The Cuitat Esportiva Joan Gamper is a desolate places these days with only five senior players (Martín Montoya, Douglas, Dani Alves, Jordi Masip, Xavi Hernández) at the facility for training. They were joined this morning by B team members Pol Calvet and Sergio Juste, while Joan Barbarà, José del a Fuente and Luis Enrique himself got involved in exercises.
The main news is that Rafinha Alcánatara, Thomas Vermaelen and Adriano, who is struggling with thing twinge, trained separately on specific recovery work.
Tuesday’s session at the Ciutat Esportiva included a group of 23 players. Marc-André ter Stegen, Neymar Jr and Thomas Vermaelen made an appearance on the training ground but worked out separately from the group. Brazillian full back Adriano Correia was able to spend part of the session with the rest of the squad. Barça B youngsters Munir El Haddadi, Sandro Ramírez and Sergi Samper joined the session.
The final first team members (save obviously Luis Suárez) hit the training field this morning. Lionel Messi, Javier Mascherano, Neymar and Dani Alves joined the squad in the AM and the four will also have a second training in the afternoon whilst the rest of the squad is given rest time.
Xavi Hernández and Jérémy Mathieu, hamstring twinge, trained separately and both are ruled out of the Napoli friendly tomorrow.
FC Barcelona’s first team aren’t the only club team having a preseason training camp right now, as Barça B are having their own camp at the luxurious resort of Torremirona, just 40km from the Spanish-French border. Eusebio’s players arrived at the resort yesterday, and had their first session in the presence of eight Juvenil A players who have joined the team for preseason. Read more after the jump.
Barcelona’s Juvenil A side has returned to work. Under coach Jordi Vinyals for one more season, the team that won the league and the inaugural UEFA Youth League last year will hopes to repeat those impressive feats, although this time round, the effort begins on totally new foundations. For the first training session of preseason, 23 players reported for duty, with just 11 of them being players who were with the team last year. Read more after the jump…
Today’s morning session was no different from any other day’s, with the exception that today the team welcomed its newest member, Jéremy Mathieu. The towering French defender was given a warm welcome by his new teammates and then trained under Luis Enrique’s orders for the first time, just a day after he was officially presented as an FC Barcelona player. More after the jump.
The arrival of former player and captain Luis Enrique as coach has brought out a lot of excitement between the fans, with claims that suggest that FC Barcelona has now entered to a new, Lucho’s era. It’s been officially announced on the club website that the season preparations will begin July 14th. At that point though the players who will be at the World Cup will not be available.
B-team players Jordi Masip, Sergi Gomez, Sergi Samper and Edu Bedia joined the first team for a training session this morning as Barcelona prepare for Sunday’s game against Elche. Dani Alves, who had spent several days recuperating individually, returned to train with the group and was congratulated by his teammates for his 31st birthday yesterday. Xavi Hernández continued training separately, but also rejoined the team for part of the training session. After the morning’s training was done, the team held a barbecue lunch at the Cituat Esportiva, the first such lunch they’ve had since December. Good to see the team staying unified after an extremely difficult few weeks.
Mexican player Jonathan dos Santos has been the main protagonist this Tuesday morning at Barcelona. The training started by welcoming the player back to working with the squad after having been out of action since October 23 last year with an injury in the cruciate ligament of his right knee during an evening training session. Read more after the jump.
All the starters from the Levante match spent training yesterday afternoon doing recovery work, even though very few will begin the match Saturday against Valencia. Everyone otherwise is fit and participated as normal in the training schedule. David Babunski and goalkeeper Miguel Bañuz joined the first team.
Andrés Iniesta and Carles Puyol are now both fully fit and participated in the full training session yesterday morning after a few weeks of individual recovery programs. Alex Song and Martín Montoya both also trained without issue with the group.
Pedro, who got a small knock versus Málaga, was part of the recovery session with the other starters. Finally, Dongou and Ortolá joined from the B side while Enguene and Ebwelle came up from Juvenil A.
FC Barcelona’s silky-smooth midfielder Andrés Iniesta returned to normal training on Monday and will be available to head coach Gerardo Martino for Wednesday’s Copa clash in Valencia with Levante [yes: them again]. During the morning training session, the eleven first-team starters from Sunday did light recuperative work, while the rest of the squad trained normally. Jean-Marie Dongou and Jordi Masip from Barça-B joined the elite squad and may see some mid-week action.
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After touching down in Barcelona at 11 am, the team went straight to the Ciutat Esportiva for this morning’s training session. As usual starters did recovery work, while others participated in the scheduled training exercises. Andrés Iniesta continues the individual work he has done all week. Lastly, one youth team player (Onana) joined the first team.
Yesterday evening the entire first team attended training, though not everyone participated in the full session. Gerard Piqué and Andrés Iniesta did specific work aside from the others and this has raised the possibility neither will participate tomorrow evening in the Copa (not that they’d need to). Even Ibrahim Afellay and Isaac Cuenca were fully involved in the training.
