FC Barcelona announce squad for Round 24 of La Liga against Atlético Madrid

No Mascherano or Arda Turan for the last ever league trip to the Calderón

The next Barcelona match is upon us! The Blaugrana travel to the Vicente Calderón for the last time in La Liga as they face off against Atlético Madrid in a crucial match, and coach Luis Enrique has called up 18 players to be in uniform.

This is the squad in full:


Goalkeepers: 1. Marc-André ter Stegen, 13. Jasper Cillessen

Defenders: 3. Gerard Piqué, 18. Jordi Alba, 19. Lucas Digne, 20. Sergi Roberto, 23. Samuel Umtiti, 24. Jérémy Mathieu

Midfielders: 4. Ivan Rakitic, 5. Sergio Busquets, 6. Denis Suarez, 8. Andrés Iniesta, 12. Rafinha Alcântara, 21. André Gomes

Forwards: 9. Luis Suárez, 10. Lionel Messi, 11. Neymar Jr, 17. Paco Alcácer


Sergio Busquets is back from suspension and is in the squad and the probable starting lineup. Busi is the only of the absentees from last Sunday’s match against Leganés to return, as Javier Mascherano and Arda Turan are still a few days away from making their comebacks. Aleix Vidal is out for the season, and obviously also this game.

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Projected starting lineup (4-3-3):

Ter Stegen; Roberto, Piqué, Umtiti, Alba; Busquets, Gomes, Iniesta; Messi, Suárez, Neymar


The match starts at 4:15PM CET / 3:15PM BST (UK) / 10:15AM EST, 7:15AM PST (USA) / 8:45PM IST (India), and you are welcome to join us and follow all the action.

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La Liga: Atletico Madrid vs FC Barcelona: Team News, Match Preview

Biggest game of the season? You betcha!

FC Barcelona will be looking to pile the pressure on league leaders, Real Madrid tomorrow afternoon, and ease the anxiety amongst Culés as they travel to the Spanish capital to take on Atletico Madrid for the final time at the Vicente Calderon. With the Blaugrana set to contest the 2017 Copa del Rey final at the Calderon in May, this will not be the final time that Luis Enrique’s side step out onto the hallowed turf, but it will represent the final showdown in these surroundings for such familiar rivals.

The Blaugrana and Atleti have squared off a lot over the years, and no more frequently than they have in the past few seasons. Tomorrow’s match will be the sixth time this campaign that Luis Enrique and Diego Simeone have done battle, and arguably as a 90 minute match, it will be the most important of the bunch.

After all, the Copa del Rey semi-final was contested over two legs, meaning that the importance of each 90 minutes was perhaps lessened by the fact it was followed or proceeded by another match – but this time there’s no chance to make amends, it’s do or die for each side and the stakes are tremendously high.

For the hosts, they will want to send off the Calderon with a win; this has been a historic fixture for years and the thought of closing the Calderon after losses at home to both Real Madrid and FC Barcelona must be a horrifying prospect for Atleti fans across the world. The for the visitors, the pressure is well and truly on Luis Enrique and the squad as a whole after they were embarrassed by Paris Saint-Germain, and last weekend’s narrow victory over Leganes did nothing to allay concerns that Barcelona are in something of a spiral.

Oh yeah, and after Real Madrid lost in midweek to Valencia, the title race is closer than it has been in at least a couple of months.

Less than a month ago, FC Barcelona travelled to Madrid and put on a show in the first-half at the Vicente Calderon, storming ahead into a 2-0 lead courtesy of goals from Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi Despite a spirited fightback, Barcelona held on for the win and all but secured their place in the Copa del Rey final in the process. Is it so hard to believe that the same team cannot secure a similar result tomorrow afternoon?

Confidence may be low, and the system may not be firing on all cylinders, but that’s no reason to abandon all hope. All it takes is one goal, one good performance and the machine could be working smoothly again. Sure, it might look tough – but typically, that has been when this team and this collective group has thrived. With their backs against the wall, FC Barcelona typically respond.

