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Villarreal-FC Barcelona in the Cup. Did you know….?

March 2, 2015 – 18:30 | Comments Off

Thierry Henry celebrating his goal against Villarreal in 2008 / MIGUEL RUIZ-FCB
It’s the fourth time the two sides have met this season and the third time altogether that they have met in the Cup

Everything points to Wednesday’s semi-final Cup second leg between Villarreal and Barça being a classic. It is the third time that the two sides have met this season and we take a look here at some other interesting facts surrounding the clash.

Barça have come out on top in the three previous meetings this season, winning 0-1 in the league away, 3-2 at home and 3-1 at home in the first leg of the Cup semi-final.


Villarreal have won in 11 matches against Barça, 10 in the league and one in the Cup.


In that time Barça have won eight times and drawn three.


The last time the ‘Yellow Submarine’ beat the blaugranes came back in the season 2007/08 when Villarreal won 2-1 at Camp Nou in the league.


Barça have played Villarreal 16 times in official competition. Only three results from those matches would take Villarreal through to the final and one would bring extra time.


The last penalty shoot out involving Barça took place in the Cup, in the famous victory in the final over Mallorca.


It’s the third time that the sides have met in the competition: the first time was back in 1970/71 and the second was in 2007/08. Barça made it through on both occasions in hard fought ties.


 Thierry Henry scored the only goal of the tie when the sides met in the quarter-finals in 2008.

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Villarreal-FC Barcelona in the Cup. Did you know….?

March 2, 2015 – 18:30 | Comments Off

fcb vilareal coparei 9 .v1425312800 Villarreal FC Barcelona in the Cup. Did you know....?
It’s the fourth time the two sides have met this season and the third time altogether that they have met in the Cup

Everything points to Wednesday’s semi-final Cup second leg between Villarreal and Barça being a classic. It is the third time that the two sides have met this season and we take a look here at some other interesting facts surrounding the clash.

Barça have come out on top in the three previous meetings this season, winning 0-1 in the league away, 3-2 at home and 3-1 at home in the first leg of the Cup semi-final.


Villarreal have won in 11 matches against Barça, 10 in the league and one in the Cup.


In that time Barça have won eight times and drawn three.


The last time the ‘Yellow Submarine’ beat the blaugranes came back in the season 2007/08 when Villarreal won 2-1 at Camp Nou in the league.


Barça have played Villarreal 16 times in official competition. Only three results from those matches would take Villarreal through to the final and one would bring extra time.


The last penalty shoot out involving Barça took place in the Cup, in the famous victory in the final over Mallorca.


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It’s the third time that the sides have met in the competition: the first time was back in 1970/71 and the second was in 2007/08. Barça made it through on both occasions in hard fought ties.


 Thierry Henry scored the only goal of the tie when the sides met in the quarter-finals in 2008.

When and where to watch the Spanish Cup game between Villarreal CF and FC Barcelona

March 2, 2015 – 18:00 | Comments Off

When does the game start where you are? We have the answer / FCB
Our guide to TV coverage around the world of a game that kicks off at 8.00pm CET. But when does it start where you are?

The Spanish Cup match between Villarreal and FC Barcelona is being shown in different countries and on different channels. But don’t worry if it’s not available in your country, because you can always listen to our live English commentary on Radio Barça. You can also follow our minute by minute coverage as well as the team and player stats on Barça’s official website. Twitter users can follow @FCBarcelona for live updates as the action unfolds.

Wednesday 4 March 2015

Los Angeles – 11:00 AM (WST) / New York – 2:00 PM (EST)

beIN Sports USA, Fubo TV, SiriusXM FC, beIN Sports en Español, beIN SPORTS CONNECT

FC Barcelona: @fcbarcelona and www.fcbarcelona.com

Brazil – 4:00 PM (Brasília)

ESPN + Sur, ESPN3 South America, ESPN + Andina, ESPN Play Latin America

FC Barcelona: @fcbarcelona_br and www.fcbarcelona.com.br

South America – Buenos Aires 4:00 PM / Santiago Chile 4:00 PM / México DF 1:00 PM

ESPN Play Latin America, ESPN + Andina, ESPN Play Argentina, ESPN3 South America, ESPN + Sur

FC Barcelona: @fcbarcelona_es and  www.fcbarcelona.es

United Kingdom – 7:00 PM

Sky Sports 5/HD, NOW TV, Sky Go Extra, Sky Go

FC Barcelona: @fcbarcelona and  www.fcbarcelona.com

France – 8:00 PM (CET)

FC Barcelona: @fcbarcelona_fra and www.fcbarcelona.fr

Barcelona – 8:00 PM (CET)

Canal+ 1 / HD / 30, Canal+ Yomvi

FCBarcelona: www.fcbarcelona.cat, www.fcbarcelona.es, @fcbarcelona_cat and @fcbarcelona_es

Arab Countries – 10:00 PM (Mecca Time)

beIN SPORTS CONNECT Arabia, beIN Sports Arabia 2 HD, beIN Sports Arabia 16 HD

FC Barcelona: @fcbarcelona_ara and www.fcbarab.com

Russia – 11:00 PM (MSK)

