Latest news: FC Barcelona and the coronavirus crisis

Latest news: FC Barcelona and the coronavirus crisis

Up to date information on the consequences for FC Barcelona and its teams of efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19

All times CET

Tuesday, 31 March

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. 

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. 

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: 

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: 

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.

12.30pm: #CulersatHome 

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...

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.

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. 

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. 

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

7.15pmEdu Castro, Barça's roller hockey coach explains the importance of beating the coronavirus from home before a return to normal life:

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: 

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:

3.30pm: One of the captains of the Barça B Monchu takes the touch challenge along with Riqui Puig.

 

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)

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:

Friday, March 13. The effects of COVID-19 on FC Barcelona

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. 

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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. 

How COVID-19 is affecting FC Barcelona

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:

Wednesday, March, 11. How COVID-19 is affecting FC Barcelona

 

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. 

Las afectaciones del COVID-19 en el FC Barcelona

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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