Category: Barcelona

Barcelona draws large crowd in International Champions Cup defeat to AC Milan

The International Champions Cup (ICC) returned to northern California this past weekend. This year’s edition brought two historic clubs in AC Milan and Barcelona back to the Bay Area. The sun was shining on a warm Saturday afternoon in Santa Clara for a reported 51,391 fans in attendance. The Bay Area is home to a vibrant soccer community and the ICC has always tapped into this market with great effect. On Friday night, the media were present for press conferences from the managers of both clubs before watching each club train for the first 15 minutes. The stadium was quiet ... Read more

Barcelona tickets on sale for US summer tour

FC Barcelona will be heading to the United States this summer for a preseason tour ahead of its 2018/19 LaLiga season. During the 2017/18 season, Barcelona won the Copa del Rey final after defeating Sevilla in the final. Plus, of course, they won the Spanish LaLiga title in convincing fashion. During this summer’s International Champions Cup, Barcelona will be playing against tough opposition including Spurs (in Los Angeles), AS Roma (in Arlington, Texas) and AC Milan (in San Francisco). In the 2018 International Champions Cup, all of the teams will play three games each to determine who will win this ... Read more

Post Barca, Iniesta to decide between China or Japan

Madrid (AFP) – Barcelona captain Andres Iniesta says he will decide “next week” whether to continue his decorated career in either China or Japan. The 34-year-old Barca icon is bringing the curtain down on his two-decade stay with the Spanish champions, with his last game for the club he joined at the age of 12 coming on Sunday. “There are two scenarios, China or Japan, and each has its advantages,” he told Spanish radio Onda Cero overnight Monday. “There are some minor details to be sorted out, we’re weighing everything up and will pick which one we decide is the ... Read more

Barca president admits to meeting Griezmann representatives

Barcelona (AFP) – Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has admitted he met with representatives of Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann in October. Griezmann has indicated he wants his future decided before this summer’s World Cup after Barca were forced to deny in January they had already agreed a deal to sign the Frenchman. “We had conversations with his representative, as we have with other representatives,” Bartomeu told Catalan radio Rac1 on Monday. “This was last October, a meeting, nothing more. It should not give rise to speculation.” Griezmann has scored 30 goals in 51 games this season and can end ... Read more

Barca hold on for draw against Real – five things we learned

Madrid (AFP) – Barcelona emerged from a thrilling Clasico the more satisfied on Sunday as the 10-man Catalans edged closer to a first unbeaten La Liga season following a 2-2 draw with Real Madrid.  Cristiano Ronaldo and Sergi Roberto both missed the second half at Camp Nou, the first injured, the second sent off, as Gareth Bale’s late strike rescued Real a point. Lionel Messi had given Barca the lead after early goals from Ronaldo and Luis Suarez.  Barca, already crowned champions, remain 15 points ahead of Real in the table but this clash was about more than just points.  ... Read more

Messi strike helps 10-man Barca earn draw as Ronaldo goes off injured

Barcelona (AFP) – Lionel Messi weaved his magic to keep 10-man Barcelona’s unbeaten season alive as a 2-2 draw at the Camp Nou on Sunday left Real Madrid sweating over an injury to Cristiano Ronaldo.  Ronaldo was forced off at half-time after appearing to hurt his ankle and Real will be hoping their star striker can now recover in time for the Champions League final against Liverpool on May 26.  The challenge from Gerard Pique had come as Ronaldo cancelled out Luis Suarez’s opener before Sergi Roberto was sent off on the stroke of half-time for an altercation with Real ... Read more

3 matches that defined Barcelona’s role as the greatest team in Europe

Following the 2011 UEFA Champions League Final, Sir Alex Ferguson soberly spoke to the media after the match. The legendary manager spoke on behalf of a team who had just defeated Manchester United 3-1 in the final of Europe’s premier club competition. The date was May 28, 2011. The team was FC Barcelona. “They’re the best team in Europe, no question about that. In my time as a manager, I would say they’re the best team we’ve faced.” Ferguson went on to lament, “No one,” he exclaimed, “has ever given us a hiding like that.” It was Barcelona’s second UEFA ... Read more

Wenger mindful of Barca collapse ahead of CSKA return

Moscow (Russia) (AFP) – Arsene Wenger insists Arsenal cannot afford a dip in concentration in Thursday’s Europa League quarter-final second leg against CSKA Moscow despite holding a 4-1 advantage in the tie. “Football is an unpredictable game and that’s why we love it so much,” Wenger told reporters in Moscow on Wednesday, after watching Barcelona crash out of the Champions League from a similar position on Tuesday. “Now we just need to keep ourselves concentrated and to show our best on the pitch to keep (our lead).” The Gunners are sixth in the Premier League, a huge 13 points off fourth-placed ... Read more