Camp Nou named for Copa del Rey Final

Camp Nou mosaic real madrid 2015The 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

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Messi not injured!

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!

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Suárez strike clinches Clásico for Barça

Barça 2-1 Real Madrid Suarez goal celebration 2015Goals from Jeremy Mathieu and Luis Suárez earned Barça a tense 2-1 win over Real Madrid in front of 98,760 fans at Camp Nou tonight. Mathieu headed in Leo Messi’s free-kick in the 19th minute to put the Catalans ahead but the goal was cancelled out by Cristiano Ronaldo after half an hour. The Clásico was decided by Suárez’s strike in the 56th minute and Barça now move four points clear at the top of La Liga with ten games to play. Continue reading

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Barça vs Madrid – El Clásico Preview

FC Barcelona v Real Madrid CF - La LigaBarça-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

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Barça drawn again with PSG for Champions League quarter-finals

Barça 3-1 PSG Messi goal 2014After 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

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Rakitic seals City’s fate

Barça 1-0 Man City Rakitic goal 2015Ivan Rakitic’s first half goal earned a 1-0 victory over Manchester City on the night and a 3-1 aggregate win overall which puts Barça in the Champions League quarter-finals for the eighth successive season. The possible rivals in Friday’s draw are Bayern Munich, Juventus, Real Madrid, Atlético Madrid, Monaco, Porto and Paris Saint Germain. Continue reading

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Champions League Preview: Barça vs Manchester City

Barça 2-1 Man City Jordi Alba 2014Barça 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

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Messi double dismantles Eibar

Eibar 0-2 Barça Messi celebration 2015Two more goals from Leo Messi earned Barça a 0-2 win over Eibar at the Ipurua stadium this evening to guarantee top spot for Luis Enrique’s men going into next Sunday’s Clásico. The victory means Barça open up a four-point advantage at the top of La Liga though rivals Real Madrid can cut the gap back to one point if they beat Levante at the Bernabéu tomorrow. Continue reading

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Big week for Barça begins at Eibar

ipuruaBarça 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

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Suárez and Messi destroy Rayo as Barça go top

Barça 6-1 Rayo Messi Suárez 2015Barça return to the top of La Liga after a 6-1 victory over Rayo Vallecano in today’s midday game in front of the biggest crowd of the season at Camp Nou. Leo Messi netted a record-breaking hat-trick to draw level with Cristiano Ronaldo on 30 league goals this season but the man-of-the-match was Luis Suárez who scored twice and was involved in five of the six Barça goals. Continue reading

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