Will they be able to respond one more time tomorrow, or will Atletico Madrid and Diego Simeone crush the visitor’s hopes and send Luis Enrique home empty-handed?

TEAM NEWS

BARCELONA

For Luis Enrique, the midweek break will have come at just the right time; his squad were short on confidence and clearly physically and mentally fatigued by their exhausting stretch of games from January to the middle of this month. Key players were unfit, or at least fighting off niggling injuries and the week off should have helped ease all those problems.

Andres Iniesta, Gerard Pique, Javier Mascherano, Sergio Busquets, Arda Turan; the list goes on and on, and Luis Enrique should be able to not only count on them all to make the squad, but also deliver a performance.

Overall, there are only a few selection dilemmas for Luis Enrique to address. The first concerns the centre of defense, as Samuel Umtiti has performed admirably but does not offer the leadership that Javier Mascherano brings to the team. In tough situations, the squad needs a player of Mascherano’s mindset to give them strength for the fight ahead and this could be one of those situations.

Similarly, he could deploy Mascherano in a more advanced position as pivote, perhaps then shifting altogether to a 4-2-3-1 system. Personally, I don’t feel as though this offers the solution that some think it may provide; while Mascherano could assist defensively and partner up with Sergi Roberto, it only places more pressure on Neymar and Lionel Messi, drawing them further away from goal were they of course tend to be most effective.

Provided Enrique sticks with the 4-3-3, the choice is then between Ivan Rakitic, Rafinha, Denis Suarez and Andre Gomes for the spot on the right – and simply put, the Croatian midfielder is perhaps our only real option for a match like this. Rafinha offers more going forward, but defensively he does not provide the same stability that Rakitic offers – provided he is fully fit and on form.

ATLETICO MADRID

The headline news for the hosts is that Diego Godin is back and set to return to the starting line-up. The Uruguayan has been absent through injury, and while Atletico have recovered form without him, they are undoubtedly a better side with him leading the defense. However, while Godin returns, Tiago, Juanfran and Augusto Fernandez all remain absent through injury which in turns leaves the Atleti backline looking a little more vulnerable than they might normally be.

On the other hand, with Kevin Gameiro showing signs that he may finally be finding form after his big money move from Sevilla in the summer, Simeone may even back his side to outscore the Blaugrana, particularly given Barcelona’s struggle to create chances in recent matches.

FORM GUIDE

Barcelona: WWDWLW

Atletico Madrid: LWDWWW

LAST MEETING

FC Barcelona 1-1 Atletico Madrid – 7th February 2016 – Copa del Rey

A second-half equaliser from Kevin Gameiro ensured for a nervous ending in this ill-tempered, strangely officiated match as Sergi Roberto, Yannick Carrasco and Luis Suarez all saw red in this 1-1 draw.

LIKELY LINE-UPS

Barcelona (4-3-3): ter Stegen; Roberto, Pique, Umtiti, Alba; Busquets, Rakitic, Iniesta; Messi, Suarez, Neymar

Atletico (4-2-2-2): Oblak; Vrjsalko, Godin, Savic, Filipe; Koke, Gabi; Saul, Carrasco; Griezmann, Gameiro

MATCH PREDICTION

As much as I think we are capable of getting the win, I also think that Atleti are getting back to their best. 1-1.

La Liga: Atletico Madrid vs FC Barcelona: Team News, Match Preview

Biggest game of the season? You betcha!

FC Barcelona will be looking to pile the pressure on league leaders, Real Madrid tomorrow afternoon, and ease the anxiety amongst Culés as they travel to the Spanish capital to take on Atletico Madrid for the final time at the Vicente Calderon. With the Blaugrana set to contest the 2017 Copa del Rey final at the Calderon in May, this will not be the final time that Luis Enrique’s side step out onto the hallowed turf, but it will represent the final showdown in these surroundings for such familiar rivals.

