FC Barcelona midfielder and Croatian international, Ivan Rakitić, spoke to local newspapers as reported by Catalan daily SPORT during his concentration with the Croatian national team as part of the international break. Several themes were mentioned, namely how happy he happens to be at Barcelona and his teammate Luis Suárez. Read more after the jump.
On Sunday, current UEFA Youth League and Honour Division Liga champions, FC Barcelona’s Juvenil A side kicked off their campaign with a match against Atlétic Balears. The match is the first of this year’s Liga competition, and it certainly wasn’t an easy one ending with a draw without any goals being scored. Details after the jump.
Portugal’s U-21 national team maintained their perfect record in Group 8 of the qualifiers with a 1-2 away win against Norway. The Portuguese took a 2-0 lead, but the Norwegians managed to pull one back within minutes of the visitors’ second and pushed hard for the equaliser, but couldn’t find one, despite of the best efforts of the impressive 15-year-old Martin Ødegaard, who has been touted as a potential Barça target.
Spain’s incredible trio seems to be in line for another nail biting three-horse race. Atlético Madrid, FC Barcelona, and Real Madrid have stayed busy during the summer transfer window as they prepare themselves for another challenge, but did they strengthen or weaken their squads? Are their current players capable of enduring another trinity war? This article will focus on last year’s Champions League winners and the side that finally succeeded and ended the search for ‘La Decima.’ Barça’s fiercest rivals may face a tougher campaign than expected.
Gerard Piqué is crazy about all sports, not just football. FC Barcelona’s defender got to judge some basketball greats in a dunk contest yesterday in Barcelona. Charles Barkley, former NBA star and member of the American Dream Team that competed in the 1992 Barcelona Summer Olympics, was also on the judges panel.
Barcelona B forward Sandro Ramírez is very happy boy right now. The Canary-Islander made his first team debut on Sunday, scored his first goal and then got a surprise call-up to the Spain U-21 national team, as a replacement for Munir El Haddadi, who got called up to the senior team. Speaking to the official media outlet of the Spanish Football Federation, Sandro couldn’t hide his joy at the call-up.
The Chilean national team, with Claudio Bravo playing the full 90 minutes between the sticks, played out to a goalless draw against Mexico at Levi’s Stadium in San Francisco. The friendly match was part of the two countries’ preparations ahead of the 2015 Copa América which will be held in Chile next June. Read more…
Rafinha Alcântara, played with the Brazilian U-21 team against Palestine in Qatar which ended (3-0) in favor of Brazil. Rafinha played for 70 minutes before being subbed off.
The Brazilian team was having difficulties in breaking the deadlock of the Palestinians, however, in the second half, Ademilson scored Brazil’s first. Shortly after, Rafinha provided Dória with an assist. And finally, Vinicius Araujo scored the third and last goal.
Neymar Jr. was the captain of Brazil during the match against Columbia which ended (1-0) for Brazil, thanks to a winning free-kick from the FC Barcelona forward. Neymar had accepted the apology of Juan Camilo Zúñiga (whom ended Neymar’s world cup dream when he vigorously hit Neymar in the back which resulted in a broken vertebrae.)
Brazil’s new coach, Dunga, started his journey with a win thanks to a free-kick from Neymar in the latter minutes of the game. The match was held at the Miami Dolphins Sun Life Stadium in front of 75,000 fans.
Luis Suárez, under sanction from FIFA for his third biting incident, could be called up by the Uruguayan National Team to play two friendlies for his country. This crucial game time will help FC Barcelona’s new forward prepare for his club debut in October’s clasico against eternal rival Real Madrid. It will also help Uruguay make money, as they receive more when the team features star players such as Suárez. More after the jump.
Global football icon and former FC Barcelona player, Ronaldinho Gaúcho, has signed with Mexican side Querétaro, los Gallos Blancos (the White Roosters). “Now it’s official! The number 49 shirt! My lucky number! I hope to experience the same happiness here!! #GallosForever! I chose Mexico because of the warmth with which I’m always treated here! Really motivated to play for@Club_Querétaro!” More details on Ronaldinho’s new club after the jump.
Neymar da Silva Santos, father of Neymar Jr., has stated his indignation at accusations leveled at his son after he received his frightening back injury during the World Cup this summer. “He was close to being out for a year or even having more serious consequences (because of the injury),” said Neymar Sr. “And some people said that he was faking his injury.” More after the jump.
Barcelona B goalkeeper Joseph Fabrice Ondoa made his full Cameroon debut yesterday, after starting in the 2-0 away win against the Democratic Republic of Congo, in a qualifying match for the 2015 African Cup of Nations. The Cameroonians, who played without Alex Song (suspended) and Samuel Eto’o, who called time on his time with the national side earlier this year, won through goals by Nije and Aboubakar.
THE KEYS TO THE NEW MESSI
He returns to be what he was before and will regain the throne of the number 1 in the world
He’s shaken off the burden of the World Cup – He’s happy with the signings – He has a new contract – He has a ‘feeling’ with Luis Enrique – He appreciates Pepe Costa in the dressing room
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Neymar Jr. and Radamel Falcao both missed out on their national team’s World Cup experience this summer. Neymar got to play before being injured in the quarter final match against Falcao’s Columbia. Falcao did not play in the tournament at all, leaving James Rodríguez to become the star of the Columbian team. Both players made their comeback yesterday in a friendly match in Miami which saw the Brazilians defeat the Columbians 1-0.
Despite of the international break, Barcelona B are on show this weekend, with a second consecutive home match, this time against Zaragoza. After a mixed start to the league, with a poor performance and an inevitable defeat at Osasuna as well as a hard fought comeback win against Sabadell, the reserves would love to bag another three points and send a clear message to the rest of the Liga Adelante: The Miniestadi is no easy hunting ground for anyone. Their bid to win the match will have to be won without a number of important players, but as Barça B brilliantly demonstrated last year, challenges always take the best of Eusebio’s men. Read more…
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