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Neymar's antics were too much for Atletico to handle, while referee Gil Manzano had dubious calls complicating things for both teams.
Atletico Madrid and Barcelona did not let anyone down during their Copa del Rey matchup. Los Blaugranas saw themselves trailing twice, as Fernando Torres scored another first minute goal, just like he did against Real Madrid. Neymar equalized after seven minutes, but the other star of this game would make his first appearance of the night.
Referee Gil Manzano awarded a penalty kick for Atletico... Read the rest of the article »
Barcelona will travel to Madrid on January 28th for the second leg of their Quarter-final fixture of the 2014-15 Copa del Rey. Check the live TV and online streaming broadcast listings for Atletico Madrid vs Barcelona below.
The second leg of the Copa del Rey Quarter-finals will have Barcelona's aim to extend their dominance over Atletico Madrid in 2015, while Los Colchoneros fight for their survival and against the odds, which favor the Blaugrana side throughout the years.
Barcelona's 1-0 victory over Simeone's crew at Camp Nou puts them in a perfect position to make it into the semi-finals, while Atletico may... Read the rest of the article »
Hoping to win their 27th Copa del Rey, Barcelona will try to make some of these stats part of their game against Atletico. Find out which numbers favor Los Culés.
With Real Madrid out of the equation, it seems like Barcelona's chances of winning their 27th Copa del Rey will substancially increase if they win tomorrow. But before they can plan their semi-final match or their trophy celebration, these are some facts that support the theory of Los Blaugranas reaching the next stage and eventually winning the tournament.
In the current Copa del Rey, Barcelona... Read the rest of the article »
Barcelona's coach sees the Uruguayan giving his best in every game, and he is sure the player will be able to score shortly.
During his pre-match press conference, Barcelona's coach Luis Enrique stated he is not worried about Luis Suarez's lack of goals, since he believes the Uruguayan has shown other abilities while playing for Los Blaugranas.
"It's not an issue for us. We are delighted with what he has shown, we don't care about his goal-less streak. Everybody fails, we have failed as coaches and they... Read the rest of the article »
Atletico's player and coach respect their Copa del Rey opponent, but they remain sure of their possibilities to knock the Blaugranas from the tournament.
Before the first leg of their Quarter final series against Barcelona, Atletico's coach Diego Simeone and striker Fernando Torres shared their thoughts about their opponent, confident that they will have a fighting chance to defeat Los Blaugranas as they did last year in the UEFA Champions League semifinal. While "El Cholo" refused to talk about his starting lineup for tomorrow's match, he... Read the rest of the article »
Ahead of their Copa del Rey matchup, what are the key elements that could make this a series for the ages?
Barcelona and Atletico will meet for the second time in less than two weeks, this time to determine which side will make it through the Copa del Rey Quarterfinals. Recently, this rivalry has lifted La Liga's competitiveness, and it will surely bring fans lots of fun and controversy, with Lionel Messi apparently returning to his old form, and with Fernando Torres recently scoring his first brace against... Read the rest of the article »
The Spanish manager recognized his opponents will be tough to beat, despite mangling them just ten days ago in their Liga encounter.
In the eve of their Copa del Rey matchup against Atletico Madrid, Barça's coach Luis Enrique stated he doesn't feel his hob would be at stake if they can't win their series against Diego Simeone's crew. Nevertheless, the former Celta Vigo boss assured his opponents will be a tough team to crack if they want to make it through to the semifinals.
"I don't have the feeling that my neck... Read the rest of the article »
Before the current La Liga Champion and Runner up meet for the Copa del Rey Quarterfinal series, we give to you some interesting facts regarding their matchups.
Being one of Spain's most anticipated rivalries, Barcelona and Atletico will start defining one of the semi-finalists for this year's Copa del Rey. Both clubs made it to the next stage in last season's tournament, meaning this year history cannot repeat itself. If stats had any say in this matter, who would be the fittest to make it to the next round? Check the facts and decide for yourself.
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Josep Maria Bartomeu revealed in an interview that FIFA's President wants to meet with Barca's officers so they can tackle the issue 'before it's too late'.
Barcelona's President Josep Maria Bartomeu blasted FIFA's approach on La Masia's situation, and demanded Joseph Blatter to take matters into his own hands. The Blaugrana executive believes the sanction is "excessive and unfair" to the club, assuring they will fight to have the ban removed shortly.
"FIFA are getting nervous and not because I didn't go to the Ballon d'Or gala, but... Read the rest of the article »
Barcelona will play Elche in the second leg of their Copa Del Rey 2014-15 matchup on January 15th. Check the live TV and online streaming broadcast listings for Elche vs Barcelona below.
With a heavy aggregate of 5-0, Elche will try to make Barcelona's trip to the Copa del Rey quarterfinals a not so plesant one when they meet on Thursday at Martinez Valero Stadium. Los Culés may take this opportunity to rest some players and give others the chance to fight for a starting spot in Luis Enrique's lineup.
