Latest news: FC Barcelona and the coronavirus crisis
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Saturday, 13 June
11.00pm: Football back at last! FC Barcelona, after three months without games due to the coronavirus, return to action today against Mallorca. Here is the preview
Wednesday, 3 June
8.00pm: The Barça basketball team now know who they will face first in the Endesa League play off finals in Valencia with Joventut their first opponents. More details right here.
Tuesday, 2 June
12.00pm: Quique Setién's side completed their second training session of the week. Read all about it here.
Sunday, 31 May
10.15pm: The return of LaLiga! Confirmation of the date and time of: Mallorca-Barça and Leganés-Barça. Check out the calendar here.
3.00pm: Leo Messi spoke about the effects of coronavirus on football and on life. Read the complete interview.
Wednesday, 27 May
7.30pm: The ACB has announced that the Liga Endesa will be decided in Valencia. From June 17 to 30, the 12 clubs competing in the final stage will all be playing at the same venue, behind closed doors.
12.00pm: Leo Messi has given an interview in which he gives his views on what it is going to be like to return to football, albeit under very unusual conditions.
Monday, 25 May
2.00pm: FC Barcelona have put its first protective masks on sale, which will be available in three different exclusive designs, at the Barça Store in Passeig de Gracia starting this Monday, and tomorrow through the e-commerce of the Barça Store at the Camp Nou. All the details here.
1.30pm: The clubs that are part of Basketball's Euroleague have decided to end the 2019/20 season. This Monday, May 25, was the deadline to decide if the continental competition was to be resumed or if it was to end.
Sunday, 24 May
5.30pm: Barça B return to individual training on Monday.
11.30am: This Monday, May 25, FC Barcelona will reopen the Barça Store on Passeig de Gracia to the public, with protection measures in place.
Saturday, May 23
3.45pm: La Liga has announced that the competition will get started again from June 8.
2.00pm: FC Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has visited the football and basketball teams at today's training session at the the Ciutat Esportiva.
Friday, 22 May
11.00pm: On Friday at the Ciutat Esportiva, the Barça B squad underwent medicals ahead of a return to training - more details right here.
Monday, 18 May
12.00pm: On Monday the football first team squad trained once again at the Ciutat Esportiva and for the first time since their return they were able to carry out the session in two groups of 10. Check out all the details right here.
Sunday, 17 May
11.30am: The league has informed the clubs of their access to phase three of training. This implies that, as of this Monday, training in groups of a maximum of 10 players will be allowed.
Saturday, 16 May
1.00pm: Barça, a reference on social media during the Covid-19 crisis. All the details here.
12.30pm: The first team trained individually at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper to close the week.
10.00am: Sergi Roberto spoke to the club's media about the first week of training, the protocols and the possible return of competition.
Friday, 15 May
11.45am: The first team returned to training at the Ciutat Esportiva.
10.00am: Leo Messi spoke to Sport and Mundo Deportivo about the return to individual training, the return of competition and much more. Read it all here.
Thursday, 14 May
9.00pm: The Board of Directors of FC Barcelona, meeting today electronically in ordinary session, has made several agreements.
Wednesday, 13 May
12.00pm: The basketball first team has started training on an individual basis as established by protocol.
Tuesday, 12 May
11.30am: FIFA announces that, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it has decided to postpone the U-20 and U-17 women's World Cup (to be played in the first quarter of 2021), as well as the Futsal World Cup to be played between September and October 2020 and which, finally, will be played between September 12 and October 3, 2021.
Monday, 11 May
12.10pm: The futsal first team have returned to training on Monday after undergoing the relevant medical tests.
10.30pm: The basketball first team squad have been at the Ciutat Esportiva for medical tests ahead of a return to individual training.
Sunday, 10 May
11.00pm: Gerard Piqué appears on the Movistar show El Partidazo and discusses the return to training and the potential resumption of competitions.
6.30pm: The futsal and basketball first teams will return to the Ciutat Esportiva on Monday to do the relevant medical exams before starting individual training in the coming days, following the protocols established by the health authorities.
10.45am: Lenglet understands the experiences of people who are fighting on the front line every day to combat Covid-19 as his mother is a nurse. Don't miss his conversation with culés battling against the coronavirus.
Saturday, 9 May
12.30am: The first team completed the second training session individually and the next session will be this Monday at 9.30am.
Friday, 8 May
5.00pm: The Spanish FA have met and agreed the following important points:
- Barça Women are 2019/20 league champions after it was decided that all competitions are to come to an end in women's football due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Copa de la Reina, in which Barça are in the semi-finals, will be completed next season.
