FC Barcelona News
FC Barcelona won the last of the pre-season friendlies last night when they visited Bucharest to play Dinamo. The match saw goals from Messi and Afellay, and also the welcome return of David Villa after an eight month absence following the breaking of his leg while playing during the Clubs World Cup.
Lionel Messi’s goal came early on, in the fourth minute, after which Barcelona retained extremely high possession as they often do, but were unable to score. Afellay scored right at the end of the match, in the 91st minute, to leave the score line at 2-0 to Barça.
If you missed the match the other day between Barça and Man Utd, or you just want a reminder of all the best moments, you can take a look at the match highlights video below. Running for 2.5 minutes, it covers the penalties and after match celebrations.
Barcelona beat Manchester United last night in Gothenburg on penalties after neither time had scored at the end of full time.
The teams faced each other in the 2009 and 2011 Champions League finals, with Barça taking the title on both occasions. Manchester almost went ahead in the first half when a Rooney penalty was saved by Victor Valdes. The match also marked the debut of recent signing Jordi Alba.
Manchester missed their first penalty, with Pinto saving the second; Xavi and Pique both scored for Barcelona to give them the match.
FC Barcelona faces Manchester United tonight in Gothenburg, in a rerun of the Champions League finals of 2009 and 2011. While Barça won both times, Wayne Rooney has been quoted by the FCB website as saying that the result wasn’t as important as enjoying the match and getting fir for the start of the new season.
The match kicks off at 20:00 tonight and will be shown by TV3 in Catalonia. Check out local television schedules to watch the match live.
FC Barcelona won their second match under Tito Vilanova yesterday after the match ended 2-2 and going to penalties. The Catalans opened the scoring early on, with a goal from Rafinha, and Messi scored Barça’s second after being awarded a penalty. However, PSG recent signing Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored from the penalty spot at the hour mark and Zoumana Camara equalised nine minutes from the end.
With the match being decided on penalties, Barcelona put the ball home, which PSG failed to do for their first two shots to make the penalty tally 4-1 to FC Barcelona.
Barcelona has a number of friendly fixtures lined up for August prior to the football getting serious again. And when it does, it gets really serious; two matches against Real Madrid in the Spanish Supercup.
Below is listed all matches currently scheduled for August, bearing in mind that league match dates may not be confirmed until a week before they take place.
Tickets for any of the home matches below can be ordered from Simply Barcelona Tickets, as well as the away leg of the Spanish Supercup on 30th August.
|4 Aug||Paris Sant-Germain v Barcelona|
|8 Aug||Manchester United v Barcelona|
|11 Aug||Dinamo v Barcelona|
|18/19 Aug||Barcelona v Real Sociedad|
|20 Aug||Barcelona v Sampdoria|
|23 Aug||Barcelona v Real Madrid|
|25/26 Aug||Osasuna v Barcelona|
|30 Aug||Real Madrid v Barcelona|
For all other matches in the forthcoming season, please see the homepage.
Many fans of FC Barcelona were disappointed when the Catalan Supercup, due to be played this year between FC Barcelona and RCD Espanyol, was suspended last Friday after FC Barcelona informed the Catalan Football Federation of its intention to field Barça B. The federation proposed a new date, September 26th, which Barça has accepted. The Club also issed a communique on the Catalan Supercup, covering three points, which you can read on the official website.
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FC Barcelona’s second pre-season friendly against Moroccan side Raja Club Athletic took place in Tangier last night, with a nine familiar faces side by side with B-team players.
Possession was more than 60% throughout the match, a figure that doesn’t seem particularly high, and the Catalans have sometimes had higher possession without the kind of result of last night; a hat trick from Messi, two from Alexis and one each from Dani Alves, Sergi Gomez and Gerard Deulofeu.
However, these matches aren’t so much about winning as providing entertainment and expanding the club’s support. The result should see a few more Barça shirts sold in Morocco, and a successful trip into North Africa.
Earlier today FC Barcelona announced that they would field their B-team against Espanyol in the Catalan Supercup on July 31st and the response of the Catalan football association has been to suspend the match.
We have therefore removed tickets from sale and unless a solution is found and the match goes ahead as planned, all clients will receive a full refund.
FC Barcelona defender Marc Muniesa will be out of action for six months after it was confirmed that he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his knee in the match against Hamburg on Tuesday. Muniesta, who last season played for the main squad three times, was stretchered off the pitch in agony and the injury was immediately suspected. His treatment will require surgery followed by months of rehab that will continue into 2013.