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FC Barcelona News: 17 October 2014; Full Squad Prepares to Face Eibar, Andres Iniesta, Ivan Rakitic Nominated for Award

Denis Doyle

Full squad prepares for Eibar | FC Barcelona
The full Barça squad was at the Ciutat Esportiva on Thursday morning, with all of Messi, Mascherano, Neymar, Sergi Roberto, Mathieu, Ter Stegen, Sandro and Munir back under the orders of Luis Enrique. That meant it was the first time the whole team was able to train together ahead of this weekend’s visit by Eibar.

Iniesta and Rakitic, nominated as best offensive midfielders of La Liga 2013/14 | FC Barcelona
Andres Iniesta and Ivan Rakitic are finalists for Best Offensive Midfielder in La Liga for the 2013/14 season. The third finalist is Atletico Madrid's Koke. Although Barça does have two of the three nominees, it should be noted that Rakitic played for Sevilla last season.

Jordi Alba expects difficult game against Eibar | FC Barcelona
Jordi Alba expects a difficult game against Eibar on Saturday. "They are having a great season since being promoted to the first division" he told Thursday’s press conference. "I like the way they play football. They have had some very good games away from home." As an example, he cited their narrow 2-1 loss at the Vicente Calderón. Eibar have also won 2-0 away to Elche and got an impressive 0-0 draw at local rivals Athletic Bilbao.

Messi says he's had 10 marvelous years | FC Barcelona
Leo Messi used the social networks Facebook and Instagram to show thanks for the congratulatory messages he received for the 10th anniversary of his official debut with FC Barcelona on 16 October, 2004 at Montjuic.

Ludovic Giuly says he knew Messi would go far | FC Barcelona
Former Barça attacker Ludovic Giuly visited the FC Barcelona Museum and received a commemorative jersey in honour of the Museum's 30th anniversary. He took a guided tour and had his picture taken with the Champions League trophy that he won with Barça in Paris in 2006. The Frenchman played for FC Barcelona for three seasons (2004-2007), winning La Liga twice, the Spanish Super Cup twice, and the aforementioned Champions League.

Dani Nieto says Eibar are defined by intensity, defence, and strategy | FC Barcelona
Dani Nieto is returning to Barçaville on Saturday. He took some time to sit down with and talk about his first months with Eibar and whether his team can turn heads at the Camp Nou. He even delved into the coming Real Madrid v Barça match.

Xavi January exit denied | Football Espana
It had been reported that Xavi was in negotiations for a winter move to the MLS but AS cite sources that insist the midfielder intends to see out the campaign at Camp Nou. It’s also thought that Xavi will get more playing time under Luis Enrique as the season progresses and the games become more crucial.

Arsenal made an offer for the 15-year-old Lionel Messi, writes Guillem Balague | Football News | Sky Sports
"He was intelligent with an extraordinary capacity for finishing. There were some doubts because of his lack of height, but they were easily outweighed by the quality of his playing. "Cagigao was one of the few, indeed, probably the only, European club scouts at these tournaments, so the offer from Arsenal was Leo’s first from a foreign club since he had arrived at Barcelona.

Zaragoza facing bankruptcy | Football Espana
The future of Real Zaragoza is in jeopardy after the Treasury called for the payment of a €25m debt on a timetable that threatens the club’s existence. AS reports €18.5m of historic debt has been cited by the authorities with the rest of the sum coming from late payment fees and interest.

Del Bosque ‘to leave after Euro 2016’ | Football Espana
Vicente Del Bosque has confirmed he intends to step down as Spain Coach after Euro 2016 and says he doesn’t regret resigning earlier. Del Bosque has been interviewed by AS and touched on a variety of subjects, from the international future of Fernando Torres, the fitness of Diego Costa and Gerard Pique and the quality - or lack thereof - of Spanish central defenders in La Liga.

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