Match Review: Levante UD 0-5 FC Barcelona

Match Review: Levante UD 0-5 FC Barcelona

Ten minutes into the game, it was a familiar scene. Barcelona were away from home on a shoddy pitch, patiently working the ball back and forth as they tried to break down the two banks of five men defending deep in front of the opposition goal. Then it happened – a stray pass in midfield fell to Levante, who broke quickly into the spaces left behind the fullbacks. Down Barcelona’s left, evading a desperate challenge from the exposed centre-back, then crossing to the unmarked man on the opposite flank. An easy goal – Barcelona have seen it too many times over the past two seasons.

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Youth League: Victory by three

Youth League: Victory by three

Reigning UEFA Youth League champions, FC Barcelona’s Juvenil A, have started this year’s campaign with a victory against opponents APOEL. In this tournament, the youth sides are placed in a group identical to the first team. All three goals were scored within a 17-minute interval sentencing the game as victory for the blaugrana. Details after the jump.

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Video of the Day: Lee Seung-Woo U-16 Asian Championships

Watch Lee Seung-Woo dazzle the Asian continent with some truly amazing goals and skills!

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The Front: Mundo Deportivo (22.9.2014)

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RECITAL

Barça swept with a brilliant Messi, an unstoppable Neymar and a Rakitić who is already indispensible

SUPER LEO DID IT ALL

The crack scored, gave two assists and provoked a red card and a failed penalty in a great game

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The Front: Sport (22.9.2014)

the front sport sept 22 2014

LEADER’S MANITA

MESSI LED BARÇA TO ROUT

The connection continues: Leo gifted another goal to Neymar, who confirmed the feeling between the two cracks

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Cartoon of the Day: Sport

Cartoon of the Day: Sport

LEVANTE 0

MESSI-ASSIST TEAM 5

MESSI: “How content you are with your 8 little goals… …almost as much as we are with our 6 points”

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Picture of the day: Ivan Rakitić

Picture of the day: Ivan Rakitić

Ivan Rakitić’s goal yesterday against Levante was a screamer: Through Diop’s legs, through keeper Jesús Fernández‘s outstretched arms and hammering into the back of the net. What a beauty!

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Match Review: FC Barcelona B 0-1 UE Llagostera

Match Review: FC Barcelona B 0-1 UE Llagostera

In football, you always have to work to get results. Matches are never won before kick-off. Perhaps that’s what Barcelona B’s players were thinking when they took to the pitch to face Llagostera yesterday. But when the match started they were faced by reality: They had no answers for neither Llagostera’s brilliantly orchestrated defensive tactics, or for their venomous counterattacks. The front line had a day off, and the defence made mistakes of the kind that have been unseen for months now. Defeat was inevitable for Barça B yesterday, despite Sergi Samper’s spirited performance in the pivot role. It is a rule that when your forwards are absent, getting goals is hard. Read more…

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The Ratings: Levante UD 0-5 FC Barcelona

The Ratings: Levante UD 0-5 FC Barcelona

The Ratings… Everyone’s 2nd favourite part to a post-match analysis, after the Post-Match Review of course. It is now your turn to show us what you think of the players’ performances. Let’s see how you all do!

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The Result: Levante UD 0-5 FC Barcelona

The Result: Levante UD 0-5 FC Barcelona

RESULT:

Levante UD: 0

FC Barcelona: 5

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Live Match Chat: Levante UD vs FC Barcelona

Live Match Chat: Levante UD vs FC Barcelona

totalBarça welcomes you all to the Liga game between Levante UD and FC Barcelona. Are you ready?!

Sunday, September 21, 2014 @ 21:00 Barcelona time – Convert to local time

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Lee named MVP of the U-16 Asian Championship

Lee named MVP of the U-16 Asian Championship

This particular Barça youth forward may not be currently able to wear the blaugrana due to the FIFA ban, but his exploits on the international stage have certainly not gone unnoticed. 16-year-old Lee Seung Woo guided his native South Korea to the final of the U-16 Asian Championships, but couldn’t beat the North Korea, and therefore had to settle for a runner’s up medal. His efforts though, won him the Best Player award for the tournament, aside from winning the golden boot. Read more after the jump.

