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FC Barcelona News: 7 September 2016; Luis Suarez, Neymar Score, Lionel Messi Trains Separately

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Alcácer trains for first time at FC Barcelona | FC Barcelona
On Wednesday morning, Paco Alcácer trained for the first time under the orders of Luis Enrique on the Tito Vilanova field at the Ciutat Esportiva. He reported for duty along with the other Spain internationals that were involved in the 8-0 defeat of Liechtenstein, while Ivan Rakitic was also back after scoring in Croatia’s 1-1 draw with Turkey.

Luis Suárez and Neymar Jr score as Uruguay and Brazil win | FC Barcelona
Luis Suárez’s Uruguay made light work of Paraguay in Tuesday’s 2018 World Cup qualifiers, winning 4-0 with the Barça striker playing a key role with two assists for Cavani and a goal from the penalty spot. The win sends the celeste back to the top of the ten-team table in the Conmebol zone after Argentina could only draw 2-2 against bottom-placed Venezuela.

Barcelona's Bartomeu on Lionel Messi: No one has taken risks - ESPN FC
The back and forth between Barcelona and Argentina over Lionel Messi's injury has continued with Josep Maria Bartomeu saying the Catalan club did not request the forward sit out last week's win over Uruguay. Messi's participation in Saturday's La Liga game with Alaves is in doubt after Barca confirmed he will have to reduce his training in the coming days due to a persistent groin problem.

Xavi: Only Madrid compares Messi and Ronaldo | Football Espana
Xavi believes only Madrid compares Cristiano Ronaldo to his former Barcelona team-mate Lionel Messi. In an interview to Cadena SER, the former Barca midfielder once again reiterated that Messi was the best player in the world and also seeked to clarify comments on Ronaldo, whom he had been misinterpreted as stating 'lacked intelligence'.

La Liga games could be called off due to late-summer heat wave - Tebas - ESPN FC
Spanish Football League (LFP) president Javier Tebas has not ruled out La Liga matches being postponed this weekend because of extreme hot weather. A late summer heatwave has hit the Iberian Peninsula, with temperatures surpassing 40 degrees Celsius (104 Farenheit) in many areas on some days.

Ronaldinho: It makes me happy to see Messi and Neymar making history | FC Barcelona
Ronaldinho is still in love with Barça and its stars. The man who was the team’s central figure between the years 2003 and 2008 is in New York as part of the Club’s arrival in the Big Apple and admitted from the US that he is delighted to see "Messi and Neymar making history" with FC Barcelona.

FC Barcelona flag flies high in New York City | FC Barcelona
On Tuesday, however, there was one unmistakable alteration to the face of the world famous hotel. Hanging opposite the perpetually present Stars and Stripes of the United States was a flag with alternating horizontal bars of royal blue and maroon, emblazoned in the middle with the badge of the city’s newest resident — Futbol Club Barcelona.

FC Barcelona's office in the United States | FC Barcelona
The new FC Barcelona office in New York is an emblematic venue right from the outset. It takes up 250 square meters of the twentieth floor of number 250, Park Avenue, one of the main thoroughfares of Manhattan, and is located inside a well-known building in the city, which is also home to the HSBC bank and just three blocks away from the historic Waldorf Astoria hotel.

A goal from Ronaldinho opens the FC Barcelona office in New York | FC Barcelona
President Josep Maria Bartomeu led the Club’s delegation for this historic event which featured an iconic moment as Ronaldinho was the man charged with the task of scoring Barça’s first goal in the United States, which he did by kicking a ball into a small goal to symbolize the inspiring path that the Club is about to tread in the country, where it shall be seeking new trade opportunities and promoting its social and charitable side.

New York business world welcomes FC Barcelona to the United States | FC Barcelona
Among the big items on the agenda was a private businesspersons lunch hosted by the Club and headed by Vice President Manel Arroyo, which was attended by executives from some of the most important companies in the United States. The site chosen was none other than 21 Club, the famous Midtown restaurant long popular among the city’s corporate leaders.

The FCB Foundation and the New York Dept. of Education bring FutbolNet to the city | FC Barcelona
The institutional agenda of FC Barcelona in New York as part of the opening of its new office in the city began on Tuesday with a large community event. The FC Barcelona Foundation was in the Bronx for the ‘FutbolNet’ project, one of its flagship programs for promoting values through sports.