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FC Barcelona News: 10 March 2015; Players Enjoy Time Off, Agreement Reached with Two Foundations

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FC Barcelona v Rayo Vallecano in numbers: Sixth Suárez goal in four games | FC Barcelona
Luis Suárez is continuing his amazing form in front of goal. With two goals in the 6-1 win against Rayo Vallecano, he has now scored six in four games, one every 58 minutes. It’s the second brace he has scored in a Barça shirt. The first was against Manchester City in the Champions League.

Leo Messi's climb to league top scorer | FC Barcelona
Messi’s 15 goals since the turn of the year - including the record breaking hat tricks against Deportivo, Levante and Rayo and his two goals against Elche have pulled him level with Ronaldo, after starting 2015 11 goals behind the Madrid man, who’s managed just four in that time.

Gerard Piqué sets new personal best | FC Barcelona
"Gerard Piqué has always scored goals" said Luis Enrique in his press conference, but this season the defender has been doing so more than ever. Piqué has scored six times in the Champions League, Liga and Spanish Cup, showing that he is not just brilliant at preventing goals, but is also a man who can put the ball in the opposition’s net.

2015: Brilliant start to the year for Leo Messi | FC Barcelona
The year has got off to a wonderful start for Leo Messi. The Barça striker has scored 18 goals in 16 games, and average of 1.1 a game. And that was after 2015 had begun with defeat at Anoeta and the Argentinian ten goals adrift of Cristiano Ronaldo in the goalscoring chart. But everything has changed in the two months that followed, with the duo now tied on 30 Liga goals each. And Messi has also broken yet another record, this time for the most career hat-tricks in Liga.

What's ahead for FC Barcelona week | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona will face Eibar at Ipurua Municipal Stadium on Saturday 14 March at 6.00pm* in week 27 of La Liga. In order to prepare for the match, the team's last before they face Real Madrid, Luis Enrique's squad will have two days off before returning to training on Wednesday.

Barcelona and Lionel Messi flying as Real Madrid and Cristiano Ronaldo slump - Five things we learned in La Liga - ESPN FC
Lionel Messi had one of his quieter games of the season, but still managed a 12-minute hat trick in the second half. Luis Suarez's clinically taken double means the ex-Liverpool man, now well settled after his summer move, has six goals in his last four games. The suspended Neymar, who had been given permission to fly to Brazil to attend his sister's birthday party, even made sure he joined in the celebrations via social media.

'Barca have lost soul' | Sky Sports
Balague said on Revista de La Liga: "Barcelona are losing their essence, identity, there is a lack of leadership. " "If you go through what Barcelona have been saying they are for 40, 50 years, it’s all failing, and it’s all failing big time." "What is the club’s philosophy? The academy. Well, the academy is developing the kind of players the first team doesn’t need anymore. Because the first team is changing its style."

Barcelona set for transfer mission tonight, sending representative to Italy - Sport Witness
Barcelona scouting Fiorentina is nothing new recently, they've been doing so repeatedly and that fit in with Catalan press claims they were interested in signing Stefan Savic. The former Manchester City player's agent Zarko Pelicic recently told us "For now Stefan is staying in Florence and will go ahead with Fiorentina, he is very happy now with the conditions.

Agreement with Cruyff Foundation and Obra Social "La Caixa" as part of ‘Pati 14’ project | FC Barcelona
On Monday, the president of FC Barcelona and its Foundation, Josep Maria Bartomeu, the director general of "la Caixa" Foundation, Jaume Giró, and the founder of the Cruyff Foundation, Johan Cruyff, presented the ‘Pati 14’ project to redevelop playgrounds at Catalan schools in order to foster physical activity and the practice of sport.

New OAB weekend opening hours | FC Barcelona
The Barcelona Supporter Services Office (OAB), located in the Social Building (Seu Social), has changed its weekend opening hours. From next Saturday 14 March, the OAB will only open at the weekends when there is a game at the Camp Nou and will be attending to fans and members from 10.00 am until the second half of the match kicks off, whereupon the office will close.

Porto defender Danilo has agreed Real Madrid move says Barcelona transfer advisor Charly Rexach - ESPN FC
Rexach, who was recently appointed to the club's new Football Area Technical Commission, told Esport 3 that he had heard a deal had been done with Madrid, but it was still up to Danilo to make the final decision. "They have told me that the deal is already done, but I do not know for sure," the former Barca player and coach said. "[Danilo] must decide that himself."

Real Madrid refuse to turn off ‘BBC’ as pressure builds to switch over | Sid Lowe | The Guardian
Time to change the channel? The BBC is not what it used to be and the league has switched over to the other side. Bale, Benzema and Cristiano no longer lead La Liga; Messi, Neymar and Suárez do. On Saturday evening, Real Madrid lost 1-0 to Athletic Bilbao at San Mamés and the following lunchtime FC Barcelona defeated Rayo Vallecano 6-1 at the Camp Nou, moving ahead of their rivals for the first time in five months.

Real Madrid are seriously considering sacking coach Carlo Ancelotti, says Guillem Balague | Football News | Sky Sports
At half-time against Athletic Bilbao, Ancelotti told his players that if we continue playing like this, we will not win anything. But he obviously has to give more answers. As a consequence, the Real hierarchy are now seriously considering parting company with Ancelotti in the summer and I will be very surprised if he is there next season.

Real Madrid starlet Martin Odegaard left out of squad vs Schalke will not break Champions League age record - ESPN FC
The Norway international previously set a new age record for the Norwegian league and for UEFA senior international competition, and since moving to Madrid has been training with the first team while playing for the club's Castilla reserve side in the third tier of Spanish football.

'Zidane to be next Real boss' | Sky Sports
Speaking on Revista de La Liga, Hunter insists the current Real Madrid Castilla boss is the natural choice to take over from the Italian, but not immediately due to lack of experience. Ancelotti has come under fire in recent weeks after some poor performances since the winter break, with the current European champions now a point behind leaders Barcelona.

Basques ‘outraged’ at Perez | Football Espana
"Perez appears to own the whole of Spain," fumed PNV President Andoni Ortuzar in an interview with Basque radio station Euskadi Radio. "It’s disgraceful that he can decide where a final is to be played, but it’s their loss. They are more concerned with not seeing the Basques or Catalans flying their flags there than anything else."

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