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What does Kevin-Prince Boateng add to Barcelona? Sassuolo relationship and season expectations [TBPod123]

What does Kevin-Prince Boateng add to Barcelona? Sassuolo relationship and season expectations [TBPod123]

On episode 123 of  The Barcelona Podcast ,  Dan  is joined by  Mike Miller  to discuss Barcelona's signing of Kevin-Prince Boateng on loan from Sassuolo, plus the rumor of a potential relationship between the two clubs. In La Ronda, your hosts talk Ousmane Dembélé's injury, a sensational midfield trio, updated season expectations and much more! Running Order: What will Kevin-Prince Boateng bring to Barcelona on the field? Why is Boateng a potentially beneficial signing off the field? How could a rumored relationship with Sassuolo affect both clubs? How will Ousmane Dembélé's injury affect Philippe Coutinho? What are the expectations for the rest of the season? 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. F

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La Masia: Cláudia Pina

La Masia: Cláudia Pina

There is a young forward at Barcelona who has not only won a Golden Ball and a Silver Shoe at the FIFA U-17 World Cup, but they also led their team to the trophy as the captain. 17-year-old Cláudia Pina's international accolades may have helped put her in the spotlight, but she had already announced herself as a force in the professional game as well as a member of FC Barcelona Femení. As a full-fledged member of the Barça Femení, Pina barely qualifies as being a youth prospect. That said, she's still just seventeen. The Catalan prodigy was born in Montcada i Reixac on 12 August, 2001. Much like the former futsal magician and Barcelona legend Ronaldinho, she began her career playing fustal before moving to five-a-side. By the age of 11, she was discovered by Espanyol and joined the Parakeets for two seasons. While working under then Barça Femení coach Xavi Llorens, Jordi Ventura went to watch another girl at Espanyol and the story goes that after five minutes he left the

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Opinion: Why can't Culés get what they want?

Opinion: Why can't Culés get what they want?

Like most Culés with social media, I woke up, engaged in the bad habit of immediately checking my phone and fell right into this often used GIF: Barça Twitter was imploding in a flurry of infighting regarding the news that Frenkie de Jong is indeed choosing Paris Saint-Germain. Within hours of that long-awaited bombshell, it was reported that Ernesto Valverde is continuing next season as manger plus the Copa del Rey squad was released without a single youth player (or Malcom) in the bunch. This unholy trifecta turned the normally oozing molten malaise of Barcelona-related social media into a full-on volcanic explosion. The reasons for the feelings attached to each of these pieces of news are defendable because they are just that, feelings. It’s justified to be upset about de Jong suiting up for a Champions League rival. It’s justified to be frustrated that after all the promises of nurturing young talent, they may not feature again in the competition that was seen as third

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How does Barcelona's transfer strategy affect the squad? Starting XIs, Loans and Back-ups [TBPod122]

How does Barcelona's transfer strategy affect the squad? Starting XIs, Loans and Back-ups [TBPod122]

On episode 122 of  The Barcelona Podcast ,  Dan  is joined by  Isaiah Cambron  of the  Barcelona Football Blog  to discuss Barcelona's transfer strategy and how the media can warp a narrative. Your hosts talk best XIs, loans and a few other topics before answering the top listener questions in La Ronda, including Quique Setién, anti-Messi chatter and much more! Running Order: What should Barcelona be prioritizing in the transfer window? How have expensive transfers affected the way the club conducts its business? Is Philippe Coutinho in Barcelona's best XI? How should Ernesto Valverde rotate in the Copa del Rey? Would  Quique Setién's system work with Barcelona's current squad? 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

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Barcelona January Transfer Update ft. de Jong, de Ligt, Rabiot and more

Barcelona January Transfer Update ft. de Jong, de Ligt, Rabiot and more

By guest contributor Soham Banerjee ( @IamSohamB ).  It's that time of the year again where the footballing world finds itself in a hurricane of rumors, swaps and crazy transfers. The January transfer window is often seen as the "secondary" or the "lesser" transfer window, but after the acquisition of players such as Virgil van Dijk to Liverpool or Philippe Coutinho coming to Barcelona during the window last year, it has clearly become a time of excitement and unpredictability. Being a premier club on the global stage, Barcelona has been linked to various players, some seeming possible and some not so probable.   Possible Transfers In   Let's start with the most aggressive rumor of this window, one concerning Paris Saint-Germain's Adrien Rabiot . The 23-year-old midfielder is known for his disciplinary issues, the hands-on approach of his mother/agent with his career and the reported wages that he would desire. Rejecting the opportunity

