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FC Barcelona News: 29 November 2016; Preparations for El Clasico Begin, Andres Iniesta Set to Return

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FC Barcelona's squad begins preparing for the Copa del Rey fixture | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona trained this Monday at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper. Following the draw at Anoeta, the first team wants to quickly move on and focus on the Copa del Rey. The reigning champions face Hércules in the round of 32 at the Rico Pérez stadium on Wednesday at 10.00pm CET. Barça begins its defence of the Copa del Rey, which they have won two years in a row in the midst of a hectic run of fixtures.

Neymar, Suarez goal drought just one Barca issue before El Clasico - ESPN FC
For once, there's universal agreement between both the Catalan and the Madrid press that Luis Enrique's side played their "Get Out of Jail Free" card at Anoeta. An incorrectly disallowed Juanmi goal in part spared their blushes and saved them a point, but it hasn't halted the dissection of just what is going wrong at Camp Nou at the moment.

Andres Iniesta set to return to face Real Madrid - Eurosport
The midfielder, 32, has been missing since straining knee ligaments in the 2-1 win at Valencia on October 22. The World Cup winner's return would be a major boost to Barcelona coach Luis Enrique, whose side are six points behind the Liga leaders as they bid to end Madrid's 31-game unbeaten run.

Barcelona's Jordi Alba may miss Real Madrid clash through injury - ESPN FC
Barcelona defender Jordi Alba is a major doubt for Saturday's game against Real Madrid after tests on Monday revealed he is suffering from severe bruising to his fibula and knee and has a sprained ankle. Alba, 27, returned from a hamstring injury against Malaga on Nov. 19 but was hurt again as Barca drew 1-1 with Real Sociedad on Sunday -- a result that leaves them six points behind La Liga leaders Madrid.

Sergi Roberto ready to repeat the Clásico experience | FC Barcelona
Just five days to go before the Camp Nou hosts the game of the year! Yes, it’s nearly Clásico time (Saturday 4.15pm CET) but before that Barça have a Copa del Rey round of 32 game against Hércules (Wednesday 10.00pm CET). Spirits could be better after the 1-1 draw at Real Sociedad on Sunday, which has prolonged a decade of disappointments at Anoeta, and that was naturally one of the topics of conversation touched on by Sergi Roberto in an interview with the club media.

Real Madrid more positive but Barcelona need Clasico win, says Guillem Balague | Sky Sports
It is not a miracle what Zinedine Zidane is doing. And it is not that complex. They main things I see him doing is having everyone switched on even though at times they lack intensity but when the second-string players like Lucas Vazquez, Nacho and Mateo Kovacic play, they don't let their team down.

Leo Messi's goals against Real Madrid at Camp Nou | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona face Real Madrid this Saturday at 4.15pm CET at Camp Nou in the 14th La Liga fixture of the season. Messi is the kind of player who thrives on these kinds of occasions and the Argentinian is the top scorer in the history of the Clásico with 21 goals in 32 games.

FC Barcelona v Las Palmas, Saturday 14 January at 4.15pm CET | FC Barcelona
Barça v Las Palmas will be played on Saturday 14 January at 4.15pm CET. The encounter is the 18th game of the league campaign for the blaugranes and it will be the last game of the first half of the Liga season at Camp Nou. in the same fixture last season, Luis Enrique's came out 2-1 winner against the islanders.

RUMOURS: PSG make overtures to Lionel Messi's father -
Paris Saint-Germain have made contact with the father of Lionel Messi in the hope of tempting the Barcelona star to Parc des Princes, according to RTL. The Argentina captain has reportedly told his club that he is not interested in extending the contract he has at Camp Nou until the summer of 2018.

FC Barcelona open their new channel on Dugout | FC Barcelona
Barça fans now have a new space where they can enjoy exclusive football content and can interact with their players. Dugout ( is this new meeting place, a digital platform created by a group of leading European clubs which starts this Monday and in which FC Barcelona has its own channel (

Susana Monje resigns from her role as FC Barcelona Vice President | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona would like to express their gratitude for the extraordinary job that Susana Monje has done in her five years as treasurer from 2010-2015 and in her almost year and a half as a Vice President between 2015-16. In the 2014/15 season she was also the director responsible for the handball section of the club. With her at the helm of the Financial Area, the club has achieved consistent profits and has protected itself against excessive debt.

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