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Join Sam Marsden (ESPN), Rik Sharma (Goal), Toni Juanmartí (Diario SPORT) and special guests for this weekly podcast on FC Barcelona. Siempre Positivo is the only English-language podcast exclusively focused on Barça brought to you by people on the ground in the city. The podcast covers every inch of the football club, from match reviews and previews to transfer news and the latest controversy (it's never quiet at Camp Nou!)

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    E193: Threasy peasy for Barça and 11dowski vs. Elche, Ansu's Spain snub

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 19, 2022 32:45

    Barcelona made it five wins in a row in LaLiga against Elche at the weekend to go into the international break second, just two points back from Real Madrid. There were two more goals for Robert Lewandowski, who now has 11 for the season, and one for Memphis Depay. Sam, Rik and Toni delve into a game that became even more one-sided than it looked like being after an early red card for Elche defender Gonzalo Verdu. They also discuss a missed opportunity for Franck Kessie, Lewandowski's hunger for goals and Ansu Fati and Jordi Alba's World Cup chances. Support the show

    E190: Barça secure Cadiz triumph and move on to Bayern Munich

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 12, 2022 31:04

    Barcelona eventually saw off Cadiz comfortably with a 4-0 win on Saturday, but the real test comes with a trip to face Bayern in Munich on Tuesday night. Sam, Rik and Toni analyse the action and look at how the clash at the Allianz Arena is shaping up... Support the show

    E188: Sevilla dispatched as Barcelona warm up for Champions League return

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 5, 2022 34:02

    Goals from Raphinha, Robert Lewandowski and Eric Garcia helped Barcelona beat Sevilla 3-0 at the Sanchez Pizjuan on Saturday. Xavi Hernandez's side now have 10 points from 12 in LaLiga this season. Sam, Rik and Toni look back on a game that saw Sevilla start well before Barça took control after taking the lead. There was an impressive performance from the terrier-like Gavi and more heroics from the back-in-form Marc-Andre ter Stegen. They also look ahead to the return of the Champions League at Camp Nou on Wednesday, with Viktoria Plzen visiting. Meanwhile, coming up on Patreon this week there will be the Q&A and the post-Plzen show. Running order: -- Sevilla's strong start a warning-- Barça re-finding the press -- Sam's dodgy mug-- Terrier Gavi -- What Xavi wants from interiors -- Leader Lewandowski -- Ter Stegen's stats -- Rik's ratings -- Around LaLiga as Braithwaite & Abde deliver -- Plzen  Support the show

    E186: Lewandowski leads Barça rout of Valladolid + transfer window nears close

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 29, 2022 33:49

    Come for Barcelona's 4-0 win over Real Valladolid, stay for Toni singing The Flintstones. Sam and Toni look back on a game that saw Robert Lewandowski hit two more goals, with Pedri and Sergi Roberto also on target as Barça made it seven points from nine this season.  They also look ahead to what could be another busy week at Camp Nou with the transfer window due to close on Thursday and business still to be done. Running order: -- De Jong's London trip-- Barça 4-0 Valladolid-- Leader Lewandowski-- The Flintstones-- Kounde debut-- Eric Garcia's role-- Alba & Pique outcast-- Around LaLiga-- Auba robbed-- Memphis future-- Outgoings-- Marcos Alonso Support the show

    E183: Ansu inspires Anoeta win as birthday boy Lewandowski bags brace

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 22, 2022 33:14

    Barcelona picked up their first win of the new LaLiga season on Sunday as they beat Real Sociedad 4-1 at Anoeta. Robert Lewandowski scored a brace on his 34th birthday and Ansu Fati made a huge impact off the bench as Xavi Hernandez's side flexed their new-found depth. Sam and Rik discuss the victory -- and Toni will be back with Sam on Tuesday for bonus podcast (sign up here). Running order:-- What Anoeta curse?-- Barca's tactics-- Ferran's role  -- Ansu's impact-- No captains!-- Jordi Alba-- De Jong's performance-- Rik's ratings-- La Liga round-up-- Auba to ChelseaSupport the show

