FC Barcelona are through to the semi-finals of the Copa del Rey after winning by a single goal against a stubborn Real Sociedad side that strangely only got stronger after having a man sent off late in the first half. Ousmane Dembélé was the man of the moment, capping a stunning performance with the winner on 52 minutes. But 1-0 it ended, and just one more game now stands between Barça and a place in the final in Seville. Real redUntil Dembélé finally struck after 52 minutes, Barça had done absolutely everything but score a goal. Gavi came nearest when his shot hit the crossbar, but despite being a man down, Real were refusing to drop their heads.
The Auditori 1899 at Spotify Camp Nou was the venue for the ceremony to award the XV International Manuel Vázquez Montalbán Journalism award on Monday. The recipient of the prize this year was the former Barça player and broadcaster Gary Lineker. Lineker, a Barça player between 1986 and 1989, began working in broadcasting after hanging up his boots. The Barça president went on to laud the former striker as one of the "best goalscorers in history," before thanking him for travelling to Barcelona to receive the award in person. Award historyThe award began in 2004 in memory of the journalist and writer Manuel Vázquez Montalbán and it rewards journalistic careers in two categories: cultural and political, and sporting.3 months ago FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona host Bayern Munich in the Champions League on Wednesday at the usual 9.00pm CEST kick off time, and if you need to know what time that is where you are in the world, this page should help you to do just that. We also list the broadcasters that hold the rights to show the games in different countries or regions. Please note that although we list them here, we CANNOT guarantee that they will actually show the game. That does not depend on us, and you should check their own websites for details. You will also find our minute-by-minute text updates, live stats, a link to listen to live English language commentary on Radio Barça and plenty more to keep you entertained!3 months ago FC Barcelona
The Catalans twice took the lead against Real Betis, but the Copa del Rey champions, fourth in La Liga, twice managed to find a response and the game ended up being decided in a penalty shootout. Betis reactXavi had also recently been lamenting how his team struggle to kill off games, and here was further example. Instead of extending their lead, Barça gradually ceded more and more of the initiative to an increasingly more confident-looking Betis, who eventually pulled back level through Nabil Fekir. Extra time and penaltiesA goal worthy of winning any trophy, but Betis still hadn’t had the final say. Lewandowski, Kessie, Ansu Fati and Pedri all converted their penalties, while Ter Stegen saved two of Betis’ attempts.16 days ago FC Barcelona
Just three days later and the stadium is the venue for another vital clash in the competition, with Athletic Club the visitors in one of the oldest fixtures in Spanish football. Athletic have not won at Barça’s ground since 2001-02, the winner scored by former Barça man Ezquerro. In 20 visits since then, Barça have won 17 and tied just three, most recently a 1-1 draw in 2018. Athletic’s top goalscorer so far this season with four will be representing Ghana at the forthcoming World Cup. FC Barcelona have yet to concede a Liga goal at Spotify Camp Nou this season.3 months ago FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona have bowed out of the Champions League with a win in the Czech Republic. But they could find no answer to Pablo Torre's fourth, and it all ended 4-2. Torres doubleAnd Barça doubled their lead shortly before the break when Ferran Torres whipped in a Jordi Alba assist. Pablo Torre brought down Chory, and the latter made no mistake from the penalty spot. Barça re-established the two-goal cushion with a tremendous finish from Pablo Torre, but the 19-year-old was unable to celebrate his first goal for his club.2 months ago FC Barcelona
Those were both at Spotify Camp Nou, while this Saturday 9pm CEST kick-off gets them back on the road to Valencia. That was in the 2019/20 Champions League when he was in charge of Napoli and got knocked out by Quique Setién’s team. The other games have seen Barça win seven and seven games end in draws. He then joined Barça, where he returned 48 goals and memorable performances such as the one in the Champions League Final at Wembley. He wanted to go to Valencia to get playing time and it’s working out well for him.3 months ago FC Barcelona
Andalusian wallJust how Almería were still level at the break defied all logic. They barely left their own half as Barça utterly, utterly dominated and created chance after chance after chance. Dembélé at lastBizarrely, the best chance of the half fell to Almería. All over… for Piqué tooPure gold and at long last Barça were where they deserved to be. He was cheered every time he touched the ball and there wasn’t a dry eye in the house when he finally departed.2 months ago FC Barcelona