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Mixed notices after Barca-Cordoba 5-0

60.066 spectators at Camp Nou saw FC Barcelona – Cordoba ended with 5-0 (1-0) Goal scorers: 1-0 Pedro min 2 2-0 Suarez min 53 3-0 Pique min 79 4-0 Messi min 82 5-0 Messi min 91 Barca had the possession […]

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Barca starting lineup against Cordoba

FC Barcelona starting lineup against Cordoba this afternoon, 16:00 CET: Bravo Montoya, Pique, Mascherano, Alba Rakitic, Sergio, Iniesta Pedro, Messi, Suarez Substitutes: Ter Stegen, Mathieu, Rafinha, Xavi, Adriano, Neymar and Munir /Admin

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Mixed notices December 20

FC Barcelona have trained this Friday morning at Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper. They continued with the preparations for tomorrow’s match in La Liga against Cordoba 16:00 CET at Camp Nou. All available players from the first team plus Munir from […]

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Mixed notices December 19

. Adama: “My mirror was Ronaldinho and Ronaldo and now it’s Messi.” Adama: “I’m prepared for the first team. I have the mentality necessary to be on there.” Adama: “From the first day I was in the dressing room, everyone […]

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Training session focused on last game of year

The Barça first team have begun their preparations for Satruday’s league clash with Córdoba at Camp Nou (4PM CET), their final game before the holiday break. Luis Enrique’s squad enjoyed a day off on Wednesday following their victory over Huesca […]

 

Mixed notices after Barca-Cordoba 5-0

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60.066 spectators at Camp Nou saw FC Barcelona – Cordoba ended with 5-0 (1-0)
Goal scorers:
1-0 Pedro min 2
2-0 Suarez min 53
3-0 Pique min 79
4-0 Messi min 82
5-0 Messi min 91

Barca had the possession during the game with 77% to 23 for Cordoba.
The referee provided 1 yellow card in the match, to Sergio Busquets. Barca got 8 corners and Cordoba 0.

Pedro: “Rumours in England about Arsenal interest? It’s just paper talk. I want to stay and have a great year at Barça.
Pedro: “Montoya? He’s a great player, he could play at Barça for years. I know his situation is difficult, he’ll have to make a decision.”
Pedro: “I’m happy with the job today, a pity of last weekend’s draw. Another goal? I was calm, I knew the goals would come.”

Luis Enrique: “Odegaard can play at Barça? That’s the Norwegian kid…? I don’t know. He seems to have many offers, it’s up to him to decide…”
Luis Enrique: “Neymar not playing? He’s fine, but he completed only one training after his injury. The game went well, so there was no need for him to play.”
Luis Enrique: “Montoya? I don’t know what will happen, he has now played two games and he did well. He knows his situation can change.”

Luis Suarez: Winning the game was much more important than my goal.
Luis Suarez: Now we need to get some rest and start thinking about our upcoming matches.
Luis Suarez: Many things have happened to me this year, some I would forget. But there are also things that made me happy like that I’ve come to the best club in the world.

Pedro continues to score. Against Cordoba he made the opening score, just after 1 minute play. That goal was just a few days since he scored hattrick in Copa del Rey against Huesca.

The month of December have been “magic”. Pedro has scored 6 goals during this month, The first came in the Catalan derby against Espanyol, The other were 3 against Huesca nd 1 against Cordoba.

With six goals he is now equal to the number of goals that Messi has scored during December. They are both Barca’s top goal scorers for the month.

In total Pedro has scored 94 goals for the club whereof 55 in La Liga, 19 in Copa del Rey, 15 in Champions League, 2 in Spanish Supercup, 1 in European Supercup and 2 in the Clubs World Cup. That means that he has scored in every one of the major competitions that Barca has participated in.

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Barca starting lineup against Cordoba

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FC Barcelona starting lineup against Cordoba this afternoon, 16:00 CET:
Bravo
Montoya, Pique, Mascherano, Alba
Rakitic, Sergio, Iniesta
Pedro, Messi, Suarez

Substitutes:
Ter Stegen, Mathieu, Rafinha, Xavi, Adriano, Neymar and Munir

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Mixed notices December 20

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FC Barcelona have trained this Friday morning at Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper. They continued with the preparations for tomorrow’s match in La Liga against Cordoba 16:00 CET at Camp Nou.

All available players from the first team plus Munir from Barca B was attending to this session. Neymar trained with the group and Dani Alves continued working apart from the group due to some discomfort in his left thigh.

Neymar got medical ok after the training session and is available for play.

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Luis Enrique: Cordoba can hurt us on the counter attacks, with players like Ghilas or wingers like Fidel or Borja.

Luis Enrique: We must be effective, trying to attack and have to leave few options for them to create counter attacks.

Luis Enrique: Neymar got medical ok and is available for play. I will decide if I include him in the squad or not.

Luis Enrique: It’s been an amazing year for me – I’ve coached Celta in the top flight and returned home to Barça – this is paradise, it’s like Disneyland………….

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Fomer (2007-2013) Barcelona defender Eric Abidal (35) has announced at a press conference that he retires.

Eric Abidal: “I have an offer from Barcelona, but I will make a decision later. I first want to rest and spend time with my family.”

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Yesterday, Friday, Lionel Messi and Andres Iniesta received 2013 IFFHS award at Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper. The vice -president of the International Federation of Football History & Statistics (IFFHS), Robert Ley, was handing over the awards

Iniesta was announced as the best playmaker in the world. This was the second consecutive time that he won the award. He succeeded Xavi Hernandez who has won this award four times.

Lionel Messi also won the award for the 2nd time in a row. He got the award for 2013 thanks to his 46 scored goals in 32 matches played 2013. He was the highest goal scorer in the main football leagues in the world.

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In the last 8 years, Barcelona always conceded goals in their last Liga game of the calendar year, except once: 2009, 1-0 against Espanyol.

In the last 6 years, Barcelona always win the last game of the calendar year except once: 2010, 0-0 draw against Athletic

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Mixed notices December 19

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Adama: “My mirror was Ronaldinho and Ronaldo and now it’s Messi.”

Adama: “I’m prepared for the first team. I have the mentality necessary to be on there.”

