FC Barcelona News
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.
Lionel Messi stayed behind for the trip to Hamburg for the first match of the Tito Vilanova era, with the new coach apologising to German fans. Barça’s new coach said Messi was suffering a small injury that was at risk of being aggravated and was therefore rested, hoping to be match fit on Saturday.
Dani Alves, who has recently made it clear that he is currently feeling unappreciated by the club, opened the scoring in the 4th minute, with Arslan equalising in minute 20. And Deulofeu scored Barça’s second after an Alexis goal was disallowed.
At the break Vilanova changed nine players for a very different second half that saw the score unchanged. However, there was a blow to Marc Muniesa’s fitness when he went down with a knee injury. It is suspected that he has torn the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee and will undergo tests today. He previously was off for 10 months after an injury on his left knee.
0-1 Alves (min 4)
1-1 Arslan (min 20)
1-2 Deulofeu (min 36)
Following a session in the heat of Barcelona on Wednesday, Tito Vilanova had 12 senior squad players and eight B-team players back on Thursday morning. Joining the main group were David Villa, Dani Alves and Andreu Fontas under medical supervision, while Thiago and Cuenca are reported to be continuining with their recuperation programmes in order to get fit for the start of the season. Following today’s morning session, tomorrow the players have two sessions scheduled at 09:00 and 19:00.