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International media celebrate Suarez’s arrival at FC Barcelona

August 20, 2014 – 17:33 | Comments Off

Luis Suárez presentation / PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ/FCB
Correspondents who attended the Suarez presentation felt that joining Barça could be a new start in his career

They stressed the impressive talent of the Uruguayan striker: “he’ll bring so much to Barça” they indicated

“I was depressed but I’m now really enjoying myself, alongside Messi and Neymar”, headlined the Gazzeta dello Sport regarding the Luis Suarez presentation at FC Barcelona. The arrival of the Uruguayan striker at Barça is newsworthy. The international media have echoed Suarez’s first official press conference as a Barça player. “For the ‘Gunfighter’ it was a very special day”, was the headline in Ovación, the sports supplement of the Uruguayan newspaper, El País; “Luis’s catharsis”, headlined El Observador: “it was a great feeling making my debut at the Camp Nou”, stood out amongst the headlines in Montevideo.

International media at the Camp Nou

Digital editions of newspapers around the world emphasised Suarez’s wishes to start a new phase under Luis Enrique. Journalists from around the world praised the attacking flair of the new Barça striker. The correspondents who attended the presentation also noted that his arrival at Barcelona could mark a new beginning in the career of the former Liverpool star. Thiago Arantes, of ESPN Brazil, said that joining Barça will “help him a lot in his career as a player…..he’ll bring a lot to Barça” he said. He also wanted to emphasise the virtues of Suarez as a striker “he’s a player with a powerful long shot, very good in a one-on-one situation, and can adapt to different attacking positions: down the flanks, as a false number 9, or as a central striker”.

“A player who arouses a lot of interest”

The BBC correspondent Tom Burridge said: “It was really something seeing so many people from around the world at the Camp Nou, and most of them speaking about Suarez. He’s a player that sparks a lot of interest, especially in England, as he played for Liverpool. Many believe he was the best player in the Premiership last season” he recalled. “For his goals, he’s very quick with the ball, in attack … he’s very dangerous”. Burridge indicated that at Barça he’ll enjoy a new status as “he’s surrounded by players of the same level: there is tons of talent here, it will be very interesting to see him play alongside Messi and Neymar”. “He’s a player who has everything” Pete Jenson, a reporter for the Irish Independent, said on Barça TV. “Last year, 70% of the goals that Liverpool scored came via Suarez…he’s a good replacement if Messi can’t play in any particular games. He is perfect for Barcelona”.

The arrival of the Uruguayan at the Camp Nou will mean that British media “are looking even more at Barça, although we are always looking at Barça” he said. “When Luis Suarez said that it was his dream to play at this club, he did not invent that, because he has always said that he wanted to play here. It was his real dream which is now fulfilled”. For Jenson he’s “a player like no other in the world, because he has the rare mixture of aggression, intensity and the skill and touch of a great striker”. The representative of the French newspaper,  L’Equipe, Lionel Dangoumau, said of Suarez that he is “the best striker in the world today” and his presence in the Barça team “will arouse media interest in France”.

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International media celebrate Suarez’s arrival at FC Barcelona

August 20, 2014 – 17:33 | Comments Off

 International media celebrate Suarez’s arrival at FC Barcelona
Correspondents who attended the Suarez presentation felt that joining Barça could be a new start in his career

They stressed the impressive talent of the Uruguayan striker: “he’ll bring so much to Barça” they indicated


“I was depressed but I’m now really enjoying myself, alongside Messi and Neymar”, headlined the Gazzeta dello Sport regarding the Luis Suarez presentation at FC Barcelona. The arrival of the Uruguayan striker at Barça is newsworthy. The international media have echoed Suarez’s first official press conference as a Barça player. “For the ‘Gunfighter’ it was a very special day”, was the headline in Ovación, the sports supplement of the Uruguayan newspaper, El País; “Luis’s catharsis”, headlined El Observador: “it was a great feeling making my debut at the Camp Nou”, stood out amongst the headlines in Montevideo.

