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Mixed notices October 31

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 […]

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Mixed notices October 30

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 […]

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Mixed notices October 29

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 […]

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Mixed notices October 28

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, […]

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Mixed notices October 27

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 […]

 

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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Mixed notices October 16

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Wednesdays’ training session saw all available first team players. New to this session were Ivan Rakitic and Luis Suarez , they were back from international duty. From Barca B were Sergi Samper and Jean Marie Dongou participating.

Douglas, who got a bruised left foot during the session, made specific work and will miss Saturday’s game against Eibar as a precautionary measure.

Sandro, Munir and Neymar was in the facilities of Ciudad Deportiva, but they were not participating in the training session.

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Most national team goals (current squad):
Messi 44
Suarez 42
Neymar 40
Pedro 15
Xavi 12
Iniesta 12
Rakitic 9

The competition between the top three to reach 50 goals is going on……

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Alves: “My contract expires? I’m not worried. And I will continue to compete as always. If in the end something negative happens, that’s life…”

Alves: “Suarez is a beast, I’m sure he’s ready. I’m, as much as he is, looking forward to his debut, so he can feel like a player again”

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LFP have yesterday, Wednesday, announced their three candidates for La Liga’s ‘Best Midfielder of 2013/14′ award. The candidates are:
> Atlético Madrid’s Gabi,
> Real Madrid’s Luka Modrić
> Barcelona’s Sergio Busquets.

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Eibar is the team that beat Real Sociedad, drew to Athletic Bilbao and Villareal, and lost by only one goal to Atletico Madrid.

This team is a newly promoted team, but they have some serious footballing spirit.

They are not to be taken lightly at all.

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Luis Suarez is handed the Golden Boot by Kenny Dalgish: “What a beautiful moment.”

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Mixed notices October 15

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On Tuesday’s training were seven players back after international duty with their selections. Vermaelen and Rafinha both trained normally, although the latter has not got medical ok yet.

The participating players were: Masip, Alves, Montoya, Douglas, Adriano, Xavi, Pique, Bartra, Alba, Sergio, Iniesta, Pedro, Bravo, Vermaelen and Rafinha. From Barca B participated Diagne and Samper plus the U19 keeper Onana.

Next training is today, Wednesday, at 11:00CET.

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Neymar and Brazil defeated Japan with 0-4. Neymar scored ALL Brazil’s goals.
0-1 min 18, 0-2 min 48, 0-3 min 77, 0-4 min 81
Neymar has now scored 40 goals and made 23 assists for Brazil in 58 appearances.

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Neymar has only ONE goal left to reach his goal number 200 for club and country on senior level. The record so far is: Santos 136, Brazil 40 and FC Barcelona 23.

Neymar is the 8th Brazilian player to score 4 goals or more with his national team on senior level since Romario October 8, 2000.

Neymar is the 1st Brazilian to score 4 goals with the selection without any penalty during the latest 25 years. Then it was Careca August 20, 1989.

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Argentina defeated Hongkong by 0-7. It was the biggest win as an away team during the Argentina national team’s 112 years history.

Messi started on the bench, but entered the pitch after 60 minutes. He scored two goals and gave one assist.

Messi has been directly involved in 70 goals for Argentina on senior level in 95 appearances. He has scored 44 goals and made 26 assists.

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The latest match for Messi, Suarez and Neymar with their selections sums up: 8 goals and 1 assist.

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Mixed notices October 14

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FC Barcelona has mixed fortunes against debutant teams in La Liga. When meeting teams for the first time, like Saturday’s opponent Eibar, there have been five wins, 2 draws and 3 losses during the last twenty years. If Eibar manage to surprise against Barca in Camp Nou it wouldn’t be the first time that a La Liga debutant has shocked Barca.

1993-94 Barca – Lleda 0-1
1994-95 Barca – Compostela 4-0
1995-96 Barca – Merida 2-2
1996-97 Barca – Extremadura 3-0
1998-99 Barca – Villarreal 1-3
1999-00 Numancia – Barca 3-3
1999-00 Barca – Malaga 1-2
2004-05 Getafe – Barca 1-2
2007-08 Barca – Almeria 2-0
2009-10 Xerez – Barca 0-2

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Monday evening’s training session, which was the last before the internationals return, saw nine players including the Barca B keeper Adrian Ortola.

