2018–19 FC Barcelona season

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Barcelona
2018–19 season
President Josep Maria Bartomeu
Manager Ernesto Valverde
Stadium Camp Nou
La Liga 1st
Copa del Rey Round of 32
Supercopa de España Winners
UEFA Champions League Group stage
Top goalscorer League: Lionel Messi (2)
All: Lionel Messi (2)
Home colours
Away colours

The 2018–19 season is Football Club Barcelona's 119th season in existence and the club's 88th consecutive season in the top flight of Spanish football. Barcelona will be involved in four competitions after winning the double of La Liga and Copa del Rey in the previous season.

Season overview[edit]

June[edit]

On 3 June, Barcelona and defender Samuel Umtiti reached an agreement to extend the player’s contract for a further five seasons through to 2022–23 with a release clause of €500 million.[1]

On 11 June, Barcelona reached an agreement with Watford for the transfer of Gerard Deulofeu for €13 million plus €4 million in variables. Barcelona will also receive a percentage of any future transfer fee.[2]

July[edit]

On 8 July, Barcelona announced that they had reached an agreement with Guangzhou Evergrande for the loan transfer of Paulinho for one season, with a subsequent purchase option for the Chinese club.[3]

On 9 July, Barcelona and Grêmio finalized the transfer of Arthur Melo following the agreement the two clubs reached in March for a transfer fee of €31 million plus €9 million in variables. The player will sign a contract for the next six seasons and the buyout clause is set at €400 million.[4]

On 12 July, Barcelona announced that they had paid the buyout clause for Clément Lenglet which stood at €35.9 million. The player, who joins from Sevilla, will sign a contract with the club for the next five seasons and the buyout clause is set at €300 million.[5]

On 23 July, Barcelona announced that they had reached an agreement with Sivasspor for the loan transfer of Douglas for one season.[6]

On 23 July, Barcelona announced that they had reached an agreement with Deportivo La Coruña for the loan transfer of Adrián Ortolá for one season, with a subsequent purchase option for the A Coruña club.[7]

On 24 July, Barcelona announced that they had reached an agreement with Bordeaux for the transfer of Malcom for a transfer fee of €41 million plus €1 million in variables. The player will sign a contract for the next five seasons until the end of 2022–23.[8]

August[edit]

On 1 August, Barcelona and Everton reached an agreement for the transfer of Lucas Digne to the English club for an initial fee of €20.2 million and €1.5 million in variables.[9]

On 3 August, Barcelona announced that they had reached an agreement with Bayern Munich for the transfer of Arturo Vidal to the Catalan club for the next three seasons for an undisclosed fee.[10]

On 4 August, Barcelona and Sevilla reached an agreement for the transfer of Aleix Vidal to the Andalusian club for a transfer fee of €8.5 million, plus €2 million in variables.[11]

On 9 August, Barcelona and Everton reached an agreement for the transfer of Yerry Mina for a fee of €30.25 million with an additional €1.5 million in variables. Barcelona also negotiated a buy-back clause in the transfer.[12] Additionally, André Gomes was loaned to Everton for the 2018–19 season. The English club agreed to pay a fee of €2.25 million for the single season.[13]

On 12 August, Barcelona defeated Sevilla 1–2 in the Spanish Super Cup at the Stade Ibn Batouta in Morocco; goals from Gerard Piqué and Ousmane Dembélé handed the Catalans their 13th Supercopa de España title. The trophy was the first won under the captaincy of Lionel Messi, who also claimed his record-breaking 33rd trophy with the club. Additionally, the match saw official debuts from Arthur, Lenglet, and Arturo Vidal.[14]

On 16 August, Barcelona announced that they had reached an agreement for the transfer of Marlon to the Italian club Sassuolo for an initial fee of €6 million, including a buy-back clause for the Catalans. Barcelona will receive additional €6 million if Marlon makes 50 appearances for Sassuolo. If he would be sold before that, Barcelona will receive 50% of the future transfer fee.[15]

On 18 August, Barcelona defeated Alavés 3–0 with two goals from Messi, including the 6,000th La Liga goal in the club's history, and one from Coutinho to secure Barça an opening day victory for a tenth successive season.[16]

Squad information[edit]

First team squad[edit]