The Blaugrana and Atleti have squared off a lot over the years, and no more frequently than they have in the past few seasons. Tomorrow’s match will be the sixth time this campaign that Luis Enrique and Diego Simeone have done battle, and arguably as a 90 minute match, it will be the most important of the bunch.

After all, the Copa del Rey semi-final was contested over two legs, meaning that the importance of each 90 minutes was perhaps lessened by the fact it was followed or proceeded by another match – but this time there’s no chance to make amends, it’s do or die for each side and the stakes are tremendously high.

For the hosts, they will want to send off the Calderon with a win; this has been a historic fixture for years and the thought of closing the Calderon after losses at home to both Real Madrid and FC Barcelona must be a horrifying prospect for Atleti fans across the world. The for the visitors, the pressure is well and truly on Luis Enrique and the squad as a whole after they were embarrassed by Paris Saint-Germain, and last weekend’s narrow victory over Leganes did nothing to allay concerns that Barcelona are in something of a spiral.

Oh yeah, and after Real Madrid lost in midweek to Valencia, the title race is closer than it has been in at least a couple of months.

Less than a month ago, FC Barcelona travelled to Madrid and put on a show in the first-half at the Vicente Calderon, storming ahead into a 2-0 lead courtesy of goals from Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi Despite a spirited fightback, Barcelona held on for the win and all but secured their place in the Copa del Rey final in the process. Is it so hard to believe that the same team cannot secure a similar result tomorrow afternoon?

Confidence may be low, and the system may not be firing on all cylinders, but that’s no reason to abandon all hope. All it takes is one goal, one good performance and the machine could be working smoothly again. Sure, it might look tough – but typically, that has been when this team and this collective group has thrived. With their backs against the wall, FC Barcelona typically respond.

Will they be able to respond one more time tomorrow, or will Atletico Madrid and Diego Simeone crush the visitor’s hopes and send Luis Enrique home empty-handed?

TEAM NEWS

BARCELONA

For Luis Enrique, the midweek break will have come at just the right time; his squad were short on confidence and clearly physically and mentally fatigued by their exhausting stretch of games from January to the middle of this month. Key players were unfit, or at least fighting off niggling injuries and the week off should have helped ease all those problems.

Andres Iniesta, Gerard Pique, Javier Mascherano, Sergio Busquets, Arda Turan; the list goes on and on, and Luis Enrique should be able to not only count on them all to make the squad, but also deliver a performance.

Overall, there are only a few selection dilemmas for Luis Enrique to address. The first concerns the centre of defense, as Samuel Umtiti has performed admirably but does not offer the leadership that Javier Mascherano brings to the team. In tough situations, the squad needs a player of Mascherano’s mindset to give them strength for the fight ahead and this could be one of those situations.

Similarly, he could deploy Mascherano in a more advanced position as pivote, perhaps then shifting altogether to a 4-2-3-1 system. Personally, I don’t feel as though this offers the solution that some think it may provide; while Mascherano could assist defensively and partner up with Sergi Roberto, it only places more pressure on Neymar and Lionel Messi, drawing them further away from goal were they of course tend to be most effective.

Provided Enrique sticks with the 4-3-3, the choice is then between Ivan Rakitic, Rafinha, Denis Suarez and Andre Gomes for the spot on the right – and simply put, the Croatian midfielder is perhaps our only real option for a match like this. Rafinha offers more going forward, but defensively he does not provide the same stability that Rakitic offers – provided he is fully fit and on form.

ATLETICO MADRID

The headline news for the hosts is that Diego Godin is back and set to return to the starting line-up. The Uruguayan has been absent through injury, and while Atletico have recovered form without him, they are undoubtedly a better side with him leading the defense. However, while Godin returns, Tiago, Juanfran and Augusto Fernandez all remain absent through injury which in turns leaves the Atleti backline looking a little more vulnerable than they might normally be.

On the other hand, with Kevin Gameiro showing signs that he may finally be finding form after his big money move from Sevilla in the summer, Simeone may even back his side to outscore the Blaugrana, particularly given Barcelona’s struggle to create chances in recent matches.

