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FC Barcelona News: 19 December 2017; Preparations Begin for El Clasico, Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta Win Awards

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El Clásico week begins with Monday training | FC Barcelona
Spirits were high after the 4-0 Sunday night victory against Deportivo La Coruña, in which Luis Suárez and Paulinho both scored braces. The only sour note from that game was the injury suffered by Paco Alcácer, who was unable to train on Monday as a result.

Barça Memory: Gerard Piqué and Sergi Roberto take the challenge | FC Barcelona
It’s time for the Barça Memory Test, a new challenge that we’re putting to our players. It’s the game we all know and love from our childhood – turn over cards and try to remember where the matched pairs are hiding. Of course, this is Barça, so the pictures are all of the first team stars, and two of those, Sergi Roberto and Gerard Piqué, are the guys we’ve put to the test in this video.

Real Madrid vs Barcelona: Who has the better Clasico record? | Goal
It feels as if it has been a while, but the biggest game in world football returns this weekend. Real Madrid and Barcelona will clash in La Liga for the first time since April on Saturday, and it may be a must-win Clasico for Zinedine Zidane's side if they wish to keep the title race alive.

Lionel Messi: 'It would be nice to close the year by winning El Clásico' | FC Barcelona
The Blaugrana No.10 and captain have been the main award recipients at the 2016/17 MARCA Football Awards Gala held at the Convent of the Angels. Barça’s No.10 was handed his fourth Pichichi Trophy, which is given for the highest scorer of the last season, in this case for the Argentinian’s 37 goals in 34 games.

Rafinha receives medical clearance | FC Barcelona
The FC Barcelona player suffered an injury in the game against Granada CF on April 2nd of this year, on Matchday 29 of the 2016/17 season. He was taken off 17 minutes into the game. After an arthroscopic procedure to fix the injury to his internal meniscus, the Brazilian midfielder has been working hard in order to be able to return to action.

Dembele return, Mascherano exit, finding new Andres Iniesta among Barca issues | ESPN
Barcelona were battered and bruised by the end of their Spanish Super Cup defeat to Real Madrid in August. Fast forward four months, though, and under the steady hand of Ernesto Valverde, there is a completely different outlook at the club to the one which was widely held after the Neymar-less Catalans were dealt a 5-1 aggregate defeat by Madrid.

Mascherano agrees China move - report | Football Espana
Barcelona defender Javier Mascherano has agreed a move to Hebei China Fortune and the deal could be announced on Tuesday, say reports in Spain. The Argentine will remain at the Camp Nou until the end of January before moving to the Chinese Super League club as Barca wait on Samuel Umtiti’s return from injury, according to Diario Sport.

Find out if you are a Clásico 'expert' | FC Barcelona
Show off your knowledge of Real Madrid v Barça with our bumper quiz.

VIDEO: USWNT star Alex Morgan attends Barça–Deportivo at Camp Nou | FC Barcelona
United States women's soccer team forward, Alex Morgan, was on hand at Camp Nou on Sunday night for FC Barcelona's 4–0 victory over Deportivo La Coruña. The 28-year-old California native, who was recently named the 2017 CONCACAF Female Player of the Year, posed with Barça President, Josep Maria Bartomeu before the match.

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