FC Barcelona players vote for FIFA FIFPRO World XI

Leo Messi has voted for his team of 2015 / VÍCTOR SALGADO - FCB
The Barça squad have voted for the players to be included in the best eleven for 2015

The finalists

Once all the votes have been counted, FIFPro will announce the names of the 5 goalkeepers, 20 defenders, 15 midfielders and 15 strikers which will form the shortlist for the prestigious world XI.

The first team players at FC Barcelona have been exercising their right to vote in the election of candidates to form part of the FIFA FIFPro World XI 2015 which will be announced next January and the Ballon d’or Gala in Zurich.

The FIFA FIFPro World XI is chosen from the more than 50,000 votes cast by professional footballers from all over the world. The voting is coordinated by the players international union (FIFPro) and the chosen XI consists of 1 goalkeeper, 4 defender, 3 midfielders and 3 strikers.

In Spain players from the First, Second A and Second B Divisions in the season 2015/16 are eligible to vote via the Spanish Players’ Union the AFE (Asociación de Futbolistas Españoles).

The last 11

The FIFA FIFPro World XI 2014 was formed by Manuel Neuer (FC Bayern Munich); Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid CF), Thiago Silva (Paris Saint-Germain), David Luiz (Paris Saint-Germain), Phillip Lahm (FC Bayern Munich); Andrés Iniesta (FC Barcelona), Toni Kroos (Real Madrid CF), Angel di Maria (Manchester United); Arjen Robben (FC Bayern Munich), Lionel Messi (FC Barcelona) and Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid CF).

Filming of the new Lassa promo

Gerard Piqué during the filming of the Lassa video / FCB
Arda Turan, Piqué, Rakitic, Luis Suárez and Neymar are just some of the stars of the new promotional campaign for the professional sections at the Club

Lassa Tyres, the leading manufacturer in Turkey, is sponsor of the professional sections at FC Barcelona as of last summer. To reinforce links with the Club, the Turkish company has produced a new promotional video starring several members of the Barça first team. Arda Turan, Ivan Rakitic, Piqué, Luis Suárez and Neymar all turned actors for the day for the publicity campaign.

In the video players from the other professional teams at the Club also appear, from the handball team Víctor Tomás and from the basketball side Joan Carles Navarro. In the next few weeks Lassa Tyres will release the videos they have filmed with the FC Barcelona players.

FC Twente Vrouwen – FC Barcelona Femení: A step in the right direction (0-1)

El Barça Femení celebra el gol d'Olga aconseguit al Twente Stadion / FC TWENTE
A great goal from Olga Garcia in the second half puts Xavi Llorens’ side ahead and on the road to the quarter finals of the UEFA Women’s Champions League

Barça have the chance to finish off the tie in the second leg in the Minestadi next Wednesday

LA FITXA

FC Twente, 0
Barça, 1

FC Twente: Ubachs, Roetgering, Van der Gragt, Kerkdijk, Erman (Renfurm, min 57), Munsterman, Heuver, Roord, Van der Sanden, R.Jansen, E.Jansen.

FCB Femení: Ràfols, Ane Bergara, Ruth, M.Unzué (Gemma, min 70), Melanie (Patri Guijarro, min 70), Torrejón, Leire Landa, Míriam, Alexia, J.Hermoso, Olga G (Bàrbara, min 85).

Goal: 0-1 Olga Garcia, min 75.

Barça Women were able to overcome the atmosphere of the away leg in Holland to take an important 1-0 win in the first leg of their last 16 tie against FC Twente. Xavi Llorens’ side now have the upper hand in the UEFA Women’s League thanks to a strike from Olga Garcia in the second of the contest in Enschede.

More than 15,000 people turned up for the game in the Twente Stadion but the big crowd did not affect the visitors in the slightest. In fact, Barça had the best of the opening exchanges, Olga Garcia and then Jenni Hermoso going close. Twente appeared shell shocked by the blaugranes’ excellent start and only an effort from Van de Sanden in the early stages gave them any cause for optimism. FC Barcelona’s Women’s team continued to press and the attacking trio of Alexia, Olga and Jenni Hermoso were a constant threat for the Dutch side. The best chance for Twente before the break fell to the impressive Van de Sanden whose effort just sailed past the Barça keeper Laura Ràfols’ post. Despite Xavi Llorens’ side having the upper hand, the two sides went in at half time level at 0-0.

A valuable goal

At the start of the second half, the home side took the initiative as they dominated possession. Nevertheless, Barça had chances on the counter, Marta Torrejón going close. Despite having the better of the game, Twente only forced Ràfols into action on one occasion when Roord was denied by the Barça keeper. The game was finely balanced and one chance seemed destined to decided the encounter one way or the other. Fortunately for the blaugranes, that opportunity fell to Olga after good work by Jenni Hermoso, the blaugrana striker firing home to give the visitors the lead with just under quarter of an hour to go. It was a vital goal and there could have been a second in the closing minutes when both Bàrbara Latorre and Marta Torrejón went close. In the end, Olga’s goal was enough to give Xavi Llorens’ side a valuable 1-0 win ahead of the second leg next Wednesday in the Miniestadi in Barcelona.

Exclusive interview with @10Ronaldinho, ten year after his exhibition at the Bernabéu

Barça legend Ronaldinho speaks in depth in this exclusive interview
In the first part of an interview with FC Barcelona, the Brazilian describes his admiration for former colleagues Leo Messi and Andrés Iniesta and how pleased he is with the success of his compatriot Neymar Jr

Ronaldo de Assis Moreira, better known as Ronaldinho, continues to keep an eye on events at FC Barcelona. Now retired, he spoke to the Club media in an extensive interview in which he analysed the current first team in depth and, in this first part, discussed specific members of the 2015/16 squad.

He particularly focuses on Leo Messi, saying that “it’s really nice to see how he’s grown.” It was alongside Ronaldinho that the Argentinian first started making a name for himself in professional football. “My fondest memory with him was his first ever goal” remembers the Brazilian. “It’s nice to know that I provided the pass. It was a very special moment for me.” 

Ronaldinho naturally had words about his compatriot Neymar Jr too, who he believes “could become the greatest player in the world. He’s phenomenal. It’s a joy to see another Brazilian making history.”

Other former colleagues

El Gaúcho’ was at FC Barcelona from 2003 to 2008, and in those five years he coincided with several people that are still at the club in different guises. He played alongside the man who is now first team manager, Luis Enrique Martínez, who he reckons “will be one the best coaches in the world”, as well as Andrés Iniesta, who is still playing and is now the first choice captain. “When I see him play these days, he reminds me of Xavi” says Ronaldinho. “He was always a top quality player. He started very young with us, and it’s crazy to see how he has gone on to make so much history.”