    E181: Barça start with Rayo draw + Alonso, Bernardo and right-back updates

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 15, 2022 36:48

    Barcelona's LaLiga campaign began with a goalless draw at the weekend against Rayo Vallecano. Not even getting Robert Lewandowski and Raphinha registered in time could help them break down their stubborn opposition, who had chances of their own. Sam and Toni reflect on the game with Rik in Australia -- although he did send in his ratings -- and then look at what can be expected from Barça in the final two weeks of the season. Running order: -- Barça 0-0 Rayo-- The positives-- The full-backs-- Gavi-- Raphinha-- Rik's ratings-- Around LaLiga-- Auba/Memphis-- Bernardo Silva-- Right-back dilemma Support the show

    E179: Pumas pummelled, Frenkie threat and registering update

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 8, 2022 33:13

    Lewandowski opened his account for Barça in the Joan Gamper thrashing of Pumas, Dani Alves was back, Frenkie de Jong was threatened with legal action and Toni reveals what Barcelona need to get all their players registered by the weekend and the opening league game against Rayo Vallecano. Apols for Rik's audio which loses some sharpness partway into the pod, but as a Barça manager would say, es lo que hay.Support the show

    E161 (part two): Barça Femeni season awards with Maria Tikas

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 10, 2022 25:31

    Sam and Rik talked Joan Laporta's meeting with Jorge Mendes, Bernardo Silva and Frenkie de Jong's future on today's bonus pod for patrons, but they also discussed Barça Femeni's season with Maria Tikas from SPORT. This part of the episode is being released for free, which you can listen to here.Check out Siempre Pod on Patreon for more content through the summer, including a chat with former Barça social media guru Aviv Levy next week.Support the show

    E158: Summer plans, Eric, Barça's centre-backs and goalkeepers

    Play Episode Listen Later May 30, 2022 32:09

    Sam, Rik and Toni talk about Siempre Positivo's summer schedule, the Eric Garcia/centre-backs debate some Patrons had on Discord, plus after Courtois's Champions League final heroics, discuss whether Ter Stegen can get back to his best. --Toni's snub--Extra pressure after Madrid win--Building, for real--Discord debate on Eric--Centre-back styles--La Masia past--No room at the inn--Christensen--3-4-3--Who starts?--Ter Stegen--Elite keepers--Toni's tipSupport the show

    E155: 'Anaesthetised' Barça end season with Villarreal defeat

    Play Episode Listen Later May 23, 2022 36:51

    It's been a tough season from a Barcelona point of view but it's finally over now. Sam, Rik and Toni talk about the 2-0 defeat to Villarreal, trip to Australia for a friendly, who the best player of the campaign was and the women's Champions League final defeat.--Hot--Poor Adama--Anaesthetised Barça--Luuk's goodbye--No lap of honour--Rik's ratings--Dembele's future--Rating the season--Women's UCL final defeat--Arrogance?Support the show

    E152: Lewandowski wants Bayern exit, Barça secure Supercopa spot

    Play Episode Listen Later May 16, 2022 31:28

    Sam, Rik and Toni are back to discuss Barcelona's goalless draw at Getafe, which secured them a top two finish in LaLiga and a place in next season's Spanish Supercopa with one game to spare. Prior to that match, Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski had revealed his desire to leave the German club, with Barça keen to bring him to Camp Nou. Running order:-- Bore draw at the Coliseum-- Second secured, roll on summer-- Mingueza impresses -- Balde 90 mins, Mika debut -- Rik's ratings -- Lewandowski wants out -- How Barça can sign him -- Perfect Barça women -- Luuk de Jong rules FIFA Support the show

    E149: Betis beaten, UCL secured and Barça starlet Ansu analysed

    Play Episode Listen Later May 9, 2022 32:02

    This pod will self-destruct in 24 hours. Actually, that's not true but Barcelona face Celta Vigo on Tuesday so its 'best before date' is certainly in the next day. Sam and Rik look at Barcelona's win at Real Betis that locks in Champions League football and discuss the return of golden boy Ansu Fati. Toni is away but leaves some audios with his thoughts. We'll be back on Wednesday with the full ‘tridente' for Patrons at the link below!Support the show

    E147: Ansu back as Memphis helps Barça beat Mallorca

    Play Episode Listen Later May 2, 2022 31:34

    Sam, Rik and Toni talk about Barcelona's 2-1 win on Sunday night over RCD Mallorca, with goals from Memphis Depay and Sergio Busquets to stop the rot after three consecutive defeats at Camp Nou. Ansu Fati returned and there's a lot of talk about a certain Carlos Soler story which we looked at.--Step forward or not?--Memphis's display--Link with Auba--His future--Ansu Fati return--Striker or winger--League situation--Rik's Ratings--Carlos Soler--Don't lieSupport the show (

