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FC Barcelona News: 25 October 2014; Luis Suarez Named to His First Barça Match Squad, Lionel Messi up for Award

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The Clasico 18 | FC Barcelona
Sergio Busquets returns after missing the Ajax match with a hip injury, but there are no places for Masip, Vermaelen, Montoya, Rafinha or Sandro. The injured Douglas and Adriano also miss out on the trip to Madrid.

Luis Enrique: "Clasicos should be heated, fun and entertaining" | FC Barcelona
Great expectation in the press room at the Ciutat Esportiva. In the traditional pre-game press conference ahead of Madrid-Barça, Luis Enrique revealed his thoughts before his first Clásico as a coach. He is clear about what he wants from his players: "We will go out there with the same footballing ideas and the same attitude as always. That, according to the coach, is "going after the from the start, without sitting back, having the ball and deserving the victory"

Real Madrid v FC Barcelona: As good as it gets | FC Barcelona
The first Clasico of the season is here. FC Barcelona are going back to the Santiago Bernabéu 216 days after Leo Messi led the charge in a 4-3 win over Real Madrid with a spectacular hat-trick. Seven months later, Barça are going back with Luis Enrique on the bench and a four point lead that could become seven if the Catalans win again today.

Real Madrid – FC Barcelona, The Clasico: Did you know....?.. | FC Barcelona
The last time a game ended without goals between the two was on November 23 2002 at the Camp Nou. The last time Barça went to the Bernabeu with a four point lead in the league they came away with a famous 2-6 win.

Infographic for the Clasico at the Bernabéu | FC Barcelona
All the information on goals scored and conceded in the League by Madrid and FC Barcelona

A global Clasico | FC Barcelona
There was massive coverage of Luis Enrique’s press conference at the Ciutat Esportiva the day before the Clasico, with reporters from England, France, Italy, Brazil, Chile, Mexico, Ecuador, the USA and Argentina amongst others, as well as global TV and agencies such as AFP, AP, Reuters or Bein Sport.

The Clasico: Real Madrid-FC Barcelona through the eyes of international journalists | FC Barcelona
The international press confirm the global reach of a match such as Real Madrid-Barça. Journalists from well respected media outlets analyse the international impact of the Clasico. This Saturday’s game will surely be one of the global sporting events of the year. For that reason, we sought the opinions of journalists from around the world on the subject of the weekend’s clash in the Santiago Bernabéu.

Real Madrid v Barcelona: The irresistible force meets the irresistible force | Eurosport
This week’s Clasico is already being underscored by its usual epic dimensions. Yet, amid the hype, there was a moment of quiet. Andres Iniesta has always been as thoughtful off the pitch as he is creative on it and he attempted to put the cacophony into some kind of context.

Former players anticipate a close Clasico | FC Barcelona
Several former FC Barcelona and Real Madrid players agree on one thing: they are convinced Saturday's clash at the Santiago Bernabeu will be entertaining. Many of them got together for a friendly in Panama on October 11 and spoke about this year's first Clasico.

The days in the run up to the Clasico | FC Barcelona
We look back at the news and events of this last week in the run up to the much awaited Madrid-Barça clash this Saturday

Goalkeeper debuts in the Clasico | FC Barcelona
Since Barça totally renovated the goalkeeping position this offseason, it is inevitable that one of them will play their first Clasico Saturday. Claudio Bravo, Marc-Andre ter Stegen and Jordi Masip have never played in one and so the list of first-timers will be updated. Situations like this have produced varying degrees of success.

Six strikers ready for the Clasico | FC Barcelona
With Luis Suárez back from his ban, Luis Enrique can finally choose form a full pack of strikers for Saturday’s game against Madrid, with Leo Messi, Neymar Jr, Luis Suárez, Pedro Rodríguez, Sandro Ramírez and Munir El Haddadi all available.

Barcelona's Luis Suarez adamant biting days are behind him ahead of El Clasico return against Real Madrid | Sky Sports
The Uruguay star was banned by FIFA for biting Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup in Brazil - the third time in his professional career he has bitten a fellow player. The 27-year-old was also suspended for seven games for biting PSV Eindhoven's Otman Bakkal while playing for Ajax in 2010 and he was then handed a 10-game ban for biting Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic while at Liverpool in 2013.

Final training ahead of the Clasico | FC Barcelona
The squad put in a final training session on the Camp Tito Vilanova at the Ciutat Esportiva this morning, ahead of Saturday’s big game in Madrid with Luis Enrique having the chance to work with all of his available players plus Barça B youngsters Sandro and Munir. Sergio Busquets continues to recover from the injury that kept him out on Tuesday , whilst Adriano,Douglas and Vermaelen all worked apart.

ESPN FC's Guide to El Clasico
Real Madrid strengthened in the summer but the departures of Xabi Alonso and Angel Di Maria robbed them of players who helped provide balance in midfield. Barcelona, on the other hand, have retained a familiar structure and haven't yet enjoyed the benefit of their major arrival, Luis Suarez.

Messi in line for Goal of the Season Award | FC Barcelona
Leo Messi, Giovani dos Santos and Cristiano Ronaldo are the three players nominated by the LFP for the 2013/14 Spanish League Goal of the Season Awards. Messi’s goal was a superb in-swinging free kick scored against Almeria at the Camp Nou.

Carlo Ancelotti: Pepe and Sergio Ramos fit for Real Madrid in clasico - ESPN FC
Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti looks likely to spring no surprises in his team selection for Sunday's clasico against Barcelona at the Bernabeu, despite joking that he could rethink his whole lineup. Isco is set to continue in a deep midfield role with Gareth Bale sidelined by a muscle injury, while centre-halves Sergio Ramos and Pepe have recovered from fitness problems and trained on Friday.

Peter Lim completes Valencia takeover for 100 million euros | ESPN FC
The sale of Valencia Football Club has been finalized. On Friday afternoon the necessary paperwork was signed simultaneously in Madrid and Valencia, sealing a new era for the club, which has never since its foundation in 1919 been controlled by foreign ownership. Peter Lim, after 10 months of negotiations, thus becomes Valencia's new owner, with 70 percent of the club's shares under his control.

Alvaro Negredo fit, makes first squad for Valencia - ESPN FC
Alvaro Negredo has made Valencia's squad for the first time since breaking a foot before his move from Manchester City. The Spanish striker can make his debut for Valencia against regional rivals Elche at Mestalla Stadium on Saturday.

Celta Vigo beat Levante 3-0 | Sky Sports Football
Joaquin Larrivey opened the scoring in the 27th minute and the Argentinian made it 2-0 with seven minutes to go, taking his league tally for the season to six. Substitute Alex Lopez then wrapped up Celta's biggest league win since April with a late third following a glaring mistake by visiting goalkeeper Diego Marino, leaving Levante - who this week sacked Jose Luis Mendilibar and replaced him with Lucas Alcaraz - stuck in the bottom two on five points.

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