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Inside view: The trip to Villarreal

September 1, 2014 – 20:16 | Comments Off

The trip to El Madrigal resulted in three valuable points. PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ-FCB.
A nine minute video of FC Barcelona’s trip to El Madrigal

Barça’s first official away trip of the season took them to Villarreal, and the team got the job done. A 1-0 win has kept the Catalans top of the Liga table.

Now you can enjoy nine minutes showing exclusive footage of the trip to El Madrigal, beginning with the train journey south, and the arrival in Villarreal, where the squad were transferred from the station to their hotel. While the players rested, other members of staff got things ready for them in the stadium.

The video also shows close-ups of the players as they warmed up for the match, and also their interactions with the media once it was all over and they could head home satisfied with another three points in the bag.

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Inside view: The trip to Villarreal

September 1, 2014 – 20:16 | Comments Off

 Inside view: The trip to Villarreal
A nine minute video of FC Barcelona’s trip to El Madrigal

Barça’s first official away trip of the season took them to Villarreal, and the team got the job done. A 1-0 win has kept the Catalans top of the Liga table.

Now you can enjoy nine minutes showing exclusive footage of the trip to El Madrigal, beginning with the train journey south, and the arrival in Villarreal, where the squad were transferred from the station to their hotel. While the players rested, other members of staff got things ready for them in the stadium.

The video also shows close-ups of the players as they warmed up for the match, and also their interactions with the media once it was all over and they could head home satisfied with another three points in the bag.

The other side of Villarreal v FC Barcelona 0-1 (August 31st) #photogallery

September 1, 2014 – 17:50 | Comments Off

Check out full gallery of images about El Madrigal matchThe other side of Villarreal v FC Barcelona (0-1)

Sandro Ramírez’s Barça youth team goals

September 1, 2014 – 17:15 | Comments Off

Sandro has scored some amazing goals over the years
The Canary Islander has already won a reputation for scoring top class goals

The Canary Islander (9/07/1995) made his official first team debut on Sunday at Villarreal and marked the occasion in the best possible way. He scored the only goal of the game of the match in the 82nd minute to secure three crucial points for his team. Sandro joined the Barça youth system from Unión Deportiva Las Palmas in 2009, playing for the U15 side under Víctor Sánchez, and since then he has never stopped scoring.

He missed much of the 2011/12 season with the U17 team due to injury, but overcame that setback to get back on the path towards professional career in the game. By 2013, he was playing for Barça B, and attracting the attention of the football world with his dazzling performances.

Much of his goalscoring ability is the result of his natural talent for reading attacking plays and putting himself in the right position at the right time. Which is exactly how he scored against Villarreal, beating the home defenders to tuck home an assist from Leo Messi.

This video compilation of Sandro’s finest goals for the different Barça youth teams is a wonderful tribute to somebody for whom the dream is only just starting to come true. Let’s hope we get to enjoy plenty more goals like these in the future!

Iniesta out of Spain squad against France and Macedonia

September 1, 2014 – 17:00 | Comments Off

Iniesta will not be part of Del Bosque's plans this week / PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ-FCB
The player is having trouble with his left knee and missed Sunday’s game with Villarreal

Andrés Iniesta will not be joining the Spain squad for this week’s games with France and Macedonia as a result of the knee injury that caused him to sit out last weekend’s clash with Villarreal.

This means that the number of Barça players that will miss this week’s training sessions due to international commitments has been reduced to twelve.

Solid defence marks start of the season #fcblive

September 1, 2014 – 15:55 | Comments Off

Claudi Bravo and Marc Bartra against Napoli/ PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB
Claudio Bravo has yet to concede a single goal in the league and the team let in just 2 in their 5 pre-season games

Luis Enrique’s new Barça team are showing  great defensive solidity so far this season, with Caludio Bravo keeping two clean sheets in the league’s opening games. It was clear from Barça’s pre-season performances that a dependable defence was going to be one of the foundations of this side, with just two goals conceded in the five pre-season friendlies.

Bravo the only unbeaten keeper in the league

Not only do  Barça top the league going into the international break, they are also the only side yet to concede a goal, indeed Claudio Bravo hasn’t had to make a single save over the first 180 minutes of 2014/15 league action – a clear sign of the team’s defensive determination. With Mascherano andMathieu starting against Elche, Bartra coming on for the Argentinian after his red card and Piqué alongside the Frenchman against Villarreal, the defence, with  Alves and Jordi Albas at full back and Busquets  as dependable as ever as the holding midfielder, has looked rock solid over the two games.

Good pre-season foundations

The two pre-season goals came from a penalty against Nice and another in the game against Napoli. Thise two goals in five games came with Luis Enrique using all three keepers: Masip against Hèlsinki and 45 minute against Recreativo, Ter Stegen, currently out injured, also played against Recre and had a full 90 minutes against Nice and Claudio Bravo who made his debut against Napoli and also played the Joan Gamper Trophy.