    E144: Rayo strike down Barça in carbon copy of Cadiz

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 25, 2022 41:13

    Less than a week after Cadiz we're back again in a similar (sinking) boat. Sam, Rik and Toni get into the hows and whys of what's going on now Xavi's great start has tailed off.--No answers to the low block--Timewasting--Two added on for one lost--Motivation and desire--No creativity--Frenkie's funk--Gavi's penalty shout--Rik's ratings--Xavi's culpability--Change of strategy--Dest's future--Whose fault?--Rest of the seasonSupport the show (

    E141: Barca's Cadiz crumble adds to tough week

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 19, 2022 38:18

    Sam, Rik and Toni analyse the 1-0 home defeat by Cadiz on Monday night in a game where the Grada d'animacio refused to attend in protest.Rough running order:—Winning streak over—Bad all round—Toni's defence—Why the struggle?—Attitude—Ter Stegen—Dembele driving force—Pedridependencia—Rik's ratings—Top four picture—Toni's tidbitAnd another pod on Laporta's press conference and Pique's Super Cup plot to follow today on Patreon.Support the show (

    E137: Luuk who's back to help Barça edge Levante thriller

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 10, 2022 37:19

    Luuk de Jong returned from Covid-19 to score the winner in a 3-2 victory for Barcelona at Levante, where they'd won only once in their last five visits. Sam, Rik and Toni chewed the fat after the game. If you enjoy the pod then please consider supporting us on Patreon! Link below --Performance discussion--Result because of the 'positive dynamic'--Aubameyang, quiet but deadly--Luuk de Jong's goal rate--Three penalties against--Frenkie subbed early--Eric Garcia good, Clement Lenglet...--Pedri magic--Rik's ratings--A chip and a chair--The 'remountada'Support the show (

    E134: Supreme Pedri takes Barça above Sevilla into second

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 4, 2022 37:49

    The Xavineta rolled on at the weekend as Barcelona beat Sevilla 1-0 to move up to second in LaLiga. With nine games to play and nine points to make up on Real Madrid, is it to late to say Hay Liga? Join Sam, Rik and Toni as they discuss: --Another Barcelona win --The new Ousmane Dembele --Is there anyone better than Pedri? --Clean sheets! --Dani Alves --Rik's ratings --Pique and Araujo partnership --Hay Liga? --Booming Barça atmosphere --Toni's Tidbit Stay tuned to Patreon for more podcasts throughout the week, with Barcelona next in action on Thursday away at Eintracht Frankfurt in the Europa League. Stay Positive, SPSupport the show (

    E131: Inside the Xavi effect - How Barça recovered from rock bottom

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 28, 2022 43:14

    Sam, Rik and Toni looked in-depth at how Xavi Hernandez has turned FC Barcelona's fortunes around in just four months. From ninth to third, unbeaten in 12 in La Liga and playing with smiles on their faces.For more pods and insight, join us on Patreon. Link below.—Non-Xavi factors first—Mental improvements—Fun training—Focus—Meritocratic—Video work—Thoughts, not robots—Set pieces—High press—Positional play—Free man—The veterans' rise—Pre-prepared—A Barcelona icon—Plus Engen and Rolfo chat ahead of UWCL Clasico—Engen on the role of a Barça No 6—Rolfo on her drastic change of position  Support the show (

    E129: Xavi's Barça destroy Madrid in classic Clasico

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 21, 2022 36:22

    24 hours on from Barcelona's huge 4-0 win at the Santiago Bernabeu, Sam, Rik and Toni analyse the game and the fallout. We get stuck into the following, and more:--Barça are back--Pique's Tweet--Madrid shambles--Missed chances--Aubameyang admission--Eric Garcia--Araujo at right-back--Progress with no Messi--Rik's ratings--Hay Liga? Or can there be?More pods coming out this week, over at our Patreon. Support the pod if you enjoy it!Support the show (

