Barça school now open in Sao Paulo

Barça school now open in Sao Paulo

Last week, the second official FC Barcelona football school opened in Brazil. After Rio de Janeiro  a year ago, Barça announced the launch of activities at their Sau Paulo school with around 400 new students of both the male and female genders.

Different trials for young footballers from Sao Paulo and surrounding areas took place and only 400 footballers from the initial 1,000 that tried out were selected to be educated the Barça football philosophy from the start. However, the club admitted a new admission procedure will be started soon.

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Luis Enrique invited by UEFA to Nyon

Luis Enrique invited by UEFA to Nyon

Luis Enrique will be one of the coaches invited to the 16th edition of UEFA’s ‘Elite Club Coaches’ Forum’ which will take place at one of the UEFA headquarters in Nyon (Switzerland) on the 3rd and 4th of September. The last time FC Barcelona was represented in this forum was during 2012 by late manager Tito Vilanova, who was coach at that time. Also notably, this will be Luis Enrique’s first participation in the annual event which usually takes place before the start of the prestigious UEFA Champions League.

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Bartomeu: “Still time to sign another player”

Bartomeu: “Still time to sign another player”

One of the people that most enjoyed Barcelona’s season opening win was team president Josep Maria Bartomeu. After a busy off-season of player signings, the Luis Suárez drama, and the recent transfer ban, a brilliant on field performance is a welcome source of attention. Read more of his comments after the jump.

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The Front: Mundo Deportivo (26.8.2014)

the front MD aug 26 2014

LUIS ENRIQUE’S FORMULA

CRACK: Leo Messi renews his enthusiasm and makes his commitment clear

STYLE: Iniesta and Busquets, guardians of the philosophy of play

RENEWAL: The quick integration of Rakitić confirms the winds of change

CANTERA: Munir is the clear message that no one should be caught sleeping

CHARISMA: The fans have plenty of confidence in the Asturian coach

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The Front: Sport (26.8.2014)

the front sport aug 26 2014

MUNIR

THE CRACK WHO GOT AWAY FROM ATLÉTICO AND MADRID

He played in Majadahonda and they failed to appreciate his talent

“Cut your hair or Barça won’t keep you,” they said to him.

DANGER: His clause is 12 million

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Cartoon of the Day: Sport

Cartoon of the Day: Sport

BAYERN DE MUNIR 3

ELCHE 0

MESSI IS PLUGGED IN

MESSI: “In this physical shape I am going to win titles again… including triathlons”

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Picture of the day: Tribute to a new star

Picture of the day: Tribute to a new star

Eighteen-year-old Munir El Haddadi made a remarkable debut for FC Barcelona’s first team Sunday against Elche. May this illustration by artist Richard Swarbrick be the first of many tributes to Barça’s newest phenomenon.

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Luis Enrique: “Barça fans have gone home happy”

Luis Enrique: “Barça fans have gone home happy”

Luis Enrique was delighted with his first game in charge of FC Barcelona, a strong 3-0 win at home to Elche CF. Goals aside, the match was full of promising signs for the “Lucho era” including high pressing, quick passing, and sparkling performances by debutants Munir El Haddadi and Ivan Rakitić. “The game had a little bit of everything,” Luis Enrique said. “Elche were very organised at first but we gradually started creating chances and showed what resources we’ve got.” Javier Mascherano’s red card “made the game harder for us” according to the Asturian manager, “but we knew we had to take less risks, then individual actions in attack helped us.” Read more quotes from the boss after the jump.

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The Highlights: FC Barcelona 3-0 Elche CF

The Highlights: FC Barcelona 3-0 Elche CF

Watch the highlights from the first game of the Liga season between FC Barcelona and Elche CF after the jump!

