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FC Barcelona News: 16 September 2013; Preparations Begin for Champions League, Sergio Busquets Reaches Milestone

Jasper Juinen

Messi, six goals in three games | FC Barcelona
Barça have won 17 consecutive league games at the Camp Nou. But they have a long way to go before beating their all-time record of 39, set in 1960 (39), although the 21-match streak of 1974 is not far off.

Busy week for FC Barcelona and Champions League debut | FC Barcelona
The team will train on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday morning to prepare for the first Champions League match of the season, against Ajax at 20:45 on Wednesday evening. Additional training sessions have been scheduled for Thursday and Friday ahead of the Saturday match away to Rayo Vallecano (20.00).

Recovery session for the full squad | FC Barcelona
There is no time for prolonged celebrations of the dramatic win against Sevilla, for attention has to immediately switch to the team’s Champions League debut on Wednesday at the Camp Nou against Ajax (20.45). The players met at the Ciutat Esportiva at 11.00 this morning for a training session at which Tata Martino had all his fit players available.

Barça unbeaten on Champions League debut since 1997/98 | FC Barcelona
Since Barça played in the UEFA Cup in 2003/04, they have played in the UCL for nine consecutive seasons and haven’t lost their first game once. They have won seven openers and drew the other two.

Sergio Busquets makes 150th Liga appearance with Barça | FC Barcelona
25 year old Sergio Busquets is the kind of player whose contributions to the team are often left in the shadows of others that play more glamorous roles, but he has now amassed 150 league appearances for FCB after last night’s win over Sevilla at the Camp Nou.

Alves offered to donate liver for Abidal op - Yahoo Eurosport UK
"My relationship with Dani goes much further than him taking my old No. 22 shirt," said Abidal, who move to Monaco during the close season after Barca opted against extending his contract. "When I had to undergo surgery, he offered to donate his liver. Of course, it’s completely out of the question because he is a professional footballer. Our relationship goes much deeper than friendship."

Jordi Alba out for three weeks | FC Barcelona
Jordi Alba underwent a medical examination on Sunday morning to determine the extent of the injury sustained against Sevilla. The Medical Services have been able to confirm that he has torn fibres in his right hamstring and is likely to be sidelined for at least three weeks.

Frank de Boer's Barça past | FC Barcelona
Frank de Boer, who brings his Ajax team to the Camp Nou this Wednesday for this season's Champions League opener, played for Barça for five seasons between 1998 and 2003. De Boer played 210 games for the Club and scored 12 goals - mainly from headers, but also some spectacular efforts from free kicks.

NBA stars who are fans of FC Barcelona | FC Barcelona
Just this week Kevin Durant stopped by the Nike store in Barcelona and received a Barça kit and other Barça merchandise, but Durant is the latest in a long line of NBA players who have associated themselves with the Club. Kobe Bryant, Dirk Nowitzki, LeBron James, Magic Johnson and Steve Nash have all expressed their admiration for FC Barcelona.

Ronaldo best paid in history - Yahoo Eurosport UK
The 28-year-old was announced this Sunday as having extended his deal with Los Blancos by three more years, committing through until June 2018. Initial reports have suggested that the Portuguese star’s deal was set with an improved salary of 17 million euros a season, net, to make him the best paid player in La Liga and in the world currently.

El Hamdaoui hat-trick on debut | Sky Sports Football
The Morocco international, who joined the Andalusians on loan from Fiorentina over the summer, opened the scoring just after the half-hour, then added two goals in the second half. Francisco Portillo and Eliseu Pereira were also on target as Bernd Schuster earned his first win as Malaga coach.

Betis bag victory | Sky Sports Football
Salva Sevilla struck twice in Andalusia as Real Betis found Valencia ripe for the taking to record their first win of the season. Salva scored in the 22nd and 34th minutes at the Estadio Benito Villamarin - adding to Jorge Molina's ninth-minute opener - as Valencia were blown away.

Espanyol grab controversial win |
A late winner from Manuel Lanzarote allowed Espanyol to beat Granada 1-0 in controversial circumstances. The midfielder struck the only goal of the game in the 76th minute following an indirect free-kick inside the Granada area which was wrongly awarded for a backpass. Referee Ignacio Iglesias Villanueva then further angered the home crowd at El Nuevo Los Carmenes by sending off Odion Ighalo for dissent.

Getafe off the mark |
Osasuna's winless start to the new Primera Division season continued as Getafe got their own campaign up and running with a hard-fought 2-1 win. The visitors, now coached by Javi Gracia following the sacking of Jose Luis Mendilibar earlier this month, had plenty of chances over 90 minutes and took the lead through Roberto Torres in the 11th minute.

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