    E126: Live from Camp Nou after Barça rout Osasuna

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 14, 2022 30:07

    Sam and Rik are at Camp Nou and Toni joins them to discuss Barcelona's 4-0 win over Osasuna in La Liga that sees them keep in hot pursuit of Sevilla. --Reaction to the win--Triangles--The strongest XI--Ous-Auba connection--No more jeers--Eric/Araujo--Victory cigar substitutes--Riqui Puig --Good minutes or bad minutes--Rik's ratings--Haaland latest from Laporta--Toni's tidbit (Messi)Sorry for the background noise of the mowers - you can blame Xavi and his immaculate grass desires.See you in midweek for the Q&A!Support the show (

    E123: Four Barça wins in a row as Ferran & Memphis seal Elche comeback

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 6, 2022 35:20

    Sam, Rik and Toni discuss Barcelona's latest win as Xavi Hernandez's side came from behind to make it four wins in a row in all competitions and 11 unbeaten in LaLiga. Ferran Torres and Memphis Depay scored the goals as Barça moved third in LaLiga ahead of Real Betis' game against Atletico Madrid. Running order: -- Win Barça tickets -- A solid performance -- A tale of two handballs-- Ferran Torres love -- Most improved Araujo -- Defensive worries? -- Rik's ratings -- Haaland hype  Support the show (

    E120: Athletic smashed as Xavi keeps the good times rolling for Barcelona

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 1, 2022 36:24

    Better late than never! The Monday pod is out and Sam, Rik and Toni talk about the 4-0 rout of Athletic Bilbao, Pedri, Dembele, the atmosphere and more. -Alcatraz-What a time to be alive-Are Barca ‘back'?-Pedri-Dembele-Could he stay?-Auba bet reveal-Xavi's work-Rik's ratings-Laporta celebration-Toni's tidbitBack in the week with a Q&A and a bonus pod for Patrons xSupport the show (

    E118: Aubameyang soars as Barça earn big win at Valencia

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 21, 2022 37:13

    Sam, Rik and Toni get stuck into the 4-1 win at Mestalla that takes Barcelona back fourth. Aubameyang got a hat-trick (technically), Xavi's side romped to an important win, but it wasn't plain sailing and left a lot to discuss. We'll be back after Napoli, recording for Patrons (link at the bottom!)--Toni's Communicado Oficial--Aubaperforming--How good were Barça?--Pedri praise--Credit where due (Alba, Dest)--Soler's goal--Rik's ratings--Toni's tidbit--Napoli importanceSupport the show (

    E115: Last gasp Luuk de Jong saves the day for Barça in Catalan derby

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 14, 2022 33:41

    Sam, Rik and Toni chat about Barcelona's 2-2 draw at the RCDE Stadium on Sunday night. It wasn't the leap forward everyone hoped for but how much does Luuk's late goal mean?We'll be back for Patrons with a Q&A pod later in the week and another bonus episode covering the fall-out from the Napoli Europa League clash. Join the club: --How important is the Catalan derby?--A point gained or two dropped?--Eric Garcia's struggles--Luuk de Jong's role--Adama Traore impact--Dembele return--Pique's red card--Rik's ratings--Toni's (musical) tidbitSupport the show (

    E113: Barça crush Atletico, Adama Traore debuts, as Xavi era takes off

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 7, 2022 37:33

    What a game! Sam, Rik and Toni analyse Barcelona's 4-2 win over Atletico Madrid on Sunday at Camp Nou.--Toni's bet--Partidazo--Great atmosphere--Rebirth--Happy players--Adama Traore--Dembele whistles--Rik's ratings--Toni the detective Join us later in the week for another bonus episode on the show (

    E110: Aubameyang in, Barça transfer window reviewed

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 1, 2022 37:34

    Sam, Rik and Toni look at how deadline day unfolded for Barcelona, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's arrival, plus the other moves in and out in a busy January at Camp Nou.--Auba in--Is it worth it?--Best attacking trio--Adama and space--Wing-back option--Who misses Europa League?--Dembele future--Rating the windowJoin us at for a Q&A pod later this week and another bonus pod ahead of the big Barcelona vs Atletico Madrid showdown.Support the show (

