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To The Camp Nou

Hosts Gabriel Quiroga and Brien Henderson. Download and subscribe at We bring you two stories of entering the Camp Nou for the first time. For one, it’s cultural tourism. For the other, it’s a pilgrimage. Special thanks to Dana Humphrey and Luis Calderon for sharing their stories with us. Gabriel Quiroga conducted the interviews. Editing and sound design by Brien Henderson, and the music you hear throughout this episode was written by 18th-Century Catalan composer José Elías.


Ep. 85: Barcelona Coming to the US

Hosts Gabriel Quiroga and Brien Henderson. Download and subscribe at News (8:52): Coutinho is getting his Portuguese passport, rumors are swirling around Willian, and the Gamper Trophy is announced. Barça Women (19:52): We have preseason updates on the women’s team from Michele Taylor of @barcawomen. Barça B (26:06): We review Pimienta’s big changes for Barça B. Check out the Canary and Blue Podcasts to follow all your favorite Brazilian players around the globe.


Ep. 84: New Signings Arthur and Lenglet

Hosts Gabriel Quiroga and Brien Henderson. Download and subscribe at World Cup Talk (2:30): FC Barcelona is well-represented by Umtiti and Rakitic in the World Cup final. New Signings (17:38): Two new signings look to be strengthening the squad, and there’s talk of more signings to come. News (37:39): The Spanish Super Cup will be played as a one-off match and Luis Enrique has been hired to manage Spain.


Ep. 83: Paulinho Out, Arthur In

Hosts Gabriel Quiroga and Brien Henderson. Download and subscribe at World Cup talk (0:00): Spain couldn't break through the Iron Curtain of Russia's defense, while Belgium and England are looking better and better. Transfer News (20:00): Paulinho is returning to China and Arthur is coming to Barcelona. Meanwhile, a center-back shuffle is in the works at Barcelona. Hold/Sell (37:42): FCB still has some players on the books who should probably be let go. Barça B...


Ep. 82: France Exposes Argentina’s Cracks

Hosts Gabriel Quiroga and Brien Henderson. Download and subscribe at We’re sad to see Messi out of the World Cup, but not surprised by Argentina’s fall to France. FC Barcelona remains represented in the tournament for the time being, though.


Ep. 81: Coutinho Delivering for Brazil

Hosts Gabriel Quiroga and Brien Henderson. Download and subscribe at Arthur may be arriving sooner than expected. FCB Femení is cleaning house and bringing in some new talent. We may have underrated Coutinho. Spain continues to look good, despite our misgivings about Diego Costa. Mascherano led the charge for a mutiny by the players over Sampaoli after a disgrace against Croatia, but a good game for Rakitic.


Ep. 80: Griezmann Is a No-Go

Hosts Gabriel Quiroga and Brien Henderson. Download and subscribe at After our short break, we’re back to talk about Griezmann’s decision to stay at Atletico and some potential targets in this transfer window (0:29). We have World Cup Fever and break down Spain and Argentina’s underwhelming beginnings in the tournament (15:36).


Ep. 66: Keep Calm and Carry The Champions League

The Wanda in Madrid will host the Copa del Rey Final. That wasn’t so hard, was it? (5:48) And you’ll be seeing a lot more of the Beko logo on the Barça jerseys in the near future. If you’ve ever wondered if there are cules in Montreal, we have the answer for you in our community segment (13:33). Barça B won, FCB Femeni lost (47:46). The first team are looking ahead to Chelsea in the Champions League (53:26) and they’re still undefeated in the league after beating Eibar, with Girona to come...


Ep. 65: Copa del Rey Final, Five Years Running

We’re almost out of centerbacks: Gerard Pique and Thomas Vermaelen are both injured, Samuel Umtiti had to miss a match with a suspension, so Lucas Digne stepped in to help out, and the league is not as tough on racism as it claims to be (5:17). Barça B saw the end of their best winning streak of the year and FCB Femení bulldozed Santa Teresa to stay 2 points ahead of Atletico Madrid and on top of the Liga Femenina Iberdrola (19:18). The first team are into their fifth consecutive Copa del...


Ep. 64: When It Rains, Piqué Scores

Deulofeu is off to England and there’s talk of an animated Barça movie (6:25). We have news from another Penya, this time in Montreal (21:17). Barça B got three points and FCB Femení took a draw (28:57). We’re off to a good start in the Copa del Rey semifinal (35:05), and we nearly had our first loss in La Liga, but we pulled a draw out of a wet, soppy match with Espanyol (52:45). Barça is still at the top of the table, and still undefeated in La Liga. ¡Visca Barça!


