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OFFICIAL: Juventus sign Carlos Blanco

July 18, 2014 - 5:47 pm

Juventus FC have confirmed the signing of 18-year-old centre-back Carlos Blanco Moreno.

The former Barcelona player was a free agent after his contract  with the Blaugrana expired.

He signed a three-year contract with the Bianconeri who beat off competition from Real Madrid for the youngster.


Here’s a few pictures of his signing:


Signing his Juventus Contract


Officially unveiled as a Juventus player

I managed to track down a very detailed article that offers more information on the player [The following is taken from]

Do you know many center-backs with the ability to swing in accurate free-kicks, in Andrea Pirlo style, time and time again? I don’t know many, but FC Barcelona may have one of those extraordinary center-backs with such uncanny ability. 18-year-old Carlos Blanco has been the author of many spectacular goals during his eight years as a blaugrana. The odds are that in each compilation of the best goals of the season in the academy, you’ll see at least one of his pearlers. Recently, he has added another two to the collection with an audacious lob from the halfway line away to Damm and a spectacular long-range free-kick against Gavà. Surely, there is no one at La Masia possessing such accuracy and power in the shot as the 18-year-old centerback, captain and undisputed leader of the Juvenil B, Carlos Blanco.

Carlos Blanco, born January 6, 1996 in Barcelona, took his first steps as a footballer in the prebenjamín team of Cornellà, and then had a further two years as a benjamín in the ranks of RCD Espanyol. Blanco excelled as a blanquiazul and, quite inevitably, attracted Barça’s interest. He accepted an offer from Barça and joined the alevín B team.

His first coach at La Masia was, quite curiously, the current technical secretary of the academy, Albert Puig. His alevín A coach was Andrés Carrasco (who has now returned to Georgia to take charge of the youth system at FC Saburtalo, having previously served as Álex García’s assistant at Dinamo Tbilisi). Carrasco’s team, featuring Blanco, won the Catalunya Championships after beating Espanyol in the final 3-0, as well as the MIC tournament, after a narrow 1-0 win over Real Madrid in the final.

He spent his two infantil years with the exact same coaches, under Puig’s orders at infantil B, and under Carrasco at infantil A. His first year in that category has gifted him one of his best moments to date, the 7-2 final win over Benfica in the prestigious Maspalomas tournament, in which current Juvenil A full-back Fran scored a hat-trick.

After promotion to cadete B, he trained under Fran Artiga while having Quique Álvarez in the cadete A. In that year, Blanco scored an all-important goal in the Barcelona derby against Espanyol to win his team the league with two games left to play, with the city rivals getting revenge in the Campeonato de Catalunya with a penalty shoot-out win.

Since last year, Carlos has been a member of the juvenil B, with García Pimienta being his coach. Last season had been extraordinary for the team, as they managed to win the league with a 19-point margin to second-placed Espanyol, and the Campeonato de Catalunya with a 3-2 final win against Badalona, as well as an international tournament played in Moscow, which featured teams like Benfica, Tottenham, Spartak, Celtic and Dinamo Kyiv.

In the current season, the team hasn’t been able to reach those same heights, as the numerous high-profile departures in the summer seem to have taken their toll. Juvenil B lost Josimar (Chelsea), Pleguezuelo (Arsenal), Sergi Canós (Liverpool) and Sergio Buenacasa (Juventus), to name a few, and replacing them was never going to be easy. That does not mean that they are doing badly. At the moment, the blaugranas are second in the league after surpassing Mercantil, five points adrift of leaders Lleida.

The team has been able to go along largely thanks to the efficiency and impeccable character of Carlos, who has really been carrying the whole team on his shoulders on numerous occasions. The 18-year-old has played games while being injured, and in the past couple of games he has scored goals of great value to the team, such as the equaliser at Hospitalet (1-1) and one of the team’s three against Gavà.