    E108: Tagliafico, Dembele, Haaland & free transfers with Fabrizio Romano

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 25, 2022 34:22

    This is an exclusive podcast that was released on the Siempre Positivo Patreon on Monday. If you like what you hear, you can sign up for more at: Sam, Rik and Toni were joined by transfer guru Fabrizio Romano to discuss possible deals Barcelona could do and to look ahead to another busy summer at Camp Nou. They discussed: -- Tagliafico's desire to join Barça-- Dembele latest-- Morata to leave Juve?-- Barça exits difficult-- Erling Haaland chances-- Free transfers in the summer-- Barça's centre-back decisionsMore on our Patreon: You'll get a bonus pod every week, just for Patrons. It will usually come out on Wednesday or Thursday, covering Barça's midweek games in the Champions League or La Liga, previewing the weekend match, plus discussing any new stories.Plus, there will be two extra Q&A pods per month - your questions take priority. Emergency pods too!We'll also occasionally be releasing some special pods - focusing on individual players/coaches/issues, rewatching classic games, etc.This tier will also be getting longer versions of interviews used on Monday's pod and be given early access to these, where possible.You'll also be invited into Siempre Positivo's Discord community to chat with Sam, Rik and Toni, as well as an army of fellow Culés!Support the show (

    E107: FDJ snatches Barça vital win at Alaves

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 24, 2022 31:16

    Get Frenked! De Jong nabbed a last gasp goal to grab Barcelona three crucial points on an otherwise disappointing/boring/dire evening (other adjectives welcome). Sam, Rik and Toni look at the game, Xavi's management, the Dembele situation and more. --Zzzzzzzzz--The positives (other than the points)--Pedri's drive--Alba's angry, Frenkie's fair--Rik's ratings--Atletico crunch clash--Xavi's coaching so far--Dembele desperationSome more special eps coming this week for our Patrons. Get over there: ( the show (

    E104: Does Barça's pizza need Busquets? Plus Adama and Dembele discussion

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 17, 2022 34:38

    No Barça game and yet still plenty to talk about. The debate over Sergio Busquets, Ousmane Dembele's contract, Adama Traore and more, with Sam, Rik and Toni as per usual.We'll be back for Patrons later in the week with a Q&A and reaction to the Copa del Rey clash with Athletic Bilbao. Check us out! --Super Cup feelings--The Busquets dilemma--Can FDJ play that role?--What's the best midfield?--Dembele latest--What does Ousmane actually want?--Adama Traore links

    E102: Barça stumble at Granada, Real Madrid incoming

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 10, 2022 37:25

    Sam, Rik and Toni analyse Barcelona's 1-1 draw at Granada on Saturday and look ahead to the clash with Real Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup. Plus: Pique's tweets, Umtiti's new deal and Ferran Torres has been registered.--Umtiti 2026--Alemany's year--Two points dropped--Gavi red card--Under pressure--Rik's ratings--Pique's payslip--Real MadridFor reaction/analysis to the Real Madrid game, head over to and join the clubSupport the show (

    E99: Mats snatches Mallorca points, Laporta's Barça claim

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 3, 2022 33:40

    Barcelona took a 1-0 win back home from Mallorca thanks to Luuk de Jong's goal and Ter Stegen's stoppage-time reflex save. Sam, Rik and Toni analyse the game and also what Barcelona president Joan Laporta said at Ferran Torres's presentation on Monday.--Sam riddled--Luuk de Jong action hero--Ter Saved 'em--Pique impresses--Did Riqui/Mingueza/Ilias do enough?--Rik's ratings--Laporta's claimWe will be back later in the week for a bonus pod on Barcelona's Copa del Rey game against Linares and a Q&A pod for our lovely patrons.  Join the club here:

    E95: Gavi shines in Barça win as new Camp Nou gets green light

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 20, 2021 35:50

    After three games without a win, Barcelona got back to winning wats by beating Elche 3-2 at Camp Nou on Saturday. Sam, Rik and Toni discuss how they made it hard work for themselves, the rise and rise of the youngsters (Gavi was especially good this weekend) and whistles for Frenkie de Jong. Do Barça and Ajax really have that much in common? Plus there's news on the Espai Barça referendum and the new Camp Nou... --Barça beat Elche in thriller --'Best performance from a Barça player this season' --Patience with Frenkie de Jong --Ter Stegen form --Green light for Espai Barça --A year in Montjuic? --New-gen vs. Old-gen comparisons --Rik's ratings --Sevilla on Tuesday --A Champions League spot?! Reaction to the Sevilla game will follow on Patreon this week: 

