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Jérémy Mathieu: “I’m ready for the pressure”

July 28, 2014 – 16:40 | Comments Off

Mathieu /  PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB
The Frenchman tells Barça TV and fcbarcelona.com: “I will show Barça that they made a good choice in signing me”

Jérémy Mathieu gave his first interview as an FC Barcelona player after he was officially presented on Thursday. Barça TV and fcbarcelona.com picked up the defender’s first statements as a Culé: “I will give 100% of myself and I hope everything goes well on the pitch.” The Frenchman is aware that joining FC Barcelona is a step forward in his career, and he accepts that challenge: “It’s difficult to join a team after someone like Carles Puyol leaves, but I will show Barça that they made a good choice in signing me.”

During the interview, Mathieu explained that he started playing football at the age of five for his hometown team, and seven years later he joined the youth ranks of Sochaux. At 17 he made his debut for the first team. Fast forward 13 years, and he now finds himself playing for FC Barcelona: “Being 30 gives you more tranquility and experience when you talk to the press and deal with the atmosphere of big clubs. I’m very ready for the demands and pressure.”
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Barça’s new number 24 started training with his new teammates on Friday, and he’s confident that he’ll adapt quickly to the team: “I won’t have any problems when it comes to finding my place in the team. But for now, I have to do all my talking on the pitch.” Coming to Barça has made it possible for Mathieu to reunite with his former Valencia teammate Jordi Alba: “I’m sure he’ll help me integrate.”
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Mathieu added: “I came to Barça to win all of the titles that I’ve haven’t won yet.” He also had talked about his countryman Éric Abidal: “He’s a very important person to this Club, and he deserves all the love Barça gives him.”

 

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Jérémy Mathieu: “I’m ready for the pressure”

July 28, 2014 – 16:40 | Comments Off

 Jérémy Mathieu: “Im ready for the pressure”
The Frenchman tells Barça TV and fcbarcelona.com: “I will show Barça that they made a good choice in signing me”

Jérémy Mathieu gave his first interview as an FC Barcelona player after he was officially presented on Thursday. Barça TV and fcbarcelona.com picked up the defender’s first statements as a Culé: “I will give 100% of myself and I hope everything goes well on the pitch.” The Frenchman is aware that joining FC Barcelona is a step forward in his career, and he accepts that challenge: “It’s difficult to join a team after someone like Carles Puyol leaves, but I will show Barça that they made a good choice in signing me.”

During the interview, Mathieu explained that he started playing football at the age of five for his hometown team, and seven years later he joined the youth ranks of Sochaux. At 17 he made his debut for the first team. Fast forward 13 years, and he now finds himself playing for FC Barcelona: “Being 30 gives you more tranquility and experience when you talk to the press and deal with the atmosphere of big clubs. I’m very ready for the demands and pressure.”
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Barça’s new number 24 started training with his new teammates on Friday, and he’s confident that he’ll adapt quickly to the team: “I won’t have any problems when it comes to finding my place in the team. But for now, I have to do all my talking on the pitch.” Coming to Barça has made it possible for Mathieu to reunite with his former Valencia teammate Jordi Alba: “I’m sure he’ll help me integrate.”
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Mathieu added: “I came to Barça to win all of the titles that I’ve haven’t won yet.” He also had talked about his countryman Éric Abidal: “He’s a very important person to this Club, and he deserves all the love Barça gives him.”

 

BARÇA FANS Mathieu interview

I won’t have any problems when it comes to finding my place in the team. But for now, I have to do all my talking on the pitch
I came to Barça to win all of the titles that I’ve haven’t won yet

Alex Song leaves the stage for familial reasons

July 28, 2014 – 16:00 | Comments Off

Alex Song  / PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ-FCB
Luis Enrique started training with 25 players in Saint George’s Park

Alex Song left the training tour at St. George’s Park for familial reasons. As soon as the team’s plane touched down, the Cameroonian player caught a flight back home and thus will miss out on the opening days of training in England.

