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FC Barcelona News: 1 March 2017; Javier Mascherano Back in Squad, Barcelona Legends to Play Manchester United

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Match Preview: FC Barcelona v Sporting Gijón | FC Barcelona
Heading into a fourth straight round of fixtures just one point off the pace, a victory over visiting Sporting Gijón on Wednesday night — kickoff at Camp Nou is set for 7.30pm CET — will move Barça atop the table, albeit provisionally, for the third time in recent weeks. Such a scenario would once again put, at least according to the laws of physics, an infinite amount of pressure on Real Madrid, which play later in the evening.

Javier Mascherano back in squad for game against Sporting Gijón | FC Barcelona
Barça coach Luis Enrique Martínez announced his 18 man squad for the game against Sporting Gijón at Camp Nou (7.30pm CET) on Wednesday morning local time. The big news is the return of Javier Mascherano to the list after injury, Arda Turan has also been given the medical all clear but is not amongst the names given out by the Asturian coach for the game against his hometown club.

Barcelona need Andres Iniesta, Sergio Busquets fit and firing | ESPN
Luis Enrique suggested he may take the chance to rotate his squad when Barcelona kick off three home games in the space of a week with Sporting Gijon's visit to Camp Nou on Wednesday. However, his biggest priority should be getting Andres Iniesta and Sergio Busquets back to their best.

FC Barcelona v Sporting Gijón: Did you know? | FC Barcelona
The visiting club hail from the region of Asturias on the north coast of the Iberian Peninsula, where they play at the oldest ground in professional football: El Molinón, named after an old water mill that once stood close by. The exact origins of the ground have been lost, but the club has been playing games on the site since 1908.

Barca boss Luis Enrique: It's naive to say we don't depend on Messi, the best player in the world | Eurosport
"It would be naive to think that we do not depend on the best player in the world," said Enrique. "I still consider him as more of a forward. Sometimes he spends more time in midfield to help us in terms of numbers but I don't think it matters if he's spending more time in midfield or up front. What matters is his form."

FC Barcelona and Manchester United Legends to play at Camp Nou | FC Barcelona
Next June 30 at the Camp Nou, the Barça Legends will be taking on a team of ex-players from another of Europe’s historic clubs, the Manchester United Legends. This will be the Barça team’s debut in front of their own fans. The game was originally postponed in July because the European Championship would have had a detrimental effect on the line-ups, due to so many of the players having professional duties.

The institutional trip to China for the signing of an agreement with the Mission Hills Group receives considerable media attention | FC Barcelona
The Club’s representatives, who were led by the President Josep Maria Bartomeu and included the ambassador Ronaldinho and the CEO Òscar Grau, captured the attention of not only the media in China and Hong Kong but also media outlets from countries such as the United States, the United Kingdom, India, Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan, South Korea, Australia, Japan and Thailand.