    E92: Gavi, Nico & Abde "positive and negative" as Barça held by Osasuna

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 13, 2021 43:45

    A podcast of two halves! Sam is joined by Toni first and Rik later to go over Barcelona's 2-2 draw with Osasuna on Sunday. Barça twice led through Nico and Abde but Osasuna pegged them back to earn a point. The result saw Barça slip to eighth in La Liga after Valencia's win on Saturday. --The return of Umtiti --Abde gets the better of Dembele --Why can't Barça keep the ball?--Dest and Balde--Trust in Xavi--Rik's ratings--Honeymoon until the summer--What chance a top-four finish?--The Diego Maradona Saudi Arabia! Reaction to the Boca Juniors friendly and a Q&A will be out on Patreon this week: 

    E89: Barça suffer first defeat of Xavi era against Real Betis

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 5, 2021 32:47

    The 'flower' has run out, says Xavi. That explained, and a lot more, as Sam, Rik and Toni get stuck into FC Barcelona's 1-0 defeat by Real Betis on Saturday at Camp Nou. --Was the defeat unlucky? --The way Barça will concede --Coutinho and Abde on the wings --Dembele impact --Rik's ratings --What chance a top-four finish?Preview pod and reaction to Bayern Munich clash will be out on Patreon on Tuesday/Thursday. 

    E86: Barça earn first away win at Villarreal but can they afford Ferran Torres?

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 28, 2021 33:36

    There's no Rik this week but Sam and Toni reflect on Barcelona's first away win in LaLiga this season. Late goals from Memphis Depay and Philippe Coutinho secured a 3-1 victory at Villarreal that new coach Xavi Hernandez admitted wasn't completely deserved. It was welcome, though. Also: What were Barça representatives doing in Manchester? Can they really afford City forward Ferran Torres? -- A Barça away win at last! -- The players enjoying themselves again-- But a warning for Xavi... -- The Eric experiment -- Rough diamond Abde -- Memphis' role from here -- Emery's penalty anger -- Barça target Ferran Torres -- Is Man City forward a realistic option?We will be back with a Q&A pod and more in the week for patrons at Vamos!

    E84: Xavi's debut analysis after Barca win Espanyol derby

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 21, 2021 34:25

    Sam, Rik and Toni take a look back at the slim 1-0 win on Saturday night which marked the start of the (second) Xavi Hernandez era. The new coach earned a vital victory but the game was tense and Barça struggled in the final stages.--The club is revived--An actual plan!!!--Width, counter-pressing--Ilias Akhomach debut--Rik's ratings--Aguero 'news'--Benfica line up/predictions--Xavi wanted GriezmannWe will be back on Wednesday after the Benfica game with a pod for patrons at Vamos!

    E82: Dani Alves back at Barcelona to obey Xavi's new rules

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 15, 2021 36:23

    It may be an international break but Sam, Rik and Toni have plenty to get their teeth into on this week's pod. Spain, led by Gavi but without the injured Ansu Fati and Pedri, have qualified for the 2022 World Cup after wins against Greece and Sweden. In bigger news, Dani Alves is back at Barça! The Brazilian, now 38, has signed until the end of the season. The pod also reflects on Xavi Hernandez's first week as Barça's boss. Running order:-- Gavi continues to star for Spain-- How many Barça players in Qatar? -- Assessing Alves' return  -- Where will Alves play? -- Xavi's fragrance, Xavi's rules-- Xavi's first games-- Azpilicueta targetted  We'll be back this week on Patreon to reflect on Alves's presentation on Wednesday as part of a special Q&A for subscribers. Join the club:

    E81: Marc-Andre ter Stegen deep dive (Patreon extract)

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 10, 2021 15:47

    Sam and Rik spoke to Mouhamad Rachini, a journalist at CBC Radio and a goalkeeper, who also writes about goalkeepers at, about Barcelona stopper Marc-Andre ter Stegen. The German does not seem to be at his best and we analyse five of the recent goals he has conceded and look at the bigger picture; where he is among the world's best at this point, and why his level may have dipped.This is a 15-minute extract from the full pod which is being edited and will be out for Patrons on Thursday, at

