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A 'planning' that will begin with his presence in the Camp Nou box to see Barça-Levante this Sunday and will continue with his presentation on Monday, his first training sessions as a Barça player and his debut in an official match either against Celta in the Cup del Rey or next weekend against Real Sociedad.

Philippe Coutinho’s landing at the Camp Nou is a personal triumph for the Brazilian star. Barça did not abandon him after Liverpool closed the doors to him in the summer market and the Canarinho international did everything he could to end up donning the Blaugrana shirt.


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Joaquim Piera

In Sport English

The five keys to Barcelona’s signing of Brazil star Philippe Coutino

These are the keys to the signing of the Rio de Janeiro star, who wants to mark an era at Barça as illustrious fellow countrymen such as Romario, Rivaldo and Ronaldinho Gaucho did.


The signing of Coutinho has been chewed up for a year and a half, a relatively short period of time considering the complexity involved in signing the franchise footballer from a Liverpool financial muscle club.

It was Philippe Coutinho, in the first person, who most pressured his family and his professional environment to get the commitment from the owners of the network (the American conglomerate Fenway Sports Group) so that they would sell it to Barça.

The Brazilian requested the ‘transfer request’ in August and declared himself in absentia – he did not play the Champions League qualifier against Hoffenheim – and urged his coach, Jürgen Klopp, to let him out. 

In September, he swallowed his pride and put aside the idea of ​​not playing in the group stage of the Champions League. He decided to enter the group dynamics to reduce tension, while negotiating an agreed exit in January.

When the hiring period opened this month, Coutinho pressed again and announced to Liverpool that he would not wear net again.


SPORT explained at the end of May that Philippe doubted whether to sign for Barça or not. The Brazilian understood that the stripes of Neymar and Iniesta would prevent him from being in the big events of the season. Therefore, he understood that perhaps it was best to stay at Anfield until the summer of 2018.

Ney’s scared opened a new scenario. Despite the fact that his teammate in the Seleçao harassed him on WhatsApp to go with him to Paris, Coutinho did not change his plans because he understood that, without his compatriot, he could occupy his natural position, being compatible with Andrés Iniesta.

Without Ney, Philippe would no longer have to go into exile on the right wing, as he does in the Seleçao, since the arrival of Tite.


PSG asked Coutinho not to sign for Barça now and to wait for him until after the World Cup in Russia.

The Qatar Sports Investments club is tied up in this winter market by the Financial Fair Play. This has been one of the reasons why Barcelona has decided to close the incorporation of the Brazilian now, although he cannot play in the Champions League this season.

Coutinho was offered to be the second highest paid player at PSG, only behind Neymar Jr. The idea of ​​playing in Ligue-1 did not seduce the Rio midfielder one bit, who took very good note of the adaptation problems that he is facing. taking Ney in the French capital.


Coutinho comes to offer his best years as a footballer at Barcelona. Exponent of the prolific Brazilian vintage of 1992 – the same as Neymar -, Philippe arrives at the age of 25, with a crack aureole, in a full state of form and with the ability to still progress. 

These arguments would explain the investment of 160 million euros. His mission, beyond rejuvenating the squad, is to help lead the sporting project alongside the more mature Leo Messi.

The technical secretariat understands that there is no other player on the market who can offer the benefits of the Brazilian midfielder.


Through the common thread of Luis Suárez, and more recently of Paulinho, the culé dressing room ended up verbalizing the need to sign a crack, who would provide a similar carats to those of Neymar. And this request also includes Leo Messi, who blessed the arrival of the Brazilian.

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Suárez has done with Coutinho, what Dani Alves did with Neymar, that is, act as a bridge with Leo to try to speed up the adaptation times to the new club. 

The Barcelona derby between Espanyol and FC Barcelona already has a final date and time: Sunday, February 4, at the Cornellà-El Prat stadium from 4.15pm.


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In Sport English

Time and date fixed for Catalan derby between Espanyol & Barça

The LFP announced the schedules of Day 22 of the Santander League 2017/18 in which this Espanyol-Barça is framed. Real Madrid, meanwhile, will visit Levante the day before: the duel will be played on February 3 (8:45 p.m.) at the Ciutat de València.

The second classified currently in the Santander League, Atlético de Madrid, will play in their stadium, the Wanda Metropolitano, against Valencia on Sunday, February 4 (8:45 p.m.).

The match between Barça and Espanyol in the first round ended with a resounding victory for Ernesto Valverde’s team over Quique Sánchez Flores' team by 5-0.

