FC Barcelona News: 26 April 2018

How Barça can win LaLiga this weekend | FC Barcelona
Barça have the LaLiga title in their sights, and could mathematically be confirmed as champions as early as this weekend. Ernesto Valverde’s men hold their fate in their own hands, as a win against Deportivo La Coruña would give them the title irregardless of results for their rivals. They could even kick off the game at Riazor as champions, should Atlético Madrid and Real Madrid fail to win their respective games.

How has FC Barcelona fared at Riazor? | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona could win the 25th La Liga title in Club history this weekend, when they face Deportivo La Coruña at Riazor, a stadium that has been historically difficult to play at for most teams. But while Barça has garnered some very impressive results there in recent seasons, there have also been some less-than-optimal results.

Five challenges left in La Liga | FC Barcelona
Barça only need one point to be confirmed champions, and the first ‘match point’ is away to Deportivo this Sunday (8.45pm CET). But they could even clinch the trophy without playing if neither Real Madrid nor Atlético Madrid win their own games.

Barça v Villarreal on May 9 | FC Barcelona
It was announced today Wednesday that the Barça v Villarreal league fixture that was originally scheduled to be played last weekend but was postponed due to Barça’s participation in the Copa del Rey Final, will now be played on Wednesday 9 May at 8.00pm CET.

Lionel Messi wins trademark court case | Sky Sports
The EU’s second-highest court ruled on Thursday he was famous enough to overcome phonetic similarities with Spanish bicycle clothing brand Massi. The case reached the EU General Court after the brand successfully complained to the EU Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO).

Barcelona’s Andres Iniesta gets Ballon d’Or apology from France Football | ESPN
Iniesta, 33, is widely expected to bid European football farewell at the end of the season and head to China after 16 wildly successful years at the top of the world game that have seen him amass 34 major winners’ medals, a tally he is poised to add to with a final La Liga title.

Report: Barca doubt on Arthur deal | Football Espana
Barcelona are unsure on whether or not to complete the signing of Gremio midfielder Arthur despite paying a €4m deposit, say reports in Spain. Last month, the Catalan giants confirmed the deal was in place for the 21-year-old which would see them pay a release clause of €30m, which would rise to €39m including bonuses.

Barca’s Digne set for Juve move | Football Espana
Juventus are hopeful of completing a deal for Barcelona defender Lucas Digne this summer, according to reports in the Spanish press. The French full-back’s contract at the Camp Nou runs through to 2021 and contains a €100m release clause but Diario Sport report the club would sanction a sale in the region of €16m.

Garcia Pimienta: ‘I believe strongly in the Barça way of playing’ | FC Barcelona
His appointment comes after predecessor Gerard López’s contract recision was announced in the morning. Garcia Pimienta comes into the job having recently won the UEFA Youth League, beating Chelsea 0-3 in the final. He previously spent more than two seasons as assistant coach for Barça B.

FC Barcelona News: 25 April 2018

Ernesto Valverde is 6th blaugrana to win Copa del Rey both as player and coach | FC Barcelona
Valverde won the Copa del Rey as a player back in 1990, when Barça’s coach was Johan Cruyff. Interestingly, that win for Cruyff put him into the same group, some 12 years after the Dutchman had led the team to the 1978 Copa del Rey as its star player.

Ivan Rakitic, Barça’s all-time leader in single-game finals played without having lost | FC Barccelona
Since he arrived at the Club ahead of the 2014/15 season, Barça have played in seven single-game finals: four in the Copa del Rey, one in the UEFA Champions League, one in the UEFA Super Cup, and one in the FIFA Club World Cup. In each and every one of them, the Croatian midfielder has been an integral element in the team’s lineups, while Barça has gone on to win the championship every single time.

Barcelona eyeing Chelsea star Alonso as long-term Pique replacement | Goal
Chelsea defender Marcos Alonso is being considered by Barcelona as a possible long-term replacement for Gerard Pique, Goal understands. The World Cup winner at Camp Nou is set to turn 32 in February 2019 and the Blaugrana believe a man currently at Stamford Bridge is capable of one day filling a void at the heart of their defence.

