View The Ratings: FC Barcelona 1-0 Atletico Madrid

View The Ratings: FC Barcelona 1-0 Atletico Madrid

You’ve had your chance to rate the performance of the blaugrana and the results are now tallied up. Take a look at how the totalBarça community ranked the squad and see how the ratings played out after the jump.

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Café con leche: January 22, 2015

Café con leche: January 22, 2015

Tie yet to be settled

In his post-match declarations, FC Barcelona coach Luis Enrique made it clear he believes the Copa del Rey tie between his side and Atlético Madrid is far from being settled. “This was a very positive result, but I never settle for future results. Atlético still have a lot to say. It looks like it’ll be an attractive game because we’re up against a team that will also be out for a win.

Regarding the 1-0 win at Camp Nou, the Asturian commented that “it means we can feel optimistic about the second leg. But we have to go out to win at the Vicente Calderón. Defensively, they’re one of the best teams in the world,” he highlighted. “We expected them to make things difficult for our attacker. We knew that to hurt Atlético we would need to be compact in both phases of the match.

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Piqué and Barça keep Atlético on short leash

Piqué and Barça keep Atlético on short leash

Today was the day that could have landed FC Barcelona manager Luis Enrique once again into the hot seat after a lackluster performance replete with confusing tactics and ineffectual individual performances. But as all good narratives and soldiers of perseverance go, a very positive result came from a scrappy and entertaining fight. Some tactics worked well, while others less so. Some players were absolutely, nostalgically brilliant, and yet one in particular continues to baffle and frustrate. But culés can take at least some solace in a one-goal advantage ahead of next week’s return leg at the Vicente Calderón in Madrid.

Atlético Madrid entered the match with a fierce desire to play their own style, and prevent Barcelona from occupying the middle of the park, where Koke and Arda Turan are at their most dangerous. Los Colchoneros had the near impossible task however, of coming out of this match with all four players on yellow cards able to participate in the home leg. They were mere minutes from succeeding until Diego Godín earned a yellow for protesting in the 85th minute. Antoine Griezmann, Mario Mandžukić and Raúl García all escaped suspension from the second leg. Continue reading »

The Ratings: FC Barcelona 1-0 Atlético Madrid

The Ratings: FC Barcelona 1-0 Atlético Madrid

The Ratings… Everyone’s 2nd favorite 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: FC Barcelona 1-0 Atlético Madrid

The Result: FC Barcelona 1-0 Atlético Madrid

RESULT:

FC Barcelona: 1

Atletico Madrid: 0

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Live Match Chat: FC Barcelona vs Atlético Madrid

Live Match Chat: FC Barcelona vs Atlético Madrid

totalBarça welcomes you all to the Copa game between FC Barcelona and Atlético Madrid! Are you ready?

Wednesday, January 21, 2015 @ 22:00 Barcelona time – Convert to local time

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Can Luis Enrique keep the momentum going?

Can Luis Enrique keep the momentum going?

The first was an act of defiance, a dramatic response from a team that does not take kindly to being attacked and criticized from all sides. To beat Atlético Madrid twice, however, would be an assertion of dominance, proof that Luis Enrique’s men are here to win. For a team criticized for its inconsistency all season, a chance to repeat their extraordinary demolition of Atlético just 10 days ago would be the best possible statement of intent to their detractors. Moreover, with the Liga race likely to be a tooth-and-nail drag, the Copa del Rey could be Barcelona’s best shot at winning silverware this season – get past Atlético, and they will already have one hand on the trophy.

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View The Ratings: Elche CF 0-4 FC Barcelona

View The Ratings: Elche CF 0-4 FC Barcelona

You’ve had your chance to rate the performance of the blaugrana and the results are now tallied up. Take a look at how the totalBarça community ranked the squad and see how the ratings played out after the jump.

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February is coming

February is coming

The stage has been set. Luis Enrique still might not have earned trust from the Blaugrana faithful just yet. However, he has earned some patience from the fans after Barça’s victory against title-holders Atlético Madrid, in order to turn this season around and live up to the hype made of the ‘Lucho era.’ Real Madrid’s elimination from the Copa del Rey has set the dates to two more encounters with Diego Simeone’s men – So is the stage set for their revenge or is it set for Luis Enrique’s rise?

