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Mixed notices November 24

Sunday’s trainng saw all availble players from the first team and Munir, Diagne, Camara & Babunski from Barca B participating. Iniesta trained with the group, but have not got medical ok yet. Luis Enrique has named 22 players to the […]

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FC Barcelona – Sevilla 5-1 and Messi new record holder

With the goal in minute 21, Messi is now equal to Telmo Zarra’s record of 251 goals in La Liga. The goals was a perfactly placed free kick into the Sevilla keeper’s top right hand corner. Barcelona – Sevilla ended […]

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FC Barcelona starting lineup against Sevilla

FC Barcelona starting lineup against Sevilla: Bravo Alves, Piqué, Mathieu, Alba Xavi, Busquets, Rakitic Suárez, Messi, Neymar Substitutes: Ter Stegen, Bartra, Pedro, Rafinha, Sergi Roberto, Adriano and Munir /Admin

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FC Barcelona – Sevilla, November 22 at 20:00 CET

Tonight Barca will meet Sevilla the 12th round of La Liga at home in Camp Nou at 20:00 CET. Ivan Rakitic could meet the team he left this summer. Gerard Deulofeu and Denis Suarez will visit Camp Nou, this time […]

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Mixed notices November 21

On Thursday’s training Luis Enrique had 23 first team players available. Ter Stegen, Pique, Sergio, Pedro, Bartra, Alba, Messi, Neymar and Bravo were the latest to return from there international duty. Rafinha and Mathieu trained with the groups as well […]

 

Mixed notices November 24

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Sunday’s trainng saw all availble players from the first team and Munir, Diagne, Camara & Babunski from Barca B participating.
Iniesta trained with the group, but have not got medical ok yet.

Luis Enrique has named 22 players to the squad that will face APOEL Nicosia on Tuesday, November 25 in Champions League’s group stage round 5. The match starts at 20:45 CET.

All first team players except Andres Iniesta, who is not ready for play yet, and Thomas Vermaelen, with a right hamstring injury, are called. Furthermore is Munir, Barca B, named in the squad.

The squad will then look as follows:
Ter Stegen, C. Bravo, Masip, Montoya, Piqué, Rakitic, Sergio, Xavi, Pedro, Suárez, Messi, Neymar Jr, Rafinha, Mascherano, Bartra, Douglas, Jordi Alba, Sergi Roberto, Adriano, Dani Alves, Mathieu and Munir.

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Xavi“We’re happy about everything, for Leo, it’s an incredible record, historic, and he deserves it as a person and as a player.”

Xavi: “Leo’s happy to be here and we’ve seen it once again. When Messi’s happy, Barça’s happy.”

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FC Barcelona GOAL scorers this season (all competitions)
Messi 14
Neymar 13
Sandro 3
Rakitic 3
Munir 1
Pedro 1
Pique 1
Xavi 1
Alba 1

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Xavi has now made 165 assists with Barcelona; 110 in La Liga, 89 at Camp Nou, 8 against Sevilla and 2 to Neymar. On the day before yesterday, Saturday, Xavi made his first assist this season in official matches.

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FC Barcelona – Sevilla 5-1 and Messi new record holder

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With the goal in minute 21, Messi is now equal to Telmo Zarra’s record of 251 goals in La Liga. The goals was a perfactly placed free kick into the Sevilla keeper’s top right hand corner.

Barcelona – Sevilla ended 5-1. Messi scored a hattrick. He is now the new record holder in La Liga with a total of 253 goals, two more than Telmo Zarra who had the previous record. 78.283 spectators honoured Lionel Messi and his new record.
Goals:
Messi (freekick) min 21
Neymar (A: Xavi) min 49
Rakitic (A: Suarez) min 65
Messi (A: Neymar) min 72
Messi (A: Neymar) min 78

Lionel Messi has at 27 years of age:
- 4 Ballon d’Or
- CL top scorer
- La Liga top scorer
- Barca top scorer
- El Clasico top scorer

Barcelona GOALS this season (all comps)
Messi 14
Neymar 13
Sandro 3
Rakitic 3
Munir 1
Pedro 1
Pique 1
Xavi 1
Alba 1

Barcelona ASSISTS this season (all comps)
Messi 9
Suarez 4
Alves Neymar 3
Iniesta 2
Busquets Alba Pique Munir Rafinha Bartra Pedro Xavi 1

FC Barcelona starting lineup against Sevilla

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FC Barcelona starting lineup against Sevilla:
Bravo
Alves, Piqué, Mathieu, Alba
Xavi, Busquets, Rakitic
Suárez, Messi, Neymar

Substitutes:
Ter Stegen, Bartra, Pedro, Rafinha, Sergi Roberto, Adriano and Munir

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FC Barcelona – Sevilla, November 22 at 20:00 CET

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Tonight Barca will meet Sevilla the 12th round of La Liga at home in Camp Nou at 20:00 CET. Ivan Rakitic could meet the team he left this summer. Gerard Deulofeu and Denis Suarez will visit Camp Nou, this time as opponents to Barca.

Luis Enrique has named a squad of 18 players for tonight’s game:
Ter Stegen, Bravo, Piqué, Rakitic, Sergio, Xavi, Pedro, Suárez, Messi, Neymar, Rafinha, Bartra, Alba, Sergi Roberto, Adriano, Alves, Mathieu and Munir.

Not included are Masip, Montoya, Douglas, Vermaelen and Mascherano due to technical reasons. Iniesta is not in the call due to medical reason.

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Mixed notices November 21

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On Thursday’s training Luis Enrique had 23 first team players available. Ter Stegen, Pique, Sergio, Pedro, Bartra, Alba, Messi, Neymar and Bravo were the latest to return from there international duty.

Rafinha and Mathieu trained with the groups as well as Iniesta despite neither of them have got medical ok yet. Also participating in this sessions was Munir from Barca B.

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Bartra: “It’s important that our best player (Messi) and best player in the world, feels well appreciated.”

Bartra: “I can’t imagine a Barça without Messi. In the locker room, he’s one of our leaders. For us, it’s important that he feels good.”

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Sevilla is Lionel Messi’s third favorite team to score on. He has so far score 18 goals against the Andalusians.

15 of the 18 goals have been scored in the 16 La Liga matches that he has played against Sevilla and the other three has come i the Spanish Supercup 2010.

Messi has 12 wins, 3 draws and only 1 loss against Sevilla in La Liga. Las season he score 1 goal at Camp Nou and 2 goals at Sanches Pizjuan.

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Mascherano: “The past years were the best in the history of the club. The bar is high but we will fight to get there or at least come close”

Mascherano: “Messi said what he has always said, and what all players say; in football, you can’t predict what will happen in 6-7 years.”

Mascherano: “Leo is happy. As far as I can see, he’s doing great at the moment, both as a player and in his personal life.”

Mascherano: “Smear campaign going on against Messi? I don’t want to believe that. It’s anyway impossible to discredit one of the best ever.”

Mascherano: “Vermaelen is a great player, he showed it at Arsenal and the Belgian national team. I hope he can make his debut soon, so he can feel totally integrated”

Mascherano: “Deulofeu is a great player. He’s improving. He has the talent, now it will depend on him.”

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Mixed notices November 20

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All available first team players were training on Wednesday morning. Rafinha, Mathieu and Sergi Roberto were also participating. Sergi Roberto got medical ok after this training session. Andres Iniesta continued with physiotherapy.

Like earlier sessions this week were also the Barca B players Sandro, Munir and Samper attending as well as Onana, goalkeeper in Juvenil A.

Mascherano, who yesterday played with Argentina in Manchester, was back today. He did some recovery work.

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Xavi: “I considered leaving last summer, I thought maybe it was the right time to leave the club. But sometimes your heart wins.”

Xavi: “I don’t have a lot left as a player. I’m 34 and I’ll turn 35 in January. I want to enjoy my time to the fullest.”

Xavi: “What I’ll do after retirement? I want to be a coach and study English. I want to be linked to football and Barça.”

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Jorge Messi :”The idea is to stay here, but people read between lines and there is exaggeration.”

Jorge Messi :”If the club says ‘we have offer and want to sell you’, then we’ would have to study it.”

Jorge Messi :”At moment is Leo happy at Barca. Today we’re not even thinking about leaving.”