Adama: “From the first day I was in the dressing room, everyone helped me and on the field also.”
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Olympiacos coach Michel confirmed that Eric Abidal will be retiring this month, and will return to FC Barcelona to take up a post at the club’s Academy

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The Spanish league game between FC Barcelona-Real Madrid at Camp Nou next year will be played on Sunday 22 March at 21:00 CET

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Messi’s best scoring season (2011/2012) was also his worst disciplinary season: 9 yellow cards!
Messi against English teams:
20 games (1704 minutes played): 8 wins, 7 draws, 5 losses
10 goals, 3 assists

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FC Barcelona’s next opponent in Copa del Rey will be Elche. They defeated Valladolid with 1-0 (agg 1-0). The first leg will be played at Camp Nou Thursday January 8 at 22:00 CET. The second leg will be played one week later away at Elche (date and time not confirmed yet).

Elche was promoted to Primera Division 2013/14 after being playing in the division below since 1989/90.

This season Barca started at home in the 1st round of La Liga against Elche and won by 3-0(1-0). The season before, 2013/14, Barca won by 4-0(2-0) at home and away a draw, 0-0.

In Copa del Rey they have met in 1/8 final 1962/63 and in 1/4 final 1965/66. Barca moved further from those meetings.

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Training session focused on last game of year

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The Barça first team have begun their preparations for Satruday’s league clash with Córdoba at Camp Nou (4PM CET), their final game before the holiday break. Luis Enrique’s squad enjoyed a day off on Wednesday following their victory over Huesca in the Spanish Cup. All the first team players were present at the session with the exception of the injured Neymar and Dani Alves who continued with their recovery work apart from the rest of the squad. The Brazilian striker has an ankle problem whilst his countryman has a calf strain picked up in the draw against Getafe.

Munir, Sandro and Diagne from the B squad completed the group for Thursday’s session with the another programmed for Friday morning.

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Xavi Hernandez

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Ten Barça players attended a commercial event on Wednesday, and some of them used the occasion to discuss the team’s current situation and the games to come. Xavi, Rakitic, Jordi Alba, Ter Stegen, Douglas and Rafinha of the first team and Adama, Halilovic, Munir and Sandro of Barça B were speaking the day after the comfortable victory in the Spanish Cup.

Xavi Hernández described his optimism for the rest of the season. “We’ll be going for every trophy” he insisted. “We know it’ll be difficult but we’ll be going for them all. We are on good track, the team is working hard and things will go well.” On a more personal note, the first team captain admitted that “I’m nearing the end of my career … But I’m as excited as I was on the very first day. Passion for football and playing for the best team in the world is what keeps me motivated.”


For any player in the B team, our role model is Leo Messi

He also discussed how impressed he is with the way the younger players are progressing. “You only have to look at yesterday’s match to see that” he said, referring to the 8-1 win against Huesca. One of those youngsters is Adama, who spoke about how much it meant to him to have scored his first official goal for the club. He also revealed that his boyhood idols were Ronaldinho and Ronaldo, “but for any player in the B team, our role model is Leo Messi”.

Two of the summer signings, Ivan Rakitic and Ter Stegen, discussed the upcoming fixture list. Next Saturday, the last game of 2014 sees FCB entertain Cordoba at the Camp Nou. It is very important to end the year well” said the Croat. “We want to win and bring some joy to the supporters.” The German goalkeeper looked further ahead to the Champions League meeting with Manchester City. “It’s one of the hardest games we could have drawn” he admitted. “We will have to be focused and work bravely if we want to qualify.”

This day 3 years ago

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18-12-2011: Barcelona won their 2nd Club’s World Cup after beating Santos 4-0. What a masterpiece of game that was.

From then and until today, Barcelona remain the only European club with 2 CWC titles.

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Mixed notices December 18

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Luis Enrique: It’s hard to imagine a game better than this.

Luis Enrique: The players showed mentality, attitude and defence.

Luis Enrique: These kind of matches are not easy. Huesca was much better than the division they are playing in at the moment.

Luis Enrique: We played a great game on defence and that’s very good.

Luis Enrique: I’m very happy to see the nearly 45.000 spectators who came to see the match, despite the late hour.

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Sandro Ramirez, Barca B, is the only player to score for the first team in all official competitions this season; La Liga, Champions League and Copa del Rey.

He has in total played 263 minutes with the first team and his goals are distributed as follows: La Liga 2, Champions League 1 and Copa del Rey 1. That gives that he scores every 66th minute.

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Luis Enrique has so far this season used 27 players whereof 22 from the first team and five from Barca B.The players from Barca B are Munir, Sandro, Samper, Ié and Adama.

After that Adriano and Adama scored in yesterday’s match, 16 different player have now, so far this season, scored for Barca.

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Against Huesca Adriano scored his 15th goal for Barca. It was his first this season and his 4th in Copa del Rey.

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Barca stats

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Barça goals 2014/15.

Messi 21, Neymar 14, Pedro 6

Rakitic & Sandro 4

Suarez 2, Pique 2, Iniesta 2

Munir 1, Xavi 1, Alba 1, Busq 1, Rafinha 1, Adriano 1, Roberto 1, Adama 1.

Barça assist 2014/15.

Messi 9, Luis Suarez 6, Iniesta 5, Alves 4, Rafinha 4

Neymar 3, Alba 3, Pedro 3

Xavi 2, Rakitic 2, Munir 2, Roberto 2

Busquets 1, Pique 1, Bartra 1, Adriano 1, Montoya 1.

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Rafinha Alcantara

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Rafinha didn’t get on the scoresheet in the 8-1 win over Huesca, but as he told Barça TV’s ·El Marcador” programme: “you have to take your chance with every minute you get on the pitch and all of the players did that tonight. The team is playing well and full of confidence and we have to try and go for everything”.

Rafinha’s been out of action for much of the season with injuries, but he insisted: “I’m feeling confident – I’m in one of the biggest teams in the world and the most important thing is that I am learning from my teammates and continuing to grow. I’ve always been a midfielder, but I’ve even ended up playing at left back at Barça – the most important thing is to be playing, it doesn’t matter what position”.

I am learning from my teammates and continuing to grow.

Looking to the future, Rafinha made it clear that victory was the only thing the players had on their mind for Saturday’s last league game of 2014 against Cordoba at the Camp Nou: “we want to close the year with a win”. There’s also the next round of the Champions League waiting in the New Year and Rafinha believes: “City are a very strong team, but so are we and we are full of confidence – if you want to be Champions, you’ve got to beat the best”.

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Mixed notices after Barca-Huesca 8-1

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44.884 spectators saw FC Barcelona win against Huesca by 8-1. Barca are now through to the last 16 in Copa del Rey. Opponents in the next round will be the winner between Elche and Valladolid.