FC Barcelona’s first team returned to training routines after a day off on Sunday. The squad followed a training session designed by the technical staff as they begin to prepare for Thursday’s Spanish Cup game against Getafe CF. Defender Gerard Piqué did specific recovery exercises while Andrés Iniesta trained apart after he was taken off as a precaution at half time against Atlético Madrid due to the slight knock he picked up.
The first team had a morning training session that focused on recovery following the Copa del Rey outing yesterday evening. Part of it was tactical and preparatory work for Saturday’s clutch encounter versus Atlético Madrid.
All the starters from yesterday focused on physical recovery and Neymar returned after not feeling well the last days. Jean Marie Dongou and Bañuz joined from the B side.
At yesterday’s special opening training session, 13,200 Barça fans flocked to the Miniestadi to get a look at the team and especially returning man Lionel Messi. Not bad numbers for practice.
Follow the link for a 75 minute video of the entire session.
Lionel Messi returned to training yesterday evening and in doing so embarked on the final phase of his recovery. The Argentinian did not follow specific work as was rumored, rather taking part in the normal session with the rest of the squad.
Dani Alves was the only major unexpected absentee with his mild fever, but the first team were joined yesterday by a large number of Barça B and Juvenil players. Dongou, Denis Suárez, Bagnack, Ortolá and Bañuz joined from Eusebio’s side while Munir, Godswill, Corredera, Moha, Juan Antonio, Jordi Ortega, Roger Reira, José Aurelio, Joel Huertas, Palencia and Rodgrio Tarín all came from the young division.
Those that were overseas for their festive period returned to Barcelona and were back to full training today with Gerardo Martino having 20 players at his disposal. Neymar, Alex Song, Alexis Sánchez and Javier Mascherano were the new faces today after their trips back from home. This morning was the first of a two training session day.
Lionel Messi is back in Barcelona and will be at today’s evening session, though he will still be following his own program. Dani Alves is back in Spain but wasn’t feeling well (fever) so was allowed to skip training. Lastly, Isaac Cuenca continues his specific training routine even though he was given the medical all clear a long time ago.
Yesterday was the final training day of the year and the seven players from Monday (excluding the injured Oier) were joined by the eight squad members involved with Catalonia: Marc Bartra, Martín Montoya, Gerard Piqué, Jordi Alba, Sergio Busquets, Cesc Fàbregas, Sergi Roberto and Cristian Tello.
Andrés Iniesta took part in the full session and Adriano rejoined after his charity match in Madrid. The rest of the squad will be taking flights today (or last night) in order to be back in Barcelona for training tomorrow, January 2nd.
Yesterday all players who did not travel abroad for the Christmas break reported back for duty. Gerardo Martino was present to lead the session and had seven players to direct: Víctor Valdés, José Manuel Pinto, Oier Olazábal, Carles Puyol, Xavi Hernández, Ibrahim Afellay and Pedro Rodríguez.
The big news is of course the return of Valdés to training with the rest of the group and he looks ready to go for 2014. Xavi, who was doing specific training before the break, also trained normally. Afellay participated in parts of the group work.
Andrés Iniesta and Isaac Cuenca were at the training group but followed their own set of exercises. Adriano, who didn’t return to Brazil, was not present as he played in a charity match (Champions for Life) in Madrid.
Not much news from the latest training session. Xavi Hernández continued his own personalized regimen while everyone else, Dani Alves included, were fit to perform the full set session. As has become customary recently, Jean Marie Dongou joined the first team and so did Lucas Gafarot.
Barça will have their final workout before Getafe in a few hours (Saturday morning) and the team will travel to Madrid later that afternoon and spend a night together there.
Yesterday afternoon, all those available for the final match of 2013 began preparations for Getafe. Neymar was the major absentee, but only as he has been granted extra rest and vacation. His compatriot, Dani Alves, returned to full training and will be ready to go on the weekend. Xavi Hernández followed a personalized routine and youngster Jean Marie Dongou joined the session.
Today at the training session, FC Barcelona defender Dani Alves started a new phase in his recovery. The player picked up a calf muscle tear injury while on the Brazilian national team tour in November. Today he was able to exercise on the pitch apart from the group. His teammates, who played against Celtic FC last night, followed the gentle recovery routine. They were joined by Joan Román, David Babunski, Pol Calvet and Agostinho Cá from the reserves.
Some good news spread right after morning training session today, as Xavi Hernández, Andrés Iniesta and Cristian Tello joined the rest of the team. All three are still awaiting the medical clearance but they were able to complete full training sessions.
Dani Alves did specific work apart from the group. Barça B youngsters Adama and Dongou joined the senior team once again. Now all thoughts of the team are fixed on Wednesday’s game against Celtic. Tomorrow at 11:00 they will participate in a training session at the Ciutat Esportiva and will have a specific strategy meeting and, as usual before important games, will stay overnight at the Hotel Princesa Sofía. The final training session will be held on Wednesday, 11th December at 11:30.
After having the day off, FC Barcelona’s first team players returned to training Tuesday morning at the Ciutat Esportiva. FC Barcelona defender and Spanish international Jordi Alba (24) joined the squad despite still recovering from a left leg injury he suffered during a training session on October 10. See footage after the jump.