Luis Enrique: “One cannot draw conclusions too early”

Luis Enrique: “One cannot draw conclusions too early”

FC Barcelona’s new coach Luis Enrique Martínez (44), started his spell with a victory over Recreativo de Huelva in a friendly match that ended 1-0 for the Catalans thanks to a goal from Joan Àngel Román. The coach was happy with the team’s display and especially the youngsters. “All of Barça B and the first team have been fine, have taken the game seriously, with dedication and have had opportunities. However, one can not draw conclusions too early,” he said during the post press conference.  Read more from Enrique after the jump.

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Cartoon of the Day: Sport (20.7.2014)

Cartoon of the Day: Sport (20.7.2014)

THIS IS THE SECOND KIT FOR BARCELONA

AND THIS IS THE ONE THAT FIFA WILL MAKE SUÁREZ  WEAR

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Neymar: “We must admit that Brazil lags behind Germany and Spain”

Neymar: “We must admit that Brazil lags behind Germany and Spain”

In his first interview since the World Cup, Neymar Jr. spoke about the state of Brazilian soccer and gave an update on the injury he suffered against Colombia. Will he recover in time for the start of the season? Read some highlights from the full interview with Globo Magazine after the break.

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Match Review: Recreativo 0-1 FC Barcelona

Match Review: Recreativo 0-1 FC Barcelona

Luis Enrique’s coaching spell at FC Barcelona kicked off with a narrow win over Recreativo de Huelva thanks to a goal from Joan Román. Enrique introduced all 23 players that were called up for the club’s first friendly game as the players start their journey towards regaining full match fitness. The game was far from entertaining, but the time will come when fans expect beautiful football and it is not now. The squad was mainly made up of Barça B players who will aim to impress Enrique for a shot at joining the first team.

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The Front: Mundo Deportivo (20.7.2014)

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BLIND, IN BARCELONA

Ajax’s central is the first option for Barça if Mathieu or Marquinhos fall through. The Dutchman spends his vacations in Barcelona and waits for a call from the club.

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The Front: Sport (20.7.2014)

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LUIS ENRIQUE DEBUTS WITH A VICTORY

DEULOFEU AND HALILOVIC AIM HIGH

The Catalan gave the goal and sent a ball to the crossbar while the Croatian showed great things. The new coach kept the essence of the champion’s style from the past years.

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Video of the day: Ma-Ma-Ma-Mascherano

Argentina continues its love affair with Javier Mascherano. Argentinean musicians Carlos Seoane and Kiki Troia have remade the 1979 hit My Sharona to honor “El Jefecito.” Get ready to boogie! Translation of the hilarious lyrics after the jump.

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Masip: “Enrique always had faith in young players”

Masip: “Enrique always had faith in young players”

The newly promoted Jordi Masip had nothing but praise for Luis Enrique as we start the new season. The coach recently stated that if he is to select his first-choice goalkeeper now he’d would pick Masip because of their time together at FC Barcelona B, and the young goalkeeper was motivated by Enrique’s words. “Luis Enrique already knows me, but he doesn’t really know Ter Stegen or Bravo yet. I was heartened by his words, and they have motivated me to keep working as hard as I can.” More after the jump.

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The Result: Recreativo 0-1 FC Barcelona

The Result: Recreativo 0-1 FC Barcelona

RESULT:

Recreativo: 0

FC Barcelona: 1

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Barça youngster Carlos Blanco signs for Juventus

Barça youngster Carlos Blanco signs for Juventus

The summer of 2014 is proving to be no different to other summers: It is yet another summer of exits from La Masia, with many of Barça’s most promising youngsters lacking the patience required in order to make it to the Camp Nou, instead opting to move to foreign clubs that offer more attractive economic terms. The latest exit is a huge blow to the league winning Juvenil B side. Read more after the jump…

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Deulofeu: “Coming home was always my objective”

Deulofeu: “Coming home was always my objective”

The long awaited return of 20-year-old Spanish winger Gerard Deulofeu has finally arrived. After a year-long loan spell in Everton, Deulofeu is now at last, a first team player. Speaking in his first ever press conference as a first team member, Gerard made it clear that he is keen and ambitious on earning a first team place. “Coming home was always my objective,” said the Catalan in Thursday’s press conference. “I learned a lot of things at Everton and now I’m going to have to work hard to achieve this season’s targets.” More after the jump.

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Cartoon of the Day: Sport (19.7.2014)

Cartoon of the Day: Sport (19.7.2014)

EVEN THOUGH HE NEVER WON THE WORLD CUP

EVEN THOUGH HE THREW UP

EVEN THOUGH HE IS SOMEWHAT SAD

EVEN THOUGH HE MIGHT NOT BE WHO HE WAS BEFORE

“Messi is still the best player in the world”

THE WORD OF LUIS ENRIQUE, AMEN

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The Front: Mundo Deportivo (19.7.2014)

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PUSH FOR BLIND

The Dutchman interests Barça as an alternative to Mathieu, who could be retained by Valencia. Van Gaal’s United also wants this versatile 24-year-old defender.

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The Front: Sport (19.7.2014)

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BARÇA-BAYERN: WAR FOR CUADRADO

Fiorentina warns that Barça has one week to match Guardiola’s offer. They ask 42 million, the player wants to come and could leave for a lower price.

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Picture of the day: Training

Picture of the day: Training

Sergi Roberto shows off his exercise ball technique during training on Friday.

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Messi & Suárez nominated for UEFA Best Player award

Messi & Suárez nominated for UEFA Best Player award

UEFA has published its shortlist of the ten players nominated for the UEFA Best Player award, and FC Barcelona’s newly signed Luis Suárez along with Lionel Messi have been included in that list. The top ten will undergo a round of voting and UEFA will announce their three player shortlist on August 14th 2014. With last year’s winner Franck Ribéry missing out, check out UEFA’s top ten list right after the jump.

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Infographic Animation: Luis Suárez

Haven’t watched Luis Suarez much? Only recognise him from his controversial incidents? Heard that he was good or just ‘OK’? Here are some interesting facts about FC Barcelona’s record club signing.

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Video of the Day: Deulofeu mocks Cristiano

The young Gerard Deulofeu, who has just returned from a one-year loan at Everton FC on good form, had a little fun in the Camp Nou car park. While it seems like we’re still in July, the young Spaniard has launched the first hit of the season in the eternal Clasico rivalry. Check out Deulofeu’s hilarious Cristiano Ronaldo impression in the video above.

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Number of the day: 3.2 billion

Number of the day: 3.2 billion

Forbes Magazine has announced their top 50 most valuable sports team in 2014, with FC Barcelona coming in second on that long list of clubs with an estimated value of $3.2 billion. This comes after the board’s stadium expansion plans that were announced back in April 2014. The first on that list are Real Madrid, who are valued at $3.44 billion; with Manchester United coming in third with a $2.81 billion valuation in 2014.

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Cartoon of the Day: Sport (16.7.2014)

Cartoon of the Day: Sport (16.7.2014)

CR7 AND MESSI

TWO GIFTED GOLDEN BALL AWARD WINNERS

 MESSI: “At least when they give me something I don’t deserve… I don’t get all emotional like some others.”

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July 18, 2014

The Front: Mundo Deportivo (18.7.2014)

The Front: Sport (18.7.2014)

Picture of the day: Thank you, Javier


July 17, 2014

Luis Enrique on individual players

Josimar Quintero signs for Chelsea

#GALAXY11: The Match – Part II

Enrique: “I am a born leader and I lead this team”

The Front: Sport (17.7.2014)

The Front: Mundo Deportivo (17.7.2014)

Picture of the day: Off to a roaring start

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