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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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How should Barcelona fans feel about this UCL campaign? de Ligt and Griezmann rumors [TBPod132]

How should Barcelona fans feel about this UCL campaign? de Ligt and Griezmann rumors [TBPod132]

On episode 132 of  The Barcelona Podcast ,  Dan  is joined  Eric Coffin-Gould  to discuss Barcelona's Champions League campaign and the likelihood of bringing home the trophy. Then in La Ronda your hosts talk Matthijs de Ligt and Antoine Griezmann rumors, the rumored fourth kit for next season and much more! Running Order: What makes this Champions League campaign different from the last few seasons? Is this the best Barcelona side since 2015? Why was Ousmane Dembélé risked against Lyon? What is the likelihood of Samuel Umtiti leaving? What is the likelihood of Matthijs de Ligt or Antoine Griezmann coming to the Camp Nou? Eric's Barcelona Football Blog piece on de Ligt:  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 Gro

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La Masia: Jaume Jardí

La Masia: Jaume Jardí

Jaume Jardí Poyato was born April 7, 2002 in nearby Reus. His first club was local side Escola de la Pastoreta where he reportedly wanted to play as a goalkeeper. Due to his diminutive size, he was kept out of net and instead played up top. His attempts to reach La Masia had to wait however as he was unsuccessful in convincing during two different trials at a young age. He opted for CF Reus Deportiu and made a big leap in his second season there. His second season at Reus made him the target of Barcelona, Valencia, Real Madrid and Espanyol. While playing in a friendly tournament for Valencia with a broken finger, he earned the opportunity to head to Madrid to sign for one of Spain's giants. Instead of signing for Los Blancos, however, Jardí chose to join La Masia and began working with the Cadet B for the 2016-17 season. He didn't necessarily shine at Cadet B level, but the following season with Cadet A he scored 21 goals in the league. This sparkling campaign earned him a

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The Barcelona Podcast partners with Penya FCBarcelona NYC

The Barcelona Podcast partners with Penya FCBarcelona NYC

New changes are on the horizon for The Barcelona Podcast in 2019, starting with an official partnership with Penya FCBarcelona NYC. This partnership with result in new projects and collaboration for the Barcelona community! Presenting the first collaboration:

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Why is Ligue 1 behind the other major leagues?

Why is Ligue 1 behind the other major leagues?

Ousmane Dembélé, Samuel Umtiti, Clément Lenglet, Jean-Clair Todibo and Kheira Hamraoui all got their start in French football. For Hamraoui, she comes from a league that is known for its international prestige and success. For the four male players in Barcelona's first team, Ligue 1 is not seen with the same prestige. Is it PSG's fault? Is it other leagues picking off the young talent? On episode 131 of The Barcelona Podcast, The Athletic's Sophie Serbini  joined the show to get to the bottom of why French football might be unfairly overlooked.

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Is French football overlooked? Facing Lyon and Sophie Serbini [TBPod131]

Is French football overlooked? Facing Lyon and Sophie Serbini [TBPod131]

On episode 131 of  The Barcelona Podcast ,  Dan  is joined by The Athletic's  Sophie Serbini  to discuss the state of French football, from Barcelona's current French connection to the perception of Ligue 1 around the world and much more! Then they break down and preview the second leg with Lyon in the Champions League and how Lyon will hope to hold on to their players. Running Order: Why is Ligue 1 seen as behind the four other major leagues? Is French football's success measured by PSG's success? Why doesn't French football get credit for all its top level exports? What did French clubs do to develop Barcelona's current French players? How does Lyon operate differently with Nabil Fekir? How will Lyon hold on to their top players this offseason? 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 Ta

