Live Match Chat: Real Madrid CF vs FC Barcelona (Updated with Lineup!)

Live Match Chat: Real Madrid CF vs FC Barcelona (Updated with Lineup!)

totalBarça welcomes you all to the big one! Real Madrid CF vs FC Barcelona. Its Clásico time.. Are you ready?!

Saturday, October 25, 2014 @ 18:00 Barcelona time – Convert to local time

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Match Preview: Real Madrid vs FC Barcelona

Match Preview: Real Madrid vs FC Barcelona

It’s here, it’s time. They come around every year, twice at least, but each time it feels as big if not bigger than the one before. FC Barcelona – Real Madrid, Real Madrid – FC Barcelona, el derbí now el clásico. For Carlo and co, it’s a chance to narrow the gap to a single point. For Lucho and the gang, an opportunity to streak seven ahead. For both, it’s the ultimate test of superiority, a battle between the two best collections of footballers on the planet. Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Luis Suárez, James Rodríguez, Neymar, Garteh Bale, Andrés Iniesta, Luka Modrić, Xavi Hernández, Toni Kroos, Sergio Busquets, Sergio Ramos. How much Saturday’s result will mean in the long run is unknown, but right now it feels all-important. But perhaps most importantly it’s a guaranteed 90 minutes of bona fide genius on display for an estimated 400 million set of eyeballs. It’s el gran clásico.

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The Highlights: FC Barcelona 3-0 SD Eibar

The Highlights: FC Barcelona 3-0 SD Eibar

Watch the highlights from yesterday’s 3-0 defeat of Eibar by FC Barcelona after the jump.

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View The Ratings: FC Barcelona 3-0 SD Eibar

View The Ratings: FC Barcelona 3-0 SD Eibar

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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Match Review: FC Barcelona 3-0 SD Eibar

Match Review: FC Barcelona 3-0 SD Eibar

One analyzes the process, not the result. It’s a widespread, deeply ingrained yet erroneous mindset doing it the other way around. I didn’t fret for one second tonight that FC Barcelona would walk away winners. There was nothing frustrating or lacking in the first half, it was simply sport, where not everything comes off and inches and microseconds may as well be miles and hours. That’s why one trusts the process. Barça were exceptional in the opening 20 to 25 minutes tonight. One could highlight the ferocity of ball recovery (certainly fulfilling Pep’s 6 second rule), relentless pressing, the speed of passing and movement and several outrageous mig tocs, and all would be correct. But really it was the steely focus, the intense concentration and unmissable pursuit of excellence. It took a bit of luck in the first and then a lot of class in the second to eventually slay a commendable Eibar 3-0.

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The Ratings: FC Barcelona 3-0 SD Eibar

The Ratings: FC Barcelona 3-0 SD Eibar

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 3-0 SD Eibar

The Result: FC Barcelona 3-0 SD Eibar

RESULT:

FC Barcelona: 3

SD Eibar: 0

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Live Match Chat: FC Barcelona vs SD Eibar

Live Match Chat: FC Barcelona vs SD Eibar

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

Saturday, October 18, 2014 @ 20:00 Barcelona time – Convert to local time

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Match Preview: FC Barcelona – SD Eibar

Match Preview: FC Barcelona – SD Eibar

We are just one week away from the first clásico at the Bernabéu, and everything seems to be rotating around the big match in Madrid. The referee, Neymar’s form, Lionel Messi’s position, the potential return of Luis Suárez. However, people seem to forget that Barcelona have to play another match before travelling to the capital. Unknown Eibar are at the Camp Nou today, and given that the league table guarantees that Barça will go to Madrid above their eternal rivals, complacency might settle down amongst the players. Eibar though is the last team you would want to be complacent against. Read more…

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El Clásico referee announced

El Clásico referee announced

Refereeing in the clásico is always destined to be a matter of debate. Over the past few years many referees have come under fire for their decisions in the fiercest football game in Europe. This year’s first clásico will see a change in guard. 30-year-old Gil Manzano, of the Extremaduran committee has been selected by the RFEF (Royal Spanish Football Federation) as the man to oversee the first clásico of the season at the Santiago Bernabéu on October 25th.

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Number of the Day: 1,500

Number of the Day: 1,500

FC Barcelona’s 2-0 victory over the weekend against Rayo took the club’s La Liga victory tally to 1,500. The first ever ictory came back in February 1928, the year La Liga was born, against Racing Santander,with two goals from Parera giving Barça coincidentally a 2-0 win.

Much and more has happened in the 86 years, during which the club has managed to secure 22 league trophies.

Which is your favorite victory of 1,500 to date?

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View The Ratings: Rayo Vallecano 0-2 FC Barcelona

View The Ratings: Rayo Vallecano 0-2 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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Luis Enrique: “Everything means nothing if we don’t win trophies”

Luis Enrique: “Everything means nothing if we don’t win trophies”

After returning to the top of the league table yesterday, Luis Enrique said he was very pleased with the team’s reaction against an exciting opponent like Rayo Vallecano. “The players had the right attitude and performed as they had to against an awkward and hard-working opponent. They played with the required level of intensity.” The win came after a loss in the Champions League and was needed to get  the players back on their feet. “The win has reinforced us.” Continue reading for more from the coach.

