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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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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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