Café con leche: Barça conquers at LFP awards


FC Barcelona made a good presence at the LFP award gala

During the gala for awards for the 2014/2015 La Liga season, the FC Barcelona contingent was present with many nominees and winners. Luis Enrique went home with the coach of the year award, while Claudio Bravo grabbed the one for best goal keeper. Neymar Jr. won best American player in La Liga and, of course, the one and only Leo Messi won the best forward and the best player of the season awards.


Aleix and Arda

Photo by Miguel Ruiz - FCB

If anyone asked a culé today if there’s anything he would like to change about FC Barcelona’s first team at this time of year, he would most likely reply that everything is just fine. And to be honest, why would he want anything to change?

The team is in sizzling, red-hot form; the entire tridente is finally fit and firing on all cylinders; Claudio Bravo is recording clean sheet after clean sheet; and well, to make a long story short, we are experiencing Barça’s purple patch.

There is one rather natural underlying worry for culés though: how long can this last? Can Barça stretch the bubble to the end of the season without it bursting? Some burning questions indeed, but Luis Enrique could have two aces up his sleeve.


Café con leche: Happy Birthday, Barça!


Happy 116th Birthday Barça!

Barcelona is 116 years old today, and there is no reason why culés shouldn’t feel proud, with the club finding itself in one of the best moments in its history. On the 29th of November 1899, Joan Gamper and a group of 11 other young people met at the Gimnasio Solé in Barcelona and laid the cornerstone of what would become one of the greatest clubs in the world.


Café con leche: Eyes back on La Liga

Luis Enrique talks before the Real Sociedad match

Luis Enrique gave a press conference ahead of the match at the Camp Nou against Real Sociedad. Lucho started off by praising Leo Messi, saying that, “He looked good to me, as they all did. He isn’t 100%, he still needs to get match fit. He doesn’t have to be at the top of his game to make a difference. He needs playing time right now in order to get back to his very best.”


Café con Leche: Sergi, Sergio, Stats & Snobs


Good things come to those who wait

What is there left to say about a player who’s been an inexorable well for the club in the 2015/2016 season – the reserve from which coach, teammate and fan draw water – the source of life – time and again, when times are most desperate?

Sergi Roberto, you’ve left us short of words. That doesn’t happen often.

After a stunning start to what is definitely his ‘breakthrough season’, Roberto has, reportedly, been offered a shiny, new and improved, contract – unlike his performances, this is anything but revelatory.

Roberto’s current deal expires in 2019, and has a buy-out clause of 30 million Euros, which could rise to 40 with objectives – peanuts for European superpowers, essentially. And yes, that means the club are worried that the big dogs are coveting their latest, favourite, toy.

What a boost for a player’s confidence, eh?

Expect more details in the coming days as the stratospheric rise continues.