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Mixed notices September 20

This morning was the final training session held. All available players from the first team and two player from Barca B, Munir and Sandro, were participating. In total it were 25 players under Luis Enrique’s command, but Thomas Vermaelen was […]

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The moment of truth for Luis Enrique and his team

Barca will play three games in La Liga in just seven days, whereof two matches will be away against Levante and Malaga. This will be the moment of truth for Luis Enrique and his team. There are 9 point possible […]

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Mixed short notices September 19

Thursday’s training was much of a recovery session after yesterday’s match in Champions League. All the available first tem players and the Barca B players Munir, Samper and Sandro. Thomas Vermaelen trained with the group despite not having got medical […]

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Mixed notices after Barca-APOEL 1-0

Luis Enrique is the ninth consecutive coach of Barça to debut in the Champions League with a victory The four latest coaches first Champions League game as manager -Pep: Marquez scored a header -Tito: Messi scored header -Tata: Pique scored […]


Barca starting lineup against APOEL Nicosia

FC Barcelona starting lineup against APOEL Nicosia: Ter Stegen Alves, Bartra, Pique, Adriano Xavi, Samper, Roberto Munir, Messi, Neymar Substitutes: Bravo, Douglas, Mathieu, Rakitic, Iniesta, Rafinha, Sandro /Admin


Mixed notices September 20

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This morning was the final training session held. All available players from the first team and two player from Barca B, Munir and Sandro, were participating.
In total it were 25 players under Luis Enrique’s command, but Thomas Vermaelen was somewhat limited since he has not yet received medically clear to train fully with the group and Jordi Masip did specific work.

The squad for tomorrow’s match will not be announced until Sunday morning.

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Barca will play in bright crimson strip, which is their second kit, in tomorrow’s match against Levante in La Liga round 4.


Alex Song, who plays on loan in West Ham, started the match in Premier League against Liverpool today. West Ham won by 3-1 and Song was named the Man of the Match.

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Much points to that Claudio Bravo will start in Barca’s goal against Levante tonight. He didn’t play against APOEL in Champions League last Wednesday.
What do you think? Who should be in goal – Claudio Bravo or Marc Andre Ter Stegen?


The moment of truth for Luis Enrique and his team

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Barca will play three games in La Liga in just seven days, whereof two matches will be away against Levante and Malaga.

This will be the moment of truth for Luis Enrique and his team. There are 9 point possible points to play for and not much time to rest between the matches.

It starts on Sunday, September 21 at 21:00 CET, with the away game against Levante at Mendilibar. Just three days later, on Wednesday 24 at 22:00 CET, Barca will visit La Rosaleda to play against Malaga. On Saturday September 27 Barca will face Granada in Camp Nou at 18:00 CET.

The following week it is time for Champions League again. This time Barca will meet PSG in Paris, Tuesday September 30.


Mixed short notices September 19

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Thursday’s training was much of a recovery session after yesterday’s match in Champions League. All the available first tem players and the Barca B players Munir, Samper and Sandro.

Thomas Vermaelen trained with the group despite not having got medical ok yet. Dani Alves made specific work and Masip trained on grass.

Luis Suarez was not participating in the training session. With permission from the club he was on a commercial commitment for the club.

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Luis Enrique have used 22 players in the four games that Barca have played this season. 21 of these 22 players have started at least one time. Sandro is the only exception, he has subbed in three times.

There are only two players who have started all four games played so far this season. That is Messi and Munir. Five players have three starts each: Bravo, Mathieu, Alba, Sergio and Rakitic.


Mixed notices after Barca-APOEL 1-0

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Luis Enrique is the ninth consecutive coach of Barça to debut in the Champions League with a victory

The four latest coaches first Champions League game as manager
-Pep: Marquez scored a header
-Tito: Messi scored header
-Tata: Pique scored header
-Lucho: Pique scored header

Marc Andre Ter Stegen made his official debut in FC Barcelona in yesterday’s match against APOEL in Champions League’s group stage at Camp Nou. He also managed to keep a clean sheet.

