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All look back at the main stories we’ve covered in the build-up to the Champions League match at Camp Nou

FC Barcelona v AFC Ajax: Did you know?


 

Inside view: FC Barcelona v Ajax Amsterdam build-up


 

When and where to watch the Champions League match between FC Barcelona and Ajax


Neymar: “I want to score against Ajax and in the clásico”


Infographic: Ajax statistics


 

Frank de Boer’s goals for FC Barcelona

Frank de Boer goals with FC Barcelona por fcbarcelona


 Luis Enrique: “Home games are the key to qualification”


Frank de Boer: “Luis Enrique set an example as a professional”


FC Barcelona & Ajax, a close relationship


  Champions League training session

 

Training session (20/10/2014). Champions League… por fcbarcelona


Live! Neymar Jr and Luis Enrique press conference

FC Barcelona v AFC Ajax: Did you know?

Messi got a hat-trick against Ajax last season / PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ-FCB
This is only the third time that the two clubs have met in an official encounter

Barça have never lost at home to a side from the Eredivisie (4 victories and 3 draws)

Barça and Ajax are to face each other on Tuesday night at 8.45 PM CET in the third round of matches in the Champions League group stage. Here’s some background trivia to warm you up for the game.

  • Barça and Ajax are meeting for only the third time ever in a competitive match. In the first two meetings, in last year’s UCL, they got one win each.
  • Barça won 4-0 in the first official meeting between the two historic clubs on September 18, 2013.
  • Barça’s overall balance against Dutch teams is 6 victories, 6 draws and just 2 losses. At home, the stats are even better: 4-3-0.
  • Ajax have failed to win their last eight Champions League road games. Their last away win was in Zagreb in October 2011.
  • Ajax have lost on six of their last seven visits to Spain. The other game was a draw.
  • Ajax are in an eight-game unbeaten streak. They haven’t lost since August 31, when Groningen beat them 2-0. However, their last three games have all been draws.
  • Luis Enrique and Frank de Boer will be rival managers on Tuesday night, but they played together for Barça between 1999 and 2003.
  • As players, they faced each other in the Champions League in 1995/96. That was when Luis Enrique was still at Real Madrid, and the Dutch side won 1-0. Just a few months later, Luis Enrique moved to Barça.
  • The referee will be William Collum of Scotland. This is the second time he has whistled a Barça game. He also officiated at the Camp Nou for the visit of BATE Borisov in 2011/12 (4-0). He has never taken charge of an Ajax match before.

Inside view: Barça v Ajax build-up

Dani Alves was among the players that trained on the day before meeting with Ajax. PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ-FCB.
There was plenty going on at the Ciutat Esportiva and the Camp Nou on the day before the Champions League clash

Barça and Ajax face each other in the Champions League on Tuesday evening at 8.45 PM CET, so there was plenty going on at the club today, and our cameras were there to record it all.

Barça trained in the morning and then Neymar and Luis Enrique gave a press conference at the Ciutat Esportiva. In the afternoon, Ajax manager Frank de Boer spoke the media before taking his team out for a training session in the Camp Nou.

So sit back and enjoy our exclusive video of the day before game three in the Champions League group stage!

When and where to watch the Champions League match between FCBarcelona and Ajax

When and where to watch FC Barcelona-Ajax / FCB
Don’t know where to watch Tuesday’s Champions League game? We have you covered

Tuesday’s game at the Camp Nou will face FC Barcelona against Ajax in the third game of the group stage of Champions League. The rival, Ajax, has not yet met the victory and is in the third position of the group with 2 points. The following is a guide of TV channels showing the game around the world. If the game isn’t being shown in your country or region, remember that you can listen to live commentary in English on Radio Barça and the international web sites. There will also be constant updates here at fcbarcelona.com, on Twitter (@fcbarcelona) and on all of the club’s usual social networks.