Goal scoreres:
1-0 Pedro min 19
2-0 Pedro min 25
3-0 Sergi Roberto min 28
4-0 Iniesta min 38
5-0 Pedro min 42
6-0 Adrinao min 66
7-0 Adama min 76
8-0 Sandro min 80
8-1 David Moreno min 84

Assists: Rafinha 2,
Iniesta Munir Roberto Adriano Montoya 1 each

Barca had the possession with 75% against 25% for Huesca.

This was goalkeeper Jordi Masip’s official debut with Barça’s first team. He also appeared in the Catalan Super Cup.

Pedro scored his 4th Hat-trick in his professional career (Barcelona 3, Spain 1)

Hat-trick by Pedro in 24 minutes(19′ 25′ 42′): a Barca player had not scored 3 in the first half of a Copa match since May 31st 1968 (Mendonça): 16′ 32′ 37′)

Javier Mascherano played his official match number 200 with FC Barcelona against Huesca. It’s just over four year since he arrived to the club.

This season he has played 16 matches, whereof 10 in La Liga, 5 in Champions League and 1 in Copa del Rey.

He has with Barca so far won 8 titles:
2 La Liga
1 Champions League
1 Club World Cup
1 European Supercup
1 Copa del Rey
2 Spanish Super Cups

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Barca starting lineup against Huesca in Copa del Rey 22:00 CET

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FC Barcelona starting lineup against Huesca in Copa del Rey at Camp Nou 22:00 CET:
Masip,
Montoya, Bartra, Mascherano, Adriano
Iniesta, Samper, Sergi Roberto
Munir, Rafinha, Pedro

Substitutes:
Ter Stegen, Douglas, Diagne, Adama and Sandro

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Mixed notices December 16

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FC Barcelona has been training this morning, Monday, at Ciutat Esportivo Joan Gamper. It was an exercise in substantial rain and strong winds. Monday’s workout was a preparation for Tuesday’s match in Copa del Rey against Huesca at Camp Nou 22.00 CET

We noted that the two Brazilians, Neymar Jr and Dani Alves, made specific training outside the group. All the other available practiced fully and had this day been joined by the following players: Munir, Sandro, Adama, Diagne and Samper.

The next training session is this morning, Tuesday, at 10.00 CET. Luis Enrique will then also announce the 16 man squad for tonight’s game.

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FC Barcelona’s next opponent in Champions League is
Manchester City

The first leg in the 1/8 will be played against City in Manchester on Tuesday February 24 with the return leg at Camp Nou on Wednesday March 18.

FC Barcelona’s record against Manchester City so far: 2 wins – 0 draws – 0 losses. Goals: 4-1

The weekend thereafter, 21-22 March, Barca will face Real Madrid in el Clasico in Camp Nou.

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FC Barcelona has qualified from the group stage in the last 11 CL seasons, and have faced an English team in the round of 16 in 6 times of those seasons.

FC Barcelona are the only team to register a clean sheet away against Manchester City in a Champions League game

FC Barcelona has more wins and more goals scored against English teams than against teams from any other foreign country.

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Luis Enrique: “Agüero is amongst the top 10 players in the world, but I’ll stick with Messi as the number 1 ahead of the rest

Luis Enrique: “Being 4 points off the lead isn’t at all definitive. We’ve seen how things can change

Luis Enrique: “Playing in February against a team like Manchester City, it will be key to go into the game in top form

Luis Enrique: I always think positively and I am just thinking of winning the tie against Manchester City

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Mixed notices December 15

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This Sunday morning the team were back in training. All available first team player and Munir el Haddadi from Barca B were participating.

Dani Alves made special work due to hamstring strain and is not actual for play on Tuesday in Copa del Rey. There are no information yet how long he will be sidelined. He was injured during yesterday’s match.

Next training for the team is this morning, Monday, and focus is of course the match in Copa del Rey against Huesca on Tuesday December 16 at 22:00 CET. The match will be played in Camp Nou.

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Barça conceded 7 goals in the first 15 Liga games, that’s the 2nd best defensive tally in the history of the club (6 goals in 86/87 & 68/69)

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Xavi has been directly involved in 250 goals in his 740 Barcelona games 84 goals and 166 assists

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The coming week’s match and trainings schedule:
Monday 15
10:30 CET: Training at Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper.
12:00 CET: UEFA Champions League second round draw.

Tuesday 16
11:00 CET: Training at Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper.
22:00 CET: Spanish Cup 1/16 second leg. FC Barcelona – Huesca at Camp Nou.

Wednesday 17
11:00 CET: Training at Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper.

Thursday 18
11:00 CET: Training at Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper.

Friday 19
11:00 CET: Training at Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper.

Saturday 20
16:.00 CET: La Liga , round 15. FC Barcelona – Cordoba at Camp Nou.

Sunday 21
Christmas holiday begins

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Today we will know which team FC Barcelona we will meet in the coming matches in Champions Leageu’s knockout phase.
The draw will be held in Nyon at 12:00 CET.

Possible teams for Barca to meet: Juventus, Basel, Bayer Leverkusen, Arsenal, Manchester City, Schalke 04 and Shakhtar Donetsk.
The first match will be played 17-25 February and the second leg 10-18 March.

The draw for the quarter-finals will be held on March 20 at 12:00 CET while the semifinals will be drawn on April 24 at 12:00 CET.

Mixed notices after Getafe-Barca 0-0

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The match between Getafe and FC Barcelona ended with a goalless draw (0-0). A frustrating afternoon for many.

The Catalans dominated from start to finish and had a huge ball possession (76% to 24% for Getafe), but the goals just didn’t want to come

Barça were the better side if you look at possession, but Getafe limited themselves to neutralizing that superiority and got away with a point. Both teams had 2 attempts each on target and Barca had 1 to the post.

Barca have never won La Liga when they’ve failed to defeat Getafe at the Coliseum Alfonso Perez.

Luis Enrique: “We knew it would be complicated. The opponent was physically strong. I think we were clearly the better team.”

Luis Enrique: “Great save Bravo? That’s what the goalkeeper is there for, to save the chances of the opponents.”

Luis Enrique: “4 points behind Madrid now? The league is long, we were also 4 ahead at some point, we need to keep on working.”

Luis Enrique: “I’m not unhappy with how the team played. We used the same system as we always do. We created many chances today.”

