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FC Barcelona News: 16 October 2015; Full Squad Back in Training, Barça Get Copa del Rey Opponent

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Final tuneup ahead of visit from Rayo Vallecano | FC Barcelona
After the international break, FC Barcelona head back into league play this Saturday at Camp Nou against Rayo Vallecano. Barça's international players trickled back in throughout the week and on Friday the team was finally a complete unit once again.

When and where to watch FC Barcelona v Rayo Vallecano | FC Barcelona
After the international break La Liga returns when Luis Enrique's squad face Rayo Vallecano at 8:30pm CET Saturday at Camp Nou. The match will be on TV in a wide variety of countries on many different channels. But if it’s not being shown where you are, fear not, for you can always listen to live English language commentary on Radio Barça — there will be a link to it on the homepage just before kick off.

A closer look at Messi, Neymar and Suárez, aka The Trident | FC Barcelona
The offensive trio formed by Lionel Messi, Neymar Jr. and Luis Suárez was forever immortalised in an iconic photograph taken last season during the team's historic and unprecedented second treble-winning campaign. Now they're back, and have taken part in an exclusive photo shoot for Barça Magazine, the official publication of FC Barcelona, which is published in Spanish and Catalan and in the coming days will arrive at the homes of the Club's members.

Javi Guerra: Barça are a team of matchwinners | FC Barcelona
Javi Guerra has been scoring goals ever since he turned professional and during his time at Valladolid he scored against Barça both at Camp Nou and the Nueva José Zorrilla. Now, in the colours of Rayo Vallecano, he returns to Barcelona with the aim once again of helping his side get something out of their trip to take on Barça.

Barcelona depleted squad face struggle until transfer window - ESPN FC
Perhaps more importantly, long-term injuries to midfield maestro Andres Iniesta and star forward Lionel Messi haven't helped either. In fact, their absence has only accentuated that, without their inspirational No. 8 and Argentinean talisman, the team simply can't perform at the level of excellence Cules have been spoilt with in recent years.

They were there: witnesses to Leo Messi's league debut 11 years ago | FC Barcelona
On the 16 October 2004, Leo Messi made his first appearance in a league game for Barça. The team then coached by Frank Rijkaard won 1-0 in the derby against Espanyol at the Olympic Stadium in Montjuïc. The Dutch coach gave the 17 year old Argentine his first taste of league action, bringing him on to replace Deco with just 8 minutes of the contest remaining.

It's FC Barcelona v CF Villanovense in the last 32 of the Copa del Rey | FC Barcelona
At midday on Friday at La Ciudad del Fútbol of Las Rozas in Madrid, the pairings for the last 32 of this year's Copa del Rey were drawn and FC Barcelona was paired with CF Villanovense, currently in the Second Division. CF Villanovense, from Villanueva de la Serena in Badajoz, Extremadura, was founded in 1992 and has never faced Barça. They are currently in 14th place in group 4 with 9 points through 8 games.

David Villa says offseason loan to Barcelona unlikely - ESPN FC
"I am getting calls from everywhere ever since they found out we cannot be [mathematically] in the playoffs," Villa said on Spanish program El Murcielago on Levante TV about the end to New York City FC's season. "They make the hypothesis that I will be loaned out. But I don't think that would be the best decision for the club, they will want me to rest.

Is Barcelona superstar Neymar out of control or just an easy target? -
These are the facts. The Barcelona player was given time off by his club to spend in the way he saw fit. The suspension picked up during the Copa America — for a petulant act that, yes, can be criticized — meant he was unavailable for selection for Brazil.

Santos deny pursuing Neymar ban | Football Espana
Santos have made it clear that they did not specifically request Neymar to be banned for his role in his controversial 2013 transfer to Barcelona. Globoesporte reported on Thursday that the Brazilian club’s President Modesto Roma had demanded his side’s former forward to be slapped with a six-month suspension for acting in "bad faith" during negotiations with La Blaugrana.

Neymar Sr says Santos 'going against an idol' - ESPN FC
The father of Brazil and Barcelona star Neymar has accused Santos of "going against an idol" in the wake of the club's request for FIFA to suspend his son six months for breach of contract terms regarding his transfer from the Sao Paulo club to Barcelona in 2013.

Porto goalkeeper Iker Casillas ranks Barcelona's Lionel Messi his most-feared opponent -
Former Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas has labelled Barcelona star Lionel Messi the opponent he has had the most difficulty facing. The custodian regularly faced off with the Argentine in El Clasico before moving to Porto, and still considers the Argentine the best he has ever faced.

Barca pip United to Athletic defender | WhoScored
Barcelona have piped Manchester United to the signing of highly rated central defender Aymeric Laporte, according to the Daily Mirror. Laporte, 21, has been heavily linked with a move away from Athletic Club in the last 12 months. However, United have reportedly missed out on his signature with Barcelona in pole to wrap up the £35m deal.

Barca-Juve, Vrsaljko derby | Football Italia
Juventus are after Sassuolo full-back Sime Vrsaljko, but may have to face the competition of Barcelona. The Bianconeri need either a replacement or at least some backup for Stephan Lichtsteiner, who underwent surgery at the beginning of this month over some breathing trouble.

Rwanda Select XI to Play Barca Legends in Charity Match -
A charity football match between legends of reigning European champions FC Barcelona and a Rwanda select XI team will take place on December 6 at Amahoro national stadium. Former Spain international, now an ambassador for FC Barcelona, Luis Garcia, was recently in the country and met with officials from the Ministry of Sports and Culture.

FC Barcelona launches the 'Social Button' to bring Match Day to life | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona today announced a major upgrade to its official mobile app that will now let fans share their team passion in a more personal, unique way. This new development is the result of the agreement between FC Barcelona and Inc., the fastest growing social network in the area of sport with more than four million users around the world.