FC Barcelona v Paris Saint-Germain (3-1): Messi, Neymar and Suárez fire Barça to top spot | FC Barcelona
Barça’s trio of stellar strikers blew away PSG at the Camp Nou tonight, coming back from an early Ibrahimovic goal with two first half strikes from Messi and Neymar – surely a candidate for goal of the season so far – and a third after the break from Luis Suárez.
Suárez praises team effort | FC Barcelona
The match also saw Suárez bag his first goal for the team at the Camp Nou and he explained: "it’s always important for a striker to score goals. It gives you self-confidence and you can feel good about having helped the team to take those very important three points".
Luis Enrique: It's been a great night for us | FC Barcelona
Reflecting on his tactical changes, the boss explained: "we are stronger if we have the chance to use different set ups. Then our opponents don’t know what to expect from us". PSG coach Laurent Blanc admitted that he was surprised with the 3-4-3 formation Luis Enrique sent out, but the Barça boss insisted: "the team really understood well what we wanted of them".
Bartra: "this was a 100% team effort" | FC Barcelona
Marc Bartra was one of the surprise selections for the side to play against PSG, starting on the right of a three man defence, but he put in an excellent performance, including a goal line clearance with the scores at 2-2. After the game, Bartra explained: "it wasn’t easy – but I am happy both for myself and the team. This was a 100% team effort and we did really well".
Barça's possible round of 16 rivals, one by one | FC Barcelona
The UEFA Champions League round of 16 draw will take place in Nyon, Switzerland on Monday, 15 December at 12.00 PM CET. It is then that FC Barcelona's next opponent will be determined. The next round is set for February and could pit Barça against any of seven potent sides including: Juventus, Basel, Bayer Leverkusen, Arsenal, Manchester City, Shakhtar and Schalke.
Juventus, Basel, Leverkusen, Arsenal, Man City, Schalke and Shakhtar, possible last 16 opponents | FC Barcelona
Juventus, Basel, Bayer Leverkusen, Arsenal, Manchester City, Schalke 04 and Shakhtar Donetsk. Of these seven teams, all runners-up in their groups, one will be drawn as FC Barcelona’s opponents in the Champions League lround of 16 to be played from February 17. All will be revealed on Monday December 15 in a draw in Nyon (Switzerland) from 12.00 PM CET.
150 FC Barcelona victories in the Champions League | FC Barcelona
The 3-1 win against Paris Saint Germain was number 150 for Barça in Europe’s premier club football competition. Only Real Madrid and Bayern Munich can boast better records, while the next teams on the list after the Blaugrana are Manchester United, AC Milan, Juventus, Benfica, Liverpool, Porto and Dynamo Kiev.
Post-match recovery ahead of Getafe | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona got back to training on Thursday morning after Wednesday night's win over PSG that landed them in first place in UEFA Champions League group F. The full team worked out at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper, with Gerard Piqué, Lionel Messi and Neymar doing individual work.
Second most seen on You Tube in 2014 was the Nike advert involving Neymar, Iniesta and Piqué | FC Barcelona
Google have made public the list of video uploaded to their server that have received the highest percentage of visits and engagement in 2014. The fact that the second most watched video on You Tube during the year is a promotional video for Nike in which several stars of the world game appear speaks volumes about football ability to capture a global audience like no other sport.
Supporters club derby events | FC Barcelona
The OAP was the venue for the presentation of the poster for the Murcia Barça Supporters Clubs Meeting to be held this weekend in Santomera. The supporters clubs from Murcia were led by Juan Carrión, president of that regional federation, and Francisco Javier Garcia, president of the Peña Barcelonista de Santomera, were welcomed by director Pau Vilanova and the director in chief of the Supporters Clubs Commission Josep M. Barnils.
Athletic Bilbao book Europa League spot after beating BATE | Sky Sports Football
Mikel San Jose's strike shortly after the restart put Bilbao on course to retain an interest in European competition this season. And Markel Susaeta made sure of the victory with a late finish after making the most of superb approach work by Borja Viguera.
Iraola suffers hamstring injury | Football Espana
Andoni Iraola seems likely to miss Sunday's Basque derby after being stretchered off with a hamstring injury during Athletic Bilbao's 2-0 win against BATE Borisov. The right-back had to be substituted in the second half of his side's Champions League victory on Wednesday, and Los Leones confirmed on their official website that the 32-year-old sustained the knock in his left leg.
Leo Suarez set to sign for Villarreal | Sky Sports
Villarreal have reached a deal to sign Argentine midfielder Leo Suarez from Boca Juniors, the Spanish outfit announced on Wednesday. The 18-year-old, who had been linked with a move to Valencia, will pen a five-year contract with Villarreal, pending a successful medical.