Barcelona wonderkid Todibo loaned to Schalke 04 for €1.5M Fee

Loaned to Schalke 04 from Barcelona for remainder of 2019-20 season.

BARCELONA (January 20, 2020) —

Barcelona announced on Wednesday Jan 15 they have agreed a deal to loan defender Jean-Clair Todibo to Schalke for the rest of the 2019-20 season for a fee of €1.5 million:

The 20-year-old arrived at the Camp Nou in January 2019 on a free transfer from Toulouse but has only managed five first-team appearances for the club.

Contract Particulars

Schalke 04 will pay the player’s wages and the loan agreement contains an option to buy for €25 million, plus €5 million in add-ons. If Schalke 04 were to buy the player than FC Barcelona will maintain an option to buy him back for €50 million euros, plus €10 million in variables. 

Schalke have confirmed Todibo will take the No. 21 shirt at the Bundesliga club.

Manager David Wagner explained why they had moved to bring in the youngster, per the club’s official website:

We said during the training camp in Spain that we would only be active in the market if something opened up that would help us. That’s definitely the case for Jean-Clair Todibo, who is one of the best young central defenders in Europe. Since Benjamin Stambouli’s recovery is taking a little longer than we had all hoped, it makes sense to bring in another central defender. He can also play in defensive midfield. We will all do our best to support him in the development of his clear potential. We’re looking forward to having him.”

Todibo at Barcelona

After being signed in January 2019, Todibo had to wait until April 2019 to make his debut for Barcelona, starting in a 0-0 draw at Huesca in La Liga. His only other appearance in 2018-19 was in a 2-0 defeat to Celta Vigo in May.

This season, 2019-20, the young Frenchman has managed three appearances for Barca. Despite the limited number of minutes on the pitch, Todibo received good marks for his performance against Inter Milan in the UEFA Champions League. He played all 90 minutes of Barça’s 2-1 win at the San Siro and was praised for his handling of Nerazzurri striker Lautaro Martinez:

The biggest reason why Todibo had such limited time is that the 20-year-old was behind Gerard Pique, Clement Lenglet and Samuel Umtiti at central defender in the Blaugrana roster. He needs more playing time and against a higher level of competition, and thus is hoping he can secure more game time at Schalke.

Todibo missed Barcelona’s first three games of this season with a leg injury. Thereafter, Ernesto Valverde left him on the bench. He played four minutes in a 2-0 away win at Getafe and 73 minutes in the 4-0 win over Sevilla in matchday 8 on October 6, 2019. He then was not named to the squad for all of the remaining fall matches, save for the full game played against Inter Milan.

Todibo offered his thoughts after sealing a switch to the Bundesliga side, who are currently in fifth place in the table.

“The club’s management convinced me of their project, seeking success with young players,” he said. “That’s why I chose to join Schalke 04.”

Todibo’s departure could mean new Barca manager Quique Setien opts to promote Ronald Araujo to the first-team squad from Barcelona B. The Uruguayan made his Barcelona debut in October’s 4-0 win over Sevilla. He replaced Todibo after 73 minutes but was then sent off in the closing stages for bringing down Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez.

So far in Gelsenkirchen, Todibo has been named to the squad but remained on the bench for Schalke’s two games played so far in January: both wins, 2-0 at home to Borussia Mönchengladbach and a shocking 5-0 away win at Bayern München.

He played 75 minutes on Saturday, January 18, in the Bundesliga team’s 2-0 friendly win over third division team Preuben Münster.

Resumen in español

Acuerdo con el Schalke 04 para la cesión de Todibo

El FC Barcelona y el Schalke 04 han llegado a un acuerdo para la cesión del jugador Jean-Clair Todibo hasta el 30 de junio por un importe de 1,5 millones de euros.

El conjunto alemán se hace cargo de la ficha del jugador y tiene una opción de compra opcional de 25 millones de euros, más 5 millones de euros en variables. En caso de que el Schalke 04 hiciera efectiva la compra del jugador, el FC Barcelona mantendría una opción futura de compra por 50 millones de euros, más 10 millones de euros en variables.

Cabe recordar que Jean-Clair Todibo ha disputado un total de cinco partidos con la camiseta del Barça desde su llegada al Club en enero de 2019. El defensa francés debutó el 13 de abril en un Huesca-Barça de Liga. Repartidos por competiciones, Todibo ha disputado cuatro partidos en la Liga y uno en la Champions.