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Munir: “A dream come true”

Munir: “A dream come true”

Munir El Haddadi is La Masia’s man of the moment. The 18-year-old not only started against Elche, he capped off his dream night with a Camp Nou goal. Munir was the guest on Barça TV’s El Marcador following the match and obviously he was on could nine. “I am so proud to have scored at the Camp Nou with Messi and so many other great players around me. I’m very happy. It was a dream come true to play with them … Luis Enrique has told me to keep doing what I do, and so I’ll keep working for more chances. He tells us to work hard and get better every day. He’s a great manager.

Despite admitting a combination of nerves and excitement had him up all night, his performance was assured and mature, not only scoring but blasting the crossbar earlier on. But the goal is what he will remember forever. “It came because if you keep losing your marker, sometimes you get there. I saw the goalkeeper was off his line and just chipped the ball.

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Player Reactions: FC Barcelona 3:0 Elche CF

Player Reactions: FC Barcelona 3:0 Elche CF

With the first La Liga match of the season for FC Barcelona, the players are also back to giving their post-match comments in the Zona Mixta of the Camp Nou. Dani Alves underlined that “the team has taken on board what Luis Enrique wants and that’s important for our progress. If we put it all into practice, the wins will come. Things are in our grasp, so we’re all happy.” Speaking about a young teammate who not only had his first team debut but also scored a goal, Alves noted that “we have to look after Munir because he’s got a great future ahead of him. He’s humble, but hard work is getting him what he deserves. It’s a pleasure to have him in the team.” Read on for comments from Ivan Rakitić and Marc Bartra.

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The Front: Sport (25.8.2014)

the front sport aug 25 2014

LUIS ENRIQUE’S ERA BEGINS IN STYLE

THE GREAT MESSI RETURNS

Leo made two goals and showed the Camp Nou that he has returned to be number 1

A STAR IS BORN

Munir had a dream debut: A great goal, a complete match and an ovation from the stands

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The Front: Mundo Deportivo (25.8.2014)

the front MD aug 25 2014

HE’S BACK

Messi made two goals and some piece work in a triumph with good ‘feeling’

 A great goal from young Munir completed the party despite ‘Masche’s’ red card at the end of the first half

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Picture of the day: Happy Messi = Happy Culés

Picture of the day: Happy Messi = Happy Culés

Is it too soon to say that Messi is back?

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Match Review: FC Barcelona 3:0 Elche CF

Match Review: FC Barcelona 3:0 Elche CF

The early star of the show was an old Camp Nou friend (or an omen for those suspiciously inclined folks). But when the black cat was shown the exit (the security man earning a bite for his trouble), Luis Enrique’s new look FC Barcelona comfortably beat Elche 3-0. The visitors’ defensive strategy was voided when Lionel Messi opened up his 2014/15 account and despite a late first half setback, a debut goal 49 seconds into the second half from Munir El Haddadi ended this game as a competitive affair. There is certainly praise to go around, but seeing an energetic Messi with his much missed smile is unquestionably tonight’s key takeaway.

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The Result: FC Barcelona 3-0 Elche CF

The Result: FC Barcelona 3-0 Elche CF

RESULT:

FC Barcelona: 3

Elche CF: 0

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Match Review: CA Osasuna 2-0 FC Barcelona B

Match Review: CA Osasuna 2-0 FC Barcelona B

Barcelona B’s 2014/15 Liga Adelante season began with a defeat at El Sadar against promotion contenders Osasuna. What the reserves showed on the pitch at Pamplona must have surely left coach Eusebio with plenty to ponder. The team was lackluster, lackeing the grit and determination to match the hosts’ energy. Eusebio’s side created very few chances, and was forced to play with a backline that was totally in shambles. Avoiding relegation will be a challenge this season. Read more…

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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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August 24, 2014

Number of the Day: 5

Match Preview: FC Barcelona vs Elche CF

The Front: Sport (24.8.2014)

The Front: Mundo Deportivo (24.8.2014)

Cartoon of the Day: Sport

Cartoon of the day

Picture of the day: Ready… Set…

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


August 23, 2014

Simeone: “Our objective is third place”

Suárez omitted for Uruguay friendlies

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