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Messi and Neymar at their deadliest

October 23, 2014 – 18:25 | Comments Off

Messi and Neymar have their sights set on Real Madrid. PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ-FCB.
The superstar duo head into El Clasico after having both scored at least one goal in each of the last five games

Leo Messi and Neymar Jr get ready to face archrivals Real Madrid in El Clasico with both players at the top of their game. They’ve each scored at least once in Barça’s last five matches, including La Liga clashes versus Eibar, Rayo Vallecano, and Granada, and UEFA Champions League duels with Ajax and Paris Saint-Germain. Over that stretch, this two-headed monster has summed 13 goals. Frighteningly, it doesn’t even tell the whole story, as they have both scored with their respective national sides as well.

Overall this season, Neymar leads Barça with 10 goals, while Messi has nine to go along with seven assists.

Scene of the crime

Messi and Neymar also had their way in the last match between Barça and Madrid, which came in last season’s 29th league game. The Argentinean stole the show by putting up a hat-trick to become the all-time El Clasico goal leader. His Brazilian cohort provoked a red card to Sergio Ramos and the ensuing penalty kick, the key moment of a match that saw Barça escape Madrid with a 4-3 victory.

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Messi and Neymar at their deadliest

October 23, 2014 – 18:25 | Comments Off

 Messi and Neymar at their deadliest
The superstar duo head into El Clasico after having both scored at least one goal in each of the last five games

Leo Messi and Neymar Jr get ready to face archrivals Real Madrid in El Clasico with both players at the top of their game. They’ve each scored at least once in Barça’s last five matches, including La Liga clashes versus Eibar, Rayo Vallecano, and Granada, and UEFA Champions League duels with Ajax and Paris Saint-Germain. Over that stretch, this two-headed monster has summed 13 goals. Frighteningly, it doesn’t even tell the whole story, as they have both scored with their respective national sides as well.

Overall this season, Neymar leads Barça with 10 goals, while Messi has nine to go along with seven assists.

Scene of the crime

Messi and Neymar also had their way in the last match between Barça and Madrid, which came in last season’s 29th league game. The Argentinean stole the show by putting up a hat-trick to become the all-time El Clasico goal leader. His Brazilian cohort provoked a red card to Sergio Ramos and the ensuing penalty kick, the key moment of a match that saw Barça escape Madrid with a 4-3 victory.

 Messi and Neymar at their deadliest

Luis Enrique set to make Bernabeu debut

October 23, 2014 – 17:30 | Comments Off

Van Gaal, Rijkaard, Guardiola i Martino.
Luis Enrique will make his first visit to the Bernabeu as Barcelona FC coach this Saturday.

Four of the last ten Barça coaches debuted with wins at the Bernabeu

The last ten debuts

Gerardo Martino (2013/14)
League. Madrid 3-4 FCB

Tito Vilanova (2012/13)
Spanish Super Cup. Madrid 2-1 FCB

Josep Guardiola (2008/09)
League. Madrid 2-6 FCB

Frank Rijkaard (2003/04)
League. Madrid 1-2 FCB

Radomir Antic (2002/03)
League. Madrid 1-1 FCB

Carles Rexach (2001/02)
League. Madrid 2-0 FCB

Llorenç Serra Ferrer (2000/01)
League. Madrid 2-2 FCB

Louis van Gaal (1997/98)
League. Madrid 2-3 FCB

Bobby Robson (1996/97)
League. Madrid 2-0 FCB

Johan Cruyff (1988/89)
Spanish Super Cup. Madrid 2-0 FCB

Luis Enrique Martínez makes his debut as Barça coach at the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday, but he’s certainly no stranger to the ground, having played for Real Madrid between 1991 and 1996. After joining Barça, he then faced his old team in Madrid on a number of occasions and he was there again earlier this year in charge of Celta de Vigo in January.

This Saturday, though, will be Luis Enrique’s debut as Barça manager at the Bernabeu and he’ll be following in the footsteps of some highly successful predescessors.

Four wins, two draws and four defeats

The last ten Barça managers who’ve made their debuts at the Bernabeu have won on four occasions, drawn two games and lost four other matches.

