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

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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

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

Coming up in Episode 5 (3.20.17)

With no matches at midweek, we’re looking forward to Sunday’s clash with Valencia. Hopes are high for Barça fans that the Blaugrana will come away with three points and keep moving up the table. We’re rooting for Athletic Bilbao to slow down Real Madrid. It would help in the Barcelona campaign.

However the Valencia match goes, we’ll talk about the game and the result.

After Sunday’s match, the international break will begin and we’ll take a look at some of the upcoming World Cup qualifying matches where FC Barcelona players will have a role.

Finishing off this episode will be the conclusion to “An Unlikely Culer”, my personal story of how I shifted from having a strong anti-sport attitude to being a superfan of FC Barcelona.

El Clásico in Miami, FL

Surely, you’ve heard by now that a friendly El Clásico will be played in Miami, FL this summer. The match is set for July 29. Tickets go on sale Monday, March 20 at 10am (not sure which time zone that’s for). The video on the sight is pretty fun. The narration is the voice of Rivalry, and there’s one line in it that gave me gooseflesh!

“This game, this confrontation: Barcelona and Real Madrid. It is my crowning achievement.” —Rivalry