Sergi Samper who made debut in the match against APOEL played the whole match. He also made most passes with 107. Second most made Alves with 101 and third most Adriano with 100.

Dani Alves was the Barca player who run most in the match He made a distance of 11.322 metres, followed by Samper with 11.296 metres and Adriano with 11.283 metres


Barca starting lineup against APOEL Nicosia


FC Barcelona starting lineup against APOEL Nicosia:
Ter Stegen
Alves, Bartra, Pique, Adriano
Xavi, Samper, Roberto
Munir, Messi, Neymar

Bravo, Douglas, Mathieu, Rakitic, Iniesta, Rafinha, Sandro


The squad for tonight’s match against APOEL

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Luis Enrique has named 18 players for tonight’s match against APOEL Nicosia in Champions League. The match will be played in Camp Nou 20:45 CET.

Notable is that he have opted to leave out Montoya, Sergio, Pedro, Mascherano and Alba as well as the injured Vermaelen. All the three players from Barca B, Samper, Sandro and Munir, are included in the squad. Douglas is named for the first time since arriving to Barca.

The squad looks as follows: Ter Stegen, Bravo, Pique, Rakitic, Xavi, Iniesta, Messi, Neymar, Rafinha, Bartra, Douglas, Sergi Roberto, Adriano, Alves, Mathieu, Samper, Sandro and Munir.


Gerard Pique – press conference prior CL

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Pique: We have improved our defense, but the season is long and we have to work hard to become even better.

Pique: We cannot walk around and think that it will be easy to win La Liga.

Pique: We really should deny all false allegations and rumors …… journalists these days writes unfortunately just fantasies.

Pique: I am for a referendum in Catalonia, it is obvious that we need to vote for our freedom.

Pique: It’s a while ago now that people are not condemned me completely by my actions on the field. However, I understand that harsh criticism is part of being a FC Barcelona player.

Pique: Mathieu is really good. He’s fast and a great passer. His adaptation has been perfect and his efforts are excellent.

Pique: I’ve talked to Marc Bartra. I have given him some good advice, but I will not say publicly what I said to him.


Mixed news September 16

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Several players could make their Champions League debut in the group stage at the opening match against APOEL Nicosia tomorrow. Among them are for example Marc Andre Ter Stegen, Munir el Haddadi, Sandro Ramirez and Douglas Pereira.

Luis Enrique will make his first head coaching appearance in Champions League. He has played in the competition, but never before got the chance to coach at Europe’s biggest stage at either of his previous clubs, Roma or Celta.

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On today’s training session were all first team players participating except Masip who did special work. Notable is that Alves and Vermaelen have not got their medical ok yet, but they trained fully with the group.
From Barca B were also at this training Munir, Sandro and Samper participating

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This will be FC Barcelona’s new third kit for the season 2014/15. It will go on sale on September 25.
(Both shirt, shorts and socks will be yellow.).
First time the new kit will be used is in the away game against PSG in Champions League on September 30

Some Champions League statistics

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FC Barcelona has made 498 goals in Champions League since 1955/56, only 2 left to 500-anniversary.

FC Barcelona has played 255 matches in the Champions League and European Cups. We note 145 wins and 61 draws and 49 losses. Scored goals 498 goals, 251 goals conceded and maintained zeros 105.

FC Barcelona’s best goal scorers in the CL & EC: Messi 67, Rivaldo 25, Kluivert 21, Luis Enrique 20, Samuel Eto ‘o 18, Stoichkov and Pedro 15.

FC Barcelona have received 347 yellow cards in the Champions League, most have been assigned to: Puyol 25, Alves 14, Pique 13, Luis Enrique & Marquez and Iniesta have got 11

FC Barcelona 105 notes maintained zeros in CL: Valdes 48, Zubizarreta 14, Bonano 9, Ramalets 7 and Hesp 5.


Schedule for the upcoming week

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On Wednesday FC Barcelona have their first midweek game of the season. On Wednesday starts the group stage in Champions League for Barca. The first match is against APOEL Nicosia. On Sunday, Luis Enrique and the team, will meet Levante away in round 4 of La Liga. There will be six training session in between.

