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.
Attacking midfielder Javier Fernández (18), commonly known as Bicho, has joined Barcelona B on a two-year loan from Deportivo de La Coruña. The terms of the deal are rumored to be very similar to Denis Suarez’s loan to Sevilla: A two-year deal with options to buy and buy-back for both sides. Bicho is one of several reinforcements to the Barça B’s midfield after the departures of Suarez, Javier Espinosa, and Ilie Sanchez this summer. Read on below for more on Barcelona B’s newest signing.
The boys that did not take part in the World Cup went back to work yesterday. I think the new hot pink training kits look very nice.
FC Barcelona’s pre-season has kicked off today, and Marc Bartra is more eager than ever to get back on the pitch. The young defender will be expecting more competition this season with more defenders to join the team as he targets a starting spot. In an interview with Sport, Bartra discussed the team’s expectations for the upcoming season, being a defender at Barça, his own hopes, personal challenges and his relationship with Luis Enrique. Read the full interview after the jump.
A bunch of juicy stuff from Josep Maria Bartomeu that gives fans a sneak peek into their favorite game of fantasy. “At the very least we must replace Puyol. Two or three defenders are coming. The total number of signings to come isn’t certain but at least two for sure.” Barça’s president then talks Xavi Hernández, Lionel Messi, Ivan Rakitic, Luis Suárez and more.
Newly signed Uruguayan striker Luis Suárez cannot be unveiled as an FC Barcelona player during his four month ban. FC Barcelona wanted to hold an event away from the Camp Nou, i.e. football venue, but will be unable as FIFA made it clear that, “The ban relates to all football-related activity. He cannot be in a football-related public event irrespective of the venue. He cannot even be involved in a football-related charity event,” said the head of media, Delia Fisher. But logically the ban didn’t relate to being transferred between clubs, which is clearly not a “football-related activity.”
FC Barcelona began preparing for the approaching 2014-15 season this morning with player medical tests and analyses. First teamers Marc-André Ter Stegen, Jordi Masip, Martín Montoya, Marc Bartra, Adriano Correia, Sergi Roberto, Rafinha Alcântara, Gerard Deulofeu, Ibrahim Afellay, Cristian Tello and Bojan Krkić were joined at the Ciutat Esportiva by players from the reserves team including Patric, Edgar Ie, Frank Bagnack, Diagne, Álex Grimaldo, Sergi Samper, Alen Halilovic, Munir El Haddadi, Sandro Ramirez, Dani Nieto, Joan Roman, Jean-Marie Dongou and Adama Traoré. Click for more details.
With the Luis Suarez transfer saga now finally over, it is time for FC Barcelona to turn its attention to one of the most burning issues in the footballing sector of the club. The purchase of a new centre-back. The search has been going on for years but has not managed to bear fruit. Yet the need for a centre-back has now stopped being just evident; it is rather best described as urgent. Still, the big question remains – Why is it so difficult to get our man? What does he have to be like? Read more after the jump…
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