Luis Enrique welcomes back the final internationals | FC Barcelona
With just two days to go to the Clásico against Real Madrid, Luis Enrique now has all his available players at his disposition after the return of Neymar, Dani Alves, Claudio Bravo, Javier Mascherano, Arda Turan and Munir from international duty. The squad trained at the Ciutat Esportiva at Camp Tito Vilanova with the U19 squad member Paik also involved.
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With or without Messi? How Barcelona could line up against Real Madrid - Goal.com
Lionel Messi is back in full training ahead of the Clasico clash as Barcelona takes on Real Madrid at the weekend, but whether the 28-year-old will start after two months on the sidelines is still unknown. Barca boss Luis Enrique handed Luis Suarez his debut in the corresponding fixture last season. The Uruguayan striker was available again after a four-month ban and was given a surprise start as the Catalans lost 3-1 at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Lionel Messi to try for Clasico - ex-Barcelona chief Laporta - ESPN FC
"[Messi's fitness] is a crown secret, but in truth I have no [inside] information," Laporta told AS. "Messi is a winner, he loves this type of match because they are the best show in the world. The entire world will be watching and we are hopeful that he can play. If he is fit, for the most minimally fit that he is, he will play."
Andres Iniesta hopeful Lionel Messi will be fit for Clasico - ESPN FC
Barcelona captain Andres Iniesta says the more time Lionel Messi can spend on the pitch during Saturday's Clasico at Real Madrid the better. Messi's readiness to play at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday evening has been a huge talking point in the build up to the game -- with the Argentine not having featured for two months since injuring a ligament in his knee in late September.
Andrés Iniesta hoping for another memorable Clásico | FC Barcelona
Andrés Iniesta spoke to the press on Thursday afternoon, with little more than 48 hours to go before the Santiago Bernabéu is the venue for the first Clásico of the season. Barça have a three-point lead on their most direct rivals for the Liga title, but "more than where we are in the table, it’s our form that makes us feel confident" he insists.
Real Madrid vs Barcelona Stats you need to know for Clasico - ESPN FC
The Clasico is once again upon us as Real Madrid prepare to host Barcelona at the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday. The capital club lies second in the La Liga table, three points adrift of the Catalans, ensuring Madridistas will be pushing their side on to climb level with their fierce rivals atop the table. Here are some league stats to keep in mind ahead of another edition of world football's greatest rivalry.
Messi Neymar Suarez ahead of Ronaldo for Ballon d'Or - ESPN FC
Former Barcelona striker Hristo Stoichkov believes the club's current attacking trio of Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez should all be on the 2015 Ballon d'Or podium -- ahead of 2013 and 2014 winner Cristiano Ronaldo. Messi is the favourite to regain the award he has previously won four times, with teammate Neymar also tipped to be among the top three after a fine run of form during the opening months of the 2015-16 campaign.
Barcelona defence more important than Messi pre-Clasico - ESPN FC
Barcelona will face Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday in what is certainly the Catalans' most important match of the season so far. While Barcelona's current three-point cushion over their historical rivals at the top of the La Liga table means that a potential defeat would not hurt their chances of retaining the title, the opportunity of denting Madrid's confidence is too attractive to miss.
Leo Messi and El Clásico: a decade in the making | FC Barcelona
The El Clásico that was played ten years ago, on 19 November 2005, which Barça won 3–0, has long been remembered for the standing ovation that the Santiago Bernabéu gave Ronaldinho for his astounding exhibition. But something else happened that day: it was the day Lionel Messi made his El Clásico debut.
Barça Quiz: El Clásico Edition | FC Barcelona
Test your knowledge on the build-up to Saturday’s game with these 10 questions
FC Barcelona technical secretary Robert Fernández on the Clásico | FC Barcelona
Robert Fernández has cast his eye over the latest events at Barça just 48 hours ahead of the Clásico. In an interview with radio station Esports Cope he commented: "It’s an important game, but three points. It will be a tough duel." The first team technical secretary was in agreement with Luis Suárez’s statements from Wednesday:
Real Madrid v Barcelona: Guillem Balague previews El Clasico | Sporting Life
Lionel Messi has been training with the group since Thursday, which means he is available and should travel. Nobody expects otherwise. The problem is that he has been out for 54 days and Barcelona have done well in his absence with seven victories, one draw and one defeat. My guess would be that he starts on the bench - why risk him?
Mediaset to follow Barça’s Club World Cup campaign - SportsPro Media
The network will provide coverage of the tournament from the semi-final stage, when FC Barcelona, the reigning Spanish and European champions, enter the competition. Coverage will be provided on Mediaset’s Telecinco, Cuatro and Energy channels.
Martinez outlines Barcelona buy-back options on Deulofeu | FourFourTwo
The player cannot be bought back in January, nor could Barcelona swoop for Deulofeu simply to sell him on immediately for a profit. "They can't do that," he explained at a news conference. "There are certain things in the deal. They can't take him back in the winter so they can't take him back in January. It can only be at the end of the season. It is €9m for the first year and €12m in the second year.
Roma forward Gervinho sidelined and will miss Barcelona - ESPN FC
Roma have been dealt a blow ahead of a condensed period of important fixtures by losing Gervinho to a thigh injury. Gervinho, 28, picked up a thigh strain while on international duty last week, and faces three weeks on the sidelines, according to his club.
FC Barcelona players take each other on at FIFA16 | FC Barcelona
The FC Barcelona players may get to enjoy the real thing on a weekly basis, but that doesn’t mean they don’t also enjoy virtual footy too! And the third edition of the Pro Player Tournament organised by EA Sports, an official partner of the club since 2013, gave us the perfect chance to see if they’re as good with the videogame controls as they are with their feet.
Ex-Barcelona star Johan Cruyff 'convinced' he will win cancer fight | Sky Sports
The former Ajax and Barcelona winger revealed details of his illness last month, saying the disease had been discovered following recent tests in Catalonia. Cruyff, who captained the Netherlands to the World Cup final in 1974 and was one of the proponents of the 'total football' philosophy, quit his role as an advisor for Ajax earlier this week.