6
Apr

Barcelona fans unfurl FIFA-defying tifo

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See that, Sepp Blatter? You don’t mess with Barcelona!

In response to FIFA handing the Catalan heavyweights a one-year transfer ban for violating international transfer rules regarding minors, the fans at the Camp Nou unfurled a giant, defiant tifo ahead of their match against Real Betis. It read: “La Masia No Es Toca,” or “La Masia is not to be touched.”

La Masia, of course, is Barcelona’s fabled youth academy that has been dragged in the mud a little bit as a result of the ban. Though FIFA will not bat an eyelash to this display, one thing it really can’t touch is the academy’s greatest ever product - Lionel Messi - who scored twice in a 3-1 win.

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Images: Reuters

28
Jun

Good Guy Iniesta Saves Former Club from Relegation

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World Cup champion, Euro Cup Winner, La Liga steamroller: Iniesta’s resume was impressive enough, and then this happens.

According to reports from Spanish newspaper Marca, the Barcelona man recently found that his boyhood club, Albacete, were on the verge of administration and automatic relegation after being unable to pay player salaries.

Iniesta’s immediate response? Hand the club €240,000 to cover their expenses.

While that amount might be a drop in the bucket for a player like Iniesta, this isn’t the only time he’s supported his local side. Iniesta’s winery (yes, he owns a winery), the aptly named Bodega Iniesta, is Albacete’s current sponsor.

Here’s to Iniesta; just as good off the pitch as on.

25
Jun

Barcelona youth keeper saves six penalty kicks, then scores winner

Now that’s what we call a match-winning performance! Barcelona youth keeper Inaki Pena, all of 14 years old, saved an incredible SIX penalties in a shootout against Atletico Madrid’s young’uns, then stepped up and scored the winner to boot!

Must be something in the water at La Masia.

29
Mar

Why has Barcelona been so good? A lot of it has to do with its soccer academy, La Masia. The school has elevated notable talents into the senior side for a while now (Messi, Iniesta, Xavi, Fabregas, Pique all went there just to name a few) and it looks like the current youth teams are full of promise as usual!

It took literally just 5 seconds for this little Barca munchkin to score in a recent Under-9 game!!

See ya in 10 years, kid!

8
Jan

Before winning titles and accolades with FC Barcelona, a young Andres Iniesta pledged allegiance to Barca’s arch-nemesis Real Madrid.

Iniesta, a product of Barcelona’s famed La Masia academy, hinted his preference towards the Merengues outfit, even providing a sneaky smile to the TV camera with his friend Jorge.

We caught you red-handed, Andres. Even at that age, you should’ve known better.

6
Jan

60 Minutes offered up this in-depth look at Barcelona. If you’ve ever wanted to know more about arguably the best team in the world — and how they got so good, you definitely want to check this out. It features Lionel Messi of course, along with Gerard Pique and Cesc Fabregas, as well as a look into the famed La Masia, the Barca youth academy. Trust us, you don’t want to miss this!

22
Dec

Ever wonder how Barcelona players seem to finish plays with a certain look and feel? Well, we may have found the answer and it starts from the very, very “beginning.”

Check out these Barca youngsters in action as they perfect the blaugrana tiki-taka movement that many consider to be Barcelona’s fundamental DNA trait.

Impressive, right?