FC Barcelona News: 18 February 2018

Eibar 0-2 Barça: Anything but easy | FC Barcelona
It’s wins like this that win league titles. Eibar are one of the most in-form sides in La Liga right now and for long stretches of this game had Barça against the ropes. But football is about taking your chances, and that’s what the blaugrana did to continue their 100% record against Eibar and ensure that they will stay at least seven points clear at the top of the league table (Atlético Madrid visit Bilbao on Sunday at 4.15pm CET).

Ernesto Valverde reflects on ‘difficult win’ at Ipurua | FC Barcelona
Following the 2-0 win at Eibar, Barça boss Ernesto Valverde provided some insight into why he felt the game has been so difficult and the kind of tactics he used to counter the Basque pressure. ”Eibar are on an incredible run and played top quality football” he said. “We struggled in the second half and couldn’t get into their area.”

Coutinho dropped for the good of Barcelona – Valverde | Goal
Barcelona head coach Ernesto Valverde said Philippe Coutinho was benched for the good of the team following Saturdays victory at Eibar. Despite being ineligible for Tuesday’s Champions League showdown with Chelsea following his arrival from fellow last-16 participants Liverpool, Coutinho was dropped for Barca’s 2-0 win.

Ernesto Valverde plays down talk of Andres Iniesta leaving for China | ESPN
Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde has said he will only talk about the possibility of Andres Iniesta moving to China when there’s an offer on the table. Diario Sport reported on Friday that Iniesta could walk away from Barca in “one of the biggest deals of the summer” after receiving an offer from Chinese Super League club Tianjin Quanjian worth €35 million a season.

Highlights of Eibar 0-2 FC Barcelona at Ipurua | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona overcame a difficult test at one of the hardest places to visit these days in La Liga, Ipurua, home of Eibar, and came away with a 2-0 win. The first goal featured a tremendous assists from Leo Messi to Luis Suárez after 16 minutes, the Uruguayan rounding keeper Dmitrovic to tuck the ball home.

FC Barcelona extends unbeaten streak in La Liga to 31 games, ties all-time Club record | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona equalled a historic feat on Saturday, stretching its La Liga undefeated run to 31-games, tying an all-time Club record that had stood for almost seven years. With a 2-0 win at Eibar on Saturday, Barça now stands just one game from setting a brand new record. Barça’s chance to break it will come at Camp Nou on Saturday, February 24, when they host fellow Catalan club, Girona. Kickoff is at 8.45pm CET.

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Preview: Eibar vs Barcelona

Competition/Round: 2017-18 La Liga, Matchday 24

Date/Time: Saturday, February 17th, 2018, 4.15pm CET/WAT (Barcelona & Nigeria), 3.15pm GMT (UK), 10.15am EST, 7.15am PST (USA), 8.45pm IST (India)

Venue: Estadio Municipal de Ipurua, Gipuzkoa, Basque Country, Spain

Referee: Alejandro José Hernández Hernández

How to watch on TV: beIN SPORTS (USA, Canada, Spain), SuperSport 7 (Nigeria), SONY TEN 2 (India), others

How to stream: beIN SPORTS CONNECT (USA, Canada, Spain), FuboTV (7-day free trial, click here to sign up)


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BARCELONA

Starting XI: Ter Stegen; Roberto, Piqué, Umtiti, Alba; Rakitic, Paulinho, Busquets, Iniesta; Messi, Suárez

Substitutes: Cillessen, Semedo, Mina, Digne, Vidal, Coutinho, Dembélé

EIBAR

Starting XI: Dmitrovic; Peña, Ramis, Arbilla, Ángel; García, Diop; Orellana, Jordán, Inui; Kike

Substitutes: Riesgo, Escalante, Capa, Charles, Ivi, León, Lombán


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FC Barcelona News: 17 February 2018

Match Preview: Eibar vs Barça in Week 24 of La Liga | FC Barcelona
Saturday’s match is a collision course of sorts, as in-form SD Eibar welcomes FC Barcelona to the Basque Country for a late afternoon La Liga clash in which something’s gotta give. Eibar, which is in 7th place and is 8–3–1 in its last 12 league games, will not only try and beat the league leading Catalans for the first time ever, but they will also be looking to put the brakes on Barça’s 30-game unbeaten streak.

