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FC Barcelona launches official channel on Vine

September 16, 2014 – 12:35 | Comments Off

Official account of FC Barcelona on Vine
Barça has boosted its multimedia profile with a new channel on Vine

The six second videos will be used to follow day to day happenings at the club from a light-hearted, fun point of view

Barça, the leading club on social networks, will move yet another step closer to its 150 million fans

The Champions League 2014/15 has arrived with another special gift for Barça fans in the form of the new official channel on Vine. The Club will thus be boosting its multimedia content on a platform that will present its more light-hearted, fun and creative side.

Vine is a free app that’s built into Twitter that displays six-second videos on an infinite loop. FC Barcelona has more than 25 million followers of its different Twitter accounts and anyone who wants to add to this new experience will be able to enjoy exclusive videos and thus play an active role in the creation of content on the channel.

User content on #VineFCB

Unpublished images, exclusive videos, soccer skills and all kinds of loops will feature among the different content that users can start enjoying today. FC Barcelona is inviting all of its users to use the hashtag #VineFCB to take part in the launch and show their passion for FCB in the form of six minute videos. The best offerings will be linked directly to FC Barcelona and published on the official account, stating the names of the users that created them.

FC Barcelona has more than 150 million fans on its different official accounts on social networks, making it the number one sports club in the world. Just a few days ago it presented its new official WeChat channel and today has added yet another means of communication with its fans around the world. With 40 million users worldwide, Vine will serve to raise Barça’s profile to even greater heights than ever.

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FC Barcelona launches official channel on Vine

September 16, 2014 – 12:35 | Comments Off

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Barça has boosted its multimedia profile with a new channel on Vine

The six second videos will be used to follow day to day happenings at the club from a light-hearted, fun point of view

Barça, the leading club on social networks, will move yet another step closer to its 150 million fans

The Champions League 2014/15 has arrived with another special gift for Barça fans in the form of the new official channel on Vine. The Club will thus be boosting its multimedia content on a platform that will present its more light-hearted, fun and creative side.

Vine is a free app that’s built into Twitter that displays six-second videos on an infinite loop. FC Barcelona has more than 25 million followers of its different Twitter accounts and anyone who wants to add to this new experience will be able to enjoy exclusive videos and thus play an active role in the creation of content on the channel.

User content on #VineFCB

Unpublished images, exclusive videos, soccer skills and all kinds of loops will feature among the different content that users can start enjoying today. FC Barcelona is inviting all of its users to use the hashtag #VineFCB to take part in the launch and show their passion for FCB in the form of six minute videos. The best offerings will be linked directly to FC Barcelona and published on the official account, stating the names of the users that created them.

FC Barcelona has more than 150 million fans on its different official accounts on social networks, making it the number one sports club in the world. Just a few days ago it presented its new official WeChat channel and today has added yet another means of communication with its fans around the world. With 40 million users worldwide, Vine will serve to raise Barça’s profile to even greater heights than ever.

Join us!


LIVE – Gerard Piqué and Luis Enrique press conference

September 16, 2014 – 12:00 | Comments Off

Luis Enrique i Piqué
Gerard Piqué and Luis Enrique pre-game press conference ahead FC Barcelona – APOEL Nicosia (Champions League)

Gerard Piqué and Luis Enrique pre-game press conference ahead FC Barcelona – APOEL Nicosia (Champions League).

When and where to watch the Champions League match between FC Barcelona and APOEL

September 16, 2014 – 09:00 | Comments Off

Els horaris i països que emeten el FC Barcelona - APOEL de Nicòsia
Don’t know where to watch Wednesday’s Champions League game? We have you covered

If the game isn’t being shown in your country or region, remember that you can listen to live commentary in English on Radio Barça, and there will be constant updates here at www.fcbarcelona.com, on Twitter (@fcbarcelona) and on all of the club’s usual social networks.

Wednesday’s Champions League game at the Camp Nou is the first Champions game of the season, and here’s a guide to TV channels showing the game around the world. If the game isn’t being shown in your country or region, remember that you can listen to live commentary in English on Radio Barça and the international web sites.