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Live Match Chat: Elche CF vs FC Barcelona

Live Match Chat: Elche CF vs FC Barcelona

totalBarça welcomes you all to the Copa game between Elche CF and FC Barcelona! Are you ready?

Thursday, January 15, 2015 @ 22:00 Barcelona time

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Debts paid, but can Elche overcome deficit?

Debts paid, but can Elche overcome deficit?

With recent wage disputes finally settled, Elche CF will now look forward to hosting FC Barcelona at the Estadio Martínez Valero in Alicante, Valencia in the hopes of overcoming another embarrassing deficit–a five-goal thrashing handed to its players in the first leg of the Copa del Rey Round of 16 at the Camp Nou. Continue reading »

Unsettled but victorious

Unsettled but victorious

This week we went from Luis Enrique getting sacked to Lionel Messi leaving the club – endless drama that probably should’ve stayed between the coach and his players in the dressing room. And although it does seem that there is indeed tension amongst the team, it was nice to see both sides act professionally on the pitch and keep their differences to themselves. The win itself wasn’t the most impressive, but it was extremely valuable in terms of morale. So, what happened yesterday?

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Live Match Chat: FC Barcelona vs Elche CF

Live Match Chat: FC Barcelona vs Elche CF

totalBarça welcomes you all to the Liga game between FC Barcelona and Córdoba CF! Are you ready?

Thursday, January 8, 2015 @ 22:00 Barcelona time – Convert to local time

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Copa del Rey Match Preview: FC Barcelona vs Elche CF

Copa del Rey Match Preview: FC Barcelona vs Elche CF

This would probably have been the ideal match to rest Lionel Messi in, versus say, a match against a team that Barcelona does not consistently beat. But alas, #MessiGate appears to have come to a head, and the shambolic state of the club is no longer a perspective left for the pessimistic and moderate. Anyone capable of rubbing two sticks together can now see that whether the rift between coach and talisman is real, exaggerated or entirely fictitious, Barcelona as a club is far beyond the point of corruption and singular malfeasance by its former and current presidents. Whether aimed at Barça manager Luis Enrique or the board itself, a power play has taken place, and as any sane bookie could have predicted, Messi appears to have come out on top.

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View The Ratings: FC Barcelona 8-1 SD Huesca

View The Ratings: FC Barcelona 8-1 SD Huesca

You’ve had your chance to rate the performance of the blaugrana and the results are now tallied up. Take a look at how the totalBarça community ranked the squad and see how the ratings played out after the jump.

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Copa del Rey Match Review: FC Barcelona vs SD Huesca

Copa del Rey Match Review: FC Barcelona vs SD Huesca

Not much opposition was expected from SD Huesca for the return leg of the Copa del Rey round of 32 encounter. Indeed, with a four-goal cushion and having recently dropped points in the league to Getafe, FC Barcelona manager Luis Enrique’s thinking was obviously more about resting up for the long La Liga/CdR/Champions League marathon ahead, rather than use Lionel Messi to clobber some pretty weak opposition.

Wisely, Lucho opted to leave most of his first team to watch from the stands. Of the sixteen players called up, he asked only eleven first-team players to suit up. Even Martín Montoya got a much-deserved start. Heavens!

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The Ratings: FC Barcelona 8-1 SD Huesca

The Ratings: FC Barcelona 8-1 SD Huesca

The Ratings… Everyone’s 2nd favorite 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: FC Barcelona 8-1 SD Huesca

The Result: FC Barcelona 8-1 SD Huesca

RESULT:

FC Barcelona: 8

SD Huesca: 1

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Live Match Chat: FC Barcelona vs SD Huesca

Live Match Chat: FC Barcelona vs SD Huesca

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014 @ 22:00 Barcelona time – Convert to local time

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Copa del Rey Match Preview: FC Barcelona vs SD Huesca

Copa del Rey Match Preview: FC Barcelona vs SD Huesca

FC Barcelona takes on SD Huesca for the second leg of the Copa del Rey round of 32 on Tuesday evening at the Camp Nou.

After a scoreless draw against Getafe at the weekend and a tactically strange experiment against PSG last week, FC Barcelona manager Luis Enrique will be looking to continue his delicate balancing act at the helm of the first team. He must somehow look to achieve a convincing result, blood his talented youngsters from the B team, and spare his first team regulars from unnecessary minutes ahead of league action against Córdoba this weekend.

