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FC Barcelona News: 17 February 2017; Preparations Begin for Leganes Match, Luis Suarez Appeal Taken to CAS

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FC Barcelona trying to get a leg up on Leganés | FC Barcelona
Friday may be the final day of the work week for many, but for FC Barcelona, their work is just getting started. The Catalans opened preparations for Sunday’s La Liga clash with visiting Leganés following Wednesday’s recovery workout and Thursday’s day off.

When and where to watch FC Barcelona v Leganés | FC Barcelona
On Sunday at 8.45pm local time, FC Barcelona welcome Leganés to the Camp Nou for the first time ever. It’s time for Luis Enrique and his side to put the setback in Paris behind them and focus on the Liga challenge, where they are currently just one point off the lead.

FC Barcelona to appeal to CAS regarding Luis Suárez suspension | FC Barcelona
After the Appeals Committee rejected FC Barcelona’s claim against the two-match suspension of Luis Suárez, the Club shall be referring the decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). The Uruguayan was shown two yellow cards in the final minutes of the second leg of the Copa del Rey semi-final against Atlético Madrid.

Samuel Eto’o: from Leganés to FC Barcelona | FC Barcelona
At just 16 years of age, Samuel Eto’o arrived at Leganés in order to gain experience in Spanish football. Being loaned by Real Madrid to Butarque was the first step on Eto’o’s way to the very top level of world football. While Van Gaal’s Barça were crowned champions in 1997/98, Eto’o led the survival of Leganés in the second division. His major breakthrough would come a little while later however.

Andrés Iniesta now second on list of all time FC Barcelona Champions League appearances | FC Barcelona
Andrés Iniesta keeps reaching new landmarks as an FC Barcelona player. The blaugrana captain played his Champions League match number 121 against Paris Saint-Germain in the Parc des Princes, thus moving to second on the all-time list of appearances for Barça in Europe’s top club competition. The midfielder moved past Carles Puyol and now only has Xavi Hernández ahead of him on 157 Champions League matches.

FC Barcelona defender Javier Mascherano gives exclusive interview to the club's official media outlets | FC Barcelona
If there were any doubt as to Mascherano’s influence in the blaugrana dressing room, one need look no further than the prologue of his new book, The 15 Rungs of Leadership, in which Messi himself calls Mascherano “a very positive leader.” “He teaches you many things,” Messi said. “All the time. He’s always thinking of his friends. He’s a fighter. It’s impossible to not follow his lead when you have a captain who is first in effort, who runs more than the rest, and who is the best example of how it should be done.”

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