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FC Barcelona News: 31 August 2015; Rafinha Set for Contract Extension, La Liga Goes on Break

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Leo Messi: Yet another trophy | FC Barcelona
The Argentine had a sensational campaign last season, winning the treble with FC Barcelona and scoring 58 goals in 57 official matches. Those titles, along with the UEFA Super Cup win over Sevilla in August puts Messi on a par with Xavi Hernández and Andrés Iniesta for the most titles won at Barça. Each have won 25 trophies.

FC Barcelona's hard-fought win over Málaga, by the numbers | FC Barcelona
Thomas Vermaelen played a pivotal role in FC Barcelona’s 1-0 win over Málaga, scoring the only goal of the game on 73 minutes. Here is a collection of facts and figures from Saturday’s hard-fought victory.

Claudio Bravo, close to breaking his own record | FC Barcelona
Over the course of last season, the Chilean conceded just 19 goals in 37 league matches, earning the Zamora Trophy in the process. Bravo kept a total of 23 clean sheets, breaking the club record held jointly by Victor Valdés and Andoni Zubizarreta, with 20 each.

La Liga goes on hiatus for international matches | FC Barcelona
After two league games it's time for national teams to take center stage during the next calendar week. Despite the international exodus, there are some players who have not been called up for international duty and will instead take part in four training sessions before enjoying an early-season break next weekend.

Barca ready to renew Rafinha | Football Espana
Barcelona and Rafinha are in talks over a contract extension and a deal could be reached very soon as all parties are willing. Mundo Deportivo reports the negotiations have been on-going since June with Rafinha’s contract due to expire next summer.

Tottenham in for Song? | Football Espana
Tottenham Hotspur are the latest club linked with Barcelona midfielder Alex Song, after interest from West Ham, Milan and Juventus. Reports from Britain say Spurs have Song on their agenda, as well as Southampton’s Victor Wanyama. Song spent last season with the Hammers and was expected to return, only for a fitness problem to so far scupper the move.

Barça B in goalless draw against Pobla Mafumet | FC Barcelona
Barça B were unable to pick up three points in their first home match of the season against Pobla Mafumet on Saturday at the Miniestadi. Gerard López’s side dominated possession and created a number of good chances to win the match but were ultimately stopped by the opposition goalkeeper Varo.

Rivals watch: Roma top Juventus, Real Madrid roll in rout | FC Barcelona
Following last Thursday's 2015/16 UEFA Champions League draw in Monaco, the list of FC Barcelona's direct rivals has now grown beyond that of the usual suspects in La Liga. Of the three teams that will be joining defending champs Barça in Group E of the prestigious continental tournament, two had domestic league fixtures this weekend.

Valdes to Besiktas breaks down | Football Espana
Victor Valdes’ proposed move from Manchester United to Besiktas has broken down after the Turkish club tried to change the agreed deal. AS claims Valdes was on Sunday due to fly to Istanbul to wrap up the transfer but Besiktas wanted to renegotiate the salary and length of contract offered to the former Barcelona goalkeeper.

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