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FC Barcelona News: 19 November 2016; Barcelona Set to Take on Malaga, Lionel Messi Yellow Card Appeal Rejected

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Match Preview: FC Barcelona v Málaga | FC Barcelona
Barça are back in action some 13 days after their exhilarating away win over Sevilla at the Ramon Sánchez Pizjuán as La Liga gets back into gear following the recent break for international fixtures. The visitors are Andalusian club Málaga, coached by former Real Madrid and Sevilla boss Juande Ramos, now in his second spell in charge of Saturday’s visitors to Camp Nou.

FC Barcelona make final preparations for Liga restart | FC Barcelona
Barça are ready for the return of league action after the international break, with Saturday bringing Málaga to the Camp Nou at 4.15pm CET. Luis Enrique finally had his full team with him to prepare for the first of a hectic schedule of December fixtures, with Luis Suárez and Neymar Jr back from their World Cup travels in South America. In any case, the Uruguayan will not be able to play tomorrow due to suspension.

FC Barcelona manager Luis Enrique wary of 'confident' Málaga | FC Barcelona
"Games after international breaks are like this. You don’t get to train very much with the full squad, so you need to be especially careful. Injuries? It is very important for us to have recovered some of the players, especially after this bad run of so many important players getting injured in a row. It is a positive thing to have each of those players back and it’s good for the team. It’ll improve our performances."

Barcelona fail in second appeal against Lionel Messi yellow card vs. Sevilla - ESPN FC
Barcelona have failed in a second appeal against Lionel Messi's booking in the 2-1 win against Sevilla. Referee Santiago Jaime Latre cautioned Messi for time-wasting as he tried to put his boot back on after being fouled by Steven N'Zonzi. Barca felt that the decision was incorrect as N'Zonzi's challenge had damaged Messi's boot.

Alcacer must take his Barcelona chance in Suarez absence - ESPN FC
While many Barcelona fans would have been cursing Luis Suarez's carelessness in talking himself into a yellow card late in the 2-1 win at Sevilla before the international break, one Blaugrana might have been quietly celebrating.

Sandro: Returning to Camp Nou means coming back home | FC Barcelona
Saturday’s game against Málaga at the Camp Nou will see the return of a very familiar face. Sandro Ramírez was at the club from the 2009/10 season before moving onto the Andalusians this past summer. The young striker has adapted to his new team quickly, scoring five goals since the start of the campaign making him the club’s top scorer.

Lionel Messi will help Neymar to become the world's best player - Mazinho - ESPN FC
Barcelona's Lionel Messi will help Neymar to become the world's best player, according to former Brazil international Mazinho. Neymar, 24, helped his country to win the gold medal at the 2016 Olympics but finished third behind teammate Messi and Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo in the Ballon d'Or in 2015.

I'd vote for Pique as Barca president - Guardiola -
Pep Guardiola has backed Spanish defender Gerard Pique's ambitions to become president of La Liga champions Barcelona. While Pique cannot see himself following Manchester City boss Guardiola and Luis Enrique into management, the Barca centre-back does want to become president of the Catalan giants, admitting so last month.

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