Xavi: “This is a step back after the good games in the last weeks. We had 3-4 good chances, but the ball didn’t want to go in.”

FC Barcelona have kept 10 clean sheets in the first 15 Liga rounds of the season, this has not happen since 1986/1987

Rakitic: “We have to analyze this game, we didn’t play well. We have to be self-critical and we will be.”

Rakitic “There’s still a long way to go. We have to focus on ourselves. This result does nothing to change our ideas”

Player ratings according to the fans after Getafe-Barca 0-0:
Bravo 7,0
Alba 4,1 – Mathieu 3,7 – Pique 3,7 – Alves 2,6
Sergio 3,1 – Rakitic 3,3 – Xavi 3,6
Messi 4,3 – Suarez 3,5 – Pedro 2,8

Substitutes: Iniesta 3,5 – Munir 2,5 – Adriano 2,8
Coach: Enrique 2,0
Team average: 3,5

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FC Barcelona starting lineup against Getafe 16:00 CET

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FC Barcelona starting lineup this afternoon, 16:00 CET, against Getafe:
Bravo
Alves Pique Mathieu Alba
Rakitic Busquets Xavi
Messi Suarez Pedro

Substitutes:
Stegen, A.Iniesta, Rafinha, Mascherano, Bartra, Adriano & Munir

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Mixed notices December 13

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Barca have made their final training session before the match, Saturday, in Madrid against Getafe.

All available first team players and Munir from Barca B were participating. The only absent was Thomas Vermaelen.

Neymar will not travel to Madrid as precaution. He felt some discomfort during the training. Furthermore Montoya, Douglas, Sergi Roberto and Masip are not named due to technical reason.

The 18 man squad looks as follows: Ter Stegen, Bravo, Piqué, Rakitic, Sergio, Xavi, Pedro, Iniesta, Suárez, Messi, Rafinha, Mascherano, Bartra, Jordi Alba, Adriano, Dani Alves, Mathieu and Munir.
The team traveled to Madrid Friday evening. The match starts today 16:00 CET.

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Luis Enrique: “I value Montoya’s attitude. His situation is difficult, but it’s not impossible to change.”

Luis Enrique: “About Douglas? He needs time to adapt. If he can do here what he did at Sao Paulo, he will help us. We’ll see if and when he can do it.”

Luis Enrique: “Liga referees this season? Won’t comment. They have a difficult job. I won’t lose energy with something I can’t control.”

Luis Enrique: “Any team we face in Champions League has quality. We will see what happens on Monday in the drawings.”

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Javier Mascherano can make his 200th official Barcelona appearance on Saturday against Getafe. He has now 199 appearances for the club.

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> Messi 1260 minutes in 14 games
> Bravo 1260 minutes in 14 games
> Sergio 1060 minutes in 13 games
> Alves 990 minutes in 11 games
> Alba 982 minutes in 11 games
> Mathieu 977 minutes in 12 games

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Mixed notices December 12

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This Thursday morning Barca were back in training after yesterday’s match against PSG. All available first team players were participating except Gerard Pique, Lionel Messi and Neymar doing specific work.

As usual this season, Munir El Haddadi from Barca B was taking part of this training session. The main focus was to Saturday’s match against Getafe away 16:00 CET.

Next training session will take part today in the afternoon at 17:00 CET. After that, about 18:45 CET, the team will leave for Madrid for the meeting with Getafe in the 15th round of La Liga.

Luis Enrique will speak at the press conference before the training session.

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The agent of Barcelona right back Martin Montoya (23) met this morning with Zubizarreta. He said that player wants to leave in January

After the meeting with Barcelona this morning, Montoya’s agent will this afternoon meet with the player to make a decision about future.

Some says that the club had offered him to go on loan for a year and a half, but both player and representative would have ruled that out and instead opening the door for a transfer with a purchase back option for Barca.

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Thomas Vermaelen is continuing with his recovery and rehab process at Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper after his surgery last week.

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FC Barcelona is the first team in history to win their Champions League group in 8 consecutive seasons.

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FC Barcelona and Saturday’s opponent, Getafe, have met in La Liga 20 times.

Of these matches, Barca have :
14 wins,
4 draws
2 losses (07/08 in round 12 2-0 and 11/12 in round 14 1-0)
44 goals scored
17 goals conceded.

Last season, 13/14, in round 17 Barca won away by 2-5 (2-3)
Goal scorers for Barca were Pedro with a hattrick and Fabregas with 2 goals.

At home in the 36th round it was a draw, 2-2 (1-1)
Goal scorers for Barca in that match was Messi and Alexis.

The teams have also met in Copa del Rey 4 times. Barca have 3 wins and 1 loss, 11 scored goals and 6 conceded.

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Mixed notices after Barca-PSG 3-1

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82,570 spectators saw FC Barcelona win in Camp Nou against PSG by 3-1. Our three attackers scored in this match. With the win Barca won group F in the group stage of Champions League. PSG ended in second place.

Barca had the possession with 60 % to 40 % for PSG. This was the second consecutive match that Barca didn’t got any yellow card.

Goal scoreres
0-1 Ibrahimovic min 14
1-1 Messi min 18
2-1 Neymar min 40
3-1 Suarez min 76

Possible rivals for Barça in the last 16 are: Juventus, Basel, Bayer Leverkusen, Arsenal, Manchester City, Schalke 04 and Shakhtar

This was FC Barcelona’s 150th victory in Champions LEague. The Catalans are third in the all-time list behind only Real Madrid and Bayern Munich.

Xavi Hernández is now the player with the most appearances in the Champions League (152) and his team-mate Leo Messi recently set a new record for goals in the competition (75).

Barcelona goals this season (all comp):
Messi 21
Neymar 14
Rakitic 4
Sandro Pedro 3
Suarez Pique 2
Munir Xavi Alba Busquets Iniesta Rafinha 1

Luis Enrique: “We left out one of the players who is in best form now – Alba. We try to hurt the opponent with the players I have.”

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FC Barcelona starting lineup against PSG 20:45 CET

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FC Barcelona starting lineup against PSG tonight 20:45 CET at Camp Nou:

Ter Stegen
Pedro, Pique, Bartra, Mathieu,
Sergio, Mascherano, Iniesta
Messi, Suarez, Neymar

Substitutes:
Claudio Bravo, Xavi, Rakitic, Adriano, Jordi Alba, Sergi Roberto and Munir

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Mixed notices December 10

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Yesterday, Tuesday, Barca continued with their preparations for the game against PSG tomorrow. All available first team players plus Munir and Sandro. Apart from the group were Vermaelen, who is injured, and Rafinha with a virus.