Copa del Rey 2020

Todos los enfrentamientos de los dieciseisavos de final

The matchups in the round of thirty-two of the 2020 Copa del Rey in Spain.

Ibiza – FC Barcelona
Unionistas Salamanca – Real Madrid
Logroñés – Valencia
Cultural Leonesa – Atlético de Madrid
Ebro – Leganés
Badajoz – Eibar
Badalona – Granada CF
Recreativo de Huelva – Osasuna
Rayo Vallecano – Real Betis
Mirandés – Celta de Vigo
Tenerife – Valladolid
Girona – Vilarreal
Elche – Athletic Club Bilbao
Zaragoza – Mallorca
Sevilla – Levante
Real Sociedad – Espanyol

UD Ibiza – FC Barcelona

El Ibiza será el rival del Barça en los dieciseisavos de final de la Copa del Rey el miércoles 22 de enero, a las 19 horas o bien a las 21 horas. El enfrentamiento (partido único) para decidir el equipo clasificado para los octavos será el primero entre los dos clubes, que nunca hasta ahora se habían visto las caras. Los de Quique Setién visitarán el estadio Can Misses, con capacidad para 4.500 espectadores y de césped artificial.

Ibiza will the Barcelona’s opponent in the round of 32 of the Copa del Rey on Wednesday, February 22, at either 19:00 or 21:00. Per the revised format, this will be a one-match tie which will decide who goes to the last sixteen in the tournament. It’s the first-ever meeting between the two clubs. The game will take place at the Can Misses stadium (pictured), a tiny stadium with 4,500 seats and artificial surface.

Estadio Can Misses

El equipo ibicenco ocupa la tercera posición del Grupo 1 de la Segunda División B -plazas de play-off de ascenso- a 8 puntos del líder, aunque con un partido menos que el filial del Atlético de Madrid. El conjunto azulado está dirigido por el ex azulgrana Pablo Alfaro, que coincidió como jugador con Quique Setién en el Racing de Santander de 1993 a 1995. El máximo peligro en ataque de la UD Ibiza es Ángel Rodado, que acumula 12 goles en 19 partidos de liga y 1 en las dos eliminatorias de Copa disputadas hasta ahora.

The Ibiza side currently are in third place in Group 1 of the Segunda B (the Spanish third division), and sit in a playoff position just five points from the leaders, Atletico de Madrid B. Ibiza is coached by an ex-Barcelona player, Pablo Alfaro, who himself played alongside Barcelona manager Quique Setién at Racing Santander from 1993 to 1995. The club’s biggest threat on the attack is Ángel Rodado, who has tallied 12 goals in 19 mathces in the league and another in the elimination rounds of the Copa del Rey thus far.

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Segunda B, Grupo 1 – Top 6

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El primer duelo de Copa del Rey para el Barça -ha evitado las dos primeras eliminatorias- llegará después del partido de Liga ante el Granada, que supondrá el debut de Quique Setién en el banquillo del Camp Nou. Los azulgranas recibirán los granadinos el domingo 19 de enero a las 21 horas. Después del partido en Can Misses, el Barça visitará el Valencia en Mestalla el sábado 25 de enero a las 16 horas.

This is Barcelona’s first game in this year’s edition of the Copa del Rey, and it will come after this weekend’s game at the Camp Nou (Jan. 19 at 21:00) versus CF Granada in Setien’s debut as manager of the Blaugrana. After the Copa del Rey tie in Ibiza, Barcelona will play away at Valencia CF in the Estadio Mestalla on January 25th at 16:00.

Copa del Rey 2020 – Second Round Results:

Sevilla, Athletic Bilbao and Villarreal were among clubs who progressed to the last 32 of the 2019/20 Copa del Rey. Other members of La Liga who made it through included Real Sociedad and Celta Vigo.

There was also safe passage for some teams from the lower leagues, including UD Ibiza, who will now face mighty FC Barcelona. Ibiza advanced after overcoming Albacete on penalties Saturday. Sunday saw Unionistas de Salmanca CF also win a shootout to get past Deportivo La Coruña.

