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Best videos from the Clásico

March 29, 2015 – 20:20 | Comments Off

Luis Suárez walks out on to the field with the mosaic in the background / MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB
Look back at some of moments surrounding last Sunday’s Barça-Real Madrid clash

More than 98,000 spectators attended the Clásico between Barça and Real Madrid last Sunday at Camp Nou. The game was not a disappointment with the blaugranes emerging 2-1 winners in a vibrant contest. The importance of the game goes beyond the 90 minutes out on the field. In the hours leading up to the game in the stadium, the special atmosphere of this particular fixture became apparent. We look back at some of those moments in a compilation of the best videos from the day.

The pre game mosaic. Camp Nou welcomed the players out on to the field in a way that only Camp Nou can.

Post game reactions. Aside from Luis Enrique’s post match press conference and Rakitic and Bravo in the Mixed Zone, Luis Suárez was the guest on Barça TV’s ‘El Marcador’ programme,

Matchwinner Luis Suárez appears on Barça TV… by fcbarcelona

Inside View. All the details from Clásico day first hand. From the arrival of the players to the stadium, the warm up before the game and their thoughts after the final whistle.

Following Leo Messi. A camera follows the Barça number 10 from his arrival at Camp Nou to the end of his pre game warm up.

Clásico timelapse. A fixed camera recorded the hours prior to the game, and with time lapse photography, it shows just how Camp Nou gets ready for the Clásico.

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Best videos from the Clásico

March 29, 2015 – 20:20 | Comments Off

 Best videos from the Clásico
Look back at some of moments surrounding last Sunday’s Barça-Real Madrid clash

More than 98,000 spectators attended the Clásico between Barça and Real Madrid last Sunday at Camp Nou. The game was not a disappointment with the blaugranes emerging 2-1 winners in a vibrant contest. The importance of the game goes beyond the 90 minutes out on the field. In the hours leading up to the game in the stadium, the special atmosphere of this particular fixture became apparent. We look back at some of those moments in a compilation of the best videos from the day.

The pre game mosaic. Camp Nou welcomed the players out on to the field in a way that only Camp Nou can.

Post game reactions. Aside from Luis Enrique’s post match press conference and Rakitic and Bravo in the Mixed Zone, Luis Suárez was the guest on Barça TV’s ‘El Marcador’ programme,


Matchwinner Luis Suárez appears on Barça TV… by fcbarcelona

Inside View. All the details from Clásico day first hand. From the arrival of the players to the stadium, the warm up before the game and their thoughts after the final whistle.

Following Leo Messi. A camera follows the Barça number 10 from his arrival at Camp Nou to the end of his pre game warm up.

Clásico timelapse. A fixed camera recorded the hours prior to the game, and with time lapse photography, it shows just how Camp Nou gets ready for the Clásico.

Barça B – CD Tenerife: Valuable draw (2-2)

March 29, 2015 – 17:10 | Comments Off

Barça B celebrating Patric's penalty / VICTOR SALGADO-FCB
Jordi Vinyals’ team picked up a point despite the dismissal of Dongou after just 33 minutes

A crowd of 5,495 at the Miniestadi is the second best attendance of the season

MATCH STATS

Barça B, 2
CD Tenerife, 2

Barça B: J. Suárez, Grimaldo (Joan Román, min. 84), Patric, Edgar Ié, Adama, Dongou, Gumbau, J. Cámara (Lucas, min. 55), Sandro (Maxi Rolón, min. 78), S. Juste, Palencia

CD Tenerife: Carlos, Albizua, Vitolo (Aridane, min. 88), Suso, Maxi (Cristo Martín, min. 81), Carlos Ruiz, Aitor Sanz, Javi Moyano, Ifrán, Raúl Cámara, Cristo Díaz (Juan Carlos, min. 45)

Referee: Francisco Manuel Arias López

Goals: 1-0 Dongou (min. 3); 1-1 Ifrán (min. 12); 2-1 Patric (pen) (min. 24); 2-2 Maxi (min. 60)

Barça B have picked up a valuable point at home to Tenerife in a game in which Jordi Vinyals’ side had to work hard right until the very end. The dismissal of Jean Marie Dongou after just 33 minutes was a turning point in the game. The Cameroonian had already found the net when he dismissed by the referee in the first half, helping Barça to a 2-1 lead. Tenerife salvaged a point with a second half equaliser from Maxi against the ten men of Barça B.

