Barça Talk #15: Copa del Rey | New Boss Valverde | Rosell Arrested | New Kit

The last episode of the season, where Brien talks about Ernesto Valverde, the new manager, Luis Enrique’s record, the new kits, Sandro Rosell’s arrest, the Copa del Rey final, and looks ahead to next year, among other things.


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.

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.

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 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

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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9 (4.17.17) Miscues in Turin | Paco Delivers | El Cláscio Preview


In this episode, we address the explosions in Dortmund, then move on to lighter news, including the possibility of Deulofeu coming back to Barcelona and weighing the pros and cons of Neymar’s three-game ban. We recap the standings at the top of La Liga, review the Juventus match, the Sociedad, match, look ahead to the second quarter-final leg with Juventus, and talk about El Clásico.

5 (3.20.17) Barça Defeat Valencia | International Break | An Unlikely Culer, Part Three


In this episode of Barça Talk, I review Sunday’s match between FC Barcelona and Valencia, talk about diving, and refereeing. Also, I review the current status of the top of La Liga, take a brief look at some upcoming World Cup qualifiers, and I finish off my personal story of becoming a Barça fan, “An Unlikely Culer.”


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