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FC Barcelona News: 22 September 2015; 18 in Squad for Celta Vigo Match, Rafinha Set for Surgery

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Piqué returns to the squad for the league game at Celta | FC Barcelona
Luis Enrique has announced the list of 18 players who will make up the squad for the trip to Celta Vigo (Wednesday 8.00pm CET). The main talking point is the return of Gerard Piqué after having served a four game ban and now will be able to play his first game of the league season. The bad news is that Sandro Ramírez will not make the trip to Vigo. The striker has a bruised left leg and joins his Douglas, Bravo, Vermaelen and Rafinha on the injured list.

By the numbers: Four in a row for the fourth time in a row! | FC Barcelona
Every season from 2012/13 to the present, the last four years, Barça have started their Liga campaign with four straight wins. Athletic Bilbao, Málaga, Atlético Madrid and now Levante have all been defeated by the Catalans, who stay top of the Spanish First Division for another week. Here’s a juicy selection of other bits of trivia from Sunday night’s game at the Camp Nou.

A header from Mathieu decided the game last time at Celta | FC Barcelona
The last time Barça played away at Celta Vigo is one of those matches that stays in the memory. It was the 29th game of the season and Barça were in need of a victory to remain as league leaders. In a difficult game for the blaugranes, a header from Jérémy Mathieu in the 73rd minute gave Barça three valuable points that would help them go on to claim the league title.

When and where to watch Celta Vigo v FC Barcelona | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona are still unbeaten in the league where they occupy first place with 12 points from four matches. On Wednesday 23 September they visit Balaídos (8.00pm CET) to continue their perfect start to the league campaign against an in form Celta Vigo.

Celta Vigo dangerous opponents for FC Barcelona | FC Barcelona
"They are one of the most entertaining teams to watch, not just in Spain but in Europe. It doesn’t matter who they are playing against, they play the same way, with attacking players and an attacking mentality." That was how Luis Enrique described his former team ahead of Barça’s trip to take on Celta Vigo on Wednesday in Balaídos at 8.00pm CET.

Barcelona and Luis Enrique face familiar foe in Celta Vigo - ESPN FC
If emotional investment is what drives you to watch football, then Wednesday's match between Celta Vigo and Barcelona has enough sub-plots to satisfy the needs of most. The two clubs that meet in Galicia share a key architect, admiration for a late-blooming forward, and disappointment over the absence of one mutually loved name.

Rafinha will have surgery on Tuesday 22 September | FC Barcelona
Barça midfielder Rafinha will undergo surgery on Tuesday for the cruciate ligament knee injury he suffered in the game against AS Roma in the Stadio Olimpico. The process will be carried out by doctors Ramon Cugat and Ricard Pruna and following the operation the Club's Medical Services will release a press statement.

Lionel Messi and La Masia solving Barcelona's lack of depth - ESPN FC
Although the scoreline suggests differently, Barcelona were far from convincing in their 4-1 victory over Getafe on Sunday. The goals by a reborn Marc Bartra, Neymar and Lionel Messi can't hide that the Blaugrana clearly struggled to break one of weakest back lines in La Liga during a notoriously uneventful first half.

World's best player, average penalty taker - Messi's spot of bother continues -
It is a curious paradox. Capable of dribbling past numerous rivals, scoring sensational goals and producing fantasy football with effortless ease, Lionel Messi is the world's best player. When it comes to taking penalties, however, he is no better than average.

Barcelona like Celtic in independent Catalonia - Cardenal - ESPN FC
The president of the Spanish Sports Council (CSD) has warned that Barcelona would end up being similar to Celtic or Ajax if Catalonia broke from Spain and became independent. The issue of potential independence for the region is again dominating the media agenda in Spain.

Tebas issues Barca & Espanyol warning | Football Espana
The Catalonian parliamentary elections are due to be held on Sunday, with pro-independence party Together for Yes considered the frontrunners, but the leader of Spain’s football League has all-but-confirmed that the state’s two most famous clubs would be exiled if a partition ever happened.

Barcelona neutral in Catalonia vote says Josep Bartomeu - ESPN FC
Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has avoided all comment on Catalonia's push to vote on secession from the rest of Spain ahead of Sunday's elections. Bartomeu signed the Catalan National Pact for Self -Determination last year, despite warnings that independence would mean the club's exclusion from La Liga. This week, however, he refused to take sides.

Barcelona attempt to register Arda Turan - ESPN FC
Barcelona have asked permission to register Arda Turan immediately to replace the injured Rafinha, according to multiple reports in Spain. Turan and Aleix Vidal signed for Barcelona in the summer despite the transfer ban that FIFA imposed on the club after they were found guilty of breaching the governing body's rules on the transfer of players aged under 18.

Neymar new ambassador for Gillette in Latin America | FC Barcelona
Gillette have announced that Neymar is to be their new ambassador for Latin America. The association was made public at a press event at Camp Nou which looked back at some of the most memorable moment from his successful career so far, focusing on his precision and relating that to the connection between the ambassador and the brand.

'Tant se val d'on venim' campaign to help refugees comes to Camp Nou | FC Barcelona
The campaign ‘Tant se val d’on venim’ to help the refugees who are currently arriving in Europe received the support on Sunday of the Barça fans and members who came to see the game between the blaugranes and Levante.

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