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Player ratings after the loss in Copa del Rey

Here are the player ratings from the fans after the loss in the final of Copa del Rey. A rating scale where 1 is low and 10 is high. Pinto 3,0 – Alves 2.0 – Mascherano 3,3 – Bartra – […]

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Cruyff about Barca

Cruyff: “The best thing for Barca will be signing Pep Guardiola again. He is a great coach .” Cruyff: “If Joan Laporta becomes president of Barcelona again, the best thing he can do is sign Pep. He’s a smart person, […]

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Starting lineup to the final in Copa del Rey against Real Madrid

FC Barcelona starting lineup: Pinto, Alves, Mascherano, Bartra, Alba, Sergio, Xavi, Iniesta, Neymar, Messi and Fàbregas Substitutes: Oier, Puyol, Adriano, Song, Sergi Roberto, Pedro and Alexis

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Underdogs, right or wrong….?

FC Barcelona are underdogs when they run out at the Mestalla tonight. FC Barcelona is the underdog with all right. Our glorious football team seemingly not only have had cracks, it is also beginning to be splinters of what once […]

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Training and squad before the Copa del Rey final

Gerardo Martino, as usual before a big match, brings all the players in the A squad to the final in Copa del Rey. So it’s a 24 man squad which travel to Valencia. It will only be Victor Valdes who […]

 

Player ratings after the loss in Copa del Rey

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Here are the player ratings from the fans after the loss in the final of Copa del Rey. A rating scale where 1 is low and 10 is high.

Pinto 3,0 – Alves 2.0 – Mascherano 3,3 – Bartra – 5,6 – Alba 4,5 – Busquets 3,4 – Iniesta 4,5 – Xavi 3,4 – Messi 1,8 – Fabregas 1,8 – Neymar 3,2
Substitutes: Adriano 3,3 – Pedro 3,8 – Alexis 3,0
COACH: Gerardo Martino 2,2

Cruyff about Barca

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Cruyff: “The best thing for Barca will be signing Pep Guardiola again. He is a great coach .”

Cruyff: “If Joan Laporta becomes president of Barcelona again, the best thing he can do is sign Pep. He’s a smart person, i’m sure he’ll do it.”

Cruyff: “The problem at Barca is that the president wants to play every role in the club.”

Cruyff: “Barca isn’t controlled by the manager, its controlled by those who want to broker commercial deals

Starting lineup to the final in Copa del Rey against Real Madrid

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FC Barcelona starting lineup:

Pinto, Alves, Mascherano, Bartra, Alba, Sergio, Xavi, Iniesta, Neymar,
Messi and Fàbregas

Substitutes:

Oier, Puyol, Adriano, Song, Sergi Roberto, Pedro and Alexis

Underdogs, right or wrong….?

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FC Barcelona are underdogs when they run out at the Mestalla tonight. FC Barcelona is the underdog with all right. Our glorious football team seemingly not only have had cracks, it is also beginning to be splinters of what once was . Then there is the macabre fact / rumor that abound since last Tuesday . The rumor says that if we go out of the Champions League and then lose a La Liga match and then no longer can win La Liga and loses the Copa final, FIFA will lift the signing ban completely. I know this sounds crazy. really crazy , yeah I know. But check on the match against Atletico Madrid and check the Granada match, it is the first time in 6.5 years we do not score two games in a row .

My suggestion to the starting eleven is just a dream that not becomes reality, I know , but pound it out anyway: Pinto, Alves, Adriano, Mascherano , Alba. Busquets , Iniesta, Fabregas, Alexis, Pedro, Messi . This under conditions that apply to the current injury records.

Training and squad before the Copa del Rey final

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Gerardo Martino, as usual before a big match, brings all the players in the A squad to the final in Copa del Rey. So it’s a 24 man squad which travel to Valencia. It will only be Victor Valdes who do not go with the A team players. It was very sudden to note that Marc Bartra trained fully with the team during Tuesday’s workout. Carles Puyol and Gerard Pique trained outside the group.

The squad then consists of the following players: Pinto, Oier, Montoya, Fabregas, Xavi, Pedro, Iniesta, Alexis, Messi, Neymar, Mascherano, Busquets, Song, Alba, Afellay, Tello, Adriano, Alves, and  Roberto. Pique, Puyol, Dos Santos, Bartra and Cuenca are also included in the 24 man squad, but none of them have received medical ok, yet.

Gerardo Martino and his contract

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Gerardo Martino was signed for two  seasons, but certainly every indication points to that the contract will be canceled after only one year. Gerardo Martino will receive 5 million euros and becomes an unfortunate parenthesis in FC Barcelona’s grandiose history. When Martino goes, it will be said as usual when the club is involved that the parties were in agreement . The Board have been harsh in their reviews on the latest meeting and suggested that Martino is in no way matched the club’s requirements and expectations. On 17 March, the data from usually well-informed sources said Martino sits just one season. There is a general perception that Martino cannot handle the pressure that it means to be a coach at FC Barcelona.

