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Barcelona and the Copa del Rey: 30 Titles and Counting

Barcelona and the Copa del Rey: 30 Titles and Counting

The Barcelona Podcast presents FC Barcelona's storied history of success in the Copa del Rey. It's 30 titles and counting for the Blaugrana in the King's Cup in a history that spans more than 100 years. From Josep Samitier to Lionel Messi and everybody from Quini to Julio Salinas in the middle, take a look down memory lane at some of the most memorable moments from the competition.

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Does Valverde's job depend on the Copa del Rey? Selling players and title threats [TBPod141]

Does Valverde's job depend on the Copa del Rey? Selling players and title threats [TBPod141]

On episode 141 of  The Barcelona Podcast ,  Dan  and Francesc debate Ernesto Valverde's future at FC Barcelona. Your hosts answer listener questions about selling players, next season's title threats and much more! Running Order: Does Valverde need a win in the Copa del Rey to stay? Is there merit to Barcelona losing the Copa to get Valverde out? Will the club actually get the shake up fans expect? Which Madrid squad is the bigger threat to Barcelona next season? Which players have improved under Valverde? Listen on  Apple Podcasts iOS App ,  Spotify  and, if you want to support the show, head over to  Patreon  for more content! 🏅 Become a Patreon to support the show and check out our Quick Take Match Reviews - Thank you! 🗣️ Access our exclusive, listeners-only Facebook Group here. Follow us on  Instagram ! Find us on  YouTube ! Ways to subscribe to The Barcelona Podcast: -  Click here to subscribe via Apple Podcasts -  Click h

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Would Antoine Griezmann fit at Barcelona? Midfield scoring and Barcelona in the Premier League [TBPod140]

Would Antoine Griezmann fit at Barcelona? Midfield scoring and Barcelona in the Premier League [TBPod140]

On episode 140 of  The Barcelona Podcast ,  Dan  is joined by  Diana Kristinne  to talk Antoine Griezmann's fit at Barcelona and the club's summer budget. Your hosts answer listener questions about the midfield scoring, if Barcelona could win the Premier League and much more! Running Order: Would Antoine Griezmann fit at Barcelona? Does the midfield need to do more scoring? Will Barcelona splash cash on a back-up left-back or will they go for a cheaper option? Why did Luis Suárez wait to have surgery? How would Barcelona do in the Premier League? Listen on  Apple Podcasts iOS App ,  Spotify  and, if you want to support the show, head over to  Patreon  for more content! 🏅 Become a Patreon to support the show and check out our Quick Take Match Reviews - Thank you! 🗣️ Access our exclusive, listeners-only Facebook Group here. Follow us on  Instagram ! Find us on  YouTube ! Ways to subscribe to The Barcelona Podcast: -  Click here to su

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La Masia: Jana Fernández

La Masia: Jana Fernández

Born February 18, 2002 in Catalonia, Jana Fernández Velasco was asked at the age of six to choose between jazz and football and she made her choice without looking back. She humbly grew as a player and since arriving at the club, she has constantly exceeded expectations. She has long been in the picture for the Spanish youth national teams, making her competitive UEFA debut back in February of 2017 with the U-17s in a 22-0 rout of Montenegro. Fernández profiles as an outside-back as a professional, but she has often been used as a centre-back for the U-17s, including in that debut. She made her debut having already gone through the preseason with the B team, and it was no surprise to her coaches that she has the leadership qualities and maturity of a player a few years her senior. She impressed in 2017 enough as a Juvenil player to make the jump the next season to the B team permanently and get occasional looks from the first team. In her trophy case she can already boast being a

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Where do Barcelona go from here? Lamenting Liverpool and moving forward [TBPod139]

Where do Barcelona go from here? Lamenting Liverpool and moving forward [TBPod139]

On episode 139 of  The Barcelona Podcast ,  Dan  needed a friend after the events of Anfield so he called up Francesc to talk the embarrassment of Barcelona's loss to Liverpool in the Champions League. Your hosts answer listener questions about the future of the club, including Ernesto Valverde, veterans in the squad and much more! Running Order: Who is more to blame, the coach or the players? Who would replace Valverde if this is his last season? Has Barcelona lost its identity? What veterans should stay and which should be on the way out? How do Barcelona integrate new talent and still challenge for trophies? Listen on  Apple Podcasts iOS App ,  Spotify  and, if you want to support the show, head over to  Patreon  for more content! 🏅 Become a Patreon to support the show and check out our Quick Take Match Reviews - Thank you! 🗣️ Access our exclusive, listeners-only Facebook Group here. Follow us on  Instagram ! Find us on  YouTube ! Ways