Squad announced for Eibar | FC Barcelona
The 18 heading to the Basque Country on Friday evening are: Ter Stegen, Semedo, Piqué, Rakitic, Sergio Busquets, Iniesta, Luis Suárez, Messi, Dembélé, Cillessen, Coutinho, Paulinho, Jordi Alba, Digne, Sergi Roberto, Aleix Vidal, Umtiti and Yerry Mina.

Ernesto Valverde only thinking about Eibar | FC Barcelona
“Eibar are a team who put you under a great deal of pressure high up the field and they are one of the teams in the top flight who try to play the game in your half,” said the Barça coach in his pre-game press conference on Friday at the Ciutat Esportiva.

Exclusive interview: How Ter Stegen got to the top of the goalkeeping world | ESPN
One of the things that most stands out about Ter Stegen, maybe even the thing that is commented upon most, is that he is a goalkeeper who is good with his feet. He’s often seen clipping perfect passes to teammates and stopping a thousand hearts as he avoids tackles from opponents, dribbling around them like there’s ice in his veins.

Chelsea rout Hull ahead of Barça visit (4-0) | FC Barcelona
In their last game before hosting FC Barcelona in the Champions League, Chelsea progressed to the FA Cup quarter finals with a comfortable 4-0 win over Championship strugglers Hull City. Brazilian Willian scored twice in the first half, with former Barça man Pedro getting a goal in between off an assist from another ex-blaugrana Cesc Fàbregas.

FC Barcelona News: 16 February 2018

At Thursday’s workout, Barça’s attention trained squarely on Eibar | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona held its second training session of the week on Thursday morning, just over 48 hours ahead of its next La Liga match, which puts it against in-form SD Eibar on Saturday afternoon. Kickoff at the Ipurua Municipal Stadium is set for 4.15pm CET.

Barça and Eibar both in fine form heading into Saturday’s clash | FC Barcelona
Although this weekend’s Eibar v Barça league match — which kicks off at the Ipurua Municipal Stadium on Saturday at 4.15pm CET — will feature two teams separated by six places and 34 points in the standings, there is one glaring similarity between the two: their excellent form in La Liga.

Ipurua, scene of Messi’s exhibitions | FC Barcelona
When we talk about Lionel Messi, it’s not difficult to remember any stadium in the First Division that hasn’t suffered at his feet and, at the same time, surrendered to his genius. One of these is Ipurua, where the Argentinian has put on an exhibition each time he’s played there. In Messi’s three visits to Eibar with FC Barcelona, his spectacular plays will remain etched in the memory of football fans forever.

When and where to watch Eibar vs FC Barcelona | FC Barcelona
Barça heads to the Basque Country on Saturday for a shot at equalling a Club-record unbeaten streak. The match will be shown live by beIN LaLiga in Spain and on many other television channels around the world. In addition, you can follow minute by minute coverage via the Club website and on its different official social media accounts.

Eibar v Barça: Did you know? | FC Barcelona
But despite the disparity in size, in at least two ways Eibar and FC Barcelona are very similar. Both clubs are fan-owned, and they both wear blaugrana shirts. This dates back to 1943, when Eibar were lent a set of Barça shirts to play in, which they liked because they are same colours as the local flag.

Piqué: ‘Expectation is high in the Champions League’ | FC Barcelona
There is less than a week to go before the return of the Champions League with FC Barcelona’s first leg of their last 16 tie against Chelsea coming up next Tuesday at Stamford Bridge. The team’s first challenge is Saturday’s league game against Eibar but looking beyond that, the excitement of the arrival of European competition once again cannot be denied.

Can Coutinho name Barça’s past Brazilians? | FC Barcelona
It’s been just over a month since Philippe Coutinho left Liverpool and became the 33rd Brazilian player to join the ranks of FC Barcelona’s first team. Since then, it’s been a whirlwind five weeks in which the 25-year-old Brazilian has been slowly adapting to his new team and city.

Barca scouting Nice duo | Football Espana
Barcelona have been ‘extensively scouting’ the progress of Nice duo Malang Sarr and Jean Michael Seri, according to reports.19-year-old Sarr – who has a €40m release clause in his contract – has established himself as a regular in the France Under 21 side and quickly became a cornerstone of the successful Nice team – making 52 appearances since the start of last season.