There will be training sessions every day except Sunday when the team is travelling to Valencia to meet Levante at 21:00 CET. The training sessions will start at 11:00 CET in Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper. After Tuesday’s training there will be the official pre-Champions League press conference with Luis Enrique and one of the players.


Mixed notices after Barca-Bilbao 2-0

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FC Barcelona won against Athletic Bilbao at Camp Nou by 2-0. Goal scorer for Barca were Neymar, both goals late in the second half (min 79 and 84). Messi assisted to both goals. Neymar substituted Munir in minute 63. Barca have now kept clean sheet in the three first league rounds this season.

FC Barcelona this season in La Liga:
3 wins (9 Points).
Goals: 6-0
Clean sheets: 3
Goal scorers: Messi 2, Neymar 2, Munir and Sandro.

Match stats (Barca / Bilbao):
Possession: 61% / 39%
Offisdes: 6 / 1
Corners: 5 / 1
Yellow cards: 1 / 1


Barca starting lineup against Bilbao


FC Barcelona starting lineup:
Montoya Mascherano Mathieu Alba
Rakitic Busquets Iniesta
Pedro Messi Munir

Ter Stegen, Pique, Adriano, Xavi, Sergi Roberto, Sandro and Neymar Jr.


Short notices before FC Barcelona-Athletic Bilbao

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Luis Enrique has named a 18-man squad for today’s match against Athletic Bilbao. It looks as follows: Ter Stegen, Bravo, Montoya, Pique, Mascherano, Mathieu, Alba, Adriano, Sergio, Xavi, Iniesta, Rakitic, Sergi Roberto, Messi, Pedro, Sandro, Neymar and Munir.

Note that Mathieu, Iniesta and Messi got their medical ok this morning.

Alves is not named as precaution due to knee injury in his left knee. Masip and Vermaelen are still low. Douglas, Bartra and Rafinha are not selected for technical reasons.

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FC Barcelona’s striker, Lionel Messi, has scored against Athletic Bilbao in every match during their 6 last visits at Camp Nou.


Luis Enrique before Athletic Bilbao Saturday 16:00 CET

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Luis Enrique: Bilbao is a reference for me.

Luis Enrique: I know the starting eleven against Bilbao, and you’ll get it too, but the players should get it first.

Luis Enrique: Regarding the Madrid derby, I hope both lose.

Luis Enrique: Munir is in a process that will make him a very great player. It is a wonderful process to be inside.

Luis Enrique: Messi is capable of playing.

Luis Enrique: We will work hard to ensure that Bilbao does not get any space on the field, somewhere.

Luis Enrique: The players have so far surprised me with their hard work in training. I cannot criticize them, but there is much that can be significantly improved.


Rafinha Alcantara


Rafinha: I’m surprised that I started both games this season. I know it takes maximum training effort to get minutes and I does not relax for a second.

Rafinha: Luis Enrique is very demanding and does not accept that someone is cheating on training. There will be extra running workout, if you do not do what you should.

Rafinha: We know that we face a very strong team on Saturday. I do not think there are any easy games in La Liga and Bilbao is certainly no exception.

Rafinha: I really like to see that our talents at La Masia succeed as well as they do. We are many in FC Barcelona’s first team coming from La Masia.


Adriano Correira

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Adriano Correia: When I found out that my heart rate was not as it should be, I was really worried. There were many thoughts that went through my head. I was both scared and worried. But I know that we have the best doctors available, and that has been a very great safety. Now I am no longer afraid or worried and think less of it every day.

Adriano Correia: Luis Enrique has changed our philosophy and it is good for us. He has a lot of character there, I can promise, but it’s just fine for us. Luis Enrique has a very high focus on our physics and we have to work hard to make him to be happy.

Adriano Correia: The changes have made us a lot better. It is the struggle of every place in the team and it is very good and raises the level of the training sessions. The new players have good attitude and keep the old ones more focused than before.

Adriano Correia: Douglas is a really good football player with many good qualities. I was not at all surprised when we signed him. He will succeed here, but he will need some time to adapt.

