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FC Barcelona News: 13 November 2015; Claudio Bravo Plays in Chile Draw, Nolito Transfer on the Rocks

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Chile held 1-1 at home by Colombia, Argentina v Brazil rained off | FC Barcelona
Chile have lost their one hundred per cent in World Cup qualifying after their game at home to Colombia on Thursday ended in a 1-1 draw. FC Barcelona goalkeeper Claudio Bravo played all 90 minutes for the Copa America champions, who went ahead thanks to a header from Bayern Munich’s Arturo Vidal on the stroke of half-time.

Andres Iniesta is Barca's Clasico kingpin - ESPN FC
Madrid coach Rafael Benitez was given a reminder of that when Isco was forced to withdraw from the Spain squad on Wednesday, while Luis Enrique will be paying particular attention to developments regarding Andres Iniesta, who retired early from training on the same day.

Barca hit Nolito stumbling block? | Football Espana
Barcelona’s financial situation reportedly means they can only approach to sign Celta Vigo forward Nolito on loan with the option to buy in January. According to Mundo Deportivo, the Catalans remain very much interested in the 29-year-old but would put their finances at risk if they proceeded to meet the player’s €18m release clause.

Leo Messi and Javier Mascherano: 10 years together | FC Barcelona
Leo Messi and Javier Mascherano are the only two Argentinian players on FC Barcelona’s first team. The duo are close on the pitch, playing for FC Barcelona and the Argentina national team, as well as off it, where they are united by a strong bond of friendship that began ten years ago.

Xavi: Impossible to call Clasico | Football Espana
Xavi Hernandez has conceded that the Clasico between Barcelona and Real Madrid next Saturday is too close to call. The two sides head into the Santiago Bernabeu showdown with contrasting fortunes, the Catalans’ beating Villarreal 3-0 while Los Blancos suffered a 3-2 defeat at Sevilla, but the midfielder insists form is out of the question when the pair lock horns.

Cristiano Ronaldo picks Lionel Messi to win Ballon d'Or - ESPN FC
Cristiano Ronaldo says the 2014-15 campaign was "probably the best season of my career," but he still predicted that Lionel Messi will win the Ballon d'Or for the fifth time in January. The Real Madrid star is a candidate to win his fourth at the ceremony in Zurich, but he admitted Messi has the advantage this year after the Argentine led Barcelona to the Treble last season.

Real Madrid could beat Barcelona with Gareth Bale on bench - ESPN FC
In the fickle world of football, and the even more fickle world of top football clubs, it doesn't take much to swing a season from calm and under control towards full-blown crisis. For the very biggest teams, the shift is only two negative results in a row.

FC Barcelona round off first week of preparation for Clásico | FC Barcelona
The FC Barcelona first team squad have rounded off this Thursday their first week of preparations for the Clásico against Real Madrid (Saturday, 21 November, 6.15pm CET). It was the third consecutive training session of the week without the players who are on international duty and Luis Enrique's squad worked out at Pitch 2 of the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper.

FC Barcelona players vote for FIFA FIFPRO World XI | FC Barcelona
The first team players at FC Barcelona have been exercising their right to vote in the election of candidates to form part of the FIFA FIFPro World XI 2015 which will be announced next January and the Ballon d’or Gala in Zurich.

Leo Messi nominated for 2015 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year | FC Barcelona
It has been a spectacular 2015 for Leo Messi, and as well as winning three major titles with the FC Barcelona first team, he’s also being recognised individually in all kinds of ways around the world. The latest has been his inclusion among the 12 candidates for the Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year award. The winner will be decided by an online vote, the results of which will be announced on December 14.

Filming of the new Lassa promo | FC Barcelona
Lassa Tyres, the leading manufacturer in Turkey, is official Football sponsor and main sponsor of the professional sections at FC Barcelona as of last summer. To reinforce links with the Club, the Turkish company has produced a new promotional video starring several members of the Barça first team. Arda Turan, Ivan Rakitic, Piqué, Luis Suárez and Neymar all turned actors for the day for the publicity campaign.