Elche's coach Fran Escribá requested the team's owners not to... Read the rest of the article »
Atletico Madrid has proven to be a complicated team to beat. How can they outperform Barcelona in the middle of a apparent Blaugrana crisis?
Atletico Madrid will visit Barcelona's Camp Nou with the chance of extending their complicated start in La Liga for 2015. Last year, Simeone's crew managed to top Barcelona in the Spanish top-flight, pulling off a stunning performance in the league's final game that signified Atletico's first title in almost 20 years. With Messi and coach Luis Enrique allegedly angry with each other, Atletico... Read the rest of the article »
According to sources, the English club is willing to pay Barcelona the huge 250M Euro transfer fee in order to sign the Argentinian superstar.
Rumors keep circulating about Lionel Messi's future away from Barcelona, sending the Argentinian player to the Premier League. English club Chelsea would be the preferred destination of those rumors, since some sources indicate the club's owner, Roman Abramovich, is willing to pay the huge 250 million euros requested by Los Blaugranas to transfer the powerhouse player.
After the recent turmoil... Read the rest of the article »
While the Spanish coach stated he feels 'supported' by the team's officers, sources indicate Neymar had to break a fight between the coach and Messi during Friday's training session.
Barcelona's current moment has sparked several rumors surrounding the team involving Argentinian striker Lionel Messi and Spanish coach Luis Enique, who have been pointed out to be having problems for quite some time now not only with Messi, but with several key players of Barca's golden era such as Xavi, Iniesta and Piqué.
Spanish newspaper Marca revealed an argument between the two... Read the rest of the article »
The French defender stated he did not feel the same way about playing the game for some time, even though he felt fit to continue doing so.
French defender Eric Abidal,who recently announced his retirement from professional football, stated today he took this decision based on how he felt about playing the game. Despite being in top form after beating liver cancer, the former Barcelona left back revealed he did not enjoy playing football that much in order to continue doing it for the next two or three years.
"When you are... Read the rest of the article »
Reports indicate the German sponsor would fund Chelsea's bid to get the Argentinian player to the Premier League leaders next year.
Following praises by his former Barcelona team-mate Cesc Fabregas, rumors indicate Lionel Messi would be considering a move from his only professional club to play in the English Premier League. Apparently, Messi entered into a cash dispute with Los Blaugranas, which would have made him consider switching sides next summer.
Fueling up rumors about a possible switch, Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo... Read the rest of the article »
The Uruguayan striker scored the second goal for Los Blaugranas, while Lionel Messi scored another brace playing at Camp Nou.
Barcelona managed to end the first half of the season in top form, winning against Cordoba with a comfortable 5-0 score. Los Blaugranas built on Pedro's first minute strike to control the game, which presented the lowest attendance for a Barcelona game played at Camp Nou.
After the break, Luis Suarez scored his first goal with Barcelona playing in La Liga, following a great combination between... Read the rest of the article »
The French defender stated he has two offers to manage youth teams, one with Olympiakos, and the other with his former club. Barcelona
French defender Eric Abidal announced his retirement in a press conference today. The former Barcelona player, winner of four La Liga titles and two Champions League trophies with Los Blaugranas, confirmed his decision due to "personal reasons".
"I have decided to end my professional career here at Olympiakos. I told this to the team's president two months ago, and I promised... Read the rest of the article »
The three South American players scored for the first time in the same game to lead Barcelona past Paris Saint Germain in Group F.
Despite conceding an early goal to Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Barcelona managed to come back and outscore PSG with a 3-1 score. Los Blaugranas enjoyed the first game with goals by their MSN attack (Messi, Suarez, Neymar), and made it through to the Round of 16 stage in Group F.
Paris Saint Germain arrived to this match leading their Group, and needed to keep their unbeaten streak to cling to that spot.... Read the rest of the article »
The Spanish goalkeeper stated Atletico Madrid and Bayern Munich are the most dangerous teams for them in the European competition.
During a presentation with one of his sponsors, Iker Casillas revealed he doesn't consider Barcelona will fight for the UEFA Champions League this season. The Spanish shot-stopper stated he believes other teams could pose a bigger threat for Los Blancos, who will try to become the first team with back-to-back titles under the current format.
"In our league I believe that Barcelona and Atletico... Read the rest of the article »
Ths December 3, watch Barcelona visiting a 6,000 seat stadium against Segunda B outfit Huesca, that will try to pull the upset of the century against the laureated Luis Enrique squad.
The Spanish Copa del Rey will bring this Wednesday one of those matches that could give a big surprise to fans around the world. Segunda B's Huesca will try to pull an upset such as that by Alcorcon in 2009 against Real Madrid, when they face FC Barcelona, that will give some players that have not enjoyed enough playing time a chance to show their class for Los Blaugranas.
SD Huesca's first... Read the rest of the article »