International media at the Camp Nou

Digital editions of newspapers around the world emphasised Suarez’s wishes to start a new phase under Luis Enrique. Journalists from around the world praised the attacking flair of the new Barça striker. The correspondents who attended the presentation also noted that his arrival at Barcelona could mark a new beginning in the career of the former Liverpool star. Thiago Arantes, of ESPN Brazil, said that joining Barça will “help him a lot in his career as a player…..he’ll bring a lot to Barça” he said. He also wanted to emphasise the virtues of Suarez as a striker “he’s a player with a powerful long shot, very good in a one-on-one situation, and can adapt to different attacking positions: down the flanks, as a false number 9, or as a central striker”.

“A player who arouses a lot of interest”

The BBC correspondent Tom Burridge said: “It was really something seeing so many people from around the world at the Camp Nou, and most of them speaking about Suarez. He’s a player that sparks a lot of interest, especially in England, as he played for Liverpool. Many believe he was the best player in the Premiership last season” he recalled. “For his goals, he’s very quick with the ball, in attack … he’s very dangerous”. Burridge indicated that at Barça he’ll enjoy a new status as “he’s surrounded by players of the same level: there is tons of talent here, it will be very interesting to see him play alongside Messi and Neymar”. “He’s a player who has everything” Pete Jenson, a reporter for the Irish Independent, said on Barça TV. “Last year, 70% of the goals that Liverpool scored came via Suarez…he’s a good replacement if Messi can’t play in any particular games. He is perfect for Barcelona”.

The arrival of the Uruguayan at the Camp Nou will mean that British media “are looking even more at Barça, although we are always looking at Barça” he said. “When Luis Suarez said that it was his dream to play at this club, he did not invent that, because he has always said that he wanted to play here. It was his real dream which is now fulfilled”. For Jenson he’s “a player like no other in the world, because he has the rare mixture of aggression, intensity and the skill and touch of a great striker”. The representative of the French newspaper,  L’Equipe, Lionel Dangoumau, said of Suarez that he is “the best striker in the world today” and his presence in the Barça team “will arouse media interest in France”.

Advan, new FC Barcelona sponsor in Indonesia

August 20, 2014 – 16:28 | Comments Off

The presentation of the two-year agreement took place in the Gelora Bung Karno Stadium (Jakarta, Indonesia)
The Indonesian mobile telephone manufacturer has become the Club’s regional sponsor for the next two years

This Wednesday, FC Barcelona and Advan have officially announced the sponsorship deal by which the Indonesian mobile telephone and tablet manufacturer has become the Club’s regional sponsor. The presentation of the two-year agreement took place in the Gelora Bung Karno Stadium (Jakarta, Indonesia) and was attended by Xavier Asensi, Managing Director for Asia Pacific; Advan marketing director, Mr Tjandra Lianto; Advan brand strategy manager, Andy Gusena, and Darius Sinathrya, FC Barcelona’s honorary fan in Indonesia.

Through this alliance, FC Barcelona continues its partnerships with leading brands in Asia, thus bringing its closer to its supporters in a continent where its potential has recently been boosted by the opening of a new Club office in Hong Kong.

Indonesia has more followers, 7.7 million, of FC Barcelona on Facebook than any other community and Jakarta is the second city in the world in terms of followers on that social network, one of four Indonesian cities among the top 45. The Club’s Indonesian Twitter account has more than 150,000 followers, a number that has doubled in the last year. And there are also over a million followers of Barça’s LINE account in the country.

Advan, technology and communications company

Originally a technology and lifestyle brand, Advan produces a wide range of technology products such as plasma TVs, Notebook, PC Tablet, Smartphone and digital accessories.

Advan is the leader in its domestic market for telecommunications products and also seeks to use technology to educate the nation and help to construct a better Indonesia.

Lianto: “Advan forms part of Barça and that’s a big responsibility”

“The reason for this agreement is that we share characteristics with Barça: strength, resistance, speed, ability and fighting spirit. They have a very strong team, and those are the very virtues that have made Barça capable of winning so many international competitions. Advan now forms part of that team, and that’s a big responsibility”.

Gusena: “We have a similar vision of the future”

“Both Advan and FC Barcelona have a similar vision of the future with the spirit of always wanting to move forwards. Both of us always share the same target of victory and success”.

Unpublished images of the Luis Suárez presentation

August 20, 2014 – 16:13 | Comments Off

Luis Suárez, at the Camp Nou. PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB
Don’t miss, with up to now unpublished images, the official presentation of Barça’s new Uruguayan striker

On Tuesday, Luis Suarez was presented to the media. The Uruguayan player who will wear the number 9 shirt, attended the news media, and then went on to greet the fans at the Camp Nou.