The blaugranes got off to the best possible start when Sergi Palencia from the U19A side, making his debut for the B side, provided Adama with a ball into space. The latter placed a perfect cross for Dongou to finish sharply with his left foot to give Vinyals’ side the lead after just three minutes. Nevertheless, after just 12 minutes, Tenerife were level. A mistake from Barça B at the back was punished by the visitors, Suso providing Ifrán with a pass that the striker gathered and beat keeper Suárez to make it 1-1.

Barça B back in front

The home side were not fazed and after 24 minutes they were back in the lead. Grimaldo played a lovely one-two with Cámara and made his way into the Tenerife box where he was brought down by Carlos Ruiz. Patric stroked home the resultant penalty to give Barça B a 2-1 lead. Striker Dongou was then red carded for a challenge on Vitolo before both sides had opportunities before half time. Tenerife striker Maxi struck the post with an effort and Sandro could have made it 3-1 had his effort not gone just over the bar.

The visitors came out in the second half intent of levelling things up. However, Barça keeper José Aurelio Suárez made several important saves to keep his side in the lead. Tenerife’s best player Suso then conjured up an excellent pass to find Maxi unmarked the striker made it 2-2 with half an hour still remaining. The visitors pressed for the win but found Suárez in inspired form and Jordi Vinyals’ team held for a valuable point in a game in which they played almost an hour with just 10 men.

Neymar wins the duel with Claudio Bravo

March 29, 2015 – 17:00 | Comments Off

Neymar in action against Chile / FIFA.COM
Brazil beat Chile thanks to the only goal of a friendly fixture that was played in London at the Emirates Stadium

Brazil and Chile have met at the Emirates Stadium in London with Neymar and Claudio Bravo captaining their respective national sides. The Brazilians came out on top thanks to a goal from striker Roberto Firmino who had come on as a substitute in the second half. He collected a long pass from the back to then take the ball around the Barça keeper and score the only goal of the game in the 71st minute of the encounter.

Neymar played all 90 minutes of the game which was played at the home of Premier League club Arsenal. In the second half the Barça number 11 almost beat his club team mate with a curling free kick that just sailed wide by the narrowest of margins. Bravo, in goal for Chile, had little to do in the game and could do little to prevent Brazil’s winner which came thanks to an excellent finish from Firmino.

Training scedule for this week

March 29, 2015 – 16:00 | Comments Off

The squad will be training at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper / ARXIU FCB
Luis Enrique will have his international players returning this week, as he prepares for Sunday’s trip to Vigo to face Celta

As the squad’s international players return to Barcelona this week, Luis Enrique will begin preparations for Sunday’s trip to Vigo to face Celta, as the team aim to maintain their lead at the top of La Liga following the win over Real Madrid.

Below is the training schedule for the coming seven days:

Monday 30

6.00pm: Training at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper

Tuesday 31

11.00am: Training at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper

Wednesday 1 April

Rest Day

Thursday 2

11.00am: Training at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper

Friday 3

11.00am: Training at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper

Saturday 4

11.00am: Training at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper

Sunday 5

09.15am: Depart for Vigo

9.00pm: Celta de Vigo-FC Barcelona, round 29 of La Liga BBVA

*All times CET

FC Barcelona-Real Sociedad: Giant step towards the title (3-0)

March 29, 2015 – 14:11 | Comments Off

The team celebrate a goal against Real Sociedad/ MIGUEL RUIZ-FCB
Goals from Caldentey, Sonia and Alexia eased Barça to a comfortable win

La fitxa del partit

FC Barcelona Women A, 3

Real Sociedad, 0

FC Barcelona: Ràfols; Torrejón, Serrano, García, Landa; Virgínia, Jenni (Unzué, min 55), Alexia; Corredera (Baudet, min 74), Caldentey (Willy, min 74) and Bermúdez (Diéguez, min 55).