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Number of the Day: 9

Number of the Day: 9

Nobody has plauged Levante’s 10 seasons in La Liga like Lionel Messi. The Barça goal machine has scored 9 times against the Valencia side, more than any other La Liga player active (Cristiano Ronaldo, 7) or not (Diego Forlán, 8). The Argentine has additionally hit the back of the net against Levante three seasons in a row. Looking hungry as ever, it would be a foolish punt to go against Messi making it 10 goals and four seasons running.

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Match squad traveling to Levante

Match squad traveling to Levante

With a packed calendar to finish up the month of September, Luis Enrique has again done a bit of tinkering with the match squad. All those rested against APOEL midweek, Sergio Busquets, Javier Mascherano, Pedro Rodríguez and Martín Montoya, travel to Valencia, whereas Marc Bartra and Adriano Correia remain in Catalonia. Rafinha Alcántara also misses out as a precaution after feeling a slight thigh strain over the weekend.

Full match squad (19, 1 to drop): Ter Stegen, Bravo, Montoya, Piqué, Rakitic, Busquets, Xavi, Pedro, Iniesta, Messi, Neymar, Mascherano, Douglas, Alba, Roberto, Alves, Mathieu, Sandro, Munir.

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Match Preview: Levante UD – FC Barcelona

Match Preview: Levante UD – FC Barcelona

In their second away game of the season, FC Barcelona will travel to Valencia to face Levante UD as they aim to keep the momentum going. Barcelona currently sit on top of the league, and a win today would increase the gap between Luis Enrique’s men and Atlético Madrid to 4 points, and will retain the 6-point gap between them and Real Madrid. The team will be looking for a fifth consecutive win in all competitions, and hopefully a fifth consecutive clean sheet.

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The Front: Mundo Deportivo (21.9.2014)

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SOCIO MESSI

Leo, who already has his Barça card, has started the paperwork to make his son, Thiago, a socio too

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The Front: Sport (21.9.2014)

the front sport sept 21 2014

DON’T STOP THE CRACKS

BARÇA LOOKS FOR THEIR FOURTH CONSECUTIVE VICTORY TO REMAIN CHAMPION AT FOUR POINTS

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Cartoon of the Day: Sport

Cartoon of the Day: Sport

LUIS ENRIQUE DOES NOT ANNOUNCE THE STARTING LINEUP

LUIS ENRIQUE: “I want my players to know… …that I won’t marry anyone …at the moment”

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Picture of the day: Messi 2.0

Picture of the day: Messi 2.0

Lionel Messi’s nephew, 6-year-old Agustin, son of Leo’s brother Rodrigo, has joined FC Barcelona’s football school in Barcelona. Every football team in the youngster’s school is named after one of the first team players, so do you think Agustin is on Team Messi? No, he is on the Adriano team.

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Luis Enrique: “Always stay focused on the next game”

Luis Enrique: “Always stay focused on the next game”

“Always stay focused on the next game,” that was Luis Enrique’s message to his players on Saturdays’s pre match press conference ahead of Sunday’s game against Levante UD. The coach insisted that all people should be focusing on the next game, and that “general evaluations can be left until the end of the season.” Lucho continued, “The idea is to beat them. And depending on how we do, we’ll see where we stand. I haven’t been worrying about having to play seven games in 21 days. There’s only one game that we can control at the moment, and that’s the next one. My message to the players is to always stay focused on the next game.” More from the Asturian after the jump.

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September 20, 2014

Cruyff: “Guardiola better than Mourinho”

Match Preview: FC Barcelona B – UE Llagostera

Video of the Day: Sergi knows his Sergio

Number of the Day: 9

The Front: Mundo Deportivo (20.9.2014)

The Front: Sport (20.9.2014)

FLASHBACK Front: Mundo Deportivo (20.9.2009)

Cartoon of the Day: Sport

Picture of the day: Pajamas

Three Blaugranas called-up by Spain U-17

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