FM13 Team Guide: FC Barcelona
Managing Barcelona could be a good way to get familiar to Football Manager 2013.
the task to manage Barcelona could both be very easy and also very difficult.
You'll maybe have professional world class players, who can give you the desired results with the right management and tactics.
Managing a world class club could also be very difficult as you have demanding players and ego's who shall interact.
A good aim managing Barca could be to win all possible trophies in a season, try to accomplish as many achievements as possible or to focus your attention to youth development.
Read more about FC Barcelona and get tips for your Barcelona career.
Brief Information about FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona was founded in 1899 and has a long and successful history. FC Barcelona is one of the most successful clubs in the modern football history of Spain. In 2009 Barcelona became the first Spanish club to win the treble (La Liga, Copa del Rey and the Champions League, but also won three other trophies, achieving 6 trophies in ONE year!
Apart from their history Barca have a well-established youth setup "La Masia" who have served the club with some of the best players in the world; Lionel Messi, Xavi Hernandez, Guillermo Amor or Josep Guardiola. The Catalan football club is by today the second richest club in the world and is owned by their fans.
FC Barcelona play their games on venerable Camp Nou
Notable information for your FM13 Barcelona career:
Board expectations and football philosophy:
- Play attacking football
- Develop players using the club's youth system
- Minimum expectation to win the league
At board conversation you are offered a budget of €2,67 Mill. in wage budget and a transfer budget of €5 Mill.
You can later on adjust the transfer budget to €8,8 Mill.
Més que un club; More than a club
Legends and players
The Barcelona system has incorporated many of the best players and managers in their time. A short list of former players and managers who have influenced the history and brought success and trophies to the club can be viewed below.
Club Legends: Joan Gamper, Antoni Ramallets, Paulino Alcantara, Johan Cruyff, Josep Guardiola
Former Important Barcelona Players: Luis Enrique, Ronald Koeman, Jose Maria Bakero, Figo, Hristo Stoichkov, Johan Neeskens, Romario, Samuel Eto'o, Michael Laudrup, Henrik Larsson
Favoured Personnel: Frank Rijkaard, Andoni Zubizarreta, Miguel Angel Nadal, Ronaldinho Gaucho, Deco
Manager Honours: Josep Guardiola 2008-12 (14 trophies of 19), Johan Cruyff 1988-96 (11 trophies)
Other former managers: Rinus Michels, Bobby Robson, Luis van Gaal, Frank Rijkaard
Top League Scorer: 50 - Lionel Messi (2011/12)
Most League Appearances: 426 - Xavi (1998-to present)
Total Games played for club: 648 - Xavi
Most Goals scored in all competitions: 281 - Lionel Messi (2004-to present)
Most Goals scored in one season (friendlies inc.): 75 - Lionel Messi (2011-12)
Overall all-time scorers: Paulino Alcantara
Highest transfer fee received: £46Mill - Luis Figo to R. Madrid
Highest transfer fee paid: £37Mill - Zlatan Ibrahimovic from Internazionale
Nation of origin: Spain
Reserve Team: Barcelona B
Operating status: Professional
Chairmen status: Loves the club
Founder: Joan Gamper
Current President: Sandro Rosell
Current Manager: Tito Vilanova
Annual Turnover 10/11: €398 Billion
Estimated Value: €1,26B
Loan Debt: €380M
Season Ticket Holders: 86 353
Average Season ticket price: €450
Average Ticket price: €64
Corporate Facilities: Top
Home Grown: Camp Nou
Stadium Capacity: 98900 (98000 seated)
Building Year: 1957
Stadium Condition: Average
Under Soil Heating: Yes
Pitch Condition: Very Good
Pitch Dimensions (Current:) Length 104m, Width 71m
Pitch Dimensions (Max): Length 109m, Width 79m
Training Facilities' Name: La Masia
Training Facilities: Top
Youth Facilities: Top
Youth Stadium and training ground: Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper, Sant Joan Despi
Junior Coaching: Excellent
Youth Recruitment: Extensive
Barcelona B, Reserve team - Spain
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Bolivar, first option buy - Bolivia
Al-Ittihad, Friendly obligations - Saudi-Arabia
Bunyodkor Toshkent, Friendly obligations - Uzbekistan
Records and Trophies:
Summary of all the honours:
Fierce rivals: Real Madrid - El Clasico Derby
Local rivals: Espanyol - Catalan Derby
Competitive rivals: Valencia, At. Madrid, Sevilla
FC Barcelona Squad Information
Media Prediction La Liga: 1st
Squad Personality: Highly Ambitious
Captain: Carles Puyol
Average Squad Age: 25
Youngest Player: Jean-Marie Dongou, ST, 17 years 88 days
Oldest Player: Jose Manuel Pinto, GK, 36 years 252 days
Domestic Player Bias: 85%
National Represented: 10
FC Barcelona Squad (FM13) - 9/10:La Liga Team Comparison Squad Report:
The goalkeeper position may be the weakest link in the team, and could be strengthen with some younger goalkeepers with much potential, as Jose Manuel Pinto will only last for one season.
Victor Valdes is one of the best goalkeepers in Spain, and has played over 338 matches in his career for Barcelona.
Victor Valdes' main strength is his reflexes and one on one abilities, maybe some good qualities if you play with a high defensive line, making the team more prone to counter attacking form the opposite team.
His main weaknesses may be his ability to communicate with the defense and his aerial abilities.
