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FC Barcelona News: 23 April 2016; Squad Named for Sporting Gijon Clash, Nou Camp Nou Design Praised

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Match Preview: FC Barcelona v Sporting Gijón | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona got back to winning ways in midweek in comprehensive fashion, yet there is little time for the Catalans to savour it as Saturday brings another must-win game. The 8-0 win over Deportivo La Coruña on Wednesday has restored the confidence in the squad following three straight league losses, and the visit of Sporting Gijón to Camp Nou can bring Barça within just three games of winning the title.

Squad of eighteen announced for Sporting Gijón | FC Barcelona
Luis Enrique has named his squad of eighteen players for today’s game with Sporting Gijón at the Camp Nou and it is as follows: Ter Stegen, Bravo, Piqué, I. Rakitic, Sergio, Dani Alves, Arda, A. Iniesta, Suárez, Messi, Neymar Jr, Rafinha, Mascherano, Bartra, Munir, Jordi Alba, Sergi Roberto and Adriano.

Barcelona vs. Sporting Gijon a battle between old friends - ESPN FC
Luis Enrique has remained upbeat despite Barcelona's evaporated lead at the top of La Liga. "I am such a d--- that I like the adversity. I'm from Gijon; I love this dance," he said before his side tore Deportivo de la Coruna apart earlier this week. "And if we win every game [and win the league], we're going to throw some party..."

Luis Enrique confident of winning four out of four | FC Barcelona
First team manager Luis Enrique faced the media on Friday after training to discuss various matters, but most especially the stunning 8-0 defeat of Deportivo and Saturday’s 8.30pm CET kick-off against his hometown club, Sporting Gijón. Here’s a round-up of quotes from the press conference:

When and where to watch FC Barcelona v Sporting Gijón in La Liga | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona’s title challenge is back on track. An 8-0 hammering of Deportivo sent a warning message to Atlético and Real Madrid. The Blaugrana are back! The story continues on Saturday night at the Camp Nou. Sporting Gijón are the guests (8.30pm CET), where Luis Enrique will be seeking three crucial points against his hometown team.

Final session before hosting Sporting | FC Barcelona
On Friday morning, on a sunnyish morning and in temperatures of around 17ºC, the FC Barcelona first team trained for the last time at Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper before Saturday’s visit of Sporting Gijón (8.30pm CET). All of the available players were present, and they were joined for the workout by Borja López of the reserves.

La Liga title race could be decided by Barcelona, Atletico and Real bench players - ESPN FC
A couple of days before last season's Champions League final, Luis Enrique explained to me that the biggest factor in his Barcelona team being in a position to win the treble was the players in his squad who had barely featured in his starting XI from January on. It's a conversation that the events of the last few dramatic La Liga games have brought back to me with new emphasis.

Ten facts about the great Quini, to be honoured today at the Camp Nou | FC Barcelona
Enrique Castro is to be honoured in the build-up to Barça’s game with Sporting Gijón on Saturday (8.30pm CET). The 66-year-old in one of Spain’s favourite all-time players, and he wore the shirts of both teams during his distinguished career.

Barcelona will not sell players to fund Camp Nou redevelopment - Bartomeu - ESPN FC
Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has defended the club's plans to spend €600 million redeveloping the Camp Nou, saying the investment will not risk damaging the team's performances on the pitch. Barca have released further details about the modern expansion of the stadium to seat 105,000 spectators, with work currently scheduled to be completed during the 2020-21 season.

New Camp Nou opens to the world | FC Barcelona
The New Camp Nou was presented on Thursday, showing to the world the uniqueness of its design, a stadium for the 21st century that emphasizes the spirit of wanting to be open to everyone. The Camp Nou grandstand was the scene for the event, where the Board of Directors, led by president Josep Maria Bartomeu, was joined by sporting and institutional representatives, former players who have helped build the history of the current stadium and also players and coaches from the first team.

World reacts to 'spectacular design' of New Camp Nou | FC Barcelona
English-speaking media, like The Guardian, Sky Sports, CBS Sports and ESPN have all reacted positively to the news. As has the Spanish language press, and that’s not just in Spain, but also in Mexico Televisa, the USA Univision and Argentina Olé and La Nación to cite just a handful of examples.

Halilovic would prefer to stay as Barca fringe player - agent - Goal.com
Midfielder Alen Halilovic has multiple offers for his services, but his agent would prefer the teenager stays at Barcelona on the fringe of the first team. Halilovic, 19, joined the La Liga giants from Dinamo Zagreb in mid-2014 but struggled in his maiden season before being sent out on loan to Sporting Gijon for 2015-16.

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