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Barcelona trusting Messi and Neymar to overcome Athletic Bilbao writes Francesc Tomas
Barcelona are travelling to San Mames Stadium to face Athletic Bilbao on Sunday in what promises to be an exciting contest. It's a match between two of the only three sides (the other being Real Madrid) to have competed for every league title since the competition started back in 1929. Barcelona are hoping to continue their ....

Adding other elements to the original idea
We saw the most vertical version of Barcelona against Atletico Madrid. However, this doesn't mean that from now on the team will always play in that way. In fact, it's not a change of plan, it's ju...

Camp Nou Renaming Would Be Another Step Towards Barcelona's Identity Loss
Perhaps this should come as no surprise by now, but Barcelona are considering allowing the Camp Nou's name to be changed in order to generate more revenue. Qatar Airways, who sponsor Barcelona, may... 

Jordi Alba: "It's even more important to win this week"
Jordi Alba has stressed that "it's even more important for Barcelona to win" in a match week which sees "two direct rivals" go up against each other. He believes it will be crucial, but not easy, t...

Athletic Bilbao vs. Barcelona: Comparing the Two Sides' Youth Systems
Barcelona and Athletic Bilbao both have a very interesting take on their youth policies. La Masia has been a successful model for years now, due in no small part to Johan Cryuff's vision of having ...

Gerard Pique: "Players and coaches clash on all teams, it's normal"
The defender spoke about Messi's row with Luis Enrique that had been reported During the trip to Qatar alongside Neymar, to create a new commercial for Qatar Airways, Gerard Pique spoke to some med...

Danilo is No 1 on Barcelona's list of candidates to replace Dani Alves
Danilo is an old acquaintance of Barcelona's technical department. He played against them for Santos, as well as Neymar, in the World Club Cup final of 2011, and earned himself a move to Porto. In...

Xavi and Iniesta's tiki crack-up
The partnership between Xavi Hernández and Andrés Iniesta has played a huge role in the success of Barcelona and 'La Roja' in recent years. The pair have been at the nerve centre of both outfits an...

Real Madrid follow Barcelona in agreeing to reduce disparity in TV income in La Liga - Mirror Online
Real Madrid have agreed to a new TV rights system that aims to reduce income disparity in La Liga. Los Blancos have joined Barcelona in lending their support to a proposal that would see the two Sp...

Former FC Barcelona stars shining in the English Premiership and Championship

The making of Chelsea’s Juan Cuadrado: from struggle and trauma to triumph
Perched on Colombia’s northern coast, Necoclí is an idyllic paradise fringed with palm trees, deep blue Caribbean waters and a lush tropical rainforest that tumbles from the mountains into unspoilt...

FC Barcelona U12 player emulates Ronaldinho

The Camp Nou empties out
Attendances have been plummeting at the Camp Nou recently. Over the past three months, from October to January, numbers have dropped by an average of 20,000. Last Sunday, attendance for Barcelona's...

Bartomeu lawyer calls charges "bizarre" - (English version)
Lawyer Ricardo Riverola, who is defending Barça and Josep Maria Bartomeu over the Neymar-gate saga, has claimed that the case against the club president is based on groundless "supposition". "The p...

Alba knows Bilbao a tough road test

I'll regret World Cup final forever - Messi -
The Barcelona forward reached the final of the tournament with Argentina last summer but lost out to Germany and Mario Gotze's extra-time winner Lionel Messi says himself and the rest of his Argent...

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Barcelona have now become a global phenomenon thanks to not only their dominance, but also the many world-class stars that have been part of their squad over the years. Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar take the vast majority of the spotlight these days, but their success can only be understood as a continuation of the work of legends such as Johan Cruyff, Ronaldinho, Rivaldo, Hristo Stoichkov or Lazlo Kubala over the years.

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Fortunately for Cules, Neymar is currently playing the best football of his whole career. Fully established at both club and international level, the No.11's confidence and excellent form makes him a constant danger that rivals constantly struggle to contain -- …

Neymar, Messi, Ter Stegen lift Barcelona to greatest comeback in Champions League history

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