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Adama Traore, Barca B, has renewed his contract with the club until June 30,2018. Participating at the ceremony apart from the player was Silvio Elias and Andoni Zubizarreta.

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For the first time in six years Spain lost the possession battle which includes 68 [yes, sixty eight] games when they met Germany on Tuesday evening.

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Mixed notices November 19

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At yesterday’s training session were Ivan Rakitic back from international duty. The day Before yesterday was Luis Suarez incorporated.

Sergi Roberto, Mathieu and Rafinha trained with the group despite not having medical ok yet. The other players, apart from the above mentioned, participating in this training session were Vermaelen, Xavi, Douglas, Adriano, Alves and Masip from the first team. From Barca B were, like yesterday, José Aurelio Suarez (gk), Sandro, Munir and Samper attending.

Martin Montoya and Andres Iniesta were present, but both did specific work.

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Joan Laporta has suggested Xavi Hernandez as a potential FC Barcelona manager ahead of Barca’s Presidential race in 2016. This according to several media.

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Neymar played nearly the whole match with Brazil against Austria Tuesday evening. He was substituted in minute 91 by Marquinhos. Brazil won by 2-1.
Goals scorers were:
0-1 David Luis min 64
1-1 Dragovic on penalty min 75
1-2 Firmino min 83

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Mixed notices November 18

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Monday’s training session saw Vermaelen exercise with the team as well as Sergi Roberto and Mathieu, despite none of them have got medical ok yet. The big news on this session was that Luis Suarez was back from international duty earlier than expected.

Andres Iniesta and Rafinha made specific work, while Martin Montoya was at home with fever. He will not be training until the doctors says it’s ok.

With many players still with their selections, the only players from the first team besides the above mentioned were: Xavi, Douglas, Adriano, Alves, and Masip. Four players from Barca B were also participating: José Aurelio Suarez (gk), Sandro, Munir and Samper.

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At 22 years and 280 days, Neymar Jr is the youngest player in history to reach 42 goals for his national team on senior level

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Best pass accuracy for Barça this season:
- Sergi Roberto 95.2%
- Sergi Samper 93.1%
- Andres Iniesta 92.5%
- Xavi Hernandez92.3%
- Sergio Busquets 92.2%
- Javier Mascherano 91.6%

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This week’s tranings- and match schedule. Barca will meet fifth placed Sevilla on Saturday at 20:00 at Camp Nou. It’s a match in the 12th round of La Liga. Luis Suarez will the first player coming back from international duty.

Tuesday 18 November:
11:00 CET: Training at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper

Wednesday 19 November:
11:00 CET: Training at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper

Thursday 20 November:
11:00 CET: Training at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper

Friday 21 November:
11:00 CET: Training at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper

Saturday 22 November:
10:30 CET: Training at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper
20:00 CET: League match at the Camp Nou, Barça v Sevilla

Sunday 23 November:
10:30 CET: Training at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper

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On November 17 it was 150 days since Vermalen last played a game! (about FIVE months)

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Mixed notices November 17

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FC Barcelona has five players out on loan. Since the last break for international matches has Afellay, Tello as well as Deulofeu got more playing time with their respective teams.

Meanwhile both Alex Song and Deniz Suarez have continue to be vital members of their clubs.

Gerard Deulofeu and Denis Suarez are both in Sevilla, Cristian Tello is in Portuguese club Port, Alex Song is with the Premier League club West Ham and finally Ibrahim Afellay is in Greece at Olympiacos.

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Yesterday, November 16, it was 11 years since Lionel Messi made his debut for Barca. It was in a friendly against FC Porto. He substituted Fernando Navarro in minute 74. Luis Enrique was that day one of the players in the team. Barca lost the match by 2-0.

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Sergio Busquets as played 73 matches with the Spanish selction on senior level. In the first 69 matches he didn’t score any goal and in the lastest four he has scored two goals. Both these goals are in European qualification matches, against Macedonia and Belarus.

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Neymar didn’t train yesterday because of stomach illness and was staying in his hotel room. He is doubtful for Tuesday’s friendly game against Austria.

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Mixed notices November 16

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It seems that Luis Suarez will not play against Chile on Tuesday and cold therefore be released to return to Barcelona and training under the command of Luis Enrique.

The Uruguayan coach, Tabarez, says he wants to try the team without Suarez. Suarez will not play in the ext America’s Cup because of his sanction and Tabarez wants to start testing an alternative attack line.

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Bartra: “At Barça, it’s important for defenders not to make fouls, because the opponent usually creates danger from set pieces.”

Bartra: “This is an important season for me. My third year with first team, lived good and bad moments and this season could be very good.”

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Xavi: “Favourite current English player? Wilshere is amazing, Sterling, then there’s the older guys like Gerrard, Lampard and Terry.”

Xavi: “Barça coach? I don’t know, maybe. I’d love to work for Barcelona because I am a Barça fan. But, for now, I really enjoy my football.”

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The friendly match between Chile and Venezuela ended 5-0. Barca goal keeper, Claudio Bravo, was in goal for Chile and kept a clean sheet. Former Barca player Alexis opened the scoring for Chile.

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3.489 spectators at miniestadi saw the match between Barca B and Numancia. The match ended with a draw 1-1.
Goal scorers: 0-1 Sergi Enrich min 46, 1-1 Sandro min 61.

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Mixed notices November 15

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Luis Enrique has held this week’s last training session at Ciutat Deportiva Joan Gamper. It was raining during the session. Attending were the six available first team players (Masip, Montoya, Douglas, Alves, Xavi and Adriano), furthermore was Sergi Roberto, still without medical ok, and Juvenil A’s goalkeeper Onana participating.

Like the other sessions this week did Vermaelen specific work while Iniesta and Mathieu had physiotherapy.

Next training will be on Monday.

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The remaining 29 matches for the first team this year, 2014, will be played in 29 days. It is matches in La Liga, in Champions League and in Copa del Rey that are scheduled for the team. That will be an average of one gage every 3,2 days.

On Saturday November 22 it starts with match against Sevilla at home in Camp Nou, 20:00. After that comes APOEL away on Tuesday November 25 in Champions League followed by Valencia in La Liga, also that away, on Sunday November 30.

The first match in December is Copa del Rey against Huesca away on the 3rd.A Barcelona derby follows with Espanyol at home on December 7. Wednesday December 10 it’s time for the last match in the group stage in Champions League, PSG at home in Camp Nou. After that comes Getafe away in La Liga on December 13 and on Tuesday December 16 it’s time for Copa del Rey against Huesca at home in Camp Nou. The last match for this year in La Liga will be Cordoba on December 20 at home in Camp Nou.

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Lionel Messi’s record on English soil for club and country:
- 12 appearances
- 3 goals
- 2 assists

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Mixed notices November 14

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For the third day in a row the same first team player trained at Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper. The players were Masip, Montoya, Douglas, Xavi, Alves and Adriano plus Sergi Roberto, who don’t have got medical ok yet. Onana, goalkeeper from Juvenil A, was attending also this session.

Vermaelen continued with specific work while Iniesta and Mathieu had physiotherapy.

Next training will be today, Friday, at 11:00 CET.

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Most goals ever for Argentina NT:
- Gabriel Batistuta 56
- Lionel Messi 45
- Hernan Crespo 35
- Diego Maradona 34

Lionel Messi has now scored 8 goals for Argentina this year, 2014. It’s his 2nd best in a calendar year, since he scored 12 goals in 2012

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Rumours says that Martin Montoya is considering to leave the club this winter or next summer. Several clubs has showed their interest in the player, among them are Bayer Leverkusen, Inter and AC Milan.

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Luis Suarez: “I can’t wait to celebrate a goal, but forwards have streaks and sometimes the ball doesn’t want to go in.”

Luis Suarez: “Even if I don’t score I’m happy if I can help the team. It’s more the press who talks about it. I feel great at Barça.”

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Number of goals during the first 5 years as a pro:

Neymar Jr: 205 goals
Lionel Messi: 125 goals
Cristiano Ronaldo: 118 goals

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Mixed notices November 13

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On Wednesday’s training were the same six first team players and Sergi Roberto participating as yesterday. Sergi Roberto has not yet received medical ok. The other six first team players were: Masip, Montoya, Xavi, Douglas, Alves and Adriano.

