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FC Barcelona's French Connection

FC Barcelona's French Connection

The Barcelona Podcast looks at the connection between FC Barcelona and France. Antoine Griezmann is certainly a star, but he's not the first French talent to make the move to Catalonia. Please like and subscribe to support the YouTube channel!

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What if Antoine Griezmann is the personality Barcelona need?

What if Antoine Griezmann is the personality Barcelona need?

Last year Barcelona were on the verge of the treble. La Liga was wrapped up and only a second leg against Liverpool and wins in both the Champions League and Copa del Rey finals would secure this incarnation of the Blaugrana immortality. It would have given the oft-criticized Ernesto Valverde a level of immunity shared by Luis Enrique after his treble-winning season in 2015. Instead, of that immortality, Gerard Piqué reminded us all of the cloud that currently hangs over the current squad. "I think that on a mental level," the Catalan said, "some people were affected by what happened in Rome because we had it very recently. With the first goal, which was very fast, unconsciously you see the image of Rome." Quotes like that and moments of Anfield remind us that Barcelona players, for all the pressure and fame that come with being at a top club and collecting pay checks that reflect professional value, are still just flesh and blood. Professional athletes genera

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Will Antoine Griezmann be a king or a clown at Barcelona? Summer business and Neymar options [TBPod148]

Will Antoine Griezmann be a king or a clown at Barcelona? Summer business and Neymar options [TBPod148]

On episode 148 of  The Barcelona Podcast ,  Dan  and Francesc discuss the merits of the Antoine Griezmann signing and how it affects 'Més que un club'. Then your hosts talk Neymar options, Philippe Coutinho's future, other summer business and much more! Running Order: What does Antoine Griezmann's signing mean for  'Més que un club'? Is the Neymar business nearing its end? Which players need to impress in preseason? Could Luis Suárez come off the bench? Will Barcelona be bringing in another left-back this summer? 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 Po

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Griezmann signing proves 'Mes Que Un Club' no longer applies

Griezmann signing proves 'Mes Que Un Club' no longer applies

The unthinkable has finally happened, Cules - Antoine Griezmann is now officially a Blaugrana after president Bartomeu decided to pay Atletico Madrid the €120M stipulated on his buyout clause - a deal which not even our friends at Betting Bonus Codes would have seen coming this time last year. The French international has dominated the Blaugrana transfer window yet again this summer. Despite Barca’s efforts to bring him to the Camp Nou last season, the French international made the very public decision to stay at Atlético Madrid instead - by airing a farcical documentary in the process. When questioned about the now infamous 'La Decision' documentary during his first press conference at the Camp Nou, Griezmann explained : "I have done various bad things in the past. But I have never regretted anything because they're things I wanted to do at the time. I didn't play with either of the two sides. In the end, Barcelona and I are now together and I can't wa

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La Masia: Louie Barry

La Masia: Louie Barry

Frenkie de Jong isn't the only signing for Barcelona this summer that the Catalan club stole right out from the under the noses of PSG. Since the player won't be playing in the first team anytime soon, the exact happenings of how 16-year-old Louie Barry got from West Brom to Barcelona may never be known. The third English-born player (behind Gary Lineker and Marcus McGuane) that could play for the Barcelona first team is clearly a player that the Barcelona brass was keen to bring to La Masia. Sources say that Barry was in Paris on Thursday and underwent his PSG medical before heading to Spain on Saturday to sign for Barcelona instead. Many of the major top clubs in Europe were hot on the trail of the youngster after his accolades with the English youth squads. Louie Barry was born in Birmingham on June 21, 2003. Instead of Wolverhampton, Aston Villa or even Birmingham City, 6-year-old Barry started his West Midlands footballing journey at West Brom Albion. Last season, h

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Barcelona's Most Expensive Transfers

Barcelona's Most Expensive Transfers

The Barcelona Podcast looks at the 10 most expensive transfers in FC Barcelona's history along with some of the names that broke the transfer record at the time. Please like and subscribe to support the YouTube channel!

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What makes Catalan cuisine special? Talking Més que un club with Chef Daniel Olivella [TBPod147]

What makes Catalan cuisine special? Talking Més que un club with Chef Daniel Olivella [TBPod147]

On episode 147 of  The Barcelona Podcast ,  Dan  is joined by  Chef Daniel Olivella  to discuss what makes Catalan cuisine so special and how the food of Barcelona can be just as enticing to tourists as FC Barcelona. They talk paella, tapas, Johan Cruyff and much more! Running Order: What took Chef Olivella from music in Barcelona to a restaurant in Austin, Texas? What are some of the major influences on Catalan cuisine? What's the secret to making Catalan dishes at home? Who is the top player Chef Olivella saw in person? How do the big player transfer sagas differ from Johan Cruyff's time? Get Chef Daniel Olivella's book, Catalan Food: Culture and Flavors from the Mediterranean:  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-onl

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Three Finals on a Sunday: Barcelona at the Women's World Cup and Copa América