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La Masia: Ramon Vila

La Masia: Ramon Vila

The modern goalkeeper has more responsibilities than ever before. The importance of the men between the pipes to have astute passing abilities is becoming just as necessary as making gravity-defying saves. At La Masia, this pressure can be amplified with the reputation of winning making it critical that young goalkeepers come up big in the rare moments they are called upon as their squads generally dominate possession.  Iñaki Peña is the standout name in net at the academy, but he isn't the only talented goalie in the pipeline. Juvenil B's Ramon Vila is years away from first team competition, but the 16-year-old is beginning to see his stock rise considerably of late. Ramon Vila Rovira was born February 18, 2002 in Sallent de Llobregat, about an hour northwest of the Camp Nou. Vila was discovered rather early and quickly made the move to La Masia. He first made a name for himself at the club and his biggest career accomplishment so far was being named as the best goalkeeper

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What should Barcelona do in the January transfer window? totalBarça, Rabiot and Todibo [TBPod121]

What should Barcelona do in the January transfer window? totalBarça, Rabiot and Todibo [TBPod121]

On episode 121 of  The Barcelona Podcast ,  Dan  is joined by Alex of  totalBarça  to discuss the business that Barcelona has already done in the January transfer window and the business that still needs to done. Mixing in questions from La Ronda, your hosts go through everything in the rumor mill, from Jean-Clair Todibo's signing and Adrien Rabiot to Philippe Coutinho, Frenkie de Jong and much more! Running Order: What role would Adrien Rabiot have at Barcelona? What is Barcelona getting in Jean-Clair Todibo? Why is Frenkie de Jong such a necessary signing? What would the arrival of Rabiot and/or de Jong mean for Rakitić and Vidal? Is Matthijs de Ligt still possible with the signing of Todibo? Is there any truth to rumors about Philippe Coutinho leaving? 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 - Thank you! 🗣️ Access our

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La Masia: Jorge Alastuey

La Masia: Jorge Alastuey

The depth of talent in Barcelona's Cadet A squad has been well-documented, from Diego Almeida at the back to Leo dos Reis up top and a bounty in the middle. Carles Martínez has five skilled midfielders to occupy three spots and somehow he fits them all on the field at the same time. For all the promise of the other four, they all follow the tricky playmaker from Zaragoza who also happens to wear the captain's armband, Jorge Alastuey. While his teammates follow his lead, Alastuey spent his youngest years following in his older brother Nacho's footsteps. Born May 14, 2003, Jorge with his left-foot and Nacho with his right learned the sport under the supervision of their father Ignacio. Playing locally in Zaragoza, Jorge joined the Alevín team of the city's biggest club, Real Zaragoza, at the age of ten. Already on the radar of some of the biggest clubs in Spain, Alastuey was formally approached by FC Barcelona after a phenomenal display at a youth tournament in Arg

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How has Hungary shaped FC Barcelona? Ferenc Plattkó, László Kubala and the Mighty Magyars [TBPod120]

How has Hungary shaped FC Barcelona? Ferenc Plattkó, László Kubala and the Mighty Magyars [TBPod120]

On this special edition of  The Barcelona Podcast ,  Dan  and guest co-host  Mike Miller  celebrate Barcelona's Hungarian history. From Ferenc Plattkó to László Kubala and the Mighty Magyars, your hosts break down the important legends of the past who will forever be remembered for their impact in Catalonia, as well some of the names that may have been forgotten. Running Order: Ferenc Plattkó - 1923-1930 Elemér Berkessy - 1934-1936 László Kubala - 1951-1961 Zoltán Czibor - 1958-1961 Sándor Kocsis - 1958-1965 Tibor Szalay - 1961-1963 Mátyás Tajti (Youth) - 2014-2016  Oda A Platko 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 - Thank you! 🗣️ Access our exclusive, listeners-only Facebook Group here.

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Busting Three Myths about Jeison Murillo's Signing

Busting Three Myths about Jeison Murillo's Signing

Jeison Murillo has signed his contract with FC Barcelona and is officially at the club on loan until June. The 26-year-old Colombian defender comes from Valencia where he had fallen out of favor, but prior to this season he has kept a fine reputation in both La Liga and Serie A as a starting centre-back for globally-renowned teams. There are a few misconceptions about the loan of the player and some of the negative criticism of the signing may not be completely accurate. His "aggressive" reputation He has been sent off eight times in his career, six times because of a second yellow and twice because of straight red cards. He has scored just six goals and provided four assists in his career and while his mobility is not at a premium, he is not considered sluggish either. While playing for Colombia against top attacking talent at the 2015 Copa América, he was named "Best Young Player" of the tournament for his performances. His goal in the group stage downed B