Also in this session was Onana, goalkeeper in Juvenil A, attending.

Vermaelen did specific work meanwhile Mathieu and Iniesta continued with physiotherapy.

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Barcelona defender Thomas Vermaelen, who joined last summer, could make his official debut in the cup game against Huesca on 3 December.

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Rafinha has a thigh muscle injury, will have to recover for 7-10 days, and returns to Barcelona from China, where he was with the Brazil U23 team.

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Puyol: “I’ve been fortunate. For 19 years, I did what I liked. Trained and played at what I think is the best club in the world.”

Puyol: “The pleasure was mine to share a locker room with those players. We lived some good and bad moments, but it made us stronger.”

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Mixed notices November 12

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Today has this week’s first training been held. It was a session without the thirteen players who are on international duty.

Sergi Roberto trained with the available players, despite not having medical ok yet. Vermaeln trained apart from the group. Iniesta and Matheiu continued with their physiotherapy.

The players who took part in this training session were: Masip, Montoya, Xavi, Douglas, Alves, Adriano and Sergi Roberto. From Juvenil A participated the goal keeper Onana.

Marc Bartra is the player who played most minutes (341) without making any foul in the Liga so far this season.

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Arsenal is said to giving a bid on Pedro and Alves in January. The offer says to be stunning £30 million. The both players are also followed by Liverpool, Manchester United and Chelsea.

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Adama Traoré, Barca B, has completed 78 dribbles in Segunda A this season, that is at least 49 more than any other player.

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FC Barcelona is the team with most ball possession in La Liga, 68,4%. In second place is Real Madrid, 57,2%, and in third Rayo Vallecano, 57,1%. Luis Enrique’s former club, Celta Vigo, is in fourth place with 56,5%.

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Mixed notices November 11

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Xavi: “January exit rumours? I never considered that. I won’t leave mid-season. I feel useful and important for the team.”

Xavi: “I’m honored that the Egyptian people asked me to come to Egypt! It’s an honor for me and my family.”

Xavi: “We will be in Egypt for 5 days and then we will see what the future holds.”

Xavi: “I want to transfer the values I’ve learned here to kids all around the world.”

Xavi: “We want kids to have fun with sports but to also learn important human values.”

Xavi: “There is so much to do in Egypt and I would love to make the most of my trip there.”

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Barça players with most successful dribbles this season:
Messi 79,
Neymar 29,
Iniesta 24,
Pedro 11,
Alba 11
Suarez 8,
Mathieu 7

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International break is here. No club games for 2 weeks, but there will be some very good international games over the next couple of weeks:

12th November
-Netherlands vs Mexico
-Turkey vs Brazil
-Argentina vs Croatia.
-Belgium vs Iceland

13th November
-Uruguay vs Costa Rica

14th November
-Germany vs Gibraltar.
-USA vs Colombia
-Chile vs Venezuela

15th November
-Spain vs Belarus
-England vs Slovenia

16th November
-Belgium vs Wales.
-Italy vs Croatia

18th November
-Spain vs Germany
-France vs Sweden
-Portugal vs Argentina
-Austria vs Brazil

19th November
-Chile vs Uruguay

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Mixed notices November 10

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In the upcoming week Luis Enrique will be without 13 of his players due to international matches. Furthermore 4 players from Barca B will also be away this week.

There will be training sessions this week from Tuesday to Friday at 11:00 CET at Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper. Next week the players will be back in training on Tuesday, November 17, 11:00 CET. After that will the players return from international duties little by little and rejoin the group to prepare the next match in La Liga on Saturday November 22, at 20:00 CET, in Camp Nou.

Ten players will stay in Barcelona. Andres Iniesta and Jeremy Mathieu, both with calf injuries, will continue with their rehab.

Sergi Roberto will not travel with the U21 team due to a right adductor injury. The other players who will stay in Barcelona are Masip, Montoya, Douglas, Adriano, Alves, Vermaelen and Xavi.

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FC Barcelona has now 9 different goal scorers this season in all competitions. Jordi Alba scored his first goal this season and joins a list led by Neymar (12 goals), followed by Messi (11), Sandro (3), Rakitic (2), Xavi, Pedro, Piqué and Munir (1 each). Together they have 33 goals between La Liga and the Champions League.

It was Alba’s 6th career goal for Barça. 4 of them have come in the final 15 minutes of the match.

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In the match against Almeria it was the first time that Barça did not receive a card this season in La Liga. They also did not see any cards in their match versus Apoel at the Camp Nou in this season’s Champions League.

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10+ goals for FC Barcelona in the first 11 La Liga rounds (last 50 seasons): Ré, Krankl, Stoichkov, Romario, Ronaldo, Eto’o, Messi and Neymar

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Some cool stats

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Alba had scored for Valencia away Vs Almeria in 2011. Coincidentally that goal was scored at the 82th minute, same as his goal yesterday

4 of Alba’s 6 goals with Barcelona came after the 80th minute!

Alba scored his 6th goal with Barcelona, equalling his tally with Valencia

Barça’s last 3 Liga goals were all assisted by SUAREZ

Barça players with most key passes per 90 minutes in La Liga this season:
Suarez 4, Messi 3, Xavi 3, Adriano 2.3, Iniesta 1.8

Suarez gives on average 1 assist every 68 minutes in La Liga, more than any other player in the top5 leagues this season

Neymar is the only player under 23 years with more than 7 goals in the top5 leagues this season (10 goals)

Most headers by Barça players in La Liga this season:
Messi 9, Neymar 8, Piqué 4, Munir 3, Bartra 3, Rakitic 2

Neymar is the 2nd yougest player in the history of Barcelona to score 10+ goals in the first 11 Liga rounds, the yougest is Ronaldo

Puyol’s last goal ever was assisted by Messi. Another award for Leo.

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Mixed notices after Almeria-Barca 1-2

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The match between Almeria and FC Barcelona enedn with a win for Barca 1-2.

Goal scorer for Almeria: 1-0 Thievy (min 37)

Goal scorers for Barca: 1-1 Neymar (min 73) and Alba 1-2 (min 82)

Luis Suarez assisted to both Barca goals.

Barca had the possession during the match with 70% to 30% for Almeria.

Luis Suarez has given the assist for all 3 goals Barca scored in the Liga since the Uruguayan made his debut for the club.

Luis Enrique: “Worst game of the season. Second half was a bit better, but more because of the players’ desire than because of our game.”

Luis Enrique: “I don’t know what happened in the first half. The result is the best thing, but the goals won’t hide the things we did wrong”

Luis Enrique: “It’s clear we have to improve things, hope we can do it soon. But to win trophies, you also have to win bad games, crucial.”

Marc Bartra: “Obviously we’re happy with the win, it’s important.”

Marc Bartra: “We’re not having the same luck at the beginning of the season, now costs more, it is important that we are creating chances and being able to win.”

Marc Bartra: “All games are important, especially away from home. Having choices is important to help out on the table. ”

Marc Bartra: “The important thing is that we will gradually better. We are defending more pressing and showing what we want. ”

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FC Barcelona startin lineup against Almeria 16:00 CET

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FC Barcelona starting lineup against Almeria:

Bravo
Adriano, Bartra, Mascherano, Alba
Rakitic, Sergio, Rafinha
Munir, Messi, Pedro

Substitutes:Ter Stegen, Montoya, Piqué, Xavi, Suárez, Neymar and Dani Alves.

Masip and Douglas will see the match from the stands

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Mixed notices November 8

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FC Barcelona had Friday afternoon their final training session before today’s match against Almeria at 16:00 CET.

Andres Iniesta and Jeremy Mathieu had physiotherapy, Sergi Roberto trained on the pitch, but apart from the group and Vermaelen did specific work.

The squad for today’s match looks as follows: Ter Stegen, Bravo, Masip, Montoya, Piqué, Rakitic, Sergio, Xavi, Pedro, Suárez, Messi, Neymar, Rafinha, Mascherano, Bartra, Douglas, Jordi Alba, Adriano, Dani Alves and Munir.

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Luis Enrique: “Piqué not playing? That has nothing to do with the fact that he used the mobile phone on the bench.”

Luis Enrique: “Bartra? Like all centre backs, he adds different things. I’m happy to have all of them.”

Luis Enrique: “None of my players has showed a bad attitude since I’m here, nor in training neither in games. I’m happy about that.”

