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FC Barcelona News: 29 October 2014; 20-player Squad Named for Catalunya Super Cup, Javier Mascherano Named Player of the Year

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Barça get ready for the Catalunya Super Cup clash with Espanyol, while Mascherano gets recognition for his amazing season.

Alex Caparros

FC Barcelona v RCD Espanyol: Derby night | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona and RCD Espanyol meet this evening at 9.30 PM CET in the Estadi Montilivi (Girona) in the first ever edition of the Catalan Super Cup. The meeting between the two biggest clubs in Catalonia comes after neither side managed to collect three points at the weekend. Barça were beaten 3-1 in the Clasico with Real Madrid, while Espanyol played out a dull 0-0 draw at home to Deportivo.

20 named in Catalan Super Cup squad | FC Barcelona
Luis Enrique has announced his squad for the Catalan Super Cup match against Espanyol in Girona on Wednesday evening. He has picked 13 first team players plus seven from the reserves.

FC Barcelona players try out FIFA 15 | FC Barcelona
This Tuesday, the newly released video game FIFA 15 by EA Sports was made available to several FC Barcelona players so they could give it try. Eight of them got together in a quiet room at La Masia to have a go at the latest version of the famed series. The four on four virtual clash included Leo Messi, Neymar, Dani Alves, Gerard Piqué, Jordi Alba, Ivan Rakitic, Marc Bartra, and the youngster Munir El Haddadi. They got a first-hand look at all the newest features packed into this season's highly popular release.

Mascherano wins 2013/14 player of the year award | FC Barcelona
Javier Mascherano has been named FC Barcelona player of the year for 2013/14. On Wednesday morning, the Argentinian was presented with the award that honours Aldo Rovira, a club member who died in an accident in 2009. The recipient is decided each year by a jury formed by senior figures in the Catalan and Spanish media. Leo Messi has won three of the four previous editions, while Éric Abidal was honoured in 2011/12.

Messi, Eto’o and Munir nominated for best UEFA goal of all time | FC Barcelona
In honour of its 60th anniversary, UEFA is holding a vote for the ten best goals ever scored in any UEFA competition. Sixty goals have been short-listed for the contest, and these include three scored by Barça. The first is the one that Samuel Eto’o scored against Panathinaikos in the Champions League group stage, 2005. Then there’s Leo Messi scoring at the Bernabéu in the 2011 Champions League semi finals, and finally the long distance strike from Munir in last year’s UEFA Youth League Final against Benfica.

FC Barcelona the best football factory in Europe | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona is the best club in Europe when it comes to producing players according to French newspaper L’Équipe. The prestigious publication has highlighted a report by the CIES Football Observatory which concludes that the blaugranes have produced more players than any other club in Europe’s top five leagues.

Luis Enrique: "We stayed more than loyal to our way of playing football" | FC Barcelona
Luis Enrique believes that the Catalan Super Cup match against Espanyol on Wednesday has come at the perfect time. "It’s a chance to turn things around" he told today’s press conference, referring to the need to restore morale after the setback at the Santiago Bernabéu.

UD Cornella v R Madrid - 29th Oct 2014 | Preview | Copa del Rey | Sky Sports Football
Defending Copa del Rey champions Real Madrid will be looking to extend their winning run in all competitions to 10 games when they travel to Segunda B side Cornella.

Real Sociedad chief looking for Jagoba Arrasate 'alternatives' - ESPN FC
Real Sociedad president Jokin Aperribay has admitted to sounding out potential replacements for current coach Jagoba Arrasate, with Spanish media reports claiming David Moyes is one of the names being considered.

Real Madrid's James Rodriguez hails Isco, plays down Gareth Bale battle - ESPN FC
James Rodriguez says he is surprised at the quality of Real Madrid teammate Isco, while adding it is up to coach Carlo Ancelotti to decide whether to recall Gareth Bale to the team when he returns from injury.

Zinedine Zidane right to be banned - Spanish coaching chief - ESPN FC
The director of Spain's national centre for training coaches has denied suggestions his move to have Zinedine Zidane suspended was motivated by personal gain or a vendetta against the former France international.