The players who trained under the command of Luis Enrique were: Montoya, Xavi, Douglas, Adriano, Alves, Masip, Rafinha, Vermaelen and Ortola. Notable is that Rafinha and Vermaelen only joined the group for some of the exercises.

Next training is today, Tuesday, at 11:00 CET. To this session will the Spanish internationals Pique, Sergio, Pedro, Iniesta, Bartra and Alba return.

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We congratulate Andres Iniesta to the Golden Foot award 2014. He received the award from Prince Albert II of Monaco.

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Luis Suarez scored two goals with Uruguay in the friendly against Oman yesterday. In this match he played 77 minutes. On the two friendlies with Uruguay has the striker in total played 147 minutes and scored two goals.

The match in Oman was the last match for Luis Suarez before El Clasico at Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday October 25.

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Mixed notices October 13

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Upcoming week’s match and training schedule:

Monday 13
18:00 CET: Training at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper
Tuesday 14
11:00 CET: Training at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper
Wednesday 15
11:00 CET: Training at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper
Thursday 16
11:00 CET: Training at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper
Friday 17
11:00 CET: Training at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper
Saturday 18
10:30 CET: Training at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper
20:00 CET: Match at Camp Nou. FC Barcelona – Eibar in La Liga 8 round
Sunday 19
11:15 CET: Training at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper

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The match against Eibar in Camp Nou on Saturday, October 18, will be the 8th game in La Liga for Barca. As common, so far, there will be a final training conducted by Luis Enrique on the match day and he will also announce the player list on that day.

There will be no rest after this match. A training session is scheduled on Sunday to begin the preparations for the many challenges that await the team during the next few weeks.

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The new Iniesta…..?
Denis Suarez, who currently is on loan at Sevilla for 2 seasons, has progressed very well and could return to Barcelona next summer.

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Barça have denied receiving any offers from Fiorentina and Sampdoria for Alen Halilovic. They have no intention of loaning him out

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Mixed notices October 12

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Holland defeated Kazakhstan by 3-1 in the Euro 2016 qualifying. One of the Dutch goal scorers was Ibrahim Afellay, currently on loan to Olympiacos. He also provided one goal assist.

Afellay: “Playing for Holland again after 2 years gives me a lovely feeling especially in such an important victory.”

Afellay: “It was an evening I will never forget. I had a very tough time, so it’s nice to return with a game like this.”

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Yesterday there were several U21 Euro qualifying matches played.

The Spanish U21 team draw against Serbia away yesterday. Sergi Roberto played all 90 minutes, while Munir and Sandro were left on the bench. Deulofeu, currently on loan to Sevilla, was Spain’s most dangerous player. The match ended goalless, 0-0.

Barca goal keeper, Marc Andre Ter Stegen, played with the German U21 when they won away to Ukraine by 3-0. It was a quiet night for Ter Stegen, but when he had to act he did it well. His footwork was especially impressive.

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Brazil defeated Argentina by 2-0 in the “Super Clásico de las Américas” in Bejing. Neither Neymar or Messi scored in this match. Neymar had for example a good chance to score in the first half, but it didn’t result in any goal. Messi on the other hand missed a penalty for Argentina.

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In this season Claudio Bravo has played 810 minutes without conceding a goal!

Of these 9 games are 7 games with Barcelona and 2 with Chile.

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Mixed notices October 11

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FC Barcelona has five players from the first team out on loan this season. These players are Alex Song, Ibrahim Afellay, Cristian Tello, Gerard Deulofeu and Denis Suarez. Here we take a look how they are getting on.

Song: Plays in West Ham United and has so far played 277 minutes in 4 games. In the match against QPR he was the team’s captain. He has not scored yet, but has made two assists.

Afellay: Plays in the Greece club Olympiacos. He has scored two goals, 1 in the league and 1 in Champions League against Atletico Madrid. Afellay has played in five of the so far 7 played games. He has 216 minutes in the league and 146 in Champions League.