It’s worth noting that Song joined the team on Thursday along with his fellow World Cup participants, Iniesta, Pedro, Sergio, Xavi, Jordi Alba, Piqué and Rakitic.

The team gets settled at St.George’s Park

July 28, 2014 – 15:45 | Comments Off

The team gets settled at St.George’s Park.

FC Barcelona depart for England

July 28, 2014 – 10:46 | Comments Off

Claudio Bravo joined the squad on Monday morning / PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB
The FC Barcelona squad, including goalkeeper Claudio Bravo, have left for their training camp at St George’s Park, near Birmingham

Luis Enrique and his Barça squad left on Monday morning for their six-day training camp at St George’s Park, the FA’s facility on the outskirts of the English city of Birmingham. With 18 members of the first team and eight from the reserves, the flight is due to land at Birmingham Airport at around 11.50 AM GMT.

Pedro and Claudio Bravo

The main attraction in the travelling party is Claudio Bravo. The Chilean goalkeeper, who signed from Real Sociedad this summer, has returned from his holiday to join his new team-mates.

Monday 28 July is also a special day for Pedro Rodríguez, who is celebrating his 27th birthday.

Evening training

The first training session on British soil will start at 6.00 PM GMT. Then, from Tuesday to Friday, the team will be training twice a day, once in the morning and once in the evening. On Saturday, the team will fly to Nice, France for a friendly against OGC Nice.

Happy Birthday, Pedro Rodríguez! #Pedro27

July 28, 2014 – 10:00 | Comments Off

2009年クラブワールドカップの同点ゴールを祝うペドロ / FOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ-FCB
This winger, born in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, joined the Barça youth structure in August 2004 to play for the Juvenil A side after previously representing CD San Isidro

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Top stories of the week at FC Barcelona

July 27, 2014 – 19:45 | Comments Off

Mathieu with the FC Barcelona crest / PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB
Here’s a selection of what we believe to be the most compelling stories of the week at Can Barça

The signing of Jérémy Mathieu and his presentation as a new FC Barcelona player, the return of the eight internationals to training after the World Cup, the 2014/15 La Liga schedule, and the agreement to transfer Bojan Krkic to Stoke City are a few of the most relevant stories of the week at FC Barcelona.

Jérémy Mathieu, Barça’s new center back: On Wednesday the Club announced the signing of of the Frenchman. Mathieu passed his medical on Thursday morning and was officially presented that afternoon. On Friday, he trained with his new teammates.

 


26-man squad named for England tour: On Friday, Luis Enrique revealed the names of the players he’s taking on the six-day England tour. The team will be made up of 18 first team players and 8 Barça B players. The only first team player not named to the team is Adriano Correia.


La Liga 2014/15 schedule set: On Thursday the RFEF revealed the schedule for the upcoming La Liga season. Elche will be Barça’s first rival, at the Camp Nou. Barça B will make its debut away to Osasuna.


Eight internationals return to training: Gerard Piqué, Jordi Alba, Sergio Busquets, Xavi Hernández, Andrés Iniesta, Pedro Rodríguez – Spain internationals – Ivan Rakitic – Croatia – and Alex Song – Cameroon – returned to training.


Josep Maria Bartomeu visits with the players: The president of FC Barcelona, Josep Maria Bartomeu, and Football Director, Andoni Zubizarreta, visited with the team before the morning training session on Friday.


Agreement with Stoke City for Bojan: The Catalan forward leaves Barça for the Premier League after the Club and Stoke City agree to terms for the player’s services.


Ferrao signs for Barça’s futsal team: The Brazilian becomes the second signing of the summer for Marc Carmona’s team. The first signing was Rafa Usín.


Barça present at Deco’s testimonial match: Barça 2006 and Porto 2004 faced off at the Do Dragao to pay tribute to the former FC Barcelona midfielder. Leo Messi featured in the game and Director Pau Vilanova awarded Deco with a commemorative plaque


Luis Enrique analyzes the preseason: Before departing to England, the manager weighed in on the first weeks of the preseason and the upcoming friendlies.


25 million followers on Twitter: The Club reaffirms its position as a world-wide leader on the internet as it reaches the 25-million follower mark on Twitter.