Real Sociedad: Cornejo, Vicente, Bergara, Gastearena, García, Uriarte, Ramajo, Baños, Fernández, Agirre, Encinas.  

Goals: 1-0: Caldentey (min 11); 2-0: Bermúdez (min 44); 3-0: Alexia (min 66).

With rivals Atletico Madrid drawing in Bilbao, Barça took a giant step towards the league title with a 3-0 win over Real Sociedad on Sunday lunchtime that leaves them 11 points clear at the top of the table.

Early goal and a touch of class

An early goal from Mariona Caldentey after a botched back pass, gave Barça the lead, but they found it hard going against a competitive Basque side, who were denying them space and time in in midfield. However, a classy move involving Mariona Caldentey, Alexia Putellas and Sonia Bermúdez set up the second for Sonia just before the break.

When after 15 minutes of the second half Corredera set up Alexia Putellas for a simple tap in, the game was all but done and dusted, with only the paint on the crossbar denying Wily a fourth direct from a corner, as Barça ran out easy winners.

Paris Saint-Germain’s road to the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League

March 29, 2015 – 11:00 | Comments Off

Paris Saint-Germain celebrate a goal against Chelsea. / PSG TEAM PICS
PSG took out Chelsea in the last round after overcoming some very big obstacles

They finished second behind Barça in Group F, winning in Paris but falling at Camp Nou

FC Barcelona’s coming quarter-final opponent in the UEFA Champions League are tough. At least tough enough to get to the quarters by knocking out Chelsea. In Paris, the Blues secured a 1–1 draw on the back of great goalkeeping by Thibaut Courtois, putting PSG at a certain disadvantage going into the return leg at Stamford Bridge.

But not only did PSG overcome the draw in the first leg, they also survived the expulsion of Ibrahimovic during the first half London, plus a Gary Cahill goal ten minutes from time that seemed to have sealed their fate. Nevertheless, David Luiz’s, 87th-minute goal managed to force overtime, where ore drama would come. A penalty kick converted by Eden Hazard on 95 minutes and big stops Courtois were no match for a header from Thiago Silva that found the net for a 2–2 tie on 113 minutes. PSG went through on away goals in a 3–3 aggregate score.

Barça top PSG in group stage

The upcoming FC Barcelona v PSG quarter-final tie in the Champions League will bring the two teams face to face yet again. They also played in the quarter-finals of the 2012/13 season and in the group stage earlier this year.

Barça won group F, while Paris Saint-Germain had to settle for second place. The group was decided at the Camp Nou in the last game of the stage when Barça defeated PSG 3–1 on a magical night with goals from Neymar, Messi and Suárez, overcoming an early Ibrahimovic score.

This victory neutralised Barça’s defeat at the Parc des Princes in the second match of the group stage. That night, Neymar and Messi scored but so did David Luiz, Verratti and Matuidi, handing PSG a 3–2 victory, their first of the tournament after drawing away to Ajax, 1–1.

After beating Barca, Paris Saint-Germain were in first until their defeat at Camp Nou. PSG beat APOEL 1–0 both at home and away, and defeated Ajax 3-1 in Paris. Now in the quarterfinals, the Parisians will get another shot at the Catalans.