Tello: Plays in Porto under the command of Julen Lopetegui. He has played in all except one of Porto’s matches this season. He has score 1 goal. He has also provided an assist in Champions League against Shaktar. In the league game against Braga he was voted Man of the Match.

Suarez and Deulofeu: These two plays both in Sevilla. Suarez has played in all 7 league games, the Europa Cup against Feyenoord and the European Super Cup final against Real Madrid. He has not scored yet, but provided two assists. Deulofeu has participated in 4 league games, he also scored against Real Sociedad in the league. He has provided 3 assists in the league and two in Europa League.

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This week’s last training saw the available players from the first team and two players from Barca B. Rafinha, Vermaelen and Adriano made specific work. Adriano could not train with the group due to little discomfort in his right thigh.

The players who worked under the command of Luis Enrique were: Montoya, Xavi, Douglas, Alves, Masip, Pol Calvet and Sergio Juste.

Joan Barbara returned to participate in the usual rondos that starts all training sessions, but unlike yesterday when Luis Enrique participated was this time the goalkeeping coach José Ramón de la Fuente participating.

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According to Spanish media has FC Barcelona scheduled a meeting with Pedro’s agents to discuss a renewal for the player with the club.

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Mixed notices October 10

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FC Barcelona’s training Thursday saw only seven participants: Masip, Montoya, Douglas, Adriano, Alves, Xavi and Vermaelen. The latter partially trained with the group while Rafinha continued training outside the group.

We further noted that both Luis Enrique and Joan Barbara were attending and trained initially. Both showed very good performance and has not lost much since both of them were active players.

The next training is on Friday at 10.00 CET.

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Dani Alves :”When we retire, people will ask:
- Who was the greatest of all? Leo Messi.
- Who assisted him most? Me ,some will hate it, but my name will be there.”

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Lionel Messi has scored 403 goals in his career, whereof 42 are penalties. Ronaldo has scored 442 goals in his career and incredible 112 of these are penalties.

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UEFA confirms that Champions League seeding system will change next season. Pot one will include holders plus champions from top 7 European Leagues.

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Ronaldo has refused to receive his Golden Boot in the same ceremony as Luis Suarez. Both scored 31 league goals and share the Trophy.

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Mixed notices October 9

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There are only three players in Barca who have started all seven matches in La Liga this season. The three are Bravo, Messi and Sergio whereof the two first have played every minute.

Bravo and Messi have played 630 minutes while Sergio has played 578 minutes in La Liga this season.

After this trio the team leaders are in played minutes: Jeremy Mathieu with 540 minutes, Ivan Rakitic with 533 minutes, Jordi Alba with 450 minutes and Dani Alves 450 minutes.

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Wednesday’s training session saw the same players from the first team as yesterday and five players from Barca B.

Vermaelen trained on the pitch, but apart from the group and Rafinha made specific work.

The players who attended to this training session were: Masip, Montoya, Douglas, Adriano, Alves, Xavi, Ortola, Samper, Dongou, Grimaldo and Adama.

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Dani Alves would prefer to stay at Barcelona despite claims he will move to the Premier League, according to his agent.

The right-back claimed he is set to move to England next season at the end of his current contract after spending six hugely successful years at Camp Nou.

His representative and ex-wife, Dinorah Santa Ana, has since stated there are no talks with anyone regarding his future – and suggests his priority would be to remain in Catalunya.

“His future is uncertain. Right now, we’re not negotiating with anyone – not with Barca nor any other club,” she told Catalunya Radio.

“We would like to stay here, mainly because our children are here. No one has told us that they want him to go.”

She also added that his comments on moving to England initially emerged a year ago, but that the remarks should no longer be considered accurate.

“A year ago he did say he liked the Premier League, but that interview was a long time ago.”

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Mixed notices October 8

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Lionel Messi has made 100 assists in La Liga during 9 years of play in the first team. He is an all-rounder. He has now Telmo Zarra’s record in sight when it comes to scored goals, but he has also provided assists to other player throughout his career.

His first assist was in November 2005 against Real Madrid and now it has gone almost 9 year since then. He has now provided goal assists against 29 different teams in La Liga. Most assists has he made against Real Madrid, Levante and Valencia with seven each.

