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FC Barcelona News: 18 March 2016; Draw Pits Barca Against Atletico Madrid, Rafinha Given Medical Clearance

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FC Barcelona to face Atlético Madrid in Champions League quarter-final | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona will face Atlético Madrid in the quarter-finals of the Champions League following the draw that was made in Nyon on Friday. The Catalans secured their ninth consecutive quarter-final berth with a 3-1 win over Arsenal at Camp Nou on Wednesday (5-1 on aggregate), and are now aiming to reach the semi-finals for the eighth time in nine seasons.

Record tenth consecutive Champions League win for FC Barcelona at Camp Nou | FC Barcelona
Barça just can’t stop breaking records these days! The 38 match unbeaten streak is already sending shockwaves around the world, and now the team has just completed an unprecedented 10 match winning streak in Champions League games at the Camp Nou.

Leo Messi would rather win trophies than break records | FC Barcelona
Neither the 37 match unbeaten run, nor qualification for the Champions League quarter finals for the ninth time in a row are reasons for the squad to think they can relax. And Leo Messi, speaking at a commercial event in Barcelona on Thursday, knows that only too well.

Barcelona glory not just down to Lionel Messi - Mourinho - ESPN FC
Former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has said Barcelona's success is down to their teamwork and not just Lionel Messi's ability. Barcelona booked their place in the Champions League quarterfinals after they beat Arsenal 5-1 on aggregate, with Messi on target at the Camp Nou on Wednesday.

Barca can play badly and still win - and that's what separates them from the rest -
Pep Guardiola always said it. During his time at Camp Nou, the Catalan coach claimed that to win titles, Barcelona historically had to play well. And it was true. But not these days: Luis Enrique has made his players able to win games even when they are below their best - and they did it against Arsenal on Wednesday.

Rafinha receives medical green light | FC Barcelona
The Brazilian international suffered a serious injury on 16 September against AS Roma in the group stages of the Champions League. After coming on as a substitute, the midfielder was on the receiving end of a tackle from Nainggolan, which resulted in Rafinha tearing his anterior cruciate ligament.

Luis Enrique: 'The only team I don’t want to face is Barça' | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona are back in the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League for the ninth straight season. "Getting into the quarter-finals nine straight times means this club is doing well," Luis Enrique said after the game. "It’s due to the types of players that come up through the academy and the ones we sign."

Luis Suarez eager for Uruguay return after 636-day bite ban - ESPN FC
Uruguay striker Luis Suarez said he is looking forward to the end of almost two years of "suffering" being unable to play a competitive game for his country. The Barcelona forward is eligible to return from his international playing ban when Uruguay face Brazil on March 25 in CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying.

By the numbers: FC Barcelona knock Arsenal out of the UEFA Champions League | FC Barcelona
The match at the Camp Nou against Arsenal was the 50th this season for Barça, and their record is impressive: 39 wins, eight draws and just three defeats. The only teams that have managed to win there have been Athletic Club in the Spanish Super Cup, and Celtic and Sevilla in the league.

Luis Suárez says his goal let team relax | FC Barcelona
Without Luis Suárez's goal on Wednesday night, who knows what would have happened. "The second goal came when they were attacking a lot," Suárez said. "The 2–1 lead calmed us down and we put away the game."

Recovery session looking ahead to Villarreal | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona held a recovery session at Ciutat Esportiva on Thursday following their second leg victory over Arsenal on Wednesday night. The 3-1 win at Camp Nou secured Barça’s ninth consecutive quarter-final spot in Europe’s elite competition.

Adriano decides to prolong Barcelona contract until 2017 - ESPN FC
Barcelona full-back Adriano has activated an option to extend his contract until 2017, the club has confirmed. Former Brazil international Adriano, 31, was due to be a free agent this summer but has opted to prolong his stay at the Camp Nou by a further year.

Six U19 debutants under FC Barcelona B manager Gerard López | FC Barcelona
In such a difficult league as Division 2B, Gerard López has been able to call upon the U19 team when required. Unlike in Division 2A, the rules have limited him to a squad of just 22 players, and so he has frequently had no option but to turn to the youth team for additional resources.

The fifth FCBEscola International Tournament is upon us | FC Barcelona
The 5th FCBEscola International Tournament is upon us. The first schools will be arriving in Barcelona on Saturday for a competition that will run from Monday 21 to Thursday 24 of March on the fields next to the Miniestadi, bringing together more than 1,200 players and 107 teams from all around the world.

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