First talk of the season at La Masia

Francesc Granja spoke to a captivated audience at La Masia / PHOTO: GERMÁN PARGA - FCB
Francesc Granja was the first guest for a series of lectures given to the youngsters at FC Barcelona

His talk was based on coaching sportspeople in who they are and what they want to be

Who are you? That was the question Francesc Granja asked in the first of this season’s lectures in the auditorium at La Masia, where the young residents of the Centre de Formació Oriol Tort benefited from a fascinating meeting with a leading life coach.

Today’s guest speaker was a director in a multinational company, but after suffering tetraplegia, his whole attitude to life changed. He decided to do what he most enjoys – to converse with and connect with people, which led him into the world of life-coaching.

His talk raised a number of issues about the young players, asking where they are in life, and where they want to go. Many of the audience shared their views in public as they discovered that there is so much more to them as people that just being promising sportspeople.

Granja encouraged them to “think about being yourselves, living coherently, being authentic, feeling and connecting with your essence.” He believes that life is a series of experiences that help us to understand why it is that we have been brought into this world. A good quality of living, he believes, depends most of all on how honest we are in our responses, as well as our capacity to transfer such conclusions to our day-to-day lives.

MATCH PREVIEW – FC Barcelona seeking first ever win in Cyprus to stay in contention for top spot

Neymar Jr and Urko Pardo came face to face at the Camp Nou / PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ-FCB
Barça are seeking their first ever win in Cyprus to stay in contention for top spot in their Champions League group (8.45 PM CET)

Having already ensured qualification for the second phase, FC Barcelona are in Nicosia to continue putting pressure on current Group F leaders Paris Saint-Germain. But Luis Enrique will need to lead the team to their first ever victory in Cyprus. The two previous visits ended in draws, 1-1 in 1982 with Apollon Limassol and 0-0 in 1996 with AEK Larnaca. But as the adage goes, it could be third time lucky!

Three road trips

The game in Nicosia (8.45 PM CET) is the first of three consecutive away trips in three different competitions for Barça. When they return from Cyprus, they’ll start preparing for the game in Valencia (Sunday 30 at 9.00 PM CET) and after that they have a cup tie at Huesca (Wednesday 3 at 10.00 PM CET.

Luis Enrique has taken 22 players with him. The only members of the first team to stay at home are Vermaelen and Iniesta, although four of those players will have to be dropped from the definitive match squad.

Apoel FC: 270 minutes scoreless

Barça’s opponents have no hope of reaching the last sixteen, but third place in the group would still win them a berth in the Europa League. But with just one point to their name, the Cypriots are struggling, and they have failed to find the net in any of their last three official outings.

APOEL v FC Barcelona: Did you know…

APOEL and FC Barcelona meet in Cyprus on Tuesday / PHOTO: FCB photomontage
The Catalans will be looking to win in Cyprus for the first time after two previous draws

FC Barcelona are going to Cyprus for the first time in 17 years. The last time they were there, Bobby Robson was managing and Luis Enrique was in the team. Here’s a look at some key facts you should know before APOEL entertain the Catalans later today.

  • This is FC Barcelona’s third trip to Cyprus. In the 1982/83 Cup Winners Cup they drew 1-1 with Apollon Limassol and in the same competition in 1996/97 the game with AEK Larnaca ended 0- 0.

  • Barça’s current boss, Luis Enrique, was in that game against AEK Larnaca. Barça qualified after already having won the first leg 2-0 at the Camp Nou.

  • Ivan Rakitic, who scored at the weekend for Barça against Sevilla, has scored against APOEL before. He did so playing for Schalke 04 in a 4-1 win in the first round of the UEFA Cup in 2008/09.

  • APOEL lost 1-0 when the two sides met earlier this season at the Camp Nou. The team has never beaten a side from la Liga following four draws and two defeats.

  • Barça are already through to the last sixteen of the Champions League after winning 2-0 at Ajax in the last game. But PSG currently have one more point than Barça, and these two teams will contest top spot in the group in the last two matches.

  • APOEL have yet to win in Group F and are propping up the table with just one point.

  • Messi scored a hat-trick against Sevilla at the weekend to beat Zarra’s all-.time Liga goalscoring record (253). Against APOEL he could become the highest goalscorer in Champions League history. He is currently tied with Raúl González on 71.

All you need to know about APOEL-FCB

A round up of press conferences, previous meetings and infographics ahead of Tuesday’s APOEL-FCB Champions’ League clash

Here at we have rounded up all the previous news about APOEL-FCB into one easily digestable package so you do not miss a thing ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League clash.

Luis Enrique expects a defensive APOEL

Luis Enrique expects similar APOEL to first game by fcbarcelona

Ivan Rakitic: APOEL fans will make it diffcult

Rakitic:APOEL fans will make it difficult by fcbarcelona

Training in the GSP Stadium 

Training session 24-11-14 (GSP Stadium) by fcbarcelona

FCB’s win over APOEL at Camp Nou

APOEL in Statistics


This is how Messi prepared to beat the record

Messi coming out on to the field / PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ-FCB
The blaugrana number ’10’ wrote another page in his personal history with his performance against Sevilla

On Saturday Leo Messi became the top goalscorer of all time in the league, surpassing a record that had stood for almost 60 years. In this video you can see how he prepared for this historic game: his arrival at the stadium his warm up and his celebration with his team mates. This was one of the most important hat-tricks in Leo Messi’s career.