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Xavi Hernandez, a legend

Ten memories for Xavi in his European career: > 1 < September 16, 1998 he made his Champions League debut away against Manchester United. > 2 < March 15, 2000 he made his first goal in CL. It was against […]

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PSG-Barca ended, 3-2

The match between PSG and FC Barcelona ended with the season’s first defeat, 3-2. With a poor performance in the defence, ie nonexisting, and no ideas in the attack this became the result. There are no excuses. Goal scorers in […]

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FC Barcelona starting lineup against PSG

FC Barcelona faces PSG in Paris tonight at 20:45 CET in the second round of the Group stage in Champions League. FC Barcelona starting lineup looks as follows: Ter Stegen Alves – Mascherano – Mathieu – Alba Rakitic – Sergio […]

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PSG – Juvenil A in UEFA Youth League 16:00 CET, Updated

FC Barcelona Juvenil A will also play today. Their match against PSG starts at 16:00 CET. It’s the second round in the group stage of UEFA Youth League. They are also, like Barca’s first team, playing in grop F. FC […]

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Mixed short notices September 29

. Douglas will not travel to Paris for tomorrow’s match against PSG in the group stage in Champions League. During Sunday’s training he suffered a bruised left foot and is left out as precaution. Instead, Martin Montoya will travel with […]

 

Xavi Hernandez, a legend

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Ten memories for Xavi in his European career:
> 1 < September 16, 1998 he made his Champions League debut away against Manchester United.

> 2 < March 15, 2000 he made his first goal in CL. It was against Herta Berlin in Camp Nou.

> 3 < May 17, 2006 was he, despite a serious knee injury, able to join the celebrations in Paris against Arsenal. This was his first major title.

> 4 < May 27, 2009, the final in Rome against Manchester United. This was the first CL final he played and he was named the man of the match at the end of it.

> 5 < September 9, 2008 he made his 100th appearance for Barca in CL in the away match against Dynamo Kiev.

> 6 < For the last six years,2008-2013, has Xavi been named to the UEFA XI. 2008 he was also named captain for the all-star-team.

> 7 < May 18, 2011 Xavi won his third Champions League trophy (of Barca’s four) in Wembley. Also this final was against Manchester United.

> 8 < In Champions League is Xavi the leading active player for assists with 24. There ar only three left to equal the recently retired Giggs, who has 27. He has also most passes with 9,638. That’s more than 3,000 ahead of two other Spanish players who are in place 2 and 3, Xabi Alonso with 6,222 and Iniesta with 5,835.

> 9 < His last goal in Europe was away to Ajax last season. It was a penalty.

> 10 < This Tuesday, away against PSG, Xavi made his 143rd appearance in Champions League when he came on as a substitute. He also surpassed the previous record set by Raul.

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Wednesday’s training, October 1

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On Wednesday’s training the goal keeper Jordi Masip got medical ok and is now available for Luis Enrique.

From Barca B participated in this training Munir, Sandro, Grimaldo and Samper. Neymar and Douglas trained separately from the others.

Rafinha was nevertheless able to train normally, despite not yet having medical ok.

Gerard Pique had to take a doping test yesterday and was due to that unable to return with the team from Paris. He flew back this morning and came to the training just in time and could complete the session along with his colleagues.

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PSG-Barca ended, 3-2

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The match between PSG and FC Barcelona ended with the season’s first defeat, 3-2. With a poor performance in the defence, ie nonexisting, and no ideas in the attack this became the result. There are no excuses.

Goal scorers in the match were:
1-0 David Luiz in minute 9
1-1 LIONEL MESS in minute 10
2-1 Veratti in minute 25
3-1 Matuidi in minute 53
3-2 Neymar in minute 55

After two rounds the standings in group F are:
PSG – 4 pts
Barcelona – 3 pts
Ajax – 2 pts
APOEL – 1 pt

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Lionel Messi is the first player to score 69 goals for a single club in UEFA club competitions. Now he has surpassed Ralu, who had 68.
Messi’s 69 goals:
UEFA Champions League: 68 goals
UEFA Super Cup: 1 goal.

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FC Barcelona’s milstone scorers in Champions Cup
001 – Segarra
100 – Stoichkov
200 – Kluivert
300 – Etóo
400 – Villa
500 – MESSI

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FC Barcelona starting lineup against PSG

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FC Barcelona faces PSG in Paris tonight at 20:45 CET in the second round of the Group stage in Champions League.