N
Pos.
Nat.
Name
Age
EU
Since
App
Goals
Ends
Transfer fee
Notes
1 GK Germany Ter Stegen 26 EU 2014 142 0 2022 €12M
2 DF Portugal N. Semedo 24 EU 2017 37 0 2021 €30M
3 DF Spain Piqué (3rd captain) 31 EU 2008 447 40 2022 €5M Originally from Youth system
4 MF Croatia I. Rakitić 30 EU 2014 215 30 2021 €18M
5 MF Spain Sergio (vice-captain) 30 EU 2008 483 13 2021 Youth system
6 MF Spain Denis Suárez 24 EU 2016 63 6 2020 €3.25M Originally from Youth system
7 MF Brazil Coutinho 26 EU 2018 23 10 2023 €120M Second nationality: Portugal
8 MF Brazil Arthur 22 Non-EU 2018 1 0 2024 €31M
9 FW Uruguay Suárez 31 EU 2014 199 152 2021 €81M Second nationality: Italy
10 FW Argentina Messi (captain) 31 EU 2004 638 552 2021 Youth system Second nationality: Spain
11 FW France O. Dembélé 21 EU 2017 24 5 2022 €105M
12 MF Brazil Rafinha 25 EU 2011 80 11 2020 Youth system Second nationality: Spain
13 GK Netherlands Cillessen 29 EU 2016 21 0 2021 €13M
14 FW Brazil Malcom 21 Non-EU 2018 0 0 2023 €41M
15 DF France Lenglet 23 EU 2018 1 0 2023 €35.9M
17 FW Spain Paco Alcácer 24 EU 2016 50 15 2021 €30M
18 DF Spain Jordi Alba 29 EU 2012 248 12 2020 €14M Originally from Youth system
19 FW Spain Munir 22 EU 2016 45 10 2019 Youth system
20 MF Spain S. Roberto (4th captain) 26 EU 2010 201 7 2022 Youth system
22 MF Chile Vidal 31 Non-EU 2018 1 0 2021 €18M
23 DF France Umtiti 24 EU 2016 83 2 2023 €25M
24 DF Belgium Vermaelen 32 EU 2014 41 1 2019 €15M
MF Spain Aleñá 20 EU 2016 7 1 2022 Youth system
MF Spain Samper 23 EU 2014 12 0 2019 Youth system

Transfers and loans[edit]

Transfers in[edit]

N
Pos.
Nat.
Name
Age
EU
Moving from
Type
Transfer
window
Ends
Transfer
fee
Source
DF Brazil Marlon Santos 23 Non-EU France Nice Loan return Summer 2019 Free OGCNice.com
DF Brazil Douglas 27 Non-EU Portugal Benfica Loan return Summer 2019 Free FCBarcelona.com
12 MF Brazil Rafinha 25 EU Italy Internazionale Loan return Summer 2020 Free FCBarcelona.com
19 FW Spain Munir El Haddadi 22 EU Alavés Loan return Summer 2019 Free FCBarcelona.com
FW Spain Gerard Deulofeu 24 EU England Watford Loan return Summer 2019 Free FCBarcelona.com
8 MF Brazil Arthur Melo 21 Non-EU Brazil Grêmio Transfer Summer 2024 €31M+€9M FCBarcelona.com
15 DF France Clément Lenglet 23 EU Sevilla Transfer Summer 2023 €35.9M FCBarcelona.com
14 FW Brazil Malcom 21 Non-EU France Bordeaux Transfer Summer 2023 €41M+€1M FCBarcelona.com
22 MF Chile Arturo Vidal 31 Non-EU Germany Bayern Munich Transfer Summer 2021 €18M+€3M FCBarcelona.com

Transfers out[edit]

N
Pos.
Nat.
Name
Age
EU
Moving to
Type
Transfer
window
Transfer
fee
Source
8 MF Spain Andrés Iniesta 34 EU Japan Vissel Kobe Contract termination Summer Free Vissel-Kobe.co.jp
FW Spain Gerard Deulofeu 24 EU England Watford Transfer Summer €13M+€4M WatfordFC.com
15 MF Brazil Paulinho 29 Non-EU China Guangzhou Evergrande Loan Summer Free GzEvergrandeFC.com
DF Brazil Douglas 27 Non-EU Turkey Sivasspor Loan Summer Free Sivasspor.org.tr
GK Spain Adrián Ortolá 24 EU Deportivo La Coruña Loan Summer Free RCDeportivo.es
19 DF France Lucas Digne 25 EU England Everton Transfer Summer €20.2M+€1.5M EvertonFC.com
22 DF Spain Aleix Vidal 28 EU Sevilla Transfer Summer €8.5M+€2M Sevilla.es
24 DF Colombia Yerry Mina 23 Non-EU England Everton Transfer Summer €30.25M+€1.5M EvertonFC.com
21 MF Portugal André Gomes 25 EU England Everton Loan Summer €2.25M EvertonFC.com
DF Brazil Marlon 22 Non-EU Italy Sassuolo Transfer Summer €6M+€6M SassuoloCalcio.it

Transfer summary[edit]

Statistics[edit]

Squad statistics[edit]

League Europe Cup Others Total
Games played 1 0 0 1 2
Games won 1 0 0 1 2
Games drawn 0 0 0 0 0
Games lost 0 0 0 0 0
Goals scored 3 0 0 2 5
Goals conceded 0 0 0 1 1
Goal difference 3 0 0 1 4
Clean sheets 1 0 0 0 1
Goal by Substitute 1 0 0 0 1
Total shots
Shots on target
Corners
Players used
Offsides
Fouls suffered
Fouls committed
Yellow cards 0 0 0 3 3
Red cards 0 0 0 0 0

Players Used: Barcelona has used a total of – different players in all competitions.

