Ernesto Valverde

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 60: Adiós a Valdés

Show Notes:

Big news of Coutinho signing with Barcelona, Victor Valdes retiring, and picking up on our transfer talk from Ep. 59. (1:55). The community segment asks the question: how do I deal with negative cules? (19:43). We have updates on Barça B and Femení (28:38), and reviews of Celta in the Copa del Rey and Levante in La Liga (34:09). We close things up with previews of the next Copa leg with Celta and Sociedad in La Liga (1:08:34).

Episode 59: The Window Is Open

Show Notes:

A bit of a short episode for the holiday break, we run down the potential incoming transfers Coutinho and Yerry Mina and the players we want, or can expect, to see off-loaded this January, including Rafinha, Deulofeu, Vidal, Arda Turan, and Mascherano (02:25). Our other story charts the rise of Paulinho, both on the pitch and in our estimation of him (28:05).

Ep. 56: Paco Changed The Game Dramastically

Ep. 53: Welcome Back To Scoring, Suárez

This Week’s Show

In the Intro, Brien explains how he suddenly got married this week, Gabriel talks about home decor, and we have a reminder to check out last week’s special feature on the ’92 Dream Team. In our FC Barcelona News segment, we discuss Mascherano’s injury and the prospect of Xavi becoming a coach (11:23). We got a number of great comments from the listeners this week (17:37). We also have updates on FCB Femení and Barça B (30:16). For the first team, we round up La Liga (36:44) and give our review of the Leganés match (42:19). We close the show with previews of the next matches for the first team with Juventus and Valencia (69:22).

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About FC Barcelona

FC Barcelona is one of the most popular football clubs in the world, the Catalan giants were founded more than 115 years ago. FC Barcelona is currently a sports entity which includes basketball, handball, hockey, ice-hockey, figure skating, indoor football, rugby, baseball, volleyball and women’s football sections. The football team is the only side to have qualified for European competition every year since its inauguration in 1955. There are now a total of 105,706 members and 1,508 supporters clubs.

About the Podcast

Barça Talk is produced by and for fans of FC Barcelona, one of the largest and most widely recognized and beloved football (soccer) clubs in the world. The hosts, Brien Henderson and Gabriel Quiroga, are both devoted fans of the club and every episode engages a community of fellow English-speaking fans by discussing news about FCB and reviewing games from a fan’s perspective.

About the Hosts

Brien is a composer and musician by training. Originally from Southern California, he spent a decade in San Francisco and now does his work in Buffalo, NY. He discovered F.C. Barcelona in 2010 and has been a devoted fan ever since. FCB is his passion.

Gabriel is from the Bay Area and is currently living in Madrid as an English teacher. Gabriel’s love affair with Barça began with the original Ronaldo where he was a phenom for the Blaugrana and has been following them ever since. Gabriel tries to see Barça once a year and continues to play football whenever he gets a chance.

Thanks For The Support

We are a new podcast trying to get more followers and listeners, if you love FC Barcelona as much as we do, tell your friends who like FC Barcelona or La Liga football about the podcast. Let us know what else you may want to hear in future episodes and send us any questions or comments you may have. If you have questions about attending a future Barça match and want some advice, any questions about Spanish culture, or just general questions about the club; let us know. Thanks for listening, Visça Barça!