- Barça B will take part in the play offs for a place in the Second Division A; the matches will be played between 16 clubs and Barça B will have to come through three rounds to gain promotion to the second tier of Spanish Football.
- The LNFS futsal league will see Barça take part in an 'express' play off for the title with games to be played over a short space of time at one venue.
11.00am: The first team have started training individually as established by La Liga protocol.
Thursday, 7 May
8.25pm: The first team will be back at training on Friday, albeit individually. Get the full story!
12.00pm: The Royal Spanish Field Hockey Federation (RFEH) has announced that none of the four main competitions will resume play. The top divisions will all be declared completed at the time when the completion was concluded.
Wednesday, 6 May
2.00pm: The players and coaching staff come to the Ciutat Esportiva for the necessary medical tests.
Tuesday, 5 May
2.10pm: FC Barcelona first team to have medicals on Wednesday ahead of return to training. All the details.
1.00pm: Another chat between one of the Barça players, in this case Riqui Puig, and youngster Pol, a patient in the Hospital Sant Joan de Déu in Barcelona. Watch it for yourself. !
Monday, 4 May
9.55pm: Barça are the ASOBAL League champions in handball. The Spanish Federation has brought competition to an end for the season and the blaugranes, unbeaten in their 19 matches, are named champions.
Saturday, 2 May
2.25pm: The Spanish Roller Hockey Federation have decided to end the current season and crown FC Barcelona as league champions. As such, Edu Castro's team claim the 125th trophy for the roller hockey section with the 2019/20 now officially at an end.
10.00am: Hungarian basketball player Adam Hanga tells the Club website in an exclusive interview how he and his family are getting along during lockdown.
Friday, 1 May
12.45 pm: The Barça Foundation is collaborating with the donation of 5,000 face masks as part of its joint program with the Barça Experience, Haikou and the Mission Hills Group. Arriving from China, it has been distributed to different hospitals in Catalonia.
Thursday, 30 April
8.00 pm: The remainder of the European Rink Hockey League has been cancelled. Barça were unbeaten in the competition and through to the quarter finals, but it has all been in vain.
6.00 pm: Basketball coach Svetislav Pesic has presented a video with the best plays of the season so far and insists he still hopes the season can be finalised. His handball counterpart, Xavi Pascual, has been taking part in a virtual meeting with the Spanish federation and the media to assess the situation.
1.30 pm: Barça Foundation and Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) to work together in the fight against COVID-19 by supporting food grants for at-risk families, aid for the homeless, psychological counselling for the elderly, and awareness campaigns about the pandemic. The programme is being run in association with the Ministry of education and the Catalan Red Cross.
Wednesday, 29 April
6.00pm: The 2019/20 Catalan Super Cup has been cancelled. The Catalan Football Federation announced the cancellation of this year's edition of the competition on Wednesday. This year's edition was to be played between RCD Espanyol and FC Barcelona.
2.00pm: Andrés Iniesta: "Of all the moments at Barça, the best was my debut." Listen to the conversation with the FC Barcelona legend, who this week released the documentary ‘The Unexpected Hero’ on Rakuten TV.
Monday, 27 April
5.30pm: Braithwaite talks about his training regime whilst in quarantine. "I will return in much better physical shape", he explained in an interview.
Sunday, 26 April
8:50pm: Griezmann lost in the semifinals of the PES tournament against Leno, from Arsenal.
2:00pm: Antoine Griezmann is Barça's representative in the PES team tournament, which starts this at 6.00pm CEST. Follow it live here!
Saturday, 25 April
5.00pm: The Catalan Handball Federation ends all its competitions; there will be promotions but no relegations, a measure that affects Barça's handball team.
11.00am: Marc-André ter Stegen recommends a book and film for those who need suggestions for entertainment. Find out more!
Friday, 24 April
4.00pm: The European Handball Federation has announced that the VEUX Champions League will be decided in a Final Four to be played in Cologne in December 2020.
Thursday, 23 April
6.20pm: In basketball, the Euroleague has set out its proposals as to how the season should be completed.
4.30pm: UEFA also urges National Associations to complete their leagues if possible to ensure qualification for UEFA competition on 'sporting merit'.
3.00pm: UEFA announce that the Women's Euro 2021 tournament will now be played on 6-31 July, 2022 to avoid a clash with the men's Euro2020 and the Tokyo Olympics, both of which have been postponed until the summer of 2021.
The #UEFAExCo today confirmed that the postponed UEFA Women’s EURO 2021 will be played in England from 6 July to 31 July 2022.— UEFA (@UEFA) April 23, 2020
Tuesday, 21 April
2.00pm: FC Barcelona hand over title rights to Camp Nou to the Barça Foundation to raise money for the battle against Covid-19.