Martino stands today quite in the eye of the storm and when you do it in FC Barcelona then you are usually really in trouble . As strongly as it blows now, it has not blown since Frank Rijkaard’s days, but then it was not just the coach that was near being lynched , also several players were very shy to show themselves outdoors. This time it seems that the trainer get all the crap that is thrown against the club and him personally. A situation that is him unbeatable.

Final Copa del Rey on Wednesday against Real Madrid

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It’s time for another El Clásico, this time in the Copa del Rey final at the Mestalla on Wednesday, 21:30 CET. It’s currently totally impossible to have expectations and hopes for Gerardo Martino and his men. But the famous Phoenix has proved wonders before. We have managed to win both meetings with our worst antagonist this season and we would certainly in our current situation need a massive success to get at least some kind of faith to the future.
What are your thoughts ahead of the match on Wednesday?
Visca Barca!

FC Barcelona starting lineup against Granada

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FC Barcelona have the following starting lineup:
Pinto, Montoya, Mascherano, Sergio, Adriano, Song, Cesc, Iniesta, Pedro, Messi and Neymar

Substitutes:
Oier, Alves, Alba, Xavi, Sergi Roberto, Tello and Alexis

Win and 3 points is the aim tonight

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In the next 36 days, FC Barcelona’s fate in league and cup will be decided.

Barca has the possibility to take a “double”, but it will not be an easy task. All teams that they have to face have also a lot to play for. There are seven games… left to be played in 36 days.

Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid are Barca’s rivals in the title chase. At the moment Atletico is one point above Barca and Real is two points below. We should note that both these rivals have at least two or maybe three matches in Champions League, which will be two or three matches more than Barca. Maybe that would benefit the Catalans.

Before CF Granada – FC Barcelona

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The aim against Granada is of course 3 points and to continue to keep maximum pressure on Atletico Madrid who play first on Sunday. FC Barcelona, now with 78 points, can come on 81 points, 2 just before Atletico Madrid which faces Getafe on Sunday 19.00 local time. Atletico, with Chelsea in the Champions League, meets Getafe who fights for their lives in the relegation place with only 31 points. Real Madrid has 76 points and meets this evening 22.00 local time Almeria at the Bernabeu. The guests are below the relegation line and have only 30 points. Real Madrid lacks Ronaldo who is expected to make a comeback first against Bayern Munich in the Champions League. FC Barcelona is expected to carry a total revolution with rotations, and many changes it will become.

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Granada – FC Barcelona, Saturday 12 at 20:00 CET

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Granada CF receives FC Barcelona on Saturday 20.00 local time. The match is played at Nuevos Los Cármenes. The team has met in Granada 19 times. FC Barcelona notes 11 wins and 4 draws and 4 losses. There have been many close games with few goals. FC Barcelona notes 28 goals scored and 20 goals against. Granada have played 16 home games so far this season, 6 wins and 1 draw and 9 losses and notes 17 goals scored and 17 goals against. FC Barcelona notes in 16 away matches 10 wins, 3 draws and 3 defeats and 33 goals scored and 15 goals against.

The squad to FC Barcelona-Real Betis

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Saturday, April 5 18:00 CET, it’s time for match in La Liga. FC Barcelona will receive Real Betis at Camp Nou in the 32nd round of the league.

Martino have named 19 names in the squad to that match, which includes Carles Puyol despite he hasn’t got medical ok yet. Alba is suspended and Pique, Valdes, Dos Santos and Cuenca are injured. Afellay is left out due to technical reason.

The squad looks as follows:Pinto, Olazábal, Montoya, Fàbregas, Puyol, Xavi, Pedro, A.Iniesta, Alexis, Messi, Neymar Jr., Mascherano, Bartra, Sergio, Song, Tello, Adriano, Dani Alves and Sergi Roberto

Marc Bartra into the limelight

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Marc Bartra is now taking the step into the limelight. He has so far done 47 appearances with the first team, whereof half this season.

Now it’s likely that he will have an even more important role in FC Barcelona’s central defence. With both Pique and Puyol on the injury list this is the moment for Bartra to step forward and take on additional responsibilities.

For Marc Bartra this is his second season as an officially registered member of the first team. He has som far this season played 15 matches in La Liga, 5 in Copa del Rey and 3 in Champions League, in total 23 appearances. Of these matches he has been a starter in 17.