Luis Enrique: “About Vermaelen? There’s nothing new to announce. My previous answers about him from the last two months are still valid…”

Luis Enrique: “Del Bosque calling more players from Barça than from Madrid? I guess that means that we are maybe not that bad after all…”

Luis Enrique: “Playing with Busquets-Mascherano? I’ve never played before with two defensive midfielders and it’s nothing I’m considering to do at the moment”

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Saturday, November 8 at 18:00 CET FC Barcelona B will meet Betis away at Benito Villamarin. Note that last season Betis played in La Liga.

Eusebio has named 18 players in the Barca B squad: Ondoa, A. Ortolá, Grimaldo, Patric, Samper, Adama, Pol Calvet, Dongou, Joan Román, Bicho, Macky, Gumbau, Cámara, Maxi Rolón, Sandro, D. Diagne, Halilovic and R. Costa.

Not listed due to technical decision are: Campins, Ié, Babunski, Juste, Lucas and Suarez. Munir is with the first team.

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Lionel Messi has so far this season for FC Barcelona
> 14 appearances
>11 scored goals
> 9 assists

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Mixed notices November 7

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The players had to spend the night in Holland. The plane that should carry the team back to Barcelona had motor problems.

After returning to Barcelona from Amsterdam, have Barca had a training session. All available players from the first team and Munir from Barca B were participating in the session.

Luis Suarez and Thomas Vermaelen made specific work, while Andres Iniesta, Sergi Roberto and Jeremy Mathieu had physiotherapy.

Next training will be today, Friday. This will be the last training before travelling to Almeria and estadio Juegos del Mediterranio, where they will play Saturday at 16:00 CET (20:30 IST, 20:45 NPT) against Almeria in the 11th round of La Liga.

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Messi has for Barcelona since the birth of his son Thiago, a little more than 2 years ago:
95 appearances, 95 goals, 32 assists

It was also Lionel Messi’s 50th win in Champions League last night. (He has also 27 draws an 13 losses)

Lionel Messi’s second goal against Ajax was FC Barcelona’s 1000th goal in European competitions.

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Sliding in like the striker he is, in the Amsterdam Arena Leo Messi scored his 71st goal in the Champions’ League thus equaling Raúl González’s previous record. The goal against Ajax was Messi’s 52nd from inside the box (excluding penalties), his 31st away from home and his 59th with his left foot.

From his first goal in the competition against Panathinaikos in 2005 to his most recent against Ajax, the man who has assisted Messi most is Andrés Iniesta with 9, followed by Dani Alves with 7 and Xavi Hernández with 6. His preferred victim has been AC Milan against whom he has scored 8 times, followed by Arsenal, Ajax and Bayer Leverkusen who have all conceded on 6 occasions to the Argentine superstar.

This record has been achieved wearing only the Barça shirt in just 90 matches.

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Mixed notices after Ajax-Barca 0-2

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The match between Ajax and FC Barcelona ended with a win for Barca with 0-2.

Lionel Messi scored both Barca’s goal, 0-1 in first half (assist Bartra) and 0-2 in the second half (assist Pedro). He has now equalled Raul’s record over scored goals in Champions League with 71 goals .

Messi needed 90 games to score 71 CL goals, while co-record holder Raul needed 142 games

Lionel Messi has now been directly involved in 90 goals in 90 Champions League games: 71 goals, 19 assists

Marc Andre Ter Stegen kept a clean sheet in the match against Ajax in Champions League’s group stage round 4.

Seven (7) teams are already qualified for the knock-out stage of this season’s Champions League: FC Barcelona, Bayern München, Dortmund, Real Madrid, Porto, PSG, Shakhtar

Barca had the overall possession during the match with 61% against Ajax 39%
Barca got 4 corner, Ajax 1
Barca got 3 yellow cards, Ajax 4 yellow, 1 double yellow->1 red

Luis Enrique: “Pique not playing is a punishment? No, not at all. I don’t feel the need to punish anyone.”

Luis Enrique: “It’s clear we can improve things, but we played a serious and complete game. The attitude of the players was again great.”

Luis Enrique: “Messi is the best player I’ve seen in my life.”

Xavi: “Happy with Messi getting the record. For all he does for the team. For being the number one.”

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FC Barcelona’s starting lineup against Ajax, tonight 20:45 CET

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FC Barcelona starting lineup against Ajax in round 4 in the group stage of Champions League :
Ter Stegen
Alves, Bartra, Mascherano, Alba
Xavi, Sergio, Rakitic
Suarez, Messi, Neymar

Subtitutes: Bravo, Pique, Pedro, Rafinha, Douglas, Adriano and Munir.

Masip and Montoya will watch the game from the stands.

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Mixed notices before Ajax-Barca November 5, 20:25 CET

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Luis Enrique: “At Barça, there is always pressure. That is something we are used to and we know it.”

Luis Enrique: “I see the players very calm. Our goal is to dominate the game in all phases.”

Luis Enrique: “I don’t know if we will return to calmness if we win tomorrow. I’m not thinking about that.”

Luis Enrique: “We have a clear philosophy. I won’t change for a bad result. We want to control the game, but also want to be unpredictable.”

Luis Enrique: “If De Boer could be Barça coach? He’s winning trophies, knows the club. I think it’d be logical if he’d be Barça coach one day.”

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Suarez: “I really love Ajax and Amsterdam. I’ll always be grateful to them.”

Suarez: “Celebrate my first Barcelona goal? We’ll see. I don’t have anything special.”

Suarez: “If I score a goal tomorrow, I would like to celebrate, but I won’t out of respect for Ajax.”

Suarez: “I’m playing for the club I always wanted to play for. I just want to play well tomorrow.”

Suarez: “We’re going to find a tough and brave Ajax tomorrow. We have to remember that Ajax beat us last season.”

Suarez: “I can play in all three positions up front. At Liverpool, I played many games from the left or the right.”

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Capello: “Barça’s going through a delicate time because Suárez comes in and everyone thinks he’ll score 5 goals and yet they lost twice.”

Capello: “You have to give Suárez time. Luis Enrique also, to the find the best system. The defense is the problem.”

Capello: “Surely, Suárez will play ’9′ role and Messi the playmaker. They must change the system a little, like Ancelotti did.”

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Camp Nou will host the French rugby final in June 2016. The Top 14 final will be played o friday June 24. This will be the first time ever that Camp Nou has been used to host a sport different to football.

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Mixed notices November 4

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Luis Enrique has named 20 players for the trip to Amsterdam and the match in Champions League against Ajax on Wednesday 20:45 CET.

Not included are Iniesta, Mathieu, Vermaelen and now also Sergi Roberto due to various kind of injuries. Sergi Roberto has a groin strain and is therefore not included in the squad.

The squad looks as follows:
Ter Stegen, Bravo, Masip, Montoya, Pique, Rakitic, Sergio, Xavi, Pedro, Suarez, Messi, Neymar, Rafinha, Mascherano, Bartra, Douglas, Alba, Adriano, Alves and Munir.

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When did third loss occur for Barca’s 5 latest managers?
> Luis Enrique in the 13th game
> Tata Martino in the 36th game
> Tito Vilanova in the 33th game
> Pep Guardiola in the 24th game
> Frank Rijkaard in the 15th game

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Sergio Busquets: This has only just started. There is still a long season ahead.

Sergio Busquets: It has been a bad week. Just a week ago we were the leader, now we are not. I hope we can turn this around, that’s what we all in the squad wants.

Sergio Busquets: We always are self-critical, whether we win or lose. To improve we must keep working, there is nothing else we can do.

Sergio Busquets: I remember last season when Ajax won in Amsterdam by 2-1, I hope this doesn’t happen again.

Sergio Busquets: I had a groin injury, but I’m fine just now. In prevention I’m doing some special exercises.

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The last time Barça were 4th or below in La Liga after 10 rounds was in 2005/06. They won the league in that season.

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Mixed notices November 03

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Focus on today’s training session were preparation for the visit to Amsterdam and the match against Ajax in Champions League on Wednesday. Luis Enrique had all available first team players participating in this session.

Jordi Alba, Jeremy Mathieu, Rafinha and Thomas Vermaelen did specific work. Andres Iniesta continued with his recovery program.