NTV+ Sport Online, NTV+ Football 3

FC Barcelona: @fcbarcelona and www.fcbarcelona.com

Thursday 5 March 2015

India – 0:30 AM (IST)

Ten HD, Ten Action

FC Barcelona: @fcbarcelona and www.fcbarcelona.com

Indonesia – 2:00 AM (WIB)

MNC TV

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

China – 3:00 AM (CST)

QQ Sports Live

FC Barcelona: Tencent Weibo, Sina Weibo and  www.fcbarcelona.cn

Japan – 4:00 AM (JST)

SKY PerfecTV LIVE, WOWOW

FC Barcelona: @fcbarcelona_jap and www.fcbarcelona.jp

Australia – 5:00 AM (Sydney)

FC Barcelona: @fcbarcelona and www.fcbarcelona.com.

  *Source: Live Soccer.tv

How the @FCBHandbol keepers warm up #FCBLive #Playhandbol

March 2, 2015 – 15:00 | Comments Off

Saric and Pérez de Vargas, Barça handball keepers / Miguel Ruiz-ARCHIVE FCB
We show you how Saric and Pérez de Vargas prepare themselves for an official match

The handball goalkeepers have always been a bit special. To get in the way of men who can launch the ball at more than 100 km/h, you have to be mentally tough. We show you just how the two Barça handball first team shot stoppers, Danjel Saric and Gonzalo Pérez de Vargas, prepare themselves for such a task. 

Supporters clubs against child poverty

March 2, 2015 – 14:22 | Comments Off

Sor Lucia Caram during the XXXV World Supporters Clubs Congress
The Solidarity Council has worked to get the movement involved in a state-wide project

You save, we all win

“Tú ahorras ganamos todos” is a book published by the Fundació Rosa Oriol in collaboration with Dr. Jordi Forés and the Fundació Alícia, with a prologue by Sister Lucía Caram. The book describes healthy habits, promotes physical exercise and offers different recipes that show how we can all save food instead of wasting it.

The Penyes Segle XXI is striving to raise awareness of the supporters movement, and one the most important ways of doing this is through involvement in charity projects, something which has always formed part of the club’s famous values.

The Solidarity Council, part of the Events and Activities Commission, has been working precisely in this area as it channels, fosters and coordinates charity activities to ensure that the supporters movement forms part of the nation’s social network.

Projects are being studied both on a domestic and an international scale, the idea being to get the over 1200 supporters clubs involved in caring initiatives.

Major global project

The first major global project in association between the supporters and FC Barcelona is active participation in the “Tots Contra la Pobresa Infantil” programme being promoted by the Fundació Rosa Oriol. Famous Barça supporter Sister Lucía Caram is the main face at the forefront of this project and is delighted to draw on the help of the FCB supporters movement.

The initiative was presented at two events last February 17 in Barcelona and Manresa, where all of the activities between now and July were described. It all goes to show the caring side of the movement, as well as Barça’s dedication to its territory, making the most of its popularity to rally the people behind good causes like this.

Different ways to collaborate

There are a variety of different ways in which supporters can do their bit to show how Barça is and always will be dedicated to improving the plight of children in need.

For instance, they can get in contact with the Plataforma publishing house to acquire a minimum of 100 copies of the book Tú ahorras, ganamos todos to sell in their towns, with the benefits all going to “Tots Contra la Pobresa Infantil”.

Individually, they can also make personal donations to the 2100-5000-52-0200078599 bank account or by sending an SMS message with the word “Ajuda” to the number 28029.

Luis Suárez constantly improving

March 2, 2015 – 14:20 | Comments Off

Luis Suarez's comparative stats 2014 & 2015
The difference between the Uruguayan’s stats in 2015 and 2014 show how well he has adapted to his new team

Luis Suárez is getting better and better. The Uruguayan’s stats in 2015, compared with those in 2014, show that very clearly. In his 13 games since the New Year he has scored seven goals, an average of 0.54 a game, a considerable rise on the three goals he scored in his first 11 outings (average 0.27). He has netted four of the six Barça goals.

But it is not just in terms of goals that his adaptation is there to be seen. As the following table shows, he is now much more participative in almost every area of the game.

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LUIS SUÁREZ

2014

2015

Games playeds

11

13

Minutes played

864

1070

Goals

3

7

Goal scored every

288 minutes

153 minutes

Assists

6

7

Assist every

 144 minutes

152 minutes

Total shots

28

39

Shot every

30 minutes

27 minutes

Shots on target

11

18

Shot on target every

78 minutes

59 minutes

Busquets expects tough test at Villarreal

March 2, 2015 – 14:15 | Comments Off

Sergio Busquets during training on Monday / MIGUEL RUIZ-FCB
The Barça midfielder expects Villarreal, 3-1 down from the first leg, “to change their way of playing”

Sergio Busquets, who recently signed a new contract extension that will keep him at the club until 2019, has taken a look at the balugranes’ current situation after the victory against Granada and 48 hours ahead of the second leg of the Spanish Cup semi-final against Villarreal.

