View The Ratings: FC Barcelona 2-0 Athletic

View The Ratings: FC Barcelona 2-0 Athletic

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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The Highlights: FC Barcelona 2-0 Athletic Club

The Highlights: FC Barcelona 2-0 Athletic Club

Watch the highlights from last night’s game between FC Barcelona and Athletic Club after the jump!

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Neymar: “I hope this can be my year”

Neymar: “I hope this can be my year”

After last night’s game against Athletic Club, FC Barcelona’s Brazilian brace-scorer Neymar (22) spoke with the press about his combination play with teammate Lionel Messi, the team’s performance and a great effort by their Basque opponents. Neymay lauded the provider of his goals by saying that, “Messi is the best in the world, a ‘crack. I am getting better with him. We are recovering as a team and improving. I came back from the travelling a little tired, it was a long journey.”

Read more from Neymar after the jump.

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Match Review: FC Barcelona 2-0 Athletic Club

Match Review: FC Barcelona 2-0 Athletic Club

Up until the 79th minute, this was probably one of the most frustrating, mentally exhausting FC Barcelona matches. Not because the performance was disappointing or ‘boring’  but because everything was being executed perfectly, everything but the final decisive touch. Lionel Messi managed to find Luis Enrique’s super sub, Neymar Jr., twice to secure another late win against the stubborn Lions. Three games, three wins, and three clean sheets. I’m happy.

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[In Progress] The Ratings: FC Barcelona 2-0 Athletic

[In Progress] The Ratings: FC Barcelona 2-0 Athletic

The Ratings… Everyone’s 2nd favourite 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 2-0 Athletic

The Result: FC Barcelona 2-0 Athletic

RESULT:

FC Barcelona: 2

Athletic : 0

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Live Match Chat: FC Barcelona vs Athletic Club

Live Match Chat: FC Barcelona vs Athletic Club

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

Saturday, September 13, 2014 @ 16:00 Barcelona time - Convert to local time

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Luis Enrique: “Everything about Athletic worries me”

Luis Enrique: “Everything about Athletic worries me”

Luis Enrique spoke very fondly of FC Barcelona’s La Liga opponent, Athletic Club Bilbao, following the end of the international break. “Everything about Athletic worries me. They’ve been playing well for several seasons. They’re the best team at creating attacking pressure. It’s always very motivational to be able to play Athletic,” he said. Luis Enrique will not be expecting Athletic to sit at the back, but to attack aggressively and provide a real test for the defenders. Continue reading for more.

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Match Preview: FC Barcelona vs Athletic Club

Match Preview: FC Barcelona vs Athletic Club

 

Barcelona play host to Athletic Club this weekend, and Luis Enrique will be looking to maintain his 100% Liga record in the third match of the league season, and the second at the Camp Nou. Athletic Club have not managed a win in Barcelona since the 2001-02 season, but certainly Ernesto Valverde’s team has enough quality to hurt Barça if the Blaugranas lose focus at any point.

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Barça to wear ‘Senyera’ kit

Barça to wear ‘Senyera’ kit

As part of the commemorations to mark the 300th anniversary of the September 11 siege of Barcelona in 1714, Barça will wear last season’s ‘Senyera’ kit in the Liga encounter against Athletic Club at the Camp Nou on Saturday.

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La Liga close-up: Real Madrid

La Liga close-up: Real Madrid

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.

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Luis Enrique: “The youngsters are helping us so much”

Luis Enrique: “The youngsters are helping us so much”

Once again, a Barça B striker has helped FC Barcelona win all three points early in La Liga’s title race, and this time it was Sandro Ramírez with the winning goal. In his post-match presser, Luis Enrique was overjoyed with the influence these young stars are having on the first team as they show the world the quality of players La Masia continues to produce. “I’m pleased to see that the youngsters are helping us so much. We are happy for him [Sandro] and with all of the hard work that the young players are doing.” Continue reading for more from the boss.

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The Result: Villarreal CF 0-1 FC Barcelona

The Result: Villarreal CF 0-1 FC Barcelona

RESULT:

Villareal CF: 0

FC Barcelona: 1

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Live Match Chat: Villarreal CF vs FC Barcelona

Live Match Chat: Villarreal CF vs FC Barcelona

totalBarça welcomes you all to the first Liga game of the season between Villarreal CF and FC Barcelona. Are you ready?!

Sunday, August 31, 2014 @ 19:00 Barcelona time - Convert to local time

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Match Preview: Villarreal CF vs FC Barcelona

Match Preview: Villarreal CF vs FC Barcelona

The Madrigal has been a happy hunting ground for FC Barcelona in recent years. In the last five visits to the home of the Yellow Submarines, Barça have secured four wins and a draw, meaning Villarreal haven’t defeated the blaugrana on their own turf since the 2007/08 season. Marcelino García Toral will be looking to change that on Sunday and to put the first stain on Luis Enrique’s perfectly clean record.

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The Highlights: FC Barcelona 3-0 Elche CF

The Highlights: FC Barcelona 3-0 Elche CF

Watch the highlights from the first game of the Liga season between FC Barcelona and Elche CF after the jump!

