FC Barcelona News: 24 November 2017; Preparations Begin for Valencia Clash, Lionel Messi Wins Golden Shoe

Messi receives European Golden Shoe | FC Barcelona
Follow the award ceremony live for the European Golden Shoe in which the Argentine star will receive the prize for the 2016/17 season.

Everything you need to know about the Golden Shoe gala | FC Barcelona
Receiving the trophy is a reward for a great goal scoring campaign. The thirty seven League goals are broken down as follows: 30 with the left foot, six with the right and one with the head, and including a total of 13 braces. In all competitions, the Argentine scored a spectacular 54 goals.

First session to prepare for trip to Valencia | FC Barcelona
After securing their place in the last 16 of the Champions League by winning their group for the 11th season in a row, the blaugranes returned to work on Friday in preparation for Sunday’s crucial trip to Mestalla to take on second placed Valencia with kick-off at 8.45pm CET.

Denis Suarez: Barcelona players ‘calm’ over Lionel Messi contract delay | ESPN
Denis Suarez insists there is no panic among the Barcelona players as the wait goes on for Lionel Messi to sign his new contract with the club. Barca announced in July that Messi had agreed new terms with the club until 2021, with his current deal due to expire at the end of the season.

Ivan Rakitic, untouchable for Valverde | FC Barcelona
Ivan Rakitic has become an indispensable piece of Ernesto Valverde’s Barça. The Croatian has participated in all 20 official games played in 2017/18, including the Champions League, Copa del Rey and Spanish Super Cup, starting 15 and coming off the bench in the other five.

VIDEO: The top five academy goals of the weekend | FC Barcelona
As every week, here’s our collection of the five best goals of the week from our youth teams. From the weekend of November 18 and 19 we have goals from Pol Muñoz and Pablo López of U14A, Konrad de la Fuente of U19B, Lassana Diaby of U12D and Alejandro Marqués of U19A, and you can enjoy them all in this top video!

Bargains galore for Black Friday at the Camp Nou | FC Barcelona
It’s Black Friday, and that can only mean amazing deals! And here at FC Barcelona, we’re joining in with some of the most brilliant bargains of the sporting year. You can get tickets to see football or basketball, even VIP seats if you like, at some staggeringly cheap prices. And you can also make massive savings on the Camp Nou Experience and even on food and drinks!

Juventus 0-0 Barcelona, 2017 Champions League: Match Review

Recap of the action from Barcelona’s scoreless draw against Juventus.

Barcelona secured the solitary point in Turin that was needed for the Catalans to secure first place in Group D. The scoreless draw will not go down as one of the better games of football this season, but Ernesto Valverde seemingly went into the game going for the point and make the last group stage match against Sporting a mere formality from Barcelona’s standpoint.

For the first time this season, not counting the Copa del Rey match against Real Murcia, Lionel Messi did not start for Valverde’s Barcelona. The Argentine was on the bench for this one, while Paulinho and Gerard Deulofeu started alongside Luis Suarez in attack. The only other surprise in the Barcelona lineup was that Lucas Digne began the match over Jordi Alba on the left side of the defense.

The match started in very lively fashion, with both sides looking to attack in numbers and looking strong in defense. The hosts were the first to threaten, as Douglas Costa fired from deep in the penalty area after a quick Juventus counter attack, but Marc-Andre ter Stegen made the strong save. Barcelona looked threatening in attack, but breaching the last Juve line proved difficult. As a result, the only two shots Barcelona took in the early going came from distance, but Paulinho was both times off the mark.

Both teams looked solid in defense, especially Juventus, but in quick succession around the quarter hour mark both teams made mistakes that resulted in scoring chances. First, Juan Cuadrado misplaced a header back to Gianluigi Buffon, but from a very tough angle Andres Iniesta couldn’t threaten. On the other side just moments later, first Iniesta and then Samuel Umtiti made rare turnovers resulting in a Paulo Dybala shot from the right side, but ter Stegen was again in the perfect position to make the save.

Barcelona came within inches of scoring in the 22nd minute. Iniesta won a free kick a long way from Buffon from which Ivan Rakitić looked to set up one of his teammates in the danger area. But his long ball went untouched and hit Buffon’s left post. The rebound hit Paulinho, but with no time to react the Brazilian couldn’t direct the header on goal.

