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MATCH REPORT: Araz – FC Barcelona Alusport:Through to the final on penalties! (4-4)

April 24, 2014 – 19:00 | Comments Off

Saad and his teammates celebrate the win. PHOTO: GERMÁN PARGA - FCB
Two saves from Sedano and a decisive score from Torreas in the penalty shoot out took Barça into the final

Barça had taken a 1-3 lead only for Azaz to equalise with 15 seconds on the clock

The final will be played on Saturday evening against Dynamo Moscow – the team Barça beat in the final in Lleida in 2012

STATS

Araz, 4
FCB, 4

Araz: Popov, Rafael, Augusto, Foglia i Davi -starting five-: Peric, Fabiano, Felipe, Cujec, Amadeu

FC Barcelona: Sedano, Aicardo, Torras, Lin i Wilde -starting five-; Gabriel, Fernandao, Dyego, Igor, Saad

Goals: 1-0 Rafael (2’), 1-1 Igor (11’),1-2 Aicardo (21’), 1-3 Aicardo (26’), 2-3 Fabiano (27’), 3-3 Foglia (40’), 3-4 Dyego (46’), 4-4 Amadeu (49’)

Penalties: Wilde (goal), Fabiano (miss), Lin (goal), Amadeu (goal), Saad (goal), Rafael (goal), Lozano (miss), Torras (goal)

Two Paco Sedano saves and a Jordi Torres goal in the penalty shoot out saw Barça through to the final of the UEFA Futsal Cup after Araz and Barça had ended regulation time 3-3 and then taken it to 4-4 in extra time.  

Hosts start the quicker

Araz started the stronger and Rafael put them one up after just two minutes, which they decided to look after by defending en masse and keeping hold of the ball. Barça responded bravely though and a lovely individual effort from Igor brought them level on 11 minutes, though despite theoir attacking efforts they were unable to add to that before half time.

Aicardo puts Barça ahead

Aicardo was the star of the shpw after the break, taking charge of the team and finally getting the second goal on 21 minutes and then adding another to give Barça a clear 1-3 lead. Fabiano reduced the deficit soon after, but Barça appeared to have done enough until Foglia made it 3-3 with just 15 seconds left on the clock.

Extra time drama

With two five minute halves for extra time, Araz again looked to close down spaces and keep possession, but it was Barça who went ahead when Dyego scored with four minutes left to play, only to be frustrated again when their hosts scored another late equaliser to take the game to penalties.

Sedano saves the day

Paco Sedano proved the key tpo the penalty shoot out, with two saves – one from Fabiano and another from David, whilst captain  Jordi Torras made no mistake with the decisive penalty to put Barça through to Saturday’s final.

 

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MATCH REPORT: Araz – FC Barcelona Alusport:Through to the final on penalties! (4-4)

April 24, 2014 – 19:00 | Comments Off

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Two saves from Sedano and a decisive score from Torreas in the penalty shoot out took Barça into the final

Barça had taken a 1-3 lead only for Azaz to equalise with 15 seconds on the clock

The final will be played on Saturday evening against Dynamo Moscow – the team Barça beat in the final in Lleida in 2012

STATS

Araz, 4
FCB, 4

Araz: Popov, Rafael, Augusto, Foglia i Davi -starting five-: Peric, Fabiano, Felipe, Cujec, Amadeu

FC Barcelona: Sedano, Aicardo, Torras, Lin i Wilde -starting five-; Gabriel, Fernandao, Dyego, Igor, Saad

Goals: 1-0 Rafael (2’), 1-1 Igor (11’),1-2 Aicardo (21’), 1-3 Aicardo (26’), 2-3 Fabiano (27’), 3-3 Foglia (40’), 3-4 Dyego (46’), 4-4 Amadeu (49’)

Penalties: Wilde (goal), Fabiano (miss), Lin (goal), Amadeu (goal), Saad (goal), Rafael (goal), Lozano (miss), Torras (goal)

Two Paco Sedano saves and a Jordi Torres goal in the penalty shoot out saw Barça through to the final of the UEFA Futsal Cup after Araz and Barça had ended regulation time 3-3 and then taken it to 4-4 in extra time.  

Hosts start the quicker

Araz started the stronger and Rafael put them one up after just two minutes, which they decided to look after by defending en masse and keeping hold of the ball. Barça responded bravely though and a lovely individual effort from Igor brought them level on 11 minutes, though despite theoir attacking efforts they were unable to add to that before half time.

Aicardo puts Barça ahead

Aicardo was the star of the shpw after the break, taking charge of the team and finally getting the second goal on 21 minutes and then adding another to give Barça a clear 1-3 lead. Fabiano reduced the deficit soon after, but Barça appeared to have done enough until Foglia made it 3-3 with just 15 seconds left on the clock.

Extra time drama

With two five minute halves for extra time, Araz again looked to close down spaces and keep possession, but it was Barça who went ahead when Dyego scored with four minutes left to play, only to be frustrated again when their hosts scored another late equaliser to take the game to penalties.