FC Barcelona starting lineup looks as follows:
Ter Stegen
Alves – Mascherano – Mathieu – Alba
Rakitic – Sergio – Iniesta
Pedro – Messi – Neymar

Substituted:
Bravo, Piqué, Xavi, Sergi Roberto, Adriano, Sandro and Munir

Sidelined:
Bartra and Montoya

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PSG – Juvenil A in UEFA Youth League 16:00 CET, Updated

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FC Barcelona Juvenil A will also play today. Their match against PSG starts at 16:00 CET. It’s the second round in the group stage of UEFA Youth League. They are also, like Barca’s first team, playing in grop F.

FC Barcelona Juvenil A starting lineup against PSG in UEFA Youth League:
Onana, Palencia, Juanma, Quinti, R. Tarín, Aitor C., Enguene, Moha, Padilla, Kaptoum and Ros

Substitutes:
Andreu (gk), Sarsanedas, A. Corredera, Arjona, Ayoub Abou, A. Vilanova andi Carbonell
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PSG starting lineup:
Descamps, Krasniqi, Toure, Batubinsika, Goncalves, Eboa Eboa, Romil, Demoncy, Augustin, Meité and Labissiere

Substitutes:
Helin (gk), Georgen, Mavinzi, Nkunku, Voyer, Sanogo and Pereira de Sa

The match ended 2-2 (1-0)

Goal scorers were:
1-0 Meité in minute 18
2-0 Augustin in minute 59
2-1 Enguene in minute 67
2-2 Moha in minute 97

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Mixed short notices September 29

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Douglas will not travel to Paris for tomorrow’s match against PSG in the group stage in Champions League.

During Sunday’s training he suffered a bruised left foot and is left out as precaution.

Instead, Martin Montoya will travel with the squad.
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Barcelona have won only 4 of their last 13 away games in the Champions League (W4 D3 L6)

Tomorrow Xavi can become the player with most ever appearances (143) in the Champions League. He’s now tied with Raul (142)

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Mathieu: “Messi and Neymar are one of the best duos in the world.”

Mathieu: “Defense starts on the attack, and if everyone does their job it’s much easier

Mathieu: “PSG has great players even without the ones that are injured.”

Mathieu: “For me this is just another match. It’s important but there’s no added pressure

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Luis Enrique: “I expect that PSG will play right with us. We’ll see what their offence can do.”

Luis Enrique: “We’re motivated by the team and where we’re playing. Winning away from home is a challenge.”

Luis Enrique: “All the defenders are good and they can all play.”

Luis Enrique: “Messi is still incredible. We’ll see that in his stats, but he’s also definitely a difference-maker.”

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Luis Enrique: “This game is important and we know that to win it we’ll have to show our best stuff.”
Luis Enrique: “The success or failure of any team really depends on the players’ collective effort.”

Champions League and UEFA Youth League on Tuesday

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Both the first team and Juvenil A will meet PSG away on Tuesday, September 30.

Luis Enrique has called 20 players for the match on Tuesday, September 30 at 20:45 CET, against PSG in the group stage of Champions League. Not called are Rafinha and Masip due to injury and Montoya and Vermaelen due to technical reason.

The squad then looks as follows:
Ter Stegen, C. Bravo, Piqué, Rakitic, Sergio, Xavi, Pedro, A. Iniesta, Messi, Neymar, Mascherano, Bartra, Douglas S., Jordi Alba, Sergi Roberto, Adriano, Dani Alves, Mathieu, Sandro and Munir.

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On Tuesday, September 30 at 16:00 CET, will also FC Barcelona Juvenil A face PSG away  but in UEFA Youth League. It’s the second match in the group stage. Juvenil A won their first match in the group stage agianst APOEL with 3-0 at home in Miniestadi.

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Short notices after Barca-Granada 6-0

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The match between FC Barcelona and Granada ended with victory 6-0 and another clean sheet for the team. Messi scored 2 goals, Neyamar scored 3 goals and Rakitic 1 goal.

Messi provided 2 assists and Alves 1.

Possession during the match was 70% to Barca and 30 % to Granada.

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Barcelona has so far scored 18 goals this season (all competitions)
Neymar 6
Messi 5
Rakitic2, Sandro 2
Munir 1, Pedro 1, Pique 1

Assists:
Messi 7
Alves1, Busquets 1,Alba 1

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There was 72.596 spectators who saw the match between Barca and Granada at Camp Nou. Barca dominated the play and had 70-30 in possession.
Barca got 8 corners and Granada 1. The guests got two yellow cards and Barca only one card. There were no penalties in this match. Granada had one dangerous shot, it took in the pale.