Apart from his extraordinary kick which also allows him to send accurate long balls to the team’s wingers from the back and his leadership qualities, Carlos also stands out for his excellent aerial ability (1.88m tall) and his aggression. He has to work on handling the ball with his left, leaving the attacker with no option, and on making safe choices while being the last man. However, with time well on his side, his burning desire to improve and excellent attitude, Carlos Blanco really has everything required to make the breakthrough.

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    BelgianJuventino July 18, 2014 at 6:02 pm

    Soo… The next Pogba-like deal? 😛

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      Marco Basile July 18, 2014 at 9:17 pm

      More like the new Barzagli deal since he’s a defender. And I would call Coman the new Pogba deal. 😛

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        DutchJuve July 19, 2014 at 1:25 am

        There’s a whole generation between this guy and Barzagli though lol.

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          Marco Basile July 19, 2014 at 1:35 am

          Yeah but we haven’t signed a defender for free since we signed Barzagli from Wolfsburg. I might be stretching it too far. Lol.

          Every free player will be called a Pogba deal from now on! Haha

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    JuveMondo July 18, 2014 at 6:07 pm

    Drawn comparisons to Pique

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    Marco Basile July 18, 2014 at 6:09 pm

    I have never heard of him nor that Juvenil B team. But he sounds like a promising player.

    Have we also signed that Sergio Buenacasa guy?

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    JuventusBuffon July 18, 2014 at 7:19 pm

    Is he going to play in the first team or primavera?

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      Moderator July 18, 2014 at 7:23 pm

      primavera i would think

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    Moderator July 18, 2014 at 8:00 pm

    Alvaro morata is on his way to Turin….

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    Marco Basile July 18, 2014 at 8:26 pm

    I just read that the Morata-deal is a one year loan with an option to buy for 18M next year (and if we do, Real can purchase him back for 36M).

    I though that we we’re splashing the cash on him now…?

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      ImSoCool12345 July 18, 2014 at 9:17 pm

      I like that more. Less risk and Madrid can’t forbid us from buying him next season. That means we either end up with an 18m profit in a few seasons if he’s that good and benefit from his playing or just waste a few million on wages for a year and let Madrid take him back. Very good risk/reward ratio.

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        Marco Basile July 18, 2014 at 9:20 pm

        Yeah, I’d take that over a straight purchase any day!

        I’m starting to get excited for this Morata-thing if this is true! I guess we’ll see tomorrow (or soon) when the deal becomes official.

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          ImSoCool12345 July 18, 2014 at 9:25 pm

          I like Morata. I’m sure he’ll be a great player he just wasn’t what we were looking for though.

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    Moderator July 18, 2014 at 9:51 pm

    Morata has landed – ‘I’m happy to be a Juventus player’

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      Marco Basile July 18, 2014 at 10:00 pm

      Well then. Forza Alvaro!

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    Moderator July 18, 2014 at 10:06 pm

    Seems to be very happy to be there:

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    EricJuve July 18, 2014 at 11:00 pm

    Alvaro is a good signing. He needs to work on his work ethic though.
    I will recommend the Valencia winger Federico Catabia as a signing.

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    JuventusBuffon July 18, 2014 at 11:27 pm

    Morata done. Evra likely tomorrow. Pereyra pretty soon.

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    Juventin1897 July 18, 2014 at 11:48 pm

    Day by day I believe what Buffon said more. That Conte left for personal reasons and Conte resigning due to “strategic” differences was to hit a clause in his contract for cheaper resignation fees. Maybe Conte has cancer or something horrid happened. Either way, we don’t know the full story.

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      DutchJuve July 19, 2014 at 1:18 am

      Why are you even thinking of that? I think i speak for all of us that we don’t want to think of Conte suffering from cancer, untill Conte confirms it.

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      Papilaya(John)™★★★ July 19, 2014 at 6:03 am

      Personal reasons doesnt have to be a serious illness or “horrid”. Now that ive come down, i do believe it was becausw he didnt have energy. He uses what he says in the media very wisely. He told Inzagi that the difference between a coach and a player is a coach never sleeps. There were other times where he was completely straight and mentioned that he just didnt have energy to carry on. The first season, i was actually terrified that his heart mightve exploded. Plus i dont think there is anyone in this world that loves Juve more than he, and all the criticism he receives from the media and fans probably hurt a lot.

