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FC Barcelona News: 1 December 2016; Barcelona Held by Hercules, El Clasico Up Next

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Luis Enrique: These games are difficult to close out | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona were forced to settle for a 1-1 draw away to Hércules on Wednesday night in the first leg of the Copa del Rey Round of 32 tie. Luis Enrique gave his thoughts on the game soon after the final whistle,  saying that "these games are difficult to see out" due to the opposition’s defensive setup.

Hércules CF v FC Barcelona: Holders held (1-1) | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona were held to a 1-1 draw by Hércules at the Estadio José Rico Pérez in the first leg of the Copa del Rey Round of 32 on Wednesday night. The Division 2B Group III side took a shock lead over the cup holders before debutant Carles Aleña’s fine long-distance strike gave Barça the equaliser, which gives the Catalans a slight advantage going into the second leg on December 21 at Camp Nou.

Aleñá, Carbonell, Borja López, Nili and Cardona all make FC Barcelona first team debut | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona opened the defence of their Copa del Rey title on Wednesday with a 1-1 draw at the José Rico Pérez stadium against Hércules. The first leg in Alicante saw Carles Aleñá, Alex Carbonell and Borja López figure in the starting eleven and Nili and Marc Cardona makes appearances as second half substitutes. All five made their official debuts with the Barça first team with Luis Enrique now having given a taste of the big time to 16 different players from La Masia.

El Clasico to hold minute's silence for air crash victims | Sky Sports
The charter aircraft carrying Brazilian team Chapecoense, along with club officials and journalists, came down late on Monday night in northwestern Colombia. There were 72 passengers and nine crew on board. The Brazil Serie A side were scheduled to play in the Copa Sudamerica final against Atletico National in Medellin on Wednesday evening.

Barcelona Team News: Injuries, suspensions and line-up vs Real Madrid -
Barcelona boss Luis Enrique will want to pick his strongest side for the crunch clash with Madrid, but Andres Iniesta is likely to start on the bench after more than five weeks out with the knee injury he sustained in the 3-2 win at Valencia back on October 22. That means Andre Gomes should feature from the outset.

Barcelona vs. Real Madrid: Six players to shine other than Ronaldo and Messi - ESPN FC
It's been seven games since Neymar last scored for Barcelona. After scoring six in his first nine appearances upon his return from the Olympic Games with Brazil, he's hit a dry spell in front of goal. Despite that, he's still been effective in other ways.

Real Madrid v Barcelona: Guillem Balague's six players to watch in El Clasico | Sky Sports
Now he doesn't risk so much, especially after making a mistake against Celta which cost Barcelona. His short passing has improved, playing more accurate short passes than any regular goalkeeper in La Liga, with nearly 20 per game.

La Liga chief Javier Tebas: You all know who I want to win Clasico - ESPN FC
La Liga president Javier Tebas says everyone already knows which team he wants to win this weekend's Camp Nou Clasico. Zinedine Zidane's Madrid side travel to Barcelona on Saturday knowing a win would move them nine points clear of Luis Enrique's men at the top of the table.

A defensive Henrik Larsson: Darijo Srna can galvanise Barcelona's season -
Barcelona have chosen veteran right-back Darijo Srna as the man to plug a gaping hole in defence, and they are betting on the Croatian to have just as big an impact as Henrik Larsson did in his short time at Camp Nou.

FC Barcelona and Nike move into Barcelona city centre | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona has opened the doors to its largest store in central Barcelona today, 30 November. Located in Passeig de Gràcia, which is one of the Catalan city’s most commercial streets, the objective of this new space is to become a point of reference for the team’s fans.

Intense institutional activity in New York | FC Barcelona
After an activity-packed day in New York City, Carles Vilarrubí, the vice-president responsible for the FC Barcelona Area of International and Institutional Relations gave a reception to members of the Catalan community living in the Big Apple at the club’s new offices in the city. The Barça director told the guests about the presentation of the FCB Photo Awards the day before and in his speech described how Barça can form a bond between new arrivals to Catalonia.

Dr. Jordi Monés presents FCB Universitas in Bologna | FC Barcelona
Bologna, the city of Alma Mater Studiorum, the oldest university in Europe (1088 AD), has been chosen to present in Italy the scientific programme of the 26th edition of the International Conference on Sports Rehabilitation and Traumatology, the world's largest conference on football science and medicine, to be held between 13 and 15 May 2017 at the facilities of FC Barcelona.

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