FORM GUIDE

Barcelona: WWDWLW

Atletico Madrid: LWDWWW

LAST MEETING

FC Barcelona 1-1 Atletico Madrid – 7th February 2016 – Copa del Rey

A second-half equaliser from Kevin Gameiro ensured for a nervous ending in this ill-tempered, strangely officiated match as Sergi Roberto, Yannick Carrasco and Luis Suarez all saw red in this 1-1 draw.

LIKELY LINE-UPS

Barcelona (4-3-3): ter Stegen; Roberto, Pique, Umtiti, Alba; Busquets, Rakitic, Iniesta; Messi, Suarez, Neymar

Atletico (4-2-2-2): Oblak; Vrjsalko, Godin, Savic, Filipe; Koke, Gabi; Saul, Carrasco; Griezmann, Gameiro

MATCH PREDICTION

As much as I think we are capable of getting the win, I also think that Atleti are getting back to their best. 1-1.

Atlético Madrid vs Barcelona, 2017 La Liga: Predicted Lineup

Who starts for Barça at the Calderón?

After a full week of training for the first time in 2017, Barcelona return to action in La Liga this weekend, as they face Atlético Madrid on Sunday. It’ll be the last time these two face off at the Vicente Calderón, and this promises to be a very fun match.

Barça and Atlético are actual rivals now after playing against each other multiple times in multiple competitions over the last few years, especially since Luis Enrique took charge of the Blaugrana. His record against Diego Simeone is quite impressive, and he hopes to come out on top again in what could be his last encounter with El Cholo before leaving Barça in the summer.

So how will Barça line up to face Atléti?

The defense is set: Marc-André ter Stegen in goal, Sergi Roberto at right-back, Gerard Piqué and Samuel Umtiti in the middle, and Jordi Alba on the left. With the injuries to Javier Mascherano and Aleix Vidal, and reserves Jérémy Mathieu and Lucas Digne not good enough to play the big games, having Stegen, Roberto, Piqué and Umtiti as the back four is the easy choice, and the best possible combination right now.

In midfield, the major doubt: who starts alongside Sergio Busquets and Andrés Iniesta? The answer used to be Ivan Rakitic, but the Croatian is no longer untouchable. André Gomes is clearly a Luis Enrique favorite, and he is capable of amazing performances. He is also capable of horrible performances, and sometimes he plays amazing and horrible in the same game. We never know which Gomes we’re getting, but we do know he’s going to play.

Denis Suarez and Rafinha Alcântara have been pretty good this season, but they’re clearly below Gomes and Rakitic, so there’s no chance they start at the Calderón.

Up front, it’s the ‘MSN’ trio. Paco Alcácer is LOL, Arda Turan is still doubtful to be in the squad and there’s no reason to bench Messi, Suárez or Neymar in this game. The PSG match is still 10 days away, so no player should be rested right now.

So this is the most likely starting lineup on Sunday:



What do you think, Barça fans? Who should start against Atlético? Comment below!

FC Barcelona News: 25 February 2017; Training Continues for Sunday Match, Valencia Kickoff Date Announced

FC Barcelona training session ahead of Sunday’s La Liga match at Atlético Madrid | FC Barcelona
A rainy Friday morning accompanied FC Barcelona on the training pitch as they continued to get ready for Sunday’s 4.15pm CET La Liga clash with Atlético Madrid, in what will be the final game ever between the two Spanish giants at the soon-to-be shuttered Vicente Calderón Stadium.

Ter Stegen: The Atlético game will be hard, but we will go for the win | FC Barcelona
The second Facebook Live from the official FC Barcelona account with one of the Barça players has turned out to be a great success once again. The first came with Gerard Piqué last December just ahead of the Clásico against Real Madrid. This time it was the turn of Marc-André ter Stegen, also in the days before a vital league game, this Sunday’s clash with Atlético Madrid.