Gerard López’s contract rescinded | FC Barcelona
The Club is holding a press conference on Wednesday at 1 PM central European time at the Ciutat Esportiva, to announce the appointment of the new coach, Francisco Javier Garcia Pimienta. The presentation will be made by Jose Mari Bakero and Guillermo Amor, the Club’s heads of professional youth football.

VIDEO: Top 5 La Masia goals from April 21-22, 2018 | FC Barcelona
As we pick up some steam heading into mid-spring, it seems our La Masia players have done the same, continuing to keep their feet on the gas pedal to provide us with a plethora of mouthwatering goals bearing the trademark stamp: Made in La Masia.

Barcelona U19s win UEFA Youth League: Five players to watch | ESPN
For the second time in the tournament’s five-year existence, Barca won the UEFA Youth League, beating Chelsea 3-0 on Monday. They had beaten another English side, Manchester City, in a nine-goal thriller on Friday to make the final, before an Alejandro Marques brace and a late Abel Ruiz effort propelled them to the trophy over the Blues.

Coach Barça to success with the new mobile video game ‘Kings of Soccer’ | FC Barcelona
The new ‘Kings of Soccer’ video game for mobile devices is now available. The multiplayer experience, officially licensed by FC Barcelona, allows you to be the Barça coach and gives you the chance to create your own dream team to compete against your friends and other players from all around the world.

FC Barcelona News: 23 April 2018

Reports: Valverde wants Barca exit | Football Espana
Barcelona Coach Ernesto Valverde is considering leaving the club after just one season despite being on the verge of a domestic double, say reports in Spain. The 54-year-old moved to the Camp Nou from Athletic Bilbao last summer and despite leading his side to domestic dominance this season, his relationship with the club’s board is said to be strained.

The Andrés Iniesta final | FC Barcelona
Andrés Iniesta lifted his 31st title at Barça on Saturday. The captain scored the fourth of the game, after leaving David Soria for dead in the 50th minute. The number ‘8’ led his team in a fantastic performance that helped lift the 30th Copa del Rey in the Club’s history.

Barça consolidates their position as the King of Cups in the main European leagues | FC Barcelona
The 30 Barça Cups consolidate a considerable difference from Bayern Munich, the second team with most Cups – 18 DFB Pokal – in the main European leagues. Then come Arsenal, with 13 FA Cups, Juve, with 12 TIM Cups, and PSG, with 11 Coupes de France.

Atletico Madrid stumble again, held to goalless draw against Real Betis | ESPN
Saul Niguez was denied by the crossbar as second-placed Atletico Madrid were held to a 0-0 La Liga draw by Real Betis. Saul rattled the woodwork with a 74th-minute strike on a day when it was the visitors who created the better chances, but were ultimately made to pay for poor finishing.

Barça B 2-3 Rayo Vallecano: Beaten by the leaders | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona B came close to mounting a comeback from two goals down at home to one of the frontrunners in Division Two, Rayo Vallecano, but ultimately had no points to show for a fine battling display that leaves them third from bottom in the table with six massive games left to play.

FC Barcelona News: 22 April 2018

Sevilla 0-5 FC Barcelona: Wanda-ful! | FC Barcelona
Barça did it … and boy did they do it! If you are going to win a trophy, then that ‘s the way to do it. What we have just witnessed will go down as one of THE great cup final displays of all time, not just in the Copa del Rey but in any cup competition anywhere on the planet.

Valverde: It was the perfect final | FC Barcelona
Ernesto Valverde won the Copa del Rey with Barça as a player and he has now won it as a coach, the 30th for FC Barcelona in their history. “We were eager to win the trophy, the players and the club itself,” he told his post-game press conference. “We wanted to give the fans a reason to be happy and I hope they enjoy this victory.”

Ernesto Valverde’s fourth cup win | FC Barcelona
It’s not the first Cup that the man from Viandar de la Vera has won a Cup, since during his time in Greece, he led Olympiacos to victory in 2009 and 2012. It goes some way to explaining why the whole of Piraeus refer to him as the King of Cups in the Hellenic country.