Both Rafinha and Alves are suspended for the game tomorrow.

The team will train at the same time today, when also the definitive squad will be revealed.

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Today it’s time for the last match in Champions League’s group stage. FC Barcelona will receive PSG in Camp Nou at 20:45. It’s a match that will decide which team will end up in first and second place in the group. Both teams have already booked their place among the last 16. PSG, with 13 points, only needs a draw to stay in the lead, while Barca, with 12 points, have to win to be first in the group.

FC Barcelona have two players suspended, Dani Alves and Rafinha Alcantara. Furthermore Vermaelen is injured. PSG has Bahebeck injured and Thiago Motta is doubtful for play.

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Ter Stegen: “The team is getting better each game and I want to improve too, show my best.”

Ter Stegen: “Messi is a phenomenon, what he does on the pitch is madness. It sure is better to have him in your team than play against him.”

Ter Stegen: “Playing in Liga too? That’s not up to me to decide. If I perform well and train hard, I’ll have more chances…”

Ter Stegen: “To be goalkeeper at Barça, you need to have the right attitude and believe in yourself. I have those things.”

Ter Stegen: “Using both legs? I started doing that since I was a kid. For me, it’s a normal thing to do.”

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FC Barcelona Juvenil A met PSG yesterday, Tuesday evening. It was the last game in the group stage of UEFA Youth leage. The match was played at Miniestadi and ended with a draw, 0-0. This result gives that Juvenil A are further to the last 16 in the tournament.

Starting lineup Juvenil A: Onana, Palencia, Juanma, Quinti, R. Tarín, Sarsanedas, Enguene, Moha, Padilla, Amir and Ros
Substitutes Juvenil A: Andreu (ps), A. Corredera, A. Arjona, Aitor C., T. Chendri, Carbonell and Julen

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Official: The Barcelona B forward Munir El Haddadi (19), who is with first team since summer, has signed a new updated contract, with a new buyout fee is 35 million euros. The duration of the contract is still the same, June 2017.

The signing ceremony, which took place at the Ciudad Deportiva Joan Gamper, was attended by the sports vice president Jordi Mestre and football director Andoni Zubizarreta.

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Mixed notices December 9

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Yesterday, Monday, the team was back in training, now with focus on Wednesday’s match in Champions League against PSG in Camp Nou 20:45 CET.
All available players from the first tam plus Munir were participating in this training session.

Luis Enrique has almost a full squad to pick from to the match. It’s only Dani Alves and Thomas Vermaelen that will be unavailable. Alves is suspended due to too many yellow cards (3) and Vermaelen has begun his recovery process afer his surgery.

Rafinha Alcantara will also be unavailable due to his red card (2 x yellow) in the last match against APOEL.

Before yesterday’s session Iniesta, Rakitic, Bravo, Messi and Alba had to take a drug test. These tests are a normal requirement for all professional sports team.

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Upcoming week’s schedule for the first team:
Tuesday 9
11:00 CET: Training at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper

Wednesday 10
11:00 CET: Training at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper
20:45 CET: FC Barcelona – Paris Saint-Germain, Champions League group stage round 6

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

Friday 12
17:00 CET: Training at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper
18:45 CET: Trip to Madrid

Saturday 13
16:00 CET: Getafe – FC Barcelona, La Liga round 15.

Sunday 14
11:00 CET: Training at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper

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FIFA has informed Barcelona that they can’t sign another player to replace Vermaelen, who is out due to long-term thigh injury, even if La Liga rules allows that.

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Lionel Messi is now:
> La Liga’s all-time scorer.
> Champions League’s all-time scorer.
> El Clásico’s all-time scorer.
> El Derbi’s all-time scorer.
> Barça’s all-time scorer

All these 5 records were broken via hattrick (!)

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Messi has hit the woodwork 7 times in the league this season, more than any other player in La Liga.
15 of Barcelona’s shots have hit the post/cross-bar this season: Messi 7, Neymar 2, Munir 2, Iniesta 1 Pedro 1 Suarez 1 Rakitic 1

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Mixed notices after Barca-Espanyol 5-1

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76.057 spectators at Camp Nou saw Barca win by 5-1 against Espanyol. Lionel Messi scored a new hattrick in this match, his 5th this calender year.
Goal scorers:
0-1 S Garcia min 12
1-1 Messi min 45
2-1 Messi min 49
3-1 Pique min 52
4-1 Pedro min 76
5-1 Messi min 80
Barca’s asissts were given by Pedro, Suarez, Rakitic, Xavi and Alba.

Barca had the possession during the match with 78% to 22% for Espanyol.

Lionel Messi (now with 12 goals) becomes the all-time topscorer in the derbies against Espanyol

Lionel Messi for club and country this season: – 23 appearances – 23 goals – 11 assists

Lionel Messi scored his 21th hattrick in the match against Espanyol. He has now scored 3 hattricks in the latest 4 matches.

The Barca players showed their support to Thomas Vermalen before the match.
“MUCHO ÁNIMO THOMAS”
Thomas Vermalen on social media: Great win, congrats guys! I would like to thank the team for their amazing support. Much appreciated!

Messi has now scored 402 goals for Barcelona including friendlies (374+28)
Of the 402 goals, 374 have come in 443 official games while 28 have come in friendlies. In La Liga alone he now has 256 goals, good enough to be the top scorer in the history of the league after surpassing Zarra.

Sergio Busquets made his 300th official appearance for Barcelona against Espanyol. Record for these 300 games: 217W, 54D, 29L

Xavi Hernández played in his 30th career La Liga derby versus Espanyol

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Barca starting lineup against Espanyol

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FC Barcelona starting lineup against Espanyol today 17:00 CET:
Bravo,
Alves, Pique, Mascherano, Alba
Rakitic, Sergio, Xavi
Messi, Suarez, Neymar

Substitutes:
Ter Stegen, Pedro, A.Iniesta, Rafinha, Adriano, Mathieu and Munir

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Mixed notices FC Barcelona – Espanyol 17:00 CET

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Yesterday morning Barca had the last preparation session before the big game with the local rivals, Espanyol. Luis Enrique had all 22 available first team players plus Munir from Barca B with him in this training session.

This morning, the coach will announce the squad for the match,
The kick off for the match will be today at Camp Nou 17:00 CET.