Barca made three changes:
Sergi Roberto substituted Raktic in minute 58,
Bartra substituted Sergio in minute 63
Sandro substituted Munir in minute 70.

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Xavi won tonight his 300th La Liga game in his career
In 477 Liga games he now has: 300W, 104D, 73L.

Starting lineup against Granada

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FC Barcelona starting lineup against Granada:
Bravo,
Alves, Mascherano, Mathieu, Adriano,
Busquets, Xavi, Rakitic
Munir, Messi, Neymar

Substitutes:
Ter Stegen, Montoya, Iniesta, Pedro, Bartra, Sergi Roberto and Sandro

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The squad against Granada tonight 18:00 CET at Camp Nou

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Luis Enrique has named a squad of 18 players for tonight’s match against Granada in Camp Nou 18:00 CET.

Pique, Douglas, Alba and Vermaelen are not included due to technical reason, Rafinha and Masip due to injury.

The squad looks as follows: Ter Stegen, Bravo, Montoya, Rakitic, Sergio, Xavi, Pedro, Iniesta, Messi, Neymar, Mascherano, Bartra, Sergi Roberto, Adriano, Alves, Mathieu, Sandro and Munir.

As ususal we will present the starting lineup here about 1 hour before match start.

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More mixed short notices September 26

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On today’s training there were 23 players participating including 2 players from Barca B, Sandro and Munir.

This was the last training before tomorrow’s match against Granada In Camp Nou at 18:00 CET.

Douglas and Alba returned to training while Masip and Rafinha conituned with their recovery.

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Today Sergi Roberto has signed his renewed and extended contract with the club. The new improved contract is valid until June 30, 2019. His new buyout clause is 30 million euros which could increasee to 40 million euros.

Attending to this ceremony was apart from the player also Josep Maria Bartomeu, Andoni Zubizarreta and Antonio Rossich.

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Today it’s 21 years since FC Barcelona won their victory number 1.000 in La Liga. It was against Zaragoza 4-1 on September 26, 1993.

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Mixed short notices September 26

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Claudio Bravo has now lasted for a remarkable 450 minutes without letting in a single goal, the second longest unbeaten start to a season in Barça history.

He will need to survive for one game and twenty minutes more in order to beat Pedro María Artola’s 560 minute streak in 1977/78.

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Luis Suarez is included in the Uruguayan Federation’s prelist for the two friendlies in October. The Uruguayan selection will meet Saudi Arabia on Friday October 10 and Oman on Monday October 13.

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Only two clubs in the six biggest European football leagues have not yet conceded any goals. These two teams are FC Barcelona and Juventus.

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Thursday’s training and Vermaelen got medical ok

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A good news at today’s training was that Thomas Vermaelen got medical ok and is now available for play.

Rafinha and Alba made specific work. Masip trained on grass, but outside the group.

Douglas, who made his Barca debut yesterday against Malaga, did not train this Thursday due to fever.

Apart from the available players from the first team were also three players from Barca B participating: Ondoa (gk), Munir and Sandro.

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Luis Enrique after Malaga-Barca 0-0

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Luis Enrique: “It was a tough game, merit to the opponent. Fair result.”

Luis Enrique: “Debut Douglas? He played at the same level as the other players.”

Luis Enrique: “We failed in last pass, maybe missed some patience. We’ll look for solutions, we said before we’re still improving things.”

Luis Enrique: “That Messi was not so involved is to Málaga’s credit, its clear when he is more involved we are more dangerous.”

Luis Enrique: “Two teams play, and you try and be the better team. Today Malaga were better than us in some aspects of the play.”

Luis Enrique: “We’re in the 5th round, it’s logical there are things that don’t work yet, it will even be like that in the 38th round.”

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Barca starting lineup against Malaga

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FC Barcelona faces Malaga away tonight at 22:00 in La Rosaleda.

FC Barcelona starting lineup:
Bravo
Douglas, Bartra, Pique, Alba
Rakitic, Sergio, Iniesta
Pedro, Messi, Neymar

Substitutes:
Ter Stegen, Xavi, Mascherano, Sergi Roberto, Adriano, Sandro and Munir

Montoya will view the match from the stands.

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Squad travelling to Malaga

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Luis Enrique has named a squad of 19 players which will travel to Malaga for tonight’s match (22:00 CET). Neymar and Rakitic have got their medical ok and are included in the squad. Alves and Mathieu are not travelling due to technical reason. Rafinha, Masip and Vermaelen are still injured and Suarez is suspended.

