Barça need penalties to win Supercopa de Catalunya

Supercopa de Catalunya Rakitic Masip penalties 2014Barça beat Espanyol 4-2 on penalties to take the first edition of the renamed Supercopa de Catalunya in Girona tonight. The ninety minutes ended at 1-1 after Anaitz Arbilla fired in a brilliant free-kick to equalize Gerard Piqué’s early headed goal. Sandro Ramirez had his shot saved in the penalty shoot-out but Xavi Hernández, Alen Halilovic, Alex Grimaldo and Ivan Rakitic scored theirs to give Barça the victory. Continue reading

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Luis Suarez adds spice to Supercopa de Catalunya

Supercopa de CatalunyaThere can be no doubt that over the years the Copa Catalunya has been struggling to cause much interest. It usually just causes squabbling over dates and Barça have always sent relatively weak teams to compete. This year the tournament has been renamed as La Supercopa de Catalunya and Barça take on Espanyol at the Montilivi stadium in Girona tonight in the first edition under the new name (kick-off 9.30 pm). Luis Enrique has named thirteen first team players and seven of the best of Barça B’s youngsters for the game. Luis Suarez looks likely to start which should certainly make the match more interesting than usual, and Adriano Correira has received medical clearance and is also included in the squad. Continue reading

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Messi, Neymar, Iniesta and Mascherano finalists for 2014 Ballon d’Or

Ballon d'or 2014 Mascherano Neymar Messi IniestaFour Barça players have been included in the final list of 23 candidates for the 2014 Ballon d’Or. Leo Messi, Neymar and Andrés Iniesta who finished second, fifth and sixth respectively in 2013 are again nominated while Javier Mascherano has been included on the list for the first time. Continue reading

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Barça come unstuck in Madrid

Madrid 3-1 Barça Luis Suarez debut 2014Luis Enrique’s first clásico as Barça’s coach ended in a disappointing 3-1 defeat at the Bernabéu this evening. The game started well for the visitors with Neymar Jr firing home after just three minutes but Madrid reacted with goals from Cristiano Ronaldo, Pepe and Benzema to earn a deserved victory which narrows the gap at the top of La Liga to just one point.  Continue reading

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Madrid – Barça: The Bernabéu awaits

Real Madrid 3-4 Barça Leo Messi celebration Cristiano Ronaldo 2014Luis Enrique faces his biggest test since taking over in the Camp Nou hot-seat with the first Madrid-Barça Clásico of the 2014/15 season tomorrow evening at the Bernabéu (Saturday 6 pm). The Barça coach has seen his team drop just two points in the first eight league games which means an early four-point advantage over second-placed Madrid though Carlo Ancelotti’s team arrive to the game in extraordinary form with a remarkable 35 goals scored in a run of eight straight wins in all competition. Continue reading

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Sandro seals Barça win over Ajax

Barça 3-1 Ajax Sandro goal celebration 2014Barça needed to wait until a 94th minute goal from substitute Sandro to secure the three points against Ajax in tonight’s Champions League Group F match at Camp Nou. The victory seemed to be in the bag after Neymar Jr and Leo Messi scored early goals to put Barça in a commanding two-nil lead but 19-year-old Ajax sub Anwar El Ghazi pulled a goal back in the 88th minute to produce a nervous end to the game before Sandro’s late strike completed the 3-1 scoreline. Continue reading

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Big week for Barça begins with Ajax

barcelona 4-0 ajax iniesta 2013

It is difficult not to think about Saturday’s clásico at the Bernabéu but first Barça face an important Champions League game against Ajax at Camp Nou (Tuesday 8.45 pm). Following defeat at Paris Saint Germain in the second round of matches in Group F, Barça need a victory against the Dutch team to keep PSG in sight, anything less and Barça’s qualification for the last 16 could be in danger. Continue reading

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Brilliant Messi too much for brave Eibar

Barça 3-0 Eibar Messi NeymarFor an hour SD Eibar bravely held Barça at bay on their first ever visit to Camp Nou, but class showed in the end with Xavi, Neymar and a brilliant Leo Messi scoring in a 3-0 victory for the Catalans. The win means Barça go into next Saturday’s Bernabéu clásico with a four-point advantage over Real Madrid while Messi’s latest golazo takes him to within a goal of equalling Telmo Zarra’s all-time record of 251 league goals. Claudio Bravo extended his record to eight games without conceding though Eibar had two clear chances before half-time with the score still at 0-0. Continue reading

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Eibar visit Camp Nou for the first time as Messi celebrates ten years since debut

Messi debut 2004On 16 October 2004 a fresh faced 17-year-old called Leo Messi made his debut appearance in Barça’s first team, coming on as a substitute for Deco against Espanyol at the Olympic Stadium on Montjuic. Ten years on and for those of us lucky enough to have witnessed Messi’s brilliant career there will never be any doubt about his extraordinary talent, for those who missed it, the huge list of trophies, individual awards and records speaks for itself. Continue reading

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Messi and Neymar double strike keeps Barça top

Rayo 0-2 Barça Messi Neymar 2014Two goals in the space of a minute from Leo Messi and Neymar Jr earned Barça a 0-2 win over Rayo Vallecano this evening which sees Luis Enrique’s men remain on top of La Liga going into the international break. Messi scored his 249th league goal for Barça ten minutres before half time which puts the Argentinian just two goals behind the legendary Telmo Zarra who has held the all-time Spanish league scoring record since the 1950s, and before Rayo could react to Messi’s strike, Neymar had fired in a second to wrap up the three points. Continue reading

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