Another draw against Atletico Madrid

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79,941 fans at Camp Nou could yesterday once again witness a match between FC Barcelona and Atletico Madrid ending with a draw this season. The teams have now met four times whereof two in Supercopa Espana (1-1 and 0-0), one in La Liga (0-0) and now one in Champions League(1-1).

The only player that has managed to score against Atletico is Neymar.

Barcelona’s record in CL matches at Camp Nou

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FC Barcelona have in 124 matches in Champions League at Camp Nou the following records:

91 wins

21 draws

12 losses.

309 goals scored

97 goals conceded.

Training and squad to CL quarterfinal against Atletico Madrid

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FC Barcelona’s first team has trained this Monday morning at Ciudad Deportiva Joan Gamper. Song and Pedro trained with full capacity, while Puyol continued with his specific work apart from the group.

Martino has named a squad of 22 players to tomorrow’s match against Atletico Madrid in the first quarter final in Champions League. The match will be played at Camp Nou 20:45 CET.

The only missing players are the injured Valdes, Cuenca and Dos Santos.

The squad looks as follows:
Pinto, Olazábal, Montoya, Piqué, Fàbregas, Puyol*, Xavi, Pedro, A.Iniesta, Alexis, Messi, Neymar Jr., Mascherano, Bartra, Sergio, Song, Jordi Alba, Afellay, Tello, Adriano, Dani Alves and Sergi Roberto.

*) Puyol has not received medical ok yet, but is included in the squad.

A challenge for Pinto

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It will be quite a challenge for Pinto on Tuesday at the Camp Nou. The Blaugrana goalkeeper defends the goal Barca in the quarter-finals of Champions League against an opponent who is thrusting like a bull in all competitions. The leaders of the Liga, the Cholo Simeone’s team, are next to Real Madrid the only team still unbeaten in the competition.

In addition, Atletico outside their stadium maintains a high level, they have three victories achieved so far in this competition (1-2 in Porto, 0-3 in Vienna and 0-1 in San Siro) and a single tie in the 1-1 match against Zenit away from their stadium.

This Tuesday will be the third game of the Champions League for the Cadiz keeper this season. The first was in Holland, where the club fell to 2-1 against Ajax, and the second in the Camp Nou against Celtic, with the final score of 6-1.

In both clashes Pinto had to pick the ball once from the bottom of his goal, an action he must avoid against an opponent like Atletico. Of the three goals conceded, one was a header and along 180 minutes he did a total of five stops

The referee in Tuesday’s CL match against Atletico Madrid

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The referee in Tuesday’s match in Champions League between FC Barcelona and Atletico Madrid will be the German Felix Brych. He has directed the two teams several times. He has also been the referee when Spain met France in the qualifying match for the World Cup 2014 in Brazil.

FC Barcelona have lost two of three games when he was in charged (18 April-12: Chelsea-FCB 1-0, 24 July-13: Bayern München-FCB 2-0). The third ended with a draw (22 October-13: Milan-FCB).

Atletico Madrid have won two of two matches when Brych was a referee. (30 August-07: Vojvodina-Atletico 1-2, 19 August-09: Panathinaikos-Atletico 2-3).

Andoni Zubizarreta // Gerardo Martino

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FC Barcelona sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta has put all negotiations with Gerardo Martino aside. FC Barcelona is entering a crucial stage of the season and negotiations and a new contract is clearly seen as a disruptive element. There is not even a clear indication of Gerardo Martino will stay after this season. It will, according to usually well-informed sources be no more talks between the club and our current coach before that we’re in the month of May. According to the same source, it is necessary to put several players, active contract negotiations on hold until the season is over. This does not apply to Lionel Messi and his new contract that has highest priority in FC Barcelona.

A D M I N

Jose Manuel Pinto Colorado/Victor Valdes Arribas

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Victor Valdes has played his last game in FC Barcelona. Unfortunately, there was a really grim farewell with a complicated knee injury and pending surgery. At the same time, we know that Jose Pinto is a reliable backup once he gets to play. The match against Celta Vigo yesterday was no exception. Jose Pinto has now possibly as many as 14 games left to play this season , including La Liga, Copa del Rey and Champions League. Jose Pinto was born in El Puerto de Santa Maria, which is located in Cadiz, 8 November 1975. He joined FC Barcelona in January 2008.

The statistics for Pinto and Valdes this season in La Liga looks like this: Valdes 26 matches while Pinto has 5 matches. Valdes has played 2.273 minutes and Pinto 427 minutes. Victor Valdes has conceded 21 goals while Pinto conceded 5. Valdes has conceded one goal per 84 minutes played while Pinto conceded 1 goal per 83 minutes . Valdes has had 210 shots against him while Pinto note 44. Victor Valdes is accounted for 68 saves and Pinto notes 14 saves. Victor Valdes has a save percentage of 76.4 while Jose Pinto has a save percentage of 77.8.

