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FC Barcelona News: 2 January 2017; Preparations Continue for First Match of New Year

FC Barcelona Training Session Photo by Urbanandsport/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Training schedule for the first week of the year | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona kick off 2017 with a challenging trip to Bilbao where they will take on Athletic Club in the first leg of their Copa del Rey last 16 tie. Luis Enrique will have the front three of Neymar Jr, Luis Suárez and Leo Messi, as well as Javier Mascherano, at his disposal from 2 January after they were given permission by the manager.

When and where to watch Athletic Club v FC Barcelona | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona’s first challenge of 2017 is a tough one, with a trip to Bilbao to take on Athletic Club in the first leg of the Copa del Rey last 16. The two sides have met on several occasions over the years in the competition and always produce a fine spectacle.

Who will score FC Barcelona's first goal of 2017? | FC Barcelona
Barça scored 174 competitive goals in 2016, and that massive tally began when Leo Messi converted a spectacular free kick against Espanyol in the Copa del Rey, replicating a similar goal scored by Xavi Hernández against Getafe to get things going in 2007.

Leo Messi's ten challenges for 2017 | FC Barcelona
Think there is nothing left for the Argentinian to achieve? Think again! Here's a selection of milestones that he could reach over the next twelve months.

How the FC Barcelona players saw in the New Year | FC Barcelona
A look at what the members of the first team got up to on the last night of 2016.

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