In all likelihood, progression to the next round against either Real Valladolid or Elche will go Barça’s way given there’s a nearly insurmountable four-goal aggregate standing in Huesca’s path.

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View The Ratings: Huesca SD 0-4 FC Barcelona

View The Ratings: Huesca SD 0-4 FC Barcelona

You’ve had your chance to rate the performance of the blaugrana and the results are now tallied up. Take a look at how the totalBarça community ranked the squad and see how the ratings played out after the jump.

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Rakitić shines in Huesca win

Rakitić shines in Huesca win

Yesterday’s game was a good opportunity for Luis Enrique to give several members of the squad playing time, whether needed for confidence or development, and he did just that. A 4-0 win against SD Huesca paves the road towards the Copa del Rey’s next round, and watching the players who don’t get to play much enjoy themselves and win comfortably was certainly a pleasant sight.

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The Ratings: Huesca SD 0-4 FC Barcelona

The Ratings: Huesca SD 0-4 FC Barcelona

The Ratings… Everyone’s 2nd favorite 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: SD Huesca 0-4 FC Barcelona

The Result: SD Huesca 0-4 FC Barcelona

RESULT:

SD Huesca: 0

FC Barcelona: 4

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Live Match Chat: SD Huesca vs FC Barcelona

Live Match Chat: SD Huesca vs FC Barcelona

totalBarça welcomes you all to the Copa del Rey game between SD Huesca and FC Barcelona! Are you ready?

Wednesday, December 3, 2014 @ 22:00 Barcelona time – Convert to local time

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Café con leche: December 3, 2014

Café con leche: December 3, 2014

Everyday Spain’s near 20 million football fans visit their local news stand, pick up their preferred periodical poison and either delight or disgust in the latest happenings of their favorite club. And whether Marca in Madrid or Mundo Deportivo in Catalonia, a café con leche is always part of the morning football ritual. So pour one yourself and find out what’s happening today in Barça nation.

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Copa del Rey Match Preview: SD Huesca vs FC Barcelona

Copa del Rey Match Preview: SD Huesca vs FC Barcelona

FC Barcelona manager Luis Enrique Martínez García threw culés a wily screw ball at the weekend in Valencia by fielding a surprising line up consisting of midfielders Sergio Busquets and Javier Mascherano. Although the plan failed convincingly despite the win, the morsel that optimistic fans should take away is that the club is under the stewardship of a daring leader who is willing to tinker and shock in order to achieve results and stave off complacency.

Round 32 of the 112th edition of the Copa del Rey has begun. Enter the Primera División. Enter los canteranos. Enter another opportunity for Lucho to really dig into the depths of his squad and understand fully the arsenal at his disposal. Continue reading »

2014/15 Copa del Rey draw

2014/15 Copa del Rey draw

This morning the Real Federación Española de Fútbol (RFEF) conducted the 2014/15 Copa del Rey draw, and FC Barcelona take on Second Division B, Spain’s third league tier, side SD Huesca. The first leg is on December 3rd away, with the return happening in Barcelona on December 17th. This will be the first time Barça and Huesca have ever squared off.

And as one can see from the image, assuming results go as one would expect, if Barça can navigate past Huesca they will take on the winner of the Valladolid-Elche tie and after that one of either Real Madrid or Atlético Madrid.

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On this Day: It all began 5 years ago

On this Day: It all began 5 years ago

May 13th 2009 has gone down as a very important day on the Blaugrana calendar. Many culés regard it as the start point of the majesty of Pep Guardiola’s Barça. On that day, Barcelona won its first final under Guardiola, a 4-1 win against Bilbao in the Copa del Rey, and in the coming months, the club went on to make an unprecedented trophy haul including the Champions League, La Liga, the Supercopa, the European Supercup and FIFA Club World Cup. Read more after the jump…

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Submit Your Ratings: FC Barcelona 2-1 Athletic Bilbao

Submit Your Ratings: FC Barcelona 2-1 Athletic Bilbao

Here is your chance to rate the players of today’s match. Show us what you think of their performances by selecting and clicking on the stars after each player. You can rate the players after the jump. Let’s see how you all do!

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