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Match Review: FC Barcelona 3:0 Elche CF

Match Review: FC Barcelona 3:0 Elche CF

The early star of the show was an old Camp Nou friend (or an omen for those suspiciously inclined folks). But when the black cat was shown the exit (the security man earning a bite for his trouble), Luis Enrique’s new look FC Barcelona comfortably beat Elche 3-0. The visitors’ defensive strategy was voided when Lionel Messi opened up his 2014/15 account and despite a late first half setback, a debut goal 49 seconds into the second half from Munir El Haddadi ended this game as a competitive affair. There is certainly praise to go around, but seeing an energetic Messi with his much missed smile is unquestionably tonight’s key takeaway.

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The Result: FC Barcelona 3-0 Elche CF

The Result: FC Barcelona 3-0 Elche CF

RESULT:

FC Barcelona: 3

Elche CF: 0

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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 first Liga game of the season between FC Barcelona and Elche CF! Are you ready?

Sunday, August 24, 2014 @ 21:00 Barcelona time - Convert to local time

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Match Preview: FC Barcelona vs Elche CF

Match Preview: FC Barcelona vs Elche CF

The wait is finally over. FC Barcelona will today face Elche CF in their opening league game and Luis Enrique will make his first official managerial debut with the Catalan club. Much has changed since last season, with several new arrivals and goodbyes. The fans and players are as hungry as ever and are aiming to put the disappointments behind them, for the night is darkest just before the dawn.

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Picture of the day: Ready… Set…

Picture of the day: Ready… Set…

GO!!! La Liga 2014-15 begins today for FC Barcelona. What will happen? Who will play? How many trophies will be won? Who’s excited?

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Luis Enrique: “Nobody will beat us in terms of hope and determination”

Luis Enrique: “Nobody will beat us in terms of hope and determination”

Starting today, La Liga kicks off it’s new season, and Luis Enrique has given his final press conference ahead of Barça’s first league encounter against Elche. “It has been a great week in terms of the team dynamic and we are going into the game in the same buoyant mood as we did before the Gamper,” said the Barça boss before adding, “We know Elche will pose us problems because tactically and defensively they’re such a well-structured unit.” More from the Asturian after the jump.

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This is what Suárez misses

This is what Suárez misses

I’m aware doom and gloom is the order of the day (years?), but despite the Court of Sport Arbitration (CAS) ruling reducing Luis Suárez’s match ban, FC Barcelona should do just fine without him. Details after the jump.

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Match times to open La Liga confirmed

Match times to open La Liga confirmed

The LFP has made kick-off times for the two first matchdays of La Liga and the Liga Adelante final. Barcelona will start their bid to get the league title back to the Camp Nou against Elche at home, with the match scheduled for Sunday, August 24, at 21:00 CET.

A week later, the first team will play its first away match for the season, at El Madrigal against Villarreal. That match has been scheduled for Sunday, August 31 at 19:00 CET.

Barça B times after the jump.

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La Liga 2014/15 fixture list released

La Liga 2014/15 fixture list released

The 2014/15 La Liga fixture list was announced this morning. The full schedule is available here, and FC Barcelona’s calendar is available on the club website. A summary of what’s in store for the Catalans is below.

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Infographic: 100 goals in La Liga

Infographic: 100 goals in La Liga

Despite a rough season, it’s now time to look at the brighter side. FC Barcelona managed to score 100 goals in La Liga. Take a look at the stats of these goals in the infographic right after the jump!

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2013/14 individual league stats

2013/14 individual league stats

After a long and painful season, here’s a look back at the individual stats in the league campaign from the first team players. With the statistics broken down to 14 categories, we could see who former coach Gerardo ‘Tata’ Martino favoured all throughout the season and the reasons that may be behind it. Take a look at the stats provided by Opta Sports after the break.

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Video of the Day: FC Barcelona 2-1 Atlético Madrid

Painful fact: FC Barcelona scored two legitimate goals in the Camp Nou last weekend in the title decider against Atlético Madrid. The video above is in Spanish, but it clearly highlights the fact that the offside call against Messi was incorrect because the ball deflected off Atlético defender Juan Fran and not Cesc Fabregas as the lineman apparently concluded. Draw what conclusions you may from this, but isn’t the lack of discussion of this blown call somewhat striking?

What do we know about Luis Enrique as a manager?

What do we know about Luis Enrique as a manager?

FC Barcelona have announced the arrival of the team’s former player, Luis Enrique as the first team’s coach. Many have been expecting this announcement for a while, and now that it is official, what do we know about our new coach?

Enrique coached the club’s youth team, Barça B, from 2008 to 2011 and has done an exceptional job developing future Culés. Some of the players that got the chance to learn from the new Barça coach are Martín Montoya, Marc Bartra, Sergi Roberto, Jonathan Soriano (now at FC Red Bull Salzburg), and Thiago Alcântara (now at FC Bayern Munich). The team finished fifth in their group of the third division during Enrique’s first year in charge, but the team was able to clinch promotion to the Segunda División the following year.

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Cartoon of the Day: Sport

Cartoon of the Day: Sport

SELF-CRAP BY  SELF-CRAP 1 – 1 GAME BY GAME

CONGRATULATIONS

Simeone: “Luckily, preventing the Merengues from winning La Decima doesn’t depend on Barça…”

“…it depends on ‘Team Cholo.’ “

Cartoon by Caye