Jeremy Mathieu will be sidelined for 2-3 weeks after a soleus injury in his right calf. He will definitely not travel to Amsterdam and Almeria this week and he will probably not play with France during the upcoming break. There is a chance that Mathieu will be available to the match against Sevilla on November 22.

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First team schedule for the upcoming week:

Monday 3
11.00 CET: Training at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper

Tuesday 4
10:15 CET: Training at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper for players NOT named in the squad
19:00 CET: Training in Amsterdam Arena

Wednesday 5
11:00 CET: Training at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper for players NOT named in the squad
20:45 CET: Match at Amsterdam Arena. Ajax – FC Barcelona in Champions League

Thursday 6
12:00 CET: Training at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper

Friday 7
17:30 CET: Training at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper

Saturday 8
11:00 CET: Training at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper for players NOT named in squad
16:00 CET: Match at Estadio de los Juegos Mediterráneos. Almería – FC Barcelona in La Liga.

Sunday 9
DAY OFF

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Suarez: “Football is sometimes unjust. When the ball doesn’t want to go in, it doesn’t go in. Now it’s time for us to get up.”

Suarez: “People should continue to have faith, the players are the first who want to change the situation. Focus is on Ajax game now.”

Mixed notices after Barca-Celta Vigo 0-1

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The match ended with a defeat for FC Barcelona against Celta Vigo by 0-1. This was the first in La Liga loss at home in Camp Nou since February 1, 2014 against Valencia (2-3).

Barca had the possession during the game with 66% to 34%.

This was Celta Vigo’s first away win against FC Barcelona in 73 years.

This was also the first time in 57 La Liga matches that Barca have failed to score at home.

Previous time Barcelona lost 2 consecutive Liga games was in May 2009

Mascherano: “We couldn’t develop our game today and that’s troubling but we have to lift our heads”

Mascherano: “We have a very important game in the Champions League. The season is very long.”

Mascherano: “From the outside, it’s believed that we’re doing everything wrong but that’s not the case. There are always ups and downs.”

Luis Enrique: “I preferred to have more control, but against this Celta you could expect a game like this.”

Luis Enrique: “Many things can be better but the team kept on fighting until the end. We had enough chances, but ball didn’t want to go in.”

Luis Enrique: “There’s an interesting week coming up. Hunting season is open…”

Luis Enrique: “We don’t feel more comfortable without than with the ball, we train to have possession and dominate the game.”

Luis Enrique: “Tomorrow, Sunday, is training and start preparation for the match against Ajax”.

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FC Barcelona’s lineup against Celta Vigo

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FC Barcelona starting lineup against Celta Vigo:
Bravo,
Alves, Mascherano, Mathieu, Alba
Rakitic, Sergio, Rafinha
Suarez, Messi, Neymar

Substitutes:
Ter Stegen, Bartra, Xavi, Pedro, S Roberto, Adriano and Munir

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Squad for tonight’s match against Celta Vigo 20:00CET

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Tonight it’s time for match i La Liga’s 10th round. FC Barcelona will receive Luis Enrique’s former club Celta Vigo at Camp Nou 20:00 CET.

FC Barcelona’s squad to tonight’s game looks as follows:
Ter Stegen, Bravo, Rakitic, Sergio, Xavi, Pedro, Suárez, Neymar, Rafinha, Mascherano, Messi, Bartra, Alba, S. Roberto, Adriano, Dani Alves, Mathieu and Munir.

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Mixed notices November 1

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All available players in the first team and Munir from Barca B worked out this Friday morning. It was a preparation session before tomorrow’s game against Celta Vigo at Camp Nou 20:00 CET.

Douglas trained normally with group while Andres Iniesta continued with Physiotherapy and Vermaelen did specific work.

There will be a final training session Saturday morning. At the same time the squad will be announced.

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Luis Enrique: The game against Celta has been the most special to prepare for

Luis Enrique: Celta is a team that work a lot. They are an attractive and dangerous team. They have not lost any match this season.

Luis Enrique: It hasn’t been difficult to pick the side up after the Clasico. Defeats hurt, but we know the season will be tough

Luis Enrique: There are mistakes in every game. I look at wins and defeats in the same way

Luis Enrique: I like the feeling that the players are prepared for the game. That’s why I name the team 90mins before

Luis Enrique: Pique with a cell phone on the bench during the Catalan Supercup? I will watch the images and decide what to do.

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Barca B receives Sporting Gijon on Saturday 18:00 CET in Miniestadi. It’s a match in the 11th round in Segunda B. Notable is that both Sandro and Samper are back with Barca B for this match.

The Barça B squad looks as follows: Ondoa, Ortolá, Grimaldo, Edgar Ié, Samper, Adama, Pol Calvet, Dongou, Joan Román, Macky, Gumbau, Cámara, Maxi Rolón, Sandro, Diagne, Lucas, Halilovic and Costa.

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Messi has lost only 50 of his 437 official appearances with Barcelona. Most defeats is against Real Madrid with 9.

Messi’s 50 defeats with Barcelona:
- 38 against Spanish clubs
- 12 against non-Spanish clubs

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Mixed notices October 31

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Thursday’s training was fully focused on next game in La Liga. On Saturday November 1 at 20:00 CET will FC Barcelona receive Celta Vigo at Camp Nou.

All available players were participating. Douglas trained with the group, but he has not got medical ok yet. Vermaelen continued with his specific work and Andres Iniesta had physical therapy.

From Barca B were Sandro Ramirez and Munir el Haddadi taking part.

Next training is today, Friday morning. After that will Luis Enrique appear in the usual press conference the day before match.

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Luis Enrique after the win in Supercopa Catalunya yesterday night.

Luis Enrique: The team was in absolute control of the game

Luis Enrique: These kind of matches helps the players into the rhythm of playing games. It’s also becoming more important to the team

Luis Enrique: When Luis Suarez played he made a difference to the game and like the rest of the squad he showed mobility and eagerness.

Luis Enrique: I took this match very seriously, like any other match where there is a title at stake. It was also a opportunity to observe that the players have clearly forgotten the situation last week. Now the focus is the game against Celta on Saturday.

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Marc Bartra: It was not like a friendly match, we came to win the competition.

Marc Bartra: I had a chance on goal in the first half, but I was fouled. I think it should have been a red card for the opponents. But this are just anecdotes right now.

Marc Bartra: I’m happy to help the team as much as I can.

Sergi Samper: In the first half we had more rhythm and we also controlled the ball better.

Sergi Samper: We all knew that Luis Enrique watches al Barca B’s matches and he analyses us in depth. We try to do the best of all possibilities that we get.

Sergi Samper: Nothing was changed. It’s the same playing style as in Barca B, so I felt very comfortable.

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Laporta: “I don’t exclude the possibility to stand for election again”

Laporta: “We had a high responsibility and fortunately there is a judge that gave us the reason. Today is a great day for Barça. You cannot develop the best team in the history without enough resources to attend a squad with Messi, Piqué, Iniesta, Abidal… The social peace depends on who manages the power,”

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FC Barcelona have met Celta Vigo in 110 official games. Barca notes 62 wins, 26 draws and 22 losses.

Against Celta Vigo has FC Barcelona scored 237 goals and conceded 122. Furthermore they have kept 38 clean sheets.

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Mixed notices October 30

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Alex Song is currently playing on loan in West Ham United in BPL.

Song: “My family is happy, I’ve always said if I move from Barça, I’ll come to England and my future is here anyway.”

Song: “I just want to enjoy playing at the moment and we’ll see what is happening at the end of the season”

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This Monday some of the Barca players had the possibility to try the new release of FIFA 15.

In the four on four virtual clash competed Alves, Messi, Neymar and Munir against Pique, Rakitic, Barta and Alba.

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Barcelona, who will have to play two games at 12pm on Sunday this season, would want to play at least one of those games at Camp Nou.

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Luis Suarez is the first Golden Boot winner since 2002 (Mario Jardel) to not be among the nominees for the Ballon d’Or.

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Yesterday, October 29, it was 12 years since Andres Iniesta made his debut with FC Barcelona’s first team. It was in a match in Champions League against Bruges in Belgium. Van Gaal’s Barca won the match that evening and Iniesta made an excellent impression.