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La Masia: Kike Saverio

La Masia: Kike Saverio

Unlike goalkeeper or centre-back, two positions where age and experience can extend a career like fine wine, wingers must oftentimes rely on athleticism, quickness and a confident naiveté of failure that usually comes with youth. At Barcelona, the pressure of already being a finished product when you arrive in the first team can be in direct conflict with that youthful exuberance that comes along with a prodigy on the wing. Carles Pérez, the 21-year-old winger for Barcelona B, is coming to a point in his career where he either breaks through like Cristian Tello and Isaac Cuenca or he immediately seeks a new challenge to continue his career like Gerard Deulofeu or Adama Traoré. 19-year-old Kike Saverio of Barcelona B is the next young winger who will meet that crossroads, but the Ecuadorian is still a season or two away from such a decision. Javier Enrique Delgado Saverio, known better as Kike, was born June 19, 1999 in Genoa, Italy to Ecuadorian parents. Moving to Spain at a young

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What is holding Philippe Coutinho back from being his best?

What is holding Philippe Coutinho back from being his best?

By guest contributor Soham Banerjee ( @IamSohamB ).  A highly talented player who suited the ambitions of FC Barcelona joined the club more than a year ago for an unfathomable fee of over 150 million euros. He was seen as the rightful heir to club legend Andres Iniesta and added a lot to the team initially with his zeal for unmatched creative abilities. He had the flair of a classic Brazilian attacker, running across the pitch making spirals and winding his opponents up in a web of skillful moves on the ball. Additionally, he was seen as the back-up free kick taker, with profound accuracy and shooting skills. His ability to score long shots consistently made him a danger whenever he lurked across the 18-yard box. From Milan to Liverpool, Philippe Coutinho was known for his versatility, making him a variety player with his ability to play both as an attacking midfielder or a winger. His ability to play in both positions perhaps cost him a spot in Barcelona's Starting XI. Since

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Manchester City's Barcelona connections run deep

Manchester City's Barcelona connections run deep

Money can't buy trophies, but Manchester City are certainly trying. So much of the credit for winning goes to managers and players, but oftentimes the men behind the scenes who brought that personnel into a system and culture to succeed are worthy of the same praise. Pep Guardiola is conquering England, but a Champions League trophy in Manchester is still eluding him. Over the course of the last few seasons, he's brought in players that fit the way he wants to play. Behind him, director of football Txiki Begiristain is pulling the strings and getting Guardiola the players that could help him get the job done. If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, Manchester City are paying Barcelona quite the flattering compliment by bringing one of the their greatest coaches and arguably one of their greatest executives. The comparisons don't stop there, as Begiristain and company have continued to use their pull in Catalonia to strike up a relationship with Girona as well as

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Who is Barcelona's most underrated player? Rotating CBs and Sergi Samper [TBPod130]

Who is Barcelona's most underrated player? Rotating CBs and Sergi Samper [TBPod130]

On episode 130 of  The Barcelona Podcast ,  Dan  is joined by Diego Lorijn ( DSpot ) to debate who Barcelona's most underrated player is this season. Then in La Ronda, your hosts talk Sergi Samper to Vissel Kobe, Ivan Rakitic's future at the club, picking between centre-backs and much more! Running Order: Who is Barcelona's most underrated player? Is it possible to underrate Lionel Messi? What is Ivan Rakitic's future at the club? How do you rotate Gerard Pique, Clement Lenglet and Samuel Umtiti down the stretch? Does Barcelona have a relationship with Vissel Kobe? How are Riqui Puig and Oriol Busquets progressing this 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. Follow us on  Instagram ! Fi

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Are Barcelona repeating last season? El Clásico, Manchester City and Ryan Bailey [TBPod129]

Are Barcelona repeating last season? El Clásico, Manchester City and Ryan Bailey [TBPod129]

On episode 129 of  The Barcelona Podcast ,  Dan  is joined by  Ryan Bailey  from Yahoo Sports and The Athletic to break down the power struggle in Spain between Barcelona and Real Madrid and predict which side will have the advantage over the next few seasons. They also talk Pep Guardiola, Manchester City's connections to Barcelona, their relationship with Girona and much more! Running Order: How are Culés viewing this season heading into the final stretch? Which team is better prepared for the next few seasons? How will Real Madrid handle some turnover in their squad? Is Barcelona better than Real Madrid even without Lionel Messi? How has Pep Guardiola changed since moving to Manchester? How could Manchester City's relationship with Girona affect Barcelona? Ryan's Yahoo Sports video:  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 suppor