Although he had been introduced before the Joan Gamper Trophy match the day before, the Suárez presentation in the Richard Maxench press room didn’t leave anyone indifferent. Don’t miss the details, and the unpublished images, of Suarez’s first day as a Barça player.

Review of the FC Barcelona 2014/15 preseason

August 20, 2014 – 15:43 | Comments Off

Barça found the target six times against Club León. PHOTO: GERMÁN PARGA - FCB
Five days before Luis Enrique’s side takes on Elche in the Liga opener, we have a look back at the five preseason games

Three wins, one draw and one defeat, with 14 goals and just 2 against are the overall balance from the games played in various parts in Europe

Munir, with two goals in Helsinki and two more at the Gamper, was the top scorer

There’s not long to go before the 2014/15 season officially gets under way with Barça entertaining Elche at the Camp Nou. That’s on Sunday night at 9.00 PM CET, although Luis Enrique and his side have been limbering up for the big day with five preseason friendlies in different places and with very different outcomes. Here we have a quick look back at how things are shaping up:

-On July 19, and just four days after reporting back to training, Barça were guests of Recreativo Huelva for their traditional Trofeo Colombino event. Barça scored the solitary goal in a 1-0 win, scored by Joan Roman. The highlights included debuts for two goalkeepers, Ter Stegen and Jordi Masip.


-Two weeks later, on August 2, and after a week of training at St George’s Park in England, Barça stopped off on the way home to face Nice at the Allianz Riviera. The game ended 1-1. There was plenty of evidence that things were heading in the right direction, but it would still take time for this team to fully gel.


-On August 6, Barça faced Rafa Benítez’s Napoli, who were preparing for their crunch Champions League playoff with Athletic Bilbao. The Italians won 1-0 in a game played in Geneva, the first defeat for Barça under Luis Enrique, although the next two games would see a dramatic turnaround in fortunes.


-Away to HJK Helsinki, Barça made it clear from the very first minute who was going to boss the game. The Finns were outclassed to the tune of a 6-0 defeat, with goals from Munir (2), Sergi Roberto, Piqué, Bartra and Sandro, showing that the Barça machine was finally moving into top gear.


-Finally, August 19 was the day of the Joan Gamper Trophy, with Messi and Neymar back in the team and about to put on an exhibition of quality football against Mexican guests Club León, in a game before which former Rafa Márquez was given a hearty reception from the fans of his former club. The game itself ended in another 6-0 win, with Neymar finding the target twice and Messi getting another, while two B team players were also rewarded with goals: Munir (2) and Sandro.

Mascherano press conference in 10 comments

August 20, 2014 – 14:20 | Comments Off

Javier Mascherano knows he needs to put the World Cup defeat behind him / PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB
The Argentinian has described the positive mood as the team prepares for a new season

“We have to fight for every trophy” he promised

Javier Mascherano gave a press conference after this morning’s training session, in which he discussed various issues from his life as an Argentina and Barça player, and his personal and collective expectations for the season ahead. Here we pick out ten of his more interesting statements:

  1. “You always feel reinvigorated when a new season starts. The club has made a huge effort and we’ve brought in several new players that’ll make us stronger”.

  1. “In a job like this you have good times and bad, like the World Cup Final. I’ll never get that defeat out of my head but life goes on and you have to face new challenges and goals. If you are at a big club like this, you can’t dwell on the past”.

  1. “The FIFA sanction is too delicate a matter for me to pass comment. But personally I will say that the club works hard for the kids at La Masia and cares for them well”.

  1. “It is comforting to hear the manager speak well of you. I have to respond to that belief in training to make sure Luis Enrique doesn’t change his mind”.

  1. “At the end of the last season, I told the club that if they didn’t think I was good enough to be here, then I’d have no problem leaving. But the club feels that there is still a lot I can offer to this team”.

  1. “It is our duty to fight in all competitions and get as far as we can”.

  1. Messi seems fine to me. He’s looking forward to this season as much as any other. People were being unfair when they criticised him. It’s a shame that they criticise the person who wins and award and not the people that award it”.

  1. Martino was an honest manager who knows the football world well. I hope the Argentina national team continues doing well, but obviously with his personal touches”.