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Mixed notices October 29

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The second training session this week was held at Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper pitch 2. The main focus was on Wednesday’s match against Espanyol in the final of Catalan Super Cup, although of course was also the next weekend’s match in La Liga against Celta Vigo on many minds.

As yesterday, Andres Iniesta did Physiotherapy. Messi, Neymar, Vermaelen and Douglas continued with specific work. Adriano trained normally with the group. From Barca B participated Munir el Haddadi.

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There are 23 players nominated to FIFA Ballon D’or (the Golden Ball) 2014. Among them are four players from FC Barcelona; Andres Iniesta, Lionel Messi, Neymar Jr and Javier Mascherano.

The complete list looks as follows:
Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema, Diego Costa, Thibaut Courtois, Cristiano Ronaldo, Angel Di Maria, Mario Goetze, Eden Hazard, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Andres Iniesta, Toni Kroos, Philipp Lahm, Javier Mascherano, Lionel Messi, Thomas Mueller, Manuel Neuer, Neymar, Paul Pogba, Sergio Ramos, Arjen Robben, James Rodriguez, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Yaya Toure.

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At the LFP gala Monday night the following players, currently playing in FC Barcelona, was awarded:

Ivan Rakitic , then at Sevilla, won the “Fair Play” award of La Liga 2013-14

Rafinha was awarded as bet breakthrough player last season, when he played in Celta Vigo.

The award for best attacking midfielder last season went to Andres Iniesta.

Jean Marie Dongou got the award for “Best African player” in Liga Adelante last season.

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Luis Enrique: “I assume all the responsibility of el Clásico’s defeat. The players were full motivated.”

Luis Enrique: “We are working hard to revert the kind of situations that can make us lose.”

Luis Enrique: “I’m not worried about the defense performance.”

Luis Enrique: “Luis Suarez played very good against Madrid, but we still have to work hard on his positional play.”

Luis Enrique: “Suarez not among 23 nominees for Ballon d’Or? I don’t draw up that list, I don’t vote, so I won’t comment…”

Luis Enrique: “What’s the goal? To win the title at the end of the season or to win against Madrid? It’s obvious, isn’t it?”

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Luis Suarez, who last season played 33 games, scored 31 goals, made 12 assists and was awarded with both Premier League Golden Boot and European Golden Shoe, has not been nominated for the 2014 FIFA Ballon D’Or award.

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Mixed notices October 28

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On Monday the team was back work. The team, coached by Luis Enrique, trained on field number 2 at Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper. Adriano trained with the group, despite not having medical ok yet. From Barca B participated Munir.

Messi, Neymar, Douglas and Vermaelen trained individually. Andres Iniesta, who got injured in Saturday’s match, did physical therapy.

The training session was closely followed by the Technical Director of Football, Andoni Zubizarreta.

Next training is today, Tuesday.

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Mathieu: “I was surprised that I played left back against Madrid, but the coach decides.”

Mathieu: “I think I’m at the peak of my career now, playing at Barça and in the France selection. Before, I watched the Clasico on TV, now I play the game.”

Mathieu: “It would be a shame if Luis Suarez played on the wing. He’s a natural striker.”

Mathieu: “On this team, there’s no doubt what we can do. We have great players.”

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Rakitic: I believe that Luis Enrique has very clear ideas and he prepare every detail.

Rakitic: All need to do well so that the car goes.

Rakitic: It’s a dream that come true to wear this shirt, a marvellous feeling.

Rakitic: I want to learn from players like Xavi, Iniesta and Sergio both as player and as people.

Rakitic: You can show your potential when you feel happy and at home. I have felt so since I arrived to FC Barcelona and my first day there.

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Mixed notices October 27

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Andoni Zubizarreta: We were so close to 0-2, but unfortunately that was not to happen. Sure had Real Madrid potential, but 0-2 would have meant a lot to us. We had really good control of the game.

Andoni Zubizarreta: The loss suffered is by our team, not only by our 3 midfielders. He believes that is a decision from the referee that is not to question. Unfortunately, we did some hefty mistakes and it cost us the game.

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Player ratings from the fans has come and they are higher than expected, in my opinion:
Bravo 5.2 – Mascherano 6.1 – Pique 2.2 – Alves 3.0 – Mathieu 3.7 – Busquets 2.9 – Xavi 3.7 – Iniesta 3.3 – Messi 3.4 – Suarez 4.3 – Neymar 5.3- substitutes were Pedro 2.8 -Rakitic 3.2 – Roberto 2.8.

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It’s confirmed this morning that Andres Iniesta has an injures injury in his right calf (soleus). When he could return to training with the group will the development determine. Some sources says that he will be out for at least two weeks.

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Schedule for the upcoming week:
Monday 27
11.00 CET: Training at Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper.

Tuesday 28

11.00 CET: Training at Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper.

Wednesday 29
21.30 CET: Catalan Super Cup Final. FC Barcelona – RCD Espanyol.

Thursday 30
11.00 CET: Training at Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper.

Friday 31
11.00 CET: Training at Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper.

Saturday 1
11.00 CET: Training at Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper.
20.00 CET: La Liga match in round 10 at Camp Nou. FC Barçelona – Celta Vigo.

Sunday 2
11.00 CET: Training at Ciutat Esportiva

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Mixed notes after el Clasico

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Luis Enrique: “We had good spells, but we made mistakes we should now analyze. Madrid played very good and they won deservedly.”

Luis Enrique: “I don’t regret that I let Luis Suarez start. He’s with the squad from the start, he did well, better than I expected.”

Luis Enrique: “Defeats are part of football and of the learning process. We will have to wait and see at the end of the season if we deserved something.”

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Pique: “We started well, we could go 2-0 up, then came my handball, it was unintentional. In the end, they deserved the win after the second half.”

Pique: “Suarez starting? He was available, so he could start. The coach decided to let him start, I think he did it well.

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Iniesta was subbed off in the second half with calf discomfort. He was replaced by Sergi Roberto.

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Claudio Bravo leaves La Liga clean sheet record at 754 minutes.

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Suarez: “I heard that I would start during the tactical chat about 2 hours before the game. I felt good, but I was also aware that I couldn’t yet play 90 minutes”

Suarez: “This group have gone through worse things. We’re still leaders and we’ll keep on working hard.”

Bravo: “We started well, we were in control, but we lost that after the 1-1 and certainly in second half. Personally, I felt good.”

Xavi: “Think the first half was ours, the second theirs. They got that 2-1 from a corner and from then on they could play counterattack.”

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Real Madrid – FC Barcelona 3-1

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El Clasico between Real Madrid and FC Barcelona at Santiago Bernabeu ended 3-1. This was the first loss for Barca this season in La Liga.

Goal scorers were:
0-1 Neymar in minute 3
1-1 Ronaldo on penalty in minute 34
2-1 Pepe in minute 48
3-1 Benzema in minute 59

Neymar’s goal is Barcelona’s fastest goal in a Liga Clasicos since Luis Enrique’s goal in 1999

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Barca starting lineup in el Clasico against Real Madrid 18:00 CET

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FC Barcelona starting lineup:
Bravo
Alves Pique Mascherano Mathieu
Xavi Busquets Iniesta
SUAREZ Messi Neymar

Substitutes:
Ter Stegen, Rakitic, Pedro, Bartra, Alba, Sergi Roberto and Munir

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The squad for tonight’s match in el Clasico 18:00 CET

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Luis Enrique will take 18 players to Madrid and Santiago Bernabeu for el Clasico against Real Madrid tonight 18:00 CET. At 10:15 CET this morning the plane taking FC Barcelona to Madrid has taken off. The flight will take about an hour.

This is the first time Luis Suarez is included in a squad to an official match with FC Barcelona.

Sergio Busquets has got medical ok and is named for the squad, but there were no place for Masip, Vermaelen, Montoya, Rafinha and Sandro. Douglas and Adriano who both are still injured will also miss the trip to Madrid.

The squad will then looks as follows:
Ter Stegen, Bravo, Dani Alves, Piqué, Mascherano, Bartra, Mathieu, Jordi Alba, Sergio, Xavi, Iniesta, Sergi Roberto, Rakitic, Neymar Jr, Munir, Pedro, Messi and Suárez.