    E79: Celta draw the 'last chapter of blackest book' as Barça announce Xavi

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 8, 2021 34:04

    Sam, Rik and Toni talk discuss Barcelona's remarkable 3-3 draw against Celta Vigo as Sergi Barjuan's side surrendered a three-goal lead at Balaidos. There was also more bad news on the injury front as Ansu Fati, Eric Garcia and Nico Gonzalez picked up knocks. There was some good news, though, with Xavi Hernandez back as Barça boss -- although the club could not resist some drama around the announcement. Running order:-- Barça surrender Vigo lead -- 'A game of two halves' -- Worth analysing now Xavi's in?-- Super Nico Gonzalez -- Injury woes-- Rik's ratings-- Drama in Doha We'll be back this week on Patreon to reflect on Xavi's presentation on Monday in addition to a special podcast on Marc-Andre ter Stegen.Join the club:

    E76: Minor improvement for Barjuan's Barça ahead of Kyiv visit

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 1, 2021 36:56

    Sam, Rik and Toni talk about Barcelona 1-1 draw with Alaves on Saturday night, before one of the smallest crowds in Camp Nou's history. They also look ahead to the Champions League clash with Dynamo Kyiv on Tuesday night.Running order:--Was this any better?--More vigilant in defence--Memphis focus--Aguero incident--Attendance woes--Rik's ratings--Toni's Coutinho rant--Who's back for Kyiv? Ansu? Frenkie?We'll be back on Wednesday at Patreon to look at that game and then later in the week for a Q&A. Join the club:

    E73: Aguero's first Barça goal can't prevent another Clasico defeat

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 24, 2021 36:35

    Sam, Rik and Toni analyse Barcelona's 2-1 loss to Real Madrid in Sunday's Clasico at Camp Nou. David Alaba and Lucas Vazquez goals gave Madrid the three points, with substitute Sergio Aguero's late goal serving only as a consolation. Where did it go wrong for Ronald Koeman's team this time? Were there any positives?   Running order:-- A fourth straight Clasico loss  -- The Memphis-Ansu dilemma -- Could Barça have exploited Madrid's right?  -- Any positives? Aguero's goal-- De Jong injury issue -- Rik's ratings -- Barca fans target Koeman's car -- Luuk de Jong whistles

    E70: Awesome Ansu downs Valencia to kick off huge week for Barca

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 18, 2021 36:40

    Barcelona got back to winning ways against Los Che with Ansu Fati scoring and winning a penalty, while Philippe Coutinho also got his first goal for nearly a year. Sam, Rik and Toni discuss the game, the Barca AGM on Sunday which didn't get finished, and more.Running order:--Ansu Fati--Quelling any euphoria--Dest on the wing--Agueroooo--Camp Nou atmosphere--Rik's ratings--Barca's assembly

    E67: Luis Enrique shows Barca the way & the lowdown on Xavi in Qatar

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 11, 2021 36:09

    Sam, Rik and Toni discuss why Luis Enrique can make a team with so many Barcelona players look so much better than Barcelona. That's what he's done in 2021 with Spain, making good use of Eric Garcia, Jordi Alba, Sergio Busquets, Pedri and now Gavi. Busquets and Gavi were particularly good this past week in the UEFA Nations League. Joan Laporta's latest Lionel Messi comments are also analysed, along with some contract updates and an interview with Sudesh Baniya on Xavi Hernandez.Sudesh is a journalism student who is currently studying in Qatar and has been able to keep a keen eye on Al Sadd and, more importantly, Xavi's coaching career. You can follow him on Twitter here and the full interview is available on Patreon.  Running order:-- Spain's perform in Nations League -- Luis Enrique vs. Ronald Koeman-- Sergio Busquets delivering   -- Should Messi play for free?  -- Ansu, Pedri, Gavi contracts -- Dembele to stay or go? -- Xavi interview with Sudesh -- How's the ex-Barca man doing? 

    E64: Aimless against Atletico and now Koeman stays?

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 4, 2021 35:03

    The boys are back and Koeman will be too, apparently. Sam, Rik and Toni discuss Barcelona's 2-0 defeat by Atletico Madrid at the Wanda Metropolitano, Koeman's comments after the game where he appeared to blame Nico Gonzalez and also Joan Laporta's statement too.--What went wrong?--No Messi hurting the defence--Blaming Nico--Rik's ratings--Toni's Bartomeu news--Would Font have been given time?--Why Laporta backed KoemanWe'll be back on Wednesday with a Q and A pod. Get your questions in on discord, or on Patreon by leaving a comment. See you then and try to stay positive...