The squad looks as follows:
Ter Stegen, Bravo, Montoya, Pique, Rakitic, Sergio, Xavi, Pedro, Iniesta, Messi, Neymar, Mascherano, Douglas, Alba, Sergi Roberto, Bartra, Adriano, Sandro and Munir.

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Statistics against Malaga

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FC Barcelona have faced Malaga in 74 official matches. We note 52 wins and 13 draws and 9 losses.

FC Barcelona has made 178 goals and conceded 53 against Malaga.

FC Barcelona have kept a clean sheet in 50% of their matches against Malaga 37 zeros in 74 official matches.

Best goal scorers against Malaga with the current squad: Messi 12, Iniesta 4, Pedro 4, Xavi 3, Pique 3, Bartra 1, Montoya 1, Alves 1 and Adriano 1.

Most assists against Malaga with the current squad: Xavi 8, Iniesta 6, Alves 5, Messi 5, Pedro 3 and Adriano 1.

FC Barcelona has made 178 official goals against Malaga in 74 official games, an average of 2.4 goals per game. Best scorers: Messi 12, Cesar 8, Kubala 8 and Rexach 5

FC Barcelona’s goal keepers with most zeros maintained against Malaga in official matches: Valdes 9, Sadurni 6, M Reina 5, Urruti 3 and Ramallets 3.

FC Barcelona’s official statistics in 37 away matches against Malaga: 19 wins and 11 draws and 7 losses. FC Barcelona notes 68 goals scored and 33 conceded = 35 + and 16 maintained zeros.
Lionel Messi’s statistics against Malaga: 13 official matches 12 wins and 1 draw, and 12 goals and 5 assists.

FC Barcelona last 6 results away from home against Malaga: 0-1, 1-3, 1-4, 1-3, 0-2 and 1-4.

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Luis Enrique before Malaga-Barca, September 24 at 22:00 CET

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Luis Enrique: There are things we can improve, especially in defense.

Luis Enrique: We have not concede yet, but we could have. We are working on that.

Luis Enrique: About Mathieu….I’m not worried about his mistakes. He does more good things than bad things.

Luis Enrique: The attitude of Pique is great, he’s optimistic, working hard. His hip problem has been solved, he is ready to help us.

Luis Enrique: About Bartra….he will have playing time. I’m delighted to have him in the team, but only 18 players can be in the squad and only 11 can play from start.

Luis Enrique: I’m not worried about conceding our first goal. It’s about winning,”

Luis Enrique: Today Rakitic and Neymar trained normally , tomorrow they probably will get medical ok and be available for the game against Malaga.

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Mixed notices September 23

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Barça stats in 5 official games in 2014-15:
5W -  0D – 0L
Goals: 12-0
Shots: 79-28
Chances created: 58-17
Passes: 4036-1729
Avg Possession: 70.4%

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In official games on senior level has Neymar Jr now scored 190 goals, whereof Santos 136, Brazil 25, FC Barcelona 18

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Dani Alves says that he wants to renew his contract and retire at FC Barcelona. His contract expires in June 2015.

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In this season’s first five official matches has Lionel Messi scored 3 goals and made 6 assists.

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Luis Enrique after Levante away, 0-5

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FC Barcelona noted their fourth straight win and their fourth straight game without conceding any goal. Something that had not previously occurred initially at the La Liga season. Luis Enrique was very happy after the game and seemed to increase every aspect of the game to the skies. FC Barcelona tops La Liga in splendid isolation, but Luis Enrique did not want to draw any major bills on this very fact. We have many and far more difficult games left and we have a long season ahead of us. We just left a Champions League week and it is usually hard just right around those matches, meant Luis Enrique. We have tried many different variations so far, said our coach. Some worked well while unfortunately some have gone really bad. I work intensively on solutions to improve our goal scoring, said Luis Enrique.

Lionel Messi is a very unique player and I love to see how all of our players all the time clicking with him, it means a lot to the team. Luis Enrique chose not to mention any names, but praised the group’s work against Levante. It was a victory for the group and the collective.

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Starting lineup against Levante

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FC Barcelona lineup against Levante:
Bravo
Alves, Mascherano, Mathieu, Alba,
Rakitic, Sergio, Iniesta,
Pedro, Messi, Neymar

Substitutes:
Ter Stegen, Pique, Montoya, Roberto, Xavi, Sandro and Munir

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The squad to Levante

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Luis Enrique has named 19 players for the match against Levante away tonight. Rafinha is rested as precaution. Adriano and Bartra are both omitted, the other players left at home are the injured Jordi Masip and Thomas Vermaelen.

