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

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

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

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La Masia: Mateu Morey

La Masia: Mateu Morey

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

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Lionel Messi vs. English Teams

Lionel Messi vs. English Teams

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

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

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

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

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La Masia: Konrad de la Fuente

La Masia: Konrad de la Fuente

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

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

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

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

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How Barcelona defeated quarterfinal demons

How Barcelona defeated quarterfinal demons

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

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La Masia: Arnau Solá

La Masia: Arnau Solá

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

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

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

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

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La Masia: Brian Peña

La Masia: Brian Peña

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

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

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

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

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Two Titans: The History of Barcelona vs. Manchester United

Two Titans: The History of Barcelona vs. Manchester United

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

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

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

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

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What happened to Barcelona prodigy Jordi Mboula at Monaco?

What happened to Barcelona prodigy Jordi Mboula at Monaco?

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

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La Masia: Arnau Tenas

La Masia: Arnau Tenas

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

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