Barça have seven games between now and the last international break of the year, which will be followed by the big trip to the Santiago Bernabéu. Four of those games are in La Liga, and three of those are at the Camp Nou (Rayo Vallecano, Eibar and Villarreal). The only way trip in the domestic championship will be to Getafe. The Champions League brings back-to-back encounters with Bate Borisov. The first in in Belarus, and the second is at the Camp Nou. There is also the first game in the Copa del Rey to loom forward, against an opponent and on a date yet to be confirmed.
The Spanish national team are back in action on Friday night for their penultimate qualifying match for the UEFA Euro 2016. Head coach Vicente del Bosque has called on four FC Barcelona players as La Roja look to stamp their ticket for the continental championship, to be held in France next summer. Spain currently lead Group C with 21 points, two more than Slovakia and five more than Ukraine. With a sizeable goal difference in hand, Del Bosque's side need only a draw in one of their final two qualifiers in order to clinch a spot at the big dance.
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Catalan publication Sport report the Spanish champions are looking for a new forward similar to former striker Henrik Larsson in terms of experience levels. Larsson signed for the club in 2004 and was a fan favourite throughout his time at the Nou Camp. Kuyt, who currently plays for Dutch side Feyenoord, spent six years at Liverpool making 286 appearances.
Toronto FC's Sebastian Giovinco is reportedly being considered by Barcelona, along with a long list of other options. The Atomic Ant finally exploded upon leaving Juventus and joining the Major League Soccer club, scoring 21 goals for his team so far. While their first option is Borussia Dortmund's Marco Reus, there is an extensive list of alternatives which includes Celta Vigo's Nolito, Salzburg's Jonathan Soriano, Al Rayyan's Sergio Garcia, Paris Saint-Germain's Ezequiel Lavezzi, and Giovinco himself.