Adriano Correia: I’ve got offers during the summer, but my decision has always been to stay here in FC Barcelona.

Goal scoreres against Bilbao


In the current squad had the following players scored in official games against Athletic Bilbao:
Messi 14
Xavi and Pedro 4 each
Sergio 2
Alves, Adriano, Iniesta and Pique 1 each

FC Barcelona’s biggest win (so far) against Athletic Bilbao is 7-0. The match was played February 3 2001 and goal scorers for Barca were: Luis Enrique 3, Cocu 2, Overmars and Abelardo.


Munir made debut with the Spanish NT


Spain won their match against Macedonia in the Euro Qualifying match on Monday evening by 5-1. FC Barcelona had three players in the starting lineup: Alba, Sergio and Pedro. Marc Bartra substituted Ramos in minute 68 and Munir made his debut when he substituted Koke in minute 78.

There were five different goal scorers for Spain: 1-0 Ramos, 2-0 Alcácer, 3-1 SERGIO, 4-1 Silva and 5-1 PEDRO.
It was Sergio’s first goal in his 70 appearances with the Spanish selection. Marc

Bartra made his “second” debut with the Spanish team. Last time he played was 2013 in a friendly match.

Munir: To play for Spain was my decision, I knew what the consequences would be, but I didn’t have any doubts as I’m born in Spain.

Munir: This was a dream that came true to me. Everything is going very fast now, that’s true, but I try tries to stay calm. I will continue to keep on working hard.


Leo Messi near 400


Leo Messi is near to score his goal number 400. So far he has 398, whereof 356 with Barcelona and 42 with Argentina. If he scores twice against Bilbao on Saturday he will reach this magic number just 27 years old.

It doesn’t seem impossible for Messi to do that as he throughout his career in Barca already has added 75 doubles.


Schedule for the upcoming week

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There are six training sessions scheduled for the upcoming week. On Monday there will be an afternoon training at 18:30 CET. Rest of the week, including match day, there will be morning sessions. The sessions are preparations ahead of Saturday’s game against Athletic Bilbao at Camp Nou, 16:00 CET.

Luis Enrique will have most of the players, who are on international duty, back in midweek.


Mixed short notices September 7

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Neymar Jr has scored 9 goals in 9 games with Brazil in year 2014. He has also made 2 assists.

Furthermore he has scored 4 of his 36 goals with Brazil senior national team from a direct free-kick; against Panama, South Korea, Italy and Colombia.

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Andres Iniesta and Thomas Vermaelen could be available and play against Bilbao next Saturday as they are recovering well from their injuries.

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Ivan Rakitic got offers from several other clubs apart from FC Barcelona this summer. Among these clubs were Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid and Manchester City, but he choosed Barca and thanks for that!


Munir el Haddadi in the Spanish selection

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Vicente del Bosque has called up Munir el Haddadi to the Spanish international senior squad. He should cover for the injured Diego Costa.

The Spanish team will meet Macedonia on Monday evening in the European Championships qualifier. Munir was with the Spanish U21 which won over Hungary with 1-0 earlier this week. Now he will join Barca teammates Sergio, Pedro, Alba and Bartra in the squad to face Macedonia.

Sandro Ramirez will substitute Munir in the Spanish U21 team.


Mixed short notices September 5

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From Barca B have eight players been included in the registration list for Champions League. These players are Halilovic, Diagne, Munir, Sandro, Grimaldo, Ié, Samper and Adama.

Halilovic and Diagne are in the list in order to be able to play in the competition as they do not comply with one of the requisites (to have been in the club for at least 2 years). The other six players do comply with the regulations and is allowed to play at any time.

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Luis Suarez scored 2 goals when the first team played a friendly with Barca B. Unfortunately I’ve no information about the match.

However, the teams will meet again at least twice before the official debut of Luis Suarez in FC Barcelona.


Mixed short notices September 4

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Ivan Rakitic is the player in La Liga who have completed most passes so far this season. He has completed 191 passes, that is more than any other player.