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Mixed notices before el Clasico tonight 18:00 CET

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Luis Enrique: “I can’t tell you if Luis Suárez will be starter or not, but he will for sure play some minutes”

Luis Enrique: “We want to control the match until we have a chance to attack. We need the ball”

Luis Enrique: “Sergio Busquets is ok. He trained with the group and is available to play”

Luis Enrique: “I see that the players are motivated to get the victory at Bernabéu”

Luis Enrique: “Are Madrid complaining about the kick-off time? I agree, there should be more games played at the same time. I would also prefer to play later in the evening.”

Luis Enrique: “I like Ancelotti, I have a lot of respect for him. That’s all.”

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There has been much talk of Lionel Messi’s assists to goals that clearly has increased, but there is nothing new and statistics shows that clearly. It is probably a fact that the extreme number of goals that Lionel has scored has made that his lot of assists have been a bit neglected. Lionel has made 12 assists in 28 El Clásico to no less than eight different goal scorers: Samuel Etóo, Thierry Henry, David Villa, Andres Iniesta, Alexis Sanchez, Eric Abidal, Pedro Rodriguez and Cesc Fabregas. The first assist went to Samuel Etóo November 19, 2005, when Lionel was only 18 years old.

Most assists have gone to David Villa with 3 . Of these, two at 5-0 victory at the Nou Camp season 10/11 and the 3rd came in the Bernabeu in 2011, during the first match of Supercopa Espana.

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Mathieu: “Messi is a modest, simple guy. Great players can become arrogant after winning everything, but with Leo it’s just the opposite.”

Mathieu: “Suarez can do great things, and that’s why he joined. You can feel in training That he’s very motivated, he can’t wait to start.”

Mathieu: “At my age I could only say yes to Barça. I had accepted that I’d stay at Valencia. At 30, you don’t think that Barça will come for you”

Mathieu: “There was a lot of criticism because of my age and the transfer fee, but I feel I’m changing people’s opinion bit by bit.”

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Luis Enrique Martinez makes his first El Clasico as FC Barcelona’s coach on Saturday 18.00 CET. It is a training debut, but it is an arena, he is very familiar with after playing for Real Madrid between 1991 and 1995, most recent visit as coach at the Bernabeu was in January this year with Celta Vigo. Our 10 latest trainers debuts at the Bernabeu has finished with 4 wins and 2 draws and 4 losses.

Gerardo Martino, last season, took a very memorable 3-4 victory after hat trick from Messi. Josep Guardiola’s debut is unforgettable, 2-6 is deeply ingrained in our memories. Frank Rijkaard began with a 1-2 victory of the season 03/04. Points to take home got both Radomir Antic (1-1) and Llorenc Serra Ferrer (2-2).

Then we have Tito Vilanova with 2-1 loss and also the following coaches went home without points: Carles Rexach 2-0, Bobby Robson 2-0 and Johan Cruyff 3-2.

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Mixed notices October 24 – the day before el Clasico

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The preparations before Saturday’s game against Real Madrid at Santiago Bernabeu in el Clasico continues. Today’s training saw all available first team players and three players from Barca B participating under Luis Enrique’s command.

Adriano trains on the pitch but still apart from the group. Douglas and Vermaelen continued with their specific work.

Sergio Busquets trained normally with the group despite not having got medical ok yet. From Barca B participated Munir, Sandro and Samper.

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Dani Alves has spoken to ” El Marcador ” in BarcaTV.

Dani Alves: We players live for one reason and that is for the big matches such as El Clasico.

Dani Alves: What would our life as a footballer be worth without these matches? We really need these games, so we know what level we are at.

Dani Alves: I’m not going to sit here and say that we will win on Saturday, but my attitude is positive and I believe in the team. We will show that we are ready for Real Madrid and El Clasico. We certainly need no additional lighter fluid ahead of Saturday’s match.

Dani Alves: For me it’s a great honor to be part of a team that is involved in and play this kind of games. This match is very special for those who play in FC Barcelona’s starting eleven and those who aspire to a place in our starting eleven.

Dani Alves: We have a strong confidence in the team and we work very well with our new coach. Luis Enrique has very clearly spoken about how his ideas and planning looks. It is clear that he is on the right track, then we just get better and better.

Dani Alves: Finally, I want to say that I feel very good with my football life and life in Barcelona. I have not talked to anyone about to leave the club in the summer, it’s just weird rumors from Brazil. My plan is to stay here and continue to fight for a place in the world’s top team.

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According to several sources, both in England and in Spain, is the former FC Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes in Manchester. It’s said that he is going to complete his rehabilitation and train with Manchester United. He has been seen there together with his agent.

Within a few days Victor Valdes will also undergo medical tests and if he passes them he will sign a contract with Manchester United.

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3.4% – 3 of 89 matches between Real Madrid and FC Barcelona in Madrid has finished 0-0.

Lionel Messi has been directly involved in 500 FC Barcelona goals, 363 goals and 137 assists. This is in 34,254 minutes played. It provides that he scored or assists every 68.5 minutes.

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Mixed notices October 23

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FC Barcelona has trained on Wednesday morning with their minds on Saturday’s match against Real Madrid. Sergio Busquets was among the team despite not having medical ok. He was not playing last night due to a hip injury.

Adriano exercised apart from the others on the pitch. Douglas and Vermaelen continued with their rehab programmes.

This training gave the players the first chance to exercise with this season’s “winter balls”, which will be used from next weekend.

From Barca B participated Munir, Sandro, Samper, Gumbau, Adama and Diagne in this training session. The aim for the team and Luis Enrique is that they are in absolute peak condition for the trip to Santiago Bernabeu and Real Madrid this Saturday.

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Both Messi and Neymar have scored in each of Barca’s last five games. Together they have scored 13 goals in these matches. Both players found the net yesterday against Ajax.

This season, so far, has Neymar scored 10 goals and Messi 9 goals in FC Barcelona.

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Pedro: “Some of the things that have been said about me have annoyed me. I feel good, just need that goal.”

Pedro: “I missed a training with permission of club due to a personal issue. The things that have been said (fatigue problem) are not true.”

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Xavi Hernandez and Sergio Garcia presented the Catalan Super Cup in which FC Barcelona will meet Espanyol on Wednesday October 29, 21:30 CET in Montilivi Stadium in Girona. It will be a derby and a final, and it’s those kind of matches you always want to play and win, said Xavi. It will be a fine show, with plenty of fair play as we all enjoy this celebration of Catalan football, said Xavi further.

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Mixed notices after FC Barcelona – Ajax 3-1

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The match between FC Barcelona and Ajax ended 3 – 1.
Goals:
Neymar (Assist: Messi) 7′
Messi (Iniesta) 24′
Sandro (Rafinha) 92′

Group F standing after 3 rounds
1- PSG 7pts
2- Barcelona 6pts
3- Ajax 2pts
4- Apoel 1pt

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Messi: “Subbed off? If the coach makes that decision, that’s fine, he’s in charge. The main thing is the team.”

Messi: “Breaking Zarra’s record on Saturday? That’s just a side issue, the main objective is to win.”

Messi: “We’re really looking forward to Luis joining us up front. He’ll add a lot, he’s an impressive player, a real goalscorer.”

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Luis Enrique: “Mascherano played again a great game. He’s performing really well, both as centre back and as midfielder.”

Luis Enrique: “I think Busquets will be able to play on Saturday, but we’ll see…”

Luis Enrique: “Pique to start against Madrid? He can play, start on the bench or he can be in the stands, like all of the players. For me, he’s doing well”

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Ter Stegen: “Confident passing game? It’s up to the people to decide, I try to do my best. I hope to keep on playing and making progress.”

Ter Stegen: “If I also will play the Spanish Cup, besides Champions League? Coach haven’t said anything, of course I want to play as much as possible.”

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FC Barcelona starting lineup against Ajax

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FC Barcelona’s starting lineup against Ajax looks as follows:
Ter Stegen
Alves, Bartra, Pique, Alba
Rakitic, Mascherano, Iniesta
Pedro, Messi, Neymar

Substitutes:
Bravo, Montoya, Xavi, Rafinha, Munir, Samper and Sandro

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Mixed notices before Barca-Ajax tonight 20:45 CET

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On Monday’s training had Luis Enrique 20 first team players available ahead of tomorrow’s match against Ajax in Champions League. Douglas and Vermaelen worked apart from the group and Adriano sat out.
Munir, Sandro and Samper from Barca B were also participating in today’s session.