FC Barcelona extends sponsorship agreement with Beko | FC Barcelona
This Thursday, FC Barcelona has announced the extension of its sponsorship agreement with Beko for the next three years. A joint press conference in the Auditori 1899 at the Camp Nou was the venue for the formalisation of an agreement whereby Europe’s leading household appliance brand becomes a Main Partner of the club and the Official Sponsor of its training uniform.

FC Barcelona News: 14 February 2018

Report: Barca reach Arthur agreement | Football Espana
Barcelona have reached an agreement to sign Gremio midfielder Arthur in January 2019, according to reports in the Spanish press. The 21-year-old has made 52 first team appearances for the Brazilian club and was a key part of his side’s squad in their run to the Copa Libertadores.

Philippe Coutinho: I worked extra hard for Liverpool after Barca move failed | ESPN
Philippe Coutinho has said he had to work even harder for Liverpool earlier this season after a summer transfer to Barcelona fell through. Barca failed with three bids for Coutinho in August, and he remained a Liverpool player when the summer window closed.

Records in sight for Valverde’s Barça | FC Barcelona
The 0-0 draw against Getafe last weekend marked a 30th consecutive LaLiga matchday without defeat. A win or a draw on Matchday 24, when Barça visit Ipurua to take on Eibar, would bring the team level with a club record for games unbeaten in succession.

EXCLUSIVE: Yerry Mina’s first month at FC Barcelona | FC Barcelona
Anniversaries are usually measured in years, but for Yerry Mina, we can make an exception. Tuesday marks four weeks since the arrival of the tall, Colombian center back with the otherworldly dance moves. Over the past 30 days, Barça fans around the world have marveled at Mina’s presence — humble and high-powered at once.

Kluivert’s ‘heart set on Barca’ | Football Espana
Ajax forward Justin Kluivert has his ‘heart set on joining Barcelona’ but admits Real Madrid or a move to the Premier League would appeal to him. The 18-year-old is the son of Patrick, who spent six seasons at the Camp Nou between 1998 and 2004, and he would like to follow in his footsteps.

Five more gems from the Barça Youth Academy teams | FC Barcelona
It’s that time of the week again! As we do every Wednesday, we take a look back at the most jaw-dropping goals scored by our youth acadermy players in games played the previous weekend, in this case February 10 and 11.

Barça become first European club to receive Digital Innovation Hub certification | FC Barcelona
The Barça Innovation Hub (BIHUB) has taken a big step forward in its mission to become one of Europe’s top innovation platforms. The European Commission recently awarded the facility a Digital Innovation Hub certificate, putting it amongst an exclusive group of just over 400 entities that will actively participate in the European Union’s innovation plans for the coming years.

FC Barcelona News: 13 February 2018

Copa del Rey final at Wanda Metropolitano in Madrid | FC Barcelona
The final of the Copa del Rey now has a venue. The game between Sevilla and FC Barcelona will take place at the Wanda Metropolitano stadium, the home of Atlético Madrid. The decision was announced on Monday after a meeting at the Spaish Football Federation’s headquarters in Las Rozas.

Philippe Coutinho: ‘I came to Barça to win titles’ | FC Barcelona
“I have come to Barça to win titles” says new signing Philippe Coutinho. “It is a pride and honour to play for the club. I have come here to write my own history. Barça gives me the chance to play with the best and win titles, which has always been my greatest ambition.”

Lionel Messi receives Fair Play award | FC Barcelona
Barça’s Leo Messi received the Barça Players Association’s Fair Play Award on Monday morning for his play in the 2015/16 season. Messi was handed the award by Barça Players Association President Ramon Alfonseda at a ceremony attended by FC Barcelona President Josep Maria Bartomeu. Also in attendance were Pau Vilanova, the Club director who deals with the Association, and Ramon Agenjo, the CEO of Damm, the sponsor of the award.

Ousmane Dembele and Philippe Coutinho will struggle for Barcelona place, says Terry Gibson | Sky Sports
Dembele’s debut campaign at the Nou Camp has been rocked by injury, and he has already spent almost four months on the sidelines following his big-money move from Borussia Dortmund last summer. His return hasn’t been rushed, Gibson believes, due to Barcelona’s impressive form this campaign.

Dembele must stay fit before fulfilling his potential at Barcelona | ESPN
It didn’t take long for Barcelona’s supporters to come up with a chant for Ousmane Dembele; every time the France international steps on the pitch, his name echoes around Camp Nou to the tune of La Marseillaise, the French national anthem.

