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FC Barcelona News: 21 November 2015; 18-Man Match Squad Arrives in Madrid, Everything Ready for El Clasico

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FC Barcelona team arrive in Madrid for the Clásico | FC Barcelona
The eighteen players picked by Luis Enrique have arrived in Madrid for the Clásico, which kicks off today at 6.15pm CET. The charter flight left El Prat Airport at 10.00am CET and landed in the Spanish capital at 11.20am CET.

El Clásico Preview: Real Madrid v FC Barcelona | FC Barcelona
The term ‘Clásico’ originates from Latin America – used to refer to a direct meeting between the two biggest clubs in a league championship. The expression has been adopted in Europe to describe the game between the two biggest clubs in La Liga.

Real Madrid v Barcelona preview: El Clasico kick-off time, TV details, match facts, odds and more - Eurosport British
Barcelona are three points clear of Rafael Benitez's Madrid at the summit of Liga, and know a win away from home could see them stretch that advantage to six. Which is a notable advantage even at this early stage of the season. The fierce level of competitions between these teams is perhaps best reflected in the history of the fixture. Over 170 matches, Real Madrid have won 71, Barcelona 67 with 32 draws. It remains a difficult fixture to call either way.

El Clasico showdown at Bernabeu as Real Madrid meet Barca - ESPN FC
While Lionel Messi's will-he-won't-he fitness struggle has dominated the lead-up to El Clasico at the Bernabeu this Saturday, Real Madrid have concerns of their own and need to get back on track after a damaging defeat to Sevilla last time out.

Messi and Rakitic in squad for Clásico in Madrid | FC Barcelona
The day before travelling to Madrid, FC Barcelona coach Luis Enrique has announced his squad for Saturday’s Clásico against Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabéu on Saturday at 6.15pm CET. The squad list includes the names of Leo Messi and Ivan Rakitic who both return after recovering from injury. The Argentine is available once again following the knee problem which has kept him out since the game against Las Palmas on 26 September.

Luis Enrique: Messi is fit again | FC Barcelona
Luis Enrique appeared in the press room at the Ciutat Esportiva a day ahead of the all important Clásico against Real Madrid in the Santiago Bernabéu. The question that was on everybody’s lips did not take long to arrive and the answer from the Barça boss was as clear as it could be.

Luis Suarez returns with Barcelona to the Bernabeu - ESPN FC
For Luis Suarez, the Bernabeu is a beginning. On Saturday evening he returns to the stadium where he played his first game after serving Part One of his ban for biting Giorgio Chiellini at the 2014 World Cup -- and he's doing it three days after finally serving Part Two of his ban for biting Giorgio Chiellini at the 2014 World Cup.

The build-up to Real Madrid v FC Barcelona | FC Barcelona
All the latest news before the Santiago Bernabéu hosts the first Clásico of the season at 6.15pm CET.

Barcelona's Neymar doesn't fear 'hostile' Real Madrid fans - ESPN FC
The Brazil captain has stepped up in the absence of Lionel Messi, who's been sidelined with a knee injury since Sept. 26 but has been given clearance to return to action on Saturday. The former Santos man has scored 10 goals and given an additional six assists in the 10 games the Argentine has missed.

Three seasons in and now nobody thinks Bale is better than Neymar - Goal.com
It was the question many soccer fans were asking in Spain - who was the better signing - Gareth Bale or Neymar? The Welshman and the Brazilian both moved to La Liga in 2013 and were tipped as future superstars for Real Madrid and Barcelona. But three seasons in, only one of them is living up to the billing.

Goals plentiful in Clásicos over last five years | FC Barcelona
This Saturday in the Santiago Bernabéu at 6.15pm CET there is the small matter of the Clásico between a Barça side who lead the league by three points over nearest rivals Real Madrid. Luis Enrique’s team come into the game with nine wins and two defeats in the league, whilst the side coached by Rafa Benítez have won seven, drawn three and lost one.

Eurosport Roundtable: Has El Clasico become world sport's greatest event? - Eurosport British
There are bigger events, but the Clasico is certainly sport’s best rivalry – boasting a century of history, balanced competition (Real lead the all-time series 92-89), genuine enmity and tons of drama. Few occasions stop the football world – even fewer carry huge significance regardless of the competition. Oh, and there’s a good chance that the four best footballers in the world will be sharing the same pitch on Saturday. I’d watch.

Clasico takes centre stage | Football Espana
The first Clasico of the season is finally upon us as Real Madrid and Barcelona prepare to lock horns in the Spanish capital at 17:15 GMT. In what is set to be the most-watched Clasico in history, with over 600 million viewers in over 170 countries likely to tune in, neither has there been so much intrigue building up to the match.

Extraordinary security measures for FC Barcelona v AS Roma | FC Barcelona
On the occasion of the coming UEFA Champions League match between FC Barcelona and AS Roma on Tuesday, 24 November at Camp Nou, FC Barcelona and the Catalan police force, the Mossos d’Esquadra, have established a set of extraordinary security measures to increase the safety of those in attendance.

Toronto Blue Jays slugger José Bautista meets the FC Barcelona players | FC Barcelona
Toronto Blue Jays slugger and avowed FC Barcelona fan José Bautista fulfilled one of his dreams on Thursday when he met the Barça players after their training session at the Ciutat Esportiva in Sant Joan Despí, a suburb of Barcelona.

Ronald de Boer: El Clásico tough to predict | FC Barcelona
When former FC Barcelona and Dutch national team player Ronald de Boer was asked which team he thought would win this weekend's El Clásico, he stonewalled. "The Bernabéu is always tough and, so, you can't say there's a clear favourite," he said.

FC Barcelona agenda for November 21 and 22 | FC Barcelona
There are no doubts about the biggest event of the weekend for FC Barcelona. It’s the showdown at the Santiago Bernabéu on Saturday. But there are plenty of other sporting goodies going on, and here’s our weekly round-up of the pick of the bunch (all times CET).

Neymar Jr launches new website ahead of El Clásico | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona’s number 11, Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior, aka Neymar, has officially come out with a new website just days ahead of the first El Clásico of the 2015/16 season. Among the new features are content available in three languages (Portuguese, English and Spanish), streaming applications and new ways of interacting with users through the player’s social media accounts.

FC Barcelona opens Snapchat account | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona continues to grow in the field of social media and has opened up an official account on Snapchat, a free app that lets users share multimedia content with others for a set time. Barça fans can now follow the Club’s official account — FCBSnap — to receive up-to-date video and pictures that offer a different point of view, an inside look at the Club’s day-to-day happenings.