Claudio Bravo will continue in goal against Athletic Bilbao in next round of La Liga. It seems very clear that Marc Andre Ter Stegen will take that place against APOEL Nicosia in the first round of Champions League’s group stage.


Josep Guardiola: Luis Enrique will do a better job as coach in Barca than I did. He will also win more titles than me.


Dani Alves

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Dani Alves is the foreigner with second highest number of appearances for FC Barcelona. Next match he plays it will be his number 300.

Alves has been in the club for seven years and has during this time scored 20 goals whereof 16 in La Liga, 5 in Champions League and 1 in Copa del Rey.

He has in FC Barcelona so far played 190 La liga matches, 63 in Champions League, 32 in Copa del Rey, 9 in Spanish Supercup, 2 in European Supercup and 3 in Clubs World Cup.


Statistics for national teams, current squad

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Most goals and assists for the national team, current squad: Messi 67, Suarez 60, Neymar Jr. 57, Xavi 40 and Iniesta 36.

Most wins with the national team, current squad: Xavi 100, Iniesta 78, Mascherano 63, Messi 56, Alves 56, Busquets 53, Pique 48, Bravo 41, Rakitic 39 and Suarez 37.

Most scored goals for national team, current squad: Messi 42, Suarez 41, Neymar Jr. 35, Pedro 14, Xavi 12 ,Iniesta 12 and Rakitic 9.

Most international matches, current squad: Xavi 133, Mascherano 105, Iniesta 100, Messi 93, Bravo 83, Suarez 79, Alves 79, Busquets 65 and Rakitic 65.


Mixed short notices September 2

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After being off for two weeks due to an back injury, was Ter Stegen today back training normally.
During the training Jordi Masip got a fractured finger and he will be out for four weeks.
Messi and Iniesta made special training apart from the group as the battle to recover from their fitness problems.
Vermaelen was today able to take part in the training for the first time with his new colleagues. This meant that it was ten players from the first team in training today. Participating in the session was Ter Stegen, Masip, Montoya, Pique, Xavi, Luis Suarez, Douglas, Adriano, Dani Alves and Vermaelen.

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Munir el Haddadi: I don’t know if I will play with Spain or Morocco in the future.
Munir el Haddadi: I was really happy and surprised when I now was called to the Spanish U21 training camp before the upcoming friendlies.

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This week Luis Enrique will arrange a friendly match between Barcelona first team and Barca B in order to boost the fitness of Luis Suarez.


Neymar Jr

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It’s not ok to do this during a match:

During the warm-up yesterday in the match against Villarreal was Neymar signing autographs.

He is now fined 6000 euros by Luis Enrique. The money will go to charity.


Mixed notices after Villarreal – Barca 0-1

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The match ended with victory for FC Barcelona 0-1 against Villarreal in el Madrigal.

Goal scorer was Sandro in minute 82.

He replaced Pedro in the second half, in minute 69.



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Sandro: “Luis Enrique is a great coach who counts on the youth players a lot and we try to take advantage.”

Sandro: “I’m happy from the personal aspect but above all, the work done by the team.”

Sandro: “It was a great play by Messi and luckily I scored the goal.”

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The Villarreal player Jaume Costa dug his heels into the buttock of Dani Alves. The Brazilian tried to show it to the referee, but instead he got a yellow card (!). Notable is that the referee didn’t admonish Costa for that action.

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Luis Enrique: “We missed chances we normally don’t miss, Villarreal had the same problem. I think the condition of the pitch had an influence”

Luis Enrique: “Alves played a spectacular second half. I didn’t like his protesting though. But he went forward a million times.”

Luis Enrique: “I’m very satisfied with the players’ attitude from the first day. Our game still has to improve, but they are incredibly motivated.”


Barca starting lineup against Villarreal

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FC Barcelona starting lineup against Villarreal in el Madrigal looks as follows:
Alves – Pique – Mathieu – Alba
Rakitic – Sergio – Rafinha
Munir – Messi – Pedro

Substitutes: Masip, Montoya, Bartra, Xavi, Sergi Roberto, Neymar and Sandro


Villarreal – FC Barcelona August 31 19:00 CET

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Tonight it’s time for the first away match for the season 2014/15. FC Barcelona has travelled to Villarreal this Sunday by train. Iniesta is absent due to injury and Mascherano is suspended meanwhile Neymar has got medical ok.

