Barça’s Juvenil A team back to work


El Juvenil A empieza la pretemporada by fcbarcelona

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…

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Video of the Day: Barça’s first day in England

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Mathieu trains as a Blaugrana for the first time

Mathieu trains as a Blaugrana for the first time

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.

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Lucho’s era begins July 14th

Lucho’s era begins July 14th

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.

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Morning training session and barbecue lunch

Morning training session and barbecue lunch

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.

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Jonathan dos Santos back in group training

Jonathan dos Santos back in group training

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.

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Training on Good Friday

Training on Good Friday

The squad were given the day off to celebrate Easter Friday, but several made their way to the Ciutat Esportiva. Injured players Jordi Alba, Neymar, Gerard Piqué and Marc Bartra came in to perform recovery work. The other attendee was Adriano.

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Training: Valencia prep

Training: Valencia prep

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.

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Training: Four players return

Training: Four players return

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.

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Iniesta returns to normal training

Iniesta returns to normal training

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.

Image: Miguel Ruiz / fcbarcelona.cat

Training: From Madrid to work

Training: From Madrid to work

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.

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Training: Piqué and Iniesta apart

Training: Piqué and Iniesta apart

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.

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Training: Recovery session for Piqué and Iniesta

Training: Recovery session for Piqué and Iniesta

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.

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Training: Recovery session

Training: Recovery session

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.

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Number of the Day: 13,200

Number of the Day: 13,200

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.

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Training: He’s back

Training: He’s back

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.

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Training: Here we go 2014

Training: Here we go 2014

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.

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Training: Ending 2013

Training: Ending 2013

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.

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Training: The locals return

Training: The locals return

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.

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Training: Eyes on Getafe

Training: Eyes on Getafe

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.

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Training: Alves returns

Training: Alves returns

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.

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Training: Alves improves

Training: Alves improves

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.

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Training: Monday session

Training: Monday session

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.

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Alba trains with group

Alba trains with group

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.

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Training: Alves and Adriano with the group

Training: Alves and Adriano with the group

FC Barcelona had a training session this morning and Brazilian defenders Dani Alves (30) and Adriano (29) have rejoined their team mates. They both have recovered from respective injuries and while not given the medical green light officially, it is expected both will be available for the match against Athletic Bilbao on Sunday.

Jordi Alba (24) is still working individually, while young winger Adama (17) is again training with the first team.

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Training at the Amsterdam Arena

Training at the Amsterdam Arena

FC Barcelona team traveled yesterday to Amsterdam, where they play this evening match-day five of the UEFA Champions League group stage against Ajax. All players participated in last night’s training session at the Amsterdam Arena. The players from senior squad traveled with four youngsters from the youth teams: Adama Traoré, Jean Marie Dongou, Patric and Sergi Gómez.

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Training: Neymar and Alexis are back

Training: Neymar and Alexis are back

Neymar Jr and Alexis Sánchez finally joined their teammates after returning from international duty for Thursday’s training session. Xavi Hernández,  Jordi Alba and Cristian Tello followed a specific recovery routine. Jean-Marie Dongou (Barça B) and Adama Traoré (Juvenil A) joined the senior team again for today’s session.  Gerard Piqué and Cesc Fàbregas exercised with the group but have still not been given the medical green light by the medical staff.

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Training: Internationals return

Training: Internationals return

Quite a few players who were on duty with their national teams returned to Barcelona and participated in the team training session on Wednesday afternoon.  Alex Song, Sergio Busquets, Andrés Iniesta, Pedro Rodríguez, Marc Bartra, Sergi Roberto and Javier Mascherano all rejoined routine training.

Gerard Piqué, who had been doing recovery exercises the last few days, trained with the group for the first time, while Jordi Alba still trained apart. Xavi, suffering that minor thigh strain in his left leg, and Cristian Tello, who has sprained a ligament in his right ankle , followed their recovery plan. Juvenil A player Adama Traoré and Barça B’s Jean-Marie Dongou  joined the first team.

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Training: Xavi doubt for Granada

Training: Xavi doubt for Granada

FC Barcelona medical services informed the public hours ago that midfielder Xavi Hernández “has a thigh strain in his left leg and over the last few training sessions has been given specific work to help his recovery, which will determine his availability for Saturday’s game against Granada”. 

Jordi Alba and Gerard Piqué continued recovery excericises, while Lucas, Denis, Agostinho Ca, Calvet and Sandro, from Barça B and Adama from the Juvenil A joined first team at training session this morning.

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Training: Cesc returns

Training: Cesc returns

Barça players returned to training Monday morning after a weekend off. The players in Barcelona had a double session yesterday and Cesc Fàbregas, who suffered a tendon sprain in the last game, participated in the evening training session for the first time since injury. Jordi Alba and Gerard Piqué continued recovery work apart from the group. Xavi Hernández also followed specific training.

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