A D M I N

Jose Manuel Pinto Colorado

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Jose Pinto will defend FC Barcelona’s goal for the remainder of the season. Jose Pinto has experience from goal keeping at the highest level. Jose Pinto has been defending the goal of no less than 152 La Liga matches and 39 Copa del Rey matches, also in 18 Europa League matches and last but not least 11 matches in the Champions League. This gives total of 220 matches were of 214 from the start. Jose Pinto has received two red cards, one in Champions League and one in La Liga. Jose Pinto also notes 17 yellow cards were of one in the Champions League, 14 in La Liga and 2 in the Copa del Rey.

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Real Sociedad – FC Barcelona, February 22, Lineup PRESENTED

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FC Barcelona and Real Sociedad will meet for the third times in a couple of weeks. Now it’s time for away game at Anoeta in La Liga on Saturday February 22nd , 20:00 local time. The two matches before this was in Copa del Rey. Barca defeated Real Sociedad over two games by 3-1 (2-0 and 1-1).

The squad looks as follows:
Valdés, Pinto, Montoya, Piqué, Fàbregas, Xavi, Pedro, Iniesta, Alexis, Messi, Neymar Jr., Mascherano, Bartra, Sergio, Song, Tello, Adriano i Dani Alves.

We will try to give you the starting lineup 1 hour before match start or as soon as we have it in our hands (about 19:00)

Please feel free to come with your starting lineup. (Use the comment form)

/Birgit

FC Barcelona starting lineup:
Valdés, Montoya, Piqué, Pedro, Iniesta, Messi, Neymar, Bartra, Sergio, Song andi Adriano

Substitutes:
Pinto, Mascherano, Alves, Xavi, Tello, Cesc and Alexis.

Sidelined: Oier

Neymar Jr “”book”"

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Neymar Jr (From his newly released book): Many times I become like a big kid. I miss playing football in the streets and backyards. I miss laughing with friends and playing video games.

Neymar Jr.: I like the typical Brazilian food on the table: Rice, beans, steak, French fries and cookies.

Neymar Jr.: I like to renew my wardrobe and its content. I like just as much to change my hairstyle as football boots and accessories, and everything in general.

Neymar Jr: I spend 24 hours each day with football. Either so I’m kicking the ball or I observe it roll.

Neymar Jr.: I like to watch the games afterwards, so I can correct any errors I make and do right in the next game.

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Martino at Friday’s press conference

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Martino has spoken at today’s press conference. Asked if he will extend his contract, he says that we will see. If all goes well, it’s 21 games left this season and that is what we are focusing on right now.

I have not talked to the club about next season yet, nor if any signings. We must continue to focus on this season, says Martino.

On the question about Puyol and if he will continue next season, so says Martino that I cannot say anything either about Puyol or any other player.

To have the opportunity to play with an extra midfielder in place of a forward, gives us greater control over the game and for that we need to run less, says Martino.

Barca coach believes that Bayern Munich is one of the favorites to win the Champions League. They won the title last year and they are playing well in the league and in the Champions League, says Gerardo Martino.

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Transfer rumors

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FC Barcelona seems to be very interested in the young Argentine playmaker Angel Correa. He is compared with the Argentine superstar Kun Aguero, who plays at Manchester City. Angel Correa is 18 and plays in the club San Lorenzo, whose owner Marcelo Tinelli says that the starting price for Angel Correa is 16 million Euros. Many clubs are interested in 18-year-old for example: Arsenal, Napoli and Manchester City, but FC Barcelona will be hard to resist for players who want to participate and win titles.

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Copa del Rey final

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Copa del Rey final to be played on Wednesday April 16th at 21.30 CET at the Mestalla, Valencia

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Thursday’s training

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FC Barcelona have been training this Thursday. It was the first preparatory training before Real Sociedad, Saturday 20.00 local time. FC Barcelona’s players were given free from training yesterday after the victory away against Manchester City 0-2. All the players were in place + Bagnack from Barca B. Jordi Alba and Isaac Cuenca trained outside the group and Dos Santos continues his rehab. FC Barcelona’s next training is on Friday at 11.00 local time. After the training, it will be a press conference with Gerardo Martino

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Lionel Messi CL King

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Lionel Messi is again the world’s football king. He is back after nasty injuries and marks directly to other football players in the world that they have extremely far to Lionel Messi’s qualities. Lionel Messi scored one goal last Tuesday, for the 4th game in a row, which is his best suite in this for him so injury -filled season. Golden Ball winner 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 and which were manipulated away by FIFA in 2013 showed against Manchester City who is the king. Lionel Messi is chasing Raul in the Champions League top scorer. The Argentine is now just five goals behind Raul who scored 71 goals in 144 matches, an average of 0.49 goals per game. While Lionel Messi so far made 66 goals in 83 matches an average of 0.79 goals per game. Lionel Messi will shortly make another record, probably already this season. FC Barcelona is guaranteed at least three games this season, both the return to City and two games in the next round of the KO game. Lionel Messi, after the visit to Manchester has scored in the Champions League in 21 different cities. His first goal in the Champions League came at Camp Nou against Panathinaikos, November 2, 2005 at the 5-0 victory. Lionel Messi has made 36 Champions League goals at Camp Nou.