All the facts and figures from Villarreal:

September 1, 2014 – 11:54 | Comments Off

Pedro and Musacchio. PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ-FCB.
Barça dominated possession in beating Villarreal

Sandro’s late winner against Villarreal means Luis Enrique’s side go into the international break top of La Liga with two wins from two. Here are some of the facts and figures from the match:

  • Barça have won 8 and drawn 3 of their last 11 games against Villarreal.
  • Villarreal hit the woodwork three times and Barça twice – that makes it four posts in two games for Luis Enrique’s side.
  • Villarreal had 9 shots to Barça’s 20.
  • Even so, Claudio Bravo has still to make a single save in open play after Barça’s two first league games.
  • Barça enjoyed 75%. of possession over the game
  • Barça completed 667 passes to Villarreal’s 205.
  • Dani Alves was one of the most active players in the game, making 102 successful passes from 130 attempts.
  • Busquets won most balls back for the team (14).
  • Barça have now played 2.650 league games, with 1,496 wins, 546 draws and 608 defeats.
  • Sandro’s goal was Barça’s number 5,566 del Barça in their league history, having conceded 3,027.

Planning for a week without internationals

September 1, 2014 – 11:30 | Comments Off

Luis Enrique in a training session. PHOTO: MIguel Ruiz - FCB
Luis Enrique faces a week of training without his international players

With the players given a rest day on Monday, Luis Enrique will be back training with his squad on Tuesday, though without 13 players who are off on international duty.

Three morning sessions and one in the evening

The squad will have three morning sessions at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper this week, on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, with Thursday’s session set for half past six in the evening.

Free weekend

The squad will have next weekend off and return for an evening session on Monday at the start of a week that will end with Saturday’s visit of Athletic Club Bilbao (4.00 PM CET).

Luis Suárez gives Steven Gerrard a Barça shirt

September 1, 2014 – 11:30 | Comments Off

Suárez and Gerrard PHOTO: @stevengerrard
Barça’s new striker presented his ex-captain with a Barça shirt

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has never hidden his admiration for Luis Suarez, ça shirt Gerard posted a picture  and today of the two celebrating a goal on his Instagram account, with the message: “it’s been a pleasure to play with a talent like Luis Suárez”.

Suarez visited the Liverpool training ground of Melwood today and showed his gratitude to Gerard by presenting him with a signed Barça shirt .

“He’s back bringing presents” wrote Gerard, “best wishes to a phenomenal player”

Munir only suffers bruising and joins under-21s

September 1, 2014 – 11:16 | Comments Off

Munir is fit to join the Spanish Under 21s / PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB
Tests carried out on Monday confirmed the player had suffered no muscle injury, just bruising.

Luis Enrique loses 13 players to international call ups

B team call ups

Five Barça B players are also away on international duty: Halilovic (Croatia under-21), Babunski (Macedonia under-21), Edgar Ié (Portugal under-21), and Ondoa and Bagnak (Cameroon under-21).

Tests carried out on Monday morning confirmed that Munir El Haddadi had only suffered bruising on his right calf in the game against Villarreal, and no actual muscle damage .Munir was taken off after an hour on Sunday, but has been given the all clear to join up with the Spanish Under 21 squad for the games against Hungary and Austria alongside team mate Sergi Roberto.

As well as Munir El Haddadi and Sergi Roberto, Luis Enrique will be without 11 other players during the international break: Sergio Busquets, Andrés Iniesta, Pedro Rodríguez, Marc Bartra and Jordi Alba (Spain); Neymar Jr (Brazil); Javier Mascherano (Argentina); Claudio Bravo (Chile); Ivan Rakitic (Croatia); Rafinha (Brazil under-21) and Jérémy Mathieu (France), who was a late call up following the withdrawal of Arsenal’s  Koscielny.

However, Leo Messi will stay in Barcelona as a precaution after noting a twinge in his right hamstring and will miss Argentina’s friendly against Germany.

Super Sunday for @FCBHandbol

September 1, 2014 – 10:00 | Comments Off

Inside view of the Super Cup final / PHOTO: Víctor Salgado-FCB
Fly on the wall footage of the Asobal Super Cup win in Tarragona

The Barça handball team won the 29th edition of the Asobal Super Cup in Tarragona on Sunday, a lively day all round for the players. Here you can enjoy exclusive video footage of yet another wonderful day for the handball players.

Messi pulled an adductor muscle and Munir bruised his thigh against Villarreal

August 31, 2014 – 22:06 | Comments Off

Both FC Barcelona strikers ended the game with fitness concernsFollowing the 1-0 win at Villarreal, the Club Medical Services have released a statement regarding the conditions of Leo Messi and Munir.
The former has pulled an adductor muscle …