Monday, 20 April
4.00 pm: The ACB clubs, which met electronically this Monday, have agreed on the plan to be followed for when the competition can resume. Among these agreements, the way in which the Endesa 2019/20 League will be resolved stands out: through a final phase that will be played by the top 12 finishers, divided into two groups of six, at a single venue. Among these teams are Barça basketball, which occupied top spot before the break.
Así será la fase final de la #LigaEndesa 2019-20— Liga Endesa (@ACBCOM) April 20, 2020
1️⃣2️⃣ primeros clasificados tras la Jornada 23
⏺️ Dos grupos de 6
⏺️ Cada equipo jugará 5 partidos
⏺️ Los dos primeros de cada grupo pasarán a semifinales
⏺️ Semifinales y final a partido único pic.twitter.com/DMzKi9XTkq
12:00pm: Staying at home should not be an impediment to not being active, just the opposite. So, here are a series of exercises to carry out 'Full Body' training; a session with Joe Holder, Nike Master Trainer.
Sunday, 19 April
2.00pm: Football may have stopped, but eSports are still active with Barça and Manchester United playing a friendly match on PES2020. Do you want to watch it? Click on this link.
Saturday, 18 April
12.30pm: In My Own Words: Albert 'Chapi' Ferrer: The former 'Dream Team' defender sends a message of support in the battle against the coronavirus on 20th anniversary of his return to Camp Nou in the colours of Chelsea in Champions League.
12.00pm: What film to watch? Let Martin Braithwaite decide for you!
Wednesday, 15 April
5.30pm: Culers vs. Covid-19. It is an action to thank and encourage the members of the Barça family who are fighting against the coronavirus, via the Barça Foundation's social networks. In so doing, Barça have put a face to its anonymous heroes.
4.30pm: Rüştü Reçber, FC Barcelona's goalkeeper during the 2003/04 season and during five friendly matches the following year, has overcome the coronavirus. In an interview with Diario AS, the former Turkish footballer expressed his gratitude towards Barça: "They gave me great support during and after my illness. In particular, Carlos Naval and Chemi Teres conveyed the good wishes of the President and the club. At times like these, the little details should not be forgotten. I will not forget everything that Barça did for me when I was dying of the coronavirus. It gave me life."
4.00pm: Quique Setién, in an interview with TV3, spoke about how he is experiencing the lockdown situation. Although he would like to play again, he comments that now the most important thing is health.
Tuesday, 14 April
7.35pm: Coaching staff and players held an informal video meeting on Tuesday to maintain team spirit during the current lockdown. Find out more right here.
1.30pm: 'We fight today, tomorrow we pay #StrongerTogether' is the message of hope that Barça is sending out to the world. A video which several Barça figures take part also serves as a very public thank you to all the people involved on the front line in the battle against the coronavirus.
We fight today, tomorrow we play#StrongerTogether 💪— FC Barcelona (from 🏠) (@FCBarcelona) April 14, 2020
Monday, 13 April
6:50pm: Former football player Baldiri Alavedra has died. Although he only played nine friendly matches with Barça's first team, he played in the club's affiliated reserve side, CD Condal, between 1963-67.
Sunday, 12 April
12.00pm: The Barça Foundation is handling a large donation of health care material from technology giant Tencent - more details.
Saturday, 11 April
2.00pm: IN MY OWN WORDS: Víctor Claver | The Barça basketball forward explains in this letter for the fans how he is dealing with more than three weeks of confinement, and reveals one of his passions: drawing.
Friday, 10 April
6.00pm: This was the Live Chat with Junior Firpo. You can read all about how he is experiencing confinement here.
Thursday, 9 April
2.50pm: Barça joins #YoMeCorono. This is a study led by Drs Oriol Mitjà and Bonaventura Clotet. The Camp Nou will host a sample collection point from this Thursday for an investigation to prevent new infections from Covid-19.
Wednesday, 8 April
12:00pm: Barça launch the #CulersatHome section of the Club's official website. FC Barcelona and some of its partners create digital contents with activities to enjoy at home, from training routines to recipes, and even recommended reading and movies to help make the days at home more amenable
Tuesday, 7 April
5.00pm: Barça and the Red Cross come together to helper older FC Barcelona members during lockdown. Thanks to the ‘T’Acompanyem a casa’ programme, the Club contacts members over the age of 80 to help them with any tasks they may need doing and to keep an eye on their well-being.