Goalscorers[edit]

No. Pos. Nation Name La Liga Champions League Copa del Rey Supercopa de España Total
10 FW Argentina Messi 2 0 0 0 2
3 DF Spain Piqué 0 0 0 1 1
7 MF Brazil Coutinho 1 0 0 0 1
11 FW France O. Dembélé 0 0 0 1 1
TOTAL 3 0 0 2 5

Last updated: 18 August 2018[17]

Hat-tricks[edit]

Player Against Result Date Competition

(H) – Home ; (A) – Away

Clean sheets[edit]

Last updated on 18 August 2018.
Rank Name La Liga Copa del Rey Champions League Supercopa de España Total Games played
Germany Ter Stegen 1 0 0 0 1 2
Netherlands Cillessen 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 1 0 0 0 1 2

Disciplinary record[edit]

Includes all competitive matches. Players listed below (excluding goalkeepers) made at least one appearance for Barcelona first squad during the season.

N P Nat. Name La Liga Champions League Copa del Rey Supercopa de España Total Notes
Yellow card Second yellow card Red card Yellow card Second yellow card Red card Yellow card Second yellow card Red card Yellow card Second yellow card Red card Yellow card Second yellow card Red card
1 GK Germany Ter Stegen 1 1
5 MF Spain Sergio 1 1
15 DF France Lenglet 1 1

Last updated: 12 August 2018
Source: ESPNFC.com, FCBarcelona.com
Ordered by Red card, Second yellow card and Yellow card
Yellow card = Number of bookings; Second yellow card = Number of sending offs after a second yellow card; Red card = Number of sending offs by a direct red card.

Injury record[edit]

N P Nat. Name Type Status Source Match Inj. Date Ret. Date

Injury icon 2.svg - Player is injured
Recovery icon.png - Player has recovered from injury
Last updated: 07 August 2018
Source: FCBarcelona.com

Pre-season and friendlies[edit]

  Win   Draw   Loss

International Champions Cup[edit]

Barcelona began their 2018–19 pre-season with a tour of the United States in the 2018 International Champions Cup. Barça are playing against Tottenham Hotspur at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Roma at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington and Milan at the Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara.[18]

Joan Gamper Trophy[edit]

The Blaugrana finished their pre-season preparations with the annual Joan Gamper Trophy match against Boca Juniors of Argentina at the Camp Nou on 15 August.[19]

Competitions[edit]

  Win   Draw   Loss

Overview[edit]

Competition First match Last match Starting round Final position Record
Pld W D L GF GA GD Win %
La Liga 18 August 2018 19 May 2019 Matchday 1 1 1 0 0 3 0 +3 100.00
Copa del Rey 31 October Round of 32 0 0 0 0 0 0 +0 !
Supercopa de España 12 August 2018 Final Winners 1 1 0 0 2 1 +1 100.00
Champions League 18–19 September 2018 Group stage 0 0 0 0 0 0 +0 !
Total 2 2 0 0 5 1 +4 100.00

Last updated: 12 August 2018 (2018-08-12).
Source: Competitions

La Liga[edit]

Barcelona are the defending champions. On 24 July 2018, the La Liga fixtures for the forthcoming season were announced.[20]

Standings[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Barcelona 1 1 0 0 3 0 +3 3 Qualification for the Champions League group stage
2 Levante 1 1 0 0 3 0 +3 3
3 Real Sociedad 1 1 0 0 2 1 +1 3
4 Celta Vigo 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 1
5 Espanyol 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 1 Qualification for the Europa League group stage
Updated to match(es) played on 18 August 2018. Source: La Liga, Soccerway
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Head-to-head points; 3) Head-to-head goal difference; 4) Goal difference; 5) Goals scored; 6) Fair-play points (Note: Head-to-head record is used only after all the matches between the teams in question have been played)[21]

Results summary[edit]

Overall Home Away
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts W D L GF GA GD W D L GF GA GD
1 1 0 0 3 0  +3 3 1 0 0 3 0  +3 0 0 0 0 0  0

Last updated: 24 July 2018 (2018-07-24).
Source: La Liga

Results by round[edit]

Round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38
Ground H A H A H A H A H H A H A H A A H A H H A H A H A A H A H A H A H A H A H A
Result W
Position
Last updated: 24 July 2018 (2018-07-24).
Source: La Liga

Ground: A = Away; H = Home. Result: D = Draw; L = Loss; W = Win; P = Postponed.

Matches[edit]

Copa del Rey[edit]

Barcelona enter the competition as the four-time defending champions, having won consecutive editions in 2014–15, 2015–16, 2016–17 and 2017–18.

Round of 32[edit]

Supercopa de España[edit]

As the winners of the 2017–18 Copa del Rey and 2017–18 La Liga, Barcelona faced the Copa del Rey runners-up, Sevilla, for the season opening Supercopa de España.[22] For the first time in the tournament history, it was a single match hosted in a neutral venue at the Stade Ibn Batouta in Tangier, Morocco.[23]

UEFA Champions League[edit]

Group stage[edit]

References[edit]

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