Experienced signings

July 27, 2014 – 16:10 | Comments Off

Rakitic and Mathieu are two of the experienced players signed by Barça / PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB
Bravo, Rakitic, Mathieu and Luis Súarez will be bringing to FC Barcelona their experience of having captained clubs in the biggest leagues in Europe

Ter Stegen, Rafinha and Deulofeu have all played regularly in the Bundesliga, la Liga BBVA and Premier League respectively

It’s said that experience is a virtue, and if that’s the case then FC Barcelona have made some very astute signings this summer. The new additions all know what it’s like to play football at the very highest level, and several of them captained their previous clubs.

Familiar with Spain

Bravo, Rakitic and Mathieu all have several seasons of football in the Liga BBVA behind them. The Croatian midfielder and the French defender both spent last season as captains of Sevilla and Valencia, respectively, while Claudio Bravo, one of the key players at Real Sociedad, is also captain of Chile. It’s always useful to have natural leaders on the field, and Luis Enrique has three excellent examples here.

Luis Suárez, Ajax captain

Luis Suárez is coming to Barcelona as the leader of the Uruguayan national team and after being one of the key men at Liverpool. Of course, he was never going to take the captain’s armband from Steven Gerard while he was at Anfield, but Suárez had already shown that he has got what it takes by captaining Ajax Amsterdam during his time in Holland. After playing in two of Europe’s biggest championships, as well as in Uruguay, he has plenty of knowledge to bring into the team.

Ter Stegen, Rafinha and Deulofeu gaining fast

The other three new players for the 2014/15 season are still in the early stages of their careers. But even so, they already know all about playing top level football. German goalkeeper Ter Stegen was the first choice between the sticks at Borussia Mönchengladbach and is already being touted as the man to take over from Neuer in the German national team. Rafinha played under Luis Enrique at Celta Vigo, where he rose to become one of the most fundamental members of the side, and Everton manager Roberto Martínez made ample use of Deulofeu in one of the most demanding leagues of all, the FA Premiership

Do you know who the seven first team players are who played under Luis Enrique at Barça B?

July 27, 2014 – 14:02 | Comments Off

Deulofeu, Rafinha, Masip, Pedro, Sergi Roberto, Marc Bartra and Martin Montoya / PHOTO: Miguel Ruiz
Seven first team players were coached by Luis Enrique, during his time in charge of Barça B

Pedro and Montoya were the most decisive players in his first season in charge of the reserves

Before becoming Barça first team coach, Luis Enrique had previously managed Barca B, a team that included seven players who will now be working with him at the top level. The seven players are Deulofeu, Rafinha, Masip, Pedro, Sergi Roberto, Marc Bartra and Martin Montoya. Let’s take a look at their time under Luis Enrique’s guidance.

Gerard Deulofeu: Luis Enrique loved the character, the power, and the speed of Deulofeu. In the 2010/11 season he played between U18 A and Barça B. At just 16 years old, on March 2nd, 2011 Deulofeu made his debut for Luis Enrique at Barca B, against Córdoba, and the following season his signing for the reserves became permanent.

Rafinha Alcántara: Rafinha is one of the most important players who have come under the orders of Luis Enrique. Just like Deulofeu he was also making the leap from the U18s to Barca B. He made his debut for Barça B in a match against Girona at the MiniEstadi. Thereafter, he became a regular in the reserves, and the following year became a permanent member of Barça B. During his loan period at Celta Vigo, he was also coached by Luis Enrique, and Rafinha was one of four players with more minutes  on the pitch, playing in 32 games and scoring 4 goals.

Jordi Masip: One of the new first team goalkeepers, Jordi Masip, was reserve goalkeeper under ‘Lucho’. He made his debut for Barça B on December 19th, 2009, in a match against Valencia Mestalla (1-1). Thereafter he played for five full seasons for Barca B, at the start under coach Luis Enrique and later with Eusebio as coach.

