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FC Barcelona News: 11 September 2017; El Clasico Date Announced, Referee Named for Champions League Opener

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Best start in the league for FC Barcelona | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona have started the 2017/18 league season in the best possible way. Three wins out of three so far mean Ernesto Valverde’s team are top of the table on goal difference ahead of Eusebio Sacristán’s Real Sociedad side. Barça may have started the season in other campaigns with three straight wins but they have never done with such impressive figures.

Insatiable Messi grabs a 38th career hat-trick against Espanyol | FC Barcelona
The Camp Nou bowed at the feet of Lionel Messi once again on Saturday, his 38th career hat-trick leading the way in the 5-0 victory in the derby against Espanyol. With 20 goals in these fixtures, he is now the all-time top scorer. Messi scored two before the break and grabbed his third in the second half after Jordi Alba’s second assist of the night for the Argentinian. There were the home debuts of Paulinho and Dembélé to enjoy.

Inside view of Dembélé debut | FC Barcelona
Ousmane Dembélé has made his debut with FC Barcelona. The French winger played the final minutes of the Barça v Espanyol match and he had time to provide the assist for Suárez’s goal. The match on Saturday was a special one for Dembélé as he played for Barça for the first time at the Camp Nou.

Training schedule for Champions League debut | FC Barcelona
Barça gear up for a busy week with two matches in two competitions to navigate. First they take on Juventus at the Camp Nou in their Champions League debut at 8.45pm (all times CET) on Tuesday. Valverde’s side will look to kick off their Champions League campaign in style against the Italian champions. The second match is away to Getafe in the fourth La Liga fixture of the season.

Skomina in charge of Barca-Juve | Football Espana
Slovenian referee Damir Skomina will officiate Tuesday night’s Champions League encounter between Barcelona and Juventus. The 41-year-old will take charge of the clash which is a repeat of last season’s quarter final meeting – which the Italian champions won 3-0 on aggregate – and the 2015 final of the competition.

Juve missing players for Barca trip | Football Espana
Juventus midfield duo Sami Khedira and Claudio Marchisio will both be unavailable for the trip to Barcelona on Tuesday.The Bianconeri’s Coach Max Allegri has confirmed his side will be without the central midfielders while Alex Sandro, Giorgio Chiellini and Mario Mandzukic will all face late fitness tests.

The most recent debuts of FC Barcelona in the Champions League | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona kick off their Champions League campaign at the Camp Nou this Tuesday, at 8.45pm CET. The Blaugrana will seek to open their account with a victory against last season’s beaten finalists, Juventus, and thus continue their great start to the season.

Real Madrid vs. Barcelona rescheduled for Dec. 23 - La Liga chief Tebas | ESPN
La Liga president Javier Tebas has announced that the first league Clasico of the season will be played on Saturday, Dec. 23, at 1 p.m. CET with Real Madrid hosting Barcelona. The top game of the 17th round of La Liga fixtures was originally scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 20.

Laporta signs anti-Bartomeu petition | Football Espana
Former Barcelona president Joan Laporta has confirmed he has signed the motion of no confidence against the club’s current board. Laporta – club president between 2003 and 2010 – lost out to current incumbent Josep Maria Bartomeu in the 2015 elections, in the wake of Barca winning the treble.

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