Neither side was able to create much over the next minutes, but there was still plenty of action on the pitch as both teams looked to play quick, attractive football. Just after the opening 30 minutes play was stopped by referee Milorad Mažić as not one, but two Barcelona defenders were taken out by Cuadrado. The Colombian pushed Digne under the oncoming Umtiti, leaving both down. Digne was fairly quick to get up, but Umtiti needed more time, clenching his knee while receiving assistance, but after some time and a few wobbly steps he too was able to continue.

Oftentimes Juventus looked the more dangerous team on the pitch, but apart from the two early shots by Costa and Dybala, Juve couldn’t create many scoring chances. Barcelona wasn’t faring much better on the other end, but on a couple occasions, which often included a great run from Nelson Semedo, the “only” thing that was missing was a slightly more accurate final pass.

Even though they didn’t especially excel, Barcelona didn’t look bad in attack, but the Catalans didn’t manage a shot on goal until the 43rd minute when Deulofeu sent a hopeful shot from the edge of the area that Buffon saved easily. Juventus countered quickly with Dybala playing catalyst by starting the quick attack. The Argentine was moments later inside the Barcelona area taking the shot, but he shot over the crossbar.

Neither manager made any changes to their personnel, but several players started to warm up immediately after the break, including Messi who was stretching on the sideline. On the pitch, the tactical battle continued, but Barcelona threated first. Suarez fired a dangerous free kick from 25 yards out destined for the top corner, but a slight redirection in the wall by Andrea Barzagli sent the ball just over the bar, resulting in the first corner kick for either side, but Barcelona couldn’t threaten from it or from the one moments later.

But Barcelona continued to push forward, pinning Juventus back, looking to finally somehow break through the Juventus back-line. Barcelona tried to break through either flank or through the middle, but with no luck. In the 56th minute Valverde brought on a weapon from the bench – Messi, who replaced Deulofeu.

As it has so often during previous seasons, Juve’s defense looked impenetrable, even without its talisman Giorgio Chiellini who was out injured. Even with Messi on the pitch there was a certain lack of rhythm in attack and Juventus were able to stop most Barcelona attacks without much fuss. Barcelona did have a great chance to open the scoring in the 67th minute when Messi brilliantly, with some help from Cuadrado, found the onrushing Digne. One-on-one with Buffon, the Frenchman opted against the shot but instead went looking for Suarez in the middle, but the pass was intercepted and the excellent opportunity went begging.

Valverde waited to make his second substitution until the 82nd minute. To a standing ovation, Inesta was taken off the pitch for some well-deserved rest before a massing fixture against Valencia. He was replaced by Jordi Alba to play in midfield – and he quickly made a mistake in possession that led to a shot off target by Juventus.

Both teams appeared to have hit the cruise control button late in the game, neither willing to risk much as a draw was more than enough for Barcelona while Juventus would still control their own fate for second place. But with Barcelona pulling back, Juve went forward, hopeful for a shot that would result in win and leave Juventus with an outside chance at first place. In added time Juventus did get their chance for the winning goal, with Dybala curling a shot from the edge of the area, but ter Stegen brilliantly dove to his right to preserve the point for the Catalans.

Barcelona still have one game left in the Champions League before the competition breaks for winter, but expect heavy rotation as Barcelona have secured first place. On Sunday, however, expect Valverde to field his best available team against Valencia.

Juventus vs. Barcelona, 2017 Champions League: CONFIRMED Lineups, Live Game Thread

Lineups, television and streaming options, and full coverage of Olympiacos vs Barcelona in the Champions League. Join the conversation!

MATCH INFO

Preview: Juventus vs. Barcelona, Champions League Round 5

Date/Time: Wednesday, November 22, 2017, 9:45pm local time, 8:45pm (Barcelona & Nigeria), 7:45pm (UK), 3:45pm ET, 12:45pm PT (USA), 1:15am IST (India, Thursday)

Venue: Allianz Stadium, Turin, Italy

Television: Fox Sports 1 (USA), BT Sport ESPN (UK), Canal+ Sport 1 (Nigeria), SONY TEN 1 (India)

Online streaming: WatchESPN, Fox Soccer Match Pass (USA), BT Sport Live Streaming (UK), FuboTV (7-day free trial, click here to sign up)

(Listings via LiveSoccerTV)


LINEUPS

Juventus

Starting XI: Buffon; Benatia, Barzagli, Rugani; Cuadrado, Pjanić. Khedira, Sandro; Costa, Higuain, Dybala

Bench: Szczęsny, De Sciglio, Marchisio, Asamoah, Bentancur, Matuidi, Mandžukič

Barcelona

Starting XI: ter Stegen; Semedo, Pique, Umtiti, Digne; Rakitić, Busquets, Iniesta; Paulinho, Messi, Deulofeu

Bench: Cillessen, Vermaelen, Vidal, Alba, Suarez, Messi, Alcacer


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FC Barcelona News: 22 November 2017; Team Train in Turin Ahead of Juventus Clash

Barça arrives in Turin! | FC Barcelona
The match, which kicks off at 8.45pm, pits Group D leaders Barça against second-place Juve in a decisive clash that will likely determine whether one or both go through to the last 16 or if they will have to wait until the final day of the group stage to sew up a berth in the next round.