Building from the back | FC Barcelona
With Thomas Vermaelen missing due to injury, Samuel Umtiti suspended and Gerard Piqué left on the bench, it was the turn of Yerry Mina and Frenchman Lucas Digne to form the central defensive tandem against Getafe at Camp Nou on Sunday. The Colombian, brought in during the January transfer window to replace the departing Javier Mascherano, made an excellent impression on his Camp Nou debut.

Leo Messi puts on a show — this time in training! | FC Barcelona
Leo Messi never ceases to amaze! He does it in games, both home and away. He does it when you expect it — and when you don’t. And this time, he’s done at his office — FC Barcelona’s training ground at the Ciutat Esportiva. See Barça’s virtuoso as he gets in his daily work. See the speed. The silky first touch. The dribbling. The unstoppable blasts into the back of the net. See how the master gets ready for games.

AFA president hopes Lionel Messi plays fewer games for Barcelona | ESPN
Argentina Football Association (AFA) president Claudio Tapia has said he would be pleased if Lionel Messi played less for Barcelona in the remainder of the season so he arrives at the World Cup in top condition. Messi has featured in all 23 of Barca’s La Liga games this campaign, 22 of them starts, also starting five Copa del Rey games and playing in all six of their Champions League matches.

An Interactive Experience to get you primed for Chelsea vs Barça | FC Barcelona
And what better way is there to get pumped up for this impending clash of football titans than to hark back to some brilliant video highlights featuring Barça and its indefatigable number 10s, Leo Messi and Ronaldinho, in action against not just Chelsea, but other Premier League teams as well?

FC Barcelona News: 12 February 2018

FC Barcelona v Getafe CF: A frustrating point (0-0) | FC Barcelona
After the blaugranas booked their place in the Copa del Rey final on Thursday, Valverde’s side maintain their undefeated La Liga run with a 0-0 draw against Getafe at the Camp Nou. The blaugranas tried to break the visiting side down throughout but were unable to unlock the defence despite chances for Suárez, Yerry Mina and Coutinho.

Ernesto Valverde: ‘We were lacking some freshness’ | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona were unable to secure three points against Getafe as they were held to a 0-0 draw. Following qualification for the Copa del Rey final, Ernesto Valverde’s team were back on duty for a La Liga match at home. Getafe were tough opposition as they fought for everything and defended excellently. The manager said, “we were lacking some freshness and rhythm, especially in the first half.”

HIGHLIGHTS: FC Barcelona v Getafe | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona were unable to claim all three points at home against Getafe in the league. Ernesto Valverde’s team had several chances in the ninety minutes but could not beat an in form Vicente Guaita in the opposing goal. Yerry Mina made his debut in the starting XI for Barça in a game in which Luis Suárez came close on several occasions to opening the scoring.

Messi, 300 games at Camp Nou | FC Barcelona
Against Getafe the Barça number reached another landmark figure and the Argentine has racked up some impressive stats in that time at home.

Barcelona B 0-1 Alcorcon: Winning streak comes to an end | FC Barcelona
Barça B’s impressive run of three consecutive wins has come to an end after Alcorcon became the first side to beat them in 2018. A crowd of 1,692 supporters at the Miniestadi witnessed how a Carlos Lorens Bellvis goal on 51 minutes was enough for the visitors to claim the three points.

FC Barcelona News: 10 February 2018

Ousmane Dembélé, back in the squad | FC Barcelona
After getting through to another Copa del Rey final, the Barça players return to League action where they hope to increase their spectacular streak of 22 unbeaten matches. The Blaugrana host Getafe on Sunday, (4.15pm CET).

What Ernesto Valverde said at his pre-game press conference | FC Barcelona
With Barça set to face 11th-place Getafe at Camp Nou on Sunday afternoon, manager Ernesto Valverde appeared before the media, one day before, in his habitual pre-game press conference. Valverde touched on a variety of topics, from the team’s berth in the Copa del Rey final to the team’s potential treble-run. Here are the hoighlights of what he had to say:

When and where to watch FC Barcelona-Getafe | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona host Getafe on Matchday 23 in the League, and Ernesto Valverde’s side want to extend their unbeaten run in the competition. The match will be shown live by beIN LaLiga in Spain and on many other television channels around the world. In addition, you can follow minute by minute coverage via the Club website and on its different official social media accounts.