  1. Luis Suárez looks fine to me. I’ve always liked him as a player, especially because of the way he lives football. I identify with him because of the way we both play this sport”.

  1. “There are a lot of players in the B team with a grand future ahead of them. Now it’s up to them – they need to be patient and stay strong”.  

 

WATCH THE FULL CONFERENCE (English translation)

The first team squad squad review the new competition rules

August 20, 2014 – 13:03 | Comments Off

Álvarez Izquierdo was the referee at the Joan Gamper Trophy match / PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB
Before training the Barça first team squad listened to a talk by referee Álvarez Izquierdo

This morning the Barça first team coaches and players had a meeting with the Catalan referee, Alfonso Álvarez Izquierdo, to go over any competition rules and regulatory changes that are being implemented for the season just about to start. The meeting was held before training and lasted about 30 minutes.

These types of talks, which from last season are imparted to all the teams in the two top Spanish leagues, are aimed at informing players on the agreements reached, regarding the implementation of the competition rules, at the last referees meeting which took place in Santander.

FC Barcelona to appeal to CAS following FIFA resolution

August 20, 2014 – 12:56 | Comments Off

FC Barcelona may not in any way share a resolution that is an affront to the spirit of our Masia, a world renowned example of academic, human and sporting education
Following the resolution announced today by the FIFA Appeals Committee on vio…

#Iwasthere, new ‘ticketing’ campaign for the Camp Nou

August 20, 2014 – 12:55 | Comments Off

#Iwasthere, the new Barça ticketing campaign
The campaign will be released to coincide with the first league game at the Stadium, to be be played on Sunday at 9 p.m., against Elche

Under the concept #Iwasthere, the Club is launching a new campaign to encourage members and fans to come to the Camp Nou for La Liga, Champions League, and Spanish Cup matches. The campaign, created in conjunction with the agency Doubleyou, is promoting the idea that watching a live game in the Stadium is a unique experience that is hard to forget. The new ticketing campaign is being released to coincide with the first La Liga match at the Camp Nou, Barça v Elche, on Sunday, at 9 p.m.

This initiative is following the pattern of previous campaigns, which, under the names of “We’ll give our all” and “Barça Beats“, were intended to remind fans of the privileges they might acquire by watching live some of the moments that will live on in Barça history.

FC Barcelona has sales channels so that those who wish to do so can easily buy their tickets. These channels are the Club’s website (www.fcbarcelona.cat), the Camp Nou box office, Barcelona tourist information points, and official Barça stores in Barcelona and El Prat Airport.

As a novel idea, FC Barcelona has launched the sale of tickets via mobile devices and smartphones, which has streamlined the purchasing process

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Back to training with 24 players. Pedro, with gastroenteritis, misses out

August 20, 2014 – 12:00 | Comments Off

Messi was among the players that trained today. PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB
The 20 available first team players plus four from the reserves trained today under Luis Enrique

Pedro, with gastroenteritis, missed the session, while Ter Stegen and Vermaelen did specific fitness work

After a day off following the Gamper match, Luis Enrique Martínez and his team were back at the Ciutat Esportiva Sant Joan Despí this morning to continue preparations for the Liga opener on Sunday (9.00 PM CET) at the Camp Nou against Elche. The session involved 24 players and four from Barça B (Munir, Samper, Sandro and Grimaldo). There will be no evening session today.

Canary Islander Pedro Rodríguez, with gastroenteritis, was absent, while Marc-André Ter Stegen and Thomas Vermaelen continued recovering from their respective injuries by doing specific fitness exercises.

The first team will train again on Thursday morning at 10.30 AM CET.

LIVE – Mascherano press conference

August 20, 2014 – 12:00 | Comments Off

Mascherano press conference, after training sessionMascherano press conference, after training session

VIDEO – 100 seconds of Luis Suarez’s presentation

August 19, 2014 – 18:15 | Comments Off

Luis Suárez
The Barça striker was unveiled to the media on Tuesday

The last few days have been hectic for Luis Suárez, culminating in his presentation to the world’s media this Tuesday in the Camp Nou.  This video takes an inside look at the day including his meeting with Josep Maria Bartomeu in the Camp Nou directors’ box.  Finally he poses for photos on the pitch.