The Spanish Football Federation announced yesterday that the final of the year’s Copa del Rey between Barça and Athletic Club on May 30 will take at Camp Nou. The first preference of both finalists was to play the game at the Santiago Bernabéu but after Real Madrid refused permission Barça suggested Valencia while Athletic suggested Betis’s Benito Villamarin as the venue but an agreement could not be reached. Finally, Athletic put forward San Mames and Barça followed suit by suggesting Camp Nou. A vote was taken with Camp Nou winning by 26 votes to 18. Continue reading
Leo Messi abandoned training with the Argentinian squad today and has immediately gone to have tests on a possible injury. The first news coming through say the injury is to his little toe, reports also say it is not serious. Some reports suggest Messi will fly back to Barcelona from the USA where Argentina are to play two friendlies. On twitter there are suggestions the player could be out for three to four weeks which would mean he would be doubtful for the the Champions League quarter-final clash with Paris Saint Germain.
Update 17.42 – reports of Messi having lunch with his Argentinian teammates. A tweet from the Argentinian squad says there is no injury. Looks like it could all be a false alarm.
Update – 17.44 – Reports now say Messi took a whack on the toe but there is no injury.
Final Update – 17.47 – Confirmation that there is no injury – https://twitter.com/Argentina/status/580409888934871041
That’s my 15 minutes of excitement for the day!
Barça-Madrid. El Clásico. Quite simply the biggest club game in world football. Tomorrow night (Sunday 9 pm) Camp Nou will witness the 230th competitive game between the two giants of Spanish football, and with just one point between the clubs in the battle for La Liga the contest promises to be another epic clash. Expectation is at a maximum as Madrid haven’t visited Camp Nou since October 2013 when Alexis Sanchez scored the winner in a 2-1 win for Barça. Continue reading
After meeting twice in the Group stage, today’s Champions League quarter-final draw has again paired Barça with Paris Saint Germain in a repeat of the quarter-final two seasons ago. There will be no need for introductions as we will once more be tested by the talent of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Thiago Silva, Edinson Cavani, David Luiz, Lucas Moura and the rest. The first leg will be played in Paris on Wednesday 15 April with the second game at Camp Nou six days later on Tuesday 21 April. Continue reading
Barça host English Premier League champions Manchester City tomorrow (Wednesday 8.45 pm) in the second leg of the Champions League last 16 tie. Two goals from Luis Suárez earned a 1-2 away win in the first leg at the Etihad three weeks ago making Barça firm favourites to make it into Friday’s quarter-final draw for a record eighth successive season. Continue reading
Barça face two massive games at Camp Nou in the coming week with the Champions League return game against Manchester City on Wednesday followed by a possible title-decider with Real Madrid the following Sunday. First, with three more vital points at stake, there is a trip to the Basque Country for a first ever game at the tiny Ipurua Municipal Stadium tomorrow against Eibar (Saturday 6 pm). Continue reading