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Episode 66: Keep Calm and Carry The Champions League

Show Notes:

The Wanda in Madrid will host the Copa del Rey Final. That wasn’t so hard, was it? (5:48) And you’ll be seeing a lot more of the Beko logo on the Barça jerseys in the near future. If you’ve ever wondered if there are cules in Montreal, we have the answer for you in our community segment (13:33). Barça B won, FCB Femeni lost (47:46). The first team are looking ahead to Chelsea in the Champions League (53:26) and they’re still undefeated in the league after beating Eibar, with Girona to come (63:48).

Additional Show Notes:

Come Join Us In Barcelona

Have you ever visited Park Güell? Brien and Gabriel both love Park Güell and think it is a must see when you visit Barcelona. This is your chance to visit Barcelona and attend the FC Barcelona/Valencia match. What is included is a 4-Star Hotel, Camp Nou Experience, Live Barça Talk show with Gabriel after Valencia match. XL Sports Tours are running this, and they’ve been great. Bilingual tour guides on hand Plenty of time to do your own sightseeing too. It will be a magical experience. The tour costs $2000, and you can pay in $500 installments if you need.

Meet Me At The Wanda

The Copa del Rey final will be played in the Spanish captial at the Wanda Metropolitano. The Wanda is home of Atlético de Madrid and seems like the best place to host the final, easy to get to for both Barça and Sevilla fans alike. Gabriel is hoping to attend the match as long as the tickets are not outrageous. The date for the final is Saturday, April 21st.

Cue The Music…Champions League Preview

The first leg of the Round of 16 is upon us and Barcelona will travel to London to play Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. Oh baby…we heart Champions League so much, especially when we are playing Chelsea. Chelsea are not playing that well in their league but Champions League is a different animal. Chelsea is revolving door of manager/player drama, this year is no different. Conte is begging to be fired and the team has been underperforming. Which player scares you the most? It has to be Eden Hazard for me. It’s also worth noting that this Chelsea side have two former Barcelona players, my favorite being Pedro. Brien was sad to see him go, and of course he left because he wasn’t getting playing with Neymar on the team, and then we lost Neymar. Brien thinks that we’ve been ultimately better for losing him, but I’m more broken up about having lost Pedro in the middle of it all. Cesc, I like, but he’s better off on a Premier League side.

Episode 65: Copa del Rey Final, Five Years Running

Show Notes:

We’re almost out of centerbacks: Gerard Pique and Thomas Vermaelen are both injured, Samuel Umtiti had to miss a match with a suspension, so Lucas Digne stepped in to help out, and the league is not as tough on racism as it claims to be (5:17). Barça B saw the end of their best winning streak of the year and FCB Femení bulldozed Santa Teresa to stay 2 points ahead of Atletico Madrid and on top of the Liga Femenina Iberdrola (19:18). The first team are into their fifth consecutive Copa del Rey final (29:23), and Yerry Mina was the shining star of an otherwise uninspired performance against Getafe (1:03:28).

Additional Show Notes:

Come Join Us In Barcelona

What’s your favorite place in Barcelona aside from the Camp Nou?
This is your chance to visit Barcelona and attend the FC Barcelona/Valencia match. What is included is a 4-Star Hotel, Camp Nou Experience, Live Barça Talk show with Gabriel after Valencia match. XL Sports Tours are running this, and they’ve been great. Bilingual tour guides on hand Plenty of time to do your own sightseeing too. It will be a magical experience. The tour costs $2000, and you can pay in $500 installments if you need.

FCB Femení Keep Rollin’

The women dominated the match with possession and build of play. When watching this match, I guess I never realized how powerful Martens is. She has a good height and just looks so strong on the ball, the other team can never take the ball from her. Also she has keen sense to always be at the right spot at the right time when linking up play. The first goal occurred in the 32nd minute, ball was worked to the goal line and cut back where Bárbara Latorre scored the opening goal. In the 64th minute, they had a free kick about 2 meters outside the box where they ran a set play. The ball was passed to the wing, Alexia Putellas got the ball and centered it, it was blocked, and she followed it up with a nice curler which hit the far post and in the goal. The third goa took place in the 82nd minute, another ball was played on the left wing where Martens centered and found Bárbara Latorre streaking through and hammered the cross. The next match for the Femeni is Sunday, Feb 18 at 1300 local time against Athletic Club in the mini Estadi.

Copa del Rey Final, My Place Or Yours?

The same issue that happens every year with the Copa del Rey Final, where and when are they going to play it? This to me is another way that the Spanish FA have missed a huge opportunity to make the final like the Super Bowl. The Spanish FA should choose a date and stadium venue a year prior and rotate between 5-6 stadiums. Those stadiums should be the following: San Memes in Bilbao, Camp Nou in Barcelona, Mestalla in Valencia, Bernabéu in Madrid, Wanda in Madrid, Ramon Sanchez PIzjuan in Sevilla, and Benito Villamarin in Sevilla. If people know in advance where and when, each city can host and highlight a different part of Spain.

Episode 64: When It Rains, Piqué Scores

Show Notes:

Deulofeu is off to England and there’s talk of an animated Barça movie (6:25). We have news from another Penya, this time in Montreal (21:17). Barça B got three points and FCB Femení took a draw (28:57). We’re off to a good start in the Copa del Rey semifinal (35:05), and we nearly had our first loss in La Liga, but we pulled a draw out of a wet, soppy match with Espanyol (52:45). Barça is still at the top of the table, and still undefeated in La Liga. ¡Visca Barça!

