Back from a tough trip to Turin, Unai Emery’s Sevilla continue their search for last season’s form in what has been an extremely frustrating campaign so far. The Europa League winners have finally joined Europe’s elite and are competing in the Champions League, but fate has it that Sevilla’s return to the UCL would feature them form this year’s group of death alongside last year’s finalists Juventus FC and England’s Manchester City. It’s not looking any prettier in La Liga as well as Sevilla – currently 16th – have only won five out of 18 possible points with a single win recorded in six games. And while both FC Barcelona and Sevilla are struggling in terms of performance, Barça are still managing to get the results.
Neymar celebrates his 100th game as a blaugrana today and hopes to dedicate a triumph to Messi
“Leo is the best and we want to win for him,” said the Brazilian crack
LUCHO, WARRIOR: “I see that there is enthusiasm to turn things around”
PREMIER LEAGUE: Mou says this is “the worst moment in his career”
The Brazilian will reach a century of matches in the blaugrana jersey this afternoon against Sevilla
“We have the team to conquer all the titles”
Seven Blaugrana on Ballon D’or Shortlist
In a somewhat strange initial Ballon D’or Shortlist of 59 players, seven FC Barcelona players have been selected to have a chance to win football’s most prestigious individual trophy. These players are Javier Mascherano, Claudio Bravo, Andrés Iniesta, Ivan Rakitić, and of course the front three of Neymar, Luis Suárez and Lionel Messi. While there should be little doubt as to who the eventual winner of the award should be (sorry, Cristiano), the surprise inclusion of some players and omission of others has caused some uproar on social media. Gerard Piqué was arguably the best center back in the world post January but was not afforded a place on the list, but Wilfried Bony was deemed worthy of such a place. Leaving Fifa’s contentious decisions aside though, the list will be cut down to 23 in December before the actual gala in January. For the full list, have a look here.
CR7’S 323 GOALS
VERMAELEN’S 1 GOLAZO
WON THE SAME AMOUNT OF LIGAS AND CHAMPIONS
BARCA STUDIES INCORPORATING TWO REINFORCEMENTS IN JANUARY
Robert and Luis Enrique know well what’s needed in the blaugrana team
The coaching staff looks for a versatile forward and a holding midfielder
The new agreement with Qater will help make these operations possible
NEYMAR, ON POINT TO BECOME ‘SPANISH:’ IN NOVEMBER HE WILL HAVE DUEL CITIZENSHIP
FCBALON D’ OR
Seven azulgrana, with Messi as the favorite, are among FIFA’s nominees
Today, the first screening begins, which will reduce the list to only 23 names
Alves shaved Neymar’s head in the dressing room
Luis Enrique and Unzué exercise on their bikes
The ‘Espai Barça’ needs feeding
Always do your homework. That advice wasn’t lost on FC Barcelona president, Josep Maria Bartomeu, who took advantage of the blaugrana’s pre-season tour of the United States to lead a delegation of club officials to the Metlife Stadium and the Barclay’s Center Arena in New York.
Why is this suddenly relevant? It’s all in the name. Literally. In order to fund the behemoth that is Bartomeu’s baby, the ambitious ‘Espai Barça’ project, Barcelona need to acquire revenue and how.
For the season in general, and this match in particular, pressure continues to mount on a tired – mentally, physically, footballing and otherwise – FC Barcelona. On Tuesday against Bayer Leverkusen, the blaugranas were able to react with a victory that, given the first few minutes, seemed rather unlikely. This was quite the response, even if one based primarily on emotion, not logic. Pride, not play.