This may open up for Bartra and Sergi Roberto in tonight’s match. In Villarreal we can see three former Barca players: Gio and Jonathan Dos Santos and Espinosa.

The pitch in el Madrigal doesn’t look very good, but we wish to see that Barca can do their best despite this. (see pic)


Squad to Villarreal

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Squad to Villarreal looks as follows: Bravo Masip Alves Montoya Bartra Pique Mathieu Alba Busquets Rakitic Xavi Roberto Rafinha Pedro Munir Messi Sandro Neymar

Injured: Iniesta, Vermaelen & Ter Stegen.
Suspended: Mascherano & Suarez.
Available but not called: Adriano, Douglas.

Alex Song was not training this morning, with permission from the club. Talks about his transfer are ongoing.


Andres Iniesta will not travel to Villarreal


Andres Iniesta will not travel to Villarreal tomorrow for the match in round 2 in La Liga.

He will nor be with the Spanish selection in their two upcoming friendlies. This due to some injury.

We have at the moment no information about what kind of injury it is.


Douglas Pereira’s first officialpress conference

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Douglas: “I am really happy to be here. I am really looking forward to train with my new team-mates”

Douglas: “I have been dreaming of playing for Barcelona since I was a kid”

Douglas: “Dani Alves is a great player. It is really difficult… to compare. I have always wanted to be like him”

Douglas: “I will work really hard. I feel ready”

Douglas: “I had some offerts to come to European football before, but I stayed at Sao Paulo”

Douglas: “I didn’t know Sergio Busquets used to wear the number ’16′ ”

Douglas: “I join training tomorrow. Physically, I’m fine. I’ll do what the coach asks from me.”


Ivan Rakitic

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Rakitic: “Villareal is a very strong team in every single part of the game”

Rakitic: “Luis Enrique asks me to shot from the out of the area, that’s my style”

Rakitic: “There is no such thing as an easy game at the champions League”

Rakitic: “I don’t know Douglas, but I trust the team and hope he will give a lot to the team”

Rakitic: “I’m here to improve and I’m doing it with the best players of the world”

Rakitic: “Every player wants to play, but in the end the coach decides who does”

Rakitic: “I can’t dribble like Messi or pass like Xavi or Iniesta but I can bring other things to the team.”

Rakitic: “We all know what kind of player and person is Xavi, he is an idol”

Rakitic: “I’m looking forward to playing in the CL instead of watching it on television.”

Rakitic: “Di Maria and Alonso leaving Real Madrid? You have to respect their decisions for leaving.”

Rakitic: “I’m not surprised about Munir’s quality. From the first day I arrived, he’s a top quality player. He’ll bring us lots of joy.”


Douglas Pereira dos santos

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Douglas: “Barça is not different from Sao Paulo, It is also a big club and is used to be champion, I’m prepared.”

Douglas: “I’m very happy, I will go to a big club, where every player wants to be. I hope I don’t disappoint anybody.”

Douglas: “I haven’t had the opportunity to talk to Alves, Adriano or Neymar because I don’t know them personally. We haven’t met yet.”


Luis Suarez


:“When Barça was interested in me, I didn’t hesitate. Other teams were interested and I turned them down.”

Luis Suarez :“My presentation? I was nervous and embarrassed. I thought it would be a regular one, but I was thrilled with the ovation.”

Luis Suarez :“This challenge of playing for Barça, to share the field with these great players were things I was looking forward to.”


Douglas Pereira


FC Barcelona and the Brazilian club Sao Paulo FC have reach an initial agreement for the transfer of the 24 year old Douglas Pereira. The for Barca will be 4 million euros another one and a half million in performance variables based om game blocks.

At the end of this week Douglas will travel to Barcelona for medical examination and after that sign his contract and be officially presented.