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Gerard Pique, Manchester City

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Gerard Pique has spoken before Tuesday’s game against Manchester City in the Champions League. We’ve had it tough in recent years away from home in the Champions League playoffs, said Pique initially. We remember Milan away when we lost, for example. Our central defender also said that it is 2 teams with very strong self-confidence that come together. He said further that goals and win gives strong confidence. Our coach has clearly aimed towards this match, it is clear that our form curve pointing straight up. We work well together and the goals and scores regularly come to us, said Pique. He said that Manchester City are a very good team with a lot of quality players. He also said that a injured City has equally good players on the bench as in the starting eleven. Gerard Pique also said that the season lasts for 3 months and can contain 22 matches, which is not that much and we can win them all. Finally told Pique that we have a very good team and against Manchester City away is the right match to prove this.

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FC Barcelona-Rayo Vallecano, February 15, Lineup PRESENTED

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FC Barcelona receives Rayo Vallecano on Saturday 20.00 local in the 24th round of La Liga. FC Barcelona and Rayo Vallecano have met 14 times at the Camp Nou. The home side note 11 wins and 2 draws and 1 loss. FC Barcelona has scored 48 goals and conceded eight in those 14 matches. FC Barcelona notes home and away right now six straight wins: home 3-0, home 4-0, away 0-7, away 0-5, home 3-1 and away 0-4.

The squad is not yet presented,

We will try to give you the starting lineup 1 hour before match start or as soon as we have it in our hands (about 19:00)

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FC Barcelona starting lineup:
Valdés, Piqué, Fàbregas, Puyol, Pedro, Iniesta, Alexis, Messi, Sergio, Adriano and Alves

Substitutes:
Pinto, Song, Alba, Mascherano, Tello, Afellay and Neymar

FC Barcelona – Rayo Vallecano 20,00 “”local time”"

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The football season 13/14 enters an increasingly crucial stage. FC Barcelona receives Rayo Vallecano today and victory is a must. Just days after the final place was secured in the Copa del Rey, FC Barcelona must win in order to maintain the lead in La Liga. It is now only days left before the Champions League game against Manchester City and now it is important for the team to keep focused on the correct match. Gerardo Martino has taken out a squad of 21 players where, for example, both the captain Puyol and the Brazilian Neymar Jr. are included. Outside the squad left for various reasons: Xavi, Olazabal, Dos Santos and Cuenca.

There is much that is interesting for the evening. Lionel Messi is near the record for goals scored in La Liga. He is nearly equal to Di Stefano who made 227 goals and Raul who made 228. If he pass both he went up as third in scoring history in La Liga. Rayo Vallecano won in the last round against Malaga by 4-1, but yet still remains second from bottom in La Liga and have an extremely difficult situation. There are four points up to so-called solid ground for the evening’s guests.

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Copa del Rey

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It indicates that the Copa del Rey final will once again be played on a Friday. The date which both clubs seem to be unanimous about is Friday, April 18. It is also seen as basically saying that the arena will be Mestalla, Valencia’s home arena. Friday is a good day when both clubs could have games in the Champions League on Tuesday or Wednesday the week after. It is also for TV companies a direct hit, when the game does not infringe on the weekend’s other events. The final announcement will be first on Tuesday.

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Real Sociedad-FC Barcelona, February 12, Lineup PRESENTED

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FC Barcelona will face Real Sociedad away in the Copa del Rey on Wednesday 22.00 local time.

Real Sociedad and FC Barcelona has played 66 times at Anoeta. FC Barcelona has won 17 times and got a draw 23 times and lost 26 times.

FC Barcelona has scored 90 goals and conceded 96.