 

Los Angeles – 1145:00 AM (WST) / New York  – 2:45 AM (EST)

Fox Sports

FC Barcelona: @fcbarcelona and www.fcbarcelona.com

 

Brazil – 3:45 PM (Brasilia)

ESPN Brazil

FC Barcelona: @fcbarcelona_br and www.fcbarcelona.pt

 

South America – Buenos Aires 2:45 PM / Santiago Chile 2:45 PM / México D.F. 1:45 PM

ESPN + Andina, ESPN Play Argentina, ESPN Cono Norte, ESPN Play Latin America, ESPN HD Latin, ESPN + Sur

FC Barcelona: @fcbarcelona_es and www.fcbarcelona.es

 

United Kingdom – 7:45 PM

Sky Go Extra, Sky Go, Sky Sports Red Button

FC Barcelona: @fcbarcelona and www.fcbarcelona.com

 

France – 7:45 PM (CET)

beIN Sports 2, beIN SPORTS CONNECT

FC Barcelona: @fcbarcelona_fra and www.fcbarcelona.fr

 

Spain – 07:45 PM (CET)

Canal+

FCBarcelona: www.fcbarcelona.catwww.fcbarcelona.es@fcbarcelona_cat and @fcbarcelona_es

 

Arab countries – 9:45 PM (Mecca Time / GMT+3)

beIN Sports Arabia 14 HD, beIN Sports Arabia 2 HD, beIN Sports Connect Arabia

FC Barcelona: @fcbarcelona_ara and www.fcbarab.com

 

Russia – 10:45 PM (MSK)

NTV+, NTV+ Sport Online

FC Barcelona: @fcbarcelona and www.fcbarcelona.com

 

India – 0:15 AM (Thursday Monday) (IST)

TEN Sports LIVE, Ten HD

FC Barcelona: @fcbarcelona and www.fcbarcelona.com

 

Indonesia – 1:45 AM (Thursday Monday) (WIB)

Nex Entertainment

FC Barcelona: @fcbarcelona_id and www.fcbarcelona.co.id

 

China – 2:45 AM (Thursday Monday) (CST)

CCTV Sports China, PPLive, QQ Sports Live

FC Barcelona: Tencent WeiboSina Weibo and www.fcbarcelona.cn

 

Japan –3:45 AM (Thursday Monday) (JST)

Sukachan 2, SKY PerfecTV LIVE

FC Barcelona: @fcbarcelona_jap and www.fcbarcelona.jp

 

Australia – 4:45 AM (Thursday Monday) 

FC Barcelona: @fcbarcelona and www.fcbarcelona.com

 

*Source: Live Soccer TV

 

FC Barcelona third strip features two shades of yellow

September 16, 2014 – 00:01 | Comments Off

The new strip will be worn for the first time in an official match at Paris St Germain on September 30
Nike and FC Barcelona have revealed the third new kit for the 2014/15 season

The new shirt goes on sale on September 25, and can now be reserved from nike.com/fcb

Nike unveils new online sales platform in Catalan

The official FC Barcelona online store is now available in in Catalan at nike.com/FCB after Nike adapted the platform for the club’s official language. Thanks to the partnership deal between the American sportswear firm and FC Barcelona, Nike has translated its whole worldwide online store into Catalan, and not just the sections associated to FC Barcelona products. This means that Catalan users can now access the full range of Barça gear plus all other Nike products in their own language.

Nike and FC Barcelona have revealed the new third kit for the 2014/15 season, which consists of the two shades of yellow that were used in the famous 2005 second kit. The shirt, shorts and socks all feature a strong, bright yellow on the front and a darker shade of the same yellow on the back. The two shades are divided by a blue line, and the same blue is used for the trim in honour of one of the two traditional colours of the FC Barcelona first strip.

These stripes lead from the neck, along the shoulders, and down the sides of the shirt, shorts and socks. When the players move, the line moves to accentuate the outline of their bodies, creating the sensation of speed. The new shirt, which can now be reserved at nike.com/fcb will go on sale on September 25. Shortly after, the first team will be wearing it for the first time in an official match, the Champions League fixture away to Paris Saint Germain on September 30.

Vibrant colours

“This half-and-half appearance is a traditional football design, but we’ve added a new twist”, said Nike Football Global Creative Director, Martin Lotti. “We wanted to use vibrant colours, so these uniforms, at night and under floodlights, will seem shinier against the grass. Under a dark sky, these uniforms will look electric, as if charged by batteries and providing the ground with a flash of almost electrical colours”.
There is a classic look to the shirt design, with a sophisticated polo neck including three buttons in the darker shade of yellow. The right sleeve features a small Catalan flag.

