Barcelona’s Antoine Griezmann (L) and Espanyol’s Marc Roca (R), playing at the Camp Nou/ Photo montage by Blaugranagram FC Barcelona were far from their best as they defeated city rivals Espanyol 1-0 in the Catalan derby at the Camp Nou on Wednesday night. A goal from Luis Suárez on 56 minutes was enough to claim the all-important three points as Barça look to keep up with La Liga leaders Real Madrid in the race for the domestic title. There was nearly a shock when Espanyol's Didac Vila struck the base of the post from the resulting rebound after Barça defender Clément Lenglet nearly put through his own net on the stroke of half time. https://twitter.com/FCBarcelona/status/1280983815222104064?s=20 Both teams were reduced to 10 men after the break
Barcelona’s Marc-Andre ter Stegen (L) and Atlético Madrid's Jan Oblak (R), in front of the Camp Nou/ Photo montage by Blaugranagram FC Barcelona's woes continued as Quique Setién's side were held to a frustrating 2-2 draw by Atlético Madrid on Tuesday night at the Camp Nou. Setién's team were looking to put their dismal display against Celta Vigo last time out behind them, and stay on course as they look to secure a second successive La Liga title at the end of the campaign, but their hopes suffered yet another blow. Diego Costa diverted a Lionel Messi corner into his net on 12 minutes as Barça made it 1-0. Six minutes later, highly-rated midfielder Saúl Ñíguez levelled for Diego Simeone's men from the
Barcelona's Lionel Messi (L) and Athletic Bilbao's Inaki Williams (R), in front of the Camp Nou/ Photo montage by Blaugranagram An Ivan Rakitić strike from inside the area on 71 minutes gave FC Barcelona the all-important victory over a resolute Bilbao on Tuesday night, as the Catalan giants went three points ahead of Real Madrid at the top of La Liga. As fireworks sounded outside the Camp Nou due to the Catalan festivity of Sant Joan, it is fair to say there were no fireworks or sparkle on the pitch for FC Barcelona. Before tonight's game, the top of La Liga could not have been tighter. Thirty games into the season only two goals in the goal difference column separated Barça, from top
Barcelona's Ansu Fati / Photo montage by Blaugranagram At 17, and a first-team player at FC Barcelona, you may think the path to stardom has been straightforward for this unbelievably talented youngster, nothing could be further from the truth. Born in the former Portuguese territory of Guinea-Bissau in West Africa in October 2002, little did any of Ansu Fati's family know that within sixteen-years he would be making his debut for Barça due to the injuries of Lionel Messi, Luis Suárez and Ousmane Dembélé. The family were so poor that Fati's father, Bori, had to take the difficult decision to leave the family behind and move to Portugal to seek work. Things did not turn out as hoped and Bori had to beg
Barcelona's Brazilians over the years / Photo montage by Blaugranagram Over the years FC Barcelona have traditionally courted and been in the market for the brightest and best samba stars in the business. Some of the biggest names to have graced the Camp Nou turf will always be part of the club's rich tapestry of talent. Brazilians have always been a key component at the club, but why? They play with swagger, skill, style and are exciting to watch. In other words, they play the "Barça way". Let's take a look at five previous icons, who will always be part of the Catalan giants. The past... Dani Alves (2008-2016) BARCELONA, SPAIN - MAY 8: Rafael Alcantara of FC Barcelona celebrates with Dani Alves after scoring a goal
Many reports have been published the past few days linking players both to, and away from Barca. Matthijs de Ligt, Neymar, Neto, Cillessen, Griezmann and Rakitic are just some of the names that have been mentioned recently. In this third installment of the series, ROUND-UP, I filter the reliable from the recycled, and give my take on the rumors and reports emerging.
In the midst of many news being recycled in order to sell papers and headlines, I take a look at some of the most talked about players when it comes to Barcelona’s upcoming transfer window, filter the reliable from the recycled, and give my take on the deals, in this second installment of the new series, ROUND-UP.