Liga dos ricos | Barça à frente do Real Madrid e agora é o clube de futebol com a maior renda do mundo

Os culés aumentaram sua rotatividade em 21,7% na temporada 2018/19

Real Madrid desce para a segunda posição no ranking elaborado pela Deloitte

BARCELONA (3a feira-14 de janeiro de 2020) —

Do ponto de vista do futebol, o Futbol Club Barcelona não se diverte após ser derrotado na semifinal da Supercopa da Espanha e com a demissão do técnico Ernesto Valverde. Mas, do ponto de vista econômico e financeiro, o clube catalão vive uma de suas melhores etapas.

Segundo o estudo da Football Money League, preparado pelo consultor Deloitte, o Futbol Club Barcelona acaba de se tornar o clube de futebol com mais renda no mundo, superando, assim, seu eterno rival: o Real Madrid.

Segundo este relatório da consultoria Deloitte, os catalães aumentaram seu faturamento em 21,7% na temporada 2018/19, atingindo vendas no valor de 840,8 milhões de euros. A Deloitte atribui esse aumento de receita de Barcelona à mudança de seu foco comercial em atividades como merchandising e licenciamento. Aponte especificamente:

“Reconhecendo o poder de sua marca, o clube assumiu maior controle de suas operações, em vez de confiar em terceiros para esses serviços”.


_Dados Apresentados por Reason Why de Deloitte

  1. FC Barcelona, 840.8 €
  2. Real Madrid CF, 757.3 €
  3. Manchester United FC, 711,5 €

Enquanto isso, o Real Madrid mal viu sua receita crescer 0,9%, para 757,3 milhões na primeira temporada sem Cristiano Ronaldo. A terceira posição na classificação de riqueza econômica de acordo com a Deloitte é mantida pelo Manchester United, com vendas de 711,5 milhões, a quarta é para o Bayern de Munique, enquanto o PSG ocupa o quinto lugar no Manchester City.

Um grande negócio

Pode-se concluir que os negócios em torno do futebol continuam a crescer sem parar. De fato, os 20 clubes com maior faturamento do mundo excederam 9,2 bilhões de euros em receita na última temporada. Isso representa um crescimento anual de 12% e estabelece um novo recorde histórico.

Para ler mais deste estudo, siga o link aqui: Deloitte Football Money League

Liga de los ricos | El Barça adelanta al Real Madrid y ahora es el club de fútbol con más ingresos del mundo

  • Los culés han aumentado su facturación un 21,7% en la temporada 2018/19 
  • El Real Madrid baja a la segunda posición del ranking elaborado por Deloitte

BARCELONA (el 14 de enero de 2020) —

De la perspectiva futbolística, el Fútbol Club Barcelona no pasa por un buen momento después de haber sido derrotado en la semifinal de la Supercopa de España, y la destitución del técnico Ernesto Valverde. Pero desde el punto de vista económico y financiero, el club catalán vive una de sus mejores etapas.

Según el estudio Football Money League, elaborado por la consultora Deloitte, el Fútbol Club Barcelona acaba de convertirse en el club de fútbol con más ingresos del mundo, superando así a su eterno rival: el Real Madrid.

Según este reporte de la consultora Deloitte, los culés han aumentado su facturación un 21,7% en la temporada 2018/19, hasta alcanzar ventas por valor de 840,8 millones de euros. Deloitte atribuye esta subida de ingresos del club azulgrana al cambio en su enfoque comercial en actividades como el merchandising y la concesión de licencias. En concreto apuntan: 

“Reconociendo el poder de su marca, el club ha tomado un mayor control de sus operaciones, en lugar de depender de terceros para estos servicios”.


_Data Presented by Reason Why from Deloitte

  1. FC Barcelona, 840.8 €
  2. Real Madrid CF, 757.3 €
  3. Manchester United FC, 711,5 €

El Real Madrid, por su parte, apenas ha visto crecer sus cuenta de ingresos un 0,9% hasta los 757,3 millones en la primera temporada sin Cristiano Ronaldo. La tercera posición en la clasificación de riqueza económica según Deloitte la conserva el Manchester United con unas ventas de 711,5 millones, la cuarta es para el Bayern de Munich mientras el PSG arrebata al Manchester City la quinta posición.

Un negocio enorme

Se puede concluir que el negocio que rodea al fútbol sigue creciendo de forma imparable. De hecho, los 20 clubes con mayor facturación del mundo superaron los 9.200 millones de euros en ingresos durante la pasada temporada. Esto supone un crecimiento interanual del 12% y marca un nuevo récord histórico.