Inside the back of the neck there is a small tab showing the FC Barcelona ‘Més que un club’ slogan and the date of its foundation, 1899, while the name ‘Barça’ appears on the outside in the same iconic blue as used on the rest of the kit.

On October 18, the Board will present the Assembly a budget of 539 million euros in turnover

September 15, 2014 – 21:00 | Comments Off

The Ordinary General Assembly will need to approve some of the Board's proposals / PHOTO: GERMÁN PARGA - FCB
The General Assembly will be held on October 18

Pitch 1 at the Ciutat Esportiva will be named after Tito Vilanova

Posthumous honour for Tito Vilanova

The Board gave its unanimous approval of the proposal to rename pitch number one at the Ciutat Esportiva after Tito Vilanova in posthumous honour of the former FC Barcelona player and manager.

The FC Barcelona Board of Directors held an ordinary session this afternoon, where it was agreed that the next General Assembly of Delegate Members will be held on October 18 at the Palau de Congressos de Catalunya, the first session starting at 11.30 AM CET and the second at 12.00. There will be a break from 2.00 PM to 3.00 PM.

The Board also agreed to the budget for 2014/15, which must be approved by the delegate members and has been set at 539 million euros turnover and 509 million in operating costs, with a net after-tax and financial costs result of 18 million euros.

It was also agreed that a Delegates Office will be opened, which will be located in the vicinity of the Barcelona Supporters Services Office (OAB), to cater for and communicate with the delegate members up until the date when the Assembly is held. The regulations for this service’s operations will be announced over the next few days.

The Board also gave the go-ahead for different commercial deals, including one with Head & Shoulders in India and the Philippines, and which extends a previous agreement for five Asian countries, as well as the development of a videogame in Japan with CWS Brains.

Another decision concerned the marketing of the digital advertising hoardings in the Camp Nou in association with Mediapro for the 2014/15 and 2015/16 seasons.

The meeting also agreed to the setting up of two FCBEscola academies in Istanbul and Sao Paulo, the former in collaboration with club sponsor Avea.

Apoel keeper Urko Pardo: “We have European experience and are confident about the game”

September 15, 2014 – 17:00 | Comments Off

Urko Pardo is Apoel Nicosia's keeper with a Barça past / PHOTO: FACEBOOK URKO PARDO
The Apoel keeper spent eight years at FC Barcelona and describes how much he benefited from the club’s values

The son of a Basque father and a Galician mother, Urko Pardo started out at Anderlecht in Belgium, and then spent eight years of his youth years at Futbol Club Barcelona. The goalkeeper has dual Belgian and Spanish nationality, and has played for Apoel for the last three seasons. After beating HJK Helsinki of Finland and Aalborg of Denmark in the qualifying rounds, the Cypriot outfit are through to the group stages of the Champions League for the third time, and fate determined that Pardo will now be up against his former club. He spoke to us about his life in Cyprus, and also his fond memories of his time at Barça.

How’s your Cypriot experience going?

Very well. I’ve been here for three years, since the 2011/12 season, and I’m very happy. Yes, the football here is very different, but it’s also very competitive. Being a small island, people don’t follow our league very much, but there’s a strong level and it’s an interesting competition. There may not be much of a history to Cypriot football, but the league is very competitive.

Are you looking forward to playing at the Camp Nou?

We’re very much looking forward to playing there and enjoying it. But we’re cool about it. We’ve got a bit of European experience behind us and we’re confident about the game.

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Is Cypriot football very different to in the rest of Europe?

A lot of foreigners come here. A lot of Brazilians, Portuguese, Spaniards and so on. And all those different players sort of bring their experiences here, because there isn’t much of a history of youth football in Cyprus. There’s no Masia or academies like that. The football here is more technical and physical than in other European countries.

Are there any parallels between the Spanish and Cypriot leagues?

More than parallels, I’d say differences. For a start, there’s a big difference in the clubs’ budgets. But because of the world financial crisis, a lot of players from elsewhere have come here and that’s helped to raise the level. This league is growing.

What are Apoel’s strong points?

We are a team that works hard for each other. A team that shares the workload and gives everything on the pitch. We’ve got European experience. Most of us have played in European competitions already. And we’re very keen.