Monday, 6 April
6.30pm: Frenkie de Jong: "We must be patient." The Barça midfielder talked about his first few months at the club and also how he is coping with confinement, live from his home in the Netherlands.
5:00pm: Barça and the Red Cross are collaborating to provide home support to elderly members with urgent needs. Thanks to the 'StayAtHome' programme, the club have been contacting Barça members over the age of 80 with the aim of assisting them and monitoring their status.
2.00pm: Gerard Piqué has joined the FIFA #BeActive campaign to maintain physical activity during the confinement period caused by COVID-19. Barça's No.3 is participating together with Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid) and other players, in an initiative by FIFA who have joined forces with the United Nations (UN) and the World Health Organisation (WHO). More information here.
10.00am: A new week begins:
🔵🔴 New week! / Nova setmana! / ¡Nueva semana!— FC Barcelona Femení (🏠) (@FCBfemeni) April 6, 2020
💪 Cheer up! / Ànims, culers! / ¡Ánimo!#FCBFemeni #QuedatACasa pic.twitter.com/SdakL6krSs
Friday, 3 April
1.00pm: The Barça Innovation Hub launches online courses to raise funds to fight Covid-19. ‘Barça Universitas’, the BIHUB's digital training platform, offers this Friday, and for a month, 11 half-price programmes on different sporting themes. All the funds raised through the courses, which are presented under the heading ‘Get Involved #LearnInHouse’, will be donated to the Barça Foundation and will be used for projects to alleviate the health emergency.
Thursday, 2 April
4:30pm: ACB statement. The Basketball League, which had been temporarily suspended until April 24, won't set a return date for the competition. This is the full statement:
The 18 ACB clubs held a video conference briefing on Thursday to assess the effects of the period of temporary suspension and to continue working on future scenarios.
Consequently, the ACB renders the date set of April 24 ineffective, and will analyse the evolution of the health crisis in the coming weeks to make decisions.
Antonio Martín, president of the ACB, spoke on behalf of all the clubs about “the deep pain that the ravages of this terrible pandemic are causing. We are with the families who are suffering and who cannot say goodbye to their loved ones.”
At the sporting level "the objective of resuming competition remains intact and we will analyse together with our clubs the best way to achieve this, always ensuring the health of all participants."
2:20pm: Barça will play a friendly in Igualada due to the coronavirus crisis. The news was announced this Thursday by the Mayor of Igualada, Marc Castells. There is no date as yet for the match, but it will be to raise funds for the Consorci Sociosanitari d'Igualada (CSSI).
Wednesday, 1 April
6:20pm: Sergi Roberto: "I want to thank all the health workers." In a Live Chat on the FC Barcelona YouTube channel, the No.20 explained how he is experiencing confinement, what his routine is, what activities he's doing at home...
5:00pm: UEFA has announced that all team matches, both male and female and that were scheduled to be played in June 2020, are postponed until further notice.
2.00pm: The World Confederation of Penyes has delivered 800kg of baby food and other children's food to the 'Banc dels Aliments' for children between 1 and 3 years old.
Tuesday, 31 March
8.00pm: The Barça basketball team have also now agreed a salary reduction that will affect all the club's sporting professionals.
1.00pm: Josep Maria Bartomeu granted interviews to different sports newspapers, speaking about his satisfaction with the agreement on player salaries, amongst other things.
Monday, 30 March
2.15pm: The International Olympic Committee has announced that the Tokyo Olympic Games will take place from 23 July to 8 August 2021.
1.45pm: An official statement by FC Barcelona explains that the Board of Directors have reached an agreement with the professional teams and the majority of the basketball team for a reduction in their wages during the state of alert.
Sunday, 29 March
10.45pm: Barça eSports lost 4-1 to Team Vitality in the semifinals of the European Rocket League.
Saturday, 28 March
10.00am: Through the Barça Foundation, FC Barcelona will donate a total of 30,000 face masks to the Health Department of the Generalitat de Catalunya.
Thursday, 26 March
6.00pm: The players continue training at home. Here is a new compilation of Barça players working out during confinement. Don't miss it!
11.00am: How do Barça prepare in this isolation period? The fitness coaches explain to us.
Wednesday, 25 March
3:00pm: The EHF has announced a proposal for alternative dates for the finish of its competitions, which will not resume in any case before June. According to the proposal, the round of 16 of the VELUX EHF Champions League would be played between 4-5 (first-leg) and 6-7 June (return). With the teams confirmed, the quarterfinals would take place between June 25-26 and June 27-28, with Barça playing the return leg at Palau Blaugrana - they are directly qualified for this round. Lastly, the proposed date for the Final Four contest in Cologne is the weekend of August 22 and 23.