Three Finals on a Sunday: Barcelona at the Women's World Cup and Copa América

Sunday, July 7th will be a football day for the ages and Culés should have their eye on at least two of three major finals going on that day. Up first is the Women's World Cup final where Lieke Martens and Stefanie van der Gragt will play as underdogs to the United States. This is the first Women's World Cup final for the team that surprised all of Europe by winning the Euros back in 2017 with Martens as the star player. The Dutch squad got to the final by beating Sweden 1-0 in extra time after a goal from Manchester United's Jackie Groenen. The recent history between the two squads heavily favors the U.S. The U.S have defeated the Dutch six consecutive times, though the two haven't met since 2016, before the generation of Martens and van der Gragt broke through. The Netherlands were probably the underdog against Sweden as well, but Sweden's reluctance to attack made their semifinal a slog and if the Dutch learned anything from the affair, it's to be not a

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Copa América: Brazil v Argentina, match review and Messi's legacy

Copa América: Brazil v Argentina, match review and Messi's legacy

On this special edition of  The Barcelona Podcast ,  Dan  provides a match review for Brazil v Argentina in the Copa América semifinal as a sample of what you get all season long at  Patreon ! Running Order: Did Argentina's line-up make sense? Is Arthur a bad boy now? Does Brazil get the best out of Philippe Coutinho? What is Lionel Messi's Argentina legacy? 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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What future is Barcelona planning for? Neymar, Messi and media reliability [TBPod146]

What future is Barcelona planning for? Neymar, Messi and media reliability [TBPod146]

On episode 146 of  The Barcelona Podcast ,  Dan  and  Mike Miller  talk about what signing Neymar and Antoine Griezmann would do to the club's identity. Your hosts then ponder Lionel Messi's future, talk media credibility and sensational summer news and much more! Running Order: Does signing Neymar mean that the club has lost its identity? Is Barcelona's board only worried about the rest of their term? Does the board know something about Messi's future that we don't? Is football media less credible than other major sports? La Masia controversy:  HERE  and  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 subscribe to The Barcelona Podca

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Summer Transfer Targets for Barcelona

Summer Transfer Targets for Barcelona

The Barcelona Podcast makes a list of summer transfer targets that FC Barcelona should consider outside of the big names. Instead of Antoine Griezmann and Neymar, it's Junior Firpo and Florentino. Please like and subscribe to support the YouTube channel!

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Could Neymar return to Barcelona? Copa América, Lionel Messi's Argentina and an unlikely signing [TBPod145]

Could Neymar return to Barcelona? Copa América, Lionel Messi's Argentina and an unlikely signing [TBPod145]

On episode 145 of  The Barcelona Podcast ,  Dan  and  Will Haas  from  FC Barcelona Penya Austin  discuss a possible return for Neymar. Your hosts talk the biggest stories from the Copa América including Lionel Messi and Argentina and Philippe Coutinho with Brazil, plus a conversation about Barcelona B's newest signing. Running Order: Is a Neymar return even possible? Why isn't the Copa Am érica going as planned for Argentina? How much credibility is there to Philippe Coutinho's Brazil performances? What's the problem with Barcelona B's newest signing? 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: -  Cl

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Barcelona’s Rising Stars from La Masia: 2019

Barcelona’s Rising Stars from La Masia: 2019

The Barcelona Podcast presents the rising stars from La Masia in 2019. From Puig to Fati and Barcelona B to Cadet A, some of the academy's brightest talents took major steps in their journeys this season. Please like and subscribe to support the YouTube channel!

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What does a Neymar return say about Barcelona's plan?

What does a Neymar return say about Barcelona's plan?

The sh**show that has been the rumor mill of a Neymar return to Barcelona from PSG presents a number of issues on the surface, but might also be a worrying sign of the current sporting plan over the next few years. Let's start with a contrarian idea; success in modern football takes great players in their peaks, with this season's Ajax being a rare exception to that rule. One of the critiques of the Neymar and Antoine Griezmann transfers is that it seems irrational to pay such huge fees for players in their late 20s. Barcelona only has Lionel Messi for another five years at most, and the idea that a player(s) not even 25 can replace so much production is naive. If Ousmane Dembélé, Riqui Puig, Frenkie de Jong and Arthur are the future of the club, history tells us that Barcelona will still need some talent at peak footballing ages to bridge the gap. All that said, the fatigue of transfer buzz makes a fan base that had the greatest player ever come up through their academy r

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Which La Masia talents excelled this season? Riqui Puig, Ansu Fati and more with Navid Molaaghaei [TBPod144]

Which La Masia talents excelled this season? Riqui Puig, Ansu Fati and more with Navid Molaaghaei [TBPod144]

On episode 144 of  The Barcelona Podcast ,  Dan  and  Navid Molaaghaei  do a season review of La Masia. Your hosts talk the biggest talents, the players that excelled in the academy and where some of the brightest gems might be playing next season. Running Order: Did Riqui Puig do enough to earn a first team spot? What happens to Juan Miranda, Oriol Busquets, Abel Ruiz and Iñaki Peña in 2019-2020? Which player in La Masia impressed the most this season? How high can the duo of Ansu Fati and Ilaix Moriba fly next season? For all the talent in Cadet A, which player shone brightest? Read La Masia Profiles on all players mentioned in this show:  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 !

