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FC Barcelona News: 4 December 2017; Preparations Continue for Champions League, Lionel Messi Statue Vandalized

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Barcelona v Celta de Vigo - La Liga Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images

Focus turns to Sporting Clube | FC Barcelona
Less than 24 hours on from their 2-2 draw against Celta Vigo in LaLiga, the FC Barcelona first team squad were back in training on Sunday, as their attentions turn to Tuesday's Champions League meeting with Sporting Clube de Portugal. All of the available players were put through the paces in a session at the Tito Vilanova pitch at the training ground, and were joined by Barça B players Jokin Ezkieta, Martínez, Vitinho, Jose Arnaiz, O. Busquets, Palencia and Aleñá.

What happened the last time Barça hosted Sporting Lisbon at Camp Nou? | FC Barcelona
Let’s turn back the clock to September 16, 2008. It was early in the season. Barça was playing its UEFA Champions League opener. Group C. Pep Guardiola had just taken over the reins as the Barça manager.

Frank Rijkaard drops by Barça's workout! | FC Barcelona
Rijkaard led FC Barcelona for five seasons (2003-2008), and won the 2006/06 UEFA Champions League title, as well as the 2004/05 and 2005/06 La Liga championships, and the 2005/06 and 2006/07 Spanish Super Cups. Rijkaard coached current players Andrés Iniesta and Leo Messi, in addition to a panoply of former stars like Ronaldinho, Samuel Eto’o, Carles Puyol, Xavi, Luis Enrique and Víctor Valdés.

Vandals destroy Messi statue for second time in 2017 | Goal
A statue of Barcelona ace Lionel Messi in Buenos Aires has been vandalised for the second time this year. It appears that the legs of the player’s likeness were cut, leaving the body of the statue of the Argentina international sprawled across the pavement on Costanera Sur.

Barca in for Koulibaly? | Football Espana
Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly has once again been linked with a move to Barcelona by fresh reports in both Spain and Italy. The speculation comes in the aftermath of Samuel Umtiti facing two months out for the Catalan club while Javier Mascherano – also injured – could reportedly leave as early as January.