10.00am: The Penya Barcelonista de San Andreu de la Barca has lent its facilities to the City Council so that they can be used, temporarily, as a new paediatric unit in San Andreu.
Tuesday, 24 March
4.15pm: FC Barcelona has made its facilities available to the government and, through the Foundation, has transferred the cart used in the Camp Nou to the Hospital de Sant Pau.
2.45pm: The Royal Spanish Winter Sports Federation (RFEDH) has announced in a statement that it has decided to permanently cancel all competitions for the 2019-20 season, and focus on the 2020-21 season.
1.45pm: Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe confirms that the country has reached an agreement with the IOC to postpone the 2020 Tokyo Olympics until the summer of 2021, directly affecting several Barça sportsmen and women who were set to take part in the Games this summer.
After his telephone talks with IOC President Bach, PM Abe spoke to the press and explained that the two have agreed that the Tokyo Olympic Games would not be cancelled, and the games will be held by the summer of 2021. pic.twitter.com/ihe8To2g3R— PM's Office of Japan (@JPN_PMO) March 24, 2020
11.00am: Barça basketball star Nikola Mirotic has spoken to the Club's official media from his home about how he and his family are dealing with lockdown in Barcelona, his passions and hobbies and how he is keeping himself in shape at this difficult time. Full interview.
Monday, 23 March
7.00pm. UEFA announces that the Champions League finals - men's and women's - as well as the Europa League, which were all due to be played in May, have been postponed without a new date being given. All of the details here.
12:00pm: The Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) and the Spanish Football League (LFP) agree to the suspension of all professional competition until the authorities deem it safe to resume such activities.
Official statement.— LaLiga English (@LaLigaEN) March 23, 2020
Spanish football competitions postponed until further notice as agreed by RFEF-LaLiga.
11.00am: The first-team continues to work from home, following the guidelines of the physical trainers Fran Soto, Edu Pons and Antonio Gómez.
Sunday, 22 March
7.00pm: An interview with Rakitic from his home. The Croatian midfielder explained what the last few days have been like for him, and he also faced a different edition of the 7 Second Challenge. Don't miss it!
5.00pm: A video that shows the exercises that Barça's hockey team players have undertaken during quarantine:
🏠 #QuedatACasa— Barça Hoquei (🏠) (@FCBhoquei) March 22, 2020
🏋🏻♂️ Primera setmana de tele entrenament! ✅
💙❤️ #CulersACasa pic.twitter.com/h7OuSbIiCJ
3.00pm: Ter Stegen did a Q&A on his Twitter account, where culés from around the world asked him various questions. Read about it here: The German keeper's best responses.
12.00pm: Today, Arthur Melo is training at home:
🏡 #YoMeQuedoEnCasa— FC Barcelona (desde 🏠) (@FCBarcelona_es) March 22, 2020
¡Vamos a por el domingo con energía!
Entrenamiento con @arthurhromelo 💪
11.30am CET: IN MY OWN WORDS: Demetrio Albertini. The former Barça player explains what life is like during confinement in Italy.
Saturday, 21 March
10.30pm. Former Real Madrid president Lorenzo Sanz Mancebo has died of the coronavirus. FC Barcelona has joined the condolences towards the man who presided over Los Blancos between 1995 and 2000.
Lamentamos la pérdida de Lorenzo Sanz Mancebo, que fue presidente del Real Madrid entre 1995 y 2000, y trasladamos nuestro pésame a club, familiares y amigos. Descanse en paz. https://t.co/6rwohZY85W— FC Barcelona (desde 🏠) (@FCBarcelona_es) March 21, 2020
🎧 RECAP 🎧 | Our home workouts over the past week, both standard and highly unconventional 💪+😂 pic.twitter.com/amyZKTHSuk— FC Barcelona (from 🏠) (@FCBarcelona) March 21, 2020
Friday, 20 March
9.00pm Here's a compilation of Barça players training during this week. Don't miss it!
6.00pm: The Board of Directors of FC Barcelona remotely met this Friday in ordinary session, where they discussed the effects that the coronavirus crisis is causing to its regular activity. All of the details can be found here.
12:00pm: Leo Messi joins the 10 touches challenge from home! Very easy for him...
#10toquesChallenge by Leo Messi— FC Barcelona (desde 🏠) (@FCBarcelona_es) March 19, 2020
Nivel de exigencia: 1⃣ sobre 🔟
🔵🔴🏡 #CulesEnCasa #YoMeQuedoEnCasa pic.twitter.com/EOX4xPCOlL
Thursday, 19 March
12.30pm: Staying at home doesn't mean that studying stops, as it moves online. The Barça B and Under-19s A players who are enrolled on higher education courses are in permanent contact with their universities, as they connect each day.