      With that said, i dont think it was that alone. I do feel management arent willing to spend much on the transfer market either or did not share the same vision as Conte did. One of Conte s last words were “you dont go to a fancy restaurant and expect to pay 10 euros when the bill is 100.

      Lastly no way in hell do i believe that Conte decided to resign in the 2nd day of camp when Allegri was immediately hired mins later. Im sure this was all decided in may, but he didnt want to say anything because he didnt want to distract the players from the world cup. Plus besides Iturbe, were still linked to all the same transfer targets.

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    ImSoCool12345 July 19, 2014 at 1:15 am

    Did you guys realize we could have got Filipe Luis for 16m? Filipe Luis showed he’s a great left back last season for Athletico. We seriously should have went for him.

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      Marco Basile July 19, 2014 at 1:32 am

      Meeh. To overrated in my opinion.

      Wasn’t it 20M pounds Chelsea paid tho’?

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        Pseudonym July 20, 2014 at 2:53 am

        It was 20m and like JuventusVidal said Juve likely couldn’t compete with the wages

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      JuventusVidal July 19, 2014 at 9:11 am

      It was more than 16mil and also the wages chelsea offered were incredibly high. We couldn’t match them

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    DutchJuve July 19, 2014 at 1:23 am

    Vidal says he does not know yet where his future lies. When he returns to Juve, he will talk with Allegri and that will pretty much make up his decission. Please Allegri, please make it a good talk. This is your first real job as our coach, please don’t screw up.
    Vidal also said that he has the interest of Man United and Real Madrid, but he said he might stay at Juve his whole carreer.

    Not too sad about the things he said. I wouldn’t be happy at all if he left but i would understand it sort of. He and Conte seemed to be exactly on one line.

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      ImSoCool12345 July 19, 2014 at 1:24 am

      It’s too bad they parted… Vidal was perfect for Conte and Conte was perfect for Vidal 🙁

      *in a no homo way 😛

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      Marco Basile July 19, 2014 at 1:39 am

      Vidal staying with Juventus for his entire career sounds good to me!

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    Marco Basile July 19, 2014 at 1:38 am

    I wonder if Morata will take the number 9 from Vucinic or the number 18 from Osvaldo.. Hmm

    And what number will Evra get? 2?

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      tpick July 19, 2014 at 2:44 am

      I say 9… make him feel special.

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    tpick July 19, 2014 at 2:46 am

    Apparently we have a deal with Rabiot when he becomes a free agent in 2015.

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      JuveMondo July 21, 2014 at 1:29 pm

      Maybe can take over the regista role?

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    Papilaya(John)™★★★ July 19, 2014 at 6:09 am

    Tevez and Gio were tested in that slit right behind the strikers. I was hoping Tevez could stay as a Cf so Vidal can play behind the strikers. That way we have three hardworking players up top

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      tpick July 19, 2014 at 2:17 pm

      Tevez behind Llorente and Morata will be devastating. Vidal-Pirlo-Pogba in mid, Marchisio will get his chances too.

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        Papilaya(John)™★★★ July 19, 2014 at 3:42 pm

        Im not denying it would, but Ive always hoped to see a line up that consisted of hard working attacking players. Tho im sure we ll probably see both setups eventually

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      JosephVitale July 19, 2014 at 4:54 pm

      Giovincos played as a trequartista before in his younger days. I wouldnt mind having him there

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    Oky_IP July 19, 2014 at 6:11 am

    He is a minor signing to be frankly. Well so far we got Evra, Coman, Pereyra, and Morata. I think we still need two or three players for our flanks and offload some fringe players like Motta, PDC, Ziegler, etc. Personally I like Nani (to make room for Berardi next year) and Abate/Darmian (Italian), sadly next season we only got about 12-14 Italian players.

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      Pseudonym July 20, 2014 at 2:51 am

      I really would like Darmain. I’ve read Allegri may be interested in bringing Abate in. Personally, I would like to see Juve get Cerci or Candreva at a reasonable price.