Additional Show Notes:

Come Join Us In Barcelona

What’s your favorite place in Barcelona aside from the Camp Nou?
This is your chance to visit Barcelona and attend the FC Barcelona/Valencia match. What is included is a 4-Star Hotel, Camp Nou Experience, Live Barça Talk show with Gabriel after Valencia match. XL Sports Tours are running this, and they’ve been great. Bilingual tour guides on hand Plenty of time to do your own sightseeing too. It will be a magical experience. The tour costs $2000, and you can pay in $500 installments if you need.

A Jersey for Lucía

At the Copa del Rey match last Thursday, this woman from Andalucia named Lucía was in the stands, right in the front row, and she is a Busquets superfan. The club put a short video and news release on their site about it. She came up from her home town Cordoba, deep in the south of Spain, in the hopes of seeing Busquets up close and she had written him a card to try to get to him. But she was so excited, just to see him in the warmup, that Sergio noticed it, the club staff noticed it, and so they got some video of her. By the time the match coverage was about to start, the BEin commentators were already talking about it, and I wasn’t paying too close attention to it at first, but then I saw the article on the club’s website. After the match, Sergio came over to her, talked to her for a minute, took a picture with her, and gave her his match jersey. What I love about this is how beside herself she was with emotion, in general, but specifically for Sergio.

FC Barcelona B

Barça B won 2-1. They went down when Juanjo Narváez scored for Cordoba in the 36’ minute, but a penalty taken by Carles Aleña and a 93rd-minute goal from Nahuel got the boys three much-needed points.This shot them into 14th place in the table with 30 points. But, four other teams also have 30 points and two more are right behind with 29. So, there’s still a lot of work to do to stay in the second division, but a job well done this week.

Episode 63: Farewell Masche and Hellooo Coutinho

Show Notes:

We say goodbye to Mascherano and “hasta luego” to Rafinha (9:35). Congratulations to Houston Culés for their new official Penya status (25:40). Barça B got three crucial points and FCB Femení are still on top of Liga Femenina (27:32). We’re in to the semifinal of the Copa del Rey (40:25) and still undefeated in La Liga (1:03:58). We also have scouting reports on Valencia and Espanyol (1:32:32).

Additional Show Notes:

Come Join Us In Barcelona

What’s your favorite place in Barcelona aside from the Camp Nou?
This is your chance to visit Barcelona and attend the FC Barcelona/Valencia match. What is included is a 4-Star Hotel, Camp Nou Experience, Live Barça Talk show with Gabriel after Valencia match. XL Sports Tours are running this, and they’ve been great. Bilingual tour guides on hand Plenty of time to do your own sightseeing too. It will be a magical experience. The tour costs $2000, and you can pay in $500 installments if you need.

Mascherano Farewell

The ceremony the day before the Espanyol match was touching: videos with all the current team talking about what an example he has been in the dressing room and on the pitch. A special video greeting from Xavi. They had all the trophies he helped win on display. 14 Trophies, not including whatever they wind up winning this year (which I think should be counted). Officials from the club had plenty of nice things to say, but I especially liked all the remarks from the players.

Houston Penya

The Houston Cules, formed just a year ago, has now become the Penya Blaugrana Houston. They just announced their new official status with the club as a penya. And right now, they’re looking to build up membership with an inaugural membership rate of zero dollars. If there’s a Barcelona game on TV, you can most likely find them at the Richmond Arms Pub in Houston. To find out more, you can find them on Facebook as Houston Cules.

Episode 62: Mo Injuries, Mo Problems

Show Notes:

Come to Barcelona in April and see the Valencia match with us. We’ve teamed up with XL Sports Tours to offer a cool tour package. A new spate of injuries, including Vermaelen and Demble…again (15:10). The community segment asks if La Masia is all it’s cracked up to be (29:06). Barça B got a win in Tenerife and Femení are on international break (39:38), and the first team had a hiccup in the Copa del Rey against Espanyol, but came back hard in La Liga against Betis (44:04). Barça will play Espanyol again and Alavés in the Camp Nou (1:42:00).

Additional Show Notes:

Come Join Us In Barcelona

What’s your favorite place in Barcelona aside from the Camp Nou?
This is your chance to visit Barcelona and attend the FC Barcelona/Valencia match. What is included is a 4-Star Hotel, Camp Nou Experience, Live Barça Talk show with Gabriel after Valencia match. XL Sports Tours are running this, and they’ve been great. Bilingual tour guides on hand Plenty of time to do your own sightseeing too. It will be a magical experience. The tour costs $2000, and you can pay in $500 installments if you need.

Ronaldinho Officially Retires

Ronaldinho is one of my favorite players, my first introduction to him was the 2002 world cup. That world cup was in Japan/South Korea and the game times were brutal, but I watched every game. Brazil vs England in the quaterfinals, Ronaldinho scored this amazing free kick from 45 yards, where it looked like a cross but the ball carried through the air past the keeper, top left corner. During that time FCB history, we were not winning much and needed a game changing player. Ronaldinho changed the history and fortune for FC Barcelona.

La Masia Talk

Hey guys, I’m a regular of your show. I wanted to see if you could talk about my crazy opinion. I think us as Barcelona supporters have been lied to for years, when it comes to “La Masia” and the reason I believe is because, after Xavi and Iniesta, Sergi, there hasn’t been any players who we kept. From failed players like Montoya,Bartra,Cuenca and other players I may have forgotten. I don’t understand how it’s possible that we can’t develop a RB or a CB, having “La Masia” so in my opinion I believe it’s a lie that’s been told to us for a while now. Again, y’all may not agree with me but that’s the beauty of this sport, we use our eyes to watch it and we all have different opinions. We discuss this opinion from our listener Carlos.