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

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

On episode 123 of  The Barcelona Podcast ,  Dan  is joined by  Mike Miller  to discuss Barcelona's signing of Kevin-Prince Boateng on loan from Sassuolo, plus the rumor of a potential relationship between the two clubs. In La Ronda, your hosts talk Ousmane Dembélé's injury, a sensational midfield trio, updated season expectations and much more! Running Order: What will Kevin-Prince Boateng bring to Barcelona on the field? Why is Boateng a potentially beneficial signing off the field? How could a rumored relationship with Sassuolo affect both clubs? How will Ousmane Dembélé's injury affect Philippe Coutinho? What are the expectations for the rest of the season? Listen on  Apple Podcasts iOS App ,  Spotify  and, if you want to support the show, head over to  Patreon  for more content! 🏅 Become a Patreon to support the show and check out our Quick Take Match Reviews - Thank you! 🗣️ Access our exclusive, listeners-only Facebook Group here. F

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La Masia: Cláudia Pina

La Masia: Cláudia Pina

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

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

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

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

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

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

On episode 122 of  The Barcelona Podcast ,  Dan  is joined by  Isaiah Cambron  of the  Barcelona Football Blog  to discuss Barcelona's transfer strategy and how the media can warp a narrative. Your hosts talk best XIs, loans and a few other topics before answering the top listener questions in La Ronda, including Quique Setién, anti-Messi chatter and much more! Running Order: What should Barcelona be prioritizing in the transfer window? How have expensive transfers affected the way the club conducts its business? Is Philippe Coutinho in Barcelona's best XI? How should Ernesto Valverde rotate in the Copa del Rey? Would  Quique Setién's system work with Barcelona's current squad? Listen on  Apple Podcasts iOS App ,  Spotify  and, if you want to support the show, head over to  Patreon  for more content! 🏅 Become a Patreon to support the show and check out our Quick Take Match Reviews - Thank you! 🗣️ Access our exclusive, listeners-only

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

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

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

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La Masia: Ramon Vila

La Masia: Ramon Vila

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

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

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

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

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La Masia: Jorge Alastuey

La Masia: Jorge Alastuey

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

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

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

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

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Busting Three Myths about Jeison Murillo's Signing

Busting Three Myths about Jeison Murillo's Signing

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

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La Masia: Alejandro Marqués

La Masia: Alejandro Marqués

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

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

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

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

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La Masia: Diego Almeida

La Masia: Diego Almeida

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

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