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The Tito Vilanova era begins with a win against Hamburg

July 25th, 2012

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)

Preparations continue [FC Barcelona]

July 19th, 2012

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.

Read “Preparations continue” at FC Barcelona

Tito takes control

July 18th, 2012

Tito Vilanova was filmed at his first day’s training session as head coach yesterday at FC Barcelona’s training ground. The short video shows Tito’s arrival and the squad, including Lionel Messi, greeting each other before warming up and knocking the ball around a bit.

Watch the video below:

Tickets available for the Catalan Supercup on July 31st

July 17th, 2012

FC Barcelona will be playing Espanyol in the Catalan Supercup on July 31st. The match will be played at the Estadi Olimpic Lluis Companys (the Olympic Stadium) and kicks of at 21:45.

Although Barça’s new signing, Jordi Alba, will be missing from the squad due to Olympic duties, and the match is unlikely to be seriously competitive, it should provide a good opportunity to watch both Barcelona’s main football teams play at what was until recently was Espanyol’s home stadium, but now considered neutral.

More info on the Catalan Supercup 2012.



FC Barcelona tickets now available to order for 2012/2013 season

July 11th, 2012

Tickets for the forthcoming season of la liga, starting in August, are now available from Simply Barcelona Tickets.

The highlights of the season are, as usual, the clasicos, those hard fought battles between Barça and arch-rival Real Madrid. With Tito Vilanova in charge, after the departure of Pep Guardiola from the role after four fabulous years, little is likely to change.

However, fans of the Catalan club are looking for Vilanova to turn around the situation from the 2011-12 season which saw Madrid climb safely to the head of the table after a number of less than spectacular results from Barcelona.

However, that’s all relative as Barcelona where still head and shoulders ahead of third place Valencia. While Barça trailed Madrid by nine points, Valencia were behind them a full thirty points!

Check out Barça’s full fixture list for la liga and reserve your FC Barcelona tickets from Simply Barcelona Tickets this year.

FC Barcelona fixtures – La Liga 2012-2013

July 10th, 2012

The fixture list of next season’s la liga, the Spanish League, was drawn earlier today and sees clasicos scheduled for earlier October and the beginning of March. Other notable clashes are against Valencia at the Nou Camp in Sepetember and February, Athletic Bilbao in December and late April, and Atletico Madrid in mid December and May, with the Barcelona derby against Espanyol scheduled for 5/6 January and the end of May. Click here for FC Barcelona fixtures for la liga 2012-2013 with availability and pricing (once available).

18/19 AugBarcelona v Real Sociedad
25/26 AugOsasuna v Barcelona
1/2 SepBarcelona v Valencia
15/16 SepGetafe v Barcelona
22/23 SepBarcelona v Granada
29/30 SepSevilla v Barcelona
6/7 OctBarcelona v Real Madrid
20/21 OctDeportivo v Barcelona
27/28 OctRayo Vallecano v Barcelona
3/4 NovBarcelona v Celta de Vigo
8/9 DecBetis v Barcelona
10/11 NovMallorca v Barcelona
17/18 NovBarcelona v Real Zaragoza
24/25 NovLevante v Barcelona
1/2 DecBarcelona v Athletic Bilbao
12/13 JanMalaga v Barcelona
15/16 DecBarcelona v Atletico Madrid
22/23 DecReal Valladolid v Barcelona
5/6 JanBarcelona v Espanyol
19/20 JanReal Sociedad v Barcelona
26/27 JanBarcelona v Osasuna
2/3 FebValencia v Barcelona
9/10 FebBarcelona v Getafe
16/17 FebGranada v Barcelona
23/24 FebBarcelona v Sevilla
2/3 MarReal Madrid v Barcelona
9/10 MarBarcelona v Deportivo
16/17 MarBarcelona v Rayo Vallecano
30/31 MarCelta de Vigo v Barcelona
6/7 AprBarcelona v Mallorca
13/14 AprReal Zaragoza v Barcelona
20/21 AprBarcelona v Levante
27/28 AprAthletic Bilbao v Barcelona
4/5 MayBarcelona v Betis
11/12 MayAtletico Madrid v Barcelona
18/19 MayBarcelona v Real Valladolid
28-30 MayEspanyol v Barcelona
1 JunBarcelona v Malaga

It was also announced that Jose Mourinho’s Spanish Supercup two match ban has been lifted and he will therefore attend both matches in August. The ban was given for his attack on Tito Vilanova last summer. The new Barça boss also received a one match ban which has also been lifted.

Keita announces he won’t be at Barça next season [FC Barcelona]

July 9th, 2012

The FC Barcelona website has confirmed that Seydou Keita will be leaving the club after four years there, in which time Barça has won a total of 14 titles. It is not currently known what club the 32 year old player will be to, or even if he will continue his career, although there is some speculation that he is headed for China.

Read “Keita announces he won’t be at Barça next season” at FC Barcelona

FC Barcelona fixtures: summer 2012

July 4th, 2012

A number of summer fixtures have been arranged from later this month and into August, prior to the 2012/2013 Spanish League at the end of August. The majority of fixtures are friendlies, but there is one big one lined up – the Spanish Supercup against Real Madrid on 22/23 August, which will be Tito Vilanova’s first real test.

Barça’s fixture list is as follows:

24 July
Hamburg v Barcelona

29 July
Selection Joueurs Locaux v Barcelona

31 July
Barcelona v Espanyol

4 August
Paris Sant-Germain v Barcelona

8 August
Manchester United v Barcelona

20 August
Barcelona v Sampdoria

22/23 August
Barcelona v Real Madrid

The fixtures for la liga will be drawn later this month. To receive details of the 2012/2013 season as soon as we have them confirmed make sure you join our mailing list, as well as a free weekly newsletter during the season.

Barça well represented in Euro 2012 winning squad

July 2nd, 2012

Well, the Spanish selection did it again! Spain beat Italy 4-0 in the Euro 2012 final the third title in a row after Euro 2008 and the 2010 World Cup.

Once again FC Barcelona was well represented in the selection with Gerard Pique, Andres Iniesta, Cesc Fabregas, Xavi, Busquets, and new signing Jordi Alba starting and Pedro Rodríguez brought on as sub; Alba, who signed for Barça last week, scored the second goal.

Barça captain Carles Puyol attended the final after missing the competition through injury; last month he underwent knee surgery from which he is still recovering. Alongside him was David Villa, who has been out of action since breaking his leg in the Clubs World Cup in Japan last December; Villa is Spain’s leading scorer of all time.

It is currently unknown whether they will be fit in time for the summer fixtures already announced. Both the Gamper Trophy and Nou Camp leg of the Spanish Supercup are scheduled for August. You can see prices and availability for all FC Barcelona tickets on the home page.

FC Barcelona tickets now on sale for August matches

June 29th, 2012

Simply Barcelona Tickets now has tickets available for the Gamper Trophy and the Nou Camp leg of the Spanish Supercup in August.

The Gamper Trophy is an competition played each August at the Nou Camp that this year sees Italian club Sampdoria as guests. The date marks the 20th anniversary of Sampdoria’s defeat at the hands of Barça in the 1992 Champions League final, played at Wembley.

Two or three days later comes the Spanish Supercup, which will see another clasico. This time Tito Vilanova will be in the driving seat against Jose Mourinho, but you can expect fireworks from the Portuguese coach all the same. The two had a bust up last year, when Mourinho attacked Vilanova, pushing his thumb into the Catalan’s eye.

The date and time of this match will be confirmed at a later date, but you can buy tickets for both matches here.

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