Sergi Roberto and Ivan Rakitic score for Spain and Croatia | FC Barcelona
Spain got their World Cup 2018 qualifying campaign off to a flying start with an 8-0 defeat of minnows Liechtenstein. Three of the four starting defenders in Julen Lopetegui’s first competitive game in charge were from his former club FC Barcelona: Sergi Roberto, Gerard Piqué and Jordi Alba. The trio were on for the full ninety minutes, as was Sergio Busquets in the centre of midfield but new signing Paco Alcácer watched the game from the bench.
FC Barcelona first team back at work | FC Barcelona
Training resumed for the FC Barcelona first team on Monday after a three-day break for the players that are not away on international duty. On pitch number two at the Ciutat Esportiva, the depleted numbers were boosted by the presence of six players from Barça B: Jose Suárez, Carbonell, Mujica, Abeledo, Kaptoum and Marlon.The next game for Barça is Saturday’s Liga encounter at home to Alavés (8.30pm CET).
Ter Stegen joins second training of the week | FC Barcelona
The FC Barcelona players who were away on international duty are slowly returning to the first team setup, with Germany’s Marc-Andre ter Stegen being the latest to return to work. Preparations for Saturday’s game against Alaves at the Camp Nou are now well underway, but while a handful of players have yet to return, Luis Enrique called upon Marlon, Alfaro, Mujica, Kaptoum, Carbonell and Aleñá from Barça B.
Leo Messi left hamstring trouble confirmed | FC Barcelona
Tests conducted today on Leo Messi have confirmed that they player is still having trouble with the adductor muscle in his left hamstring. He has been recommended to lighten his training load over the next few days and his availability will depend on how the issue progresses.Messi has played all 90 minutes of every competitive first team fixture to date this season – both legs of the Spanish Super Cup and the league games with Betis and Athletic Bilbao, scoring three goals.
Barcelona mulling new deal for Marc-Andre ter Stegen - Josep Maria Bartomeu - ESPN FC
Barcelona are considering a contract extension for goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen, according to club president Josep Maria Bartomeu. Ter Stegen split time with Claudio Bravo in each of the past two season at the Camp Nou. However he looks to be the undisputed No. 1 after the Blaugrana sold Bravo to Manchester City near the end of the summer transfer window, and despite the arrival of Jasper Cillessen from Ajax.
Barcelona's Lionel Messi dyed his hair blonde to 'start from zero' - ESPN FC
Lionel Messi has revealed he changed his hair colour to move on from a summer in which he faced tax charges and retired from international duty with Argentina. Messi, who has returned to Barcelona from South America and will miss Argentina's World Cup qualifier against Venezuela on Tuesday with a groin problem, explained in an interview with TyC Sports, as reported by El Mundo Deportivo, why such problems led him to dye his hair blonde.
Arroyo: The main objective is commercial, but we must also transmit our values | FC Barcelona
"The main objective of the office is, evidently, commercial, but we are a global reference for what we do as a club and, it is obvious that what we do at home, dealing with social aspects, development of youth, will also be a key part of this office," Arroyo explained.