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What do you expect from the trip to Barcelona?

To get a good result, why not? We are coming as a quality unit and we want to try to balance the result. Like I said, we’ve got European experience and we’re confident we can get a good result at the Camp Nou.

Who are the standout players in the Apoel team?

To be honest, if I were to name anyone, it would be disrespectful to the others. But of course, any of the strikers in this team are dangerous.

Tell us about your experience at FC Barcelona. What memories do you have of your eight years at the club?

I have wonderful memories of my time at Barça. I always felt really comfortable there. Of course I took some time to adapt at first, but once I did, I learned so much. I identify with the club’s values. With how it concentrates on youth players. Barça made me a good footballer but also a good person. I’m very grateful to the club.

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After leaving Barça, you went club-hopping around Europe. How was that experience?

Truth is, it was not a hard decision to leave the club. The situation was different back then. There weren’t as many openings for young players. We weren’t shown the same confidence, and I thought it would be better to try my luck abroad. First, I went to the Greek league to play for Iraklis FC, and after that I was at Olympiakos.

Did you play in the Champions League for Olympiakos?

In 2009/10, when we got to the second round. We lost to Bordeaux. Playing in Europe always provides experience.

What do you think of the new-look Barça under Luis Enrique?

I think it’s a team that’s been reformed, but that has stuck to its foundations. It seems to be going well so far. Of course, it’s a great team that’s hard to beat.

Have you ever played at the Camp Nou?

Not in an official match, no. Only in training. Once, in the 2002/03 season, but I was unlucky at tore cruciate ligaments in the last game of that season.

There may not be much of a history to Cypriot football, but the league is very competitive
We are a team that works hard for each other
Barça made me a good footballer but also a good person. I’m very grateful to the club

Carles Puyol starts new job

September 15, 2014 – 15:30 | Comments Off

Carles Puyol and Andoni Zubizarreta met on Monday morning / PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ-FCB
The ex-captain has spent his first day working in the sports management department

Monday was Carles Puyol’s first day of his new position at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper. The new assistant director of sport arrived at the offices for a meeting with the man he’ll be working most closely with, Andoni Zubizarreta.

After being shown around the offices and introduced to the other members of the department, Puyol joined Zubizarreta out on the training field, where they watched Luis Enrique and his players preparing Wednesday’s Champions League opener against Apoel. The last time Puyol attended a session was on September 3, although there were very few first team players around at the time due to international commitments.

Saturday in the stadium

Puyol was also at the Camp Nou last weekend to watch the game with Athletic Bilbao along with Zubizarreta in the presidential box.

Pedro: “I’m not getting goals, but I’m sure they’ll come”

September 15, 2014 – 13:29 | Comments Off

Pedro was speaking to the press after Monday training. PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ-FCB.
The FC Barcelona striker has spoken about both his and the team’s prospects for the season ahead

He believes Apoel are a strong, physical side that will present plenty of difficulties on Wednesday night

Catalan demo

Asked about the huge march for independence through the streets of Barcelona on September 11, Pedro Rodríguez commented that “I saw that a lot of people took to the streets. I don’t understand much about politics, but I think everyone should have the right to their opinion and to think what they want.”

After three wins out of three for FC Barcelona in La Liga, Pedro Rodríguez spoke to the press on Monday morning. Luis Enrique seems to have a lot of faith in him, although he has yet to be repaid with goals. But the Canary Islander isn’t too concerned about that, commenting that “I might not be getting goals, but I’m happy with the way things are going and I’m sure they’ll start coming. The important thing is that the team is working well”.

He went on to explain that “the basic idea is still the same. Perhaps we should try to get closer to the area and not play so wide. But we feel comfortable with our game, we’re doing fine … The boss has asked us to create pressure up front, to win back the ball and keep it for ourselves. We’re doing that well and teams don’t create many chances against us. But there’s a lot we have to improve”.

Neither is Pedro too worried about the fierce competition for places in the Barça frontline. “I just want to work” he says. “I’m competing with the best strikers in the world and it’s hard to always get in the team. What Munir and Sandro are doing is motivating for all of us. They want to do things right and that’s good for the team. And there’s still Suárez to come. The more the merrier”.

Champions League dawning

It is just two days before Barça begin their European quest against Apoel Nicosia. “It’s a very nice competition” said Pedro. “We’ll be playing against a physical side that tracks back well. I’m sure it’ll be a difficult game.”

