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FC Barcelona News: 20 October 2015; Players Arrive in Belarus, Barça To Appeal UEFA Fine

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FC Barcelona in Minsk | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona are in Minsk for Tuesday’s duel against BATE Borisov. The flight, which is also carrying the U19 side, took off from Barcelona-El Prat airport at 2.45pm CETand landed in the Belarusian capital at 6.20pm CET. The Barça delegation is led by vice-president Jordi Mestre and directors Jordi Moix, Javier Bordas and Silvio Elías.

Match preview: BATE Borisov v FC Barcelona | FC Barcelona
Champions League football returns on Tuesday at 8.45pm CET with title holders FC Barcelona away to BATE Borisov in their third game in Group E. The Catalans currently top the table with four points from the first two fixtures.

Luis Enrique does not expect it to be easy | FC Barcelona
Once in Minsk and after Sergio Busquets’ appearance before the press, Luis Enrique took the stage in front of the gathered media. The Barça was cautious ahead of the game on Wednesday against BATE Borisov: “Favourites no. It is one of the tightest groups in the Champions League, we don’t expect anything to be easy.”

Infographic - BATE Borisov's statistics in Europe | FC Barcelona
All you need to know about the Belarusian club ahead of the Champions League clash against FC Barcelona.

Sergio Busquets believes winning both games against BATE should be enough to see Barça through | FC Barcelona
Sergio Busquets was given the job of speaking to the press the day before the game between BATE Borisov and FC Barcelona, the blaugranes third game in Group E in this season’s Champions League group stages. The midfielder cast his eye over Wednesday’s rivals and reflected upon Neymar’s stellar performance against Rayo Vallecano last Saturday in the league.

Luis Suárez: My first year at FC Barcelona was a dream | FC Barcelona
A year on from his FC Barcelona debut, Luis Suárez spoke to TV3 about his first campaign at the Camp Nou which he described as “a dream”. Despite winning the treble, the Uruguayan signaled his appetite for more success, stating: “We are aiming to win another league title, a second consecutive Champions League, the Club World Cup and continue making history with this club.”

Thomas Vermaelen receives medical green light for BATE trip | FC Barcelona
Thomas Vermaelen has received the medical green light and is a new addition to the FC Barcelona squad headed to Belarus to take on BATE Borisov on Tuesday 20 October (8.45pm CET). The Belgian centre-back had been out injured since 12 September during Barça’s visit to the Vicente Calderón.

Messi, Neymar, Luis Suárez, Iniesta, Rakitic and Mascherano, candidates for Ballon d'Or | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona's Lionel Messi, Neymar, Luis Suárez, Andrés Iniesta, Ivan Rakitic and Javier Mascherano have been included in the list of 23 candidates for the FIFA Ballon d'Or. On 30 November, FIFA and France Football will announce the names of the three finalists at an event to be streamed on the internet.

Real Madrid v FC Barcelona kick off time confirmed | FC Barcelona
The LFP has announced that the match between Real Madrid and FC Barcelona, on Matchday 12 of La Liga, will take place on Saturday 21 November at 6.15pm CET at the Santiago Bernabéu.

Jordi Mestre says Barça will appeal against UEFA fine and if necessary we will take legal advice | FC Barcelona
The vice-president Jordi Mestre, after having arrived in Minsk on Tuesday, gave his opinión on UEFA’s decisión to fine FC Barcelona for the presence of Catalan Independence flags at Camp Nou during the game against Bayer Leverkusen. “We are surprised. We will appeal against the decision, and if necessary, we will take legal advice.

Remembering Alexander Hlebs ill fated Barcelona spell - ESPN FC
In the list of Barca's treble winners, current BATE man Alexander Hleb will sit somewhere between the names of Martin Caceres, Douglas and Martin Montoya as players who were there for the ride, but had little impact on the course of the journey. In Hleb's case, though, it could have worked out differently.

Real Madrid lacking spark as Neymar rescues Barcelona - ESPN FC
Last season, Barcelona began Luis Enrique's first season in charge with a record eight straight clean sheets in La Liga. After Saturday's evening's 5-2 win over Rayo Vallecano at the Camp Nou, they have conceded at least once in 11 of their first 13 games so far this term.

FIFA OK four children of La Masia | FlyBarca
The FC Barcelona has received official approval Monday by FIFA to La Masia four children who were disabled to play again with the Barca shirt . Labinot Kabashi and Imad the Kabbou ( Cadet ) , Anssumane Fati ( Cadete B) and Xavi Simons ( Child B) were part of the group of 11 players who were left without a license to start the course . FIFA Club requested documents to regularize their situation even though none of them violated the rules.

Barcelona sent Braida to Italy on Sunday for international defender - Sport Witness
Barcelona sporting director Ariedo Braida travelled to Italy last weekend to watch the game between Lazio and Sassuolo. The Italian was casting his eye over the usual suspects, but there are claims he was also watching Sassuolo defender Sime Vrsaljko.