VIDEO: Copa champions celebrate a historic night | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona were so incredibly dominant in victory over Sevilla on Saturday night at the Wanda Metropolitano that the post-game celebrations were perhaps somewhat more subdued than they tend to be on these occasions. It’s not that it didn’t matter that much – quite the contrary, a fourth consecutive domestic cup title is an amazing achievement that warrants celebrations of the very highest category.

30th Copa del Rey title for FC Barcelona | FC Barcelona
Another final for Barça and another addition to the trophy room at the FC Barcelona Museum. The blaugranes’ stunning 5-0 victory over Sevilla at the Wanda Metropolitano stadium means they now have a record 30 Copa del Rey titles, the last four coming in the last four seasons.

Leo Messi and Andrés Iniesta now have won 31 titles at FC Barcelona | FC Barcelona
Andrés Iniesta and Leo Messi relentless run of records continues. After the brilliant Copa del Rey final victory against Sevilla, the two Barça stars have no less than 31 trophies to their names at FC Barcelona, consolidating their position as the two players with most honours in the Club’s long history.

Barcelona’s Andres Iniesta to reveal decision on China move ‘this week’ | ESPN
Barcelona captain Andres Iniesta says he will announce his future plans in the coming week after receiving a offer to play in China. Iniesta was the centre of attention as Barcelona won the Copa del Rey final in Madrid on Saturday, scoring his side’s fourth goal in a 5-0 rout of Sevilla.

FC Barcelona News: 21 April 2018

COPA DEL REY FINAL PREVIEW: Sevilla vs FC Barcelona | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona’s first shot at a title this season comes in this Saturday night’s Copa de Rey final against Sevilla FC at the Wanda Metropolitano in Madrid. The Catalans, whose 29 Copa del Rey titles are already the most all time, are also attempting to win the tournament for the fourth season in a row, a feat which no team has accomplished in over 80 years.

MINUTE BY MINUTE: The buildup to the Copa del Rey final on social media! | FC Barcelona
Stay up to date ahead of Saturday’s title match between Sevilla and FC Barcelona!

Full squad travelling to Madrid for Copa del Rey Final | FC Barcelona
Cup finals don’t happen every day. Ernesto Valverde knows that only too well, and that’s why he’s not leaving anyone in Barcelona to watch it all on TV this Saturday. Barça take on Sevilla in what we are all hoping is the first part of the club’s eighth league and cup double, and the boss is taking every member of his squad to the Wanda Metropolitano in Madrid for the 9.30pm CET kick-off.

Ivan Rakitic: I had a quick operation to be back for the final | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona have the chance this Saturday in the Wanda Metropolitano (9.30pm CEST) to claim a fourth consecutive Copa del Rey title. Standing in their way are Vincezo Montella’s Sevilla side, former club of a fit again Ivan Raktic after his recovery from a broken finger.

Valverde warns against over-confidence | FC Barcelona
“We need to go into this game knowing that we could lose it” he insisted. “If you only think you can win it, that’s when things start going wrong. We’ve just had a situation where everyone was tagging us as the favourites and saying the job was already done, and we came unstuck. We need to learn from that.”

Coutinho: ‘I came here to play these type of matches’ | FC Barcelona
Philippe Coutinho arrived at FC Barcelona last January, and now, just three months later, the Brazilian star will play in his first final as a Barça player. The Blaugrana will face Sevilla FC in the final of the Copa del Rey (Saturday, 9.30pm CEST) in what could be the 30th cup win in Barça’s history. Coutinho has previewed the final and analysed Saturday’s opponents:

How have Sevilla changed since their last Cup final? | FC Barcelona
In recent years Sevilla have been characterised as being a team capable of changing a large part of their squad, but still continuing to maintain the successes of previous campaigns and be competitive.