Today, Sunday, December 7 at 17:00 CET, FC Barcelona will meet Espanyol in the Catalan derby in La Liga at Camp Nou.

-> Espanyol is the team in La Liga that Barca have most clean sheets against (66).

-> Espanyol is the team Barca have most victories against (91).

-> Espanyol have 10 straight away games in La Liga without a win.

Enrique: Montoya’s situation is difficult. I salute his attitude and things can change. He should continue to work hard.

Enrique: It would obviously be great if Espanyol match would be played in today considering the game against PSG on Wednesday, but unfortunately television companies decide.

Enrique: Montoya moves? I do not take up the discussion here in public. I talk to him and Zubi and we’ll see what CAS makes for a decision.

Enrique: Gerard Pique is a complete player. I am very pleased with what he brings to our team.

Enrique: Bartra right back? There is a possible scenario. He had that position often in the B team, but it is currently not his best position, but he can play there if needed.

Enrique: Munir? he counted definitely not to be in the first team this season. This is going to be a tough year for him. He must show patience between the chances he gets

Will it be another clean sheet for Claudio Bravo today in the Catalan derby against Espanyol in Camp Nou at 17:00 CET……?

Mixed notices December 6

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On Friday’s training session were all available first team players plus Munir from Barca B participating. Focus on this training was the match on Sunday 17:00 in Camp Nou agianst Espanyol.

Iniesta, who reappeared Wednesday after his injury, trained normally with the group.

The only missing player was Thomas Vermaelen who underwent surgery last Tuesday in Helsinki.

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

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The movie about “Messi” will be released in Spain on January 1 2015.

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Bartra: “I’ve played as full-back in some trainings. I’ll do what the coach wants.”

Bartra: “I’m improving a lot. I’m playing many minutes, which is what all the footballers want”

Bartra: “Personally I think that facing Espanyol is special. I’ve played against them many times in the youth teams.”

Bartra: “Montoya is in a difficult situation. I really appreciate him but we must respect all decisions.”

Bartra: “We played a great match in Valencia, and this gave us confidence.”

Bartra: “Luis Enrique really knows me. This helped me play well and improve.”

Bartra: “Douglas has to keep working in the trainings. We’ll help him as much as we can.”

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The second leg in Copa Del Rey between FC Barcelona and Huesca will be played on Tuesday December 16 at 22:00 CET (note the time) in Camp Nou.

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Many are those clubs which have shown interest in Barca’s defender Dani Alves. Among these clubs are Manchester United, Bayern Munich and Juventus.

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Ronaldinho: “I’ve not been surprised at all about Messi’s career. It’s the result of a lot of hard work and his unquestionable quality.”

Ronaldinho: “Neymar is going the right way! He made the right decision to come to Barça.”

Ronaldinho: “Neymar has got a great role model in Messi and a squad of the best players from every country.”

Ronaldinho: “Playing for Barça and being with the best players in the world will make Neymar a better player.”

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Mixed notices December 5

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Player ratings according to the fans after Huesca-FC Barcelona 0-4:

Ter Stegen 7,9
Douglas 3,7 – Bartra 7,3 – Mathieu 5,6 – Adriano 5,6
Rakitic 8,3 – Samper 6,8 – Iniesta 7,5
Rafinha 6,4 – Pedro 6,2 – Munir 4,9

Substitutes: Edgar Ié 5,5 – Sergi Roberto 5,6 – Sandro 5,6

Coach: Luis Enrique 5,5

Team average: 6,1

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Pedro: “I’m very happy with the goal and now I have to keep growing, sticking with my team-mates, and playing”
Pedro was dedicating his goal to Montoya

It was not the first time Pedro scored in Barca’s opening match in Copa del Rey. Before the goal last night against Huesca he has also scored against Cultural Leones 2009/10, Ceueta 201/11 abd Cartagena 2013/14.

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FC Barcelona has ensured the continuity of the young defender Lucas Gafarot to Barca B for two more seasons.

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The Appeals Committee of the Spanish Fotball Federation (RFEF) has annulled the controversial shown yellow card to Lionel Messi in the match between Valencia and FC Barcelona.

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Next week FC Barcelona with Andoni Zubizarreta and Martin Montoya’s agen Juan de Dios Carrasco will meet and try to find the best solution for both parties. The players has got proposals from clubs both in England, Italy and Germany.

Montoya has last summer renewed with the club until 2018. He has so far been in the club for eleven years.

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Andres Iniesta has never lost a game in which he has scored a goal. That is for both club and the Spanish national team.

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Mixed notices after Huesca-Barca 0-4

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The first leg between Huesca and FC Barcelona in Copa del Rey ended 0-4 (0-3).Barca made three substitutes in the second half: Rakitic out and Sergi Roberto in, Mathieu out and Edgar Ie in, Munir el Haddadi out and Sandro Ramirez in. Edgar Ie made his official debut with Barca’s first team in this match.

Iniesta was captain for FC Barcelona in this match.
Barca had the position with 74% against 26%

The second leg between the teams will be played at Camp Nou on December 16.

Goal scorers were:
0-1 Rakitic min 12
0-2 Iniesta min 16
0-3 Pedro min 39
0-4 Rafinha min 72

Rakitic goal on a direct freekick was Barca’s second goal from set pieces this season.

Marc Andre Ter Stegan’s record with Barcelona in , so far, 6 games:
4 clean sheets
4 goals conceded
11 saves

Pedro: “I’m very happy with the goal and now I have to keep growing, sticking with my team-mates, and playing”

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FC Barcelona starting lineup against Huesca 22:00 CET

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FC Barcelona starting lineup against Huesca in Copa del Rey tonight 22:00 CET:
Ter Stegen,
Douglas, Bartra, Mathieu, Adriano
Rakitic, Samper, Rafinha
Munir, Pedro, Iniesta,

Substitutes: Masip, Montoya, Edgar Ié, Sergi Roberto and Sandro

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Mixed notices December 3

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Tuesday’s training saw all available players from the first team and four players from Barca B. Jeremy Mathieu, who missed yesterday’2 training du to illness, was back in training today.

From Barca B participated Sandro Ramirez, Munir el Haddadi, Edgar Ie and Sergi Samper.

Today, Wednesday, it’s time for the first match in Copa del Rey this season for Barca. They will meet Huesca away at El Alcoraz stadium 22:00 CET.

This morning, after the squad has been announced by the coach, the team will travel to Aragon in the north east of Spain for the match.