FC Barcelona’s 10 greatest La Liga memories at the Vicente Calderón | FC Barcelona
Ronaldo, Rivaldo, Ronaldinho, Henry, and Messi are just some of the players who have starred in the best blaugrana moments at Atlético Madrid’s soon-to-be-shuttered stadium.

Which Atlético and FC Barcelona footballers played together at the same club? | FC Barcelona
Put your knowledge to the test. Find out which of the following duos from Atlético and Barça played together at club level, or not!

FC Barcelona v Valencia on Sunday March 19 at 8.45pm CET | FC Barcelona
A new set of Liga days and kick-off times was announced on Friday and it’s for the week when Barça will be welcoming Valencia to the Camp Nou. The game against the side that handed the Catalans a huge favour this week by beating leaders Real Madrid, will be on Sunday 19 March at 8.45pm CET, and will be the last league fixture before an international break.

Barcelona to tour United States this summer – sources | ESPN
La Liga title rivals Barcelona and Real Madrid are set to meet each other in Miami this summer, according to reports in Catalonia.Barca have not yet announced their plans for the offseason but sources confirmed to ESPN FC that the club plan to visit the United States once again, with an official announcement expected on March 21.

Barça Oscars, second category: Best Costume Design | FC Barcelona
The Oscars are coming! And in the build-up to Sunday’s ceremony in Los Angeles, here’s the second instalment of FC Barcelona’s academy awards with a difference! On Thursday we brought you the nominations for the Best Visual Effects category, and now we are proud to present the three players that we singled out for the Best Costume Design award.

Signature of agreement between FC Barcelona and Mission Hills: New step forward in the club’s global strategy | FC Barcelona
At a formal event held in a space decorated for the occasion in the Barça colours, Josep Maria Bartomeu, president of FC Barcelona, and Ken Chu, president of Mission Hills Group, have signed an agreement that will unite the two organisations for the next ten years with the option of extending the deal for a further decade.

Report: Barcelona to face Real Madrid, Manchester United and Juventus in 2017 preseason

El Clásico in the States!

If you live in the United States, you’ll probably be watching a lot of amazing Barcelona matches.

According to a report from Catalan radio RAC1, a very reliable news source, the Blaugrana will travel to America for their International Champions Cup campaign in preseason this year. They’ll play between July 22-29, with the venues yet to be decided, but the opponents are already set.

Always according to the report, Barça will face Juventus, Manchester United and their arch-rivals Real Madrid, which promises to be a very interesting match. El Clásico in preseason is not a regular thing, and it’ll be interesting to see how the coaches will approach that.

We still have five months until July, though, and we don’t even know if Luis Enrique will continue as Barça manager once preseason comes. One thing’s for sure: the 2017 Barcelona preseason will be super fun. Juve, United and El Clásico? In the United States? Maybe at the Rose Bowl? Now that’s interesting.

FC Barcelona News: 24 February 2017; Training continues ahead of Atlético Madrid clash, Barça to face Real Madrid in preseason

A round-up of the latest Barcelona news

Ter Stegen: The Atlético game will be hard, but we will go for the win – FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona’s German goalkeeper spoke about the blaugranas current form and said all was not lost in the Champions League

FC Barcelona training session ahead of Sunday’s La Liga match at Atlético Madrid – FC Barcelona
A rainy Friday morning accompanied FC Barcelona on the training pitch as they continued to get ready for Sunday’s 4.15pm CET La Liga clash with Atlético Madrid, in what will be the final game ever between the two Spanish giants at the soon-to-be shuttered Vicente Calderón Stadium.

Kick off time set for FC Barcelona vs Valencia at the end of March – Diario SPORT
FC Barcelona now know the time and date when they will face Valencia at Camp Nou. The 28th game of the Catalan side’s league campaign will be the Sunday night game before the March international break.

Mascherano involved in part of Barcelona training session on Friday – Diario SPORT
Argentine international Javier Mascherano took part in a section of training with his Barcelona team-mates on Friday morning.