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La Masia: Mateu Morey

La Masia: Mateu Morey

A few months ago, not many fans of Barcelona knew who Senegalese right-back Moussa Wagué was, let alone were ready to anoint him as the next great right-back for the first team. After Barcelona B's captain Sergi Palencia was loaned to Bordeaux during the summer, any depth behind Sergi Roberto and Nelson Semedo suddenly looked quite thin. Wagué has been able to fill the void and Culés seem to have all but forgotten about the brightest star to shine at the position in recent years, Mateu Morey. Morey has battled injuries all season long and Barcelona are reportedly battling to keep him at the club; two major factors that put his future as one of La Masia's best in question. Born March 2, 2000 in Petra, a town in Mallorca, Mateu Jaume Morey Bauzá has slowly made his ascent through the ranks at La Masia after moving from Mallorca's youth system to Barcelona's Juvenil B in July of 2015. Two years later he made the jump to Juvenil A and was expected to join Francisco Pimi

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Lionel Messi vs. English Teams

Lionel Messi vs. English Teams

The myth that Lionel Messi couldn't tear through the Premier League is obviously malarkey, but just how good has the Barcelona captain been against them? On our latest YouTube exclusive, we answered that very question ahead of the Champions League clash with Liverpool.

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How is Sergio Busquets the key against Liverpool? Previewing Liverpool and talking Busquets with Luis Miguel Echegaray [TBPod138]

How is Sergio Busquets the key against Liverpool? Previewing Liverpool and talking Busquets with Luis Miguel Echegaray [TBPod138]

On episode 138 of  The Barcelona Podcast ,  Dan  is joined by  Luis Miguel Echegaray  to break down Barcelona's Champions League match-up with Liverpool. They talk tactics, personnel and predict both teams' starters. Then in a special edition of La Entrevista, Dan discusses Luis' recent conversation with Sergio Busquets and what he learned from his talk with the legend. Running Order: What does it mean for Barcelona to have clinched La Liga already? What approach will Ernesto Valverde take against at the Camp Nou in the first leg? Who will each manager select as their starters? What is Busquets' personality like? What does Frenkie de Jong's arrival mean for Busquets? How will Busquets be remembered at Barcelona? What's next in Busquets' career? Luis' SI article:  HERE Listen on  Apple Podcasts iOS App ,  Spotify  and, if you want to support the show, head over to  Patreon  for more content! 🏅 Become a Patreon to support t

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La Masia: Konrad de la Fuente

La Masia: Konrad de la Fuente

Back in 2011, Ben Lederman became the first American to get a spot in Barcelona's fabled academy. The thought that an American could make it at one of the most successful clubs in the world after working their way through the academy was still a foreign idea, as Christian Pulisic had yet to break through at Borussia Dortmund and Weston McKennie hadn't even left for Schalke yet. Seven years later and one transfer ban later, an unfortunate ruling for Lederman, the teenager moved to Gent in Belgium and the hopes of an American playing for Barcelona's first team shifted to Konrad de la Fuente, a player that is already closer to that goal than you think. He was born in Miami, Florida on July 16, 2001. His family is originally from Haiti and although he was born in Miami, his family moved to Spain early in his life and he joined the Marcet Soccer Academy in Barcelona soon after arriving in Europe. He was discovered by youth powerhouse CF Damm as a 10-year-old and he spent one

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Is there a problem with Barcelona raising ticket prices? Femení, finding midfield minutes and being boring [TBPod137]

Is there a problem with Barcelona raising ticket prices? Femení, finding midfield minutes and being boring [TBPod137]

On episode 137 of  The Barcelona Podcast ,  Dan  is joined by  Alex Truica  to discuss the success of both the men and women of Barcelona in the Champions League and the issues about ticket prices. Then your hosts talk minutes for Riqui Puig next season, whether or not Barcelona are boring and much more! Running Order: What does it say about Barcelona's sporting project if both the men and the women make the Champions League final? What's the issue with Barcelona raising ticket prices in the UCL? Where can Riqui Puig find minutes next season? Are Barcelona boring? How much would Philippe Coutinho go for on the market and who could afford him? Barcawelt:  HERE Listen on  Apple Podcasts iOS App ,  Spotify  and, if you want to support the show, head over to  Patreon  for more content! 🏅 Become a Patreon to support the show and check out our Quick Take Match Reviews - Thank you! 🗣️ Access our exclusive, listeners-only Facebook Group here. Foll

