Vermaelen unlocks Malaga to earn three more points for Barça

Barça 1-0 Malaga Vermaelen celebrates goal 2015Last season Malaga survived 180 minutes without conceding a goal against the might of Barça’s firepower. Tonight at Camp Nou it looked like Javi Gracia’s team might gain yet another clean sheet as despite the reunion of the Messi-Suárez-Neymar trident, Barça failed to break through until the final quarter of the game. It wasn’t the deadly threesome that finally beat Carlos Kameni in the Malaga goal but a 73rd minute strike from central defender Thomas Vermaelen who scored his first goal for the club to earn three very useful points. Continue reading

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Return of the Trident to face Malaga

Barça 3-1 Atletico Suarez Neymar and Messi 2015Few can deny that Barça’s success last season was very much down to the incredible talent of the team’s three most advanced players, Leo Messi, Neymar Jr and Luis Suárez. The three scored an astonishing 122 goals between them on the way to winning Liga, Copa and Champions League but apart from a brief appearance together in the Gamper win over Roma the trident has not played together since the Champions League Final victory over Juventus in Berlin. Continue reading

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Barça back to business in Bilbao

Athletic 0 Barça 1 Suarez celebrates goal 2015Barça may have been outplayed and outfought at San Mames in the Spanish Supercopa nine days ago, but with the real business of La Liga in play, Luis Enrique’s team gave a much more solid performance and deservedly beat Athletic Club 0-1 thanks to Luis Suárez’s 54th minute volley. Continue reading

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Barça kick-off La Liga at San Mames

Athletic 2-5 Barça Busquets 2015Barça begin their defence of La Liga with a return to San Mames to face Athletic Club de Bilbao on Sunday evening (kick-off 6.30 pm). Having lost 4-0 at the same venue last Friday night on the way to Supercopa defeat, Luis Enrique will have no doubts about the difficulty of starting the league in Bilbao. The task is made more complicated by the absences of Neymar Jr, who is still recovering from the mumps, and Gerard Piqué who begins the first of his four-match ban. Jordi Alba has trained normally this week after recovering from a hamstring injury against Roma on August 5 but he is still considered a doubt. Continue reading

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Pedro to Chelsea

Pedro Cordoba 2014Very sad news today with the confirmation that Pedro Rodriguez has signed for Chelsea for a reported fee of €27 million + €3 million in variables. The 28-year old scored 99 goals in 321 appearances for Barça since making his debut at the start of 2008. Barça are said to be looking seriously at Nolito as Pedro’s replacement but even if Nolito is signed now he will be illegible to play, like Arda Turan and Aleix Vidal, until January. Continue reading

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Barça lose again at Fiorentina

Suarez scores goal vs Fiorentina 2015Barça continued an underwhelming preseason tonight with a 2-1 defeat to Paulo Sousa’s Fiorentina in Florence. Luis Enrique’s men were stunned by two early goals from striker Italian Federico Bernadeschi in the home side’s first two attacks of the game. Luis Suárez pulled a goal back after 17 minutes to put Barça in contention again, but despite several chances the Catalans couldn’t find an equalizer in the remainder of the game. Continue reading

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Chelsea beat Barça on penalties

Chelsea Barça 2015Chelsea beat Barça 4-2 on penalties after a closely fought 2-2 draw in Washington. Eden Hazard’s superb goal gave Chelsea a tenth-minute lead but Barça bounced back in the second half with goals from Luis Suárez and Sandro Ramirez only for Chelsea to equalize five minutes from the end with a Gary Cahill header. Continue reading

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Barça undone by Van Gaal’s United

Barça 1 Man United 3 2015Barça’s second pre-season game ended in defeat to ex-coach Louis van Gaal’s Manchester United who ran out 3-1 winners in Santa Clara, California today. Wayne Rooney headed United into an early lead before Jesse Lingard made it 2-0 midway through the second half. Rafinha volleyed in a consolation for Barça in the 90th minute but Adnan Januzaj immediately knocked in another at the other end to complete the victory. Continue reading

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Barça’s new technical director is Roberto Fernández Bonillo

Roberto FernandezJosep-Maria Bartomeu officially began his new six-year mandate as Barça president today with the announcement that Barça’s new sporting director is Roberto Fernández Bonillo. It has also been confirmed that another ex-player, Gerard Lopez, will be the new coach of Barça B. Continue reading

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Bartomeu wins Barça elections

bartomeu wins elections 2015Josép-Maria Bartomeu will remain as Barça’s president until 2021 after a clear victory in today’s elections. The results were announced just after 11.20 pm  this evening with Bartomeu polling a total of 25,823 votes (54.63%) with Joan Laporta well behind on 15,615 (33.1%). Agusti Benedito received 3,386 votes (7.1%) with Toni Freixa coming fourth with 1,750 (3.7%). Continue reading

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