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La Masia: Xavi Simons

La Masia: Xavi Simons

For those who've been watching this space every Friday since the season started as we profiled La Masia talent after La Masia talent, there has certainly been one name requested more than any other. While still just a 15-year-old, the captain of Cadet A is without question the most famous player currently working his way through the academy. Maybe it's a famous dad. Maybe it's a famous agent. Maybe it was the perfect storm of the youngster putting on a show just in time for YouTube skill compilation videos to take over your timelines. Regardless of the reason, Xavi Simons' performances are under the microscope more than any of his teammates and millions of Culés are waiting to see what's next for the Dutch prodigy. The story of Xavi Simons really starts with his father, Regillio. The elder Simons was a striker for six different clubs in the Netherlands and one in Japan in a professional career that spanned twelve seasons. While playing for Fortuna Sittard in the

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El Clásico: By The Numbers

El Clásico: By The Numbers

Barcelona and Real Madrid are eternal rivals. Meeting twice in the next four days between the Copa del Rey and La Liga, it's just the latest chapter in a struggle that has lasted more than a century. The pair have met 34 times in the Copa del Rey and 177 times in La Liga. This YouTube exclusive presented by The Barcelona Podcast breaks down some of the most important numbers and figures from 100 years of El Clásico.

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La Masia: Alejandro Balde

La Masia: Alejandro Balde

As Jordi Alba stares down that dreaded age of 30 and 19-year-old Juan Miranda continues to look unprepared for the first team, there is a growing impression that Barcelona are thin at left-back. There is truth to the notion that the next few seasons will put the position into a place of consternation unless a reinforcement is brought into the first team, but there is very little truth to the idea that left-back is a weak position in La Masia following the exodus of Álex Grimaldo a few years ago and Joel López to Arsenal last summer. A long-term answer at left-back could be 15-year-old Alejandro Balde of Cadet A, a player that has continued to make a name for himself at a position that doesn't get the same attention as Barcelona's coveted midfielders. Alejandro Balde Martínez was born in Barcelona on March 18, 2003 to a Guinea-Bissauan father and Dominican mother. As reported by Albert Rogé, Balde's footballing journey began at the age of four when older brother Edy was

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What makes Lyon a tough opponent for Barcelona? Ferland Mendy, Memphis Depay and Kevin Williams [TBPod128]

What makes Lyon a tough opponent for Barcelona? Ferland Mendy, Memphis Depay and Kevin Williams [TBPod128]

On episode 128 of  The Barcelona Podcast ,  Dan  is joined by  Kevin Williams  to preview Barcelona's Champions League match-up with Lyon. They talk formations, personnel and give their picks for starting line-ups. In La Ronda, your hosts answer listener questions about the form of Luis Suárez, Mauro Icardi and much more! Running Order: Which team is in better form heading into their match-up? Who will miss the first leg? Who are the players to watch for Lyon? What's the big deal with Ferland Mendy? Can Luis Suárez figure out his Champions League road woes? 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

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La Masia: Raúl Moro

La Masia: Raúl Moro

Few have seen their stock rise at La Masia this season as much as Juvenil B's Raúl Moro. The mercurial attacker has been an important addition to Franc Artiga's side, a team that lost their two most essential attacking options in Roberto Navarro and Pablo Moreno, moving last offseason to Monaco and Juventus respectively. While these talents won't be forgotten, Moro is making sure that Juvenil B don't fall by the wayside. Born December 5, 2002 in Abrera, Spain, a town sitting to the northwest of Barcelona and to the east of Lleida, Raúl Moro Prescoli got his start at the age of four with local club Promesas del Abrera. While he was approached by both Barcelona and Espanyol after two seasons at the Prebenjamín level, Moro decided instead to continue his career at Igualada. He regularly played with older children and started to groom his skill to match his incredible quickness. After scoring 28 goals in the second half of his sixth season at Igualada, he was noticed