The player who has scored most goals on assists from Messi is Pedro with 14, followed by Etóo with 13 and David Villa with 10. Of the current squad, aside from Pedro, has Iniesta scored 4 goals, Neymar 4 goals, Alves 2 goals, Adriano 1 goal, Sandro 1 goal and Rakitic 1 goal on assists from Lionel.

In Camp Nou Messi has made 40 of his 100 assists. The other sixty is on the road with Santigao Bernabeu in top with impressive 5 assists from Lionel Messi.

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On this week’s first training were six players from the first team and five from Barca B participating. Rafinha and Vermaelen made specific work, whereof Vermaelen was on the pitch.

The players who attended to this training session were: Masip, Montoya, Douglas, Adriano, Alves, Xavi, José Aurelio Suarez, Samper, Joan Roman, Adama and Dongou.

Rumours says that the two BPL clubs, Manchester United and Manchester City are interested in Jordi Alba. The Catalan defender says having several offers to leave Camp Nou on the table.

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City would not have any trouble to present a good deal, but Alba’s move is not presumed easy. The player has a contract with Barca until 2017 and a buyout clause of 90 million euros. Barca is not working for a selling, unless the offer is really stratospheric. This because that the club could not sign a replacement until 2016 due to the sanction from FIFA this summer.

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Mixed notices October 7

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15 players, 17 matches, 3 continents. That is how players from the first team are spread around the world during this break for matches with their countries, both official/qualification and friendlies. The trips are divided between Asia, Europe and South America.

The match that surely will raise the most interest is a friendly between Brazil and Argentina, which will be played on Saturday 11 at the Olympic Stadium in Beijing. Messi and Neymar will be the stars of this match.

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Luiz Suarez made this Monday morning medical tests at Ciutat Deportiva. Suarez will travel to Saudi Arabia today, Tuesday, to play two friendlies with the Uruguayan national team against teams from Saudi Arabia and Oman.

Suarez will play his first official match with Barca on Saturday October 25 against Real Madrid in el Clasico at Santiago Bernabeu.

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Marc Bartra has been called up by Vicente del Bosque to the Spanish national team after that Sergio Ramos steps down due to an injury. This will be good experience for Bartra.
It will now be six first team players called up for the Spanish national team: Iniesta, Sergio, Pique, Alba, Pedro and Bartra.

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Lionel Messi and Neymar Jr is the magic combination. The two have scored 15 of Barca’s 22 goals this season, that is 68% of all goals. The two has also been involved in some kind in 19 of the 22 goals for the team.

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Mixed notices October 6

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Bravo has played 630 consecutive minutes without conceding a goal in La Liga
Barça record: M.Reina with 824 minutes
Liga record: A.Resino with 1275 minutes

Abel Resino’s Liga record (1275 consecutive mins without conceding a goal) was stopped by a goal from Luis Enrique on 17/3/1991

At that time Abel Resino played for Atletico Madrid and Luis Enrique played for Sporting Gijon. The match ended 3-1. Luis Enrique scored Sporting Gijon’s only goal in minute 45.

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There will be four training sessions this week for those Barca players that haven’t gone on international duty. The training session will be held Tuesday to Friday at 11:00 CET in Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper. Luis Enrique has then granted them the coming weekend off.

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Most Barça goals this season: Neymar 8
Assists: Messi 7
Chances created: Messi 34
Passes: Alves 679
Balls won: Busquets 51
Saves: Bravo 12

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Mixed notices after Rayo-Barca 0-2

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FC -Barcelona’s goal keeper Claudio Bravo has now surpassed Pedro Maria Artola’s record of consecutive clean sheets in La Liga from the start of the season.
Bravo has now 37 years later beaten the record and has 630 minutes without conceding any goal in the 7 first rounds of La Liga(=630 minutes).
Artola’s record was a clean shetet in 6 rounds and 20 minutes of La Liga (=560 minutes) season 1977/78.

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The match in Vallecas between Rayo Vallecano and FC Barcelona ended 0-2. Both goals came in the first half. 1-0 Messi in minute 34 after assist from Pique and 2-0 Neymar in minute 35 after an assist from Munir. Barca managed also in this match to keep a clean sheet.

