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FC Barcelona News: 10 February 2017; Preparations for Alaves Game Continue, Luis Figo Talks Transfer

Athletic Club v Barcelona - Copa del Rey: Round of 16 First Leg Photo by Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images

All about FC Barcelona's next Liga opponent: Deportivo Alavés | FC Barcelona
The club are from the picturesque city of Vitoria (or Gasteiz in Basque), which may not be as large as Bilbao or San Sebastián but is considered the de facto capital of the region because this is where all major political institutions are based. The team itself are named not after the city, but after the province and historical region of Álava (or Araba in Basque).

FC Barcelona go to the Appeal Committee to challenge Suárez's ban | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona will contest the two-match sanction given to Luis Suárez by the Competition Judge at the Appeal Committee. The punishment comes following the two yellow cards shown to the Uruguayan in quick succession in the final moments of the return leg of the Copa del Rey semi-finals against Atlético.

When and where to watch Alavés v FC Barcelona | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona travel to Vitoria to take on Alavés for Week 22 of La Liga, and so we have prepared a guide that will help you find out how you can catch the game around the world. The match now has an extra dimension after the two sides made it through to the Copa del Rey final in midweek and will square off for the trophy at the end of May.

Final number eight for Luis Enrique at FC Barcelona | FC Barcelona
Luis Enrique Martínez continues to rack up finals as Barça coach as this season’s Copa del Rey will see him contest his eighth in less than three seasons. Of his previous seven finals, he has lost just once, against Athletic Club in the Spanish Super Cup in 2015. To those six victories in Cup finals we have to add two league titles, giving him a total of eight trophies since arriving as coach in the summer of 2014.

Ronaldinho v Neymar: Goalscoring similarities | FC Barcelona
Ronaldinho and Neymar are two of the biggest stars to have worn the Barça shirt. The man recently named as a Club ambassador was a blaugrana player for some five seasons, scoring 94 goals during that time. The current Barça number 11 has scored the same number of times for the Club, taking a season and a half less than his countryman.

Luis Figo: I left for Real Madrid as I 'did not feel appreciated' by Barcelona | ESPN
But when Perez pulled off a shock election victory, the move went through for a world-record fee of 10,000 million pesetas (£37m), and the subsequent sense of betrayal among Barca fans meant Figo was barracked on every return to his former club. Barca supporters infamously threw a pig's head in his direction upon his first return to the Camp Nou.

WADA says no drug tests have been carried out in Spanish football for nearly a year | Sky Sports
The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) admits it finds the situation in La Liga and the whole of Spanish sport "alarming" after Spain's anti-doping programme was deemed not up to international standards. The National Anti-Doping Organisation of Spain (AEPSAD) was declared "non-compliant" last March and its WADA-accredited laboratory in Madrid was shut down.

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