Barcelona hold off Man City to reach UEFA Youth League final | FC Barcelona
Barcelona’s Under-19s scored five first-half goals but had to dig deep in the second half to hold off 10-man Manchester City on Friday to reach the UEFA Youth league final. The Spanish outfit won 5-4 at the Colovray Sports Centre in Nyon, Switzerland, and will now take on two-time winners Chelsea, who beat Porto on penalties earlier in the day, in Monday’s title game.

FC Barcelona News: 19 April 2018

Barça-Madrid, on Sunday May 6 at 8.45pm CEST | FC Barcelona
It will be the fourth official El Clásico of the campaign, after the two Spanish Super Cup ties and the 0-3 achieved by FC Barcelona before Christmas at the Santiago Bernabéu. In addition, there was another one last July, in a friendly match in Miami won by Barça. That was part of the American tour, and FC Barcelona will visit the country again this summer.

FC Barcelona announce special ‘tifo’ banner for Copa del Rey final | FC Barcelona
At the presentation of the book which takes a look at one of Catalonia’s most famous writers and journalists from modern times and his relationship with the Club, Bartomeu went on to highlight just how relevant today many of Montalbán’s views on the representative nature of Barça still are.

Is there an identity crisis at FC Barcelona? | The Statesman
Barcelona will go on to win the league this season and they are favourites to win the Cup on Saturday with a side which will represent the youth system, but Iniesta is likely to leave at the end of the campaign, Messi is over 30 and Busquets will be 30 in the summer and where are the replacements?

Barcelona ‘fast-track Samuel Umtiti contract talks’ amid Manchester United interest | Daily Mail
Barcelona are fast-tracking contract talks with defender Samuel Umtiti in order to fend off interest from Manchester United and plan to insert a whopping €250million (£218m) release clause into a new deal.

Tottenham Hotspur transfer report: Barcelona eyeing Christian Eriksen as replacement for Andres Iniesta | talkSPORT
Spanish legend Iniesta, 33, is likely to leave the Nou Camp at the end of the season after a celebrated career in Catalonia, with the Chinese Super League rumoured to be his next destination. And it is claimed Eriksen, 26, is high on Barca’s list of targets as they seek to replace their midfield maestro.

Ter Stegen pays a surprise visit to the U14B team, tournament winners in Germany | FC Barcelona
Marc-André ter Stegen’s commitment to FC Barcelona is beyond doubt. The German goalkeeper’s showreel of star performances continues to grow as do examples of his dedication to all things Barça. In a recent interview he said “Barça is much more than football”, a sentiment backed up by his actions and his public pronouncements on social media.

FC Barcelona News: 18 April 2018

Celta Vigo – FC Barcelona: All square in Galicia (2-2) | FC Barcelona
Ernesto Valverde picked a starting XI with the Copa del Rey in mind, and his side eased into the game against Celta with Paulinho having the first sight of goal for the visitors in the fifth minute. Fine link up play between Philippe Coutinho and Denis Suárez then saw the latter flash a shot across goal as Barça looked to gain an early advantage.

Ernesto Valverde: ‘We are two wins away from the title’ | FC Barcelona
Ernesto Valverde valued Barça’s draw against Celta Vigo at Balaídos, emphasising how equal the first half was: “It was a very open game, especially in the first half.” At the same time, the coach made reference to the difficulties the Blaugrana faced when Sergi Roberto was sent off, not long after Barça went ahead for the second time in the match (1-2): “We took an excessive step backwards with the sending off, and that ended up punishing us.”

Another exhibition by Ter Stegen between the posts | FC Barcelona
In the 11th minute, the former Mönchengladbach No.1 magnificently stopped a shot by Maxi Gómez, but the most spectacular save came just after the half hour. Brais Méndez curled his effort towards the top corner, and with the whole stadium expecting to see the ball nestle in the back of the net, the German flung himself full-length to tip the ball around the post.

Messi misses out as Barcelona include no La Masia stars for Celta Vigo draw | ESPN
It was a team selection which threw up a number of curiosities. For starters, there were eight changes from the side which beat Valencia at the weekend. Valverde, who has so often resisted the urge to rotate this season, effectively fielded a B team with Saturday’s Copa del Rey final against Sevilla in mind.

