It’s finally here! The final piece of what was a magnificent campaign by Samsung. The Galaxy 11 coached by Franz Beckenbauer are the assembled team to fight the extra terrestrials over our beloved planet Earth. If you’ve already seen the first half of the fictional game, check out the second half and final piece of the campaign, with Messi and Ronaldo teaming up to save Earth.
THE COACH PRESENTED HIS NEW BARÇA WITH PASSION
Luis Enrique wants an unpredictable team, that is exciting, attractive and that has fidelity to the club’s essence
MESSI: “He remains the best in the world”
TRIDENT: “Messi, Neymar and Suárez? I’m delighted.”
THE NEW SIGNINGS: “It’s fantastic that they come with hunger for titles”
LUIS SUÁREZ: “We accept that human beings have their imperfections”
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Cristian Tello barely arrived and had time to put on his new kit before playing and scoring for his new club, FC Porto. The club held their first pre-season friendly on Wednesday against Dutch side, Venlo. Tello was subbed on in minute 70 and scored a goal in minute 80. The Dragons ended up beating Venlo 6-2.
Luis Enrique’s Barça is a reality, and the ex-Blaugrana captain will now aim to guide the team back to winning ways with the help of six trusted colleagues, who make up his technical team. Unlike last season, when the remains of Tito Vilanova’s team had to mix with Tata Martino’s own staff, this year’s coaching staff has members with clearly defined roles and responsibilities. Read more after the jump…
FC Barcelona Juvenil A captain Roger Riera has signed for English Championship club Nottingham Forest. The 19-year-old centre-back led the immensely talented Juvenil A side to triumph in the inaugural UEFA Youth League, but the club elected not to renew his contract or offer him a place on the B team squad.
Riera leaves Barcelona after spending 9 years at La Masia, where he played at all youth levels. The 19-year-old leaves the club having the unique honour of being the most decorated captain in the history of La Masia, having managed to captain all sides he has played for and win trophies with them.
The totalBarça team wishes Roger the best of luck with his new club.
Sitting alongside Luis Enrique, Andoni Zubizarreta spoke to the media this afternoon to give some insight into what’s happened and what is to come. Let’s begin with what everyone is most interested in: the mystical center-back. “Last year we had four very good center-backs and still wanted cover. But these are long processes and some of them weren’t 100% in our control. We are working on this need, that of a center-back. But it’s a need [for center-backs] that 80% to 90% of the top clubs also have. We are all working on finding one and if you noticed, there hasn’t been any big news save David Luiz’s move to PSG. We are in the process of acquiring certain targets and we hope to reach agreements with them.” Barça’s sporting director additionally confirmed that FC Barcelona have made an official offer for Valencia’s Jérémy Mathieu and the ball is now in their court.
Zubizarreta was coy on the details but was continually pushed with questions on the subject. He said if there isn’t success with primary targets, the club will “look for alternatives” and that there is always the possibility to “look down [Barça B] and not forget the quality of players we have.”
More future plans from Zubi below.
In some worrying news just announced through FC Barcelona’s channels, an irregular heartbeat was found during medical testing in Adriano Correia. That is all the information thus far, besides him being ruled out of action for a seemingly arbitrary number of four to six weeks.
Just the mention of this condition should ring alarm bells and the club must act as cautiously as necessary. Players diagnosed with heart conditions have returned to action, including Antonio Cassano and Nwankwo Kanu, but it can as easily go the way of say Rubén de la Red or worse.
We wish Adriano all the best and hopefully this will be nothing more than a scare. The highest degree of care must be taken in these situations as the football world knows all too well what can happen with heart issues.
UEFA is celebrating its 60th birthday. On this occasion, the European federation has published a compilation of the 60 best goals ever scored in continental competitions. Two players currently on FC Barcelona’s books are featured, while the list also features two former players. Barça is featured on UEFA’s list on a further five occasions albeit on the conceding side. Read more after the jump.
This is something we’ve been expecting for quite a few days and now has been made official. FC Barcelona’s Cristian Tello has joined FC Porto on a loan deal:
“FC Barcelona and FC Porto have reached an agreement for the transfer of Barcelona player Cristian Tello on loan for the next two seasons, with the Portuguese club reserving a purchase option. The loan agreement includes a fee, with Barcelona reserving the right to cancel the purchase option as well as the loan agreement itself at the end of the first season.”
Mundo Deportivo (MD) report that Porto has paid Barça two million euros as the upfront loan fee and between MD and Sport the future purchase price is reportedly between eight and 12 million euros. Click for more.
Sergio Busquets is 26 today. The midfielder, who is enjoying the last days of his break after the World Cup (along with other internationals), will join up with the team on July 24th, as will all other Spanish internationals. After this short break, the Badia-born midfielder will start his seventh season as a member of Barcelona’s first team, having managed to become one of the club’s key players.
President Josep Maria Bartomeu recently spoke about how he wanted to “transform Barcelona.” In his speech, he praised the club’s economic growth, saying, “Barca’s economic health is not the end goal, but it is a good and essential tool that will guarantee the independence of the Club and benefit athletic and infrastructure investments.” As always, he concluded the speech by noting that Barcelona had reduced the debt and increased revenue to record levels. This has been a familiar party line from Bartomeu and his predecessor, Sandro Rosell, since they joined the board of directors in 2010 (Rosell famously declaring that the club could not afford color copiers). Despite running on a platform of transparency, rarely have these men spoken of the vision they have for the club in anything but vague platitudes - rather, the details and the accomplishments have come in the spreadsheets, in the money saved and the money earned. Read on for more.
FC Barcelona and Nike have unveiled Barça’s away kit of the 2014-15 season. The kit will be available for purchase starting July 17 on Nike.com/FCB and in stores on July 17th. The shorts and socks have a new look with the away shorts having a bright crimson with a thin blue stripe, while the away socks are bright crimson with a wide tonal stripe on the back. The t-shirt design represents the desire of youth to stand out from the crowd due to its light color. Click for more information on the technology used in making the kit.
FC Barcelona could be very close to signing their first centre-back since 2010 as rumors intensify around Valencia CF defender Jérémy Mathieu (30). The Frenchman was the only member of the Valencia squad who did not participate in a friendly against German club SpVgg Bayreuth on Tuesday, despite no reports of injury – usually a sign that a transfer is imminent. More after the jump.
Prolific goalscorer Luis Suárez (27), after agreeing to join FC Barcelona from Liverpool FC will become the 17th Uruguayan national to play for the Catalan club. Suárez follows in the footsteps of well-loved players such as Héctor Scarone, Enrique Fernández, Ramon Alberto Villaverde and Julio César Benítez, who were also Uruguayans who wore the blaugrana jersey.
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