FC Barcelona has not won since the 2006/07 season on Anoeta, sum of 3 attempts including 2 losses 10/11 and 12/13 and a draw 11/12

The squad is not yet presented,

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FC Barcelona starting lineup:
Pinto, Alves, Mascherano, Piqué, Alba, Busquets, Iniesta, Xavi, Messi, Cesc, Pedro

Sevilla-FC Barcelona, February 9, Lineup PRESENTED

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FC Barcelona will meet on Sunday 21.00 local time Sevilla away at Sanchez Pizjuan stadium. FC Barcelona have faced Sevilla away in La Liga not less than 69 times. FC Barcelona notes 21 wins and 19 draws and 29 losses. FC Barcelona has scored 84 goals away against Sevilla and conceded 112.

FC Barcelona has not lost away against Sevilla since the season 06/07, when the home team won by 2-1. Since then notes FC Barcelona 4 wins and 2 draws.

Sevilla has this season played 10 home games in La Liga. Sevilla note 5 wins and 2 draws and 3 defeats and goals 21-13. Sevilla have at home won 17 of 30 possible points.

The squad looks as follows:
Valdés , Pinto, Montoya, Piqué, Fàbregas, Puyol, Xavi, Pedro, Iniesta, Alexis, Messi, Bartra, Sergio, Song, Tello, Adriano, Alves and Sergi Roberto.

We will try to give you the starting lineup 1 hour before match start or as soon as we have it in our hands (about 21:00)

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FC Barcelona starting lineup:
Valdes, Montoya, Pique, Bartra, Adriano, Xavi, Song, Iniesta, Alexis, Messi and Pedro

Substitutes:
Pinto, Sergio, Alves, Afellay, Sergi Roberto, Fabregas and Tello

FC Barcelona-Real Sociedad, February 5, Lineup PRESENTED

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On Wednesday, February 5th , it’s time for the first match in the semi finals of Copa del Rey. FC Barcelona will receive Real Sociedad at Camp Nou 22:00, local time.

It will be very interesting to see which players Gerardo Martino are going to use in this match. The only thing that’s clear is that Pinto will be the keeper in the starting lineup.

The squad is not yet available, but we will provide you with it as soon as possible. Most likely that will be on Tuesday, February 4th.

We will try to give you the starting lineup 1 hour before match start or as soon as we have it in our hands (about 21:00)

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FC Barcelona starting lineup:
Pinto, Piqué, Fàbregas, Xavi, Pedro, Alexis, Messi, Mascherano, Sergio, Jordi Alba and Alves

Substitutes:
 Valdés, Puyol, Iniesta, Tello, Song, Sergi Roberto and Adriano.

Won’t suit up:
 Montoya, Cuenca, Afellay and Bartra

Referees in Copa del Rey semis

The referees for the semifinals in Copa del Rey have been presented.

First match:
Barcelona-Real Sociedad: José Luis González González (C.Leonés)
Real Madrid-At.  Madrid: Carlos Clos Gómez (C.Aragonés)

Return:
Real Sociedad-Barcelona: Fernando Teixeira Vitienes (C.Cántabro)
At.  Madrid-Real Madrid: Alberto Undiano Mallenco (C.Navarro).

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Lionel Messi

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Lionel Messi admitted on Sunday that it is a heavy day after the loss against Valencia at home in Nou Camp. Messi was included in a promotional event as a global Ambassador for Gillette, but he also took the opportunity to answer a few questions.

When Lionel Messi was asked about the similarities and differences between Tito Vilanova and Tata Martino he said: Tata has its own style, while Tito was more like Pep Guardiola. Perhaps not so strange, because Tito and Pep worked together for several years at Barça’s bench.

When it comes to the World Cup in Brazil this summer, Messi said that it is a dream for everyone to win the World Cup. Our team has matured but there are still some details to iron out. The dream is of course to get to play the World Cup final.

Finally tells Lionel Messi that his son has changed his life. It is the best thing that has happened to me. I have changed the mentality to that first and foremost it’s my son and then the rest. Every day brings something new. Every day is a new discovery. It is a great pleasure for my whole family.

/Birgit

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FC Barcelona-Valencia, February 1, Lineup PRESENTED

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Saturday, February 1st at 16:00 it’s time for match against Valencia at Camp Nou. It’s a match in the 22nd round of La Liga.

FC Barcelona’s coach Gerardo Martino has held today’s workout and also left the squad before the Valencia match tomorrow, Saturday 16.00 local time. Back in the squad are Xavi, Sergio and Alves, while Afellay, Puyol, Cuenca and Montoya rests for various reasons and that Neymar and Oier are out because of injuries.

The squad against Valencia looks as follows: Valdes, Pinto, Pique, Fabregas, Xavi, Iniesta, Pedro, Alexis, Messi, Mascherano, Bartra, Sergio, Song, Adriano, Alba, Tello, Alves and Sergi Roberto. s for various reasons and that Neymar and Oier are out because of injuries.