11.00am: All of our athletes are training from home, such as handball player Ludovic Fabregas.
💪🏼 Entrenament a l’aire lliure, però a casa de @LudovicFabregas 💪🏼— Barça Handbol (🏠) (@FCBhandbol) March 19, 2020
🏠 #QuedatACasa #YoMeQuedoEnCasa #StayAtHome pic.twitter.com/LWajUN1VR5
Wednesday, 18 March
6.40pm: The American Barça basketball center recorded himself training at home after which he challenged Barça fans to send in their own exercise routines.
🔥 Y como dice #Ramb0 @Brandon_Davies0:— Barça Basket (from 🏠) (@FCBbasket) March 18, 2020
- Haced diferentes series
- Mandad vuestros vídeos y propuestas de cómo os movéis en casa a: #CulersAtHome #MoveAtHomeChallenge pic.twitter.com/hgbq0eQ3SG
5.15pm: The likes of Martin Braithwaite and Barça roller hockey keeper Aitor Egurrola have not lost their sense of humour despite the seriousness of the current public health situation.
⚠ Per tots els que tingueu ganes de Champions com @MartinBraith...🤣— FC Barcelona (des de 🏠) (@FCBarcelona_cat) March 18, 2020
🙌 Tenim la solució!
🍿Reviu la final de Berlín del 2015 🆚 Juventus
📹 https://t.co/r9FfyGuSbS https://t.co/73FI5fIIVx
🏠 #YoMeQuedoEnCasa— Barça Hoquei (🏠) (@FCBhoquei) March 18, 2020
🏋🏻♂️ A falta de pesas... buenos son los hijos!
😂👨👦👦 @aitoregurrola pic.twitter.com/lEYrXv8Ii8
12.00pm: Barça Women working from home. Coach Lluís Cortés setting an example from his house in Balaguer, Catalonia.
Tuesday, 17 March
9.00pm: Advice and a peek into how the Barça players are keeping in shape at home. Check out the likes of Martin Braithwaite, Junior, Rakitic etc.
3.45 pm: UEFA, after its meeting on Tuesday to discuss the situation with coronavirus has decided to postpone this summer’s European Championship to 2021, thus leaving additional margin to complete the suspended national leagues. It has also announced that all UEFA games and tournaments, including friendlies, at international and club level, for both genders and for youth tournaments are also cancelled until further notice.
The Champions League was already on hold, but the UEFA Women's Champions League and UEFA Futsal Champions League are also cancelled for the time being. The Barça women were due to play Atlético Madrid on Wednesday March 25, but that game will not be happening, and the futsal team will not be going to Minsk for the Final Four on April 24 to 26.
3.00 pm: Due to the coronavirus crisis, Conmebol has announced that this summer’s Copa America will not happening and has instead been scheduled for June 11 to July 11 of 2021.
Monday, 16 March
7.15pm: Edu Castro, Barça's roller hockey coach explains the importance of beating the coronavirus from home before a return to normal life:
🏠#QuedatACasa— Barça Hoquei (🏠) (@FCBhoquei) March 16, 2020
📽 @educastrofcb : "No és important tornar per veure qui guanya, sinó guanyar al coronavirus per tornar a la vida normal. Cuideu-vos i quedem-nos tots a casa!" pic.twitter.com/APITuXJGWf
7.05pm: The ACB League has declared the competition temporarily suspended until April 24. This is the statement that the organisation has issued:
The 18 ACB clubs have met this Monday by videoconference, constituting an Extraordinary Assembly, to unanimously agree to temporarily suspend the Endesa League until April 24 due to the health crisis caused by COVID-19.
6.45pm: Lazar Carevic, an atypical birthday. Barça B's goalkeeper tells in his own words how he celebrated his twenty-first birthday.
6.00pm: Open letter from FC Barcelona President Josep Maria Bartomeu: "Today, more than ever, we are with the people"
5.40pm: Barça B coach García Pimienta also sends his message asking for responsibility:
💬 @GarciaPimienta: “Hem de ser responsables i quedar-nos a casa. Una abraçada als que ho estan patint en primera persona i agraïr a tots els serveis sanitaris tot l’esforç que estan fent tots aquests dies”— FC Barcelona B (des de 🏠) (@FCBarcelonaB) March 16, 2020
5:00pm: The Barça Foundation postpones the activities of the social inclusion programme (where children and young people who come from different educational centres participate) and the pediatric wellness program (aimed at sick children) in Catalonia, for three weeks.