Reus Deportiu – FC Barcelona: Gual bags four in vital win (3-4)

March 28, 2015 – 23:24 | Comments Off

The team celebrate one of Gual's four goals / LAIA SOLANELLAS
Four goals from the Barça man take Barça a step closer to the league title

Ricard Muñoz’s side host Liceo in a fortnight with a five point lead at the top

STATS

Reus Deportiu, 3
FC Barcelona, 4

Reus Deportiu: Molina, Platero, Costa, Ollé, Coy (starting five), Costa

FC Barcelona: Egurrola, Gual, Pascual, Panadero, Raúl Marín (starting five), Pablo Álvarez, Reinaldo, Barroso

Goals: 0-1, Gual (min 4); 1-1, Ollé (min 5); 1-2, Gual (min 5); 2-2, Costa (min 6); 2-3, Gual (min 13); 2-4, Gual (min 34); 3-4, Coy (min 37)

Referees: Isaac Sanz and Alberto Veiga

Barça took a big step towards the league title with a thrilling 3-4 win away to Reus on Saturday night. Marc Gual bagged all four Barça goals and will go into their game against second place Liceo in a fortnight with a healthy five point lead at the top of the table.

Whirlwind start

The game started at a hectic pace with four goals in the first six minutes as Reus pegged back Gual’s openers, but Barça managed to impose some order and after Gual made it 2-3 on 13 minutes, they made plenty of chances before the break to extend their lead, but failed to put them away.

Gual makes it four

Backed by a noisy home crowd, Reus Deportiu pushed for the equaliser after the break, but some excellent keeping from Egurrola , kept them out and Gual made it four with  a free shot on 34 minutes. The hosts pulled one back soon after, but it wasn’t enough and Barça came away with the valuable points.

FC Barcelona earn hard fought win over Baloncesto Sevilla (99-83)

March 28, 2015 – 21:05 | Comments Off

Thomas during the game against Baloncesto Sevilla / VICTOR SALGADO-FCB
Nachbar, Navarro, Thomas and Doellman shone in win over Sevilla

Audie Norris given a warm welcome at the Palau

STATS

FC Barcelona, 99

Baloncesto Sevilla, 83

FC Barcelona: Doellman (17), Navarro (13), Satoransky (7), Nachbar (16) i Thomas (15) -starting fivel- Hezonja (-), Huertas (8), Abrines (3), Pleiss (4), Oleson (7), Jackson (-)

Baloncesto Sevilla: Woodside (7), Rodríguez (10), Byars (2), Porzingis (18) i Balvin (8) -starting five- Urtasun (2), Radicevic (12), Penney (13), Gallardo (-), Hernangómez (7), Oriola (4)

Referees: Arteaga, Oyón i Serrano

Partial scores: 17-19 / 27-21 / 30-26 / 25-17

Attendance: 4.731

There was a warm welcome for Audie Norris who was back visiting the Palau before the game and also for the members of the 1985 Cup Winners Cup ahead of  a hard fought 99-83 win over a battling Baloncesto Sevilla side on Saturday night. The  game was a close affair until the final quarter when Barça eased into what was finally a comfortable lead -  the perfect preparation for teh European game against Real Madrid next week.

The visitors got off to a strong start, but after leading 17-19 at the end of the first quarter, fell behind to a Barça team featuring Nachbar and Doellman looking strong in attack, with the hosts taking a narrow 44-40 advantage at the break.

Three pointers break Seville’s resistance

The third quarter saw both teams going toe-to-toe, with neither able to pull clear, before four three pointers on the run from Thomas(1) and Navarro(3) opened up an eight point gap going into the final 10 minutes which, with Seville’s resistance finally broken they extended to 1 6 by the end of the game.

 

 

Rakitic and Croatia rout Norway 5–1

March 28, 2015 – 21:01 | Comments Off

Barça midfielder Ivan Rakitić poses with the rest of Croatia's starters before the match. / FIFA.COM
The Barça midfielder starts and plays 76 minutes before coming out for Schildenfeld with the score at 3–0

Ivan Rakitić and Croatia continue to lead their qualifying group for UEFA Euro 2016, winning 5-1 over Norway on Saturday in a game that saw the Barça midfielder play the first 76 minutes until being replaced by Gordon Schildenfeld when it was still just a 3–0 match.

