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FC Barcelona News: 23 January 2016; Neymar to Miss Malaga Game, Fifth Lionel Messi Ballon d'Or in Museum

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The team's trip to Málaga | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona trained on Friday at the Ciutat Esportiva before Luis Enrique named an 18 man squad for the game against Málaga. Later on in the day, the team is travelled to Málaga on a charter flight and arrived in the Andalusian city at around 9.00pm CET. The directors Jordi Moix, Joan Bladé and Pau Vilanova also travelled to Málaga.

Match preview: Málaga CF v FC Barcelona, Week 21 of La Liga | FC Barcelona
In the wake of a pair of successive clashes with Athletic Club Bilbao in La Liga and in the Copa del Rey — and with a third on tap this Wednesday night — FC Barcelona get a one-match respite from battling the Basques when they travel south to Spain’s Costa del Sol on Saturday afternoon to take on Málaga FC in Week 21 of league play. Kick-off at La Rosaleda is set for 4.00pm CET.

Barcelona should be able to cope with Malaga despite weak XI - ESPN FC
Barcelona will travel to Malaga on Saturday in round 21 of La Liga. The Blaugranas, who are currently two points behind leaders Atletico Madrid with a game in hand, cannot afford to drop any points at La Rosaleda if they are to continue applying pressure on Diego Simeone's team.

Luis Enrique: Málaga always cause us problems | FC Barcelona
The Barça coach only had praise for his counterpart, Javi Gracia: "He is one of the coaches who cause us most problems. I have known him for years and he is very meticulous and he pays attention to all the details and he knows all the things that will affect our game. We have to be aware that at home they have beaten teams like Atlético Madrid and Celta."

Messi in squad for Málaga, Neymar out | FC Barcelona
Leo Messi, Luis Suárez and Jérémy Mathieu return to the squad after missing the Copa del Rey game in midweek against Athletic. However, Neymar is missing due to a hamstring problem. Tests carried out have discounted any notable problem in the area and the Brazilian’s recovery will dictate when he can return.

Leo Messi's fifth Ballon d'Or now part of the FC Barcelona Museum | FC Barcelona
The current Messi space in the museum got a little bit tighter on Friday, as the Argentine’s jaw-dropping fifth Ballon d’Or — which he won on 11 January at the FIFA Gala in Zurich, Switzerland — was added to the already copious collection of his awards that call the museum home.

Neymar makes football fun and should be celebrated - ESPN FC
"Pele ... racing into space ... and he's going to get a fourth ... oh, what ... what genius! ... And he's missed it!" That's how British television commentator Kenneth Wolstenholme described Pele running through in the final minute of Brazil's 1970 World Cup semifinal against Uruguay when he produced that bit of skill, allowing the ball to go one side of bamboozled goalkeeper Ladislao Mazurkiewicz while he went the other.

Barcelona star Neymar has no interest in Real Madrid - dad - ESPN FC
Neymar's father has sought to end continuing speculation the Barcelona star could move to Real Madrid, telling Cuatro: "We have no interest." Neymar Sr. had already denied an Onda Cero report that he and his son met with representatives from Real while attending the 2015 Ballon d'Or ceremony earlier this month.

Luis Suárez: The challenge is to keep winning | FC Barcelona
In an interview with and Barça TV, Luis Suárez reveals that this team is still hungry: "We are aware that winning a second consecutive Champions League is not easy because nobody has done it. It’s a challenge to keep winning things and because we are the best team in the world, we want to continue winning."

Ivan Rakitic: More Barcelona players should have made Ballon d’Or list -
Ivan Rakitic feels Barcelona should have received greater credit at the FIFA Ballon d’Or award ceremony last week. Despite Lionel Messi and Luis Enrique winning best player and coach categories respectively, just four Blaugrauna stars were named in the FIFPro XI and only six in total – including Rakitic – made the long list of 23.

Leo Messi was the star of the reserves’ last home win over Espanyol | FC Barcelona
Derby matches between the reserves of FC Barcelona and RCD Espanyol have been a rarity this century, but with the two sides in third tier of Spanish football this season, the fight for local pride is back on. Espanyol ran out 3-2 winners earlier in the campaign, and so revenge is very much on the agenda for Gerard López’s men when the two come face to face on Saturday at Miniestadi.

Agreement with Fiorentina for the loan of Cristian Tello | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona and ACF Fiorentina have reached an agreement for the loan of Cristian Tello until 30 June 2016, once his current loan agreement until the end of the season with FC Porto is rescinded. With this new loan, ACF Fiorentina will take over the conditions of the agreement between FC Barcelona and FC Porto.

Barca sell Dongou to Zaragoza | Football Espana
Barcelona have announced the sale of young forward Jean Marie Dongou to Real Zaragoza after eight years at the club. The 20-year-old has signed an 18-month contract, which does not include a buyback option, with the Segunda side and was unveiled by his new club on Friday.

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