Photo credit: marca Ronald Koeman's Barcelona defeated Valencia at the Camp Nou Stadium in their nineth round of the 2021/2022 La Liga Santander season. This win could be fital for them as they prepare for the UCL and the El Clasico. Meanwhile there is a need of reinforcement and Barcelona could be forced to get into the transfer market in January to bring in some reinforcement at certain positions to turn the situation of the club around.
Sergi Roberto will not be signing a new contract with Barcelona, according to Diario UF, after the two sides were unable to reach an agreement. Roberto, a product of the La Masia youth setup, made his professional debut for the Blaugrana in 2010 and has been a regular in the first team ever since, without entirely becoming a permanent starter.
Across Europe's top 5 leagues, Barca is one of the clubs that have many of its academy players in its first team. This shows that La Masia's niche for recognizing talents remains unparalleled. Image via La Liga In this article, we'll be looking at how Barca could line up with only its academy players in the starting XI.
Photo credit: fcbarcelona.com La Masia is one of the best football academies in the world. Barcelona have produced many great and talented players over the years, playing across all of Europe and around the world. The financial difficulties at Barcelona have forced the club to promote many academy players for the first time, and this act has proven to be a great success with youngsters from Barcelona ruling the Spanish national team.
Barcelona may be struggling on and off the pitch at the moment, but one thing the club has never failed to do in recent years is producing young and talented footballers who can feature in their first-team squad. The club has produced at least one talented young player for their first-team squad every season in the past three years.
Barcelona are reportedly not willing to match RB Leipzig's asking price for attacker Dani Olmo, according to Mundo Deportivo. For a while now, the Catalan club have been keeping an eye on the former La Masia player. His strong performances for the Spanish National Team at the European Championships and Olympics, as well as his league form, made him a target for Barcelona.
1. André Onana (Ajax) Onana is a graduate of Barcelona's youth academy, La Masia. The Ajax goalkeeper played at the La Masia for five years, lived at the club between 2010 and 2015 before moving to Jong Ajax in the Netherlands. In 2016, the 25-year-old Cameroonian joined Ajax Amsterdam and became a popular goalkeeper in Europe.
Pablo Martin Paez Gavira, who is commonly known as Gavi, is just one of the many talented young players from La Masia academy that are currently trying to fill the void created by the departure of many key players from Barcelona first-team squad this season. The 17 years old midfielder became the youngest footballer to ever play for the Spanish national team after starting yesterday's 2-1 victory over Italy in the semi-final of the UEFA Nations League, and he had what could be described as an impressive International debut.
Normally, Barcelona's philosophy is to depend on La Masia and balance it with the purchase of some of the best players around the world. This worked for them and made the La Masia graduates hopeful that one day, they will play at Camp Nou. Recently, the amount of La Masia graduates in the first team are few and this is because the club lost many of their homegrown players to other clubs.
One of the greatest pass masters of the game, the Barcelona legend Andres Iniesta has taken to his Instagram account to go down memory lane of when his journey in La Masia academy, where he was built and given the ethics of his football style. Bringing it to the notice of the public, below is the registration documents of the player;
Barcelona are among the clubs following the situation of Andre Onana, which is a good one, because the Cameroonian goalkeeper grew up at La Masia (Barçelona academy). Reports also have it that, Inter Milan are in contact with his agents, they see him as a perfect heir to Samir Handanović.
Barcelona may be set for some respite in the coming weeks after a disappointing start to the new season, as they are set to get many injury boosts after the international break. When club football resumes later this month, Ansu Fati, who recently returned to action, is expected to be fully match-fit.
Barcelona are reportedly considering a better contract proposal for Pablo Gavi as a reward for his rise to prominence and inclusion into the first-team dynamics, according to Catalan media source L'Esportiu. Last weekend, the La Masia midfielder made his senior competitive debut against Getafe, and he drew a lot of attention.
A few hours ago, before the game between Benfica and Barcelona, Barcelona president Joan Laporta said: "With La Masia, our style and techniques, Barcelona will be unbeatable. Barcelona have been beaten by Portuguese giants Benfica 3-0 at Estadio da Luz. Photo Credit: First Report
Ansu Fati happens to be the new number 10 at FC Barcelona after Lionel Messi's departure. There were doubts as to who would take the number from Lionel Messi. Sergio Aguero was offered the jersey but decided to go with number 19 and Philippe Coutinho was rumoured to take it, but kept the number 14.
Gerard Pique, a central defender for Barcelona, has promised to stay faithful to the club and has stated that he will finish his career at Camp Nou. The 34-year-old went through the La Masia junior system before joining the Manchester United academy in 2004. He returned to Barcelona in 2008 and has remained there since since.
The news comes as a delightful melody to the ears of Barcelona supporters, as CAT Radio claims that La Masia star Ansu Fati is on the verge of returning to play for the first time since early November 2020. Ansu was supposed to miss the remainder of the season after sustaining a serious damage to his left knee's meniscus, but owing to a complex rehabilitation process and several operations, the time frame for his comeback kept increasing.
Ansu Fati has been handed the iconic number 10 shirt at Barcelona, previously worn by Lionel Messi among other club legends. Many thought that promising attacking midfielder Pedri would take the number, but instead it has gone to La Masia graduate Fati who now vacates the number 22 jersey.
Many Barcelona fans are happy that Ansu Fati, a La Masia graduate, has been given the number 10 jersey, however this article shows why Barcelona committed a huge error by giving the number 10 shirt to Ansu Fati. Ansumane "Ansu" Fati is a Barcelona midfielder who came through the club's renowned La Masia academy.
Spanish La Liga Santander giant, FC Barcelona youngster and football fast rising talent Pablo Gavira was in action on Wednesday night for the La Rojas in their UEFA Nations League semi-final ties against Italy at the San Siro. The La Masia product was handed a role to play in his team's starting XI on his maiden international call-up where he played major roles at the heart of the midfield before he was been substituted in the 84th minute for Sergi Roberto.