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FC Barcelona News: 6 September 2015; Jordi Alba, Andres Iniesta Score in Spain Win, Rafinha Makes Brazil Debut

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Jordi Alba and Andrés Iniesta score as Spain beat Slovakia | FC Barcelona
Vicente del Bosque opted to start the game with Alba and Gerard Piqué in his back four, and with Iniesta and Sergi Busquets teaming up with former colleague Cesc Fabregàs in a tremendously effective three-man midfield. The other Barça player in the squad, Marc Bartra, was an unused substitute.

Whistles at Pique 'unfortunate' - Del Bosque | FourFourTwo
Spain coach Vicente del Bosque labelled whistles at Gerard Pique "unfortunate" after the Barcelona defender received a mixed reception in Oviedo. Pique was the target for some fans during Spain's 2-0 Euro 2016 qualifying victory over Slovakia on Saturday, with the 28-year-old's reputation having taken a hit following his rant at an assistant referee in the Supercopa de Espana.

Cazorla critical of Pique jeers | Football Espana
Santi Cazorla has demanded the mistreatment of Gerard Pique to stop after the defender was subjected to more boos during Spain-Slovakia on Saturday. The Barcelona stopper was targeted by a vocal minority when La Roja hosted Costa Rica in Leon - a Real Madrid stranglehold - three months ago following derogatory comments he made about Los Blancos during his side's treble celebrations.

Rafinha Alcántara makes Brazil debut | FC Barcelona
One of Rafinha Alcántara’s biggest dreams has come true. The Barça youngster has followed in the footsteps of his father Mazinho and made his full international debut for Brazil. Manager Dunga sent him on to play in midfield as a replacement for the injured Luiz Gustavo with nine minutes remaining of tonight’s friendly with Costa Rica at the Red Bull Arena, Harrison, NJ.

Edmílson delighted with Rafinha's progress | FC Barcelona
The Brazilian Football Confederation is drawing on its most illustrious former players to assist manager Dunga with their experience of playing for the national team. One of those is José Edmílson, who was at FC Barcelona from 2004 to 2008 and helped the side to the Champions League win in Paris in 2006.

US star Carli Lloyd thrilled to meet Messi and Mascherano | FC Barcelona
She’s one of the biggest stars in the women’s game. Carli Lloyd was part of the US team that won the World Cup in Canada earlier this year, where she became the first person to score a hat-trick in the final, a 5-2 defeat of Japan, and collected the Golden Ball trophy as the best player in the tournament and the Silver Boot as the second top scorer.

Lionel Messi pips Cristiano Ronaldo and Luis Suarez to FIFA 16 top spot | Sky Sports
While it is a debate that is unlikely to be decided anytime soon, EA Sports have confirmed that it is Messi who they have ranked as the top-rated player on FIFA 16. The Argentine gets a rating of 94 for the latest video game in the series, putting him just ahead of Ronaldo (93) and Suarez (90).

Belgium and Croatia on verge of Euro 2016 qualification | FC Barcelona
Barça B goalkeeper Fabrice Ondoa also has a qualifier on Sunday as Cameroon bid for a place at the African Cup of Nations. At 6.30pm CET, the 'Indomitable Lions' play Gambia after beating Mauritania in their opening match in a group that also contains South Africa.

FC Barcelona getting off on the left foot | FC Barcelona
Last season Barça scored a massive 175 goals in three official competitions (Liga, Copa del Rey and Champions League). Of those, 88 were scored with the right foot, 61 with the left, 23 from headers and three were own goals. In other words, 34% of Barça’s goals were scored from left-footers.

'Barca should have signed Kovacic' | Football Espana
Alen Halilovic has expressed his disappointment with Barcelona's failure to sign Mateo Kovacic this summer. The Croatian midfielder had long been linked with La Blaugrana, despite their transfer ban, but eventually joined arch-rivals Real Madrid, leaving a sour taste in his countryman's mouth.

Montoya's agent: "A return to Barça for Martin? Not possible" | Sempreinter
The Spanish winger who arrived on a two-year loan with an option to purchase from Barcelona, ​​so far has failed to convince Roberto Mancini, but his stay at Inter is not under any circumstances questioned. The confirmation comes from Juan De Dios Carrasco, his agent, who spoke on the subject with "A farewell to my client? I can say that it is absolutely not true. That possibility doesn’t exist. Mancini? There are no problems."

RCD Espanyol B – FC Barcelona B: Dos respuestas que terminan sin puntos (3-2) | FC Barcelona
En el derbi entre los filiales del Barça y del Espanyol no han faltado los goles. Se ha vivido un partido intenso, con un dominio alternado y con un resultado que, a pesar de las dos dianas de Gumbau y Aitor Cantalapiedra, ha privado al conjunto azulgrana de puntuar en su segunda salida a domicilio de la temporada.

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