FC Barcelona News
Barcelona played their last match of the short Asian Tour yesterday, when they played the Malaysia XI selection in Kuala Lumpa. Leo Messi was forced to withdraw prior to the match due to a small injury, with Cesc Fabregas injuring his ankle, which has been confirmed as a sprain,
Barça went a goal up thanks to Cesc just after the half hour mark, with Malaysia XI equalising a few minutes later. However, the Catalans ended the first half ahead after a goal, rom Neymar. The only goal of the second half was scored by Gerard Piqué, 25 minutes into the second half and ensuring a 3-1 win for the visitors.
The squad is reportedly back in Barcelona and although Spain plays a friendly on Wednesday, the focus for the majority of the players is next Sunday, when they face Levante in the first match of the league.
0-1 Fábregas (min 31)
1-1 Amri Yahyah (min 39)
1-2 Neymar (min 42)
1-3 Piqué (min 74)
Barcelona played Thailand earlier today in the first match of their short Far East tour. Net mar opened the scoring, his first for his new club, with Pedro scoring a hat track and Messi scoring two. The remaining goal for Barça was scored by Alexis.
0-1 Neymar (min 11)
0-2 Messi (min 13)
0-3 Pedro (min 19)
0-4 Messi (min 25)
0-5 Pedro (min 35)
1-5 Teerasil (min 42)
1-6 Pedro (min 47)
1-7 Alexis lr (min 49)
FC Barcelona made a flying “peace tour” to Palestine and Israel at the weekend prior to flying to Bangkok to start training for the tour of Asia.
The peace tour saw the squad involved in training clinics for youngsters, with the aim of bringing the two communities closer, and saw players visiting the Wailing Wall.
Over the next few days Barça will be playing Thailand (Wednesday) and against Malaysia (Saturday) in the two match tour, which is used to promote the club in the Far East. Following the conclusion of the tour, the squad returns to Barcelona and to prepare for the first league match of the new season, against Levante, which has been confirmed for Sunday 18th August at 19:00.
Last night Barcelona played their first match of the 2013-2014 pre-season in front of a new crowd, marking the debut of both Tata Martino and Neymar at the Nou Camp. With the new team being introduced prior to the match, the Nou Camp was in full celebratory mood, while commemorating legendary Barça goalkeeper Antoni Ramallets, who died on Tuesday.
This year Brazilian club Santos was invited to play in the Gamper trophy, the club from which Neymar has just been signed and so the Gamper played farewell to him as much as it did an introduction to the new.
Barcelona came on brimming with energy and from the early moments it looked like they might score. It took just seven minutes for Lionel Messi to score, followed by an own goal from Santos a few minutes later. It took 10 more minutes before Alexis made it 3-0, but even that wasn’t enough and by the time of the break Pedro had made it 4-0.
There can’t have been a good feeling in the changing room of one of Brazil’s premier clubs, but after the break play continued as before. Martino made a number of changes in the second half, including the hugely anticipated debut of Neymar, who for the first time played alongside Leo Messi to roars of approval from the crowd.
Cesc scored two within the first 25 minutes to make it 6-0 and while it was clear that the squad was trying to set up Neymar to score his first goal for the Catalans, it didn’t quite happen. However, Adriano scored a seventh goal for Barcelona and Dongou made it 8-0.
All in all a good display of football and a good result. While some doubted whether Messi and Neymar could coexist in the same team, the first demonstration seems to show that both are mature enough to get on with the job. based on this match it looks like it will be a fantastic season ahead.
1-0 Messi (min 7)
2-0 Léo (min 10)
3-0 Alexis (min 20)
4-0 Pedro (min 28)
5-0 Fábregas (min 51)
6-0 Fábregas (min 66)
7-0 Adriano (min 73)
8-0 Dongou (min 81)
Barcelona yesterday travelled to Poland in the last of a series of three friendlies before the Gamper Trophy on Friday. The starting lineup against Lechia Gdansk was almost exactly the same as that which played in the previous two matches, with key players still missing from the Spanish and Brazilian selections, with one exception; that of Neymar, who made his debut for Barça in the last 15 minutes of the game.
If Barcelona thought the match would go their way then they were sorely mistaken, with the hosts controlling the game from the start and scoring at the quarter hour mark. The Catalans clawed back a goal from Sergi Roberto ten minutes later, but when the half time whistle blew the scores were level.