The squad looks as follows: Ter Stegen, Bravo, Montoya, Pique, Rakitic, Sergio, Xavi, Pedro, Iniesta, Messi, Neymar, Mascherano, Douglas, Alba, Sergi Roberto, Alves, Mathieu, Sandro and Munir.

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Mixed notices September 20

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This morning was the final training session held. All available players from the first team and two player from Barca B, Munir and Sandro, were participating.
In total it were 25 players under Luis Enrique’s command, but Thomas Vermaelen was somewhat limited since he has not yet received medically clear to train fully with the group and Jordi Masip did specific work.

The squad for tomorrow’s match will not be announced until Sunday morning.

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Barca will play in bright crimson strip, which is their second kit, in tomorrow’s match against Levante in La Liga round 4.

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Alex Song, who plays on loan in West Ham, started the match in Premier League against Liverpool today. West Ham won by 3-1 and Song was named the Man of the Match.

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Much points to that Claudio Bravo will start in Barca’s goal against Levante tonight. He didn’t play against APOEL in Champions League last Wednesday.
What do you think? Who should be in goal – Claudio Bravo or Marc Andre Ter Stegen?

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The moment of truth for Luis Enrique and his team

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Barca will play three games in La Liga in just seven days, whereof two matches will be away against Levante and Malaga.

This will be the moment of truth for Luis Enrique and his team. There are 9 point possible points to play for and not much time to rest between the matches.

It starts on Sunday, September 21 at 21:00 CET, with the away game against Levante at Mendilibar. Just three days later, on Wednesday 24 at 22:00 CET, Barca will visit La Rosaleda to play against Malaga. On Saturday September 27 Barca will face Granada in Camp Nou at 18:00 CET.

The following week it is time for Champions League again. This time Barca will meet PSG in Paris, Tuesday September 30.

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Mixed short notices September 19

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Thursday’s training was much of a recovery session after yesterday’s match in Champions League. All the available first tem players and the Barca B players Munir, Samper and Sandro.

Thomas Vermaelen trained with the group despite not having got medical ok yet. Dani Alves made specific work and Masip trained on grass.

Luis Suarez was not participating in the training session. With permission from the club he was on a commercial commitment for the club.

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Luis Enrique have used 22 players in the four games that Barca have played this season. 21 of these 22 players have started at least one time. Sandro is the only exception, he has subbed in three times.

There are only two players who have started all four games played so far this season. That is Messi and Munir. Five players have three starts each: Bravo, Mathieu, Alba, Sergio and Rakitic.

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Mixed notices after Barca-APOEL 1-0

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Luis Enrique is the ninth consecutive coach of Barça to debut in the Champions League with a victory

The four latest coaches first Champions League game as manager
-Pep: Marquez scored a header
-Tito: Messi scored header
-Tata: Pique scored header
-Lucho: Pique scored header

Marc Andre Ter Stegen made his official debut in FC Barcelona in yesterday’s match against APOEL in Champions League’s group stage at Camp Nou. He also managed to keep a clean sheet.

Sergi Samper who made debut in the match against APOEL played the whole match. He also made most passes with 107. Second most made Alves with 101 and third most Adriano with 100.

Dani Alves was the Barca player who run most in the match He made a distance of 11.322 metres, followed by Samper with 11.296 metres and Adriano with 11.283 metres

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Barca starting lineup against APOEL Nicosia

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FC Barcelona starting lineup against APOEL Nicosia:
Ter Stegen
Alves, Bartra, Pique, Adriano
Xavi, Samper, Roberto
Munir, Messi, Neymar

Substitutes:
Bravo, Douglas, Mathieu, Rakitic, Iniesta, Rafinha, Sandro

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The squad for tonight’s match against APOEL

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Luis Enrique has named 18 players for tonight’s match against APOEL Nicosia in Champions League. The match will be played in Camp Nou 20:45 CET.

Notable is that he have opted to leave out Montoya, Sergio, Pedro, Mascherano and Alba as well as the injured Vermaelen. All the three players from Barca B, Samper, Sandro and Munir, are included in the squad. Douglas is named for the first time since arriving to Barca.

The squad looks as follows: Ter Stegen, Bravo, Pique, Rakitic, Xavi, Iniesta, Messi, Neymar, Rafinha, Bartra, Douglas, Sergi Roberto, Adriano, Alves, Mathieu, Samper, Sandro and Munir.