On Wednesday’s game:

“We start off with a slight advantage and we are just a step away from the final, but it will be difficult. Villarreal will have to change their way of playing.”

“Villarreal have a big squad with lots of young players. They all deserve respect, from number 1 to number 25.”

The win against Granada:

“I would like to see any other team playing in those conditions in which we played at that ground. It was difficult to keep it moving. The most important thing were the three points.”

Real Madrid’s slip up and their chances in the league:

“We were waiting to win against Granada. We knew were behind in the league and that when Madrid dropped points, we have to take advantage.”

“Their slip up does not change our way of thinking. We have to win every game as always.”

“It’s clear that they had a four point advantage and now it is two. The fact our fate is in our own hands does not change things from one week to the next.”

Barça-Real Madrid on 22 March:

“There are still two league games before the Clásico. I don’t know if it will be decisive. Let’s hope so for us. Whether it is decisive or not depends on a lot of things and that’s difficult to know today.”

His own form:

“I think I am a fairly consistent player. I try to do my best every day.”

“Normally I play as a defensive midfielder, but out to one side is not a new position for me. It’s the coach’s decision.”

“I am not looking to be a reference point, only to work hard day to day. I also know that when you are at the club, it can happen that the youngsters focus on you.”

Praise for Bravo:

“He has been playing in the league for a long time and also with his national team.  He is somebody who brings us calm, experience and leadership. Everyone takes notice.”

Gap closes to two points after Real Madrid and Villarreal draw

March 2, 2015 – 14:00 | Comments Off

Goalkeeper Sergio Asenjo was outstanding for Villarreal at Real Madrid / http://www.villarrealcf.es
After their cup rivals drew at the Bernabéu on Sunday, FC Barcelona are no longer relying on other results going their way

FC Barcelona’s title hopes received a major boost on Sunday when rivals Real and Atlético Madrid were both held to draws. The result means that the gap on the leaders has narrowed to just two points, while defending champions Atlético are now five points behind the Catalans.

Villarreal hold out at Bernabéu

A Cristiano Ronaldo penalty just after half-time put Real Madrid in the driving seat against Barcelona’s Spanish Cup semi-final opponents Villarreal, who opted to rest several players with Wednesday’s game in mind. But Gerard Moreno got the visitors back level after 64 minutes and despite having a total of 25 shots, Real Madrid were unable to find a response and ended up dropping their first points at the Bernabéu since last September.

In order to get back in control of their own destiny, Barça needed somebody to do them a favour and take points off Madrid. Now that that has happened, as things currently stand a victory in the clásico at the Camp Nou on March 22 would put Barça one point ahead of their title rivals.

In the game played immediately before, Atlético Madrid dropped further out of the title race with a 0-0 draw at Champions League hopefuls Sevilla.

Rayo win, Man City lose

Next Sunday at 12.00pm CET, Barça entertain Rayo Vallecano, who managed to put some distance between themselves and the relegation zone by beating third-from-bottom Levante. Despite going behind after thirteen minutes, Rayo responded with four goals in the space of fourteen minutes – all of which were scored by Alberto Bueno, who thus made history by becoming the first Rayo player to score a ‘poker’ of goals in a top flight match. The game ended 4-2.

Barça’s Champions League rivals Manchester City went down 2-1 to Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday in the Premier League – a result that leaves them five points off leaders Chelsea, who have played a game less.

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LIVE – Sergio Busquets press conference ahead of the match against Villarreal

March 2, 2015 – 13:25 | Comments Off

FC Barcelona player talk ahead of the match against Villarreal in the Copa del Rey.

Focused on the Spanish Cup semi-final

March 2, 2015 – 12:59 | Comments Off

Iniesta in training on Monday / MIGUEL RUIZ-FCB
The first team have trained at the Ciutat Esportiva after a day off on Sunday

After beating Granada on Saturday and resting non Sunday, the team returned to training this Monday at the  Camp Tito Vilanova. The session saw all the available first team players take place as well as Munir from the B squad.

Barça are getting ready for the second leg of their Spanish Cp semi-final against Villarreal which will be played on Wednesday. The rest of the week’s agenda is as follows:

Tuesday 3

11.00am: Training at the Ciutat Esportiva

Wednesday 4

8.00pm: Villarreal v FC Barcelona at El Madrigal (Spanish Cup semi-final return leg)

Thursday 5

11.00am: Training at the Ciutat Esportiva

Friday 6

11.00am: Training at the Ciutat Esportiva

Saturday 7

11.00am: Training at the Ciutat Esportiva

Sunday 8

12.00pm: FC Barcelona v Rayo Vallecano at Camp Nou (La Liga)

*All times CET

FC Barcelona census tallies 144,756 members

March 2, 2015 – 10:58 | Comments Off

Eighty-three percent of the club’s membership have renewed their status, 10% had not paid or were invalid for other reasons and 7% have left voluntarily or passed awayFC Barcelona census tallies 144,756 members

The other side of the 1-3 win in Granada

March 1, 2015 – 18:05 | Comments Off

The other side of the 1-3 win in GranadaDon’t miss these exclusive photos – the other side of the win in Granada