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    JuventusBuffon July 19, 2014 at 1:18 pm

    Our next targets are Romelu Lukaku and everyone’s favorite, Xherdan Shaqiri.

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      DutchJuve July 19, 2014 at 1:34 pm

      For real?

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        JuventusBuffon July 19, 2014 at 3:55 pm

        Di Marzio says we are fighting Everton for Lukaku and Inside Futbol reports that we are still chasing Shaqiri.

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          BelgianJuventino July 20, 2014 at 8:44 am

          Saying this as a Belgian, I’ve seen a lot from Lukaku: I don’t think he suits Juventus. He needs really good service or he can’t make anything happen, I truly believe BPL is the best league for him. Kick the long ball and have a good target striker to finish it.
          If you play Lukaku without also adjusting tactic to give him good balls, he’s totally ineffective and he also showed it at the WC.
          That being said, I love Lukaku, don’t get me wrong. I just don’t think Juve and Lukaku would be a good marriage

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      Marco Basile July 19, 2014 at 2:24 pm

      Shaqiri, go go go go!!!!

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      ImSoCool12345 July 19, 2014 at 2:27 pm

      Holy fuck please make it happen Marotta.

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        JuventusBuffon July 19, 2014 at 3:44 pm

        We are fighting Everton for Lukaku and Roma for Shaqiri.

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    dinodelfino July 19, 2014 at 1:44 pm


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      DutchJuve July 19, 2014 at 1:49 pm

      Easier than Massimiliano Allegri i see 😛

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        dinodelfino July 19, 2014 at 1:51 pm

        Ha ha lol,yes mate!!!and more pleasing to sing too!!!!

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    Marco Basile July 19, 2014 at 2:06 pm

    Morata was presented with number 9 on his back.

    He said “I asked if the number 9 was available. I’m aware of it’s importance and I see it as a challenge”.

    Welcome Morata

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    tpick July 19, 2014 at 2:20 pm

    If Marotta doesnt make a bid for Isco, Im flying to Italy to punch him in the dick.

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      Marco Basile July 19, 2014 at 2:23 pm

      Punch twice. One from me too

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      Papilaya(John)™★★★ July 19, 2014 at 3:40 pm

      I dont think you ll find him. He ll be too busy making love to his free agents list

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        tpick July 19, 2014 at 3:54 pm

        O Ill find him alright, its he who will have to keep a look out for me. Which i presume will be easy, since he can track 2 things at once. Nevertheless, hes getting punched in the dick.

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    ImSoCool12345 July 19, 2014 at 2:29 pm

    Wtf Roma agreed terms with Shaqiri? Is Marotta asleep? I can’t believe this.

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      tpick July 19, 2014 at 2:31 pm

      If thats true Roma will go further in CL than us with their squad, and probably win Serie A.

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        ImSoCool12345 July 19, 2014 at 2:32 pm

        Unless we get Isco. We need something to happen. If we could just get a player like Shaqiri or Isco we’re set for the CL.

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    ImSoCool12345 July 19, 2014 at 2:42 pm

    I don’t think we should go for Jovetic for two reasons:

    1- He’s an asshole. Went for the money and when he hated it he wants to come back.
    2- Barely got playing time in City and is probably rusty.

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      Marco Basile July 19, 2014 at 3:31 pm

      Also he have been injuried for quite a while which explains (some) of the lost time on the field.

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    DutchJuve July 19, 2014 at 2:45 pm

    Nedved has come out and said Conte was exhausted. This is who i wanted to hear from from all of the board, the media, anyone. This gives me more hope of Vidal staying because Conte didn’t leave because of that.

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      ImSoCool12345 July 19, 2014 at 3:22 pm

      That’s cool. Great coaches deserve their breaks. I hope he goes to the NT or comes back to us if he’s on a break.

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    Pseudonym July 20, 2014 at 2:54 am

    I also like Carrasco from Monaco, and I assume he would not be too expensive