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.

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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

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

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

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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.

4 (3.13.17) Remuntada revisited, Deportivo review, Valencia preview

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In This Episode

  • Basking in the glory of an improbable comeback.
  • Deportivo loss
  • Liga update
  • Valencia next week

    Credits

    Additional audio for this episode was found on freesound.org 

    Whistle (link to file on freesound.org): Copyright Pablo F., used by permission of the Creative Commons Attribution License.

    All other content written and produced by Brien Henderson, Copyright © 2017 Brien Henderson.

3 (3.6.17) – GOALS, GOALS, GOALS!!!! Enrique announces his departure, PSG is in for it! Culer Stories: An Unlikely Culer, Part 2.

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In This Episode

Thanks to the folks at Més Que in Buffalo for letting us record some of this episode there.

Barça News—I only wanted to talk through my feelings about Luis Enrique’s announcement, so that’s what I did.

Match Reviews: Sporting and Celta—It seems 3-4-3 is really working for the Blaugrana, and Messi has a furious spark in his legs right now.

Match Previews—We look to the week ahead. Barça have two games coming up: the all-important 2nd leg of the UCL Round of 16 against PSG, and Deportivo in La Liga.

Culer Stories—A culer is an ordinary Barça fan, distinct from a member of the club or one of its penyes. Read the history This segment is what makes Barça Talk more than a sports show.

An Unlikely Culer, Part 2

At the age of 32 years, I became a culer. Up until then, I was mostly a sensitive artist type with a strong disinterest in sports. Now, I’m a sensitive artist type who loves the Blaugrana hasta la muerte. This is the story of how all that changed. The full story is about 15 minutes long, so I’ve split it up into three short segments. This is Part Two. Part One is on Episode 2.


Credits

Additional audio for this episode was found on freesound.org 

Whistle (link to file on freesound.org): Copyright Pablo F., used by permission of the Creative Commons Attribution License.

All other content written and produced by Brien Henderson, Copyright © 2017 Brien Henderson.

2 (2.27.17) – Win at the Calderón, Match Previews, Culer Stories

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We’ve made some changes to the show. Most importantly, we’ve renamed it to simply Barça Talk. The former name, Barça USA, felt like it was shutting out a lot of people. So, we’re back with week 2 and a show that’s only going to keep getting better.

In This Episode

Barça News Roundup—There’s a lot of news every week, some of it useful and some of it is wild speculation and gossip. We sort through some of the more major news items, and say a word about all the other stuff.

Match Review: FCB-ATL—It was a hard match. We focus our commentary on the tactical element of the game and focus on Sergi Roberto and Luis Suárez.

Match Previews—We look to the week ahead. Barça have two games coming up, against Sporting Gijon and Celta. We’ll take a look at each matchup.

Culer Stories—A culer is an ordinary Barça fan, distinct from a member of the club or one of its penyes. Read the history This segment is what makes Barça Talk more than a sports show.

A Culer Is Born, Part One

At the age of 32 years, I became a culer. Up until then, I was mostly a sensitive artist type with a strong disinterest in sports. Now, I’m a sensitive artist type who loves the Blaugrana hasta la muerte. This is the story of how all that changed. The full story is about 15 minutes long, so I’ve split it up into three short segments. This is Part One.


Credits

Sources for this episode

Ben Hayward provides some context for the latest news concerning fraud/corruption charges on goal.com

Paul Staunton lays out an argument for why it might be mutually beneficial to both parties if Leo Messi were to leave the club, on goal.com

David Clarke, writing for totalbarca.com, takes the position that Messi will never leave Barça for another club except to return to his childhood club, Newell’s Old Boys.

Luis Mazariegos, writing for barcablaugranes.com, predicted the back three that Lucho deployed for the game against Atletico. Good call, Luis!

Additional audio for this episode was found on freesound.org 

Kids playing (link to file on freesound.org): Copyright Travis Morgan, used by permission of the Creative Commons Attribution License.

Crowd noise (link to file on freesound.org): Used by permission of the Creative Commons 0 License.

Whistle (link to file on freesound.org): Copyright Pablo F., used by permission of the Creative Commons Attribution License.

Forca Barça: Copyright FC Barcelona.

All other content written and produced by Brien Henderson, Copyright © 2017 Brien Henderson.

1 (2.20.17) Welcome to Barça Talk, Painful loss to PSG, Difficult win over Leganés

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February 20, 2017

Welcome to Barça USA, a US-based podcast devoted to FC Barçelona and Barçelonistas everywhere. Your host Brien Henderson will talk you down from the cliff of despair and help bring fans together to support our club.

In this episode

  • Intro: What is this show all about?
  • Updates on all competitions
  • Match Reviews: First leg of Champions League Round of 16 against PSG and the Liga victory against Leganés.
  • Match Preview: Looking ahead to Atletico only a couple short weeks after the contentious second leg of the Copa semifinal.