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FC Barcelona News: 14 January 2016; Barça Advance in Copa del Rey, Report Espanyol for Offensive Banners

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A Move Away from Tiki-Taka? | sportsmatrix
During his first full season in charge, Luis Enrique perhaps exceeded even his own expectations, winning La Liga, Copa del Rey, the Champions League, the UEFA Super Cup as well as the FIFA Club World Cup. Barcelona enjoying its seat on top of the La Liga table at the end of 2015 and having scored a record 180 goals in all competitions in a calendar year, can there truly be any doubt that Luis Enrique is very much the deserved winner of the FIFA World Coach of the Year?

RCD Espanyol v FC Barcelona: Through to the last eight (0-2) | FC Barcelona
After beating Espanyol 4-1 in the first leg at the Camp Nou, FC Barcelona were already well on course for a place in Friday’s Copa del Rey quarter finals draw. On Wednesday night, a brace from Munir was enough to secure another win at the RCDE Stadium and round off a convincing aggregate victory of 6-1.

Luis Enrique gets just what he wanted from the team at Espanyol | FC Barcelona
After seeing his side safely through to the quarter finals of the Copa del Rey, Luis Enrique was more than contented with the response from his players. "This game needed us to be serious and thorough about finishing off the tie" he said after the final whistle. "And that’s what we did."

FC Barcelona's Copa del Rey victory over Espanyol, by the numbers | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona took a 4–1 aggregate lead into Wedensday's return leg of their Copa del Rey last-16 tie with intra-city rivals RCD Espanyol and finished the job with a pair of goals to ice a 6–1 aggregate victory that sends them into a quarter-final draw that will take place on Friday.

'Tough match, fair result' says Mascherano after win at Espanyol | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona are through to the quarter finals of the Copa del Rey. After beating local rivals Espanyol 2-0, several members of the victorious team spoke to the media, and here’s our pick of the post-match quotes:

Leo Messi shares Ballon d'Or award with 'everyone who follows me around the world' | FC Barcelona
The star of the team that won five out of six major trophies last year and who has been named best player in the world for an unprecedented fifth time, spoke to FIFA.COM about what it all means to him, about the amazing threesome he has formed alongside his colleagues and friends Neymar Jr and Luis Suárez and about the way the team just keeps on winning.

Five-time Ballon d'Or winner Lionel Messi receives platinum boot from adidas | Sky Sports
Messi fought off long-term adversary Cristiano Ronaldo and team-mate Neymar to win world football's biggest accolade for an unprecedented fifth time in Zurich on Monday. The Argentina international stands alone with the most Ballon d'Or titles, two clear of Ronaldo and a host of footballing legends, including Johan Cruyff, Michel Platini and Marco van Basten.

I told Messi he was short, he told me I was bad - Gonzalez -
Lionel Messi told Alvaro Gonzalez he was "bad" — and the Espanyol defender let him know that he was too short. Barcelona beat Espanyol 2-0 in the second leg of their Copa del Rey round of 16 clash Wednesday.

Barcelona Comment: Pique, Shakira and Messi targeted... it's time to punish 'pig-headed' Espanyol -
The row rages on between Barcelona and Espanyol. The bad blood from the two recent derbies was carried into Wednesday's Copa del Rey clash at Cornella, but this time it was the fans who were out of control. Espanyol had held Barca to a 0-0 draw at home in the teams' first fixture of 2016 in La Liga and if that match was bad tempered, what followed in last week's Camp Nou clash was worse.

Espanyol reported for Barca banners | Football Espana
Espanyol have been reported by the LFP to the Anti-Violence Commission for the banners displayed in the Copa del Rey defeat to Barcelona. A number of anti-Barca and anti-Gerard Pique banners were seen in the crowd as La Blaugrana beat Los Periquitos 2-0 to move to the tournament’s quarter-final stage.

FC Barcelona have light, recovery session before turning attention back to La Liga | FC Barcelona
Safely into the quarter-finals of the Copa del Rey, FC Barcelona got right back to work on Thursday morning to begin thinking about Sunday's La Liga matchup with Athletic Club Bilbao at Camp Nou. Kick off is set for 8.30pm.

Barcelona star Neymar summoned to appear in fraud court case | Sky Sports
The firm alleges it was the victim when Barca signed the player, third in the latest Ballon d'Or poll, from Brazilian club Santos. A judge in Madrid, acting on a request from the state prosecutor, ordered Neymar, his parents, former Barca president Sandro Rosell, incumbent Josep Maria Bartomeu and two former Santos officials to present themselves on February 1 and 2.

Celta Vigo forward Nolito cools Barcelona return speculation - ESPN FC
Nolito has distanced himself from a potential return to Barcelona, saying he is happy at Celta Vigo. Nolito, 29, has reportedly attracted the Primera Division champions' attention by scoring seven goals in 10 appearances this season. However, the Spain international, who is currently sidelined with a hamstring injury, has said he has unfinished business at Celta.

Alves to get China offer? | Football Espana
Reports in Brazil say Dani Alves will be the subject of a big-money approach from Chinese football to leave Barcelona. Globo Esporte claim an unnamed Chinese Super League team will try to tempt the defender from Camp Nou with the promise of a €10m-a-year, three-year contract.

Roma push for Adriano | Football Italia
Roma are reportedly pushing to sign Barcelona full-back Adriano. The Brazilian is a bt-part player in Luis Enrique’s squad, making just two La Liga starts so far this season. With the Blaugrana’s transfer ban having been lifted, they are now free to sign players, and are therefore more likely to allow players to leave.

The FC Barcelona U10A side score three of this week's top five goals | FC Barcelona
The first weekend of action for the youth teams at FC Barcelona in 2016 left, as usual a collection of superb strikes. Barça TV programme ‘Next Generation’ has kindly put together this video with the five best goals for us to enjoy at our leisure.

Commentator fired for sleeping during Barcelona game - GazzettaWorld
Vasily Utkin, who is one of the leading pundits on Russia’s states sport network, Match TV, which was set up by President Vladamir Putin just last year, was commentating on the 1-1 draw between the competition’s holders and the German club when he was heard snoring into the broadcaster’s microphones.

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