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Lionel Messi’s 5 seasons, so far, with most goals scored:
2012: 91 goals in 69 matches
2010: 60 goals in 64 matches
2011: 59 goals in 70 matches
2014: 52 goals in 62 matches
2013: 45 goals in 47 matches

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When now all shortlists for FIFA/FIFPro World XI have been announced we can see that FC Barcelona have 10 players named among the 55 candidates.

Barca are represented in all of the four categories.
Goal keepers: Claudio Bravo among the five candidates.
Defenders: Pique, Alba, Alves and Mascherano among 20 candidates.
Midfielders: Xavi and Iniesta among 15 candidates.
Attackers: Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez among 15 candidates.

The result of the XI will be announced at the Ballon d’Or gala 12th January in Zurich, Switzerland.

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The Finnish surgeon Orava has confirmed the operation of Vermaelen, who has a thigh injury, has ended. Everything went well.
Thomas Vermaelen is expected to be out for around 4 months

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It’s possible that Jordi Masip will play in goal in the match against Huesca tonight, 22:00 CET

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Barca will wear the yellow kit in tonight’s match against Huesca in Copa del Rey, 22:00 CET

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Mixed notices December 2

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FC Barcelona returned to training on Monday morning. All available first team players were participating in this session along with Munir from Barca B. Mathieu missed the training due to a virus. He will return in action as soon as he feels better.

There were high spirits on the training after yesterdays last-second win over Valencia, when Sergio Busquets scored the important goal that gave the team 3 vital points.

Now is focus on the match on Wednesday against Huesca away in Copa del Rey 22:00 CET.

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FC Barcelona’s record in 18 official games 2014:
-> 14 wins, 1 draw and 3 losses
-> 43 scored goals
-> 10 goals conceded
-> 12 clean sheets

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Schedule for the upcoming week:
Tuesday 2 December
11:00 CET: Training at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper

Wednesday 3 December
22:00 CET: Huesca – FC Barcelona, El Alcoraz stadium

Thursday 4 December
Rest day

Friday 5 December
11:00CET: Training at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper

Saturday 6 December
11:00 CET: Training at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper

Sunday 7 December
17:00 CET: League fixture, FC Barcelona – Espanyol (Camp Nou)

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The three nominees for FIFA Ballon d’OR 2014 are:
Lionel Messi
Christiano Ronaldo
Manuel Neuer
The winner will be announced on the 12th of January 2015.

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Mixed notices after Valencia-Barca 0-1

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The match between Valencia and FC Barcelona ended with a win for Barca by 0-1 (0-0) and Barca got 3 vital points. Goal scorer was Sergio Busquets(!) in minute 93. Neymar had a chance first, but the goal keeper made a rebound which Sergio could put into the goal.

After the goal Messi was hit in the head by something that was thrown from the stands. It hurt him and he was bleeding.

Barca created very few chances to score in this match despite having a huge ball possession, 71% to 29%.

Sergio Busquets after the match against Valencia:
“Draw wasn’t enough tonight. We kept on trying and in the end we got the goal that gives us the win. I shot with everything I had”

Messi got a bottle in his head from the stands when celebrating Sergio Busquets goal. The object stuck him in the head and caused a wound which subsequently had to be cleared.

Climax was when the referee gave him a yellow card after he protested to that he had received a bottle from the stands.

FC Barcelona has now 11 different goal scorers this season:
Messi, Munir, Sandro, Neymar, Pique, Rakitic, Pedro, Xavi, Alba, Suarez and BUSQUETS

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Barca starting lineup against Valencia 21:00

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FC Barcelona starting lineup against Valencia in the 13th round of La Liga:
Bravo
Alves, Pique, Mathieu, Alba
Xavi, Sergio, Mascherano
Suarez, Messi, Neymar

Substitutes:
Ter Stegen, Bartra, Adriano, Rakitic, Rafinha, Pedro and Munir

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Mixed notices before Valencia-FC Barcelona, November 30 21:00 CET

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35 days after Andres Iniesta got injured in el Clasico at Santiago Bernabeu he got medical ok yesterday, Saturday. He trained normally with the group on the Tito Vilanova pitch at Ciutat Esportiva. Munir el Haddadi was also taking part in this session.

This morning they will be heading for Valencia for the 13 round in La Liga against Valencia. The squad will be announced this morning, Sunday.

If Barcelona will have the possibility to sign a player to replace Vermaelen, central defenders Laporte, Inigo Martinez, Pareja and Otamendi would be among options.

Today, Sunday, FC Barcelona will meet Valencia at Mestalla 21:00 CET. It’s a match in the 13th round of La Liga. Valencia is in 4th place in the table with 24 points. Barca is second with 28 points.

Valencia has not lost any match at home this season, they have 5 wins and 1 draw and have scored 5 goals and conceded 3.

Barca has in away games in the league this season 4 wins, 1 draw and 1 loss, 11 scored goals and 4 conceded.

Last time Messi appeared at Mestalla, he scored 3 goals in just 41 minutes to earn Barca all three points. Barca won the match by 3-2 .

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Mixed notices november 29

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On Sunday will Jeremy Mathieu return to Valencia, where he spent five seasons before signing Barca.
FC Barcelona will meet Valencia away at Mestalla on Sunday November 30, 21:00 CET.

Between 2009 an 2014 he was making 177 appearances for Valencia. He has, as a Valencia-player, met Barca in six home matches, but didn’t won any of them.

In Barca this season has Mathieu started in 10 of the 12 games played so far. He has played either as central defender or left back.

The only two matches Mathieu have been out is away against Malaga and Almeria. The first due to a hectic schedule and the second due to injury in his right soleus.

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Jordi Alba and Jeremy Mathieu played together in Valencia between 2009 and 2012. After Alba left Valencia he have met Mathieu two times at Mestalla. On Sunday they will once again be together, but this time both are wearing Barca colours.

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Yesterday, 66 year ago (November 28, 1948), the legend Antoni Ramallets made his debut in FC Barcelona. It was in a match against Sevilla.

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There were no training this Friday. Instead the players of the first team had a day of Karting.

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According to Spanish media haven’t FC Barcelona told Dani Alves that they won’t renew his contract which expires June 30th. They will count on Montoya and Douglas……..

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Today, November 29, the Club celebrates its 115th anniversary.

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Mixed notices November 28

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FC Barcelona has officially players who delivered 244 hat-trick in the club’s history. Lionel Messi has accounted for 11.48% of these or if you want 28 pieces.