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What are Barcelona's Champions League chances? Global Marketing, Kevin Egan and Blaugranagram [TBPod127]

What are Barcelona's Champions League chances? Global Marketing, Kevin Egan and Blaugranagram [TBPod127]

On episode 127 of  The Barcelona Podcast ,  Dan  first talks to  Kevin Egan  from beIN SPORTS and Atlanta United about everything from Ray Hudson and Barcelona's dealings in North America to the club's chances in the Champions League. Then it's time for La Ronda with  Omar from Blaugranagram  to discuss the club revoking medals, the malaise of recent performances and much more! Running Order: What is it like to work with Ray Hudson? What were the pros and cons of Barcelona and Girona coming to Miami? What is the difference between FC Barcelona getting involved in North American investors and fans investing in the American product? Which MLS side should Barcelona fans watch? What are the club's chances of capturing the UCL trophy this season? Why is Barcelona revoking medals from the Franco era? Is the club unwatchable at the moment? Listen on  Apple Podcasts iOS App ,  Spotify  and, if you want to support the show, head over to  Patreon  for

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La Masia: Pablo Páez

La Masia: Pablo Páez

The Cadet A team has gotten plenty of attention, but Cadet B also has some pretty talented midfielders. Since arriving from Real Betis, Pablo Páez has been one of the more frequently talked about players at the Alevín, Infantil and Cadet levels in La Masia. Born August 5, 2004 in Los Palacios y Villafranca, Spain, Pablo Páez Gavira was discovered by Real Betis at an early age. He progressed well through the ranks and got some time with Infantil B before swapping his green and white for azulgrana. His start at La Masia got off to a difficult start, as Barcelona couldn't register him and he had to wait until January to get things started. Almost as soon as he started playing for Barcelona's Alevín A, the 11-year-old scored a goal and broke his nose. A broken nose couldn't keep "Gavi", as he is nicknamed by his friends, from quickly becoming one of the gems of La Masia. As a member of Infantil B, he first gained attention at the La Liga Promises tournament in D

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Barcelona v. Real Madrid: Copa del Rey First Leg Preview

Barcelona v. Real Madrid: Copa del Rey First Leg Preview

Due to the uncertainty of Lionel Messi's availability, Ernesto Valverde is the manager with the ace up his sleeve. Barcelona may also have the mental advantage heading into the first leg of the Copa del Rey semi-finals after their 5-1 domination of the reigning European Champions. That said, this is Madrid manager Santiago Solari's first El Clásico, so if there is any game for a rah-rah speech for the ages it's this one. Real Madrid is trending upward at the perfect time for the match-up with their rivals. Five straight wins for the club that have coincided with an uptick in success for Karim Benzema have Los Blancos looking much more dangerous than they were at the start of the season, but that isn't saying much. With Madrid trying to pull off their yearly push to challenge for the Champions League, it's a wonder who needs the Copa del Rey more. The Barcelona Podcast spoke this week with Jon Driscoll of Sky Sports about the stakes for both teams: Check

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How does Barcelona navigate three Clásicos in a month? Depth in La Liga with Jon Driscoll [TBPod126]

How does Barcelona navigate three Clásicos in a month? Depth in La Liga with Jon Driscoll [TBPod126]

On episode 126 of  The Barcelona Podcast ,  Dan  is joined by  Jon Driscoll  of Sky Sports and  El Tel & Jon's La Liga Weekly  to figure out how Barcelona should navigate a difficult month that includes three Clásicos. They talk La Liga, Segunda División and much more! Running Order: Do these Clásicos matter more to Barcelona or Real Madrid? Is Santiago Solari on the hot seat with these matches? How does Ernesto Valverde manager the veterans' minutes? Is La Liga as deep as the Premier League? Is it better for La Liga when big clubs like Athletic Bilbao are in the top division? Are new broadcasting rights good for the Segunda  División? 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 !

