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FC Barcelona News: 4 January 2017; Barcelona Hold Open Practice, Keep Tabs on Alex Grimaldo

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Thousands turn out at the Miniestadi for FC Barcelona's open training session | FC Barcelona
As has become tradition at the start of each year, the FC Barcelona first team held on open door training session at the Miniestadi where fans of the club were able to see their favourite players up close. The children were, as ever, the real stars of the show on a festive day which saw 10,408 fans turn up to watch Luis Enrique’s men in action.

Festive open door training session to prepare for Copa del Rey match | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona on Tuesday completed their traditional open door training session to kick off the New Year. In front of an excited public, Luis Enrique’s men trained at the Miniestadi ahead of the Copa del Rey last 16 first leg match against Athletic Club.

The challenge of starting the year with an away win | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona kick off 2017 with their first official game of the year on Thursday. The blaugranas inaugurate the year with a difficult away trip to San Mamés for the first leg of the Copa del Rey round of 16. Luis Enrique's men, following a few days rest, face the difficult challenge of starting the year with an away victory. Barça have played away from home in their first match of the New Year three times in the last ten seasons and haven't managed to win.

Time and date of FC Barcelona v Athletic Club league clash confirmed | FC Barcelona
Shortly after a two-legged affair in the Copa del Rey, FC Barcelona and Athletic Club will again go head-to-head but this time in La Liga on 4 February, 4.15pm CET kick-off. January will be a busy month for Barça, as it begins with a trip San Mamés to face Athletic in the first leg of their last-16 cup tie before a tough visit to El Madrigal to take on Villarreal in the league.

Barca to bring back Grimaldo? | Football Espana
Barcelona are reportedly keeping tabs on the situation of their former left-back Alex Grimaldo, now at Benfica. According to Sport, Barca are “very attentive” on Grimaldo after his “great season” to date with Benfica.

Real Madrid's refocus, Valencia's woe, Barcelona's questions, Sevilla's plans | ESPN
Of course the Spanish champions face the usual tests between now and May. Can they retain the Liga title? Can they resuscitate their Champions League personality after running out of gas last spring against Atletico Madrid? These are hardy perennials, but there are two extraordinary questions hanging over the Camp Nou club, beyond these on-pitch tests.

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