Brutal pre-season: Barcelona to face Juventus, Man United and Madrid – Diario SPORT
Barcelona will go on tour in the United States in the summer where they will play Juventus, Manchester United and Real Madrid in July, according to RAC1.

Turan returns for Barca | Football Espana
The Turkish international has missed the last two weeks with a hamstring injury but is set to return for the Blaugrana for what will be their last ever match against Los Rojiblancos at the Vicente Calderon.

Godin to return for Barca clash | Football Espana
Atletico Madrid defender Diego Godin is set to return to action on Sunday against Barcelona following a fortnight out with a thigh injury.

La Liga News: 23 February 2017; Real Madrid Shocked by Valencia, Sevilla Edge Leicester

Real Madrid shocked by Valencia after two early goals in La Liga | ESPN
Real Madrid conceded two early goals as they were stunned 2-1 by Valencia in La Liga on Wednesday night.The last time Real allowed two goals inside 10 minutes in a league match was Nov. 9, 2003, against Sevilla but it was former West Ham midfielder Simone Zaza who struck the opener with a stunning effort in the fourth minute.

Zinedine Zidane unhappy with slow start in Real Madrid’s defeat at Valencia | Sky Sports
Simone Zaza, who endured an unhappy loan spell at West Ham earlier this season, gave the hosts the lead in the fifth minute with a brilliant shot on the turn, and Fabian Orellana added the second in the ninth. Cristiano Ronaldo headed Real back into contention just before half-time, but the visitors were unable to build on their momentum after the break.

Valencia’s Dani Parejo hails Simone Zaza, Fabian Orellana after win | ESPN
Valencia captain Dani Parejo praised Simone Zaza and Fabian Orellana following their impressive performances in the 2-1 win over Real Madrid on Wednesday. The duo, who joined Valencia on loan in the transfer window, scored as Los Che stunned the Liga leaders at the Mestalla.

Sevilla earn narrow lead against Leicester | UEFA
Targeting a first European Cup quarter-final since 1957/58, Sevilla were quick to seize the initiative and could have gone in front in the 14th minute. Wes Morgan felled Correa, making his first UEFA Champions League start, with a lunging challenge after Robert Huth had failed to clear – but Kasper Schmeichel dived to his right to keep out the spot kick.

FC Barcelona News: 23 February 2017; Preparations Begin for Atletico Match, U19 Team Advances in UEFA Youth League

Preparations for Vicente Calderón visit begin | FC Barcelona
After two days of rest, FC Barcelona returned to the Ciutat Esportiva training field on Thursday to prepare for Sunday’s big game against Atlético Madrid. Luis Enrique oversaw the session which included all available first team players at the Tito Vilanova field.

Andre Gomes isn’t solely to blame for Barcelona’s struggles in 2017 | ESPN
Barring the football equivalent of a miracle, Barcelona will go out of the Champions League round of 16 for the first time since 2007. If the Spanish champions lose against Atletico Madrid at the Calderon this Saturday, then the club that has won six of the last eight La Liga titles will, effectively, be on the canvas and taking a count from the referee: and in February, no less.

Leo Messi one win away from 400th for FC Barcelona | FC Barcelona
The Argentinian has accumulated 565 first team appearances since his debut in 2004, and the vast majority of those games have been wins. But winning comes naturally to the greatest player in the world. Those 399 victories have helped to win no fewer than 29 different major trophies, including four Champions Leagues, making him and Andrés Iniesta the most decorated players in club history.

Jordi Alba: We are still alive in the title race | FC Barcelona
During an event at his football school in his native Hospitalet, Jordi Alba spoke about the team’s current situation, where he reiterated his belief that FC Barcelona are still alive in the title race. In regard to recent disappointing results, the full-back said that “when we lose, as when we win, it is the responsibility of everyone”.

When and where to watch Atlético Madrid v FC Barcelona at the Vicente Calderón | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona travel to the Spanish capital for the their next league match against Atlético Madrid (Sunday 4.15pm local time) which will be the last meeting between the sides at the Vicente Calderón. Luis Enrique, who are also fighting for the title, will be playing at the same stadium on 27 May in the Copa del Rey final against Alavés.

