Getafegate: Barça’s halloween horrorshow and As

Barça’s halloween party after the victory at Getafe was not a clever idea. It may have seemed like harmless fun at the time but the prank soon went wrong when the players involved interrupted the press conference of a Getafe player. It was a clear lack of respect to Getafe but it didn’t seem to be a big deal and the matter seemed to be closed after Barça’s captain Andrés Iniesta apologised to Getafe the following day. Continue reading

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Luis Suárez Superstar

This time last season Luis Suárez played his first game for Barça in a 3-1 defeat at the Bernábeu. The Uruguayan had just completed a four-month ban for chomping on Giorgio Chiellini’s shoulder in the World Cup and there was immense expectation to see the €81 million signing teaming up with Leo Messi and Neymar Jr in Barça’s attack. The pressure was on Suárez to prove he was worth the money and with Leo Messi playing his false nine role he was initially asked to play on the right-side of the attack. Continue reading

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UEFA’s justice

When I moved to Barcelona in 1989 one of the first things that struck me about Barça’s followers was an apparent paranoia towards football’s authorities. Leagues had been lost due to biased refereeing and the powers that be were constantly conspiring against the Catalan club in favour of their darlings Real Madrid. Continue reading

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Changes at Barçacentral

Apologies if you are looking for a match preview for tomorrow’s game with Rayo Vallecano but I have decided to stop doing previews and reports for a while with the idea of writing a general round-up or an opinion piece sometime during the week.

The main reason is to give myself time for other things. Doing a preview the day before the game takes me about three hours and researching the opposition can be a drag, especially on days that my computer is running slowly. I enjoy doing the reports but with the late kick-off times in Spain it often means I am still working when I should be in bed. Added to this I probably don’t get to follow the game as completely as I’d like due to my constant scribbling of notes. I also miss watching the TV after-match analysis of the game or I miss another game that I could be enjoying.

My intention is to write opinion pieces with the aim of creating more debate. I’m sure we all miss the early days of fcbnews when the best thing on the blog was the comments section. I understand that the previews and reports don’t create much discussion and that just to say you think Barça will win 3-0 or that Rakitic deserves a 7 and not a 6 is not the most stimulating debate. I’ve always tried to be objective in my match reports and perhaps that has steered me away from controversy, I hope now to take on different issues concerning Barça and football in general to inspire more discussion. This will mean fewer posts overall but the pieces won’t be as rushed as the previews and reports usually are so I hope to improve in quality.

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Barça frustrated by Sevilla and woodwork

Unai Emery’s Sevilla pulled off a 2-1 victory over Barça this afternoon in a highly entertaining game at the Sanchez Pizjuan stadium. Michael Krohn-Dehli and Vicente Iborra hit Barça with a double blow early in the second half before Neymar reduced the difference fifteen minutes from the end with a dubious penalty. Sevilla held on for the three points but Barça will curse their luck during the game as Neymar, Luis Suárez and Sandro were all denied by the woodwork. Continue reading

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Dilemmas for Luis Enrique at Sevilla

Luis Enrique has just sixteen first team players available for tomorrow afternoon’s game at Sevilla (Saturday 4 pm) as Barça look to regain top spot in La Liga before the internation break. Villarreal, who lead the table on 16 points after seven games, play at Levante on Sunday and Barça will also be hoping to take advantage of Atlético Madrid playing Real Madrid this weekend. Continue reading

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Barça stun Leverkusen with late comeback

Barça 2-1 Bayer leverkusen Sergi Roberto goal celebration 2015Poor Bayer Leverkesen. The German side led Barça for close to an hour in tonight’s Champions League clash at Camp Nou after Papadopolous’s 22nd minute header, and for long periods they looked the better side. With just ten minutes remaining, substitute Sergi Roberto grabbed Barça’s equalizer, and just two minutes later Luis Suárez smashed home the winner which, with Roma losing to BATE Borisov, leaves Barça top of Group E on four points after two games. The night had a negative side for Luis Enrique’s side as Andrés Iniesta limped off with a hamstring injury which could see him out for three weeks, adding to the growing list of injuries this season. Continue reading

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Champions League Preview: Barça vs Bayer Leverkusen

barcelona 7-1 bayer leverkusen messi goalThe last time Bayer Leverkusen visited Camp Nou, in March 2012, they received a 7-1 thrashing from Pep Guardiola’s Barça. Leo Messi played an absolute blinder that night, scoring five in one of the most dazzling displays ever seen in the Champions League. Messi will miss the reencounter between the two sides in tomorrow night’s Group E match (Tuesday 8.45 pm) as he begins a seven-to-eight week absence with his ligament injury. Continue reading

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Suárez double sinks Las Palmas but Barça lose Messi for two months

Messi injured Las Palmas 2015Luis Suárez scored twice as Barça returned to winning ways with a 2-1 victory over Las Palmas this afternoon. However, the win was soured by a knee injury to Leo Messi that could see the Argentinian sidelined for two months. Messi was injured in the third minute when Las Palmas defender Pedro Bigas blocked his shot and the first reports suggest he has torn his interior cruciate ligament and will need 7-8 weeks to recover.  Continue reading

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Barça look to bounce back against Las Palmas

Luis Enrique scores against Las Palmas 2002Barça face newly-promoted Las Palmas at Camp Nou tomorrow afternoon (Saturday 4 pm) with the need to recover after the shock 4-1 defeat at Celta. Individual defensive errors and a lack of intensity have been blamed as the pricipal causes for the disaster in Vigo which has seen Barça drop to fifth in the table, a point behind leaders Real Madrid, Celta and Villarreal. Continue reading

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