HIGHLIGHTS: Celta vs FC Barcelona | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona continue to pick up points in their search for the league title as they took a draw from the tough away trip to Celta Vigo. The blaugranes took the lead in the first half thanks to Dembélé first goal in La Liga on 35 minutes. However, the home side levelled things up just before the break with a goal from defender Jonny.

Barcelona ‘weighing up’ Martial bid | Football Espana
Barcelona have joined the race for in-demand Manchester United forward Anthony Martial, according to reports. The France forward has started only four games since Alexis Sanchez arrived at Old Trafford in January and various reports suggest he could seek a move away this summer.

The five best goals from La Masia this past weekend | FC Barcelona
Check out the five best goals scored by FC Barcelona youth team players on the weekend of April 14/15, in which the various sides took some excellent results. All twelve games featuring Barça youngsters ended in victory.

FC Barcelona News: 17 April 2018

Match Preview: Celta Vigo vs FC Barcelona | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona heads to Galicia for a midweek encounter with middle-of-the-table Celta Vigo and a chance to extend the its brand new, all-time La Liga record undefeated streak to 40 games. More importantly, however, with six games to play and an 11-point lead over second-place Atlético Madrid, a victory in Vigo will bring Barça to within two games of clinching the league title.

Squad announcement for trip to Vigo | FC Barcelona
The blaugranas need seven points to secure the league title and a victory in Balaídos will bring it closer. The match is the start of a important week with the Copa del Rey final against Sevilla at the Wanda Metropolitano at 9.30pm CET on Saturday. For the game against Celta, Ernesto Valverde won’t be able to call on the injured Piqué, Sergio and Iniesta.

Ernesto Valverde: Changes planned for Celta | FC Barcelona
The blaugrana coach described the Galicians as “important opponents” who “usually play well against the top sides.” The boss also revealed that he would be making changes in the team given that “we have a week of intense and we have to manage the players.”

Barcelona would get more credit for topping La Liga in closer race – Valverde | ESPN
Ernesto Valverde says Barcelona’s success in La Liga would be given more credit if there wasn’t such a big gap between his side and the chasing pack. Barca remain unbeaten in the league this season and sit 11 points clear of Atletico Madrid going into Tuesday’s game at Celta Vigo. They need just seven points from their final six fixtures to secure their seventh title in 10 years.

When and where to watch Celta – FC Barcelona | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona visit Balaídos to play Celta on Tuesday, April 17 (9.00pm CEST), in a match that can potentially bring them to within four points of the league title and continue their streak of unbeaten games in the domestic competition.

Valverde and Unzué, from team mates to rivals 30 years later | FC Barcelona
Valverde and Unzué both arrived at FC Barcelona during the same season, 1988. The signings were made when Johan Cruyff was on the bench, and the attacker and goalkeeper played two campaigns together; 1988/89 and 1989/90. After winning a European Cup Winners Cup and a Copa del Rey, Valverde and Unzué were separated.

Barcelona’s Ousmane Dembele vows to stay and prove himself at Camp Nou | ESPN
Since returning to fitness, the France international has struggled to establish himself in Ernesto Valverde’s starting XI. Just seven of his 12 La Liga appearances this season have been starts, while the 20-year-old has started on the bench for three of his team’s last four competitive outings, including both legs of the Champions League quarterfinal exit at the hands of Roma.

Argentina ‘can relax’ on Lionel Messi’s fitness worries – Barcelona coach | ESPN
Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde has told Argentina the country does not need to worry about Lionel Messi’s fitness going into the World Cup this summer. Messi, 30, missed Argentina’s friendlies against Italy and Spain in March with a hamstring injury but has featured in all five of Barca’s games since he returned from international duty, starting four of them.

SD Huesca v FC Barcelona B: Fighting until the end (2-1) | FC Barcelona
The second half saw all the goals of the game. It started with a penalty that Carles Aleñá coolly dispatched, for his tenth of the season, to give the blaugranes the lead in the 57th minute. However, three minutes later Huesca managed to level the scores through Melero. They soon completed the turnaround with the second from Ávila (2-1).