“Every year we work hard to reach the Champions League final. It was a shame to lose to Atlético last year. We’re really up for it this season and hoping to win the title. But it’s always hard, especially in the knockout phase.”

Dani Alves back in training

September 15, 2014 – 11:44 | Comments Off

Alves and Samper were among the players that trained this morning / PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ-FCB
Neither the Brazilian nor Vermaelen have been declared fully fit but had no trouble joining in with today’s session

Munir, Sandro amd Samper of FC Barcelona B were also involved but Masip exercised separately

On Monday morning, the first team continued its preparations for its Champions League debut against Apoel Nicosia on Wednesday night at 8.45 PM CET.  All of the squad were at the Ciutat Esportiva including Dani Alves and Thomas Vermaelen, despite neither having yet been declared fully fit. The Brazilian is still battling to recover in time from the knee injury that kept him side-lined for Sunday’s 2-0 against Athletic Bilbao.

Munir, Sandro and Samper of Barça B also joined the first team, while goalkeeper Jordi Masip continued working in isolation.

FC Barcelona will be back at work on Tuesday morning at 11.00 AM CET for the second to last session before the game, once again at the Ciutat Esportiva. Luis Enrique will give a press conference afterwards.

Dani Alves back in training

September 15, 2014 – 11:44 | Comments Off

Alves and Samper were among the players that trained this morning / PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ-FCB
Neither the Brazilian nor Vermaelen have been declared fully fit but had no trouble joining in with today’s session

Munir, Sandro amd Samper of FC Barcelona B were also involved but Masip exercised separately

On Monday morning, the first team continued its preparations for its Champions League debut against Apoel Nicosia on Wednesday night at 8.45 PM CET.  All of the squad were at the Ciutat Esportiva including Dani Alves and Thomas Vermaelen, despite neither having yet been declared fully fit. The Brazilian is still battling to recover in time from the knee injury that kept him side-lined for Sunday’s 2-0 against Athletic Bilbao.

Munir, Sandro and Samper of Barça B also joined the first team, while goalkeeper Jordi Masip continued working in isolation.

FC Barcelona will be back at work on Tuesday morning at 11.00 AM CET for the second to last session before the game, once again at the Ciutat Esportiva. Luis Enrique will give a press conference afterwards.

Apoel just third Cypriot club to visit Camp Nou

September 15, 2014 – 11:24 | Comments Off

Gica Popescu captained Barça versus AEK Larnaca. PHOTO: FCB ARCHIVE
Apollon Limassol and AEK Lanarca are the only other Cypriot teams in history to have visited Camp Nou.

This Wednesday, Barça officially opens Champions League play at the Camp Nou against Apoel Nicosia. This will be just the third ever visit made by a Cypriot team. Both prior occasions took place in the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup versus Apollon Limassol in 1982 and AEK Larnaca in 1996.

15/9/82: FC BARCELONA v APOLLON LIMASSOL (8-0). UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup Round of 16, first leg

  • This Monday marks the match’s 32nd anniversary.
  • Diego Maradona was the star of the evening, netting a hat trick. Bernd Schuster added two more on a night that drew just 18,000 fans to the Camp Nou.
  • The match represents Barça’s biggest rout in team history in European play, still tied with their 2003/04 UEFA Cup match versus Matador Puchow.
  • Surprisingly, the first goal of the evening did not come until the 35th minute. “I was quite angry. I was really going to let them have it at halftime, but fortunately we knocked in a few goals and things calmed down a bit,” Barça coach Udo Lattek said after the match.
  •  The return leg in Cyprus ended 1-1 with Barça’s goal coming from Josep Moratalla.

12/9/96: FC BARCELONA v AEK LARNACA (2-0). UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup Round of 16, return leg

  • The match was played at the Olympic Stadium on Montjuic because the turf was being changed at Camp Nou.
  • Ronaldo was the difference maker with scores in the 19th and 77th minutes.
  • Larnaca were well organized on defence with Barça struggling to take advantage of multiple scoring opportunities.
  • Current head coach Luis Enrique played the match at left back in Bobby Robson’s scheme.
  • After drawing 0-0 in Cyprus, Barça went on to the following round and eventually won the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup held that year in Rotterdam.