News, commentary, tickets, pre and post match reaction alongside opinion about FC Barcelona.

Barcelona, Serie A

Eto’o for Ibrahimovic deal completed

It is a deal that is a big as Ronaldo and Kaka both going to Real Madrid. Champions League holders Barcelona sent Samual Eto’o over €43 million plus the services of Aliaksandr Hleb to Inter Milan for forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

With Eto valued at 20million euros, plus the news that Inter will have the chance to buy Hleb for an initial 10million euros once his season-long loan spell is concluded, that values this trade at around €73 million.

Barcelona, La Liga, Real Madrid

Ronaldo v Messi Part 2

ronaldo v messiPencil in the weekend of November 28/29. That is when Cristiano Ronaldo, Kaka and the rest of Real Madrid’s high-priced roster takes on Lionel Messi and the defending Champions League Champions Barcelona at the Camp Nou. The return leg is April 10/11 at the Bernabeu.

  • 29 November FC Barcelona – Real Madrid – Buy FC Barcelona – Real Madrid Tickets
  • 11 April Real Madrid – FC Barcelona – Buy Real Madrid – FC Barcelona Tickets

It is usually the matchups between the big four in the Premier League that we look for first, but Real’s spending this summer has been unprecedented and these two La Liga giants might well be the best two teams in Europe at the moment.

Barcelona, Champions League

Henry and Iniesta doubtful for Champions League Final

Thierry Henry and Andrés Iniesta face a fitness race ahead of FC Barcelona’s UEFA Champions League final against Manchester United in Rome on 27 May. The French striker struggling with a knee ligament injury and the Spanish midfielder suffering a torn thigh muscle.

The Catalan club’s medical team diagnosed a stretching of Henry’s posterior ligament in his right knee, an injury sustained during the 6-2 Liga win at Real Madrid on 2 May. The 31-year-old was ruled out of the second leg of the UEFA Champions League semi-final against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge as a result, a match from which Barça advanced with a 1-1 draw thanks to Iniesta’s goal three minutes into added time, and the 3-3 Liga draw with Villarreal.

Barcelona, Champions League, Man Utd.

Manchester United v Barcelona – Champions League Final Preview

Didier Drogba is still yelling at the referee, but my attention has already turned to Rome. Buy Champions League Final Tickets

Iniesta’s dramatic strike means that Barcelona are into the Champions League final, where the is whether Barcelona can prevent Manchester United FC becoming the first team in 19 years to retain the trophy?

The Liga leaders never got going in the two legs against Chelsea and they face the European Champions at Rome’s Stadio Olimpico on 27 May.

Barcelona, Champions League

Chelsea Stunned by Barcelona

Barcelona stole a remarkable UEFA Champions League semi-final win through Andrés Iniesta’s goal three minutes into added time to earn a showdown with Manchester United in Rome on 27 May.

Chelsea thought they had done enough to earn a repeat of last season’s final as they defended Michael Essien’s breathtaking ninth-minute strike with great resilience only for Essien to then err in failing to clear his lines in the dying moments. Lionel Messi squared to Iniesta and he cut his shot skilfully away from Petr Čech to give the 2006 champions – playing with ten men after Eric Abidal’s second-half dismissal – victory on away goals and the chance to reclaim their crown, although they will have to do it without the suspended Abidal and Daniel Alves.

Barcelona, La Liga, Real Madrid

El Clasico Key To Title

El Clasico In USA 2020

Spain’s ‘El Clasico’ between Real Madrid and Barcelona is already one of the biggest club matches in world football but has added significance this time with champions Real only four points behind leaders Barca.

Real host the Catalans at the Bernabeu on Saturday knowing victory will put them within one point of their arch rivals with four matches left, while Barca can take a huge step towards a first league triumph in three years.

“Winning the Clasico is the key,” former Real midfielder Zinedine Zidane said on Real’s website. “Beating Barcelona would send a signal and create a great chance to be league champions,” he added. “If Real Madrid win everything will be different and the league can have a new frontrunner.”

Barcelona, Champions League, Chelsea

Chelsea get draw in Barcelona

It wasd Deja Vu for Barcelona who were once again frustrated by English opposition in the UEFA Champions League semi-finals. Last year it was Manchester United and this year it was Chelsea who left the Camp Nou with a goalless draw.

Barcelona have now failed to win their last five home games against Premier League sides. For the most part Barcelona created few chances until in added time, when substitutes Bojan Krkić and Aleksandr Hleb both missed great opportunities.

More bad news for Barcelona was that they lost central defender Rafael Márquez to a knee injury and his replacement Carles Puyol collected a yellow card which rules him out of next week’s return. 

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Barcelona v Chelsea Champions League Preview

Kick-off: Tuesday, 28 February 2009, 20:45 CET –Camp Nou, Barcelona

Barcelona’s Quest for Glory
This is a huge two week period for Barcelona. While all the focus in England has been on Manchester United’s pursuit of the quintuple, in Spain the talk has been all about Barcelona’s quest for a history-making treble voyage.

Barcelona faces four games that will make or break its season. Stumble at home in the first leg of the semi-final face-off with Chelsea and they can kiss their treble desires goodbye. And with Real Madrid coming up this Saturday, a trip to Stamford Bridge for the return clash next week, and a tricky meeting with Villarreal four days after that, Barcelona’s incredible season could turn very sour extremely quickly.

Barcelona, Champions League, Chelsea

Barcelona v Chelsea Preview – Memorable Encounters

champions_league5No sooner had Chelsea seen off one familiar foe in the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League than another homed into view. After knocking out Liverpool in spectacular fashion in the quarter-finals, the Blues take on Barcelona in the last four. Judging by past meetings between the sides, we could be in for a tie every bit as special as Chelsea’s memorable encounter with Liverpool.

Champions League Semi-finals First Leg April 28 or 29
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Champions League Semi-finals Second Leg May 5 or 6
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Barcelona, Man Utd., World Cup

Argentina’s Coach Resigns

Argentinean coach Alfio Basile, noting “personal reasons”, resigned twenty four hours after his squad fell 1-0 to Chile in CONMEBOL’s qualifying round ten in preparation for the 2010 World Cup. Basile, who took over as coach in 2006, had previously coached Argentina from 1990-1994.

The resignation came after the 64-year-old Basile met with Football President Julio Grondona.  Grondona was against Basile’s decision to resign.  Media outlets have already lined up several replacements including Sergio Batista, Diego Simeone, and Miguel Angel Russo.

Whoever takes over must tap into the international potential of club stars – Sergio Agüero (Atlético Madrid), Lionel Messi (Barcelona), and Carlos Tévez (Manchester United).  The trio has combined for 23 goals in 87 international appearances.