Gerardo Martino’s first and only league game in charge at the Bernabeu last season ended with a 3-4 win , as  Leo Messi scored a memorable hat trick. Before Martino,  Josep Guardiola made his mark with the historic 2-6 win on May 2, 2009.

Dutch masters  Frank Rijkaard (1-2 in 2003/04) and Louis van Gaal (2-3 in 1997/98) also won their first games in charge at the Bernabeu, with Luis Enrique on the scoresheet in that game for the current Manchester United boss.

Radomir Antic (1-1) and Llorenç Serra Ferrer (2-2)  both took a point away from Madrid on their debuts, but Tito Vilanova (2-1), Carles Rexach (2-0), Bobby Robson (2-0) and Johan Cruyff (3-2) all debuted with defeat.

 

Leo Messi is an assist machine

October 23, 2014 – 16:47 | Comments Off

Leo Messi has shown a knack for playmaking in El Clasico. PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB
Leo has 12 assists in 28 career games versus Real Madrid

The FC Barcelona star has shown he’s more than just a great scorer

7 assists in 8 games

This season Leo Messi has continued to be a deft passer, currently leading La Liga in assists with 7 in 8 matches.

There has been plenty of talk this season about Leo Messi‘s passing prowess, but a quick peek at the stats show that it’s nothing new. It seems as if his eye-popping goal scoring numbers have eclipsed his almost-as-impressive role in dishing out assists. The stats don’t lie here, folks. While he is, in fact, the all-time leader in El Clasico goals, he also has 12 assists in 28 career games versus Real Madrid.

12 assists to 8 different scorers

The dozen assists Leo has handed out against Madrid have gone to a virtual who’s who list of superstars including Samuel Eto’o, Thierry Henry, David Villa, Andres Iniesta, Alexis Sanchez, Eric Abidal, Pedro Rodriguez and Cesc Fabregas. The very first went to Eto’o on 19 November, 2005 when Messi was just 18 years old. The most recent was last season, with Iniesta as the beneficiary.

Villa a favourite target

When he played for Barça, Villa was assisted three times versus Real Madrid. Two were at the Camp Nou in a 5-0 victory in 2010/11 and one was at the Bernabeu in the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup in 2011.

A catalyst in historic routs

Two of Barça’s biggest El Clasico victories in recent memory also bear Messi’s fingerprints. Aside from the aforementioned Villa goals in that 5-0 thrashing, Leo fed a pair of assists to Henry in a 6-2 dismantling at Madrid in 2008/09. The Argentine also scored two himself that memorable evening.

[+] Check out all of Leo Messi’s goals at the Santiago Bernabeu in this exclusive video.

When and where to watch the Spanish League match between R. Madrid and FCBarcelona

October 23, 2014 – 14:00 | Comments Off

Clásico kick off times / FCB
Don’t know where to watch Saturday’s League game? We have you covered

Saturday’s match at the Santiago Bernabeu will be the first Clasico of the season, a game between two of the best teams in the world. Two teams that come at a great time and the best players. The following is a guide of 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. There will also be constant updates here at fcbarcelona.com, on Twitter (@fcbarcelona) and on all of the club’s usual social networks.

 

Saturday, october 25, 2014

Los Angeles – 9:00 AM (WST) / New York – 12:00 PM (EST)
beIN Sports en Español, beIN Sports USA, SiriusXM FC, beIN SPORTS CONNECT

FC Barcelona: @fcbarcelona i www.fcbarcelona.com


Brasil – 2:00 PM (Brasilia)

ESPN Play Latin America, ESPN + Sur, ESPN3 South America, ESPN + Andina
FC Barcelona: @fcbarcelona_br i www.fcbarcelona.pt


South America – Buenos Aires 2:00 PM / Montevideo 1:00 PM / Santiago Chile 12:00 PM / Mexico City 11:00 AM

ESPN3 South America, ESPN Play Argentina, ESPN + Andina, ESPN Play Latin America, ESPN + Sur
FC Barcelona: @fcbarcelona_es i www.fcbarcelona.es


United Kingdom – 5:00 PM
NOW TV, Sky Sports 5/HD, Sky Go Extra, Sky Go
FC Barcelona: @fcbarcelona i www.fcbarcelona.com

