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Camp Nou to take part in Catalan pro-independence rally

September 6th, 2013

A human chain that is planned to extend 400 kilometres from the top to the bottom of Catalonia in support of Catalan independence will pass through the Nou Camp next Wednesday.

The event takes place on 11th September, celebrated in the region as the “diada de Catalunya” or Catalonia Day. Catalonia is among the richest regions in Spain, but is widely despised by much of the rest of Spain, and currently has grievances with the Madrid government over funding.

During the Franco era the Catalan language and culture was banned, and while these days things are much freer, there are many in Spain who would happily do away with the language. All these things taken together have seen a surge in support for independence, with 11th September last year seeing 1.5 to 2 million people taking part in a march in Barcelona that made headlines worldwide.

The chain will be allowed to enter through one entrance, along the terraces and out another, but will not be allowed onto the turf. However, having FC Barcelona as a high profile sponsor of the rally is likely to help publicise it across the globe.


La liga 2013/14 – standing after week 3

September 2nd, 2013

Barcelona remain at the top of the Spanish league table thanks to their goals for, which narowly pushes Atletico Madrid into second place, with Villarreal and Real Madrid behind in the third and fourth spots. However, that advantage is illusionary as the first of those top four teams to lose points will actually fall behind. There is now a break in the league for international duties, with the next match against Sevilla. Although they are lying in 15th place in the table they are unlikely to be a walkover.

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Messi hat trick sees Valencia off at Mestalla

September 2nd, 2013

A hat trick from Lionel Messi put Barcelona three goals ahead of Valencia last night at the Mestalla stadium, helping the Catalans to win the match and overcome their first real test of the new season. However, the home team fought back to score two goals before the break and offered a serious threat to Barça’s early lead.

Leo Messi opened the scoring after 10 minutes after being set up by Cesc, and for the next 30 minutes Barcelona continued to dominate, with Messi scoring at the 38 minute mark and then two minutes later. However, just when it looked like the visitors had everything under control, Valencia scored two goals just before the break while the clock was counting down injury time and closing the early advantage down to a single goal.

Back on after the break Barcelona was unable to produce the same kind of magic that created that Messi hat trick, but with Valdes and the defence holding up, they conceded no more goals either. Valencia is always a tough competitor, and the Barça squad must be glad to have this match out the way with a positive result.

0-1 Messi (min 10)
0-2 Messi (min 38)
0-3 Messi (min 40)
1-3 Hélder Postiga (min 44)
2-3 Hélder Postiga (min 47)


FC Barcelona’s group stage Champions League fixtures for 2013

August 30th, 2013

With the draw for Champions League having taken place yesterday afternoon, Simply Barcelona Tickets now has prices for the Nou Camp matches. Barcelona has been drawn against Ajax, AC Milan and Celtic, with the group stage home matches taking place on 18th September, 6th November and 9th December.

For full details and pricing see our Champions League page here.


Barça wins Spanish Supercup against Atletico

August 29th, 2013

Fc Barcelona last night won the Spanish Supercup on away goals after a 0-0 draw at the Nou Camp.

Although Barcelona dominated possession for much of the match, they were unable to break the Atletico defence and the closest they came to scoring was from the penalty spot; however, Lionel Messi’s shot ricocheted off the inside of the crossbar and failed to go in.

However, Victor Valdes made two good saves and in doing so almost certainly won the cup for the Catalans.


La liga 2013/14 – standing after week 2

August 26th, 2013

Barcelona remain at the top of the table after 2 matches, with Atletico Madrid, who they play in the second leg of the Spanish Supercup on Wednesday, in second place. Real Madrid plays Granada tonight, so depending on how many goals they score the top positions may change slightly. 

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1-0 win against Malaga

August 26th, 2013

Barcelona travelled down to play Malaga on Sunday, the second match of the new season. Playing without Leo Messi, suffering from a slight injury sustained against Atletico Madrid on Wednesday, Tata Martino emphasized prior to the match that the team’s result could not be affected by one player.

The Catalans maintained their usual high possession and while they were able to test the Malaga defences, much of their effort seemed to go to waste.

In the end Adriano scored the only goal of the match at the end of the first half, while Victor Valdes ensured Barça took the three points with fantastic save just before the final whistle.

0-1 Adriano (min 43)


First leg of Supercup 2013 ends in draw

August 22nd, 2013

Barça debuted their away strip in Madrid last night, the red and yellow stripes of the Catalan flag provocatively worn in Spain’s capital as they faced Atletico Madrid in the first leg of the Spanish Supercup.

The match kicked off late to allow for the August heat, with reports of it being 32 degrees C even at that time, which obviously takes its toll on players. There was to be no rerun of the huge goal tallies Barça has been getting used to in pre-season and in the first match of the league with the hosts showing that they meant business and creating moments of danger, particularly on the counter attack.

Atletico scored early, David Villa putting his new team ahead of his former team mates, while Barcelona just couldn’t make it happen, despite high possession. After the break Messi didn’t restart due to a minor injury, while new boy Neymar came on a few minutes later.

In the end Neymar scored for the Catalans 20 minutes into the second half and left it to the second leg to decide the trophy. The Nou Camp leg takes place next Wednesday.

1-0 Villa (min 11)
1-1 Neymar (min 66)


La liga 2013/14 – standing after week 1

August 19th, 2013

Barcelona start the new season at the top of the table after beating Levante 7-0 at the Nou Camp, while Atletico Madrid, who Barça will face in the Spanish Supercup this week and next, lie in second.

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Barça opens season with Levante demolition

August 19th, 2013

Levante must have wondered what had hit them last night at the Nou Camp, when Barcelona ended the first half with six goals already. It must have been quite a relief in the second half for just one more to be scored, to end the match on 7-0, and a clear demonstration of how dominant Barça is likely to be this season.

Just as a reminder, this was the second home match with Tata Martino as coach – the first was the Gamper Trophy at the beginning of the month – and in those two matches his squad has scored 15 goals.

Alexis scored the first of the evening within two minutes, with Messi scoring goal number two at the 11 minute mark. However, when Dani Alves effectively sealed the victory for Barcelona after 23 minutes and Pedro making it 4 just two minutes after that.

Even at 4-0 it wasn’t over for the first half though, with Messi scoring his second and Xavi ending the first half 6-0. I can’t even imagine the moral in Levante’s dressing room during the break, but fortunately for their self esteem there was only one more goal, scored by Pedro in the 72nd minute.

Barcelona is clearly looking solid under the new manager, who has brought with him a new style of play that may well outsmart the best clubs in Europe this season. It’s early days, but there are strong indications that the 2013/14 season is going to be one to remember!

1-0 Alexis (min 2)
2-0 Messi (min 11)
3-0 Dani Alves (min 23)
4-0 Pedro (min 25)
5-0 Messi (min 41)
6-0 Xavi (min 44)
7-0 Pedro (min 72)


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