FC Barcelona U19 v Borussia Dortmund: Dazzling display (4-1) | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona U19 are through to the quarter-finals of the UEFA Youth League after an impressive 4-1 win over Borussia Dortmund, including a stunning solo goal from Jordi Mboula.In the way the game started, it certainly did not appear that Barça would enjoy such a convincing rout of their counterparts, as they were down a goal after just six minutes.

VIDEO: Gerard Piqué and Carles Puyol play a game with a difference | FC Barcelona
Gerard Piquè and Carles Puyol formed one of the greatest pairings of all time in the centre of the Barça defence. The former, of course, is still providing his fine services to the team, while the latter is now in retirement after a career that saw him captain the side to an unprecedented number of major trophies.

Five great displays of fair play from FC Barcelona | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona have always been known for their sportsmanship, respect for the opposition and fair play in all of the sporting categories the club competes in. The compilation above highlights various moments in which Barça have demonstrated their strong ethics in recent years.

FC Barcelona News: 22 February 2017; Second Day Off for Players, Barcelona Extend Yerry Mina Option

Barcelona unrecognisable in terms of results and style of play | ESPN
That was the headline chosen by Catalan newspaper Diario Sport after Barcelona were humiliated by Paris Saint-Germain 4-0 in the first leg of their round-of-16 Champions League tie last week. And despite Sunday’s win against Leganes — which was only sealed via a Lionel Messi penalty in the 90th minute — it’s a front cover which would have served on Monday morning, too.

Barcelona extend option on Palmeiras defender Yerry Mina until 2018 | ESPN
Barcelona have extended an option they have to sign Palmeiras centre-back Yerry Mina until after the World Cup in Russia in 2018. Barca would otherwise have had to make a decision on whether they wanted to exercise their right to buy Mina for €9 million this summer.

Lionel Messi anger led him not to celebrate Barcelona winner – Bauza | ESPN
Argentina coach Edgardo Bauza has said he believes Lionel Messi did not celebrate his late winner against Leganes because he was angry with the fallout from Barcelona’s Champions League thrashing by Paris Saint-Germain.

Barca target Saints Soares? | Football Espana
The Daily Telegraph states the Catalans are weighing up a bid for the Portuguese right-back in summer to strengthen their options in that position, with Aleix Vidal – currently out injured until the end of the season and who has an unclear future – the only specialist player in that position in the squad.

VIDEO: Ronaldinho up with the best at NBA All Star Weekend | FC Barcelona
Ronaldinho was one of the many big names at NBA All Star Weekend. The new Barça ambassador took part in a number of different activities with stars of the biggest basketball league in the world, and was in the crowd for the showdown between the Western Conference and Western Conference in New Orleans.

FC Barcelona Communiqué in relation to the demand for liability action | FC Barcelona
In accordance with the resolution adopted by the Board at its last regular meeting, on 6 February, the Club has presented this morning a letter to the 19th section of the Provincial Court of Barcelona, through which it partially withdraws the appeal filed against the judgment of the Court of First Instance 39 of Barcelona in relation to the demand for liability action.

FC Barcelona invite members and fans to take part in the events to commemorate 25 years since European Cup victory at Wembley | FC Barcelona
Coinciding with the celebrations for the 25th anniversary of the first ever victory in the European Cup, which took place on 20 May 1992 at the old Wembley Stadium in London, the Club is calling on members and fans to send their photos and videos from that historic day to be included in an exhibition named ‘Espai Wembley 25’ at the FC Barcelona Museum.

VIDEO: Five more Masia masterpieces | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona’s future is in its academy and this week, like any other, has brought a stream of footballing magic from the club’s youth teams. Once again, the world-famous Barça DNA has oozed forth. Who knows if in the not-too-distant future, we might be seeing similar tricks from these youngsters in the Camp Nou?