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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Looking forward to 2015/16

Arda Turan 2015Apologies for the lack of posts recently. I needed a rest to recharge batteries and quite frankly the heat in Barcelona in the last couple of weeks has been too much to do anything. I enjoyed the Copa America though it was sad to see Messi and Mascherano come so close to winning it for Argentina only to be defeated on penalties by Claudio Bravo’s Chile in the final. Back in Barcelona the news has focused on the transfer market and the coming presidential elections on July 18. Continue reading

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Luis Enrique and Dani Alves 2017

Dani Alves 2017Excellent news today on the last day of Josep Maria Bartomeu’s presidency. Bartomeu’s final act before resigning in order to begin the election process has been to oversee new contracts for Luis Enrique and Dani Alves. There had been doubts over the futures of both the Barça coach and the Brazilian full-back but Luis Enrique has extended his previous contract by a year which will see him continue as first-team coach for the next two seasons while Alves finally agreed terms for a new two-year contract. Continue reading

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Aleix Vidal passes medical and signs for Barça for five years

Aleix Vidal signs 2015Barça confirmed the signing of Aleix Vidal from Sevilla yesterday for a fee of around €18 million. The player passed his medical this morning and then signed a five-year contract before being presented to the press. Due to FIFA’s transfer ban Vidal can not be registered to play official games for Barça until January 2016. Continue reading

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Barça sink Juve to clinch second treble

Champions League Final 2015 Neymar goal celebrationGoals from Ivan Rakitic, Luis Suárez and Neymar Jr earned Barça a deserved 3-1 win over Juventus in Berlin tonight to clinch the club‘s fifth European Cup while becoming the first ever club to complete two trebles of the Champions League and domestic league and cup. Rakitic took less than four minutes to open the scoring and many at this point might have expected an easy victory for the blaugrana. However, Juventus held on and hit back with an equalizer from Alvaro Morata ten minutes into the second half which set up a brief spell of dominance from the Italians. Then just as Barça’s triplete looked like it might be slipping away, Suárez pounced to put the Catalans back in front and Neymar completed the victory in injury time with the last kick of the game.  Continue reading

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Champions League Final Preview: Juventus vs Barça

cl trophy berlinThe 2014/15 season reaches its climax tomorrow evening when Barça and Juventus face off in the Champions League Final at Berlin’s Olympiastadion (Saturday 8.45 pm). Both finalists arrive to the game as champions of their respective league and cup competitions, which means the winner will complete the treble. A victory for Barça would make the Blaugrana the first club ever to complete the triplete of domestic league and cup and the Champions League for the second time. Continue reading

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