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FC Barcelona News: 22 October 2015; Referee Makes El Clasico Corruption Claim, Johan Cruyff Diagnosed With Cancer

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BATE Borisov v FC Barcelona: Rakitic brace seals win in Belarus (0-2) | FC Barcelona
Breaking down BATE Borisov proved to be as tricky as Luis Enrique had suggested before the game. There was never any doubt that his was the better of the two sides in tonight’s Champions League clash in Belarus, but getting the scoreboard to reflect that supremacy was another matter entirely. In end it was substitute Ivan Rakitic who delivered the goods, scoring twice early in the second half to leave the Catalans top of Group E at the halfway stage.

Barcelona Netherlands great Cruyff has lung cancer - reports - ESPN FC
Cruyff discovered on Tuesday that he was suffering from the disease and will now undergo further tests to ascertain how much the condition has advanced, Catalunya Radio and RAC1 both reported on Thursday morning citing sources close to former player and coach.

El Clasico match-fixing claims investigated by Spanish anti-corruption authorities - Mirror Online
Spanish anti-corruption police are investigating match-fixing claims after an assistant referee expected to officiate El Clásico claimed he was being pressured to favour Real Madrid. The game, which is the most important in Spanish sport and considered one of the world’s biggest football matches, is due to take place at Madrid’s Santiago Bernabeu stadium on November 21.

Referee told to back Madrid in Barcelona Clasico says lawyer - ESPN FC
Jacinto Vicente, the lawyer of the unnamed official, told Sport that a formal complaint has been made to the public prosecutor's office in Barcelona, with the assistant referee told to "prejudice the interests of one of the clubs, Barcelona."

Busquets and Rakitic boost Barcelona - ESPN FC
The stature of Barcelona's Champions League rivals last Tuesday means that Luis Enrique will resist taking too many big conclusions from his side's 2-0 win over BATE Borisov, but the coach can nonetheless be quietly pleased with how his midfield performed.

First double for Rakitic in an FC Barcelona shirt | FC Barcelona
Ivan Rakitic was the star of the game, scoring his first ever double in an FC Barcelona shirt, although it was by no means the first of his professional career. For Schalke 04 (2009-10) he once scored twice in a Bundesliga match and for Sevilla he achieved the feat twice in 2012/13 and twice again in 2013/14.

Perfect moment to score for Rakitic | FC Barcelona
Ivan Rakitic was one of the stand out performers in Barça’s win over BATE Borisov in Belarus. His first two goals of the season gave the blaugranes the win. "I have had chances to score before but it has not happened. The most important thing is to help the team, it’s not easy to play here.

Sergi Roberto out for seven to ten days | FC Barcelona
Tests on Wednesday morning reveal that first team player Sergi Roberto has pulled an adductor tendon in his left groin. He is expected to be out of action for seven to ten days.

Neymar is filling Barcelona's Lionel Messi gap, say teammates | Sky Sports
The Brazilian, who has eight goals in 10 appearances this season, provided both assists for Ivan Rakitic's goals in Barcelona's 2-0 Champions League win over BATE Borisov on Tuesday evening as well as netting four against Rayo Vallecano in La Liga last Saturday.

Luis Enrique pleased with clean sheet | FC Barcelona
Naturally enough, Luis Enrique was happy with the 2-0 win in Belarus. "We played well both in attack and in defence" he said after the final whistle. "Not letting in a goal is always a good sign." This was the first time the team has kept a clean sheet in eight games.

Eibar to defend unbeaten away record at Camp Nou | FC Barcelona
Until last season, Eibar had never met FC Barcelona before. After the Basque club won promotion to the First Division for the first time in 2014, they finally came to the Camp Nou. They lost that day and suffered the same fate in the return at Ipurua. This season under new manager José Luis Mendilibar they have got off to a cracking start in La Liga, as they did last year under Gaizka Garitano, where they were eighth at the halfway stage.

Two new FIFA authorisations for youth players | FC Barcelona
This Wednesday morning, FC Barcelona has received authorisation from FIFA for two more members of its youth academy to be able to compete for their respective teams under current regulations. Having reviewed all of the documentation presented by the Club by instance of the new FIFA requirements of recent months, the international governing body has accepted these two latest licenses.

This week's top five goals, made in La Masia | FC Barcelona
In keeping with its weekly ritual, the Barça TV program, 'Promeses,' has once again selected the best five goals from the previous weekend. This week's number one slot goes to the U-18 team's Jordi Mboula, whose header his team a last-minute victory.

BATE Borisov v FC Barcelona U19: Convincing display in Belarus (0-3) | FC Barcelona
After drawing with Roma and Bayer Leverkusen, the FC Barcelona U19 team picked up their first win in the UEFA Youth League against a BATE Borisov side that struggled to cope with a visitor that governed the possession and created almost all the chances.

Barcelona to send scouts to watch SIX players | Sport
The first player that they intend to keep an eye on is former Manchester United and Arsenal striker Robin Van Persie, who currently plays for Fenerbahce. The other five players that the Catalan club are looking at are five Ajax youngsters Riechedly Bazoer, Davy Klaassen, Jairo Riedewald, Anwar El Ghazi and Arkadiusz Milik.

Back to the Barça Future | FC Barcelona
Today is the historic day for film buffs. October 21, 2015 is the day when Marty McFly, played by Michael J Fox in Robert Zemeckis’ hugely popular Back to the Future series, arrived in a world of flying cars, hoverboards and automatic shoelaces. To honour the occasion, we thought it would be fun to take a look back at what was happening at FC Barcelona on the other days that are visited in the trilogy.

The South Korean navy comes to Camp Nou | FC Barcelona
This week the site of men in white uniforms has been a constant in the city of Barcelona. With their cameras and mobile phones at hand these immaculately turned out young men and women are none other South Korean navy trainees who are in town after two training ships arrived earlier in the week at the city’s port.