Champions League preview: Juventus v FC Barcelona | FC Barcelona
More than comfortably poised in La Liga, FC Barcelona’s attention now switches back to the Champions League, where they are also unbeaten ahead of this visit to the Juventus Stadium (Wednesday 8.45pm CET), where a draw would be enough to secure a place in the last sixteen, and as group winners.

Ivan Rakitic: Juventus one of the best in Europe | FC Barcelona
Ivan Rakitic gave his views ahead of the Champions League clash between Juventus and FC Barcelona on Wednesday at 8.45pm CET in Turin. “We want to win to relax a little ahead of what is to come; it will be a great game against one of the best teams in Europe,” said the Croatian midfielder.

Cautious Ernesto Valverde ‘fears’ Juventus | FC Barcelona
“Generally, when you play well and don’t give the ball away, you have a better chance of winning. We’ll try to create chances to score and stop them from getting any. It’ll be a clash of styles. They’ll try to keep the ball as they’re playing at home. Our idea is to get a result through playing football”.

Marc-Andre ter Stegen’s improved play a big part of Barcelona’s success | ESPN
There is not a goalkeeper out there who doesn’t want to emulate [Buffon]. Marc-Andre ter Stegen is one of them. Barcelona is a good place to do that and the German goalkeeper’s form this season means he must, at last, be considered among the world’s best, right up there with Buffon & Co.

Inside View: 12 hours in Turin | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona left for Turin on Tuesday for their Champions League group D clash with Juventus on Wednesday at 8.45pm CET in the Juventus Stadium. Ernesto Valverde’s team know that a draw will be enough against the Italian champions to send them through as group winners to the last 16 of the competition.

Barcelona wanted RB Leipzig’s Naby Keita before Liverpool deal – Mintzlaff | ESPN
RB Leipzig CEO Oliver Mintzlaff has said Liverpool beat Barcelona to the signing of Naby Keita, adding that Barca “didn’t try as hard” to get him. Guinea international Keita, 22, will join Liverpool at the end of this season, with Leipzig having blocked an immediate move as they prepared for their first Champions League season.

FC Barcelona News: 21 November 2017; 19 in Squad to Face Juventus, Ousmane Dembele Recovery Continues

Barça trains and names squad for Juventus clash | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona returned to the practice field on Monday morning, just two days after Saturday’s win at Leganés in La Liga and two days before a crucial Champions League clash at Juventus. The Matchday 5 encounter in Turin, Italy, which is set for 8.45pm CET on Wednesday, gives Barça a chance to clinch the top spot in Group D and, with it, a coveted berth in the last 16 as a group winner.

When and where to watch Juventus v FC Barcelona | FC Barcelona
The Champions League is back with a mouth watering clash between Juventus and FC Barcelona. Ernesto Valvdere’s team travel to Turin with the aim of clinching top spot in Group D with a victory, although a point would be enough to see them through to the last 16 of the competition in first place ahead of rivals Juventus, Sporting Clube de Portugal and Olympiacos.

Barcelona are winning but not playing well ahead of Juventus, Valencia tests | ESPN
The Spanish season has been so remarkable, so unpredictable and so topsy-turvy that few seem to have noticed Barcelona are posting record numbers despite playing quite poorly. If you are a Barca fan then there’s ample excuse for being joyous about the situation and defensive in the face of constructive criticism.

Six blaugranas in UEFA all-time starting eleven | FC Barcelona
UEFA have created an all-time XI of the players who have featured the most in the last 16 editions of the Team of the Year. Guess what? Barça have an incredible six representatives in the starting eleven with Club legends Puyol, Piqué, Xavi, Iniesta, Henry and Messi.

Dembélé continues his recovery from injury | FC Barcelona
Training on Monday for the FC Barcelona first team saw Ousmane Dembélé continue with his recovery process. The Frenchman has been out of action since 16 September with an injury to his left hamstring, suffered in the 1-2 La Liga win against Getafe at the Coliseum Alfonso Pérez.

