FC Barcelona News
FC Barcelona has released the date and time of matches going into December, with the following matches at the Nou Camp now all confirmed up until Christmas:
|Sat||26/10/13 at 18:00||FC Barcelona v Real Madrid|
|Fri||1/11/13 at 21:00||FC Barcelona v Espanyol|
|6/11/13 at 20:45||FC Barcelona v AC Milan|
|Sat||23/11/13 at 16:00|
FC Barcelona v Granada
|Wed||11/12/13 at 20:45||FC Barcelona v Celtic|
|Sat||14/12/13 at 20:00||FC Barcelona v Villarreal|
That takes us right up to the end of the year for home matches in La Liga and Champions League, with only the Copa del Rey matches to be confirmed.
FC Barcelona’s policy until now has been to allow entry to the Nou Camp for children under the age of seven years for free, provided they did not require a seat.
However, it was announced yesterday that due to the large number of this age group now attending matches with their parents there was a danger of more people attending matches than its capacity allows. Spanish law actually states that all attendees to a football match must have numbered seats, but this must be a blow to parents who have been taking their kids along for free until now.
The first match at which the policy change will take place is FC Barcelona versus Real Madrid on 26th October at 18:00. Due to the early start it is feared that in addition to a capacity crowd, up to ten thousand youngsters might attend too.
From this point forward children will be obliged to have a valid ticket, or will be denied access to the stadium, although the club has said it is looking for an alternative to what it admits is an unpopular decision.
Barcelona remains at the top of the table as both they and Atletico Madrid remain unbeaten this season. Real Madrid remain in third place, followed by Villarreal and Getafe lying fifth. However, to put things into perspective, Barcelona and Atletico have nearly double the points of Getafe. Read the rest of this entry »
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Barcelona continued their record start to the season under Tata Martino, with their eighth successive win. However, despite Barça dominating possession in the first few minutes it was Valladolid who opened the scoring, with a goal by Javi Guerra in the ninth minute. Alexis equalised soon after but despite the dominance of the Catalans the first half ended with one goal to each team.
Barcelona properly got into their stride in the second half, with Xavi putting the home side into the lead six minutes in thanks to Tello and Xavi, while – with Messi injured – Neymar was pushing hard. It didn’t take long for Barcelona to go further ahead, with Alexis scoring his second of the evening in the 63rd minute after being set up by Neymar.
Just a few minutes later and Alexis returned the favour despite the opportunity of scoring a hat trick and instead set up Neymar to make it 4-1. The squad should be satisfied with the result as they take a break from domestic football while attention turns on the World Cup qualifiers.
0-1 Javi Guerra (min 9)
1-1 Alexis (min 13)
2-1 Xavi (min 51)
3-1 Alexis (min 63)
4-1 Neymar(min 69)
Last night’s win against Celtic means Barcelona are in a strong position to go through to the knockout stages of the Champions League, with the Catalans remaining top of the table after AC Milan drew against Ajax.
Travelling to Glasgow without the injured Leo Messi meant there was some concern, especially with memories of the same stage of the competition last year when Celtic beat Barça in both the group stage matches. However, there was no repeat of that last night, with Barcelona controlling possession as usual and crucially not allowing Celtic the opportunity to counterattack.
The first half ended with neither side having scored, but after the break the home side pushed more, the ball flowed less, and the fouls got worse. In one of the match’s most crucial points Brown brought down Neymar around 15 minutes into the second half. Although the foul looked minor, Brown received a red car; replays revealed that the Celtic captain had kicked Neymar’s back after he had already fallen to the ground.
With the home side down to 10 men and Barcelona pushing, Celtic came close to opening the scoring, saved by Victor Valdes. And then it happened; Neymar sprinted forward with the ball, passed to Alexis, who crossed to Cesc to score the only goal of the match.
In the closing minutes of the match Barcelona maintained pressure on the Celtic goal, but in the end the match finished with just the single goal.
0-1 Fábregas (min 73)
Barcelona remains at the head of the table after their seventh win of the season, ahead of Atletico Madrid thanks to goals for. Saturday saw the Madrid derby at the Bernabeu, with Atletico beating third place Real Madrid, who are now five points behind thanks to a draw and a loss. Read the rest of this entry »
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Barcelona’s win against Almeria on Saturday created a new club record for the start of the season, winning all seven matches played so far. The Catalans started the match testing the Almeria defence, while the hosts did all they could to make sure they were able to do little with the high possession.
However, at the 20 minute mark Pedro passed to Messi at the edge of the box and put Barça in the lead. Although Messi might have hoped to do more though, as just a few minutes later Xavi came on to replace him with the Argentine suffering a thigh injury likely to keep him out of action for two to three weeks. And with Messi off, Almeria started to capitalise on Barcelona’s lost focus, forcing Valdes into action at the end of the first half.
Back on after the break Barcelona regained their composure and, back in control, started to slow things down. 10 minutes into the second half Adriano put the ball into the Almeria net for the final goal of the match.
0-1 Messi (min 20)
0-2 Adriano (min 56)
Barcelona remains at the head of the Spanish League table after their win against Real Sociedad last night. Not all matches have yet been played but the current table is shown below: Read the rest of this entry »
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Barcelona made it six games out of six last night when they faced Real Sociedad at the Nou Camp, and in doing so equalled their best ever start to the league. Barça scored a barrage of goals early on, with Neymar opening the scoring in the fourth minute, followed by Messi just three minutes later and Busquets 22 minutes in.
Although Barça continued to dominate the first half ended 3-0. The Nou Camp was in a party mood thanks to the city wide celebrations for la Mercè, Barcelona’s patron saint, and also the anniversary of the inauguration of the stadium; every chance on the Real Sociedad goal was celebrated in the stands.
Back on after the break it took nearly 20 minutes for the visitors to make their mark on the evening when they took the scoreline to 3-1. However, it was too little and too late against the might of Barcelona, who scored one more 12 minutes later to end the match 4-1.
Barça heads to Almeria on Saturday for the next league match, followed by Celtic on Tuesday.
1-0 Neymar (min 4)
2-0 Messi (min 7)
3-0 Busquets (min 22)
3-1 De la Bella (min 64)
4-1 Bartra (min 76)