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La Masia: Álvaro Sanz

La Masia: Álvaro Sanz

With so many promising midfielders, particularly defensive midfielders, in the ranks of La Masia, some with great potential are bound to get lost in all the excitement. With Jandro Orellana playing the same position at Juvenil A, it could be argued that Álvaro Sanz isn't even the most talked about defensive midfielder on his own team. Yet, the 17-year-old Sanz has excelled as he continues to bring his calm presence, great work ethic and organization in the center of the pitch to a team brimming with potential stars. Born on February 14, 2001 in the small town of Caspe in Zaragoza, Álvaro Sanz Catalán was spotted by the biggest club in the region at a young age and made his way through the ranks. It wasn't long before Barcelona took notice and in 2014 the club signed the youngster. He stayed at Zaragoza to finish the season before making the move with teammate Antonio Sola, who is still his teammate at Juvenil A. Back in his Cadet B days, he started in a midfield alongside

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What is standing between Barcelona and the treble? Copa del Rey Remontada and VAR [TBPod125]

What is standing between Barcelona and the treble? Copa del Rey Remontada and VAR [TBPod125]

On episode 125 of  The Barcelona Podcast ,  Dan  is joined by Levon ( @Barsalev ) to discuss Barcelona's chances at the treble after their dominating win over Sevilla in the Copa del Rey. They talk motivation, injuries and the importance of the King's Cup. In La Ronda, your hosts talk Sergi Roberto, bargain signings, VAR and much more! Running Order: What is stopping Barcelona from winning the treble? Could Copa success hurt the squad's UCL aspirations? Does the team have the depth to compete on all fronts? What is Sergi Roberto's role on the team? Who is the best bargain signing? Has VAR been a success or a failure? 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 ! Ways to sub

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La Masia: Leo dos Reis

La Masia: Leo dos Reis

The Cadet A team is creating quite a buzz for their midfield talent, including Jorge Alastuey, Txus Alba and Xavi Simons, but obviously someone has to be banging in all those goals up top for these teenage maestros. Enter Leo dos Reis. The Catalan-born striker is the lanky frontman for this prodigious group of starlets, a player with the physical profile to lead the line and the background of a La Masia success. Leo dos Reis Muniz was born January 23, 2003 in Barcelona to a successful futsbal player, Marcelo dos Reis. The elder dos Reis was born in Manaus, Brazil and made the move to Spain in 1995 to join up with Garcia Industries to continue his futsal career. So much of the younger dos Reis' upbringing revolved around his father's profession, and Leo got his start basically as a toddler playing futsal while his father was at Polaris World Cartagena. He began playing football at Cornellá for the 2012-13 season and during this time he was reportedly courted by Barcelona to

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What does Frenkie de Jong's signing mean for Barcelona? Profiling de Jong with Nüel Weinchard [TBPod124]

What does Frenkie de Jong's signing mean for Barcelona? Profiling de Jong with Nüel Weinchard [TBPod124]

On episode 124 of  The Barcelona Podcast ,  Dan  is joined by  Nüel Weinchard  for an emergency podcast all about Barcelona's signing of Frenkie de Jong. Your hosts start at the beginning and profile the Dutch midfielder's rise to prominence all the way through signing his Barcelona deal. Transfer fees, wages and the future of the Barcelona midfield are all talked about on this long-awaited show! Running Order: How did Frenkie de Jong break into the Ajax first team?  What qualities will he immediately bring to Barcelona and what needs to improved? What separates his play for Ajax from his role with the Netherlands? What does his signing mean for the rest of Barcelona's midfielders? Was de Jong too expensive? Will de Jong's signing have a negative effect on Riqui Puig? 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

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