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Gerard Pique – press conference prior CL

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Pique: We have improved our defense, but the season is long and we have to work hard to become even better.

Pique: We cannot walk around and think that it will be easy to win La Liga.

Pique: We really should deny all false allegations and rumors …… journalists these days writes unfortunately just fantasies.

Pique: I am for a referendum in Catalonia, it is obvious that we need to vote for our freedom.

Pique: It’s a while ago now that people are not condemned me completely by my actions on the field. However, I understand that harsh criticism is part of being a FC Barcelona player.

Pique: Mathieu is really good. He’s fast and a great passer. His adaptation has been perfect and his efforts are excellent.

Pique: I’ve talked to Marc Bartra. I have given him some good advice, but I will not say publicly what I said to him.

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Mixed news September 16

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Several players could make their Champions League debut in the group stage at the opening match against APOEL Nicosia tomorrow. Among them are for example Marc Andre Ter Stegen, Munir el Haddadi, Sandro Ramirez and Douglas Pereira.

Luis Enrique will make his first head coaching appearance in Champions League. He has played in the competition, but never before got the chance to coach at Europe’s biggest stage at either of his previous clubs, Roma or Celta.

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On today’s training session were all first team players participating except Masip who did special work. Notable is that Alves and Vermaelen have not got their medical ok yet, but they trained fully with the group.
From Barca B were also at this training Munir, Sandro and Samper participating

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This will be FC Barcelona’s new third kit for the season 2014/15. It will go on sale on September 25.
(Both shirt, shorts and socks will be yellow.).
First time the new kit will be used is in the away game against PSG in Champions League on September 30

Some Champions League statistics

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FC Barcelona has made 498 goals in Champions League since 1955/56, only 2 left to 500-anniversary.

FC Barcelona has played 255 matches in the Champions League and European Cups. We note 145 wins and 61 draws and 49 losses. Scored goals 498 goals, 251 goals conceded and maintained zeros 105.

FC Barcelona’s best goal scorers in the CL & EC: Messi 67, Rivaldo 25, Kluivert 21, Luis Enrique 20, Samuel Eto ‘o 18, Stoichkov and Pedro 15.

FC Barcelona have received 347 yellow cards in the Champions League, most have been assigned to: Puyol 25, Alves 14, Pique 13, Luis Enrique & Marquez and Iniesta have got 11

FC Barcelona 105 notes maintained zeros in CL: Valdes 48, Zubizarreta 14, Bonano 9, Ramalets 7 and Hesp 5.

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Schedule for the upcoming week

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On Wednesday FC Barcelona have their first midweek game of the season. On Wednesday starts the group stage in Champions League for Barca. The first match is against APOEL Nicosia. On Sunday, Luis Enrique and the team, will meet Levante away in round 4 of La Liga. There will be six training session in between.

There will be training sessions every day except Sunday when the team is travelling to Valencia to meet Levante at 21:00 CET. The training sessions will start at 11:00 CET in Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper. After Tuesday’s training there will be the official pre-Champions League press conference with Luis Enrique and one of the players.

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Mixed notices after Barca-Bilbao 2-0

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FC Barcelona won against Athletic Bilbao at Camp Nou by 2-0. Goal scorer for Barca were Neymar, both goals late in the second half (min 79 and 84). Messi assisted to both goals. Neymar substituted Munir in minute 63. Barca have now kept clean sheet in the three first league rounds this season.

FC Barcelona this season in La Liga:
3 wins (9 Points).
Goals: 6-0
Clean sheets: 3
Goal scorers: Messi 2, Neymar 2, Munir and Sandro.

Match stats (Barca / Bilbao):
Possession: 61% / 39%
Offisdes: 6 / 1
Corners: 5 / 1
Yellow cards: 1 / 1

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Barca starting lineup against Bilbao

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FC Barcelona starting lineup:
Bravo
Montoya Mascherano Mathieu Alba
Rakitic Busquets Iniesta
Pedro Messi Munir

Substitutes:
Ter Stegen, Pique, Adriano, Xavi, Sergi Roberto, Sandro and Neymar Jr.

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Short notices before FC Barcelona-Athletic Bilbao

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Luis Enrique has named a 18-man squad for today’s match against Athletic Bilbao. It looks as follows: Ter Stegen, Bravo, Montoya, Pique, Mascherano, Mathieu, Alba, Adriano, Sergio, Xavi, Iniesta, Rakitic, Sergi Roberto, Messi, Pedro, Sandro, Neymar and Munir.

Note that Mathieu, Iniesta and Messi got their medical ok this morning.