Ep. 63: Farewell Masche and Hellooo Coutinho

We say goodbye to Mascherano and "hasta luego" to Rafinha (9:35). Congratulations to Houston Culés for their new official Penya status (25:40). Barça B got three crucial points and FCB Femení are still on top of Liga Femenina (27:32). We're in to the semifinal of the Copa del Rey (40:25) and still undefeated in La Liga (1:03:58). We also have scouting reports on Valencia and Espanyol (1:32:32).


Ep. 62: Mo Injuries, Mo Problems

Come to Barcelona in April and see the Valencia match with us. We've teamed up with XL Sports Tours to offer a cool tour package. A new spate of injuries, including Vermaelen and Demble...again (15:10). The community segment asks if La Masia is all it's cracked up to be (29:06). Barça B got a win in Tenerife and Femení are on international break (39:38), and the first team had a hiccup in the Copa del Rey against Espanyol, but came back hard in La Liga against Betis (44:04). Barça will...


Ep. 61: Undefeated and Unmatched

Big news of Yerry Mina signing with Barcelona, Arda Turan leaving, and discussing Coutinho's arrival some more (4:35). The community segment deals with how to pronounce "Gomes" (25:14). We have updates on Barça B and Femení (28:59), and reviews of Celta in the Copa del Rey and Real Sociedad in La Liga (39:42). We close things up with a preview of the next match with Betis in La Liga (1:28:48).


Ep. 60: Adiós a Valdés

Big news of Coutinho signing with Barcelona, Victor Valdes retiring, and picking up on our transfer talk from Ep. 59. (1:55). The community segment asks the question: how do I deal with negative cules? (19:43). We have updates on Barça B and Femení (28:38), and reviews of Celta in the Copa del Rey and Levante in La Liga (34:09). We close things up with previews of the next Copa leg with Celta and Sociedad in La Liga (1:08:34).


Ep. 59: The Window Is Open

A bit of a short episode for the holiday break, we run down the potential incoming transfers Coutinho and Yerry Mina and the players we want, or can expect, to see off-loaded this January, including Rafinha, Deulofeu, Vidal, Arda Turan, and Mascherano (02:25). Our other story charts the rise of Paulinho, both on the pitch and in our estimation of him (28:05).


Ep. 58: No Hay Liga

FCB gave us a present in their victory in El Clásico in Madrid. Before spending most of the episode talking about the game, your hosts Brien Henderson and Gabriel Quiroga update you on FCB Femení and Barça B (8:04) and Brien interviewed Matt Manson and Joe Dixon from the San Francisco Penya (13:56). The Clásico review fills out the rest of the episode (36:04).


Ep. 57: Los Clásicos of Future Past

Gabriel and Brien talk about their Christmas plans before getting into Barcelona’s Champions League draw with Chelsea and the other matchups, as well as a freshly injured Deulofeu (5:56). We respond to a listener suggestion that Riyad Mahrez would be good for FCB (17:03). The big feature this week is the countdown to El Clásico, where we revisit Messi’s first Clásico hat trick from 2007 (22:17). As always, we keep you up to speed with Barça B and Femení (58:37) and recap La Liga (64:33),...


Ep. 56: Paco Changed The Game Dramastically

Gabriel is painting his flat while Brien is dealing with the first real snow of the year in Buffalo. In Barça news, we react to videos of Dembélé and Rafinha in training, and the Ballon D’or award (5:23). Our special Countdown to El Clásico revisits the 6-2 win that Guardiola’s 2008-09 team stuck to Real Madrid at the Bernabeu in 2009 (23:00). Barça B and FCB Femení both had a good week (46:50). We recap La Liga standings (56:00) then move on to reviewing matches against Sporting in the...


Ep. 55: Au Revoir Umtiti...8 Weeks

The big story we get into this week is the injury of Samuel Umtiti, who will be out of commission for 8 weeks (4:55). Our awesome listeners sent a few scouting reports our way and we answer a question about Rafinha phoned in from Gabriel’s father Gus (10:00). In other news, we have an update on Ousmane Dembélé’s recovery and we celebrate the return of Sergi Roberto to action (33:24). In our Countdown To El Clásico, we remember the UCL semifinal first leg of 2011, when FCB defeated Real...


Ep. 54: Messi Signs The Dotted Line

Thanksgiving was a carb-fest for both Gabriel and Brien. In the wake of the feeding frenzy, we’re happy to celebrate Messi’s long-awaited signature of his contract extension and his fourth Golden Boot (6:27). We respond to our awesome listeners’ comments (19:14). We’re starting our countdown to El Clásico by revisiting our favorite past Clásicos (26:20) before checking in with Barça B and FCB Femení (44:56). We recap La Liga (48:11) before reviewing the Juventus and Valencia matches (50:42),...