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How Barcelona defeated quarterfinal demons

How Barcelona defeated quarterfinal demons

By guest contributor Soham Banerjee ( @IamSohamB ).  As the final stages of the season approaches, it's apparent that the Blaugrana has certainly been more determined to capture another treble than recent seasons. The club's talisman, Lionel Messi, seems to be more hungry than ever to add a fifth Champions League trophy to his tally, a number that would equal the record of Cristiano Ronaldo. Can the greatest of all time help Barcelona become the only city to be home to a treble of trebles? After three disappointing seasons, the club has finally cracked the quarterfinal code after downing one of the largest teams in Europe. As evidenced by their recent 4-0 loss to Everton, Manchester United are not the Ryan Giggs and Roy Keane Red Devils of yesteryear but they are still a huge club that needed to be respected. The convincing four goal margin put the exclamation on the encounter. For as expected as a victory in the quarterfinal was for Barcelona, Real Madrid and Juvent

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La Masia: Arnau Solá

La Masia: Arnau Solá

Xavi Simons. Jorge Alastuey. Txus Alba. Fermin López. Cadet A's talented midfield has gotten plenty of attention in this space, but this implies that every potential star has been covered. With this Cadet A squad that doesn't seem possible and with one look at midfielder Arnau Solá, you understand that Carles Martínez's squad is as deep as it is gifted. Born on April 4, 2003 in the town of Amposta, Tarragona on the banks of the Ebro river, Arnau Solá Mateu got his start with local side UE Rapitenca's youth set-up. Two hours from Barcelona, distance didn't stop those at La Masia from finding the player and bringing him into the system with Infantil B. At Infantil B, he set up in the center of the park and incrementally was given more responsibility at other positions. This versatility slowly became his calling card under the tutelage of Carles Martínez, then at Infantil A, as Martínez entrusted him at left wing in the derby against RCD Espanyol and other ap

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Could Messi score on a cold rainy night in Stoke? Coutinho bouncing back and facing Liverpool [TBPod136]

Could Messi score on a cold rainy night in Stoke? Coutinho bouncing back and facing Liverpool [TBPod136]

On episode 136 of  The Barcelona Podcast ,  Dan  is joined by Levon ( @Barsalev ) to review Barcelona's win over Manchester United and preview the battle with Liverpool. It's all La Ronda on this one with listener questions ranging from Philippe Coutinho's form, Luis Suárez away in the Champions League, Samuel Umtiti's future and much more! Running Order: What's behind the myth about Lionel Messi and scoring against English teams? Is Philippe Coutinho's dip in form based on confidence? How is Matthijs de Ligt handling all the transfer speculation? How will Barcelona deal with Liverpool's pressure? Why doesn't Luis Suárez show up in big away games in the Champions League? What should Barcelona do with Samuel Umtiti? Listen on  Apple Podcasts iOS App ,  Spotify  and, if you want to support the show, head over to  Patreon  for more content! 🏅 Become a Patreon to support the show and check out our Quick Take Match Reviews - Thank

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La Masia: Brian Peña

La Masia: Brian Peña

A traditional attacking midfielder who operates up the middle and needs cover behind him is losing his place in modern football, but they are truly the difference-makers if given the opportunity. Barcelona have some of those creators in their ranks and one of their most promising has only recently found his way to La Masia. Juvenil B's Brian Peña pulls the strings for his side and it may not be long before he pulls the strings as a professional. Brian Peña Perez-Vico was born in Vilafranca del Penedés, Spain, just about 45 km from the Camp Nou, on June 20, 2002, and the story goes that he started out with a ball as a toddler. While he was admitted to the FCBEscola, the flagship FC Barcelona school, he had to wait for quite a few years before making his way to La Masia. After five years with FCBEscola, he was picked up by CF Damm and he began to blossom as a player. He wasn't at Damm for long before being snatched up by RCD Espanyol, where he spent three seasons. He ofte

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Who is Frenkie De Jong - The Ajax Star and The New Barca Midfielder

Who is Frenkie De Jong - The Ajax Star and The New Barca Midfielder

With a perfectly balanced defensive and attacking skill-set Frenkie De Jong is considered to be one the brightest talents out there. Owing to his sublime footwork the 21 year old Dutch midfielder, who shook the transfer news world with his decision to join Barca, proves to be a reckoning force in the middle, easily finding his way out of tight situations whilst also serving as a great playmaker. Before breaking the Barcelona Transfer News Headlines - De Jong had a small but eventful history of transfers. He started his career playing for Willem II, where he mainly served as a substitute and was given very little playtime. At the beginning of the 2015-16 season Willem II was approached by Ajax as they were quite interested in what De Jong had to offer. They offered him a 4 year contract and then loaned him back to Willem II. After completing his loan period De Jong returned to Ajax in January 2016. He made a total of 15 appearances in the 2015-16 Jupiler League where he mostly playe