Barcelona may need January signing to compete on all fronts – Bartomeu | ESPN
Barca have made a great start to the season under new coach Ernesto Valverde. They are four points clear of Valencia at the top of La Liga — and 10 ahead of Real Madrid — and will seal first place in their Champions League group with a draw at Juventus on Wednesday.

Barca confident on Ozil deal – report | Football Espana
Barcelona are prepared to pay the reported asking price of €20m to sign Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil in January, according to reports in Spain. The 29-year-old’s contract at the Emirates Stadium expires in June 2018 and the North London club risking losing him on a free transfer if they don’t cash in during the January transfer window.

Arda wants swift Barca exit | Football Espana
Out-of-favour Barcelona midfielder Arda Turan wants to leave the club ‘right now’, he has told a Turkish media outlet. The 30-year-old has not made has not featured in any games for Barca this season and the club are reportedly keen to sanction his exit as soon as possible.

FC Barcelona News: 20 November 2017; Barcelona Appeal Two Yellow Cards, Focus Turns to Champions League

Barcelona to appeal against Gerard Pique, Luis Suarez cards vs. Leganes | ESPN
Barcelona will appeal against the yellow card shown to Gerard Pique in Saturday’s win against Leganes in an attempt to enable him to play against Valencia next weekend. Barca will also try to get the booking given to Luis Suarez in the game overturned.

Ter Stegen: three saves secure three points against Leganés | FC Barcelona
Garitano’s side couldn’t found a way past him with the blaugrana thwarting Szymanowski, Beauvue and Amrabat. The first two had clear cut chances to draw their side level either side of the break. While Amrabat’s chance could have got his team back into the game at 2-1. However, that was not to be the case as Ter Stegen stood tall and he has now saved 19 of the last 20 shots on goal he has faced in the last four games.

By the numbers: Leganés 0, Barça 3 | FC Barcelona
Barça’s 25-year-old German goalkeeper has been “The Wall” this season, and he made three more head-turning saves against Leganés on Saturday, keeping the opposition from scoring for the eighth time this season in La Liga, including four straight on the road.

Iniesta and Buffon, face to face | FC Barcelona
The game between Juventus and FC Barcelona this week is sure to be a high intensity contest, with mathematical qualification for the knockout stage of the UEFA Champions League at stake. The game will also feature the latest meeting between two legends of world football: Andrés Iniesta and Gianluigi Buffon.

RIVAL WATCH: Juventus falls at Sampdoria before hosting Barça; Valencia wins at Espanyol | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona’s closest rivals in both domestic and Europoean competition came away with mixed results over the weekend ahead of home games against the Catalans. Juventus, which is in second place in UEFA Champions Group D and which hosts group leaders Barça on Wednesday night in Turin, Italy, fell to a dissappointing, 3–2, loss at Sampdoria in Serie A action on Sunday afternoon.

Leganes 0-3 Barcelona, 2017 La Liga: Match Review

Recap of the action from Barcelona tough win against Leganes.

Barcelona labored through a tough 90 minutes on the outskirts of Madrid, but will be going home with another three points in the bag. It was a difficult game for Barcelona as they struggled to get anything going for the majority of the game, but a Luis Suarez brace, with both goals coming on the rebound, and a late tally from Paulinho were more than enough for the win.

A slow, quiet start to the proceedings on the pitch, amid an excellent atmosphere at the Estadio Municipal de Butarque, was interrupted by a quick counter attack by Barcelona in the 5th minute. The counter resulted in a calm finish by Luis Suarez into the back of the net, but the goal was ruled out for offside, as Jordi Alba was marginally offside in the build-up.

Leganes showed little intent going forward early, possessing the ball in Barcelona’s half on just a handful occasions in the opening 10 minutes. Asier Garitano clearly was focused on defense, but Barcelona also couldn’t create much, or even push Leganes deep. The hosts’ defense was aggressive and Barcelona struggled to string together passes in the opposing third.

Lack of action on either end continued as Barcelona found it very difficult to get anything going, while Leganes stayed true to their game plan, unwilling to risk much. Despite their defense-first tactic, the hosts were the first team to take a shot – 20 minutes after the opening whistle. It came after a turnover by Ivan Rakitić in midfield, but Nordin Amrabat’s shot missed high and wide. Six minutes later Leganes again tried to surprise Barcelona, but Gabriel’s long range shot also went wide.