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FC Barcelona starting lineup:
Valdes, Alves, Pique, Mascherano, Alba, Xavi, Sergio, Fabregas, Alexis, Messi and Pedro

Substitutes:
Pinto, Bartra, Song, Tello, Sergi Roberto, Iniesta and Adriano.

5000 La Liga goals

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Today, five years ago, Lionel Messi scored FC Barcelona’s 5000th goal in La Liga. It was February 1st, 2009, in a game against Racing Santander at el Sardinero this happened. Racing had the lead by 1-0 when Messi entered as substitute. He scored two goals and Barca won the match by 2-1.

When Barca goes into the match today against Valencia in Camp Nou, has this number risen to 5.519 league goals.

/Birgit

Seydou Keita, former FC Barcelona player

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The former player of FC Barcelona, Seydou Keita, has signed for Valencia until 30 June 2014, with an option on a further season.

The 34-year-old player from Mali played in the Chinese League for Dalian Aerbin FC until December 30.

Seydou Keita played for FC Barcelona from 2008 and until the summer of 2012, while Josep Guardiola coached the team. He went on to play a total of 187 matches and scored 22 goals during this time for Barca.

Keita, however, will not go with Valencia to Barcelona on Saturday because he is not in the 19-man squad which the coach of Valencia, Juan Antonio Pizzi, has taken out.

/Birgit

Semi final play in Copa del Rey

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On Wednesday February 5th at 22:00 it’s time for the first match of two in the semi finals in Copa del Rey. FC Barcelona will start at home in Camp Nou against Real Sociedad. The second match will be played one week later, Wednesday February 12th at Anoeta at 22:00.

Gerardo Martino after the match against Levante in Copa del Rey

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Gerardo Martino said after the win with 5-1 against Levante at Camp Nou that he was pleased how the players performed in the quarter final. Barca had a 1-4 result from the first match, Levante-Barca, but that didn’t stop the team from taking this second meeting seriously.

Our first 15 minutes of the match made me a little bit concerned. It didn’t look like that we were intense enough, but the remaining of the match it was more ok.

Like Martino had done in the past Cup matches, he also this time used a starting lineup very different from league games. He gave players minutes in the match an all players are excited to play, meant Martino.

About Iniesta it was decided that he only would play the first half of the match, because he needed some minutes after his recovery.

At last he wanted to thank the fans for coming to Camp Nou and support their team. The fans who attended to the match were brave and we really want to thank them because of how bad the weather was and the late match start.

/Birgit

FC Barcelona-Levante, January 29, Lineup PRESENTED

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FC Barcelona-Levante, January 29, Lineup 1hr before start

Wednesday, January 29, it’s time for the second leg in the quarterfinals of Copa del Rey. FC Barcelona will meet Levante at home in Camp Nou at 22:00.

On Tuesday’s training Puyol, Iniesta, Song and Montoya got medical okey. Gerardo Martino rests the following players: Xavi, Sergio, Alves and Cuenca. We noted that Dongou trained fully with the team, while Neymar trained outside the group

The squad for tomorrow’s match will then  looks as follows:
Valdés, Pinto, Montoya, Piqué, Fàbregas, Puyol, Pedro, Iniesta, Alexis, Messi, Mascherano, Bartra, Song, Jordi Alba, Afellay, Tello, Adriano and Sergi Roberto.

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FC Barcelona starting lineup:
Pinto, Montoya, Puyol, Bartra, Adriano, Song, S.Roberto, Iniesta, Tello, Alexis and Fàbregas

Substitutes:
Valdes, Pique, Pedro, Messi, Mascherano, Alba and Afellay.

Josep Maria Bartomeu and Lionel Messi

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FC Barcelona’s president Josep Maria Bartomeu has already taken contact with Lionel Messi and his agent regarding a new contact. In fact, talks are already under way. FC Barcelona’s new president says that the player’s new and improved contract has the highest possible priority. It is a fact that the situation has changed little since Neymar Jr. came to the club. It is obvious that Bartomeu want a clear pay gap from Lionel Messi to other players in the team.

/Birgit

Dani Alves

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After the 3-0 victory against Malaga yesterday, Dani Alves talked to Barca TV’s programme “el Marcador”.
Dani Alves says about the La Liga title race that it will be very special for the team that finally win. He also thinks that it will be decided in the last rounds of the season 2013/14, who will be the champions. The last match for FC Barcelona this season is against Atletico Madrid.

On the question about the team’s form Alves said that it’s really good that players are starting to come back from injuries. The best part of the year is now coming and the key moments of the season are approaching.

Personally, Alves said that he is recovered from his injury and have no problems now. He hoped to start the new year with new energy. To do well in the team you have to work hard every day and be at a high level.