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Two Titans: The History of Barcelona vs. Manchester United

Two Titans: The History of Barcelona vs. Manchester United

Barcelona and Manchester United have won eight Champions League trophies between them, and more often than not they have seen each other on their way to greatness. The match-ups between the two are not many, but they were eventful. In this YouTube exclusive, we take a look at the history between these two global giants.

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How will Ole Gunnar Solskjær's Manchester United challenge Barcelona? Messi, Pogba and Musa Okwonga [TBPod135]

How will Ole Gunnar Solskjær's Manchester United challenge Barcelona? Messi, Pogba and Musa Okwonga [TBPod135]

On episode 135 of  The Barcelona Podcast ,  Dan  is joined by  Musa Okwonga  to break down Barcelona's upcoming Champions League match-up with Manchester United! They talk tactics, formations and major players! In La Ronda, your hosts continue the preview with potential line-ups, X-factors and much more! Running Order: How is Solskjær's Manchester United different than José Mourinho's? Will extra rest hurt or help the Red Devils? What formation should each team utilize? What kind of threat is Marcus Rashford? Is Ousmane Dembélé the X-factor in the tie? BBXO:  HERE The Rabona Podcast:  HERE Listen on  Apple Podcasts iOS App ,  Spotify  and, if you want to support the show, head over to  Patreon  for more content! 🏅 Become a Patreon to support the show and check out our Quick Take Match Reviews - Thank you! 🗣️ Access our exclusive, listeners-only Facebook Group here. Follow us on  Instagram ! Find us on  YouTube ! Ways to subscri

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What happened to Barcelona prodigy Jordi Mboula at Monaco?

What happened to Barcelona prodigy Jordi Mboula at Monaco?

Jordi Mboula's Barcelona departure in 2017 sparked outrage. An exciting and electrifying youngster, who shone the brightest at the U19 UEFA Youth League, he was tipped for stardom. AS Monaco offered the spotlight. After nearly two years in France, however, the Catalans may have been vindicated. Mboula has toiled in obscurity, shuttling Monaco's youth ranks with just seven appearances. Born just outside Granollers to a Catalan mother and a Congolese father, Mboula is Catalunya born and bred. He joined the club aged nine and progressed superbly through the ranks without much hype. Following a superb campaign two years ago, a handful of top clubs to tour around him like vultures. Monaco outsmarted the rest with only €3m. Mboula wasn't just good, he was the best. Fast, skilful, creative and physically strong, your definition of a modern day winger. He is as quick as they come and has a wonderful touch which leaves defenders trailing in his wake. His superb attacking artistr

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La Masia: Arnau Tenas

La Masia: Arnau Tenas

Just as the first team should ask where they'd be without Marc-André ter Stegen, Barcelona's UEFA Youth League squad could ask the same about their goalkeeper Arnau Tenas. 20-year-old Iñaki Peña is next in line at the position, but 17-year-old Tenas isn't too far behind. Born on May 30, 2001 in Vic, an ancient Catalan city known for its thick fog and freezing temperatures in the winter, Arnau Tenas Ureña was raised about an hour from the Camp Nou. He got his first experiences as a goalkeeper at local side Vic Riuprimer REFO before joining La Masia alongside his brother Marc. While forward Marc has since made the move to Atlético Madrid's youth set-up via Cornellá, Arnau has been a standout performer for Barcelona since his Benjamín A days back in the 2010-11 season, his first at the club. He has long been a fixture in Spain's youth national teams. He debuted for the Spain U-17s in 2017 and started all four matches for the side at the UEFA European U-17 Ch

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Should Barcelona sell Samuel Umtiti? Where does Malcom fit? 5 Listener Questions [TBPod134]

Should Barcelona sell Samuel Umtiti? Where does Malcom fit? 5 Listener Questions [TBPod134]