The team congratulate coach Valverde on his birthday | FC Barcelona
Smiles all round at the Ciutat Esportiva with Barça having reached their fifth Copa del Rey final in a row thanks to their 0-3 aggregate win over Valencia in the semi-finals. The players returned to work and took the opportunity to congratulate coach Ernesto Valverde on the day of this 54th birthday. The session was a recovery one for the first team squad and they were joined by Samu Araujo, R.Tarín, Morer from the B squad and by U19 player Iñaki Peña.

Copa del Rey: A decade of dominance in Europe | FC Barcelona
Bayern Munich and París Saint-Germain are the closest sides to matching Barça’s achievement, with five cup final appearances in Germany and France, respectively. Borussia Dortmund have also been in five finals -including four in succession- but were eliminated from the German Cup by Bayern Munich this season.

The scoring starts for FC Barcelona’s Brazilian stars | FC Barcelona
Philippe Coutinho had only been on the pitch for a matter of minutes as a second half substitute in Thursday’s cup semi-final second leg against Valencia and he had already got his name on the scoresheet. The strike off a Luis Suárez assist came in his fifth appearance in the famous blaugrana jersey, following league and cup games against his former club Espanyol, a Liga fixture with Alavés and last week’s first leg against Valencia.

FC Barcelona News: 9 February 2018; Barcelona Reach Copa del Rey Final

Valencia 0-2 FC Barcelona (0-3 on aggregate): Cup finalists once again! | FC Barcelona
Does this team ever stop breaking records? It would seem not and February 8 produced yet another memorable night for the all-conquering blaugrana. FC Barcelona have become the first team to ever reach five Spanish Cup finals in a row, where they’ll have the chance to make it four titles in a row when they meet Sevilla on April 21 at a venue to be decided.

Barça become first team to reach 5th straight Copa del Rey Final | FC Barcelona
With a 0-3 aggregate win over Valencia in the Copa del Rey semifinals, FC Barcelona has now reached the tournament’s Final for the fifth consecutive season, an all-time record. Since the cup competition in Spain was founded in 1903, only four other clubs in history — besides Barça — have reached the final four times in a row.

HIGHLIGHTS: Valencia v Barça | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona have shown an insatiable desire to claim a fourth Copa del Rey title in a row. In the second leg of the semi-final in Mestalla, Ernesto Valverde’s team saw off Valencia with goals from Coutinho and Rakitic, both strikes coming in the second half.

Ernesto Valverde: ‘We deserve it’ | FC Barcelona
“Our opponents and their whole city were very much up for this game … We dominated tonight although they did have their chances. But we deserved to qualify. I would have preferred to have had the game sorted out earlier … If Valencia hadn’t hit the crossbar they would have been right back in the tie.”

Copa del Rey final, 21 April | FC Barcelona
Barça are in the Copa del Rey final yet again. Ernesto Valverde’s team have seen off Valencia in the semi-finals of the competition and will face Sevilla in the final after Vincezo Montella’s team defeated Leganés in the other semi-final. The blaugranes will be looking for their 30th Copa del Rey title and their fourth in a row in the competition.

Barca want Copa final date switch | Football Espana
Barcelona are considering asking for a switch in the date of their Copa del Rey final against Sevilla due to fixture congestion fears. The final has been scheduled by the Spanish FA (RFEF) for 21 April, with the semi-finals of the Champions League set to be played between 23-24 April.

The scoring starts for FC Barcelona’s Brazilian stars | FC Barcelona
Philippe Coutinho had only been on the pitch for a matter of minutes as a second half substitute in Thursday’s cup semi-final second leg against Valencia and he had already got his name on the scoresheet.

Every Barça goal in this year’s Copa del Rey | FC Barcelona
Along the way, they have scored a total of 19 goals, with scoring duties shared between Messi, Suárez and Jose Arnaiz (with 3 apiece), Paco Alcácer and Rakitic (2 each), Piqué, Jordi Alba, Aleix Vidal, Coutinho, Denis Suárez and Deulofeu (with 1 each).

Luis Suarez feeling ‘spectacular’ after recovering from Barcelona injury woe | ESPN
Luis Suarez is revelling in his “spectacular” form after admitting that he struggled psychologically earlier in the season due to a niggling knee injury. The Barcelona striker injured a knee in the Super Cup defeat to Real Madrid in August and was initially ruled out for a month, but he came back more than two weeks earlier than planned in an attempt to aid Uruguay’s World Cup qualification bid.