Pedro Rodriguez: Pedro coincided with Luis Enrique in his first season at Barca B (2008-2009). He was playing matches between the first team (14 games) and Barca B, being one of the most important players for Luis Enrique, playing in 27 games.

Sergi Roberto: Another of the homegrown players who Luis Enrique has always confided in is Sergi Roberto. He made his debut in for Barça B in the 2009/10 season, quickly becoming a fixture in Luis Enrique’s team, playing a total of 29 games in his first season.

Marc Bartra: Bartra joined Luis Enrique’s Barça B team in the 2009/10 season after sharing matches between the reserves and the U18’s A team. Precisely in the same season, on February 14th, 2010, Pep Guardiola gave him his debut with the FC Barcelona first team against Atletico Madrid in a league match. He was with Luis Enrique for  two years in the reserves.

Martín Montoya: Finally, Montoya was one of the first players in the first team who Luis Enrique had coached in Barca B. In 2008/09 he was playing in the U18’s A team, alternating with the reserves under Luis Enrique. The following year (2010/11), Montoya made a permanent move to Barça B, where he played a total of 51 games. That same year, he made his debut in La Liga with the FC Barcelona first team under Josep Guardiola, on 26th of February at the Iberostar Stadium, against RCD Mallorca

René Victor Fenouillère, the first French player in FC Barcelona history

July 27, 2014 – 14:01 | Comments Off

René Fenouillère was the first French player to wear the Barça shirt / PHOTO: FCB
The midfielder on loan from Espanyol in 1903 died in combat a few years later in the First World War, whilst fighting for the French army

Memory of his Barça past

René Fenouillère is well remembered in France, and as a tribute, the US Avranches stadium bears his name and remembers his Barça past. At the entrance to the stadium there is a plaque that includes the fact that René had played for FC Barcelona.

René Victor Fenouillère was the first French player to wear the FC Barcelona shirt, and he did it at the beginning of the twentieth century. He was born in Portbail (Lower Normandy) on 22nd of October 1882, and after playing for US Avranches, he spent some time in England, where he devoted himself exclusively to the sport of rugby.

However, he hadn’t forgotten how to play football, and in the 1902/03 season he played for RCD Espanyol, where he was recognised as a top class footballer in midfield. So much so that on 8 March 1903, in the magazine ‘Los Deportes’  he was described as “a player with proven superiority over the rest” at the same level as Joan Gamper.

That same day, René, which was his football name, played against Barça in Horta, in the Barcelona Cup, which ended in a 2-2 draw and the rivalry between the teams caused disturbances in the stands and on the pitch.

Three matches with Barça

Interestingly, just two days later Fenouillère played his first game with Barça, on loan from Espanyol, against a team made up from the of crew  of the Galliope, an English ship anchored in the Barcelona port. Barça won the match 1-0, and it was not the only experience of René for Barça in 1903, as he played again on May 28th away at Salut (3-2) and on the 27th of July when Barcelona defeated Mataroni away 8-2, with a René goal. It was a strange game where Mataroní only had seven players, and Barcelona lined up with eight

Death in the First World War

After his time at Barça, Rene Fenouillère played for the Parisian clubs Racing Club and Red Star, and played with the French national team in 1908 at the Olympic Games in London. During World War I he fought with the French army and was killed at the front, north of Reims on 4thof November 1916.

@FCBarcelona_es reaches another record on Twitter: 25 million followers #fcblive #digisport

July 27, 2014 – 14:00 | Comments Off

Twitter 25 million
Barça has reached the figure of over 25 million followers on it’s 15 official Twitter accounts, maintaining World leadership in Social Media.

Fans can follow, as well as eight multilingual accounts, the day-to-day at all the Barça sporting sections, the Academy, Supporters Clubs, and Barça TV

FC Barcelona is still a World leader on social networks and has just reached a new all-time record: 25 million followers on Twitter over its 15 official accounts. Up to now in 2014, more than 3.1 million new followers have joined at least one of the various official Barça channels on this network.