Para leer más de este estudio sigue en ella e aquí: Deloitte Football Money League

“They play like a team in crisis.”

Former Arsenal Manager Arsène Wenger’s Discusses Barça After 0-0 Draw in Champions League.

MIAMI, Fla. (November 7, 2019) —

Arsène Wenger analysed Barcelona for BeIN Sports for the midweek UEFA Champions League match versus Slavia Prague. He maintains that Barça play like a “team in crisis.”

The reigning La Liga champions were stunned on Tuesday night after they were unable to break the deadlock against Slavia Prague and were held to a 0-0 draw at the Camp Nou.

“They’re top of the league, they’re top of their group and they play like a team in crisis,” the legendary former Arsenal boss said on beIN Sports.

“Their game is too slow. There is no dynamic in the last 30 meters, it’s too individual.

“And every time they lose the ball, it looks like they will concede a goal on [the] counterattack because they cannot deal with pace against the opponent… the team lacks dynamic, lacks energy, lacks confidence.”

It was the first time since 2012 that Barcelona captain Lionel Messi failed to score in a home Champions League group game. He came close, striking the bar in a superb solo effort.

Wenger agrees with my own opinion that Barcelona are far too reliant on the Argentine superstar. He echoed that in discussing the Culés’ failure to make the breakthrough against Slavia Prague.

“Barcelona is an interesting case because they have a history of fantastic collective play, and on top of that, came Messi to make differences,” the 70-year-old explained.

“Today, it looks like they play and they wait for Messi to do something, but the basic strengths of the team play is a bit gone. And you think, when will Messi get the ball to do something?”

“And before, the music, the basic music, was the fantastic team play, making it difficult to catch the ball, and then on top of that came Messi.

“Today, it looks to me that they lost charisma.”

Wenger continued his brutal assessment of Barca’s performance with a stat comparison for ‘distance covered’ in the match.

Barcelona managed to cover 97 km in comparison to Slavia Prague’s 109 km, with the Frenchman saying it was the equivalent of 84 box-to-box runs.

He added: “Barcelona was beaten tonight really, physically, and then, not enough pace.”

While critical of Barça manager Ernesto Valverde, he was careful not to blame him entirely. “At the end, it’s always the coach who is guilty, he’s not always responsible,” he said. “There’s a difference between being guilty and responsible, you know?”

“As we said, Valverde does not make the decision on who comes in. He has to do the best with what he has.”

“So, what we speak about raises many questions: who has the final word when you buy a player? Secondly, is this really the player that the team needs?”

Source Credit: Sport Bible

FC Barcelona In-House Documentary Series Will Take You Inside Barça

Por primera vez, las cámaras de televisión han tenido acceso al día a día de jugadores como Leo Messi, Gerard Piqué, Marc-André ter Stegen o Luis Suárez.

Miami, Fla. (October 30, 2019) —

Fútbol Club Barcelona will be releasing its own in-house documentary that will take viewers behind the scenes.

This follows other clubs who have produced documentaries, such as Netflix’ work with Juventus and Amazon’s work with Manchester City, Borussia Dortmund and Leeds United.

The Blaugrana version will be an eight-episode documentary each consisting of 45 minutes that focus around eight key games from the 2018-19 season. The exclusive content features dressing room footage, the players’ reactions to last season’s shocking defeat to Liverpool, interviews, and a glimpse into the players’ home lives. Actor John Malkovich provides the narration.

The documentary will be available via Barça sponsor Rakuten and their distribution partners in Europe from November onwards. It will be available in North America although the distribution partner has not been announced.

It is definitely a not-to-be-missed series.

Here is the trailer for the project:

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Liverpool Set To Sign New Kit Supplier Deal

MIAMI, Fla. (October 29, 2019) —

European Champions Liverpool Football Club are set to sign a new kit supplier agreement with Nike that is reported to be worth £75 million (€84.8 $93.2).

This would match Manchester United’s 10-year deal with adidas and place the Reds among the top 5 clubs in the category of kit supplier deals. FC Barcelona currently has the largest kit supplier agreement at €113.5m with Nike. 

This after the London Commercial Court dismissed New Balance’s complaint for breach of contract in a dispute that centred over “matching rights” contained in the kit supplier agreement between New Balance and Liverpool which expires at the end of this season.

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