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Barcelona's coach also spoke about the upcoming Clasico against Real Madrid and their mid-week meeting with Ajax
Prior to their UEFA Champions League match against Ajax, Barcelona's coach Luis Enrique clarified he did not want to fuel the controversy surrounding Lionel Messi's aborted substitution against Eibar. Apparently, Messi snubbed the coach, who only wanted him to rest after a busy International break with Argentina:
"I have a lot of faith in my rapport with the players. Having said that, everyone... Read the rest of the article »
The Welsh wingman did not take part of Real Madrid's victory against Levante on Saturday to provide him with rest, but he could not recover of a muscular problem.
If Real Madrid want to win the first Clasico of this season, they will have to do it without their famous attacking trio. Medical reports have stated that Welshman Gareth Bale will not be able to take on the first meeting between Los Blancos and Los Blaugranas.
After Saturday's win against Levante, coach Carlo Ancelotti revealed Bale was having some "gluteal problems", and it was decided... Read the rest of the article »
The Uruguayan will be cleared to play after a four month ban. Suarez has participated in friendly matches with his National Team and with the Barcelona B squad.
One of the most anticipated issues surrounding El Clasico will be without a doubt, Luis Suarez's comeback to active football. This may be the first game for Suarez officially as a Barcelona player, and his coach's words about his shape may reveal he will take part of La Liga's most anticipated battle:
"Luis Suarez is in top shape. He has never been fat, as some of you guys have said. He... Read the rest of the article »
The Uruguayan stated during an interview with Barcelona's magazine he feels in top shape to start against Los Blancos after two months of training with his new teammates.
Just eleven days away of being cleared to play, Luis Suarez feels grateful to have the opportunity to debut in an official match against Real Madrid. The Uruguayan gave a lenghty interview to the club's magazine, in which he shared his enthusiasm about making history with Barcelona from Day One:
"To be honest with you, I can't wait to experience this. I will make the most of my time here... Read the rest of the article »
A constant presence in the Spanish Primera Division ever since the league's inauguration back in 1929, the Blaugrana face expulsion if their region secedes from Spain
Despite threats of expulsion from the Spanish Primera Division by La Liga president if the community of Catalonia emancipates from Spain, Barcelona have gone ahead and thrown their support behind the region's referendum for freedom.
"If this goes through, then both clubs [Barcelona and Espanyol] would not be allowed to play La Liga matches.” This is what Javier Tebas... Read the rest of the article »
The French striker referred to the possibility of their historic rivals and Espanyol being banned to play La Liga matches if the Community of Catalunya emancipates from Spanish territory
Karim Benzema voiced his opinion on a possible ban that would prevent Catalunyan clubs Barcelona and Espanyol of participating in La Liga. The French striker seemed reluctant to the possibility, stating that Real Madrid need their all-time rivals to make themselves better:
"We need Barcelona in La Liga. We hope that whatever happens, they can stay playing there. You would only have Real... Read the rest of the article »
La Liga's President, Javier Tebas, stated today that if the community of Catalunya emancipates from Spain, then both clubs would not be able to play in Spain's top flight.
Once more, the political arena threatens football territory. After all the talk in Catalunya about a possible referendum to emancipate themselves from Spanish territory, La Liga's president Javier Tebas explained that, if the result favors the emancipation, FC Barcelona and RCD Espanyol would not be allowed to play in La Liga.
"If this goes through, then both clubs would not be allowed... Read the rest of the article »
Barcelona's player also reminisced his time at La Masia, describing how he got along with Argentinian superstar Lionel Messi.
Spanish defender Gerard Pique has been called up again by Vicente del Bosque to play for his National Team. During an interview, the former Manchester United player dismissed rumors regarding a possible return with the Red Devils, since he feels quite comfortable with Los Blaugranas:
"You never know what's going to happen, but you have to understand I play for the best club in the world.... Read the rest of the article »
The Chilean set a new franchise record and now will be on the hunt for the league's honour, held by legendary Atletico Madrid keeper Abel Resino.
Barcelona needed just two minutes to build on a lead that would prove too much for Rayo Vallecano, even playing at their home field. With goals by Lionel Messi and Neymar, Los Blaugranas kept their undefeated streak for one more week in La Liga, earning 19 out of 21 points they have played for.
The man of the hour was, without a doubt Chilean goalkeeper Claudio Bravo. The former Real Sociedad... Read the rest of the article »
The judge in charge of this case resolved that the Argentinian superstar could have been aware of his father's actions concerning his financial issues,
Argentinian superstar Lionel Messi and his father, Jorge Horacio, will face trial for tax evasion. Today, the judge in charge of this case denied an appeal for Barcelona's striker, who was trying to avoid a procedure against him. The authority stated Messi could have been aware of his father's operations, basically because Jorge Messi handles all of the player's financial issues.