Alves is not named as precaution due to knee injury in his left knee. Masip and Vermaelen are still low. Douglas, Bartra and Rafinha are not selected for technical reasons.

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FC Barcelona’s striker, Lionel Messi, has scored against Athletic Bilbao in every match during their 6 last visits at Camp Nou.

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Luis Enrique before Athletic Bilbao Saturday 16:00 CET

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Luis Enrique: Bilbao is a reference for me.

Luis Enrique: I know the starting eleven against Bilbao, and you’ll get it too, but the players should get it first.

Luis Enrique: Regarding the Madrid derby, I hope both lose.

Luis Enrique: Munir is in a process that will make him a very great player. It is a wonderful process to be inside.

Luis Enrique: Messi is capable of playing.

Luis Enrique: We will work hard to ensure that Bilbao does not get any space on the field, somewhere.

Luis Enrique: The players have so far surprised me with their hard work in training. I cannot criticize them, but there is much that can be significantly improved.

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Rafinha Alcantara

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Rafinha: I’m surprised that I started both games this season. I know it takes maximum training effort to get minutes and I does not relax for a second.

Rafinha: Luis Enrique is very demanding and does not accept that someone is cheating on training. There will be extra running workout, if you do not do what you should.

Rafinha: We know that we face a very strong team on Saturday. I do not think there are any easy games in La Liga and Bilbao is certainly no exception.

Rafinha: I really like to see that our talents at La Masia succeed as well as they do. We are many in FC Barcelona’s first team coming from La Masia.

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Adriano Correira

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Adriano Correia: When I found out that my heart rate was not as it should be, I was really worried. There were many thoughts that went through my head. I was both scared and worried. But I know that we have the best doctors available, and that has been a very great safety. Now I am no longer afraid or worried and think less of it every day.

Adriano Correia: Luis Enrique has changed our philosophy and it is good for us. He has a lot of character there, I can promise, but it’s just fine for us. Luis Enrique has a very high focus on our physics and we have to work hard to make him to be happy.

Adriano Correia: The changes have made us a lot better. It is the struggle of every place in the team and it is very good and raises the level of the training sessions. The new players have good attitude and keep the old ones more focused than before.

Adriano Correia: Douglas is a really good football player with many good qualities. I was not at all surprised when we signed him. He will succeed here, but he will need some time to adapt.

Adriano Correia: I’ve got offers during the summer, but my decision has always been to stay here in FC Barcelona.

Goal scoreres against Bilbao

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In the current squad had the following players scored in official games against Athletic Bilbao:
Messi 14
Xavi and Pedro 4 each
Sergio 2
Alves, Adriano, Iniesta and Pique 1 each

FC Barcelona’s biggest win (so far) against Athletic Bilbao is 7-0. The match was played February 3 2001 and goal scorers for Barca were: Luis Enrique 3, Cocu 2, Overmars and Abelardo.

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Munir made debut with the Spanish NT

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Spain won their match against Macedonia in the Euro Qualifying match on Monday evening by 5-1. FC Barcelona had three players in the starting lineup: Alba, Sergio and Pedro. Marc Bartra substituted Ramos in minute 68 and Munir made his debut when he substituted Koke in minute 78.

There were five different goal scorers for Spain: 1-0 Ramos, 2-0 Alcácer, 3-1 SERGIO, 4-1 Silva and 5-1 PEDRO.
It was Sergio’s first goal in his 70 appearances with the Spanish selection. Marc

Bartra made his “second” debut with the Spanish team. Last time he played was 2013 in a friendly match.

Munir: To play for Spain was my decision, I knew what the consequences would be, but I didn’t have any doubts as I’m born in Spain.

Munir: This was a dream that came true to me. Everything is going very fast now, that’s true, but I try tries to stay calm. I will continue to keep on working hard.

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Leo Messi near 400

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Leo Messi is near to score his goal number 400. So far he has 398, whereof 356 with Barcelona and 42 with Argentina. If he scores twice against Bilbao on Saturday he will reach this magic number just 27 years old.

It doesn’t seem impossible for Messi to do that as he throughout his career in Barca already has added 75 doubles.

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Schedule for the upcoming week

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There are six training sessions scheduled for the upcoming week. On Monday there will be an afternoon training at 18:30 CET. Rest of the week, including match day, there will be morning sessions. The sessions are preparations ahead of Saturday’s game against Athletic Bilbao at Camp Nou, 16:00 CET.

Luis Enrique will have most of the players, who are on international duty, back in midweek.