/Birgit

FC Barcelona-Malaga, January 26, Lineup PRESENTED

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FC Barcelona will face Malaga at Camp Nou on Sunday, 21:00 local time. FC Barcelona and Malaga have met at Camp Nou 32 times. FC Barcelona notes 29 wins 1 draw and 2 losses. FC Barcelona has scored 95 goals and conceded 15 at Camp Nou against Málaga. Most recently as FC Barcelona lost at Camp Nou against Málaga was in season 1971/72 (0-1).

FC Barcelona’s first team trained Saturday at noon. It was the penultimate training before the game tomorrow against Malaga in Camp Nou. There will be a final training tomorrow at the stadium 12:00 (local time).

Afellay have made a welcome return to the squad. It’s more than 600 days since he last played with Barca, which was in the last match of the season 2011/12. Jean Marie Dongou, Barca B, trained with the group and he is also named in the squad.

Puyol, Iniesta, Montoya and Song are not available for tomorrows match due to different injuries. Furthermore are still Neymar, Dos Santos and Oier on the injury list. They all do specific training.

Squad against Malaga:
Valdes Pinto Alves Alba Adriano Pique, Bartra Mascherano Sergio Xavi Fabregas Roberto alexis Messi Pedro Tello Afellay and Dongou.

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FC Barcelona starting lineup:
Valdes, Alves, Pique, Mascherano, Alba, Xavi, Busquets, Fabregas, Alexis, Messi and Pedro

Substitutes:
Pinto, Adriano, Bartra, Sergi Roberto, Tello, Afellay and Dongou

Possible signing season 2014/15…..?

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FC Barcelona is said to be very interested in Bayern Munich striker Mario Mandzukic. He has just now a very tough situation and his coach, Josep Guardiola, excluded him from the squad for last night’s Bundesliga game against Borussia Mönchengladbach. Bayern Munich coach believes that Mandzukic not gives all on training and is really lazy. The Croatian national team player has fallen sharply in the deep-freeze. Mario Mandzukic existence is complicated even more by the fact that Bayern Munich has signed Robert Lewandowski for season 14/15. FC Barcelona has now heard about the possibilities to sign Mario to the season 14/15. FC Barcelona’s interest in the player is nothing new. They have already talked with each other in 2012, but then did nothing to happen.

Martino from yesterday’s press conference

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Martino’s vision of the game on Sunday evening against Malaga is that Barca will have the  ball possession and Malaga will play defensive and wait for creating counter attacks. We must focus on our first goal chances.

Our main objective is to win the match, that’s what we have to focus on, said Martino.

Gerardo Martino highlighted two of his players, Andres Iniesta and Ibrahim Afellay. About Iniesta he said that it shouldn’t’ take too long before he can play again. We have taken a few days to see how he progresses. When it comes to the Dutch international, Martino said that Afellay has looked very good this week and we think it’s his time now to be included in the squad.

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Sandro Rosell has today resigned as president for FC Barcelona

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From the press conference with Sandro Rosell and Josep Maria Bartomeu

Sandro Rosell has resigned as president for FC Barcelona. At the press conference he made a statement to explain his decision.

Reasons for the resignation are unfair criticism concerning the signing of Neymar Jr and threats to me and my family.  My time here has come to an end.

Rosell announces that vice president Josep Maria Bartomeu will assume the presidency of the Club until 2016

Bartomeu: “My first desire is to announce the continuation of the Board’s project until 2016

Bartomeu: “The future of the Camp Nou will continue to be a priority

Bartomeu: “I ask the Club members for their support. I encourage them to continue to have confidence in this project

Bartomeu: “We are going to be very firm in the defence and demand the utmost respect for our Club

Bartomeu announced also that there will be another press conference tomorrow afternoon.

/Birgit

Levante-FC Barcelona, January 22, Lineup PRESENTED

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FC Barcelona faces Levante away on Wednesday January 22nd at 22:00 in the Copa del Rey. Levante has in the last 2 rounds struck out Recreativo Huelva and Rayo Vallecano without conceding a single goal. Levante defeated initially Huelva away with 1-0 and at home with a comfortably win, 4-0. Levante played after that 0-0 away against Rayo Vallecano and won at home with 1-0.

The squad looks as follows:
Valdés, Pinto, Fàbregas, Puyol, Xavi, Pedro, Alexis, Messi, Mascherano, Bartra, Sergio, A. Song, Jordi Alba, Tello, Adriano, Dani Alves, Sergi Roberto and Dongou .

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FC Barcelona starting lineup:
Pinto, Alves, Puyol, Bartra, Adriano; Song, Xavi, S. Roberto, Pedro, Tello and Messi

Substitutes:
Valdes, Fabregas, Alexis, Mascherano, Sergio, Alba and Dongou