Messi is being... Read the rest of the article »
The project will represent a 600 million euros investment. The stadium is planned to be ready by 2021, and will increase its capacity in 5,000 seats.
Spanish giant Barcelona unveiled today their plan to re-model their home, Camp Nou stadium. Founded in 1957, Barcelona's associates want to give their home a fresh look, according to modern times. The remodelling wil start in 2016, and will require an investment of 600 million euros.
Camp Nou ill be re-designed to hold 5,000 more fans, and will have a roof added to its structure. Club's representatives... Read the rest of the article »
The Argentinian superstar spoke during a press conference about his current shape, how he feels with new coach Luis Enrique, and his known rivalry with Madrid's striker.
Argentinian superstar Lionel Messi talked with the press today addressing several subjects, including his rivalry with Portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo and his relationship with Neymar and his coach, Luis Enrique.
For Messi, the issues with Cristiano Ronaldo are simple:
"I'm not competing against him. I'm just doing my job, I have no interest in being compared to him. I just care about... Read the rest of the article »
The Uruguayan player's ban ends on October 25th, but he still has an eight game suspension with his country's National Team.
One of FIFA's Vicepresidents, Uruguayan Eugenio Figueredo, stated today Luis Suarez's ban could be reduced, after some time has passed since his fellow countryman was sanctioned for biting Giorgio Chiellini during last summer's World Cup.
"As time goes by, we may be able to address this issue politically. We may try to make his ban easier on him," Figueredo told in an interview.
Suarez... Read the rest of the article »
Los Blaugranas gave their fans a thrill following their mid-week draw against Málaga. Luis Enrique's team scored three goals in each half.
Barcelona surely took a stand after drawing their mid-week match against Malaga. Los Culés destroyed Granada's hopes with a 6-0 final score, erasing any doubt about the team's ability to get goals up on the scoreboard.
The main character in today's novel for Barcelona was surely Neymar, who scored a hat trick for the Catalunyan side. His first goal came when he took advantage of a crucial... Read the rest of the article »
The Uruguayan player, banned from any official match until October 26, scored his first goal against the U-19 Indonesian team
Luis Suarez, still banned from every official game with his club and his National Team, scored yesterday his first goal as a Barcelona player. The Uruguayan played with Barcelona's B squad against the U-19 Indonesian team, scoring two goals in the match.
The first goal of the game was scored by one of Barcelona's recent transfers, Belgian Thomas Vermaelen,who also took part of the game. Suarez... Read the rest of the article »
Coach Luis Enrique wants the Uruguayan player to enjoy playing time before the ban imposed by FIFA expires, so he can be available to play against Real Madrid
Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez will enjoy playing time on Wednesday, when Barcelona B faces the U-19 Indonesian National Team. Barcelona's coach Luis Enrique wants him to be in top form when the player's ban is lifted, so, tomorrow the Uruguayan will have the chance to take the pitch against the Asian team.
"Luis Suarez needs to be on the pitch, and so do we. If Luis is fit to play... Read the rest of the article »
Coach Martino may reconsider Tevez's return with the National Team, and spoke about how his days with Barcelona were harder on him.
Argentinian coach Gerardo Martino spoke at a press conference about his time as Barcelona's head coach, while talking about a possible call up for Carlos Tevez, absent from Argentina's National Team for the past two years.
Alejandro Sabella's replacement remembered how hard it was to get his players performing the way he wanted:
"I was amazed they had never heard about me or what... Read the rest of the article »
Los Blaugranas dominated Athletic Bilbao but couldn't score the go ahead goal until the 78th minute, having Neymar off the bench to solve things for them.
Barcelona showed its class, its power, its ball control. But they failed to show their scoring ability until Neymar broke the lock in Athletic Bilbao's net. The Brazilian star came off the bench to score twice, giving Barcelona the lead in La Liga standings.
The man of the match prior to Neymar's antics was Athletic's keeper Gorka Iraizoz, denying shots by young Munir El Haddadi and Pedro. The... Read the rest of the article »
The Argentinian star will take a leave of absence and focus on playing with Barcelona after enduring severe criticism for his performance during the World Cup
After missing last week's friendly match against Germany, Julio Grondona Jr confirmed the former Golden Ball winner will be taking a leave of absence from his duties as a player for Argentina. Arsenal de Sarandi's owner shared in an interview he spoke with Messi, who told him the reasons why he wants to take some time off Argentina's National Team:
"His absence is understandable. He was... Read the rest of the article »
Officers were concerned after a parent named his newborn Messi Daniel Varela, passing a bill that forbids any similar action from now on.
If you're about to become a father, hail from Rosario, and have Lionel Messi as your favorite player, it may be a risky proposition to name your kid after the Argentinian superstar. Government officers in Messi's hometown passed a bill forbidding any parent to name his newborn Messi, after a man named Hector Varela did so two weeks ago.
Officials from the city of Rosario, Argentina, felt it... Read the rest of the article »