Tuesday, october 21, 2014

Los Angeles – 11:45 AM (WST) / Nova York – 2:45 PM (EST)
Directv, Fox Soccer 2Go, Fox Sports 1 USA, Fox Deportes, Fox Soccer Plus, SiriusXM FC, Fox Sports GO

FC Barcelona: @fcbarcelona i www.fcbarcelona.com


Brasil – 4:45PM (Brasilia)

ESPN Cono Norte, ESPN + Andina, ESPN Play Latin America, ESPN + Sur
FC Barcelona: @fcbarcelona_br i www.fcbarcelona.pt


Sud-amèrica – Buenos Aires 4:45 PM / Santiago Chile 2:45 PM / Mexico City 1:45 PM

ESPN Play Latin America, ESPN Cono Norte, ESPN HD Latin, ESPN + Sur, ESPN Play Argentina, ESPN + Andina, ESPN Mexico
FC Barcelona: @fcbarcelona_es i www.fcbarcelona.es


Regne Unit – 7:45 PM
Sky Go Extra, Sky Sports 5/HD, Sky Go
FC Barcelona: @fcbarcelona i www.fcbarcelona.com


França – 8:45 PM (CET)
beIN SPORTS CONNECT, beIN Sports 1

FC Barcelona: @fcbarcelona_fra i www.fcbarcelona.fr


Espanya – 8:45 PM (CET)
TV3, TVE La 1
FCBarcelona: www.fcbarcelona.cat, www.fcbarcelona.es, @fcbarcelona_cat i @fcbarcelona_es


Països Àrabs – 9:45 PM (Mecca Time / GMT+3)
beIN Sports Arabia 1 HD, beIN Sports Connect Arabia
FC Barcelona: @fcbarcelona_ara i www.fcbarab.com


Rússia – 10:45 PM (MSK)
FC Barcelona: @fcbarcelona i www.fcbarcelona.com


 

Wednesday, october 22, 2014

Índia – 00:15 PM (IST)
Ten HD, TEN Sports LIVE
FC Barcelona: @fcbarcelona i www.fcbarcelona.com


Indonèsia – 1:45 AM (WIB)
Liputan Champions, SCTV
FC Barcelona: @fcbarcelona_id i www.fcbarcelona.co.id


Xina – 2:45 AM (CST)
CCTV-5, Sina Sports, PPLive, CNTV Sports, QQ Sports Live, CCTV 5+ VIP
FC Barcelona: Tencent Weibo, Sina Weibo and www.fcbarcelona.cn


Japó –3:45 AM (JST)
SKY PerfecTV LIVE, Sukachan 1
FC Barcelona: @fcbarcelona_jap i www.fcbarcelona.jp


Austràlia – 4:45 AM (Sydney)

ESPN2 Australia, ESPN3 Australia
FC Barcelona: @fcbarcelona i www.fcbarcelona.com


*Source: Live Soccer TV

Neymar: "I want to score against Ajax and in the clásico"

Neymar was speaking after the Monday morning training session / MIGUEL RUIZ-FCB
The Brazilian looked ahead to an important week in which FC Barcelona face Ajax and Real Madrid

He also agreed that he’s feeling much more settled than he did last season

Neymar was asked today whether he would prefer to score against Ajax in the Champions League or against Real Madrid in Saturday’s clásico. But why choose? He wants to score in both games. And with the Brazilian firing in goals from all angles this season, there is no reason to believe that that won’t be the case.

Speaking at his Monday lunchtime press conference, he preferred to skip around questions regarding the trip to the Santiago Bernabéu, correctly insisting that all that should matter for now is Ajax at the Camp Nou on Tuesday. “It is a very important game because we need to win” he stressed. “At FC Barcelona we always play to win. But Ajax are a very well organised team both in attack and defence. They’re dangerous all over the place. We will have to do things very well to win. And only after that will our minds turn to Madrid”.

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Neymar has scored eight goals in La Liga and one in the Champions League this season, a considerable improvement on his return at this stage of his first season at the club. He’s also providing assists, to the extent that he has been involved in the vast majority of Barça’s goals in the ten games he has started. “I don’t know what’s changed, but I feel better now” he said when asked to explain this turn for the better. “I have adapted to the team more. I feel more at home. And I’m very happy at this club. Very happy.”

Neymar also seems to have developed a wonderful understanding with strike partner Leo Messi. “It’s incredible to play with him” he commented. “I think he’s the best player I have ever seen play” And from next week, Luis Suárez will be added to the mix. “With Suárez, I think we’ll be able to do even more for the team” said the Brazilian. “He always seems to play for the good of the team and every player. We are really looking forward to him playing with us.”

I have adapted to the team better. I feel more at home. And I’m very happy at this club
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