Neymar Jr collects Samba Gold trophy

Neymar has been recognised as Europe's top Brazilian footballer / MIGUEL RUIZ-FCB
The Brazilian has received the award for the best player from his country based in Europe

Neymar Jr received the Samba Gold trophy on Tuesday morning, which recognises him as the best Brazilian of the year based in Europe. The FC Barcelona striker was handed the trophy presented by French organisation Sambafoot at the Ciutat Esportiva after his 19 votes were enough to top Miranda and Felipe Melo, who got 16 each in the poll.

Thiago Silva had won all three previous editions of the award, and Barça’s Dani Alves came second in 2011. This was the seventh edition of an accolade that has been presented since 2008.

Claudio Bravo and Neymar Jr back at training

Neymar returned to club training on Tuesday / MIGUEL RUIZ-FCB
Their international commitments over, the Chilean keeper and the Brazilian striker have reported back for club duty

Claudio Bravo and Neymar are back with the squad after playing friendly internationals for Chile and Brazil this week, including one against each other. Ivan Rakitic has also completed his commitments for Croatia, but was given special permission to miss training on Tuesday. It means that Luis Enrique was able to call on the services of 12 players: Bravo, Masip, Douglas, Adriano, Alves, Mathieu, Montoya, Xavi, Sergi Roberto, Suárez, Neymar and Vermaelen (the latter joining in with part of the exercises). No Barça B players joined the session today.

The remaining internationals are due back later this week, and the schedule leading up to Sunday’s trip to Celta is as follows (all times CET):

Wednesday 1 April
Day off

Thursday 2 April
Training (11.00am)

Friday 3 April
Training (11.00am)

Saturday 4 April
Training (11.00am)

Sunday 5 April
Celta v Barça (9.00pm)

Barça Fans 'Face to Face' is coming back

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The Barça players will come up against each other in pairs to find who knows the most about their team mates

Enjoy the free videos of the players who have already taken part in this entertaining challenge

The Barça Fans section ‘Face to Face’ will be back soon more videos in which the FC Barcelona players show just how well they know their team mates. As such, in pairs, the blaugrana players have to decide if their partner’s statements about their careers are true or false. Consequently, the fans can find out a little more about the Barça players and be entertained at the same time.

Enjoy these free videos which in the first edition saw Rakitic and Adriano paired together, Rafinha with Sergi Roberto, Alves with Munir, Pedro with Sergio Busquets and Jordi Alba with Mathieu. The Barça demonstrate just how well they know their fellow blaugranes.


Rakitic vs Adriano

Rafinha vs Sergi Roberto

 Alves vs Munir

Pedro vs Sergio

Jordi Alba vs Mathieu


Part two of Xavi Hernández's memory test: Assists

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Now with more than 750 appearances for Barça, the midfielder attempts to recall assists and scorelines from games spanning the last 17 years

In the first installment of the Xavi Hernandez memory test, the midfielder knew the goals and guessed the results of five of the 750 games he has played. In this second installment, Xavi tries to correctly recall five of his past assists and the final score of each match they came in.

Five passes were pre-selected from between the 1998/99 and the 2014/15 seasons, including assists and results from matches versus Real Madrid in 2000/01, Levante in 2004/05, Atlético Madrid in 2007/08, Santos in 2011/12 and Milan in 2012/13.

Xavi Hernández’s profile

Best videos from the Clásico

Luis Suárez walks out on to the field with the mosaic in the background / MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB
Look back at some of the highlights surrounding last Sunday’s Barça-Real Madrid clash

More than 98,000 spectators attended the Clásico between Barça and Real Madrid last Sunday at Camp Nou. The game was not a disappointment with the blaugranes emerging 2-1 winners in a vibrant contest. The importance of the game goes beyond the 90 minutes out on the field. In the hours leading up to the game in the stadium, the special atmosphere of this particular fixture became apparent. We look back at some of those moments in a compilation of the best videos from the day.

The pre game mosaic. Camp Nou welcomed the players out on to the field in a way that only Camp Nou can.

Post game reactions. Aside from Luis Enrique’s post match press conference and Rakitic and Bravo in the Mixed Zone, Luis Suárez was the guest on Barça TV’s ‘El Marcador’ programme,

Matchwinner Luis Suárez appears on Barça TV… by fcbarcelona

Inside View. All the details from Clásico day first hand. From the arrival of the players to the stadium, the warm up before the game and their thoughts after the final whistle.

Following Leo Messi. A camera follows the Barça number 10 from his arrival at Camp Nou to the end of his pre game warm up.

Clásico timelapse. A fixed camera recorded the hours prior to the game, and with time lapse photography, it shows just how Camp Nou gets ready for the Clásico.

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