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FC Barcelona News: 23 March 2016; Barca Preseason Taking Shape, Ivan Rakitić Injury Not Severe

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FC Barcelona to face Celtic, Leicester City and Liverpool at 2016 International Champions Cup | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona will face Celtic, Leicester City and Liverpool in the fourth edition of the International Champions Cup, a competition organised by Relevent Sports which will take place from 23 July in which Barça will be participating for the second time. Both the participants and the match schedule of the tournament were revealed on Tuesday in New York, in an even where the Club was represented by former player Edgar Davids.

FC Barcelona continue workouts at the Ciutat Esportiva | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona are not on spring vacation just yet. With a number of absences due to international commitments, Barça manager Luis Enrique oversaw the team's second session of the week on Wednesday, in which all available first team players took part plus Barça B players Samper, Gumbau, Romera, Kaptoum and Cámara.

Rafinha 'immensely happy' to be back | FC Barcelona
Rafinha feels like a footballer again. Six months after getting injured, the Brazilian was declared fully recovered on March 17. This is a moment of immense joy" he says in an interview with and Barça TV. "Returning to full fitness is weight off my mind."

Lionel Messi only getting better with age - ESPN FC
Lionel Messi has been terrorising rival defences for over a decade and breaking endless records with astonishing ease in the process. The diminutive genius is only a couple of strikes away from reaching a jaw-dropping 500 career goals -- another historical landmark for the best-ever footballer to add to his collection.

Luis Suárez elated to be back with Uruguay | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona striker Luis Suarez will play his first official match for Uruguay since the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. One of the pillars of Luis Enrique's vaunted side, Suárez has scored 68 goals scored in 85 matches since joining the Catalan club. Suárez spoke to the media ahead of Saturday's 2018 World Cup qualifier between Uruguay and Brazil.

Sergio Busquets ruled out of Spain friendlies Barcelona -
Sergio Busquets has been ruled out of Spain's friendlies against Italy and Romania with a broken finger. Reports on Monday suggested that the Barcelona midfielder was set to pull out of the squad having fractured a finger on his right hand in the 4-0 La Liga win at Eibar this month.

Ivan Rakitic calf injury wont rule him out of El Clasico - ESPN FC
Ivan Rakitic's calf injury is not severe enough to rule the midfielder out of Barcelona's Clasico with Real Madrid on April 2, according to Croatia head coach Ante Cacic. Results from an MRI scan on Tuesday means that the 28-year-old will be omitted from Croatia's upcoming friendly matches with Israel and Hungary.

Barcelona's Pique likes instigating rivalry vs. Real Madrid - ESPN FC
As the two teams take international break ahead of their meeting at the Camp Nou, the Catalan club are a full 10 points ahead of Zinedine Zidane's men in the Spanish Primera Division table. But Real Madrid won their home match against Sevilla in convincing fashion last weekend while Barcelona and second-place Atletico Madrid struggled in below-par away displays.

Denis Suarez aware of potential for summer Barcelona return - ESPN FC
Denis Suarez insists he is happy at Villarreal but knows that a return to Barcelona this summer is possible. Suarez who spent the 2014-15 season on loan at Sevilla from Barcelona, signed a four-year contract with Villarreal last summer and has made 21 La Liga starts with the club.

Barcelona beat Real Madrid to the signing of 'new Messi' | GiveMeSport
Mario Gotze, Ioannis Fetfatzidis, Alan Dzagoev and Ryan Gauld are just some of the players that have been dubbed the ‘new Messi’, and Barcelona have reportedly signed the latest one. According to the EFE Agency, per Goal, the Catalan giants have secured a deal for 16-year-old Independiente midfielder Lucas Patanelli.

Suarez, Neymar ‘bet a hamburger’ | Football Espana
"We’ve bet a hamburger. Whoever loses, pays," Mundo Deportivo quotes Suarez as joking, referencing an exchange earlier in the season when Neymar signed Suarez’s hat-trick ball ‘fatty, you owe me a hamburger’ after providing assists against Eibar.

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