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FC Barcelona News: 27 October 2017; Jordi Alba Back in Training, Ernesto Valverde Faces Emotional Week

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Athletic v Barça: Valverde's memory test | FC Barcelona
This Saturday will be special for Ernesto Valverde as the Barça coach will play at San Mamés for the first time since leaving Athletic Club this summer and, at the same time, will meet again with his former team mate at the Club, Ziganda. It’s a match that, added to the fixture next Tuesday against Olympiacos, will be the culmination of a special week for Valverde.

Valverde looking forward to trips to Bilbao and Athens | FC Barcelona
An important week for Ernesto Vavlerde is coming up as the FC Barcelona coach travels to two special stadiums for him: the Nuevo San Mamés of Athletic Club at 8.45pm CET on Saturday 28 October; and the Georgios Karaiskakis of Olympiacos at 8.45pm CET on Tuesday 31 October. These two grounds were his home for six and three seasons respectively where he holds “very good memories and a great respect for the people.”

Valverde and Ziganda are back at San Mamés | FC Barcelona
Friends, roommates and now coaches. Despite the many who have made the history of Athletic Club great, there are two names that will never go unnoticed: Valverde and Ziganda. Known as 'Txingurri' and 'Kuko,’ respectively, they formed one of the best forward lines that Athletic had in the 1990s, especially at the time when Heynckes was in charge (1992/93-1993/94).

The first team focus on San Mamés | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona start to prepare for Saturday’s match Athletic Club at San Mamés. After the Copa debut against Múrcia, which ended in a 3-0 blaugrana victory, Barça turn their attention to La Liga in which they are top of the table and don’t want to let up. Valverde welcomed his whole squad back for training on Thursday having given some of his players a rest from Copa del Rey duty.

Barcelona defender Jordi Alba resumes training after thigh strain | ESPN
Jordi Alba returned to training on Wednesday after missing Barcelona's last three matches with a thigh strain. Alba, 28, picked up the injury during a training session the day before Barca's 3-0 Champions League win against Olympiakos last week.

When and where to watch Athletic Club v FC Barcelona | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona visit San Mamés to face Athletic de Bilbao in the 10th La Liga match of the season on Saturday. Ernesto Valverde returns to the Club he has called home for many years in a game which is sure to be a special occasion for the blaugrana coach.

La Liga to add VAR next season, says RFEF chief; also open to Copa change |ESPN
La Liga is set to introduce video reviews next season, according to acting Spanish football federation president Juan Luis Larrea, who also said he's open to a change to the current Copa del Rey format. Both Serie A and the Bundesliga have already adopted the use of video assistant referees (VAR) this season, and RFEF chief Larrea said La Liga planned to follow suit.

FC Barcelona to hold third edition of Sports Technology Symposium | FC Barcelona
On 9 and 10 November FC Barcelona will host the 2017 Sports Technology Symposium, a forum for the discussion of Performance & Data Analytics and Digital Experiences in the Sports Industry and the third annual edition of the event after previous successful symposiums in 2015 and 2016.

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