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FC Barcelona News: 7 October 2014; Marc Bartra Called Up by Spain, Non-Internationals Continue Training

Alex Grimm

Marc Bartra picked for Spain | FC Barcelona
Marc Bartra has been named in the Spain side that has Euro 2016 qualifiers this week against Slovakia and Luxembourg. Vicente del Bosque called upon the defender after learning that Real Madrid’s Sergio Ramos is out through injury. He thus joins five Barça team-mates, Iniesta, Sergio, Piqué, Jordi Alba and Pedro in the side.

More records on the horizon for Claudio Bravo | FC Barcelona
At Vallecas, Claudio Bravo broke Pedro María Artola’s record for the longest unbeaten start to a season (1977/78). Another clean sheet took the Chilean’s total run up to 630 minutes, i.e. seven entire games. No other top flight club in Europe has yet to let in a goal in this season, and the Barça keeper is now on course for further milestones.

Bravo, Claudio - Barca's perfect stopper - ESPN FC
The debate about who should replace the legendary Victor Valdes between the posts at the Camp Nou was incredibly heated before the season. Newly arrived manager Luis Enrique had to choose between giving 22-year-old Marc-Andre ter Stegen enough time to develop his full potential in a new league or relying on Bravo's experience at the highest level, both in Spain and with his national team.

Leo Messi: 100 league assists | FC Barcelona
He supplied his first assist on 19 November 2005 against Real Madrid, and in the nine years that followed he has now provided goal assists against a massive 29 different Liga teams, with Real Madrid, Levante and Valencia being his main victims, with seven assists each, followed by Getafe (6), Osasuna, Malaga, Almeria, Sevilla and Rayo Vallecano (all 5).

First session of the week | FC Barcelona
The first team was back at work on Tuesday morning on pitch two at the Ciutat Esportiva. After giving his players two days off, Luis Enrique ran a session involving six first team players (Masip, Montoya, Douglas, Adriano, Alves and Xavi) and five from Barça B (José Aurelio Suárez, Samper, Joan Román, Adama and Dongou). The injured Rafinha was absent doing specific exercises, while Vermaelen appeared on the pitch but worked out in isolation.

All there is to know about Barça's season so far | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona started the season strongly. Nine official matches: seven wins, two draws and just one defeat. We look back to review what has so far given it the course. The leadership in both the league and Champions League matches, certificant renewed air of equip conducted by Luis Enrique.

Jordi Moix, new secretary of Board of Directors | FC Barcelona
The Board of Directors decided at today’s ordinary meeting to make Jordi Moix its new secretary, as well as president of the Disciplinary Commission. Toni Freixa, who has sat on the board since it won the elections in 2010, has departed.

Valdes in talks to join Liverpool -
Liverpool are closing in on the signing of Victor Valdes with the former Barcelona goalkeeper set to undergo a medical in the next fortnight, Goal understands. Valdes is a free agent after running down his contract with the Catalan giants in the summer but has been sidelined since March with an anterior cruciate ligament injury.

‘Barca & Espanyol would quit La Liga’ | Football Espana
"Barcelona and Espanyol would not play in the Spanish League if Catalonia becomes independent for the following reason: the Sports Act [in Spain] has an additional provision that only one non-Spanish state can play in La Liga or official Spanish competitions, and that is Andorra," he explained.

Nuno hails attacking style after Valencia victory over Atlético Madrid | Sid Lowe | Football |
Seven games into the season Valencia are second and unbeaten, having won five and drawn two – away at Sevilla and Real Sociedad. They have won four from four at home, scoring 12 times. They have let in four goals and only Real Madrid and Barcelona have scored more. When the Spain squad was named on Friday two of the three strikers were from Valencia, Paco Alcácer shouting into the showers after training to tell his team-mate Rodrigo that he was in too.

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