Barcelona B finished their preseason training camp in Torremirona with a surprising defeat in the Municipality of Olot against the local side. Eusebio continued to experiment with players and formations, his players showed some signs of progress creating and missing lots of chances, but the team still ended up losing the match thanks to a solitary goal scored by the opposition before halftime. Read more after the jump.
FC Barcelona will walk away from Finland with a second preseason win after defeating HJK Helsinki with six goals to nil. The result may seem impressive and the players had a good game, but they were also facing a weak, toothless Finnish side. It’s definitely the team’s best performance since the start of preseason, but is it an accurate indicator of what to expect? Read more after the jump.
FC Barcelona and Arsenal FC have reached an agreement for the transfer of Belgian defender Thomas Vermaelen (28) to the Catalan club on a five year deal for an alleged fee of €19 million, which is said to include variables. Vermaelen will be the third Arsenal captain to join Barça after Thierry Henry and Cesc Fàbregas. He will now rejoin former Ajax teammate Luis Suárez in Barcelona. The Belgian is also the sixth signing for Barça this season.
They used to call him the Verminator, what do you think of Barça’s latest signing?
One of the newly elected captains couldn’t be more joyous about his special honor. “I am happy and proud to have been named among the captains. I learned a lot from Puyol and Valdés and want to continue learning from the players that are still here. It’s not just about the coin toss. You have to keep an eye on everything, be a good team-mate, and take responsibilities … I never imagined myself in that role.”
Speaking last night in Finland, Martín Montoya is under no illusions that breaking into the starting lineup for another campaign will be a tall order. “I don’t feel like a starter for this season because the best wide man in the world is ahead of me, but my intention is to learn from him and play more minutes than last year, that’s my goal.” More after the jump.
This is a rendering of what the first team bus is going to look like this season. It has the FC Barcelona logo, of course, but also some of the words from the Cant del Barça. Maybe it will provoke spontaneous sing-a-longs when it passes by.
FC Barcelona recently started doing a series of video interviews with players on their Barça Fans website (viewable only by registered members), and new signing Jérémy Mathieu (30) talked about his first hours as a Barcelona player in Part 1 of the interview. In the second part of the interview, Mathieu said he is confident that he will be able to adapt quickly to FC Barcelona’s style. Mathieu had good words towards his former club, Valencia CF describing his time there as the best of his life, and that his experience will help him to adjust. The French defender believes that since he is surrounded by world-class players, he will learn from them and improve. Read more about Mathieu’s words after the jump.
During a private hearing in April of 2013, Pope Francisco gave Javier Zanetti a task to gather the worlds best footballers to play a peace match in Italy.
The peace match, dubbed, “Partita per la Pace,” will be held on the 1st of September 2014 at the Olympic Stadium in Rome. Below are the players that have confirmed their participation so far, meaning there may be more to follow. Click to find out who.
For the third pre-season match in a row, a false representation of FC Barcelona 2014/15 will feature in tomorrow’s friendly against HJK Helsinki. Xavi Hernández and Jérémy Mathieu are again absent from the squad list for precautionary medical measures, while Javier Mascherano, Dani Alves, Leo Messi and Neymar also remain in Spain to continue physical preparation. Adriano does not travel as he continues to be cautionary monitored following the irregular heart picked up during the medical, while once again Ibrahim Afellay and Alex Song, both healthy and fit, are simply not selected by Luis Enrique, making it blatantly obvious at this point they do not feature in his plans and will be moved on before the window shuts.
The 20 man squad is composed of 14 senior guys and 6 from the B team. Full list below.
Jean Marie Dongou is one of the bright stars of La Masia who not only loves to play football but is obsessed with watching it too. He reportedly watches up to 20 matches a week and keeps tabs on upcoming stars. A recent profile of Dongou in Mundo Deportivo describes the Cameroonian player as “sick with football.” I’ve seen that phrase used with a couple other La Masia stars that have done well for themselves: Pep Guardiola and Xavi Hernández.
There have been some doubts regarding the role Sergi Roberto, Rafinha and Gerard Deulofeu have to play given that they had not been assigned kit numbers for the upcoming season. The problem has now been solved for the former two, who sported their official kit numbers for the 2014/15 season in the friendly match against Napoli. The only kit number that is yet to be confirmed is Deulofeu’s. Read more…
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