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FC Barcelona News: 6 October 2016; Andres Iniesta Celebrates 20th Anniversary, Training Sessions Continue

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20 years in an FC Barcelona shirt for Andrés Iniesta | FC Barcelona
This Thursday, Andrés Iniesta celebrates 20 years since his very first appearance in an FC Barcelona shirt. That moment came on 6 October 1996, just 20 days after he arrived at La Masia. The midfielder joined the U14B team and soon showed his quality as he rose through the youth teams to finally make his debut for the Barça first team.

Who said what about Andrés Iniesta | FC Barcelona
Take a look at what various figures from the world of sport have said about the FC Barcelona star, who celebrates 20 years at the club.

FC Barcelona's goalscoring central defender | FC Barcelona
Gerard Piqué has become one of the highest scoring central defenders in FC Barcelona's history. His two goals in last weekend's defeat to Celta were further proof of his goalscoring instinct and his fighting spirit. It is the first time he has scored twice in the same match for Barça and it is his third goal in succession following his goal in the comeback against Borussia Mönchengladbach in the Champions League.

Second session for FC Barcelona squad without international players | FC Barcelona
Barça continue their preparations ahead of next week’s league game against Deportivo La Coruña at Camp Nou. Luis Enrique is down to the bare bones of his squad due to international commitments. The blaugrana coach took Wednesday’s session with his available first team players plus Varo, Nili, Marlon, Gumbau, Mujica and Kaptoum from the B team.

Suarez close to new deal? | Football Espana
Luis Suarez is close to agreeing a new contract with Barcelona and a deal could be announced before Christmas, say reports. The Uruguayan star joined the Catalans from Liverpool in 2014 and has scored 92 goals in 106 appearances for the club since and according to multiple reports he will sign a two-year extension to his current contract which expires in 2019 as things stand.

Mascherano not interested in China | Football Espana
Catalan-based Sport report that the Argentine defender is not contemplating leaving the club until after the 2018 World Cup at the earliest, despite his place in the starting eleven being called into question with the summer arrival of French international defender Samuel Umtiti from Olympique Lyonnais.

Barca scout Sporting's Gelson | Football Espana
Gelson impressed in Sporting's late defeat at the Bernabeu against Real Madrid in last month's Champions League clash and has shown huge promise since breaking into the Lisbon side's first-team last year after progressing through the famed youth ranks at the club, which has produced such talents such as Luis Figo and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Pope Francis receives a delegation from the #Invulnerables project backed by the FC Barcelona Foundation | FC Barcelona
Pope Francis received a delegation from the #Invulnerables project today. FC Barcelona and the Barça Foundation's vicepresident Jordi Cardoner was among those who travelled. Other members of the delegation were: Jaume Giró, director general of the Obra Social "la Caixa", Rosa Oriol Tous and Rosa Tous, president and honorary president of the Rosa Orial Foundation and sister Lucía Caram, promoter of the project, which is carried out in twelve Catalan cities.

Tebas re-elected to run La Liga | Football Espana
La Liga have provisionally re-elected Javier Tebas to a second four-year term as president of the league, it has been announced. Tebas run to the post was unopposed after his sole opponent Alex Aranzabal withdrew his proposed candidacy on Tuesday - citing lack of support due to the rules and regulations of the voting process - a day before the candidates had to officially register their running.

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