4:14pm: Andreu Plaza, Barça's futsal coach, asks for "responsibility and solidarity" from home:
🏠 @andreuplaza: 'Por responsabilidad y por solidaridad' #YoMeQuedoEnCasa pic.twitter.com/GAfp7rIGHG— Barça Futbol Sala (🏠) (@FCBfutbolsala) March 16, 2020
3.30pm: One of the captains of the Barça B Monchu takes the touch challenge along with Riqui Puig.
🔝🧻 🔵🔴 @Monchurodriguez #QuedatACasa#YoMeQuedoEnCasa#StayAtHome pic.twitter.com/7IgsW8GZtj— FC Barcelona B (des de 🏠) (@FCBarcelonaB) March 16, 2020
Sunday, 15 March
1.30pm: FC Barcelona's players and staff remain at home #StayAtHome
Saturday, 14 March
3.30 pm: The Barça players in every sport are sending out a firm message to all the fans: #StayAtHome. Here are a few examples, but you'll find plenty more on the different offcial accounts on Twitter (@FCBarcelona, @FCBbasket, @FCBfutbolsala, @FCBhandbol, @FCBhoquei, @FCBfemeni, @FCBarcelonaB)
From the 🏡 of the 🐐— FC Barcelona (from 🏠) (@FCBarcelona) March 14, 2020
Leo #Messi: "Now is the time to be responsible and stay at home.” 💙❤️ #StayAtHome pic.twitter.com/GhVjiTe4Na
🔝🏠 El director del Futbol Formatiu @PatrickKluivert, envia un missatge d’ànims i responsabilitat #QuedatACasa— FC Barcelona - Masia (🏠) (@FCBmasia) March 14, 2020
Kluivert envía un mensaje de ánimo y responsabilidad #YoMeQuedoEnCasa
A message of encouragement and a call to be responsible from Patrick Kluivert #StayAtHome pic.twitter.com/tHutcCe6xe
🔵🔴🏠#StayAtHome#YoMeQuedoEnCasa— Barça Basket (from 🏠) (@FCBbasket) March 14, 2020
🔝 Adam Hanga pic.twitter.com/UQB3yzvYQY
1.00 pm: Not everything has stopped at Barça. Playing online, the esports community is continuing uninterrupted, and you can follow our teams progress in the Rocket League despite the effects of coronavirus Covid-19. Full story.
Friday, 13 March
8:52pm. The Barça Store Canaletes, Passeig de Gràcia and La Roca will also close their doors. They won't open tomorrow.
8.35pm. The summary of how coronavirus is affecting FC Barcelona, this Friday, March 13:
7.55pm. Barça's basketball training sessions are suspended until further notice. This weekend, players will receive an individualised training programme until group training resumes.
6.05pm. FC Barcelona will close its facilities to the public starting this Saturday.
4:55pm. The FC Barcelona Player's Association will be closed to the public until further notice. You can follow any updated information through their Twitter account @fcbjugadors.
4.40pm. The International Handball Federation announces that the pre-Olympic tournaments, scheduled for April, are postponed until June. They are competitions that indirectly affect FC Barcelona because seven players from the Catalan national side must participate with their respective teams.
2.15pm. Barça Women cease all activity until further notice.
1.30pm. Barça B and the U19 A squad also suspend all activity until further notice.
1.00pm. The FC Barcelona board meeting scheduled for Monday 16 March has been postponed.
12.05pm. Given the current situation and following the recommendations of the medical staff at the Club, the first team has suspended all activity until further notice.
11.05am. UEFA announce the remaining Champions League games scheduled for 17 and 18 March have been postponed. Therefore Barça v Napoli will not take place at Camp Nou on 18 March and the fixture is awaiting a new date to be played.
Thursday, 12 March
9.00pm: A recap of some of the developments for Thursday 12 March.
8.00pm. The next Barça Legends game scheduled for next March 28 at Anfield against the Liverpool Legends has also been postponed.
4.50pm. World Confederation of Penyes suspends all activities, including conferences, sports tournaments, training workshops and children's events.
2.45pm. Training will take place on Friday for the first team, at 11am, behind closed doors. Barça B and the Under-19s A team, meanwhile, will not train on Friday, Saturday or Sunday (except those players called up for first team training on Friday).
2.30pm. FC Barcelona make recommendations to staff:
In order to ensure the safety and wellbeing of the collective group of people who form part of FC Barcelona, and following the recommendation to reduce the occupation density of workspaces as a measure to slow the spread of the coronavirus, the club willl continue to function with the following conditions:
- Minimal presential services will be in place, with remote working encouraged for those able to do so.
