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FC Barcelona News: 14 December 2017; Ousmane Dembele Wins Award, Players Return to Training

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Back at training with a focus on Deportivo | FC Barcelona
After two days of rest, the FC Barcelona first team were back at work on Thursday as they continued preparations for Sunday’s 8.45pm CET kick-off against Deportivo at the Camp Nou.

Copa del Rey Round of 16 return leg date, time set | FC Barcelona
The second leg of the Copa del Rey Round of 16 tie between FC Barcelona and Celta Vigo will be played on Thursday, January 11, 2018, at 9.30pm at Camp Nou, the Spanish Football Federation announced on Thursday. The first leg—to be played in Vigo—is set for January 4 at 7.30pm. In between the two midweek Copa del Rey clashes, Barça hosts Levante in Week 18 of La Liga. That game is set for Sunday, January 7 at 4.15pm.

Chelsea vs Barça a global affair | FC Barcelona
The UEFA Champions League may be a European tournament, but it is almost as international an affair as the World Cup. And when Chelsea and FC Barcelona meet in the Round of 16, it will be a paragon of diversity, with up to 34 players representing seven different national teams taking part.

Iniesta: “Chelsea will be very tough, strong opponents” | FC Barcelona
Andrés Iniesta spoke this Wednesday at the Ciutat Esportiva training ground, commenting on all the latest events at FC Barcelona. The captain was present for a campaign promoted by FC Barcelona and Estrella Damm (an official club sponsor) in which 14 winners got to meet Iniesta and experience a typical day in his life. At the event, he explained that "these contests have been held for many years, and they are really nice and special for everyone."

Ousmane Dembélé wins 2016/17 Bundesliga Rookie Award | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona striker Ousmane Dembélé was named the Bundesliga Rookie of the Year for his performance last season while at Borussia Dortmund. The 20-year-old Frenchman, who signed with Barça over the summer, was also named to the German First Division’s Team of the Year.

Leo Messi and Luis Suárez pose with combined six Golden Shoes! | FC Barcelona
In a photo that represents a second coming of the Gilded Age in Barça-ville, the team’s star strikers, Leo Messi and Luis Suárez, posed for a photo on Wednesday at the team’s training facility surrounded by their half dozen combined Golden Shoe awards.

Barça vs Levante date, time announced | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona's first La Liga game of 2017 will be against Levante on Sunday, January 7, the Spanish First Division announced Wednesday.

Thomas Vermaelen showing he can be more than an emergency option | ESPN
Thomas Vermaelen's Barcelona career to date has not been much of a career at all. A somewhat surprise signing in the summer of 2014, the club's sporting director at the time, Andoni Zubizarreta, memorably described him as a player capable of offering "immediate performances." In the months that followed, though, Vermaelen was seen more in memes than on the pitch, with Zubizarreta's words never far behind.

Mascherano receives Chinese offer | Football Espana
Barcelona defender Javier Mascherano has received an offer from Chinese Super League club Hebei China Fortune, say reports in Spain. The 33-year-old is reportedly adamant he wishes to leave the Camp Nou in January, but will not want to jeopardise his position in Argentina’s World Cup squad for next summer.

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