*due to broadcasting restrictions live coverage of the clásico in the United Kingdom will begin at 5.15 PM


France – 6:00 PM (CET)
beIN Sports 2, beIN SPORTS CONNECT

FC Barcelona: @fcbarcelona_fra i www.fcbarcelona.fr


Madrid – 6:00 PM (CET)
Gol Stadium, Canal+ Yomvi, C+ Liga Multi, Canal+ Liga / HD, GOL T
FCBarcelona: www.fcbarcelona.cat, www.fcbarcelona.es, @fcbarcelona_cat i @fcbarcelona_es


Arab Countries – 7:00 PM (Mecca Time / GMT+3)
beIN Sports Arabia 12 HD, beIN Sports Arabia 2 HD, beIN Sports Arabia 14 HD, beIN Sports Connect Arabia
FC Barcelona: @fcbarcelona_ara i www.fcbarab.com


Russia – 8:00 PM (MSK)
NTV+ Football, NTV+ Sport Online, Setanta Sports Eurasia
FC Barcelona: @fcbarcelona i www.fcbarcelona.com


India – 9:30 PM (IST)
Star Sports 2 Asia, Star Sports HD 2 Asia
FC Barcelona: @fcbarcelona i www.fcbarcelona.com


Indonesia – 11:00 PM (WIB)
Orange TV Indonesia, RCTI – Indonesia, Fox Sports 2 Indonesia, Fox Sports 2 Cambodia
FC Barcelona: @fcbarcelona_id i www.fcbarcelona.co.id


 

Sunday, october 26, 2014

China – 0:00 AM (CST)

CCTV-5, PPLive, Sina Sports, G-Sports Channel, Star Sports China, CCTV 5+ VIP, CNTV Sports, QQ Sports Live
FC Barcelona: Tencent Weibo, Sina Weibo and www.fcbarcelona.cn


Japan –1:00 AM (JST)
WOWOW, SKY PerfecTV LIVE
FC Barcelona: @fcbarcelona_jap i www.fcbarcelona.jp


Australia – 2:00 AM (Sidney)

Fox Sports 3 Australia
FC Barcelona: @fcbarcelona i www.fcbarcelona.com


*Source: Live Soccer TV

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Andrés Iniesta insists team must go to Bernabeu to win

October 23, 2014 – 13:53 | Comments Off

Iniesta spoke to the media at the Ciutat Esportiva / PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB
“We’re just thinking about playing well, winning and stretching our lead in the table”

That 2-6 win was special

Iniesta explained that his best memory of a Clasico is the 2-6 win at the Bernabeu under Pep Guardiola: “it’s always good to win, but that was a great victory which virtually ensured we won the league. There have been other games we’ve beaten them in since that were also pretty good”.

Asked about Messi’s best game, Iniesta insisted: “it’s hard to say which is his best game because he’s stamped himself on so many – let’s hope he does it again on Saturday”.

[[DES_1]]Andrés Iniesta will play his thirtieth Clasico on Saturday and he’s well aware that it’s a game in which anything can happen: “it’s hard to predict what we’ll find on Saturday , you don’t know how they’ll be and often it all comes down to little details. There is a lot of quality in both teams and the game could go either way”.

Speaking after training on Thursday, Iniesta insisted that “we will be going there with the intention of winning. It’d be a big mistake to think that we’ve got a four point lead and even if we lose we’ll still be top. We’re just thinking about playing well, winning and stretching our lead in the table, which would be important, but not decisive at this stage of the season”. [[CITA_1]]  On a tactical level, Iniesta reckons: “they will try and have the ball, create danger and hit us quickly on the break and we have to hold on to possession for as long as possible. It’s always a footballing battle and you have to be better than them at everything to win We have to maximise our strong points and minimise theirs”.

After his excellent performance on Tuesday, Iniesta admitted: “it’s always important to be on an upward curve and when you are at the top of your game you have to try and stay up there”.

Messi, Suarez and Neymar

Iniesta could find himself playing behind Messi, Suarez and Neymar on Saturday and he was duly quizzed about all three of them by reportres. Messi could beat Zarra’s goalscoring record on Saturday and Iniesta believes that any kind of homage to the Argentinean is the least of the matter: “I just want to see him get past the record, that’d be a good sign for us and mean we are in with a chance of winning”.

