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FC Barcelona News: 24 November 2015; Javier Mascherano to Miss Roma Clash, Rafinha Extends Contract

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Rafinha extends FC Barcelona contract until 2020 | FC Barcelona
First team player Rafael Alcántara, better known as 'Rafinha', signed a new contract with the Club on Monday that means he’ll be staying until 30 June 2020. His buyout clause has been set at 75 million euros. He was joined for the signing by FCB president Josep Maria Bartomeu, the vice-president for sport Jordi Mestre, and technical secretary, Robert Fernández.

FC Barcelona squad of 18 announced to face Roma | FC Barcelona
Luis Enrique has announced the list of eighteen players for Tuesday’s Champions League game with AS Roma at the Camp Nou at 8.45pm CET. The Barcelona manager is missing the injured Rafinha, who has just signed a new contract, and Douglas, while Mascherano hurt his thigh at the Santiago Bernabéu and has been added to the list of casualties. Sandro Ramírez and Jordi Masip have also been left out for this one.

Match preview: FC Barcelona v AS Roma | FC Barcelona
With the joy of a 4-0 triumph at Real Madrid still fresh in the memory, FC Barcelona return to the Camp Nou for Champions League action on Tuesday night at 8.45pm CET. The visitors are AS Roma, and a single point would be enough to not only ensure that the Catalans go through to the last sixteen, but would also guarantee that they finish top of Group E and will be seeded for the second round draw.

When and where to watch FC Barcelona v AS Roma | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona will take on AS Roma on Tuesday 24 November at 8.45pm CET at Camp Nou, Match Day 5 of this season’s Champions League group stage. With the mood excellent following the win over Real Madrid, Luis Enrique’s side will be attempting to seal their place in the last 16 of the competition by winning their group.

Final training session before the visit of Roma | FC Barcelona
With little time to rest, FC Barcelona are gearing up for another match just days after their win over Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabéu on Saturday. Barça host AS Roma for Matchday 5 of the Champions League in which the Catalans can mathematically book their place in the knockout stages (8.45pm CET). On Monday, Luis Enrique watched over the final training session before the match.

Neymar and Luis Suárez top goalscorers in the league | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona’s goals have two names at the moment, none other than Neymar and Luis Suárez. The Brazilian is top scorer in the Spanish First Division with 12 goals, followed his Uruguayan team mate on 11. The strike duo have been the main attraction in the absence of Leo Messi following the knee injury he picked up at the end of September playing against Las Palmas.

FC Barcelona v AS Roma: Did you know? | FC Barcelona
Several of the rival players this evening have played together for club or country in the past: Rüdiger and Ter Stegen (Germany); Digne and Mathieu (France); Nainggolan and Vermaelen (Belgium); Palmieri and Neymar (Santos); Keita and Mathieu (Valencia); Keita, Adriano and Alves (al Sevilla), and Szczesny and Vermaelen (Arsenal). And Seydou Keita, of course, was at FC Barcelona for four seasons (2008-2012).

Luis Enrique looking to secure Group E top spot | FC Barcelona
Luis Enrique spoke to the press on Monday ahead of the Champions League game with Roma tomorrow at 8.45pm CET, saying that "it is essential for us to secure top spot in the group against Roma. We have two games left and that’s what we intend to do … It is important for us to play well, because I think we’ll be dealing with a very different kind of Roma tomorrow to the one we saw at the Olimpico".

Roma need to win against FC Barcelona | FC Barcelona
Anything other than a victory would be a step in the wrong direction for the Italians and they will have one eye firmly fixed on the game between BATE Borisov and Bayer 04 Leverkusen which kicks off at 6.00pm CET. Group E is tight with Roma second on 5 points, Bayer on 4 poins and BATE Borisov on 3 points.

Dani Alves in positive spirits | FC Barcelona
After the 4-0 triumph against Real Madrid on Saturday, the focus now turns to the Champions League. Luis Enrique’s side take on AS Roma for Matchday 5 of the group stages. After training, Dani Alves appeared before the press to speak about the physical and mental state of the team.

Eight FC Barcelona players nominated for UEFA Team of the Year | FC Barcelona
For the fifth time, voting is now open for the eleven players in the UEFA Team of the Year. All users of the official UEFA website have until Tuesday 5 January at 1.00pm CET to make their choices at

Ex-Barcelona captain Carles Puyol to become a players' agent - ESPN FC
Former Barcelona captain Carles Puyol has launched a new career as a players' agent and reportedly begun targeting promising La Liga-based defenders as his first clients. Puyol, 37, retired at the end of the 2013-14 season, having won three Champions Leagues and six La Liga titles during 15 seasons as a Barca player, while also claiming the Euro 2008 and 2010 World Cup trophies with Spain.

FC Barcelona press release on security arrangements at the Club's ground | FC Barcelona
The Board of Directors, in their meeting on Monday at the Club Offices, have revised the security protocols that are currently being applied at the stadium and they have approved improvements in certain aspects.

What?! Barcelona youth team star Antonio Canton looks ridiculously good... - LE BUZZ
We would all expect and assume that a Barcelona youth team star would be pretty special… Well, Antonio Canton showed audacious touch and trickery as he fooled four defenders inside the penalty area before delivering an emphatic finish.

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