Girona will host Athletic Club at its Montilivi stadium on Sunday, March 4 (6.30pm).

This is the complete schedule of the matches of Matchday 22 of the Santander League 2017/18 that is played:

See the goals of FC Barcelona – RCD Espanyol

Matchday 22 Liga 2017/18 Calendar | @The league

Ernesto Valverde bet strongly on the 'other' Barça. Up to seven changes with respect to the team that beat Madrid at the Santiago Bernabéu. Ter Stegen, Sergi Roberto, Jordi Alba, Rakitic, Iniesta, Messi and Luis Suárez did not play. Their places were filled by Cillessen, Semedo, Digne, Denis Suárez, André Gomes, Aleix Vidal and Arnaiz, the young player from the Barcelona subsidiary.


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Francesc de Haro

In Sport English

Celta Vigo 1-1 Barcelona: Dembele returns as Arnaiz scores in Copa del Rey draw


Eighth first leg Copa del Rey





Sergio Álvarez, Hugo Mallo (c), Sergi Gómez, Fontás, Jonny (Roncaglia, 82 '), Lobotka, Jozabed, Wass (Brais, 67′), Pione Sisto (Emre, 67 '), Iago Aspas and Maxi Gómez.

FC Barcelona

Cillessen, Semedo, Piqué, Vermaelen, Digne, Busquets (c), Denis Suárez, André Gomes, Paulinho (Rakitic, 71 '), Aleix Vidal (Sergi Roberto, 76′) and Arnáiz (Dembélé, 71 ').


0-1, min. 15 Arnaiz. Great play by André Gomes and his center is finished off by Arnaiz at the back of the net; 1-1 min 31 Pione Sisto. Aspas shot to the crossbar and the rebound was picked up by Pione Sisto who scored with a tight shot.


Martínez Munuera. He showed yellow cards to Fontás (26 ') for entry to Arnaiz and André Gomes (64′) for repeated fouls.


Bullets. 21,338 spectators

A risky bet that in the initial stages made Celta become the master of the ball. Very long possessions that yes without having clear chances except for a counterattack that Semedo saved against Iago Aspas. Barça were looking for long balls for Arnaiz without going through the center of the field.

But what are things and football. An excellent counterattack started by Denis Suárez who yields to André Gomes. The Portuguese, in his best move since he was a Blaugrana, center to the far post where Arnaiz appears to score. The Barcelona B player scores his third goal in the Copa del Rey and becomes Barça’s top scorer in the competition.

Barcelona was able to sentence the tie a minute later in another good play but Paulinho’s shot found the legs of a Vigo player. Celta was disappointed and the Barcelona team played their best minutes. Without stress, having the ball and approaching the dominions of Sergio Álvarez.

Celtic tie

If Barcelona scored in the best moments of Celta, the locals equalized the score in the best minutes of Barcelona. A Vigo counterattack, with a shot from Aspas to the crossbar, passivity by Piqué and Cillessen and Pione Sisto took advantage of it to beat the Dutch goalkeeper with a shot that entered the post occupied by the goalkeeper.

Celta resurfaced from its ashes and took control of the game, although Barcelona had the best two chances in the last few minutes in two shots from Paulinho and André Gomes that were diverted.

After the break, both teams came up with the idea of ​​taking the ball and scoring. Barcelona had the best opportunity in these first minutes with an excellent play by Denis Suárez that yielded to Arnaiz but Sergio Álvarez except for the shot of the forward of the subsidiary. Again the young player headed high a good center from Digne.

The benches Unzué and Valverde began to move. While Barcelona played the best minutes for Barcelona, ​​the Extremaduran coach ordered Sergi Roberto, Rakitic and Ousmane Dembélé to warm up. Meanwhile, Barcelona had the best chance of the match in the boots of Denis Suárez but his shot (after a great center from Semedo) went incomprehensibly out. Barcelona insisted to score and at a quarter of an hour Sergio Busquets crashed a whiplash on the crossbar.

The good game of Barcelona forced Unzué to make a double change. Emre and Brais entered to remove the local attack. The first one had it but the shot stopped him without problems Cillessen. Valverde reacted by giving entry to Rakitic and Dembélé, almost four months after his injury, by Paulinho and Arnaiz (injured) respectively.

The tremendous mistake of Cillessen in the goal of Celta

Arnaiz, top scorer for Barcelona in the Copa del Rey 2017/2018

Celta again had the goal but Emre’s shot went slightly wide. Dembélé had his chance (78 ') but the Celta goalkeeper diverted it to a corner. Rakitic tried it from afar without luck.

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