Mixed short notices August 26


Bartomeu, Zubizarreta and Luis Enrique will today decide on the strategy to follow in the last seven days of the transfer market. The board will also decide if there will be any more signings or if they should risk that they may not be able to sign during 18 months if the punishment from FIFA will take place.


Last time Xavi didn’t play in Barca’s Liga opening game was 8 years ago. It was in the 2-3 loss against Celta in season 2006/07.


Three representatives from FC Barcelona has travelled to Sao Paulo to close the transfer of Douglas Pereira dos Santos The cost of the deal will be about 6 million euros. The 24 year Douglas will get a contract until 2019. With this signing will Luis Enrique have three options to the right side of the defense: Alves, Martin Montoya and Douglas.

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Today it’s 3 years since Barca won the European Supercup in Monaco against Porto by 2-0.


Training and match schedule 25-31 August

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Upcoming week’s training and match schedule:

Monday 25 August
Rest Day

Tuesday 26 August
10.30 AM CET Training session at Ciutat Esportiva

Wednesday 27 August
10.30 AM CET Training session at Ciutat Esportiva

Thursday 28 August
10.30 AM CET Training session at Ciutat Esportiva

Friday 29 August
10.30 AM CET Training session at Ciutat Esportiva

Saturday 30 August
10.30 AM CET Training session at Ciutat Esportiva

Sunday 31 August
19.00 CET La Liga match, Villareal v Barça, at el Madrigal Stadium


Mixed notices after Barca-Elche 3-0

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The match ended with a victory for FC Barcelona and Luis Enrique. Barca won by 3-0 against Elche.
Messi scored 1-0 in minute 41, Munir 2-0 in minute 46 and Messi 3-0 in minute 63.
In minute 43, Javier Mascherano got RED CARD. The referee said he was the last man as he collides with an Elche attacker on the break. Barca will now play with 10 players rest of the match.
Lionel Messi has now on 106 official matches for FC Barcelona on Sunday’s scored 106 goals.

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FC Barcelona made three substitutions. At halftime Rafinha went off and Bartra came on. In minute 66 Pedro in and Munir out. Munir got standing ovation from the Camp Nou crowd (!!). In minute 77 Iniesta out and Sergi Roberto in.
With just 18 years and 357 days, Munir is the youngest player ever to score a goal in the first round of La Liga. Awesome for this player who just five months ago played in Juvenil A.

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Munir: “I’m very happy with my debut, team win and my goal. It’s an honor to score here at Camp Nou and to play alongside Messi…”

Munir: “What did Luis Enrique say when I was substituted? He said that I should continue to work hard and to get better.”


Starting lineup against Elche


FC Barcelona’s starting lineup in the season’s first match in La Liga against Elche in Camp Nou:

Alves. Mascherano, Mathieu, Alba
Rakitic, Sergio, Iniesta
Rafinha, Messi, Munir

Substitutes: Masip, Montoya, Bartra, Xavi, Sergi Roberto, Pedro and Sandro


Squad for tonight’s match against Elche


FC Barcelona will receive Elche in Camp Nou at 21:00 CET tonight.

This morning Luis Enrique has named a squad consisting of 18 players to the match against Elche tonight. Neymar will not play due to his sprained ankle. Furthermore are not Ter Stegen, Vermaelen and Adriano not due to various injuries. Suarez and Pique are suspended. Song is not named due to technical reasons. There will be two players from Barca B in the squad, Sandro and Munir. Pedro got medical ok and is included in the squad.

The squad will then looks as follows: Bravo, Masip, Montoya, Bartra, Alves, Mathieu, Mascherano, Alba, Sergio, Xavi, Iniesta, Rakitic, Sergi Roberto, Rafinha, Pedro, Munir, Messi and Sandro.


Mixed short notices August 23

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Friday’s training involved a total of 25 players whereof 4 from Barca B. Neymar was not participating due to the ankle injury he got yesterday.

One positive news was that Thomas Vermaelen trained for the first time on grass, but not with the group but with Pedro. Ter Stegen continued with his recovery work. Adriano participated partially with the group.