- Flexible working hours for those who require attendance at the club, either sporadically or regularly, with the aim of avoiding crowds at peak times.
- Diverse measures and safety recommendations to be followed (avoid meetings in person, maintain minimum distance, emphasise hygeine measures).
12.00am. LaLiga has been suspended for at least the next two weeks. The measure was decided upon in a meeting by the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF), LaLiga and the Spanish Footballers Association (AFE) at the Ciudad Deportiva de Las Rozas. The decision affects Barça's games against Mallorca on Matchday 28, and Leganés on Matchday 29.
11.22am. The Euroleague has decided to temporarily suspend all of its competitions, with immediate effect, in accordance with the recommendations of the World Health Organisation (WHO). The European basketball competition will thus postpone all scheduled games, including those for FC Barcelona, who were set to play Zalgiris Kaunas at the Palau Blaugrana on Friday at 9pm CET on Matchday 29 of the Regular Season.
10.35am. Following the announcements by the Catalan federations for rugby, basketball, hockey and volleyball, as well as the Spanish winter sports federations for basketball and hockey, the club's amateur sports teams will suspend all activity until March 31 -including training sessions.
Currently, the only games that will still be played according to the established schedule pertain to the Spanish volleyball federations, whilst FERugby will play games scheduled for March 21 and 22 -to be played behind closed doors.
Wednesday, 11 March
10.05pm: The ACB League announces that the matches for weeks 24 and 25, which were to be held over the next two weeks, are postponed. They will be held during the month of April.
9.15pm: A few minutes ago the Spanish Basketball Federation has decided to suspend all matches on the next day of their national competition. The Barça B match at LEB Plata is suspended.
9.05pm: Starting this Thursday, March 12, the FC Barcelona Museum and Ice Rink will be closed for the next 15 days as a preventive measure #COVID19
8.30pm: La Masia will be closed for the next two weeks and residents will continue their academic activity from home
7.50pm: The summary of training and matches is as follows:
The Segunda B, the Youth Honor Division, the Copa de le Reina and the women’s Iberdrola League, the Asobal League, the OK League and the Copa del Rey for roller hockey have been postponed, as well as the LNFS for futsal.
However, the club's professional teams will continue to train.
Regarding the football and basketball first teams; LaLiga, UEFA, ACB and the Euroleague will ensure that the games are played behind closed doors. UEFA have yet to comment on Atlético Madrid - Barça in the women's Champions League.
The Barça B hockey and basketball teams will continue to play their matches behind closed doors and, therefore, will continue to train normally.
None of the other teams, from any sports discipline, will train.
7:35pm: Below is the most important information as of Wednesday:
6.25pm: Handball - fixtures for week 20 and 21 of the Asobal League have been postponed affecting Barça's games against Granollers and Guadalajara.
5.20pm: The Spanish Football Federation suspends all women's competitive football due to the threat of coronavirus. The Club has decided to stop all activity for the youth teams during this period. The women's first team, despite not having any matches, will continue to train.
3.30pm: Changes relating to the FC Barcelona Museum:
- Reduction of capacity to 300 people per session
- Tactile interactive space at the Museum closed
- Change in the route for the Players Experience Tour (no access to first team players' dressing room)
- Match Day Tour cancelled
2.00pm: The Spanish Football Federation has approved the suspension of non-professional men's and women's football for the next two weeks. Fixtures for Barça B and for the Barça futsal team during that time have been postponed.
Tuesday, 10 March
8.00pm: The Copa del Rey tournament for the roller hockey team has been postponed. The tournament was to take place in La Coruña on 19-22 May and the roller hockey team have also seen the next two games in the European League also postponed.
7.00pm: Following advice from the relevant authorities, the ACB and the Euroleague have decided that Barça - Zalgiris Kaunas (13/3, 9pm), Barça - San Pablo Burgos (15/3, 9pm) and Barça - Khimki Moscow (19/3, 9pm) will be played behind closed doors. Barça's game against Real Madrid on 22 March at 6.30pm at the WiZink Center in Madrid will also be played without the presence of the general public.
6.00pm: FC BARCELONA STATEMENT: The Club announces the measures to be taken to protect the health of its sportspeople, fans, supporters' club members, visitors and employees.
1.00pm: The Spanish Football League announces that the next two La Liga set of fixtures will be played behind closed doors, affecting Barça's away game at Mallorca and home game against Leganés.
10.30am: After consultation with the Catalan Regional Government (Generalitat de Catalunya), FC Barcelona announces that the game against Napoli on 18 March (9pm) in the Champions League at Camp Nou will be played behind closed doors.
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