Lionel Messi ‘s hat-trick against APOEL was unique because it was the first time he made all three goals at the hat-trick with his right foot.

Lionel Messi continues to own the record for most goals scored in the Champions League group stage (43).

FC Barcelona’s goals in 2014/15: Messi 17, Neymar 13, Sandro 3, Rakitic 3, Suarez 1, Munir 1, Pedro 1, 1 Pique, Xavi 1, Alba 1.

Most assists to Messi’s 74 goals in the Champions League: Iniesta 9, Alves 8, Xavi 6, Pedro 5 and Henry 3.

Martin Montoya’s agent Carrasco said in a very angry comment that Luis Enrique keep my player ranked lower than Alves, Douglas and Adriano. My client, Martin Montoya, requires that immediately obtain permanent transfer. My client know that the situation is really bad, but he is calm and relaxed. I assume that the FC Barcelona folds and releases Martin Montoya in January transfer window.

Lionel Messi has over the years scored a lot of goals against Valencia, so well at home at Camp Nou as away at Mestalla. Last FC Barcelona visited Valencia, that is last season, so did Messi hattrick at the 2-3 victory. The season before he scored the tying goal in the 1-1 draw at Mestalla. If we look at recent matches at Camp Nou he made no goal when the teams last met at Camp Nou, a match that ended 2-3. Upon the victory previous season with 1-0, he did not score, but the 2011/12 season when FC Barcelona defeated Valencia by 5-1 Lionel Messi scored no less than four goals.

Today, Thursday, the former goal keeper Jose Manuel Pinto visited his friends in FC Barcelona on their training session.

Next week Thomas Vermaelen will undergo thigh surgery in Finland. That means that he’ll be out for 4-5 months. Barca has signed a player that not will play during the entire season due to injuries and rehab .

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Mixed notices November 27

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Messi has for Barcelona since the birth of his son Thiago (now 2 years):
-> made 99 appearances
-> scored 100 goals
-> made 32 assists

Lionel Messi became
-> Barca top scorer by a hattrick
-> El Clasico top scorer by a hattrick
-> La Liga top scorer by a hattrick
-> Champions League top scorer by a hattrick

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FC Barcelona has 19 goalscorers, so far, in the calendar year 2014:
Alexis, Pedro, Cesc, Messi, Pique, Tello, Puyol, Adriano, Sergio, Neymar, Alves, Xavi, Iniesta, Bartra, Munir, Sandro, Rakitic, Alba and now also SUAREZ

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Goalkeepers in Champions League with best pass accuracy:
-> Ter Stegen 87,3%
-> Neuer 85,3%
-> Buffon 82,4%

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Four FC Barcelona defenders are on the shortlist for FIFA FIFPro World XI 2014. The four players are Gerard Pique, Javier Mascherano, Jordi Alba and Dani Alves. They are among the 20 candidates in that position.

Furthermore Barca have one candidate among five for the goalkeeper position and that is Claudio Bravo.

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Mixed notices after APOEL-Barca 0-4

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The match between APOEL Nicosia and FC Barcelona ended with a Barca win 0-4.
Goal scorers:
0-1 Suarez (Alba)
0-2 Messi (Rafinha)
0-3 Messi (Alves)
0-4 Messi (Pedro)

Luis Suarez made his first official goal for FC Barcelona this night.

Barca had the possession with 81% to 19% for APOEL.

Messi made his 28th hattrick for FC Barcelona. It was also his 5th hattrick in Champions League. He is also the only player to reach that number, next players (Inzaghi, L Adriano and Mario Gomez) have made 3 hattricks each. Messi has now scored his hattricks in 5 consecutive years, 2010-2014, against five different teams in Champions League.

Lionel Messi now has the new record of scored goals in Champions League with 74.Second is Raul with 71 and third is Ronaldo with 70.

Suarez: “First goal? I was really calm before, I came here to score, but in the first place to help the team. We’re doing well.”

Suarez: “The coach said this was a game to play with a striker, to force their centre backs back. We played the way we had planned.”

Most hat-tricks in official games for Spanish clubs:
31 – Zarra
28 – MESSI
28 – Di Stéfano
26 – Cristiano Ronaldo
25 – Mundo

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FC Barcelona starting lineup against APOEL, tonight 20:45 CET

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FC Barcelona starting lineup against APOEL Nicosia in the 5th round of the group stage in Champions League:
Ter Stegen
Alves, Piqué, Barta, Alba
Rakitic, Mascherano, Rafinha.
Pedro, Messi Suarez

Substitutes:
Bravo, Xavi, Neymar, Sergio, Adriano, Mathieu and Munir

Will see the match from the stands: Masip, Douglas, Montoya and Sergi Roberto

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Mixed notices before APOEL-Barca, November 25, 20:45 CET

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Luis Enrique: “Unfortunatelly I’m sure there will be bad moments for us”

Luis Enrique: “We expect Vermaelen to recover and we must be by his side”

Luis Enrique: “I didn’t have any idea that they were going to show the video tribute to Messi after the Sevilla game.”

Luis Enrique: “I see Messi, Neymar and Suárez in good form. There is plenty of time to see them together and to see how Suárez is adapting”

Luis Enrique: “Our aim is to qualify but also do it in the first place of the group”

Luis Enrique: “There will be no player like Xavi. I expect him to do what he is doing”

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Rakitic: “We have to play a complete game tomorrow. APOEL is a team that works very well.”

Rakitic: “This season, Barça has undergone a major change. We’re working hard to gain trust.”

Rakitic: “I’m grateful to play alongside Xavi, I learn a lot from him. Xavi is the boss of all midfielders. He gave a lot to football.”

Rakitic: “Messi is pure football. I am proud to play with him”

Rakitic: “I like to be close to the area, not only to score but also to be there to recover a ball”

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Claudio Bravo is among the 5 nominated goalkeepers to be part of 2014 FIFPro World XI. The other nominees are: Buffon, Casillas, Courtois, and Neuer.

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Barça first team schedule for rest of the week:
Tuesday 25
20:45 CET: APOEL – FC Barcelona, round 5 in Champions League group stage.

Wednesday 26
Day off

Thursday 27
10:30 CET: Training at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper.

Friday 28
11:00 CET: Training at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper.

Saturday 29
11:00 CET: Training at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper.

Sunday 30
10:15 CET: Trip to Valencia.
21.00 CET: Valencia – FC Barcelona, round 13 in La Liga.

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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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