While Barcelona enjoyed more possession, it would’ve been a massive stretch to say that the Catalans were the better team. Leganes, while defense oriented, always looked organized in attack. However, Barcelona would take the lead in the 28th minute after a rare mistake from the usually sure-handed Ivan “Pichu” Cuellar. Paco Alcacer received a long pass on the right side of the penalty area. Whether he then attempted a pass or fired a shot on goal remains a mystery, but it surprised Cuellar who took a step out of the net, now having to reach back to make the save. But out of position, all he could do was knock the ball down in front of the line, where Suarez pounced on the loose ball and buried it into the empty net.

Two minutes later, Barcelona received some bad news from one of the usual suspects, referee Alberto Undiano Mallenco, who showed Gerard Pique a yellow card on a very questionable play. As a result of said yellow card, Pique will miss the upcoming top of the table match-up with Valencia.

After conceding, Leganes showed much more attacking ambition, but their defense didn’t suffer either. But Barcelona did suffer for the remaining 15 minutes as they often found themselves pinned deep by the hosts. While Marc-Andre ter Stegen wasn’t tested often as the defense more often than not did its job, the German had to make a fabulous save on Alexander Szymanowski in the 35th minute after he was set up by Amrabat who undressed Pique on the left wing. The home side was pushing for the equalizer up until the halftime whistle, but Barcelona went into the break up by one goal.

While Barcelona didn’t make any changes during halftime, Leganes brought on some attacking firepower as Claudio Beauvue replaced Javi Eraso. Beauvue was quickly called into action as he was played behind the Barcelona back-line for a one-on-one with ter Stegen. The Frenchman fired a good, low shot on goal, but ter Stegen was in perfect position to make the save.

Unlike in the first half, Barcelona showed some good movement in attack in the second half, however, Cuellar went largely untested. On the other end of the pitch, ter Stegen had to be on his game as Leganes looked dangerous in attack and were outshooting Barcelona 9-3 after 59 minutes. Barcelona made two substitutions in the 59th minute, as Nelson Semedo and Andres Iniesta were taken off and replaced by Aleix Vidal and Paulinho.

Despite Leganes’ very good overall play, Barcelona doubled their lead seconds before the one-hour mark. Lionel Messi and Alcacer excellently combined on the left wing, with Paco firing a powerful shot on goal. Cuellar made the save, but the rebound fell to Suarez who fired an acrobatic volley on target. It’s very likely that Cuellar would’ve saved that one as well, but the ball ricochet off Ruben Perez into the back of the net

Now down by two goal, Leganes pushed higher up, meeting Barcelona deep in their own area and unlike the Catalans, the hosts were able to create scoring chances with greater frequency. Ter Stegen had to make yet another strong save in the 64th minute, after Amrabat again without much trouble got around Pique.

Barcelona created their arguably best scoring chances of the game, including both goals, in the 75th minute. It was a lovely flowing move which included numerous Barcelona players and saw Suarez go for the hat-trick, but the shot was blocked. The loose ball fell to Vidal on the far post, but the Spaniard’s aim was poor, missing the target altogether from an excellent spot.

While Barcelona were leading by two goals, not even going into the last ten minutes of the game was there a feeling that the match was decided. Leganes were dangerous in attack while Barcelona didn’t look especially sure-footed in defense. Ernesto Valverde made his third substitution in the 82nd minute, with Denis Suarez taking Alcacer’s spot on the pitch.

Leganes’s attacking efforts dwindled in the final minutes of the game, but Barcelona had two excellent chances in the 88th minute, but both Messi’s long range effort and Suarez’s close range try off the rebound were excellently saved by Cuellar. Still, Barcelona managed to score the third goal in the dying moments of the game. A long Barcelona attack reached climax when Messi while tumbling over managed to send the ball into the danger area for Paulinho who poked the ball in.

Next up of Barcelona is the Champions League as the Catalans travel to Italy where they will face off against Juventus.

Leganés vs. Barcelona, 2017 La Liga: CONFIRMED Lineups, Live Game Thread

Lineups, television and streaming options, and full coverage of Barcelona vs. Leganés in La Liga. Join the conversation!

