RCD Espanyol

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.

Ep. 43: Top Of The Table

Your hosts Brien and Gabriel debate international vs. club (3:30), discuss false controversies (8:10), the Censure effort (12:40), Aleña’s contract extension (18:00), and they respond to listener questions (23:00). Then it’s on to La Liga (42:15) and reviewing the Espanyol match (48:15). Thanks for listening.

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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.

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.

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.

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!

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Ep. 31: Still On Top, For Now

Culé Football Podcast has now merged with Barça Talk Podcast to spread FC Barcelona fan-talk across the podosphere. Check out episode 31 of the Culé Football Podcast where we review the two La Liga matches played in which FC Barcelona were victorious. An easy midweek match against Osasuna and a tough victory against RCD Espanyol in the Catalan Derby. Barca are still La Liga leaders for now, hopefully Real Madrid stumble, especially with their tough schedule coming up.

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 Barca match and want some advice, any questions about Spanish culture, or just general questions about the club; let us know. Thanks for lisenting, Visça Barça!

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