    E61: Ansu Fati is back! La Masia thrives against Levante

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 27, 2021 31:08

    What a difference a week makes! Finally, some good news for Barça fans, with Ansu Fati not only returning from injury but scoring too. Sam, Rik and Toni give their views on Barça's impressive 3-0 swatting of Levante which also saw a lot of young players thrive.--Ansumania--Gavi and Nico--The formation--Schreuder's attire—Memphis thoughts--Rik's ratings--How much does this help Koeman?For bonus pods later in the week, join the club:

    E58: Pique and Luuk de Jong up front because Barça can't play "tiki-taki"

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 21, 2021 32:40

    Sparks fly on the latest pod as Sam, Rik and Toni get stuck into Barcelona's 1-1 draw with Granada on Monday night. Listen up, because Barça are in action again on Thursday night against Cadiz and we will pod again for our Patreon subscribers.Topics: --Atmosphere at Camp Nou--Is Koeman right?--Awesome Araujo--Rik's ratings--Andrea Pirlo--Will Ronald last the week?For more pods and the chance to win an Ansu Fati No 10 shirt, sign up at:

    E55: Bayern Munich lowdown as Champions League returns

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 12, 2021 44:47

    The Monday pod is coming early this week because its shelf-life will only take us up to the Bayern game on Tuesday. So here we go, previewing Barcelona's first Champions League clash of the season.We have a special guest in Archie Rhind-Tutt, of ESPN fame, to give us his breakdown of Bayern and how they are different from the team that dismantled Barça 8-2 in Lisbon.Running order:--Sam, Rik and Toni preview the game--Archie Rhind-Tutt's Bayern breakdown--Laporta-Koeman row continues--Griezmann's Atletico debut--Braithwaite injury

    E53: Pjanic vs Koeman, surf's up for Pique, Aguero's complaint, De Jong analysis

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 6, 2021 36:33

    It's international break, but Siempre Pod isn't stopping. In fact, we're growing. Our Patreon has launched and you can get a lot of extra content there, as well as this free weekly pod. week Sam, Rik and Toni discuss the various news stories in the Barçaverse. From Pjanic's departure to Emerson's issue with Laporta, Kun Aguero speaking to Ibai Lanos and Pique going surfing in Cantabria, there's always stuff to talk about, even when there's no football on.Rik also speaks to Dutch football expert James Rowe about Luuk de Jong's arrival. (See Patreon for the full interview on Koeman, Memphis, Frenkie, Dest and more).James's work can be found at The Secret Footballer, here:

    E51: Barça's transfer window closes with Griezmann out & (Luuk) de Jong in

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 1, 2021 32:10

    The transfer window is closed! Sam, Rik and Toni analyse Barcelona's final day in the market as Antoine Griezmann returns to Atletico Madrid and Luuk de Jong joins from Sevilla. Others to leave Camp Nou on a busy day were Emerson, Ilaix Moriba and Rey Manaj. Running order:--Goodbye Antoine Griezmann --What does Luuk de Jong bring? --Emerson, Ilaix & Manaj out --Assessing Deadline Day--Barça transfer window rated --How did Laporta do? --Ansu Fati handed the No.10 --Evaluating Barça's chances in 21-22

    E50: Barça scrape past Getafe, plus Emerson, Pjanic, Ilaix out before the deadline?

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 30, 2021 31:38

    The final days of the transfer window are upon us and Barça are still trying to get rid of the deadweight in their squad. Sam, Rik and Toni analyse the window as well as raking over the 2-1 win over Getafe on Sunday in La Liga.Running order:--Not a great performance--Memphis makes the difference--Defensive failures, again--Good to see Gavi--Rik's ratings--Emerson, Pjanic, Umtiti news--Ilaix Moriba debate

    E49: Memphis rescues Barça as Athletic expose defensive weaknesses

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 23, 2021 31:28

    Sam, Rik and Toni chat about the 1-1 draw at San Mames, with Memphis Depay earning the Catalans a point. It's also coming up to the end of the transfer window so plenty to talk about there.Running order: --Athletic's suffocating high press--Memphis delivers--Eric Garcia's tough day--Rik's ratings--Competition winner!--Umtiti and Pjanic--Can Barça sign anyone else? And who?

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