FC Barcelona News: 15 April 2018

FC Barcelona 2-1 Valencia CF: Record breakers | FC Barcelona
Barça have beaten Valencia 2-1, but Saturday is not so much about this result alone but also the 38 league games that came before it. Because after equalling Real Sociedad’s almost four-decades old record for games without defeat in the competition, the Catalans have now gone one better … and still counting!

Post-match reactions: ‘A big step closer to the Liga title’ | FC Barcelona
“These are three golden points, and now we only need seven to clinch the Liga title. We were able to regroup this week. And now we have the chance to win the Copa del Rey, and that’s another trophy that means a lot to us.”

Unbeaten record now all FC Barcelona’s | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona picked up a vital 2-1 victory over Valencia at Camp Nou and that result means that they have now gone 39 games without defeat in La Liga and surpassed Real Sociedad’s record of 38 set between 1979 and 1980.

Barcelona’s Valverde brushes off unbeaten record in wake of Roma defeat | ESPN
Ernesto Valverde gave little importance to Barcelona breaking the La Liga record for consecutive games without defeat as the Catalan club struggle to come to terms with Tuesday’s humiliating Champions League exit at the hands of Roma.

#Barça39, by the numbers | FC Barcelona
It’s been 372 days since the last time FC Barcelona lost in the league.

VIDEO: Coutinho’s first five assists for Barça! | FC Barcelona
With each passing game it is becoming ever more apparent that Philippe Coutinho, Barça’s star signing during the winter transfer window, is a perfect fit for the team’s playing philosophy.

Barça Emojis: Umtiti and Dembélé! | FC Barcelona
Samuel Umtiti and Ousmane Dembélé are this week’s players taking part in the Barça Emojis game! See the two blaugrana Frenchmen as they attempt to define each on of their teammates with a different emoticon! What will they assign to Leo Messi?

Barça Legends v Seleçao Pernambucana: Rivaldo-centred win (1-0) | FC Barcelona
Barça Legends are more and more popular and this time 18,000 people came out to see them play at the Arena Pernambucano in Brazil. The game generated plenty of media attention due to Rivaldo’s return to his hometown. The match served to prove that class is permanent as Abidal and Saviola, in particular, performed excellently. The only goal of the game came in the 8th minute, from a powerful Giovanni shot.

FC Barcelona News: 14 April 2018; Everything Set for Valencia Clash

Match Preview: FC Barcelona v Valencia | FC Barcelona
With seven games left to play of the League campaign, FC Barcelona need just 10 more points to secure a seventh La Liga title in the last 10 seasons. They face an in-form Valencia side who will be looking for the win to keep themselves in third place in the table.

Barca’s likely double feels tarnished by Champions League failure at Roma | ESPN
Could this season still be classed as a disappointment or even a failure? If they were to blow it now, for sure. But even if Barcelona do win the league — maybe even if they win it unbeaten — and the cup, that question will be asked. People will say “No, don’t be silly,” but they will wonder. Was defeat in Rome so bad, so damaging and so painful as to eclipse all else?

Valverde’s double against Valencia at Camp Nou | FC Barcelona
His double came in the 1989-90 season with Johan Cruyff as coach at more or less the same point in the season as now. The match was on 8 April 1990 and was week 33 of that season. Goals in the 47th and 64th minutes by Valverde gave Barça a 2-1 win in a season in which they would finish third in the league.

Messi ‘sad and low’ after Champions League exit – Valverde | Goal
Ernesto Valverde said star Lionel Messi is hurting following Barcelona’s stunning elimination from the Champions League, though he called on the five-time Ballon d’Or winner to move on. Barca crashed out of the Champions League after surrendering a 4-1 first-leg lead to Roma, who won 3-0 on Tuesday to progress on away goals.

Guillem on Valverde, Umtiti and Bale | Sky Sports
“What’s happened since Barcelona were knocked out is that people look for somebody to blame. Stories have come out that players are unhappy with Valverde, with his conservative approach against Roma, the lack of decisions and how he didn’t make substitutions until the last 10 minutes of the game.