Andrés Iniesta spoke on Barça TV’s “El Marcador” following the good showing at the Gamper, and was happy with the team performance saying “the start of the season is close now and we are excited, it feels like things are going well” before adding that “it’s been a good pre-season in terms of training and we will be trying to make sure that everything we’ve done is reflected in a good performance next Sunday. We have a great squad which is capable of challenging for titles.” More after the jump.
Club record signing Luis Suárez, Director of Sport Andoni Zubizarreta and vice-president Jordi Mestre were all in attendance this afternoon for one of these new blockbuster type press conferences. Zubizarreta confirmed what surfaced some time ago in the English press that Suárez was the club’s priority target and contacts were made well before the World Cup. “He was the first name on our list when meeting with Luis Enrique. We’ve followed him the past two seasons and he’s one of the world’s best. He’s a forward who can play outside that position and drop back, as well as push to either wing. He’s a goal scorer and able to combine, competitive, and within our team structure gives us options in attack.” Zubi also pointed out the benefit of the striker spending time in the Netherlands during his early years in Europe. “He was formed in Dutch football, a type of football we know well, and later in Liverpool, which is a great team accustomed to success and pressure.” It was stressed that Suárez “wanted to be a Barça player and that desire is important.” Finally, he revealed that the club has been playing around with ideas of what to do during the Uruguayan’s remaining ban time. “That he may go to Uruguay to play some friendlies is something we’ve considered and it’s an option we like.” More after the jump on Dani Alves, Alex Song, the FIFA meeting that happened earlier today and more.
After featuring for 14 minutes in Monday night’s Gamper Trophy game, Luis Suárez has finally been unveiled as a Barça player in an overflowing press room. More than 100 reporters, 65 media channels, 20 television stations, the Ricard Maxenchs press room in the Camp Nou was full, and it was all for the €80 million man. “Thank you for making my dream of playing for FC Barcelona come true”, said the Uruguayan to the president, the board, and the fans before admitting, “when I got the chance to come here I didn’t hesitate”. More from Suarez’s unveiling after the jump.
Croatian international Ivan Rakitić was impressed by the Camp Nou crowd and voiced his opinion on the team’s performance, even though it was a one-sided game that ended 6-0 to FC Barcelona. “It was an important match, we played at a good pace and I think we played really well.”
Even though it was a thumping, Rakitić believes, “There is still the odd thing to improve but the fans can go home smiling.” The midfielder showed last night his ability to fire off shots from long range. “It’s a part of my game. People already know what I can contribute, but I have to keep improving in every match and every training session.” The new man certainly impressed the crowd during his first match at the Camp Nou.
Below are reactions from Jérémy Mathieu, Jordi Masip, Munir El Haddadi, and Claudio Bravo.
In his post-Gamper conference, Luis Enrique praised the team’s win and performance against Club León after his side thrashed the visitors six goals to nil. This summer’s transfer window is almost over, and Luis Enrique expressed his satisfaction and appreciation of the changes that the club has gone through. “The manager has to put together a team with the squad he has, and we’ve got an amazing squad.” The goal was to strengthen the squad in several aspects to build a more competitive squad, and Lucho believes the club did just that. “We’ve strengthened really well, the club has made a big effort and I’ve got a unique squad.” More after the jump.
The pre-season is now over and on top of the scoring charts isn’t Lionel Messi or Neymar, but Munir El Haddadi. The 18-year-old has clearly impressed Luis Enrique, getting a lot of game time over the summer and rewarding the boss’ faith with four goals, more than anyone else in the squad. Now playing with Barça B, it’s not a question of if we will see him with the first team this season, only how much.
Barcelona B are coming off the back of an historic season in Liga Adelante, having managed to equal the side’s best ever finish achieved by Luis Enrique’s team in 2010/11. However, last year’s squad has been stripped apart, with many players sealing moves abroad, others moving to La Liga clubs, and others released. Coach Eusebio Sacristán has a squad that includes just 15 players who were with the team last year, with the rest being new signings and players who were promoted from last year’s all-conquering Juvenil A side. Through this mini-series, which is to be split into two parts, we will attempt to give you an insight into your second favourite Barça team. Part 1 gave you an idea on those who are still here from last year’s squad. Read on to meet the rest of the squad, including all new signings…
Finally, the wait was over and the first match at the Camp Nou was played between FC Barcelona vs Club de León which ended 6-0 for Barça. FC Barcelona’s line up for the first half was: Claudio Bravo, Dani Alves, Jordi Alba, Jérémy Mathieu, Rafinha,Sergio Busquets, Ivan Rakitić , Javier Mascherano, Andrés Iniesta, Lionel Messi and Neymar Jr. León’s starting line-up was: Yarbrough, Rafa Marquez, Magallon,Gonzalez,Edwin Hernandez, Elias Hernandez, Pena, Cardenas,Vazquez, Rivera, Boselli. Read more after the jump!
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Xavi Hernández and Neymar Jr have been given the medical green light ahead of tonight’s Joan Gamper trophy match against Club León. Barça B players Munir El Haddadi, Álex Grimaldo and Sergi Samper took part in training with the 21 first team members.
The whole squad is expected to attend the match. The injured Thomas Vermaelen and Marc-André Ter Stegen along with the rest of the team will be all presented for the first time to the home fans. Team presentation will start an hour before kick off.
FC Barcelona’s Neymar has added his voice to the “Ice Bucket Challenge” phenomenon. Two and a half weeks ago, Pete Frates, a 29 year old inflicted by amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, better known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, posted this video on Facebook, which has inspired the likes of Bill Gates, Lebron James and most recently Barça’s young Brazilian to share a message and donate to the cause. If you check out Pete’s video, you’ll notice he cannot speak any longer. Lou Gehrig’s is a disease that attacks nerve cells and eventually leads to entire body paralysis, despite the mind remaining active, with a life expectancy of two to five years. The infliction itself is named after one of the most famous New York Yankee’s of all time, who on the day of retirement gave one sport’s truly inspiring speeches, calling himself the “luckiest man on the face of the earth” despite his diagnosis. He passed away two years later.
The Ice Bucket Challenge has now been shared over 1.2 million times via social media channels, in which a person posts a video of themselves dumping a bucket of ice water over their head and challenging friends to do the same or donate $100 dollars to the ALS Association. Clearly, a great deal of people have done both and deep pocket celebrities have donated a fair deal more. In fact, since Pete’s original video, the ALS Association has received $ 13.3 million in donations, versus the 1.7 million received last year over the same period. Neymar himself challenges Brazilian bud Robinho, a few others and Carlos Zúñiga.
Barcelona B ended the round of preseason friendlies with a defeat against newly promoted Llagostera at the Miniestadi. Eusebio’s men were not on their day and lost the match to an own goal by captain Patric and a last-minute goal by Tarradellas, despite going in front early in the second half. Read more…
Luis Enrique gave a press conference today before the Joan Gamper game tomorrow against Mexican side Club León F.C. During the press conference, the boss was asked many questions, some about how the players from Barça B are coping, Gerard Deuloeu’s loan and many more.
The Coach started by encouraging the Barça B players saying, “There are some top quality players there. It goes without saying that we’ll have to give them a hand. I love using young players with talent, and they are top rate. There are quite a few with quality.” More after the jump.
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