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Mixed short notices September 7

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Neymar Jr has scored 9 goals in 9 games with Brazil in year 2014. He has also made 2 assists.

Furthermore he has scored 4 of his 36 goals with Brazil senior national team from a direct free-kick; against Panama, South Korea, Italy and Colombia.

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Andres Iniesta and Thomas Vermaelen could be available and play against Bilbao next Saturday as they are recovering well from their injuries.

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Ivan Rakitic got offers from several other clubs apart from FC Barcelona this summer. Among these clubs were Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid and Manchester City, but he choosed Barca and thanks for that!

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Munir el Haddadi in the Spanish selection

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Vicente del Bosque has called up Munir el Haddadi to the Spanish international senior squad. He should cover for the injured Diego Costa.

The Spanish team will meet Macedonia on Monday evening in the European Championships qualifier. Munir was with the Spanish U21 which won over Hungary with 1-0 earlier this week. Now he will join Barca teammates Sergio, Pedro, Alba and Bartra in the squad to face Macedonia.

Sandro Ramirez will substitute Munir in the Spanish U21 team.

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Mixed short notices September 5

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From Barca B have eight players been included in the registration list for Champions League. These players are Halilovic, Diagne, Munir, Sandro, Grimaldo, Ié, Samper and Adama.

Halilovic and Diagne are in the list in order to be able to play in the competition as they do not comply with one of the requisites (to have been in the club for at least 2 years). The other six players do comply with the regulations and is allowed to play at any time.

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Luis Suarez scored 2 goals when the first team played a friendly with Barca B. Unfortunately I’ve no information about the match.

However, the teams will meet again at least twice before the official debut of Luis Suarez in FC Barcelona.

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Mixed short notices September 4

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Ivan Rakitic is the player in La Liga who have completed most passes so far this season. He has completed 191 passes, that is more than any other player.

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Claudio Bravo will continue in goal against Athletic Bilbao in next round of La Liga. It seems very clear that Marc Andre Ter Stegen will take that place against APOEL Nicosia in the first round of Champions League’s group stage.

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Josep Guardiola: Luis Enrique will do a better job as coach in Barca than I did. He will also win more titles than me.

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Dani Alves

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Dani Alves is the foreigner with second highest number of appearances for FC Barcelona. Next match he plays it will be his number 300.

Alves has been in the club for seven years and has during this time scored 20 goals whereof 16 in La Liga, 5 in Champions League and 1 in Copa del Rey.

He has in FC Barcelona so far played 190 La liga matches, 63 in Champions League, 32 in Copa del Rey, 9 in Spanish Supercup, 2 in European Supercup and 3 in Clubs World Cup.

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Statistics for national teams, current squad

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Most goals and assists for the national team, current squad: Messi 67, Suarez 60, Neymar Jr. 57, Xavi 40 and Iniesta 36.

Most wins with the national team, current squad: Xavi 100, Iniesta 78, Mascherano 63, Messi 56, Alves 56, Busquets 53, Pique 48, Bravo 41, Rakitic 39 and Suarez 37.

Most scored goals for national team, current squad: Messi 42, Suarez 41, Neymar Jr. 35, Pedro 14, Xavi 12 ,Iniesta 12 and Rakitic 9.

Most international matches, current squad: Xavi 133, Mascherano 105, Iniesta 100, Messi 93, Bravo 83, Suarez 79, Alves 79, Busquets 65 and Rakitic 65.

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Mixed short notices September 2

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After being off for two weeks due to an back injury, was Ter Stegen today back training normally.
During the training Jordi Masip got a fractured finger and he will be out for four weeks.
Messi and Iniesta made special training apart from the group as the battle to recover from their fitness problems.
Vermaelen was today able to take part in the training for the first time with his new colleagues. This meant that it was ten players from the first team in training today. Participating in the session was Ter Stegen, Masip, Montoya, Pique, Xavi, Luis Suarez, Douglas, Adriano, Dani Alves and Vermaelen.

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Munir el Haddadi: I don’t know if I will play with Spain or Morocco in the future.
Munir el Haddadi: I was really happy and surprised when I now was called to the Spanish U21 training camp before the upcoming friendlies.

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This week Luis Enrique will arrange a friendly match between Barcelona first team and Barca B in order to boost the fitness of Luis Suarez.

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Neymar Jr

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It’s not ok to do this during a match:

During the warm-up yesterday in the match against Villarreal was Neymar signing autographs.

He is now fined 6000 euros by Luis Enrique. The money will go to charity.

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