FC Barcelona switch their focus once again to La Liga after a difficult trip to Paris, and the upcoming opponent is one that Luis Enrique is very fond of. “Rayo is a team I especially like. They make things difficult and no how to move the ball. It’s a nice example of a team without a lot of money and that’s fun to watch,” Lucho said. “I really like the team and their coach.” As always, there’s more after the jump!
Spanish ‘jefe’ Vicente Del Bosque has announced his squad list for the upcoming 2016 UEFA European Championship qualifying matches, with the following five players from the Catalan club included: Gerard Piqué, Jordi Alba, Sergio Busquets, Andrés Iniesta, Pedro Rodríguez. The Spanish national team will play against Slovakia on October 9th, and again against Luxembourg on October 12th.
Today’s news out of the court room in Gavà was not what Lionel Messi wanted. Despite recommendations from the tax authorities that Lionel himself had no understanding or say in his financial management, today the court rejected that notion which means Messi will stand trial for tax evasion. The worst case scenario would be a 21 million euro fine and a one year suspended prison sentence according to ESPNFC. Messi has five days to lodge an appeal against this decision. All the legal details below.
Marc-André Ter Stegen has been called up for Germany’s U-21 squad for the two 2016 Olympic qualifying matches against Ukraine.
The games are on October 10 and 14 and he is not the only FC Barcelona player to have been called up. Neymar Jr, Luis Suárez, Leo Messi, Javier Mascherano and Rafinha Alcantara have been called up as well for their respective national teams.
The players are expected to leave for their international duties after the game against Rayo Vallecano is over, leaving Luis Enrique with a small squad to train with.
FC Barcelona’s Ivan Rakitić currently leads La Liga players in pass attempts and passes completed after six matches, and is closely followed by the ex-Barça man, Roberto Trashorras, who currently plays for Rayo Vallecano and will face his former club tomorrow night. Rakitić has so far played 508 minutes and attempted 522 passes, completing 475 of them (91%). The Croatian is also accompanied by four of his teammates in La Liga’s top 10 list of players with most passes completed: Sergio Busquets (406), Jordi Alba (343), Jérémy Mathieu (315), and Dani Alves (309).
Dani Alves told Brazilian newspaper ‘O Globo’ that this will be his last year playing for FC Barcelona. The 31 year old has played for the Catalan outfit since Pep Guardiola took reign in 2008, and after winning every title possible at club level multiple times, Alves will be letting his contract expire this summer after playing his seventh and last season with the club.
“I am moving to England next year,” he told O Globo. “I am going to play in the cradle of football. This will be my last year at Barcelona.”
Lionel Messi spoke to the media on Thursday during the club’s new sponsor’s ‘Gillette’ presentation, and the Argentinean made it clear that he’s optimistic of the team’s options this season. “We’re working well in training and we are trying to carry that forward into the games. The team is growing and we are on the right track. There’s more to come once we take everything on board that the boss is asking of us.” Read More from Barça’s all time goalscorer after the jump.
Barça’s Gerard Piqué admitted in an exclusive interview with FourFourtwo that he feared former Manchester United player and current assistant manager of Aston Villa Roy Keane more than his former boss Sir Alex Ferguson back when the Catalan played for the Premier League giants. “I wouldn’t say I was scared of [Ferguson]. Roy Keane? Well, maybe that’s different!”
“I remember we were in the changing room at Old Trafford and my phone started vibrating. Keano could hear the vibrations and went crazy trying to find out who the phone belonged to. That’s who he was.
Our legendary ‘capi’ Carles Puyol is no longer on the pitch, marshalling the Barça backline and performing heroics for the Blaugrana. ‘Tarzan’ is now second in charge of football at the club, and as any good manager, Puyi is taking courses to enhance his skills. The former Barça captain has returned to a classroom for the first time since he left La Masia in order to take part in the ‘Higher Formative Course for Directors of Sport,’ which is being organised by the Spanish Football Federation in Madrid, alongside the Rey Juan Carlos University, and aiming to give newcomers in the field the best possible training over the space of three months in order to equip them with the skills to run football clubs. Read more…
Jordi Masip(25) who suffered a fracture in his finger four weeks ago, has been given the medical green light and is training normally with the group.
Neymar Jr. and Douglas Pereira did specific training apart from their teammates while Barça B players Munir El Haddadi, Sandro Ramirez, Grimaldo and Sergi Samper trained with the first team.
A presentation will be held Thursday at the Camp Nou for the agreement between FC Barcelona and their newest sponsor, Gillette. Lionel Messi will attend the event as the ambassador of the agreement.
The general manager of Gillette in Latin America, Alexandra Vegas and general director of FC Barcelona Antoni Rossich, will attend the event which can be followed live via streaming to Barça TV.
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