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FC Barcelona News: 29 March 2017; Neymar Leads Brazil to World Cup, Internationals Start to Return

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Brazil v Paraguay - 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Qualifier Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images

Neymar leads Brazil to qualification with win over Paraguay | FC Barcelona
Neymar lead Brazil to qualification for the World Cup in Russia next year with an excellent performance in the 3-0 for la canarinha over Paraguay in São Paulo. The Barça striker captained the team for the first time since March of last year and scored the second in Brazil’s first win over the visitors for almost eight years.

Mixed day for Barça's internationals | FC Barcelona
Spain earned a 2-0 win at the Stade de France on Tuesday night, in a match containing five Barça stars. Jordi Alba, Gerard Piqué, Sergio Busquets and Andrés Iniesta started for Spain, against Samuel Umtiti at the heart of the French defence.

FC Barcelona official statement regarding Leo Messi suspension | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona expresses its surprise and indignation at the decision by the FIFA Disciplinary Committee to suspend Leo Messi following the FIFA World Cup qualifying fixture between Argentina and Chile. The Club considers the four-match suspension imposed on the Argentine player to be unfair and totally disproportionate.

Rakitic and Mascherano return to training | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona returned to the training field on Monday evening after three days off, which also saw the return of Ivan Rakitic and Javier Mascherano, the first two to come back from international duty. The session took place on Pitch 2 at Ciutat Esportiva, which was joined by Barça B pair Kaptoum and Carbonell.

Barça continue laying groundwork for rendezvous with Granada | FC Barcelona
With various clusters of FC Barcelona’s stars still spread throughout the footballing universe— only Ivan Rakitic and Javier Mascherano have reentered Barça’s orbit — the team forged ahead towards its goal of reaching optimal physical preparedness ahead of this weekend’s tête-à-tête with Granada CF.

Neymar Jr: Messi was a great help when I first arrived | FC Barcelona
Neymar Jr has been one of the biggest centres of attention during the international break, and most especially for his superb goal in the 4-1 win in Montevideo that has thrown Brazil way into the lead in the South American qualifying zone.

Clásico kick-off times around the world | FC Barcelona
There’s nothing like a good Clásico, and there’s one coming up very soon in April! FC Barcelona travel to Real Madrid for the biggest fixture not just in this league but probably in any league in the world, and it’s a Sunday 23 kick-off at 8.45pm locally, while this page should help you work out what time the action gets going where you are.

Barcelona's Gerard Pique slams values of those in charge of Real Madrid | ESPN
Barcelona's Gerard Pique says he would "never" work for Real Madrid, speaking out against the values of people in charge of his club's chief rivals. Talking to reporters in Paris following Spain's 2-0 win over France on Tuesday, Pique alleged someone at Real Madrid has been causing troubles for his Barcelona teammates Lionel Messi and Neymar, possibly referring to the duo's recent legal troubles.

‘La Liga wants VAR, but…’ | Football Espana
VAR came to Spain’s rescue in their 2-0 win against France on Tuesday, having correctly adjudged a Bleus goal offside and awarded La Roja their second of the evening. “[RFEF President Angel Maria] Villar accepts VAR in a friendly match for the national team, but he won’t let it be used by La Liga, which has been requesting it for some time,” he tweeted.