas today against Elche because he doesn’t like the fans’ whistles for their captain

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Cartoon of the Day: Sport

Cartoon of the Day: Sport

THIS IS HOW MESSI’S TEAMMATES PASS THE BALL TO HIM

AND THIS IS HOW LEO PASSES IT BACK

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Picture of the day: Done training

Picture of the day: Done training

I don’t know about you, but I’m thinking of Photoshopping myself into this picture. There’s a good spot right between Messi and Mascherano.

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Number of the Day: 25,000

Number of the Day: 25,000

Sergi Samper is the name on Barça fans’ lips these days. The 19-year-old managed to make his official debut for the club, after spending the whole of his footballing career at the club. Samper started out at the FCBEscola, where the youngest aspiring Barça stars take their first steps in football. FCBEscola is a place that becomes the breeding ground for 25,000 dreams each year. Read more…

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View The Ratings: Levante UD 0-5 FC Barcelona

View The Ratings: Levante UD 0-5 FC Barcelona

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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Luis Enrique: “I was happy with all of them”

Luis Enrique: “I was happy with all of them”

Luis Enrique was very happy following FC Barcelona’s thrashing of Levante UD (5-0). However, he did not want to draw any conclusions about La Liga. “We’ll talk about our league position later, we’ve hardly played any games yet,” he said.

The boss was content to yet again have a clean sheet, making it 4 out of 4 clean sheets so far, and stressed that it is the result of the hard work put in by the entire team. “Goes to show even more our idea of playing as team … Rather than singling anyone out in particular, I’ll just say that I was happy with all of them.”

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You can see it in their eyes

You can see it in their eyes

I can see it in their eyes because I’ve seen them before. I’ve been on a lot of different football teams during my competitive years and each always had a unique emotional feel and dynamics. Ok, they all weren’t wildly unique to one another, but you knew the special ones from the less special ones. And yes, it wasn’t the Champions League to put it mildly, but for a group of teenage, competitive guys who almost exclusively knew they’d never be playing at a higher level, that they had reached the pinnacle, our treasured regional competitions may as well have been the World Cup to us.

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Player Reactions: Levante UD 0-5 FC Barcelona

Player Reactions: Levante UD 0-5 FC Barcelona

”Thank God I’ve got my first goal at last.” Ivan Rakitić admitted that team mates “were starting to tease me about it. But the most important thing is to help the team.” Jordi Alba stated, “Last season wasn’t very good, either for me or for the team. After the World Cup and Luis Enrique’s arrival, we were more motivated and we’re working much harder. It’s been some time since we’ve all been so happy.” Take a look at what Rakitić, Alba and Sandro Ramírez had to say in the post-match reactions right after the jump.

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Match Review: Levante UD 0-5 FC Barcelona

Match Review: Levante UD 0-5 FC Barcelona

Ten minutes into the game, it was a familiar scene. Barcelona were away from home on a shoddy pitch, patiently working the ball back and forth as they tried to break down the two banks of five men defending deep in front of the opposition goal. Then it happened – a stray pass in midfield fell to Levante, who broke quickly into the spaces left behind the fullbacks. Down Barcelona’s left, evading a desperate challenge from the exposed centre-back, then crossing to the unmarked man on the opposite flank. An easy goal – Barcelona have seen it too many times over the past two seasons.

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Youth League: Victory by three

Youth League: Victory by three

Reigning UEFA Youth League champions, FC Barcelona’s Juvenil A, have started this year’s campaign with a victory against opponents APOEL. In this tournament, the youth sides are placed in a group identical to the first team. All three goals were scored within a 17-minute interval sentencing the game as victory for the blaugrana. Details after the jump.

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Video of the Day: Lee Seung-Woo U-16 Asian Championships

Watch Lee Seung-Woo dazzle the Asian continent with some truly amazing goals and skills!

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The Front: Mundo Deportivo (22.9.2014)

the front MD sept 22 2014

RECITAL

Barça swept with a brilliant Messi, an unstoppable Neymar and a Rakitić who is already indispensible

SUPER LEO DID IT ALL

The crack scored, gave two assists and provoked a red card and a failed penalty in a great game

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The Front: Sport (22.9.2014)

the front sport sept 22 2014

LEADER’S MANITA

MESSI LED BARÇA TO ROUT

The connection continues: Leo gifted another goal to Neymar, who confirmed the feeling between the two cracks

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Cartoon of the Day: Sport

Cartoon of the Day: Sport

LEVANTE 0

MESSI-ASSIST TEAM 5

MESSI: “How content you are with your 8 little goals… …almost as much as we are with our 6 points”

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Picture of the day: Ivan Rakitić

Picture of the day: Ivan Rakitić

Ivan Rakitić’s goal yesterday against Levante was a screamer: Through Diop’s legs, through keeper Jesús Fernández‘s outstretched arms and hammering into the back of the net. What a beauty!

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September 22, 2014

Match Review: FC Barcelona B 0-1 UE Llagostera


September 21, 2014

The Ratings: Levante UD 0-5 FC Barcelona

The Result: Levante UD 0-5 FC Barcelona

Live Match Chat: Levante UD vs FC Barcelona

Lee named MVP of the U-16 Asian Championship

Number of the Day: 9

Match squad traveling to Levante

Match Preview: Levante UD – FC Barcelona

The Front: Mundo Deportivo (21.9.2014)

The Front: Sport (21.9.2014)

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