The rout by Croatia began with a Brozović goal a half hour into the game. All of the other goals came in the second half. Croatia’s second score came off a nice combination play between Ivan Perišić and Rakitić. Ivica Olić, Schildenfeld and Danijel Pranjić scored Croatia’s final three goals. The big win came despite the expulsion of Corluka. They only conceded a single goal to Tettey. Alen Halilović, the Barça B youngster, did not play.

Jordi Alba out for ten days

March 28, 2015 – 13:42 | Comments Off

Jordi Alba was injuted while playing for Spain / MIGUEL RUIZ-FCB
Tests on the full-back on Saturday morning confirmed that he has a hamstring injury

Tests performed by the FC Barcelona Medical Services on Saturday morning has revealed that Jordi Alba has a grade 1 injury to the adductor muscle in his right leg. This hamstring injury means he’ll be out of action for approximately ten days.

It happened while playing for Spain on Friday evening against Ukraine in a Euro 2016 qualifier. He was substituted in the 76th minute after feeling pain during a run down the left wing.

12 goals from set plays: The most for six seasons

March 28, 2015 – 12:03 | Comments Off

Gerard Piqué scored from a corner against Rayo / VICTOR SALGADO - FCB
All six of Gerard Piqué’s goals this term have come from dead ball situations

The last six seasons

The team has not scored so many goals from set plays since the 2009/10 season, when they got 13, but of course, there are still twelve games yet to play in the current season. Here’s a rundown of the last six years:

2009/10: 13
2010/11: 5
2011/12: 6
2012/13: 6
2013/14: 4

Mathieu’s header against Real Madrid in the Clásico was the prime example of how much more lethal Barça are from dead ball situations this season. Much of that goal came down to Juan Carlos Unzué, the assistant manager, who got up from the bench and stood in the technical area. That was a clear indication that a planned strategy was on the way. Unzué made a gesture, telling the players what he wanted them to do and moments later the ball was in the back of the net. The same process has been repeated over and over this season. Set pieces, which were once one of the problem areas with the team has now become one of its strong points.

Free kicks have been the source of some crucial goals this season, with two particularly important ones being scored by Piqué in the 1-0 win against APOEL at the Camp Nou and Busquets with his last second goal to grab the three points away to Valencia. Other decisive goals from carefully rehearsed strategies have been scored against Sevilla (5-1), Espanyol (5-1), Elche (0-6), Atlético Madrid (2-3), Rayo Vallecano (6-1), Eibar (0-2) and Real Madrid (2-1).

Goal from a corner. FC Barcelona 6-1 Rayo Vallecano. Piqué made it 2-0.

Goal from a free kick. FC Barcelona 2-1 Real Madrid. Mathieu got the opener (1-0).

Four of the goals from set plays have opened the scoring, four were the second goal and the other four were the third. Which all goes to show how decisive such goals have been this term, and our stats don’t include the three scored directly from free kicks, two by Leo Messi and one by Rakitic. And six of the goals from dead ball situations have been scored by Gerard Piqué, half of which were from free kicks supplied by Xavi Hernández, although the man who tops the rankling for assists from free kicks is Ivan Rakitic with five.

Here’s a summary of the goals scored from set pieces this season (not including direct free kicks):

Competition

Opponent

Result

Scorer

Goal no.

Source

Assist

Liga

5-1

Neymar

3

Free kick

Rakitic

Liga

0-1

Busquets

1

Corner

Rebound off D. Alves

Liga

5-1

Piqué

3

Corner

Rakitic

Liga

5-0

Piqué

3

Free kick

Xavi

Liga

0-4

Messi

4

Corner

Rakitic

Liga

0-6

Piqué

1

Free kick

Xavi

Liga

6-1

Piqué

2

Corner

Xavi

Liga

0-2

Messi

2

Corner

Rakitic

Liga

2-1

Mathieu

1

Free kick

Messi

Cup

2-3

Miranda pp

2

Corner

Rakitic

Cup

3-1

Piqué

3

Corner

Messi

Champions

League

1-0

Piqué

1

Free kickl

Messi