Barça Talk Delay Final Episode for New Manager Announcement

FC Barcelona will play the Copa del Rey final this Saturday against Alavés, and the club will announce the successor to Luis Enrique at the reins of the first team on Monday. Enrique announced he would not renew his contract after this season in March, and since then a plethora of names have been thrown about as his possible successors. In recent weeks, Ernesto Valverde has risen to the top of the list as most likely to succeed Lucho.

Valverde has officially announced that he will not be returning to manage Athletic Bilbao next year. In his news conference, Valverde said, “Right now I have no commitment to any team even though there are teams that have been interested in me.”

While it remains unofficial on both Valverde’s and the club’s side, it seems likely that Valverde will be going to FC Barcelona soon. The announcement will be made on Monday, after Enrique’s has completed his official duties. As a result, Barça Talk will await the announcement and postpone its normal schedule by one day to include the news on the next episode, the last episode of the season.

Also on the next episode

Ex-chief Sandro Rosell Arrested, Held Without Bail

Supreme Court Upholds 21-Month Sentence for Lionel Messi

Aleix Vidal Back In Training Sooner Than Expected

Barça Talk: La Liga is Over | Big Club News | Copa del Rey

Barça won their final match against Eibar with an impressive comeback at the Camp Nou, but Real Madrid also finished their season strong with wins against Celtic and Malaga to claim the league championship. We look back at the Barcelona’s season in La Liga and look ahead to the Copa del Rey final against Alavés, along with some news stories concerning the club.

Between the Sticks: Let’s Talk Goalkeepers

Barça Talk: Converting a Real Madrid Fan | Club News | Las Palmas | Eibar

In the most recent episode of Barça Talk, I sat down with my friend Matt Williams. Matt is a music scholar now, but he also spent several years as a goalkeeper. Growing up in Indiana, Matt saw the work of Peter Schmeichel playing for Manchester United on a “101 Best Saves” video.

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Peter Schmeichel

Somehow, around the same time as he was fawning over Schmeichel’s aggressive and intimidating goalkeeping, Matt succumbed to the marketing of Real Madrid in the Galacticos era and became a fan of Los Blancos, even to this day when he doesn’t follow the game as much as he used to. I suggested he check out Marc-André ter Stegen playing for Barcelona. Happily, Matt was open to it. In fact, he asked me to make a case for him to  support FC Barcelona. I think I could have done a better job than I did, but it was a fun conversation anyway.

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Marc-André ter Stegen

Barça Talk: Converting A Real Madrid Fan | Luis Enrique’s Replacement | La Liga Race Stays Hot | Club News | Las Palmas | Eibar

In this episode of Barça Talk

The race for the trophy in La Liga has remained a hotly contested battle between Real Madrid and FC Barcelona ever since the Blaugrana won at the Bernabeu. We also welcome our second guest: Matt Williams is getting his doctorate in music, like me, but he’s played a lot of soccer. At an impressive 6’4″ he spent most of his soccer career between the posts, and when he was young he fell victim to the marketing of Real Madrid in the Galacticos era. Without pushing too hard, I try to make a case for why he should be a fan of FC Barcelona instead. He’s open to it, and I convince him to let the men on the pitch convert him.

Our other stories

  • Luis Enrique’s replacement will be named after the end of the season, but barcablaugranes.com is confident that the selection has already been made and they know who it is.
  • Xavi Llorens to quit managing FCB femení after 11 seasons.
  • FC Barcelona have announced plans to add a team to the National Women’s Soccer League, the women’s professional league in the USA.
  • Match Review: Las Palmas
  • Match Preview: Eibar

Coming up on Barça Talk, 15 May 2017

On Episode 13 of Barça Talk (15 May 2017), we’ll see if the race for the trophy in La Liga has remained the hotly contested battle between Real Madrid and FC Barcelona ever since the Blaugrana won at the Bernabeu. We also welcome our second guest: Matt Williams is getting his doctorate in music, like me, but he’s played a lot of soccer. At an impressive 6’4″ he spent most of his soccer career between the posts, and when he was young he fell victim to the marketing of Real Madrid in the Galacticos era. Without pushing too hard, I try to make a case for why he should be a fan of FC Barcelona instead. He’s open to it, and I convince him to let the men on the pitch convert him.

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Our other stories

  • Luis Enrique’s replacement will be named after the end of the season, but barcablaugranes.com is confident that the selection has already been made and they know who it is.
  • Xavi Llorens to quit managing FCB femení after 11 seasons.
  • FC Barcelona have announced plans to add a team to the National Women’s Soccer League, the women’s professional league in the USA.
  • Match Review: Las Palmas
  • Match Preview: Eibar

Correction

In the last episode of Barça Talk (released 4/30/17), I said that Real Madrid were playing Atletico Madrid in La Liga, but that was wrong. As you probably know, the two teams played this past week in the Champions League, and when I was looking at Real’s schedule I missed that it was in the Champions League. So, while I was hoping that Atletico could take some points away from Real in the league, it turns out that was not possible. At this point, in the league, there are still three teams who might, hopefully, knock Real down a few points in the league. Real still have games against Sevilla, Malaga, and Celta. Of those three, it’s possible that any one of them could grab a draw, and maybe even a win. Of course, all Barcelona can do is keep playing hard and try to win every game they have left.

-Brien

11 (5.1.17) Bartomeu to Stand Trial | Osasuna | Espanyol

In this episode of Barça Talk, we round up news about the club, give an update on Barça B and FCB femení, and of course, discuss the first team.

Barça are keeping the pressure on for the league championship with two wins, while Real Madrid denied Valencia a draw, keeping their top spot in order. There was a goal bonanza at Osasuna and a solid win in the Catalan derby. Has Enrique been vindicated for standing by Gomes? President Bartomeu will stand trial in the corruption charges regarding Neymar’s transfer.

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Special Champions League Edition

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Hey folks! We’ll be putting out a special edition of Barça Talk tonight/tomorrow morning (depending on what time it is where you are) after the Champions League Juventus match. Win or lose, Barça Talk is behind the team, and we’ll get into thoughts, feelings, and reactions to the game.

Tweet out your comments on the game as it happens with the hashtag #BarçaTalk