Yerry Mina makes FC Barcelona debut | FC Barcelona
Yerry Mina has finally made his FC Barcelona debut. The Colombian centre back came on for Gerard Piqué to play the final six minutes at Mestalla, telling Barça TV afterwards that “I thank God, my team-mates, the directors and the fans for giving me the chance to be here. I want to keep working and gradually get my feet back on the ground and continue learning from my team-mates.”

Barca linked to Roma’s Florenzi | Football Espana
Roma midfielder and Italy international Alessandro Florenzi has emerged as a possible transfer target for Barcelona, according to reports. The 26-year-old’s contract at the Serie A club expires in June 2019 and a report in Italian outlet Il Corriere claims the Blaugrana have joined the list of clubs interested.

Barcelona’s Oriol Busquets set to miss rest of season after knee injury | ESPN
Barcelona B midfielder Oriol Busquets is set to miss the rest of the season after tearing a knee meniscus in training on Wednesday. Barca confirmed that Busquets would undergo surgery and Diario Sport reported that he will be sidelined for up to five months.

FC Barcelona News: 8 February 2018; Gerard Pique Escapes Celebration Punishment, Squad Named for Valencia Match

COPA DEL REY PREVIEW: Valencia v FC Barcelona | FC Barcelona
A place in the 2017/18 Copa del Rey final is at stake in this winner-takes-all semi-final second leg. Mestalla will be packed to capacity as Barça seek to continue their positive recent record at the stadium 9.30pm (CET).

Squad announced to face Valencia in Copa del Rey second leg | FC Barcelona
The 18 players that will be leaving on a 10.35am CET flight on Thursday morning are therefore as follows: Ter Stegen, Semedo, Piqué, Rakitic, Sergio Busquets, Iniesta, Luis Suárez, Messi, Cillessen, Coutinho, Paulinho, Paco Alcácer, Jordi Alba, Sergi Roberto, André Gomes, Aleix Vidal, Umtiti and Yerry Mina.

Ernesto Valverde feels Barça will need to score in Mestalla to get through | FC Barcelona
However, according to coach Ernesto Valverde his team cannot afford to be complacent. “Taking into account the offensive potential that Valencia have and playing in Mestalla, I have the feeling that to get through we will have to score,” said the Barça boss.

No sanction for Barcelona’s Gerard Pique over celebration vs. Espanyol | ESPN
No action will be taken against Gerard Pique for his goal celebration against Espanyol at the weekend, but La Liga has said that similar cases could be punished in future. Pique scored Barca’s late equaliser in Sunday’s Catalan derby and celebrated by raising his finger to his lips to shush the home supporters.

Gerard Pique’s gesture sparks change in La Liga protocol on celebrations | ESPN
La Liga has announced that it will now notify the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) of “clear simulations and provocative goal celebrations” which are not mentioned in the referee’s game report after Espanyol supporters objected to Gerard Pique’s goal celebration in Barcelona’s draw at Espanyol on Sunday.

Philippe Coutinho: Andres Iniesta’s ‘genius’ and Lionel Messi ‘honour’ | Sky Sports
Coutinho joined Barca from Liverpool in January in a deal worth a £142m. He has so far started two games for his new club and come off the bench in two others. And he has been telling La Liga World about the experience of playing and training alongside the likes of Iniesta, Messi and Luis Suarez.

Barca must balance cup, league ambition to prevent critical burnout | ESPN
One of the things that will be troubling the bright, competitive mind of Ernesto Valverde is whether FC Barcelona currently have an unhealthy or even Pyrrhic relationship with Spain’s Copa del Rey?

The top five goals of the week from La Masia | FC Barcelona
Enjoy the best five goals from the youngsters at the Barça academy during the weekend of February 3 and 4. The scorers are Zaca Gahailan from U16A, Alejandro Marqués and Àlex Collado from U19A, Jaume Aghayedo from U10A and Joan Rojas from U19B.

Barça signs deal with healthcare and academic organizations to promote sports medicine | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona and a trio of prestigious institutions in the city of Barcelona have joined forces to foment education and research in the fields of medicine, exercise, and sports, the Club announced on Tuesday. Barça, thus, will be working along with the Hospital Clínic of Barcelona, the Hospital Sant Joan de Déu, and the Universitat de Barcelona, to promote initiatives relating to education, training, and research in those fields.