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La Masia: Alejandro Marqués

La Masia: Alejandro Marqués

Of all the positions at La Masia, forwards and goalkeepers seem to have the hardest time pushing their way into the first team. Goalkeepers are at the mercy of only playing one position while forwards deal with the immense pressure of scoring goals and never falling off. While Bojan Krki ć , Sandro Ramírez and even Munir El Haddadi found their way into the first team at a young age, their inability to make a superior impact relegated them to the bench and away from the club. Munir has returned, but competing with Luis Suárez and Lionel Messi for minutes may be the most difficult task in the world. At their respective ages, the two superstars won't be banging in goals forever and Barcelona will need some cheap options to supplement the inevitable big money goal-scorer that will be bought on the market. Abel Ruiz has long been the heir-apparent as the next forward from La Masia, but fellow 18-year-old Alejandro Marqués has seen his stock rise considerably in the past year and may

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Which academy talents shined brightest in 2018? La Masia update with Navid Molaaghaei [TBPod119]

Which academy talents shined brightest in 2018? La Masia update with Navid Molaaghaei [TBPod119]

On episode 119 of  The Barcelona Podcast ,  Dan  is joined by  Navid Molaaghaei  to discuss the La Masia aficionado's recent trip to Barcelona. The duo start with the first team and break down the names to know from Barcelona B to Alevín A, plus Navid's meeting with Riqui Puig and much more! Running Order: Which first team player is even better live? What is Riqui Puig like in person? Which Juvenil A talents are breaking into Barcelona B? What is Barcelona's strategy to keep Ilaix Moriba at the club? How does Carles Martínez manage all the talent at Cadet A? What sets La Masia players apart at such a young age? 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 - Thank you! 🗣️ Access our exclusive, listeners-only Facebook Group here. Follow us on  Instagram ! Ways to subscribe to The Barcelona Podcast: -  Click here

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La Masia: Diego Almeida

La Masia: Diego Almeida

FC Barcelona has a strong connection with the continent of South America. Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay have all been well-represented while Chile, Peru, Colombia and Paraguay have provided the Blaugrana a few players as well. Due to the rules that limit the number of non-EU players allowed in a European side, it's not surprising that a country like Ecuador may not have many top players breaking into the largest teams in Europe. In recent years, the likes of Antonio Valencia and Enner Valencia have raised the profile of Ecuadorian talents, but no major club outside of South America has yet to produce a talent on their own. This could all change with Cadet A's Spanish-born Diego Almeida, born of Ecuadorian parents and one of La Masia's top prospects. Born in Rubí, Spain on February 12, 2004 to Ecuadorian parents who came to Catalonia for a better life, Diego Almeida Crespo was discovered rather early and came to La Masia to join Rafa Rodríguez's Prebenjamín team. He

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Can Barcelona replace Luis Suárez? Jeison Murillo's role and Moussa Wagué [TBPod118]

Can Barcelona replace Luis Suárez? Jeison Murillo's role and Moussa Wagué [TBPod118]

On episode 118 of  The Barcelona Podcast ,  Dan  is joined by guest co-host  Diana Kristinne  to discuss if Barcelona can possibly replace Luis Suárez and who could eventually replace him. Then in La Ronda your hosts talk Jeison Murillo's potential role with Barcelona, the availability of Ronald Araújo and Moussa Wagué for the first team and much more! Running Order: Is it possible to replace what Luis Su árez brings to the club? Who are some potential forwards that could follow the Uruguayan? Who is Jeison Murillo and what would he bring to Barcelona? How possible is it to see  Ronald Araújo and Moussa Wagué in the first team in the near future? Can traditional club values be upheld in a globalized world? What kind of threat does Lyon pose in the Champions 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 get access to o

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How Tata Martino went from Barcelona failure to MLS Champion

How Tata Martino went from Barcelona failure to MLS Champion

Every manager following Pep Guardiola at Barcelona have invoked different feelings and words from fans and players alike. Tito Vilanova's La Liga title in his one year in charge is remembered with incredible reverence and the title serves as the legacy of a man that was taken too soon. Gerardo "Tata" Martino took his place and captured just the Spanish Super Cup. Next up was Luis Enrique, who captured nine trophies in his three seasons in charge, winning a treble along the way. Enrique's exit was unceremonious and there was surely plenty of consternation along the way, but each passing year affords the opportunity to see the current Spanish national team manager's time at Barcelona with more affection. Enrique's departure brought in Ernesto Valverde, a leader that seems to be liked by the players but gets mixed reactions from the media and fans. Of the bunch, Martino had the least successful run and will not be remembered among the rest. The tough truth i