Sedano saves the day

Paco Sedano proved the key tpo the penalty shoot out, with two saves – one from Fabiano and another from David, whilst captain  Jordi Torras made no mistake with the decisive penalty to put Barça through to Saturday’s final.

 

Marc Bartra: “I’ve learnt more than ever this season”

April 24, 2014 – 13:46 | Comments Off

Bartra at today's press conference. PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB
“I’ve matured a lot thanks to my teammates and the coaches”, explained Bartra, who’s made 27 appearances this season

Bartra also stressed: “the remaining four games are finals. We still hope to win this league”.

Marc Bartra spoke to the media after training today and talked about the league run in and his own personal situation. Bartra, who has been at the Club for ten years now and has a contract through till 2018, explained:  “I’ve matured a lot thanks to my teammates and the coaches. I’ve had some bad moments that I’ve come out of stronger and some good ones that make me even better. Playing with this team makes you strong with all the big games you are involved in”.

Still in the league title race

“We know that we have to play the remaining four games like finals and the best thing we can do is to go into them totally committed, so that we are there if Atletico or Real Madrid slip up. We have to keep the pressure up on them and we still hope to win this league”.

For the young Catalan, the comeback against Bilbao last weekend: “showed that there is no way we are giving up on the league title. It was a win based on our determination to stay in the race  – we’re ambitious and we will be going out to win every game”.

Summer signings?

Asked as to how a possible summer signing of a central defender might affect him, Bartra made it clear that: “ there’s a lot of talk about new defenders, but that’s the Club’s business. The players who are already here have shown what we can do. I think the base of a Barça team has to be the home grown players, as it has been until now, whilst the players we bring in give some added quality, they adapt to our ways and we go forward. We always try and help players coming in to play at their best”.

Finally, Bartra had words of praise for B team keeper Jordi Masip: “he’s a great keeper, he’s improved a lot and he is putting in an excellent season “.

Sergio Busquets and @Mascherano trained with the rest of the squad on Thursday morninig

April 24, 2014 – 12:05 | Comments Off

Busquets in training this morning / PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ-FCB
Busquets trained apart on Wednesday, whilst Mascherano only took a small part in training.

B team players Masip, Grimaldo, Ilie, Samper and Gómez, as well as Youth A team youngsters Riera, Godswill and Ortega also took part in the session.

Sergio Busquets and Javier Mascherano trained with the rest of the squad this Thursday morning after they both worked apart on Wednesday. Five Barça B players (Masip, Grimaldo, Ilie, Samper and Gómez) and three Youth A youngsters (Riera, Godswill and Ortega) also took part in the session.

Riera, Godswill and Ortega were received with a round of applause in recognition of the Youth A team’s recent victory in the UEFA Youth League. Neymar , Piqué, Jordi Alba and Puyol all worked on specific recovery work, whilst Dos Santos trained apart. The squad have been given a rest day on Friday and will be back in training on Saturday at eleven in the morning.

VIDEO – FC Barcelona’s last 10 goals scored away to Villarreal

April 24, 2014 – 11:05 | Comments Off

Piqué ha estat l'últim blaugrana en marcar a Vila-real / FOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ-FCB
Deco, Bojan, Messi and Piqué are some of the players to score at El Madrigal

This Sunday FC Barcelona will take on Villarreal with the hopes of keeping their La Liga title hopes alive. So, in order to wet your appetite ahead of the match, we offer you Barça’s last ten goals scored away to Villarreal. The video picks up in the 2005/06 season with goals from Deco, Bojan, Messi and Piqué (who was the last Barça player to score on the ‘Yellow Submarine’).

It’s worth noting that Barça’s record at El Madrigal is six victories, two draws and five defeats.

Penya Fanatiek drove 1300 km for Jana

April 24, 2014 – 09:00 | Comments Off

The Penya Fanatiek FC Barcelona Limburg at the Camp Nou / PHOTO: FCB
The Penya Fanatiek drove to Barcelona to help a girl with Dravet’s Syndrome

A 1970 VW Beetle painted in the Club colours drove to the Camp Nou

The charity work done by the FC Barcelona penyes movement is well known and the clubs constantly represent the Club beyond simply watching games together.

Jana is a seven year old girl with Dravet Syndrome, a form of epilepsy and affects one in every 20 to forty thousand people. There is currently only experimental treatment available and is very expensive The Penya Fanatiek FC Barcelona Limburg, in Belgium, heard of Jana’s case and got in touch with her parents to offer their help.

Support for Jana

The penya, whose president is Toni Freire, began a series of raffle draws of Barça memorabilia to raise money for Jana’s treatment.

VW Beetle at the Camp Nou

The most recent activity took place on the first weekend in April when the club drove a 1970 VW Beetle they own and which is decorated with Barça themes and the Fanatiek club crest th 13000km to the Camp Nou on a sponsored drive.

Sponsors paid between 0.50€ and 1.50€ per kilometer travelled, so as to help Jana’s family.