Good Youth talents:
There are none obvious youth talents, who can compete for a place in the first team from day one, or in the future.
Look at my FM13 under-18 youth talent list for transfer options.
The defensive area is quite good compared to other clubs, but could be better, as there are few ordinary central defenders, and they lack very much in heading and jumping, two crucial attributes in defensive set pieces and meeting powerful attackers like Wayne Rooney or Joseba Llorente.
The defensive line up may be prone to injuries on Puyol, Pique and Abidal, so it could be wise to have some backup in this position.
#2 Daniel Alves, 29yo, D/WBR, €18,25Mill
Alves may be one of the best right backs in FM13. His stamina and pace make him a real threat both in defence and attack. He has also good technique and dribbling abilities.
#5 Carles Puyol, 34yo, DC, €2,5Mill
Puyol is the captain of the Barcelona team and is a dedicated player who sacrifices everything for a win.
#3 Gerard Pique, 25yo, DC, €21,5Mill
Pique is the tallest player in the defence and has good skills in heading and marking.
#17 Jordi Alba, 23yo, WBL, €13,75Mill
Alba may be a better option in attack than in defence, but is chosen for his quickness and stamina. Alba is still young and is of the similar mould as Daniel Alves.
Other notable defenders:
#14 Javier Mascherano, 28yo, DC/DM, €19,75Mill
Not the most natural choice as he is quite short and has very poor skills in heading and strength, but is the natural choice when injuries.
#25 Alex Song, 24yo, MC, €15,75Mill
Ordinary a anchor man, but can play as a central defender if needed. Song is tall, have great physic and good tackling abilities.
Barcelona youth talents - Defenders:
Marc Bartra, 21yo, DC, €3,2Mill
Martin Montoya, 21yo, DR, €2,8Mill
Alex Grimaldo, 16yo, WBL, €150K
Players who could be transfer listed:
Eric Abidal, 33yo, DL, €4,3Mill
Abidal is a fairly good player regarding his age and injury proneness, but could be considered transfer listed since he has a very high wage.
Adriano, 27yo, D/WBL, €12,5Mill
Adriano is a valuable back-up player, but could be considered transfer listed as you can buy a cheaper back, like Lucas Digne, Jetro Willems or another Under-20 player.
Barcelona's midfield may be one of the best in the world.
The midfielders of Barcelona obsess eminent technique, passing abilities and team work abilities compared to other teams in La Liga.
It could be hard to choose the starting line up, but my favorites for the starting line up is:
#16 Sergio Busquets, 23yo, DM, €22Mill
Busquets is a tall midfielder with great technique and stamina. He has good composure and is a great player to have in your team.
#6 Xavi, 32yo, MC, €14Mill
Xavi has one of the best passing foots in the world and his technique and decisions is top class.
#8 Andres Iniesta, 28yo, MC, €31,5Mill
As Xavi, Iniesta has good passing abilities in addition to good technique. Xavi and Andres Iniesta has excellent creativity which suits an attacking tactic.
Iniesta have poor stamina and strength making Fabregas an optional substitute.
#9 Alexis Sanchez, 28yo, AMR, €31,5Mill
Alexis Sanchez is a very speedy winger with the ability to roam into open areas without the ball. He has excellent dribbling abilities and serves Messi in a wonderful way.
#7 David Villa, 30yo, ST, €19,75Mill
Maybe not the most obvious choice as a left inside forward but he has some of the same attributes as Alexis Sanches, but his finishing abilities are better, making him a real threat.
Other notable midfielders:
Remember that Javier Mascherano and Alex song could play as defensive midfielder instead of Sergio Busquets.
#4 Cesc Fabregas, 25yo, MC, €28Mill
Cesc Fabregas is a very good player who could easily play instead of Andres Iniesta or Alexis Sanchez. Fabregas has some of the same qualities as Xavi and Iniesta but is better of the ball. He could be a real threat if you let him run from deep and move into channels in FM13.
Cristian Tello, 20yo, AMR, €3,6Mill
Tello is a fairly good player in Football Manager 2013. As he is only 20 years old he has three years of development. His finishing skills is very good.
Barcelona youth talents - Midfield:
Rafinha, 19yo, AMC, €1Mill
Javi Espinosa, 19yo, MC, €475K
Gerard Deulofeu, 18yo, AMR, €4,5Mill
Players who could be transfer listed:
As Barcelona is very well covered in the midfield, you could get rid of many players in this area, to increase the transfer budget. Who do you pick to transfer list depends on your tactic.
Javier Mascherano, 28yo, DC/DM, €19,75Mill
Mascherano is a very good player, but his height and strength could be his weakest abilities. Some crucial attributes for his best positions.
Jonathan dos Santos, 22yo, DM, €2,6Mill
A wage structure of $20K could make him hard to sell, but I guess he does not have the required quality.
Isaac Cuenca, 21yo, AMR, €4,2Mill
An average player in your squad who could be easily sold because of his young age.
Because of Lionel Messi I would say the Barcelona attack is world class. Lionel Messi has the technique and skills to be the decisive force and could settle boring matches.
Some of the weaknesses with the team may be that they have few options in the attack beside Lionel Messi and David Villa.
#10 Lionel Messi, 25yo, AMC/ST, €52Mill
Arguable the best player in the world. He has eminent technique and has improved his ability to take free kicks. Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo Comparison
Barcelona youth talents - Attack:
Jean-Marie Dongou, 17yo, ST, €350K