Ibrahim Ayyub

Barça Should Always Have Faith In La Masia

History has shown that Barça’s success has been a result of having a team consisting of superstars with La Masia players on the pitch. Although the club seemed to drift from that policy and solely focus on signing players, the club seems to be steering itself on the right path again by calling up La Masia players once again. Hopefully that trend continues after the fine performances of some of the rising stars of La Masia. Ansu Fati has been …

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Barça draw 2-2 to Osasuna after conceding a late penalty.

Barça’s bad start to the season continued as they dropped points for the second time this season in just their third league match of the season. Osasuna’s Roberto Torres scored twice while substitutes Ansu Fati and Arthur scored the Blaugrana. Torres scored first in the 6th minute to give Osasuna a 1-0 halftime lead over the hapless Blaugrana. Valverde took off Semedo and brought on the 16-year starlet, Ansu Fati. That substitution paid off quickly as Ansu Fati leaped in …

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Barça grouped with Borussia Dortmund, Inter Milan and Slavia Prague in Champions League.

The 2019-2020 Champions League group stage draw took place today in Monaco and FC Barcelona discovered their foes in the group stages for this season’s edition. The Blaugrana were placed in Group F along with German side Borussia Dortmund, Italian club Inter Milan and Czech league winners Slavia Prague. The Champions League final will take place in Turkey at the Atatürk Olimpiyat Stadı. 2019-20 Champions League group stage fixtures: Matchday One: September 17 Borussia Dortmund vs Barcelona Matchday Two: October …

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Barça’s Messi and de Jong UEFA awards winners.

FC Barcelona’s Lionel Messi and Frenkie de Jong were winners today as they were both selected as Champions League Midfielder and Champions League Forward of the Season respectively in last season’s Champions League. The players were present for the UEFA Champions League draw in Monaco. Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk was named as Champions League defender of the Season and also the UEFA Men’s Player of the Year, beating Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo to the award. Van Dijk’s Liverpool …

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Barça victorious in home opener with 5-2 win over Real Betis.

FC Barcelona got their first league of the season thanks to a 5-2 victory over Real Betis on the Blaugrana’s home opener at the Camp Nou. Barça kicked off their league campaign away with a 1-0 loss at Athletic Bilbao for its first opening league defeat in a decade. Heading into today’s game against Real Betis, Barça were without the injured Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Ousmane Dembele. Nonetheless, new signing Antoine Griezmann stepped up and delivered by scoring twice …

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Barça drop league opener in bilbao

FC Barcelona kicked off their 2019-2020 season with a late minute loss to hosts Athletic Bilbao. Barça paid the price for not converting their chances in this game as Aritz Aduriz’s late amazing scissor kick gave Athletic Bilbao a 1-0 victory over the Blaugrana on as the Spanish league kicked off today. This was the first the defending league champions had dropped their opening league fixture since 2008-2009 season. Barcelona played this game without Messi and had to deal with …

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FC Barcelona defeat Napoli 2-1 in miami

FC Barcelona kicked off their 2019 US preseason tour in our own city of Miami with a 2-1 victory over Napoli. Barça midfielders Busquets and Rakitic in each half to ensure victory over 57,000 fans in attendance at the Hard Rock Stadium. Busquets gave the Blaugrana the lead in the 38th minute but Napoli managed to equalize five minutes later courtesy of an Umtiti own-goal. Raktici scored in the 79th minute in what turned out to be the game winning …

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Does Barça need Neymar or does Neymar need Barça?

Summer is upon us again which could only mean one thing; summer transfer gossip. The latest transfer rumor is Neymar returning to the Blaugrana just two years after paying his way out to join Paris Saint-Germain. Neymar’s exit right before the season was going to kick off left a bitter taste in the mouths of the Barça fans and the club’s directors. It seems now that Neymar has discovered the grass was not greener on the French side and he …

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Time to fire Valverde now.

Barça’s once promising season went from treble dreams to a bitter nightmare end following their disappointing and gut-wrenching losses to Liverpool and Valencia in both Champions League and Copa del Rey. Blowing a three-goal lead in the Champions League in back to back seasons and then coming up flat against Valencia in the Copa del Rey can only mean one thing; it’s time for Valverde to go. Valverde may be a good person but his time as Barça’s manager needs …

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Barça are Finally Ruthless.

Throughout this past decade, Barça have entertained us and disappointed us. Along with the highs, there have been lows that have frustrated the fan base. One of my major complaints about this team, dating from Guardiola to last season, was their lack of being ruthless. However, under Valverde, it appears that this team has figured out how to be ruthless at the perfect time. Besides the treble season under Luis Enrique, Barça had this tendency to let up instead of …

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