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Match Review: Rayo Vallecano 0-2 FC Barcelona

Match Review: Rayo Vallecano 0-2 FC Barcelona

FC Barcelona returned to the top of league with 19 points in hand after a comfortable 2-0 win against Rayo Vallecano. Both goals were scored in quick succession during the first half, with the first from Lionel Messi and the second from Neymar Jr. With a seventh successive clean sheet in La Liga, Barcelona became the first team in the history of the league to not concede for the first seven games of the campaign.

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The Ratings: Rayo Vallecano 0-2 FC Barcelona

The Ratings: Rayo Vallecano 0-2 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: Rayo Vallecano 0-2 FC Barcelona

The Result: Rayo Vallecano 0-2 FC Barcelona

RESULT:

Rayo Vallecano: 0

FC Barcelona: 2

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Live Match Chat: Rayo Vallecano vs FC Barcelona

Live Match Chat: Rayo Vallecano vs FC Barcelona

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

Saturday, October 4, 2014 @ 18:00 Barcelona time – Convert to local time

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Match Preview: Rayo Vallecano vs FC Barcelona

Match Preview: Rayo Vallecano vs FC Barcelona

What’s not to like about Rayo Vallecano? An unglamorous side from an unglamorous but prideful Madrid neighborhood,  Rayo is a team that truly matters to its supporters. Few grounds in Spain get the type of fervered support Rayo enjoy. And unlike other La Liga sides who all too predictably park the bus against the elite, Rayo take the pitch unafraid, with all guns blazing. Sure, that’s the reason they’ve conceded 16 to Barça in their last three homes games, but it’s also the reason manager Paco Jémez took them to a club record 8th place in 2013 and the reason they’re an entertaining side to watch and nerve-wracking one to oppose despite operating off a shoestring budget. Luis Enrique named Rayo pre-match favorites, which cannot be taken too literally. The point he was making was Barça cannot underestimate a Rayo side that punishes lethargy.

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Luis Enrique: “I really like Rayo Vallecano”

Luis Enrique: “I really like Rayo Vallecano”

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!

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The Goals: FC Barcelona 6-0 Granada CF

The Goals: FC Barcelona 6-0 Granada CF

Watch the goals from last night’s wonderful display at the Camp Nou as FC Barcelona put six goals past Granada after the jump.

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View The Ratings: FC Barcelona 6-0 Granada CF

View The Ratings: FC Barcelona 6-0 Granada CF

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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Match Review: FC Barcelona 6-0 Granada CF

Match Review: FC Barcelona 6-0 Granada CF

It’s been a very long time since culés last enjoyed a home match so much. The feelings we had today can only be found years back, in those emphatic wins of the Guardiola era, like the 8-0 thrashing of Osasuna in 2011. Barça not only managed to put six past a helpless Granada, but showed that the mentality in place will carry the team forward. Just three days after failing to register a single shot on target against Málaga, Luis Enrique’s men came out hungrier, more determined and more passionate to put on their best showing of the season to date. That’s what we want our team to be like. Read more…

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The Ratings: FC Barcelona 6-0 Granada CF

The Ratings: FC Barcelona 6-0 Granada CF

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 6-0 Granada CF

The Result: FC Barcelona 6-0 Granada CF

RESULT:

FC Barcelona: 6

Granada CF: 0

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Live Match Chat: FC Barcelona vs Granada CF

Live Match Chat: FC Barcelona vs Granada CF

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

Saturday, September 27, 2014 @ 18:00 Barcelona time – Convert to local time

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View The Ratings: Málaga CF 0-0 FC Barcelona

View The Ratings: Málaga CF 0-0 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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Match Review: Málaga CF 0-0 FC Barcelona

Match Review: Málaga CF 0-0 FC Barcelona

Let’s be clear: No detail about the match at La Rosaleda yesterday bears recapping. Nor is there any point to picking apart the performances of individual players – by and large, Barça’s front six were terrible, and Málaga’s defenders were excellent. Málaga put on the performance of a lifetime, with Roberto Rosales and Sergio Sánchez particularly deserving of praise, while Barça’s players failed at the most basic levels. Passes were misplaced, players were constantly dispossessed, and the overall tempo of the game was sluggish and uninspired. None of which bears analysis – these games happen. The more interesting question is what Luis Enrique does in the face of such challenges.

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The Ratings: Málaga CF 0-0 FC Barcelona

The Ratings: Málaga CF 0-0 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: Málaga CF 0-0 FC Barcelona

The Result: Málaga CF 0-0 FC Barcelona

RESULT:

Málaga CF: 0

FC Barcelona: 0

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Live Match Chat: Málaga CF vs FC Barcelona

Live Match Chat: Málaga CF vs FC Barcelona

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

Wednesday, September 24, 2014 @ 22:00 Barcelona time – Convert to local time

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