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Messi opened the scoring for FC Barcelona last night when the Catalans played their first home match under Luis Enrique and the new look Barça was officially introduced.
With many locals away on holiday, the stadium was rather empty and many in the crowd tourists. However, that didn’t stop Barça from putting in a show for everyone who attended. As well as the Messi opener, Neymar scored two and Munir, up from Barça B scored two more. The final goal of the match was scored by Sandro Ramírez just a couple of minutes from the end,
The match also marked the debut of Luis Suarez, controversially signed after biting a player during the World Cup in Brazil. While he can play in friendly matches, his suspension will see him out of action for the start of the season. He had better do more than he did last night to justify the amount spent on him though.
1-0 Messi (min 2)
2-0 Neymar (min 11)
3-0 Neymar (min 43)
4-0 Munir (min 53)
5-0 Munir (min 76)
6-0 Sandro Ramírez (min 88)
After playing Napoli in Geneva last Wednessday, when they lost by a single goal, FC Barcelona headed for Finland on Saturday to face Helsinki in their last summer friendly before heading back home to play Club Leon in the Gamper Trophy.
This match could not have been more different, with Barça scoring three times within the first quarter hour, and made it four before the break.
Back on for the second half Barcelona kept up the pressure and scored two more to end the match 6-0.
0-1 Munir (min 4)
0-2 Sergi Roberto (min 8)
0-3 Munir (min 16)
0-4 Piqué (min 23)
0-5 Bartr (min 48)
0-6 Sandro Ramírez (min 81)
Last night FC Barcelona played SSC Napoli in another summer friendly played in Geneva. It also marked the first loss under Luis Enrique, after a goal from Napoli 10 minutes from the end.
Obviously it is far too early to draw any conclusions, and the focus must be on the start of the league later this month n
After spending last week training in England, FC Barcelona travelled to Nice for their second summer friendly.
With 10 starting players from the first team squad and just a single B team player, Barça demonstrated their usual high possession and showed what we might expect of them in the forthcoming season.
All the same, it was Nice that scored the opener from the penalty spot after a foul by Pique, but despite a number of opportunities the Catalans failed to score.
Luis Enrique made seven changes after the break, but it was not until the visitors were awarded a penalty kick that Xavi put the ball in the back of the net. In the end the score remained level at 1-1.
The FC Barcelona squad has headed for England this morning, headed for their summer training camp in Birmingham.
The squad has been joined by new goalkeeper Claudio Bravo for six days of training at St George’s Park and includes 18 first team players and eight reserves.
After two training sessions each day, the squad heads for Nice next Saturday when they play OGC Nice in a friendly.
The draw for la Liga 2014/15 took place earlier today and will see FC Barcelona face Real Madrid on 25/26 October at the Bernabeu, with the return clasico at the Nou Camp on 21/22 March 2015.
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Rafael Alcantara (Rafinha) yesterday appeared at an FC Barcelona press conference where he confirmed his return to the club after a year on loan at Celta under Luis Enrique.
Rafinha said that the loan was good for him as he had the chance to play, whereas staying at Barça would have seen him sit out much of the season. The forthcoming season will be the midfielder’s first in the club as a first team player.
Yesterday also saw Barcelona come to an agreement with Valencia for defender Jérémy Mathieu. After agreeing terms at midday the player jumped on a plane for Barcelona and will give a press conference later today after a medical and the official signing.
The wait for the fixture list for next season’s La Liga is almost over, with the draw for Spain’s top league scheduled by the Spanish Football League for tomorrow (Thursday 24th July).
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FC Barcelona played their first ever match under Luis Enrique on Saturday, when they faced Recreativo de Huelva in the Colombino Trophy. The tournament is an invitation match to celebrate Recreativo as the oldest surviving football club in Spain, having been founded in 1889.
Playing a squad composed of mainly B-team players, Barcelona dominated the match and is common with these friendlies, all 22 players called up for the match were able to participate, including new signing new goalkeeper Ter Stegen.
Joan Román scored the only goal of the match 20 minutes into the second half, while Ter Stegen was barely tested in goal.
0-1 Joan Román (min 65)
Lionel Messi was awarded the consolation prize of the Golden Boot for best player of the World Cup after he failed to achieve his dream of raising the trophy for Argentina last night.
After ending full time without a goal the match went to extra time, with some small flourishes during the match by Messi but he certainly was not at his best. As the countdown to the end of extra time ticked away it was starting to look as if the match would be decided on penalties, a cruel way to decide the competition.
However, seven minutes before the end Germany broke through to score while Argentina saw their opportunity slip away.
The last few minutes saw much stoppage and in the end a free kick for a foul on Messi during injury time was delayed for a couple of minutes. Messi had to simply wait for Bastian Schweinsteiger to receive treatment before what was going to be Argentina’s last chance to equalise and take it to penalties.
In the end though he shot over the crossbar and when the final whistle eventually blew it was an ecstatic Germany who had won the competition.