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Luis Enrique: “The win has reinforced us”.

Luis Enrique: “The players had the right attitude and performed as they had to, against an awkward and hard-working opponent”.

Luis Enrique about Bravo’s record: “The overall performance of the whole team that matters to me, more than the individual record for one player .”

Luis Enrique: The only stats that I really care about come at the end of the season, and will be the ones that tell us whether we deserve to win the title”.

Luis Enrique: “In the defense we have improved and we’re in fine condition”

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Starting lineup against Rayo Vallecano

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FC Barcelona faces Rayo Vallecano in Vallecas at 18:00 CET tonight.

FC Barcelona starting lineup:
Bravo
Alves – Pique – Bartra – Mathieu
Xavi – Busquets – Iniesta
Munir – Messi – Neymar

Substitutes:
Ter Stegen, Mascherano, Adriano, Alba, Rakitic, Pedro and Sandro

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Mixed short notices before Rayo Vallecano Saturday 18:00 CET

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Friday’s training was the last before the match against Rayo Vallecano tomorrow and saw Vermaelen making individual work while Rafinha and Douglas trained with the group. Also Neymar trained normally with the group.

All available first team players plus Munir and Sandro were participating in the training.

The team will travel on Saturday morning to Madrid, where they will meet Rayo Vallecano at Vallecas 18:00 CET in the 7th round of La Liga.

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On Saturday against Rayo Vallecano away could the leaders of pass attempts meet, Ivan Rakitic and Roberto Trashorras.

Rakitic is in top with 522 passes in 508 minutes played and Trashorras is second with 491 passes in 540 minutes.

Barca have five players among the top ten in completed passes. Also here is Rakitic first now with 475 completed passes. He is followed by Sergio 406, Alba 343, Mathieu 315 and Alves 309.

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Luis Enrique has spoken of Barca’s opponent in the upcoming match in La Liga against Rayo Vallecano tomorrow Saturday 18:00 CET.

Luis Enrique: Rayo Vallecano is a team I especially like. They know how to move the ball and make things difficult for their opponents.

Luis Enrique: It is a good example of a team without a lot of money and they are also fun to watch.

Luis Enrique: Their coach, Paco Jemez, has his own football identity and he has also the ability to transmit that to his players.

Luis Enrique: Both we and they want to control the ball and also believes that is the key to victory.

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Mixed short notices October 3

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Barcelona goal keeper Marc Andre Ter Stegen is called up to the German U21 squad for the two 2016 Olympic games matches against Ukraine on October 10 and 14.

Neymar, Suarez, Messi, Mascherano and Rafinha are also called up by their national teams for friendlies during the next week’s international break. There are still a number of countries that haven’t announced their squads so that could for sure be more Barca players called up.

Luis Enrique will after the game against Rayo Vallecano on Saturday face another few days with a skeleton squad during this break.

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Xavi: “I’m not happy sitting on the bench. I want to play as much as possible and change the current situation but the team comes first.”

Xavi: “Messi remains a fundamentally important part of the team. He’s scoring and assisting. After all, he’s the best player in the world.”

Xavi: “The PSG game isn’t a debacle. The feeling around the team is positive. We are on the right track.”

Xavi: “I believe we have the team to fight for all three titles this season.”

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There will be exciting days for Messi in the upcoming games in La Liga!
He is only
-> 2 goals shy of his 250th goal in La Liga
-> 3 goals shy of equalling Zarra’s all-time league record (251)

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Lionel Messi – interview and statistics

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Messi: “I don’t know what my place in the history of the game will be, I’m just focused on improving and winning more”

Messi: “I think that with his quality and fitness, Neymar will become the best in the world”

Messi:“My contract renewal will be done quickly, there are no issues and I have no problems continuing here”

Messi: ” Luis Enrique gives me a lot of freedom on the pitch”

Messi: “I’m not competing against Cristiano or anyone. I just do my job – I want to win titles.

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Statistics so far this year, 2014, for Lionel Messi with FC Barcelona:
38 official games
33 goals
17 assists
108 chances created
177 dribbles
2093 passes

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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