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Barcelona Femení represented well at Women's World Cup

Barcelona Femení represented well at Women's World Cup

With France's 4-0 win over South Korea to kick off the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup, it's time to look at the double-digit players from the Barcelona Femení taking part in the tournament. The total of Femení players is 15, and Carolina Graham Hansen of Norway's signing on July 1st from Wolfsburg technically means it's 16. France aren't bringing any Barcelona Femení players, but maybe they should have. Kheira Hamraoui will miss out on the World Cup after getting a look in March. Prior to her call-ups a few months ago, 29-year-old Hamraoui hadn't featured for Les Bleues since October of 2016, so her exclusion is only a surprise based on her recent form for the Femení. The fact that she loses out to a number of Lyon players makes the exclusion even less surprising. Nigeria The Super Falcons have long been the dominant force in African football, winning nine of eleven Women's Africa Cup of Nations. This winning doesn't tell the whole story, howev

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How has the Netherlands shaped FC Barcelona? Johan Cruyff, Ronald Koeman and Total Football [TBPod143]

How has the Netherlands shaped FC Barcelona? Johan Cruyff, Ronald Koeman and Total Football [TBPod143]

On this special edition of  The Barcelona Podcast ,  Dan  and guest co-host  Mike Miller  celebrate Barcelona's Dutch history. From Johan Cruyff to Ronald Koeman, your hosts break down the important legends of the past who will forever be remembered for their impact in Catalonia, as well as some of the names that may have been forgotten. Running Order: Johan Cruyff - 1973-1978 Johan Neeskens - 1974-1979 Ronald Koeman - 1989-1995 Richard Witschge - 1991-1993 Jordi Cruyff - 1994-1996 Michael Reiziger - 1997-2004 Ruud Hesp - 1997-2000 Winston Bogarde - 1997-2000 Frank de Boer - 1999-2003 Boudewijn Zenden - 1998-2001 Phillip Cocu - 1998-2004 Ronald de Boer - 1999-2000 Patrick Kluivert - 1998-2004 Marc Overmars - 2000-2004 Edgar Davids - 2003-2004 Giovanni van Bronckhorst - 2003-2007 Mark van Bommel - 2005-2006 Ibrahim Afellay - 2010-2012 Jasper Cillessen - 2016-present Frenkie de Jong - 2019-present Also: Lieke Martens, Stefanie van der

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How Ernesto Valverde cost Barcelona two trophies

How Ernesto Valverde cost Barcelona two trophies

By guest contributor Soham Banerjee ( @IamSohamB ).  Once again, the club has managed to botch up months of hard work in just 180 minutes. It has become a common occurrence, all credit to the manager, Ernesto Valverde. His blatant ignoring of and apathy towards the "Barcelona way", and in line with his conservative approach has left a serious dent on the Barcelona bandwagon. He was given an abundance of time to work with the team and in addition to substantial financial resources following Neymar's departure, it is unimaginable as to how he has still managed to not deliver. After two years, "Valverdeball" deserves the incredible amount of scrutiny that comes with two upsetting collapses. Valverde initially started off by playing a double pivot, highly reliant on the likes of workhorses like Paulinho and Ivan Rakitic. This reliance has at times limited the creative element offered by Lionel Messi or Andres Iniesta last season. A conservative approach t

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La Masia: Carles Pérez

La Masia: Carles Pérez

Being a winger at Barcelona is a little different than being a winger at another club. If you are a mercurial talent like a young Lionel Messi was, getting inside and combining with teammates to make yourself a goal threat is engrained in you from a young age. But maybe, you're more like Pedro, a player without all the promise of Messi but still with the skills and work rate to play for Barcelona. Pedro was tasked with stretching the field, timing his runs to get behind the defense and helping defend on the wings with constant efficiency. Barcelona B's Carles Pérez profiles as more a Pedro than a Messi at the top level, but reaching the levels of the Spanish winger still mean a long career at some of the biggest clubs in the world. Carles Pérez Sayol was born February 16, 1998 in the city of Granollers, less than an hour away from the Camp Nou. Pérez began his career at the age of five for local side CF Vilanova de la Roca before moving to CF Damm in 2006. His play at the

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What went wrong at the end of Barcelona's season? Valverde, Bartomeu and the future [TBPod142]

What went wrong at the end of Barcelona's season? Valverde, Bartomeu and the future [TBPod142]

On episode 142 of  The Barcelona Podcast ,  Dan  gets a little help from his friends as they try to figure out what went wrong at the end of Barcelona's season. Hear from  Mike Miller ,  Levon (Barsalev) ,  Alex Truica and  Diana Kristinne  with their thoughts on how they judge the season that was and much more! Running Order: Why did Barcelona fall to Valencia in the Copa del Rey final? Is it a blessing in disguise for Barcelona to have lost the Copa final? Which players should be on their way out? What does the board need to focus on in the transfer window? 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 her

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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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