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FC Barcelona News: 30 November 2016; Copa del Rey to Begin for Barca, Samuel Umtiti Fit

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FC Barcelona stands in solidarity with the victims of the plane crash in Colombia | FC Barcelona
The Club and the players have reacted to the air tragedy on social media

FC Barcelona arrive in Alicante | FC Barcelona
The FC Barcelona first team have arrived in Alicante for the first game of their Copa del Rey campaign against Hércules at the Estadio José Rico Pérez this evening at 10.00pm CET. As usual for late kick-offs, the expedition didn’t leave Barcelona until fairly late in the day, with the flight taking off at around noon. After the one-hour journey, the players were transferred to their hotel to get some rest ahead of the match.

Match preview: Hércules CF v FC Barcelona | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona begin their Copa del Rey defence against Hércules CF at the Estadio José Rico Pérez in the first leg of the Round of 32 on Wednesday night (10.00pm CET). Luis Enrique’s side go into the game on the back of an enduring 1-1 draw against Real Sociedad, and will be looking to secure a morale-boosting win ahead of Saturday’s Clásico.

Luis Enrique: The objective is to win the Copa del Rey | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona will make their debut in this years edition of the Copa del Rey and as reigning champion the team only has one goal. Luis Enrique made this clear ahead of the first leg of the round of 32 against Hércules: "The objective is none other than to win the Copa again as we have done for the last two seasons.”

Samuel Umtiti declared fit and included in Copa del Rey squad versus Hércules | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona’s bid to win a third Copa del Rey in a row begins this Wednesday at the Estadio José Rico Pérez in Alicante at 10.00pm CET. Host club Hércules CF might play in Division 2B, but they have frequently appeared in the top flight in the past and are sure to be a stern test for the Catalans in the round of 32.

Hércules CF: Looking to muscle up to FC Barcelona one more time | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona’s bid to retain the Copa del Rey begins this Wednesday night with the first leg of their Round of 16 tie (10.00pm CET). There are two divisions between the Catalans and their hosts, but there’s a surprising amount of history that works in favour of Hércules.

FC Barcelona's Jérémy Mathieu out for 15 to 20 days | FC Barcelona
During the final stages of his recovery, Jérémy Mathieu has suffered a recurrence of the injury to the soleus in his right leg. According the FC Barcelona Medical Services, this means he’ll be side-lined for a further 15 to 20 days. That means the French defender will be unavailable for the forthcoming games against Real Madrid, Borussia Mönchengladbach and Osasuna.

RUMOURS: Barcelona set to sign Srna | Goal
The Catalan giants are desperate to strengthen in the right-back position but lack the budget to make a big transfer this winter - but Srna could leave Shakhtar Donetsk on a free. The veteran Croatian has wanted to leave Ukraine for some time and Barca technical secretary Robert Fernandez has maintained contact with him as the club monitored their options for a winter move.

Barcelona v Real Madrid: Why isn't El Clasico on TV? Odds, team news. match schedule, manager quotes | Eurosport
Apparently, the game kicks off at 15:15 (16:15 Spanish time) because it maximises the game’s exposure across the world. However, that comes at a cost to UK fans – and it is kind of Burnley’s fault. Back in the 1960s Burnley chairman Bob Lord successfully persuaded fellow owners and the FA that it would be to their financial detriment if games were televised live on Saturday afternoons, as it would have a negative impact on attendances.

Emery: Marquinhos may love Barcelona but he rejected them out of PSG respect | Goal
Unai Emery admits Marquinhos loves Barcelona who to sign him this summer, but he rejected them out of respect for Paris Saint-Germain. Marquinhos was linked with the Catalans among other clubs but ended up staying in Paris, making 10 Ligue 1 appearances so far this term.

Extraordinary Assembly of FC Barcelona Delegate Members on December 18 | FC Barcelona
The FC Barcelona board met in an ordinary session at the Camp Nou on Tuesday, and this is a summary of the matters covered: The club began, as it already did on social networks, by expressing its solidarity with the victims of the air tragedy suffered by the Chapecoense club from Brazil travelling to Medellin in Colombia for the Copa Sudamericana final.