From Barca B was Munir, Sandro, Samper and Adama attending.
Next training will be tomorrow, Saturday, at 10:30 and later will Luis Enrique speak at a press Conference.


Munir: “Return to B-team? I’d be ready for it, no problem. Did the same last year when I played with B-team and then returned to Juvenil.”

Munir: “I felt good during the game against Club Leon. Very happy to have played at the Camp Nou and to have scored twice.”

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Barcelona wanted to make a 60M offer for Real Madrid player Angel Di Maria but Florentino Perez refused to negotiate a possible sale


Mixed short notices


Most Barcelona LIGA goals (current squad):
Of the current FC Barcelona squad have these players scored most La Liga goals:
Messi 243
Xavi 56
Pedro 52
Iniesta 33
Alves 14
Pique 12
Adriano and Neymar Jr 9

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FC Barcelona have scored 3+ goals in 911 of their 2648 La Liga games, that’s equal to 34%

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Moreover FC Barcelona have scored 5 goals in a single La Liga game 130 times – MANITA


Mixed short notices August 21

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On Thursday morning’s training session were 20 players from the first team and 4 from Barca B participating.

Thomas Vermaelen and Marc Andre Ter Stegen continued with their specific training due to their injuries and Adriano war partially training with the group. Pedro was off due to stomach problems.

From Barca B were Munir, Samper, Sandro and Grimaldo participating in this training session.

There will be one more training today at 18:30.

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Luis Suárez will pay the 82,000 euros fine out of his pocket for biting Giorgio Chiellini during the World Cup.

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Transfer rumour:
Borrusia Dortmund have offered winger Marco Reus (25) to Barcelona to avoid him joining the rivals Bayern Munich.


Mixed short notices August 20

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Munir el Haddadi, from Barca B, is a real promising player. In Monday’s match in Camp Nou he one more time showed his skills when he scored two goals in the Joan Gamper Trophy match against the Mexican Leon.

He was at the right place at the right time so to say.

Amazing.. for such a young player.

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FIFA reject appeal of Barcelona against transfer ban, Barcelona won’t be able to sign players in the next two transfer windows


Friendlies for Brazil, Chile and Argentia

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Neymar is called up by Brazil’s international team’s new coach, Dunga to the upcoming friendlies against Colombia and Ecuador. It was against Colombia in the world Cup in Brazil this summer Neymar was injured. Notable is that there was no place on the list for Dani Alves.
Brazil-Colombia will be played in Miami, September 4 and Brazil-Ecuador will be played in New Jersey on September 9.

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Chile, with the Barca goal keeper Claudio Bravo, will meet Mexico and Haiti in friendlies on September 6 and September 9.

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Messi and Mascherano will meet the World Champions Germany in Düsseldorf on September 3, a rerun of the final in the World Cup. It will be a tough task for Argentina and their new coach, Tata Martino.

Barca starting lineup in Joan Gamper Trophy

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FC Barcelona starting lineuup in Joan Gamper Trophy against Leon:

Bravo, Rakitic, Sergio, Iniesta, Messi, Neymar, Rafinha, Mascherano, Jordi Alba, Dani Alves and Mathieu

Substitutes: Masip, Montoya, Piqué, Xavi, Luis Suárez, Bartra, Song and Sergi Roberto


Upcoming week’s training- and match schedule

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Monday 18 August
10.30 CET:. Training in the Ciutat Esportiva
19.30 CET: Presentation of the first team squad in the Camp Nou
20.30 CET: 49th Joan Gamper Trophy, Barça – León FC in the Camp Nou

Tuesday 19 August
Rest day

Wednesday 20 August
10.30 CET: Training in the Ciutat Esportiva

Thursday 21 August
10.30 CET: Training in the Ciutat Esportiva
18.30 CET: Training in the Ciutat Esportiva

Friday 22 August
10.30 CET: Training in the Ciutat Esportiva

Saturday 23 August
10.30 CET: Training in the Ciutat Esportiva

Sunday 24 August
10.30 CET: Training in the Ciutat Esportiva
21:00 CET: League match, Barça – Elche in the Camp Nou