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FC Barcelona News: 22 September 2017; Osumane Dembélé Returns to Barcelona, Agusti Benedito Talks Lionel Messi Deal

Barcelona v Eibar - La Liga Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images

When and where to watch Girona v FC Barcelona | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona travel to Girona Saturday for a date with history—their first ever Liga match against their Catalan neighbors, who have never played in the Spanish First Division prior to this season. It'll be first-place Barça's 5th game in a 15-day span and a win will see them extend their season-opening winning streak to six games.

Girona, the latest Catalan club to appear in La Liga | FC Barcelona
It’s going to be a very special occasion. Local derbies are commonplace against RCD Espanyol, who have featured in all but five seasons of the league since it was first contested in 1928, but the presence of other teams from Catalonia in the top flight is something of a rarity.

Ousmane Dembélé back in Barcelona | FC Barcelona
Osumane Dembélé, following a successful operation in Helsinki on his torn femoral biceps tendon, is back in Barcelona to start the next stage of his recovery. When he was shown a video of the gesture by his team-mates, wearing a shirt bearing the message “Courage Ousmane” before the game with Eibar, said that he had not seen it before and that he was touched by what his colleagues had done.

Barcelona's Bartomeu 'main obstacle' to Lionel Messi deal - Agusti Benedito | ESPN
Agusti Benedito has hit back at Josep Maria Bartomeu's claim that a new contract for Lionel Messi is close to being tied up. Benedito, looking to gather support for a vote of no confidence against the Barca board, claimed president Bartomeu could be "the main obstacle" to the deal being signed and said his comments "don't help."

Mascherano 'affected' by reduced role at Barcelona | Goal
"Not being in the team affects him, without doubt," his former Argentina coach at youth level, Hugo Tocalli, told Goal. "He is a player who is used to being a starter and the more he plays, the better he feels."

VIDEO: Gerard Deulofeu's goals against Girona | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona and Girona meet this Saturday at Montilivi (8.45pm CET) in the first ever derby clash between the two teams in the first division. It’s a particularly special occasion for Sergi Roberto and Marc Muniesa, two friends and former team-mates who meet again four years later.

Video call between old friends Sergi Roberto and Marc Muniesa | FC Barcelona
When FC Barcelona visits Girona this Saturday at 8.45pm CET, a pair of old acquaintances will meet anew. That's when Barça midfielder Sergi Roberto and Girona defender Marc Muniesa, who played together as children and shared the field in the lower categories of the Barça youth academy, will be on opposite ends of the first La Liga derby ever played between the Catalan clubs.

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