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FC Barcelona News: 23 February 2017; Preparations Begin for Atletico Match, U19 Team Advances in UEFA Youth League

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Preparations for Vicente Calderón visit begin | FC Barcelona
After two days of rest, FC Barcelona returned to the Ciutat Esportiva training field on Thursday to prepare for Sunday's big game against Atlético Madrid. Luis Enrique oversaw the session which included all available first team players at the Tito Vilanova field.

Andre Gomes isn't solely to blame for Barcelona's struggles in 2017 | ESPN
Barring the football equivalent of a miracle, Barcelona will go out of the Champions League round of 16 for the first time since 2007. If the Spanish champions lose against Atletico Madrid at the Calderon this Saturday, then the club that has won six of the last eight La Liga titles will, effectively, be on the canvas and taking a count from the referee: and in February, no less.

Leo Messi one win away from 400th for FC Barcelona | FC Barcelona
The Argentinian has accumulated 565 first team appearances since his debut in 2004, and the vast majority of those games have been wins. But winning comes naturally to the greatest player in the world. Those 399 victories have helped to win no fewer than 29 different major trophies, including four Champions Leagues, making him and Andrés Iniesta the most decorated players in club history.

Jordi Alba: We are still alive in the title race | FC Barcelona
During an event at his football school in his native Hospitalet, Jordi Alba spoke about the team’s current situation, where he reiterated his belief that FC Barcelona are still alive in the title race. In regard to recent disappointing results, the full-back said that “when we lose, as when we win, it is the responsibility of everyone”.

When and where to watch Atlético Madrid v FC Barcelona at the Vicente Calderón | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona travel to the Spanish capital for the their next league match against Atlético Madrid (Sunday 4.15pm local time) which will be the last meeting between the sides at the Vicente Calderón. Luis Enrique, who are also fighting for the title, will be playing at the same stadium on 27 May in the Copa del Rey final against Alavés.

FC Barcelona U19 v Borussia Dortmund: Dazzling display (4-1) | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona U19 are through to the quarter-finals of the UEFA Youth League after an impressive 4-1 win over Borussia Dortmund, including a stunning solo goal from Jordi Mboula.In the way the game started, it certainly did not appear that Barça would enjoy such a convincing rout of their counterparts, as they were down a goal after just six minutes.

VIDEO: Gerard Piqué and Carles Puyol play a game with a difference | FC Barcelona
Gerard Piquè and Carles Puyol formed one of the greatest pairings of all time in the centre of the Barça defence. The former, of course, is still providing his fine services to the team, while the latter is now in retirement after a career that saw him captain the side to an unprecedented number of major trophies.

Five great displays of fair play from FC Barcelona | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona have always been known for their sportsmanship, respect for the opposition and fair play in all of the sporting categories the club competes in. The compilation above highlights various moments in which Barça have demonstrated their strong ethics in recent years.

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