Back on after the break Lechia came on fighting still and scored in the first five minutes to once again put themselves ahead but a few short minutes after Leo Messi equalised again for the Catalans. With the majority of the squad now made up of B team players after a mass substitution, Messi and Alexis were also brought off. On went Neymar, playing his first match for Barcelona and who instantly became the target by the home side.
Although not able to show what he is capable of in that situation, he will surely play of Friday against Santos when the squad makes its first appearance of the new season at the Nou Camp.
1-0 Bieniuk (Min 14)
1-1 Sergi Roberto (min 25)
2-1 Grzelczak (min 49)
2-2 Messi (min 56)
Barcelona last night won the first match in there pre-season tour, when they visited Oslo to play Valerenga.
The squad was missing a number of key players once again, giving the chance for a number of B team players to show what they could do. Very quickly the Catalans showed what they are made of, with three goals inside 12 minutes giving an early boost.
By the break they were four goals ahead, and with two goals early in the second half, both scored by Dongou, all that was needed was a goal six minutes from the final whistle to put FC Barcelona on 7-0.
0-1 Alexis (min 3)
0-2 Tello (min 5)
0-3 Messi (min 12)
0-4 Jonathan dos Santos (min 41)
0-5 Dongou (min 49)
0-6 Dongou (min 53)
0-7 Joan Román lr (min 84)
FC Barcelona played their first pre-season friendly yesterday evening when they travelled to Munich to play against Pep Guardiola’s new club.
The match was the first in which they showed off their new away strip, in the red and yellow colours of the Catalan flag, and while during the first half a number of familiar faces made the lineup including Leo Messi, the second half saw the Catalans fielding their B team.
In the end it was the Germans who won the match but given the number of B team players acquitted themselves well against the European champions. Goals came in minutes 13 and 85, but as a first match it wasn’t a bad result.
1-0 Lahm (min 13)
2-0 Mandzukic (min 85)
FC Barcelona yesterday confirmed Gerard “Tata” Martino as its new coach, following the shock news of Tito Vilanova stepping down last Friday.
The Argentine has recently been coaching Newell’s Old Boys following successful stints with the Paraguay and Argentine national selections. Newell’s Old Boys is Lionel Messi’s old club and prior to his appointment yesterday, Messi had already voiced his backing to Martino.
After cancelling a friendly on Saturday following the news about Vilanova, which has been rescheduled to 30th July, Barcelona’s first pre-season match will be played againt Bayern Munich tonight, whose new coach is Pep Guardiola.
It was with shock yesterday that I learnt that Tito Vilanova was leaving his post as head coach of FC Barcelona owing to a recurrence of the cancer that has plagued him since late 2011.
He has undergone treatment a number of times, taking 2 months out from last season to receive chemo and radiotherapy in New York, and each time it has been hoped that he had seen the last of the disease.
However, that doesn’t seem to be the case and he has therefore left the club as the treatment he will undergo this time is “incompatible” with him continuing in the role.
Sandro Rosell and the Barça players looked visibly shaken at the news, which was announced at a hastily called press conference yesterday evening. While Jordi Roura will take over immediately, the club hopes to appoint a new coach next week.
There is no such thing as good time with things like this, but with the club just about to start playing a number of pre-season friendliest the timing is terrible. The match due to be played tonight has been cancelled, but inevitably at some point they will need to start playing.
Our very best wishes go to Tito Vilanova and his family and hope the next round of treatment finally beats the cancer.
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Last week saw the draw for the 2013-2014 Spanish League, which for FC Barcelona kicks off this year on the weekend of 17/18 August against Levante.
After the league has started they still have the two Spanish Supercup matches to play against Atletico Madrid, before heading down to Malaga and Valencia on 24/25 August and 31 Agust/1 September respectively, and then back to the Nou Camp on 14/15 September against Sevilla. That is quite a start to the season, which the Catalan club can often be slow to get into, and so a real test.
The clasicos this year take place on 26/27 October at the Nou camp, with teh return leg at Real Madrid’s Santiago Bernabeu stadium on 22/23 March 2014. Hopefully without Jose Mourinho at Madrid the clasicos will not descend into the mud slinging and poor sportsmanship we’ve seen recently, which has mired Spanish football.
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