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FC Barcelona News: 28 October 2014; Four Barça Players Named for Ballon D'Or, Three Others Win La Liga Awards

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The week continues with Barça players featured in many award nominations, including the prestigious Ballon D'or trophy and the La Liga awards for last season's campaign.

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Messi, Neymar, Iniesta and Mascherano candidates for FIFA Ballon d'Or 2014 | FC Barcelona
Four Barça players have been shortlisted for the FIFA Ballon d’Or 2014. They are Leo Messi, Neymar Jr, Andrés Iniesta and Javier Mascherano. FIFA and France Football magazine announced on Tuesday morning those players nominated for the award which is given to the best player of the calendar year.

Iniesta, Rakitic and Rafinha win LFP awards | FC Barcelona
The Spanish Professional Football League (LFP) held its Gala Awards for the 2013/14 season on Monday evening in Madrid, and there was plenty in the way of prizes for FC Barcelona. Three first team members, Andrés Iniesta, Ivan Rakitic and Rafinha Alcántara won in their categories, as did Jean Marie Dongou of Barça B.

Ivan Rakitic: "Luis Enrique has very clear ideas" | FC Barcelona
Ivan Rakitic believes that "Luis Enrique has very clear ideas" and that he is a coach that "prepares every detail." The blaugrana number 4 says in an interview with uefa.com that his performances do not just depend on him but also on the players that surround him: "We all need to do well so that the car goes."

Espanyol v FC Barcelona: The last four Copa Catalunya finals | FC Barcelona
Espanyol and Barça face each other in the first ever edition of the Catalan Super Cup on Wednesday night at the Estadi Montilivi in Girona. The tournament has been created as a complement to the Copa Catalunya and features Catalonia’s two top flight clubs.

Ballon d'Or award: Five Premier League players on shortlist but Luis Suarez omitted | Football News | Sky Sports
Five Premier League players have been named on the 23-man shortlist for the prestigious FIFA Ballon d’Or award - with Luis Suarez a high-profile omission.

Real Madrid 3-1 Barcelona: Luis Suarez start was 'probably wrong decision' | Football News | Sky Sports
The Uruguayan striker made his first start for Barcelona in the biggest game in Spanish football following his summer move from Liverpool, but it was a bittersweet occasion for him as his team lost 3-1 at the Bernabeu and he was substituted after 69 minutes.

La Liga: Real Madrid vow to fight suspension handed to Zinedine Zidane | Football News | Sky Sports
According to reports in Spain, Zidane was on Monday handed a three-month ban by the Spanish football federation (RFEF) for coaching Real Madrid Castilla - who play in the third-tier Segunda Division B division - without having the level three coaching licence required in Spain.

Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo wins the 'Best Player in La Liga' award | Football News | Sky Sports
The Portuguese star also received the ‘Best Forward of La Liga’ award for last season’s performances, while receiving the prize for ‘Best Goal’ of the campaign thanks to his superb backheel volley against Valencia in May.

Barcelona's Mathieu surprised to play left-back, see Suarez on the wing - ESPN FC
Barcelona defender Jeremy Mathieu has appeared to criticise his team's tactics during the 3-1 clasico defeat to Real Madrid last weekend, while saying he was "surprised" to have been asked to play the game at full-back and that Luis Suarez was played on the wing.