Since its emergence in 2008 with its Catalan channel @fcbarcelona_cat, Barça has been strengthening its message on Twitter, which has become a must in order to keep up to date with Barça, in a fast, consistent and effective way. In addition to the latest news, via Twitter the fans can follow what’s happening at any moment in Barça matches (with hashtag #fcblive) and take part in the conversation. In the same way, #stagefcb will permit the grouping of info on the team, during their time in England next week.

Global expansion and historic figures

In parallel with the expansion of its digital platform in recent years, the Club has consolidated its presence in social media with Twitter accounts in different languages: French, Arabic, Japonese, Indonesian and Portuguese have been added to the three global languages: English, Spanish and Catalan. Today more than 12 million people follow the official @fcbarcelona account, the sports club with most followers in the World, that has a global ranking in the top ten also with @fcbarcelona_es and @fcbarcelona_cat. The official Catalan account, a few months ago, prompted Catalan translation in Twitter, and since its inception has become an ambassador of Catalan throughout the world

The representation of Barça on Twitter is now complete, with the presence of four other main sporting sections – @fcbbasket, @fcbhandbol @fcbfutbolsala and @fcbhoquei -  as well as following what’s going on at the Academy (@fcbmasia), official Supporters Clubs (@fcbpenyes) and Barça TV.

Global sporting leaders

During the month of July, Barça has also broken the barrier of 70 million fans on Facebook, another social network where the Club is a global leader. Barca’s Facebook page is the fifteenth with most followers in the World and this year has added more than 20 million followers in the first seven months.

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Coach @luisenrique21 takes a look at Barca’s preseason, game by game

July 27, 2014 – 11:20 | Comments Off

Luis Enrique, at the Ciutat Esportiva / PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ-FCB
Before travelling to England, the Barça coach talks about the first few days at work and the preseason games coming up

“The first days are essentially physical training, but we do most of the exercises with a ball” he said

On Monday Barça travel to St. George’s Park, in England, for six days, to continue preparing for the season to come, which starts on August 24 or 23. Before travelling to England, Luis Enrique made a general assessment of the early days of working with the squad, and the upcoming friendly games facing the team. After the Nuevo Colombino Trophy win against Recreativo Huelva (0-1), Barça will play their next preseason game on Saturday 2nd of August, in Nice at 8.45 p.m., against local side OGC Nice.

After a few days training, Luis Enrique has established clear objectives for preseason. “At the start the objectives have a clear vital physical component, but we do most exercises with the ball” he said. On the work planning of the coaching staff at the beginning of this season, Luis Enrique explained that “it’s not a typical preseason because there is no preseason tour”, and added: “In training we try to work on all things that might crop up in a competitive match”.

The coach also discussed the next three friendly matches the team that will face away from Barcelona, before playing the Joan Gamper Trophy at the Camp Nou on August 18th. OGC Nice, SSC Napoli and HJK Helsinki are Barca’s rivals at the beginning of August

Nice

Barca’s next match is in Nice on Saturday August 2nd. “Their league season is really close, so they’ll make it a high-tempo match. The demand on our players will be pretty high” said Luis Enrique. In this game, the coach will be able to include the eight internationals who returned at the beginning of the week (Pique, Jordi Alba, Sergio, Xavi, Iniesta, Pedro, Rakitic and Song), plus the latest signing, Jérémy Mathieu.

Napoli

The next Barça opponent is one of the top teams in the Italian Serie A. Napoli and Barça will face each other in Geneva on 6th of August. “This Napoli team has a lot of Spanish influence, managed by Rafa Benitez. In recent years they have strengthened the squad and are one of the favourites to win the Scudetto, a clear incentive for us” said Luis Enrique

Helsinki

Barca’s last match before the Joan Gamper Trophy, which they will play against the Mexican outfit, Club Leon, will be against HJK Helsinki in the Finnish capital. As for this match, the Barça coach said: “There’ll be a lot of excitement to watch us there. They sold out very quickly”, and added “The ambassador for the match is my old teammate, Litmanen”. Finally, Luis Enrique summarised the objectives of this and the rest of the pre-season friendlies: “They’ll all serve us well so we’ll be in good shape for the season to come”.