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La Masia: Anssumane Fati

La Masia: Anssumane Fati

There are so many factors that can derail a young career. A year lost due to injury, a failed change of position; there are a ton of different issues that can turn a future superstar into an amateur footballer. On the other hand, some players deal with adversity with great success and look like can't-miss prospects from day one. A good example of the latter is Juvenil A's Anssumane Fati, who has gone from younger brother of a player with potential to one of the brightest talents in not just La Masia, but all of youth football. Anssumane Fati, Ansu for short, was born October 31, 2002 in Guinea-Bissau. His family moved to Herrera, Seville just a few days after his birth and his older brother Braima was soon discovered by Sevilla. While Braimi played for Sevilla's youth teams, Ansu started his career with Escuela de Fútbol Peloteros Sevilla. Sevilla brought Ansu to join his brother three years later and before long the Fati boys were being scouted by Barcelona. The du

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What is Philippe Coutinho's best position? Juan Miranda's development and Jasper Cillessen [TBPod117]

What is Philippe Coutinho's best position? Juan Miranda's development and Jasper Cillessen [TBPod117]

On episode 117 of  The Barcelona Podcast ,  Dan  is joined by  Alex Truica  to discuss Philippe Coutinho's best position for Barcelona. Then your hosts answer the tough questions in La Ronda, including the situations of Juan Miranda, Jasper Cillessen and the potential opponents for the UCL knockout rounds! Running Order: What is Philippe Coutinho's best position for Barcelona? What should be Juan Miranda's role with the first team? What should the club do about Jasper Cillessen? Does the club have an issue with all the leaks regarding Ousmane Dembelé? Who would you like to play and who would you like to avoid in the Champions League knockout rounds? 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 - Thank you! 🗣️ Access our exclusive, listeners-only Facebook Group here. Follow us on  Instagram ! Ways to subscribe to

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Has Barcelona caught the injury bug this season?

Has Barcelona caught the injury bug this season?

By guest contributor Soham Banerjee ( @IamSohamB ). Injuries have led to a number of lackluster performances by Ernesto Valverde's men this season and it has been quite a few months since the manager dealt with the tough selection decisions that he would have with a healthy squad. In the engine of FC Barcelona, the midfield, there have been a number of injuries and rotations that have affected the team's continuity on both sides of the ball. Over the last few weeks, there has been a feeling every time a player comes back healthy, two more hit the medical table. Denis Suárez and Carles Aleñá started the season on the shelf, Lionel Messi was forced to miss El Clásico, Luis Suárez, Philippe Coutinho, Ivan Rakitic, Thomas Vermaelen, Marc-André ter Stegen, Jasper Cillessen and most recently Arthur have all spent time rehabbing injuries this season with varying lengths of absence. At the moment, Malcom, Rafinha, Sergi Samper and Samuel Umtiti are all still on the sideline. F

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La Masia: Álex Rico

La Masia: Álex Rico

After weeks of profiling some of La Masia's greatest talents, many of which were midfielders, it's hard to believe that Barcelona have so many exciting prospects in the middle of the park. Yet, at every level in the academy there are precocious teenagers making major leaps in their developments as they progress through the ranks. Stuck between two squads with a number of highly talented youngsters in the Juvenil A and Cadet A teams, the current Juvenil B squad gets a little overlooked at the moment. Nico González would be with the team if he hadn't skipped that level entirely while Ilaix Moriba didn't last long this season before his promotion to Juvenil A. If anything, the progress of those two has allowed for even more opportunities for the likes of Brian Peña, Marc Doménech and Álex Rico. Of the three, Rico is the first to make his Juvenil A debut and it's not hard to see why. Born January 25, 2002 in nearby Lleida, Álex Rico Pico got his start at a very

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Does Ernesto Valverde handle youth players properly? Carles Aleñá and the La Masia pipeline [TBPod116]

Does Ernesto Valverde handle youth players properly? Carles Aleñá and the La Masia pipeline [TBPod116]

On episode 116 of  The Barcelona Podcast ,  Dan  is joined by  Kevin Williams  to discuss Carles Aleñá's breakthrough against Villarreal and Ernesto Valverde's handling of youth players. Then they tackle La Ronda to talk Philippe Coutinho's form, Valverde's future and much more! Running Order: Has Ernesto Valverde handled Carles Ale ñá properly? How does the manager handle La Masia products compared to young signings outside of the club? Should Barcelona go forward with going after Frenkie de Jong or Adrien Rabiot? Why do signings struggle finding their place at Barcelona in general? What is Philippe Coutinho's best position for Barcelona? What is Valverde's future at the club? Check out the Barcelona Football Blog:  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 - Thank you! 🗣️ Access our exclusive,

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