MATCH INFO, HOW TO WATCH ON TV/ONLINE

Preview: Leganés vs. Barcelona, La Liga Matchday 12

Date/Time: Saturday, November 18, 2017, 4:15pm (Spain & Nigeria), 3:15pm (UK), 10:15am ET, 7:15am PT (USA), 8:45pm IST (India)

Venue: Estadio Municipal Butarque, Madrid, Spain

Television: beIN SPORTS (USA & Canada), Not Televised (UK), SuperSport 7 (Nigeria), SONY TEN 2 (India)

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

(Listings via LiveSoccerTV)


LINEUPS

Barcelona

Starting XI: ter Stegen; Semedo, Pique, Umtiti, Alba; Rakitić, Busquets, Iniesta; Messi, Suarez, Alcacer

Bench: Cillessen, Digne, Vidal, Vermaelen, Paulinho, Denis, Deulofeu

Leganés

Starting XI: Cuellar, Zaldúa, Muñoz, Siovas, Rico; Gabriel, Pérez; El Zhar, Eraso, Szymanowski; Amrabat

Bench: Champagne, Bustinza, dos Santos, García, Gumbau, Brašanac, Beauvue


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FC Barcelona News: 18 November 2017; Aleix Vidal Returns from Injury as Barcelona Take on Leganes

MATCH PREVIEW: CD Leganés vs FC Barcelona | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona resume their LaLiga campaign with an away game against Leganés this Saturday (4:15pm CET), as they look to extend their 4-point advantage at the top of the table. Still unbeaten, Ernesto Valverde’s men take on a side ninth and pushing for a European spot in only their second season in the top flight.

The squad list for Leganés | FC Barcelona
After 14 days since their last game (a 2-1 win against Sevilla), Barça visit one of the most difficult grounds in the League. The blaugranes face Leganés on Matchday 12 at Butarque, where the hosts have earned eight points out of a possible 15 and have only conceded two goals in one of the five games played there.

Ernesto Valverde: Tough run of games coming up | FC Barcelona
With Javier Mascherano out through injury and Gerard Piqué and Samuel Umtiti both just a yellow card away from suspension, the choice of centre backs for Leganés was a recurring question in the press room at the Ciutat Esportiva on Friday. “We have good centre backs, you can never predict what’s going to happen and there are always injuries when you least expect it,” added Valverde.

La Liga’s Javier Tebas warns Camp Nou could be closed over chants | ESPN
Barcelona’s Camp Nou stadium could be temporarily closed if supporters are found guilty of using insulting chants about Spain, La Liga president Javier Tebas has warned. Speaking at an event in Seville on Friday, Tebas confirmed that pro-Catalonia independence gestures were not a punishable act but said that offensive chants about the likes of Spain and its regions could be.

Barcelona ‘not going to close the door’ on Antoine Griezmann move – Valverde | ESPN
Ernesto Valverde has said Antoine Griezmann is a “great player,” but the manager wouldn’t be drawn on speculation linking Barcelona with a move for the Atletico Madrid forward in January. However, Valverde once again reiterated that Barca are open to doing business in January, having pushed for Philippe Coutinho and Angel Di Maria until the last day of the summer transfer window.

FC Barcelona News: 17 November 2017; All Internationals Return to Training, Milan Skriniar Denies Barcelona Ambition

A round-up of the latest Barcelona news and transfer rumors

All back together at last! | FC Barcelona
The last few international players from the FC Barcelona first team have rejoined training this Thursday at the Ciutat Esportiva. Ter Stegen, Semedo, Piqué, Sergio, Iniesta, Cillessen, Paulinho, Jordi Alba, Umtiti, Digne and Vermaelen all trained for the first time since their return after the recent break in La Liga for international matches.

7 things you should know about Leganés v Barça | FC Barcelona
Find out some interesting facts surrounding Saturday’s league clash in the Butarque stadium.

Quick Start Guide to Barça at Leganés | FC Barcelona
Get up to date quickly ahead of Saturday’s game with standings, quick stats, and global kickoff times and TV channels in the English-speaking world.

Barca prepare Messi ‘lifetime deal’ | Football Espana
Barcelona want to offer Lionel Messi a ‘contract for life’ in an attempt to silence speculation regarding his future, according to reports in Spain. The Blaugrana agreed a similar arrangement with captain Andres Iniesta last month while the Argentine has reportedly already agreed to a contract extension until 2021.

Skriniar: I am not interested in Barcelona | Goal
Milan Skriniar has pledged his future to Inter despite being linked with a move to La Liga giants Barcelona. Skriniar only made the switch to San Siro in July but he has already proved a big success as Luciano Spalletti’s side have kept pace with Napoli and Juventus in the title race in Serie A.

Barça sees big brand potential in U.S. market, according to a comprehensive study | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona announced on Thursday the results of a brand study that it commissioned and which was carried out by the prestigious agency KantarMillwardBrown. Among the study’s highlights were results pertaining to the United States, a market the Club has long touted as highly strategic, and which the study confirmed holds an enormous potential for future growth.