As for Luis Suárez, Iniesta explained: “he’s happy to be available and the rest of us are happy about it too. We hope he performs as well as he has always done”. Finally, Iniesta reflected on Neymar’s excellent current form: “the first year is always difficult, you have to change your ways and habits and it takes a while to settle. He’s more relaxed now and he’s an excellent, unique player”.

It’s always a footballing battle

Luis Suárez ready to make his debut

October 23, 2014 – 11:44 | Comments Off

Luis Suárez.
The Uruguayan has served out his FIFA ban and will be available for selection against Madrid

Luis Suarez is ready to make his official Barça debut as his FIFA ban comes to an end and could do so on Saturday against Real Madrid.

Suarez played in the Joan Gamper Trophy and the Barça B friendly against an Indonesia Under 19 team and last week picked up his Golden Boot award for the 2013/14 season.

Excellent debuts

Now his ban is over, Suarez is available for Luis Enrique to play him on Saturday in his official debut – hopefully with the same results as he managed on his debut for Liverpool, when he scored after just 11 minutes on the pitch, Ajax – a goal after 42 minutes and Groningen where he scored after 36 minutes.

 

LIVE -Andrés Iniesta press conference

October 23, 2014 – 11:33 | Comments Off

Andrés Iniesta, en roda de premsa / FOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB
Andrés Iniesta press conference, after training session

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Sergio trains with the first team but without medical all clear

October 23, 2014 – 11:30 | Comments Off

Sergio has trained again but without medical all clear / FOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB
Barça continued preparations for Saturday’s clásico in a session which saw Adriano do specific work out on the field

Vermaelen and Douglas trained separately in a session that also saw Sandro, Munir and Samper from the B side present

The Clásico is just around the corner and the Barça first team continue their preparations for the game in the Santiago Bernabéu. Luis Enrique took the training session at the Campo Tito Vilanova of the Ciutata Esportiva with attention firmly fixed on Saturday’s Real Madrid-Barça. As on Wednesday, Sergio Busquets trained once again normally with the rest of the squad even he has not had the all clear yet from the club’s medical staff.

For his part, Adriano Correia did some specific work out on the field and Thomas Vermaelen and Douglas Pereira trained separately from the rest of the squad.

The session, which again saw Munir, Sandro and Samper from the B side present, started with an entertaining warm up. There was an upbeat atmosphere during the whole session just two days before the clásico.

23 goals from the squad at the Bernabéu

October 23, 2014 – 10:50 | Comments Off

Xavi scores at the Bernabéu in 2003/04 / PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB
Eleven of the first team squad have scored against Madrid and nine of them have done so at the Bernabeu

Eleven of Barça’s first team squad have scored against Real Madrid – and 9 have them have done so at the Bernabeu.

Piqué, Rakitic, Xavi, Pedro, Iniesta, Messi, Neymar, Jordi Alba, Adriano, Mathieu and Alves  have all scored against Madrid, totalling 44 in all with 23 at the Bernabeu. Leo Messi is the leading scorer for the team against Real, with 21 goals in 28 matches, notching up 12 of those at the Bernabeu.

Rakitic, Mathieu and Adriano have all scored against Madrid for their former clubs: Rakitic scored twice last season for Seville, whilst Mathieu scored for Valencia home and away in the league last year. Adriano scored against Real Madrid for Seville in the 2008/09 season, whilst Dani Alves has done so for both Seville and Barça, as has Jordi Alba, who scored for Valencia in the 2010/11 season and two years later for Barça

 

Ajax v Barça: Tickets assigned for Amsterdam Arena

October 23, 2014 – 09:00 | Comments Off

The 514 members that applied for tickets for the game in Holland on November 5 will all be able to see the game*

Infographic: The last Clásicos at the Bernabéu

October 22, 2014 – 16:15 | Comments Off

Clásicos at the Bernabéu Stadium in numbers
In the last 25 years, FC Barcelona have won 9, drawn 6 and lost 10 league games at the Santiago Bernabéu. We examine the recent history of games between Real Madrid and Barça

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