On episode 134 of  The Barcelona Podcast ,  Dan  is joined by  Jose Morataya  to answer five listener questions! Would you sell Umtiti? Where does Malcom fit? Will Kevin-Prince Boateng ever play again and more! Running Order: Would you swap Philippe Coutinho for Paulo Dybala? Does Malcom have a future at the club? Should Barcelona sell Umtiti? Will Kevin-Prince Boateng ever suit up for Barcelona again? How will Ernesto Valverde handle important games? Listen on  Apple Podcasts iOS App ,  Spotify  and, if you want to support the show, head over to  Patreon  for more content! 🏅 Become a Patreon to support the show and check out our Quick Take Match Reviews - Thank you! 🗣️ Access our exclusive, listeners-only Facebook Group here. Follow us on  Instagram ! Find us on  YouTube ! Ways to subscribe to The Barcelona Podcast: -  Click here to subscribe via Apple Podcasts -  Click here to subscribe via Spotify

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La Masia: Sergi Rosanas

La Masia: Sergi Rosanas

Mateu Morey has long been seen as the most promising right-back in La Masia, but after losing almost an entire season to an injury, another young Spaniard playing the same position has seen his stock rise remarkably due to some impressive performances in the UEFA Youth League. It's much easier for young talents to make a name for themselves if they score goals, but Sergi Rosanas has had a few showings this season that help buck that trend. Sergi Rosanas Moragas was born January 29, 2001 and was raised in Caberera de Mar, Spain. He started with youth clubs on the coast northeast of Barcelona at Cabrera de Mar and Vilassar before getting brought to La Masia at the Benjamín B level. A number of injuries in his preteen years could have sidetracked his career permaturely, but the right-back persevered and with the support of the likes of Carles Alena, Dani Morer and Marc Cucurella, with whom he traveled to and from the academy with in a taxi, he didn't get discouraged. Anot

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Was this international break a positive for FC Barcelona? Messi, Piqué and an Ajax partnership [TBPod133]

Was this international break a positive for FC Barcelona? Messi, Piqué and an Ajax partnership [TBPod133]

On episode 133 of  The Barcelona Podcast ,  Dan  is joined by  Jason Pettigrove  to discuss the recent international break, including Lionel Messi with Argentina, Samuel Umtiti with France and Gerard Piqué with Catalonia. Then in La Ronda your hosts talk about a possible partnership with Ajax, chances for Barcelona B players and much more! Running Order: Why does Lionel Messi keep playing with Argentina? Is there a worry about tired legs after the break? What happened with Gerard Piqué and the Catalonia national team? What could a partnership with Ajax mean for both sides? Where is Riqui Puig going to get minutes next season? The History of the Catalonia national team:  HERE Listen on  Apple Podcasts iOS App ,  Spotify  and, if you want to support the show, head over to  Patreon  for more content! 🏅 Become a Patreon to support the show and check out our Quick Take Match Reviews - Thank you! 🗣️ Access our exclusive, listeners-only Facebook Group here.

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What is the Catalonia national team?

What is the Catalonia national team?

From Ricardo Zamora to Gerard Piqué, many FC Barcelona legends have suited up for the Catalonia national team. Yet, if you ask FIFA, these players have only ever played for Spain. After the team's most recent 2-1 win over Venezuela, questions have again been raised about the place of the team in world football and even more questions have been asked about how we got to where we are with this side. The Barcelona Podcast explains:

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La Masia: David Navarro

La Masia: David Navarro

David Navarro Expósito was born February 7, 2003 in Barcelona. He began his footballing career at smaller youth clubs in Barcelona until in 2011 he was recruited by local side CE Sant Gabriel, the same team as current Cadet A teammate Alejandro Balde. Balde would leave the club that year, but Navarro remained and made his way up through the ranks. Playing as a defender, he became captain of the Infantil B before following Balde and making the jump to La Masia in 2016. Navarro is the less heralded but elder of Cadet A's regular centre-backs, starting alongside Diego Almeida. He may not have the same name recognition of his backline teammate, but Navarro does have the versatility to play at left-back if necessary. He was a standout player in the Mini Derbi in February against Espanyol. The game finished 1-1, but the right-footed Navarro had a successful showing alongside Balde and Almeida. The 16-year-old has been on the radar of the Spanish youth teams, getting call-ups to the

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Is this the best Barcelona since 2015?

Is this the best Barcelona since 2015?

2015 wasn't that long ago. The trident of Lionel Messi, Luis Suárez and Neymar looked unstoppable and they outpaced all comers to the Champions League trophy under Luis Enrique. Since that time, the team hasn't looked as unstoppable and European excellence has evaded them. This seasons feels a little different though; in a good way. In episode 132, Dan is joined by Eric Coffin-Gould to discuss Barcelona's current Champions League campaign and what makes this year's team different from the past few seasons.

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