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FC Barcelona News: 9 October 2014; Brazil, Argentina Internationals Arrive in China, Josep Maria Bartomeu Attends ECA Meeting

Denis Doyle

China goes wild for Messi and Neymar | FC Barcelona
Leo Messi and Neymar Jr are the two biggest attractions of the Brazil versus Argentina match being played on Saturday in Beijing. Both fans and the media have gone wild at their presence in the city and the chance to see two of the world’s finest players, and two of the world’s finest teams, in action. Argentina and Brazil finished second and fourth at the recent World Cup in Brazil.

Xavi sees fierce competition | FC Barcelona
Xavi says the year is off to a great start under new coach Luis Enrique. "There are lots of reasons to think that things are going well. We are solid in defence, we're playing well, and we've got fierce competition," he said Tuesday afternoon in his hometown of Terrassa, Spain. There, he and former Barça player and coach Johan Cruyff have opened a field for groups at risk of social exclusion.The midfielder said that, for now, they are "on the right track." He said that things have gone well from the start, even as the team have undergone changes.

Luis Enrique bringing balance and a competitive edge to Barcelona - ESPN FC
While some question marks may remain over manager Luis Enrique's new Barcelona after the defensive shambles in Paris the other week, the form of the Blaugrana in La Liga and the way Enrique is using his squad offer hope that trophies will be coming to the Camp Nou this season.

Bartomeu attends ECA executive meeting in London | FC Barcelona
President Josep Maria Bartomeu has attended a European Club Association Executive Committee meeting at Stamford Bridge stadium in London. This is the second time that the ECA Executive Committee has met this season, and is taking place as part of the annual Leaders in Football event at Stamford Bridge, which is attended by people involved in football management from all around the world.

Are you a real Barça supporter? Write your own FC Barcelona history | FC Barcelona
As part of the commemorations of the Museum’s 30th anniversary, this Wednesday FC Barcelona has set up a brand new activity for fans to write their personal histories of the club. The activity is taking place via a new microsite available in Catalan, Spanish or English and that can be accessed using any kind of device. It shows a selection of highlights from almost 115 years of club history, and fans can choose their favourites.

Cristiano Ronaldo to retire at Real Madrid, despite Manchester United interest | Sky Sports
Mendes told Spanish radio station Cadena COPE: "Cristiano is very happy at Real Madrid and has always been very happy. He’s going to break all the records with Real Madrid and he’s going to retire here. "He is happy at Real Madrid and has always been happy here.

Ramos injury highlights Real Madrid's need for central reinforcements - ESPN FC
Whatever his state of fitness when the international break is over, Ramos will be rested for the league match against Levante with more than half an eye on the Oct. 26 Clasico. He may be a bit of a liability in terms of his red-card count, but the centre of Real's defence looks decidedly less than formidable without the team's second-longest serving player to marshal it.

Despite inconsistencies, progress being made at Atletico Madrid - ESPN FC
It has been a long, hard slog for Atletico Madrid since the first international break. Now as the second one arrives, with seven games gone in the club's quest to almost do the impossible and defend their La Liga crown, it seems a good time to take a step back and look at the goings-on in the Spanish capital.

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