Signatures to raise money

There was also a 150 Euro contribution from every person who signed the boot of the car and many of the FC Barcelona board, including President Josep M. Bartomeu, showed their support and met Jana and her father who had also made the journey.

The video story of Czibor and Kocsis, two of FC Barcelona’s Mighty Magyars of the Five Cups era

April 23, 2014 – 21:00 | Comments Off

Zoltan Czibor and Sandor Kocsis
Ladislao Kubala was the most famous of the Hungarians that played for FC Barcelona in the 1950s.

This video tells the story of the two other Magyars of the same era that have also gone down in Barça folklore

Hungary produced its finest generation of footballers in the 1950s, known to the world as the Mighty Magyars, and three key members of that team played a huge role in the legendary FC Barcelona team of the ‘Five Cups’ era.

This fascinating video looks at the story of Zoltan Czibor and Sandor Kocsis, including interviews with the players’ own sons as they explain how they escaped from their homeland following the Soviet invasion, and were brought to Barça by fellow Hungarian Ladislao Kubala.

FC Barcelona players celebrate the Day of Sant Jordi

April 23, 2014 – 17:00 | Comments Off

Some of the first team players show their Day of Sant Jordi celebrations on social media .

FC Barcelona’s appraisal of the suspensory effect granted by the FIFA Appeal Committee #fcblive

April 23, 2014 – 13:25 | Comments Off

FC Barcelona
The ban on the Club making transfers during the next two transfer windows has been lifted

FC Barcelona has responded positively to the decision announced today by FIFA’s Appeal Committee to provisionally grant suspensive effect to the appeal made by the Club against the sanction imposed by FIFA’s Disciplinary Committee.

The sanction was announced by the FIFA Disciplinary Commission last April 2 and prevented the Club from signing players during the next two transfer windows. FC Barcelona presented an appeal against the measure within the required period.

FC Barcelona declares its utmost respect for the resolutions pronounced by the bodies responsible for sporting justice.

FC Barcelona have continued preparations for the league match with Villarreal

April 23, 2014 – 12:01 | Comments Off

Mascherano trained normally for most of the session / PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB
The Argentinian trained separately on Tuesday but was back with the team today, while Sergio Busquets did specific work as scheduled

The first team players were joined by Grimaldo, Samper, Sergi Gómez and Jordi Masip

The first team continued today with preparations for Sunday’s trip to Villarreal in a session held on pitch number 1 at the Ciutat Esportiva. Javier Mascherano joined the rest of the squad for some of the exercises after training alone on Tuesday. The Argentinian international hurt his calf against Athletic Bilbao on Sunday. As planned, Sergio Busquets worked out in isolation and should be re-joining the rest of his colleagues on Thursday.

The session was completed by Barça B’s Grimaldo, Samper, Sergi Gómez and Jordi Masip.

Puyol, Piqué, Neymar, Jonathan dos Santos and Jordi Alba all did recovery work on their respective injuries.

The UEFA Youth League, a victory for the whole youth programme

April 23, 2014 – 11:10 | Comments Off

All of these coaches played their part in winning the UEFA Youth League / PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ-FCB
All of the coaches involved in FC Barcelona’s youth programme gathered at La Masia to pose with the trophy

The U19 A team’s conquest of the UEFA Youth League (UYL) was an achievement shared by everyone involved in the youth programme at FC Barcelona, and is the result of many years of work by many different coaches. In recognition of that, all of the youth football coaches, from the very youngest level right through to the U19 B team, were invited to share their part of success in the form of this photograph taken outside La Masia. Centre de Formació Oriol Tort, by proposal of the U19 A team coached by Jordi Vinyals.

FC Barcelona were proclaimed champions of Europe with a resounding 3-0 win against Benfica in the final played last Monday 14 April in Nyon. In the first ever edition of the UEFA Youth League, Barça showed that the club has the best U19 team in the continent.

Alen Halilovic, who’ll be at FC Barcelona next season, has won his national championship with Dynamo Zagreb

April 23, 2014 – 10:20 | Comments Off

Halilovic scored the fourth goal of the decisive match / PHOTO: halil9999 (Instagram)
The midfielder, who’ll be at FC Barcelona next season, scored one of the goals that won the title for Dynamo Zagreb

Alen Halilovic has won the Croatian football league, the Prva HNL, with his current club Dynamo Zagreb. On Tuesday evening, the future FC Barcelona player scored the fourth of his team’s goals in a comfortable 5-0 win over last-placed Dragovoljac, thus mathematically clinching his club’s ninth consecutive national championship, and the 16th in total since it was first contested in 1992.

Dynamo have 77 points from 32 games, and are 14 clear of second placed Rijeka with four games yet to play.

22 games, 4 goals

17-year-old Halilovic, the league’s youngest ever goalscorer and also the youngest ever debutant for the Croatian national team, has played 22 league games this season, scoring four goals. Last season he made 18 appearances. Dynamo are also through to the Croatian Cup Final, where they will play Rijeka over two legs on May 7 and May 14.