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FC Barcelona News: 10 October 2014; Barça Extend Sponsorship Agreement with Estrella Damm, Adriano Bothered by Thigh Problem

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Adriano troubled by thigh niggle | FC Barcelona
In another reduced training session at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper on Friday morning, Luis Enrique worked with just five first team players -Montoya, Xavi, Douglas, Dani Alves and Jordi Masip, with Barça B youngsters, Pol Calvet and Sergio Juste called in to make up the numbers and Joan Barbarà, Luis Enrique and goalkeeper coach José Ramón de la Fuente joining in.

Progress report on five on loan players | FC Barcelona
Cristian Tello is playing under Julen Lopetegui at Porto and has played in all but one of the team’s games so far this season, scoring once and impressing in the derby game against Sporting. He provided an assist for Jackson Martí the Champions League game against Shaktar Donetsk and was voted Man of the Match in the league game against Braga.

FC Barcelona stars on the global stage again | FC Barcelona
Luis Suarez will get the chance to play in Uruguay’s friendly against Saudi Arabia this evening, as he continues his preparations for a return following his FIFA ban. With just 15 days before he’s available for competitive games again, Suarez will be hoping the game will give him much needed match time.

Estrella Damm extends official sponsor agreement with FC Barcelona until 2018 | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona and Estrella Damm signed an agreement this lunchtime to extend the company’s position as Club sponsor until the end of the 2017/18 season. The deal was announced at an event held at the Antiga Fàbrica d’Estrella Damm attended by Damm CEO Enric Crous, Club President Josep Maria Bartomeu, Economic Vice-President Javier Faus and the Club Director General, Antoni Rossich.

FC Barcelona sign Catalan National Pact for Self -Determination | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona have signed the Catalan National Pact for Self -Determination. The Club formalised their adhesion in a formal letter from President Josep Maria Bartomeu to the Pact Co-ordinator Joan Rigol. The Pact brings together over 3,500 organisations and associations from a wide spectre range of social and political positions which endorse the Catalan people's right to self-determination.

This is how to put on the pressure and take possession | FC Barcelona
One of the most trite sayings in the world of sports is that teams play the way they practice. This two-minute video provides a glimpse of one of the team's typical pressure and possession drills. In the video the Barça style is on full display. Two groups work on triangulation for as long as they can until the other team can steal the ball.

Slovakia shock Spain (2-1) | FC Barcelona
Spain crashed to a 2-1 defeat in their Euro 2016 qualifying game away to Slovakia on Thursday night. Jordi Alba’s excellent cross set up substitute Alcacer for the visitors’ only goal on 81 minutes and Spain seemed to have grabbed a draw, following a first half opener from Kucka, only for a dramatic last gasp header from Stoch to send Slovakia top of the group with two wins from two.

Why some Spain fans want independence from pro-Catalan Pique -
Gerard Pique has had his fair share of criticism recently. His form for club and country constantly under scrutiny, the Barcelona defender is back in the Spain squad for the Euro 2016 qualifiers against Slovakia and Luxembourg, but many fans are opposed to his inclusion - and this time it has nothing to do with his football.

Where are Messi, Neymar, and Mascherano headed? | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona’s training sessions are normally full of skilful touches from the players, as they sharpen up their technical abilities. Check out this exhibition from. Leo Messi, Neymar Jr and Javier Mascherano at the Camp Tito Vilanova de la Ciutat Esportiva, as they imitate the basketball team by keeping the ball up with headers and working towards a basket on the pitch . How does it end? Check it out exclusively at Barça FANS.

#TeamFCB: More than 189 million fans follow Barça stars on Facebook | FC Barcelona
The world’s biggest social network, Facebook, is at the forefront of the Barça 2.0 strategy, not just for the 93 million Club fans but also for the189 million followers of the 15 first team stars, who themselves have 189 million followers.

UEFA to propose changes to Champions League seedings -
However, under planned changes revealed in a statement to Perform, UEFA is considering tweaking the system so that the winner of the previous season's tournament would be the top-seeded team, with the domestic champions of the seven top-ranked leagues allocated the remainder of the spots in pot one.

Valencia's summer revolution is being felt in Spain | Eurosport
Los Che are second in the league having won five and drawn two of their league games. On Saturday, they beat champions Atletico 3-1 in a packed, sunny, happy, Mestalla. The season is young and Valencia are benefitting from no European football for only the second time this century, but the signs of an improvement under exacting new boss 'Nuno' Espirito Santo, 40, were there at the start. Pre-season form can be misleading, but those watching Valencia in London were impressed.

Lass Bangoura returns to Rayo Vallecano from Guinea duty due to Ebola fears - ESPN FC
Rayo Vallecano attacker Lass Bangoura has returned to his club due to fears he might catch the Ebola virus while on international duty with Guinea. Concerns over the issue have multiplied in Madrid this week, with a nurse reportedly becoming the first person to be diagnosed with the virus on European soil, and over 50 people now being monitored for signs they could also have been infected.

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