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FC Barcelona News: 14 October 2016; Javier Mascherano Set for New Contract, Paco Alcacer Talks Drought

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Javier Mascherano will sign his contract extension on Monday | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona defender Javier Mascherano, long a key element in the team's unprecedented run of success, will have his contract extended for two more seasons beyond the one currently underway. The signing is set to take place on Monday, 17 October at 1.00pm CET at the Club’s offices. As the Club previously announced, the extension will tie Mascherano to FC Barcelona until 30 June 2019.

FC Barcelona's potential opponents in the Copa del Rey | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona will know who their opponent for the Copa del Rey round of 32 tie will be on Friday from 12pm CET. Luis Enrique's men are the defending champions having beaten Sevilla in the final last year, with goals from Neymar Jr and Jordi Alba sealing the win in extra time. The fixtures will take place on the 30 November away and on the 21 December at the Camp Nou.

Paco Alcácer: It is important for me to get off the mark | FC Barcelona
Paco Alcácer joined FC Barcelona from Valencia at the end of August in the club’s final piece of business of the summer. Since then, he has featured five times, but despite not yet getting off the mark, the Spanish international is confident that goal will come. Speaking to local radio station Rac1, the striker said: “I have to be calm because the first goal will eventually go in,” before adding that “the most important thing is for the first to go in”.

Neymar Jr's dream comes true with FC Barcelona | FC Barcelona
Neymar Jr looks to be enjoying himself in the Catalan capital having spoken very positively during an advertising event this Thursday. "I am happy to be at Barça, we are creating history and everything I have dreamt of has become a reality." The Brazilian trained with Suárez and Messi again following a few weeks apart due to Messi's injury. He believes the key to the trident's attacking prowess is "the friendship that we have both on and off the pitch."

Barcelona track Cancelo, Srna and Lichtsteiner amid right-back woes -
Barcelona's worst fears have been realised: Sergi Roberto is doubtful for the Liga clash against Deportivo La Coruna. That means Luis Enrique will have to turn to Aleix Vidal, a player who's been left out of the final matchday squad six times in a row. The Barca boss has said many times that he is "happy with all of the players", but, as Luis Enrique said recently, "my actions speak for themselves".

Deportivo La Coruña no pushovers at Camp Nou | FC Barcelona
Deportivo La Coruña will be the first of those half dozen encounters when they visit Camp Nou on Saturday. The team now coached by Gaizka Garitano have made life difficult for the blaugranes on their last two trips to Barcelona. Two seasons ago Depor arrived on the final day of the season with Barça already crowned league champions. The visitors produced a late come back from two down that day to claim a point that allowed them to avoid relegation.

Barcelona's Gerard Pique likes to provoke Real Madrid -
Barcelona defender Gerard Pique has admitted he likes to provoke in order to maintain the intense rivalry with Real Madrid. The centre-back has regularly made headlines with his comments, a war of words with ex-Madrid defender Alvaro Arbeloa in particular catching the eye.

Lionel Messi leaving Barcelona like father dying, says Gerard Pique | Sky Sports
The mercurial Argentina forward has come to embody modern-day Barca, rising through the club's famed La Masia academy to become one of football's all-time greats. Pique has won 24 major honours alongside Messi during their time at the Camp Nou and the Spaniard has warned his departure will have a profound effect on the Catalans.

Jordi Monés sets out FCB Universitas in the USA | FC Barcelona
Dr.Jordi Monés this Thursday in the USA set out the FCB Universitas, Sport Innovation Hub project, in a presentation to the media and guests at the recently opened FC Barcelona New York office. On Wednesday the director and commissioner for FCB Universitas also presented the project to a select group at a dinner at the Harvard Club in New York. Amongst the guests were representatives from Universities in Georgetown, NYU, Fordham, Harvard, Columbia and Cornell, as well as the United Nations, UNICEF and Mount Sinai.

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