This was the team’s last session before tomorrow’s announcement of the player list for the match. One thing is for sure and that is that Adriano will not be in the list due to his injury in his right adductor.

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Luis Enrique: “We will need a very complete performance to beat Ajax. They are attacking well and last season they beat us”

Luis Enrique: “It seems that Busquets will be ready, but we will see him tomorrow and take a final decision”

Luis Enrique: “About Messi’s no substitution, I will continue doing the same. I speak with my players before making a sub. I trust in them”

Luis Enrique: “Luis Suárez is the most expensive transfer we made this summer, this also means that he will be a very important player”

Luis Enrique: “My line-up against Madrid? I will tell first to Ancelotti, then maybe he tells me Madrid’s XI as well…”

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Neymar: “If we’re seeing a new Neymar this season? Last season was for me a year of adaptation. I feel more at home now, happier.”

Neymar: “Be in the attack with Messi and Suarez? Playing with Leo is an honour, he’s the best in the world. and Suarez is brilliant, we can do great.”

Neymar: “To see Luis Suarez train every day is impressive. He helps us a lot.”

Neymar: “Playing at Barça is like I expected, a dream. I’m happy and I’m enjoying it.”

Neymar: “Which Messi we’ll see in future? That is difficult to say, as he surprises you every day. He’s the best player I’ve ever seen on a football pitch”

Neymar: “Suarez is one of the greatest. He loves football and it’s really hard for him not being able to play. He will score many goals”

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Mixed notices October 20

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On Sunday’s training were all available first team players participating. Sergio, Messi, Neymar, Douglas and Vermaelen did specific work. This session was a preparation before Tuesday’s match against Ajax.

Furthermore was five players from Barca B participating to this session. These players were: Sandro and Munir, who both had minutes in yesterday’s match, and Pol Calvet, David Babunski and Edgar Ié.

This week there will be two matches, Tuesday 20:45 CET against Ajax at Camp Nou in Champions League and Saturday 18:00 CET el Clasico against Real Madrid in Santiago Bernabeu.

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FC Barcelona have:
8 different goal scorers this season:
> Neymar 9
> Messi 8
> Sandro and Rakitic 2
> Pedro, Xavi, Pique and Munir 1

and 8 different players which have provided assists this season:
> Messi 8
> Alves 3
> Busquets 1
> Alba 1
> Iniesta 1
> Pique 1
> Munir 1
> Neymar 1

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Training and match Schedule for the upcoming week:
Monday 20
11.00 CET: Training at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper

Tuesday 21
11.00 CET: Training at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper
20.45 CET: Match at the Camp Nou. FC Barcelona v Ajax in Champions League

Wednesday 22
11.00 CET: Training at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper

Thursday 23
11.00 CET: Training at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper

Friday 24
11.00 CET: Training at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper

Saturday 25
9.30 CET: Training at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper for players not traveling to Madrid
18.00 CET: Match at the Santiago Bernabeu. Real Madrid v FC Barcelona 9th round of La Liga

Sunday 26
DAY OFF

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Mixed notices after Barca-Eibar 3-0

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FC Barcelona defeated Eibar by 3-0 in Camp Nou this evening. The first half ended goalless 0-0.

Goal scorers for Barca were:
1-0 Xavi (Assist: Messi) 60′
2-0 Neymar (Assist: Alves) 72′
3-0 Messi (Assist: Neymar) 74′

Xavi: “It took time to score the first goal, but I think we played a very good game. Happy with the goal? Of course…”

Lionel Messi has now scored 250 goals in La Liga. It’s now ONE goal left to equalize Telomo Zarra’s record of 251 goals in La Liga.
He has also now scored 200 goals in Camp Nou. His goal was FC Barcelona 100th goal this year in all official competitions, 2014.

Neymar has now scored 200 goals for club and country on senior level, furthermore he also has provided 100 assists, all this in official 333 games.

Claudio Bravo has this season played 900 minutes, which is equal to 10 games, for club and country without conceding any goal. In La Liga it’s 8 matches (720 min)and with Chile 2 matches (180 min)

Pedro has now 200 wins with Barcelona:
La Liga 134
Champions Leagua 33
Copa del Rey 22
Spanish Super Cup 5
Clubs World Cup 4
UEFA Super Cup 2

Messi’s 300 wins with Barcelona looks as follows:
La Liga 214
Champions League 48
Copa del Rey 26
Spanish Super Cup 6
Clubs World Cup 4
UEFA Super Cup 2

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FC Barcelona startin lineup against Eibar

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FC Barcelona faces tonight at 20:00 CET in Camp Nou the newcomers Eibar. It’s the first time these team will meet.

FC Barcelona starting lineup:
Bravo
Alves, Pique, Mathieu, Alba
Xavi, Mascherano, Sergi Roberto
Pedro, Messi, Neymar

Substitutes:
Ter Stegen, Rafinha, Bartra, Adriano, Iniesta, Munir and Sandro

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Mixed notices October 18

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Yesterday, Friday, the whole team was participating in the training session except Douglas who did special work. The training started with a large group of possession drill.

In total there were 24 players, including Munir and Sandro, attending to this session. This was a preparation session before today’s match against Eibar at Camp Nou 20:00 CET, but also preparation before the match against Ajax in Champions League on Wednesday 20:45 CET.

Today there will be a final training session and Luis Enrique will announce the player list to the match against Eibar.

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Luis Enrique: “Pedro is at 100% and tomorrow he will be in the starting eleven”

Luis Enrique: “Suarez’s feeling has improved a lot in training. Not sure if he’s at 80, 90 or 100%, but he’s not fat. That’s for sure”.

Luis Enrique: “We are not interested in records and this kind of stuff. We are in winning as a group. Records will come sooner or later”

Luis Enrique: “I haven’t seen any full match of Neymar, Messi and Suarez with their international teams. Only the highlights”

Luis Enrique: “Munir is still a Barça B player. No news about being an official first team player yet”

Luis Enrique: “Vermaelen is training at the same pace than the rest. He needs to improve physically”

Luis Enrique (about Pique’s incident with the police): “He said sorry. He made a mistake. I won’t speak about players personal issues”

Luis Enrique: “Eibar is getting good results away, having changes, they can defend but counter-attack… good on strategy… A brave team.

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Yesterday was the draw to Copa del Rey. FC Barcelona will meet SD Huesca, from the third division, in their first match. The two matches will be played on December 3 and December 17, 2014. Time has to be confirmed. It starts, as always in this stage of the competition, with a away game for Barca and the return will be played at Camp Nou two weeks later.

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According to Spanish media has FC Barcelona decided to give Munir el Haddadi a contract as a first team player. The contract will not be a renewal of an existing one, but it will simply improve the economic conditions. The buyout clause will also increase to 35 million euros.

Munir has currently a contract that is valid until 2017, since he renewed it earlier this year (2014). So far it’s not known when the new contract will be made, but all points to that it will be soon.

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Mixed notices October 17

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Thursdays’s training session was held with the full Barca squad. Today Messi, Mascherano, Neymar, Sergi Roberto, Mathieu, Ter Stegen, Sandro and Munir were back in training after their international duties. That meant that it was the first time the whole team was able to train before the match against Eibar on Saturday in Camp Nou.

Rafinha was attending to the session despite not having medical ok. Douglas worked on his own. From Barca B were Sandro, Munir and Samper participating in this jovial session, where they have plenty of fun with an oversized ball in the first exercise.

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Alba: “It’s normal that people talk about a possible debut of Suarez at Santiago Bernabeu, but the coach will decide. Focus is now first on Eibar, then Ajax”

Alba: “I was at the academy when Messi also played at the youth teams. We could already see then that Leo was a special player.”

Alba: “Mathieu has adapted perfectly. He’s a great player, it has been a great transfer.”
Alba: “Pedro has trained normally since he returned from the international break”.

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Barça’s possible opponents in the Copa del Rey are: Hospitalet, Cornellà, Cádiz, Huesca, Oviedo or Alcoyano.
The draw will be held today, Friday

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Adriano: “When they told me I had heart problem, I thought about Puerta (the Sevilla player who died after heart attack in 2007). Now I’m fine.”

Adriano: “We’re happy with our start, but we want to keep on improving. We know we have to do things differently if we want to win trophies”

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