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FC Barcelona News: 1 April 2016; El Clasico Inching Closer, Jeremy Mathieu Undergoes Surgery

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Barcelona vs Real Madrid clasico is a truly global event - ESPN FC
Even though Barcelona have a 10-point advantage over Real Madrid and appear to be headed toward another La Liga title, Saturday's Clasico in Spain has several points of interest for soccer fans spread all over the world.

Did you know: FC Barcelona v Real Madrid | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona against Real Madrid is simply the biggest match in club football where the best players in the world do battle for 90 minutes. Ahead of Saturday’s duel, we have provided a collection of stats and facts that you need to know about this classic fixture.

Preparations for El Clásico continue | FC Barcelona
Leo Messi, Javier Mascherano, Dani Alves, Luis Suárez, Marc-André Ter Stegen, Thomas Vermaelen and Arda Turan were back at Ciutat Esportiva to continue preparations for Saturday’s game against Real Madrid. Luis Enrique also chose Mujica and Carbonell from the U19s to train with the first team.

The first ever meeting between Madrid and Barcelona in 1902 | FC Barcelona
May 13, 1902. One hundred and fourteen years ago. That was the day when FC Barcelona, formed two and a half years earlier, first appeared in Madrid to start off what was set to become arguably the greatest rivalry in world football.

Debut Clásicos for Arda Turan and Aleix Vidal | FC Barcelona
The current FC Barcelona squad has a wealth of El Clasico experience, with the likes of Andrés Iniesta, Leo Messi and Dani Alves featuring in over 50 combined. However, this Saturday sees the possibility of two players of the current squad making their Clásico debuts.

Aleix Vidal under no Clásico illusions | FC Barcelona
Ahead of a possible first-ever Clásico appearance, Aleix Vidal spoke to the media at Ciutat Esportiva to give his views on Saturday’s match. The full-back, signed from Sevilla last summer, discusses the many factors going into the game against Real Madrid. Here is the pick of his quotes:

QUIZ: El Clasico bumper quiz: How well do you know the rivalry? - LE BUZZ
Ahead of Real Madrid hosting Barcelona at the Bernabeu, we test your knowledge of El Clasico with our fun quiz. Good luck!

Do Barcelona or Real Madrid have the best all-time El Clasico record? | Football News | Sky Sports
Real have won 71 of their 171 La Liga encounters with Barcelona since 1929, compared to Barca's 68 victories. Los Blancos also hold the record for the longest winning streak - winning six encounters back-to-back between September 1962 and February 1965.

Barcelona's Ivan Rakitic compares Lionel Messi to Gaudi - ESPN FC
Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic has compared teammate Lionel Messi to renowned Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi. Messi, along with teammates Neymar and Luis Suarez, scored most of the goals and bagged the majority of the headlines as Barca won the Champions League, La Liga and Copa del Rey treble last season.

Two months out for Mathieu | Football Espana
Jeremy Mathieu is looking at between six and eight weeks on the sidelines after the Barcelona defender underwent surgery on a knee injury. The club has confirmed the procedure was a success and the France international will need possibly until the end of May to recover from a torn meniscus.

'Official Partner of Play', new worldwide campaign by Beko | FC Barcelona
Lionel Messi and his FC Barcelona teammates came face-to-face with unique, playful animations of themselves for the first time as Beko unveiled its new Official Partner of Play campaign worldwide. Global stars Messi, Luis Suárez, Gerard Piqué, Arda Turan and Marc-André ter Stegen will feature in a new short film from Beko, Premium Partner of FC Barcelona, alongside their animations.

Stephen Curry talks of his admiration for FC Barcelona and Leo Messi | FC Barcelona
NBA star Stephen Curry has expressed his admiration for FC Barcelona and Leo Messi, likening his side’s style of play with that of the Catalan club’s. The Golden State Warriors play a fast, possession-based game, which the NBA’s MVP of last season believes resembles Barça’s famous approach to football.

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