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FC Barcelona News: 17 January 2018; Injuries Pile Up, Barcelona Nominated for Laureus Award

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Match Preview: RCD Espanyol vs. FC Barcelona in the Copa del Rey quarter final first leg | FC Barcelona
Barça play Espanyol in the quarter final stage of the competition, having dispatched Celta Vigo in the Round of 16. Catalan derbies are always a big occasion, and only one team will extend their run in Spain’s top cup tournament.

Mascherano and Iniesta out of Espanyol clash | FC Barcelona
Wednesday night at 9.00pm CET, Espanyol host FC Barcelona in a Copa del Rey quarter final first leg for which Ernesto Valverde is going to have to make do without Andrés Iniesta, with a soleus injury in his right leg, and Javier Mascherano, with left thigh trouble.

Valverde: ‘Espanyol in best form of the season’ | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona face this Wednesday the first leg of the Copa del Rey quarter-final tie against Espanyol away from home at the RCDE Stadium. A city derby, commitment and emotion is guaranteed according to Barça boss Ernesto Valverde as a game between the two Barcelona based clubs “reduces the difference that there may be in the league due to the emotional factor because it is a derby and all the players are aware of that.”

Barcelona defend payments made to Lionel Messi’s charity | ESPN
“All of the money the club wired to Lionel Messi’s foundation was for charitable purposes,” a Barcelona spokesperson told ESPN FC. “The interpretations that [Der Spiegel], other media or other people can make about these donations does not change this position at all. There will be no further comment on the issue.”

50 years of ‘more than a club’ | FC Barcelona
Nowadays, everyone around the world knows all about Barça being ‘més que un club’ as the famous expression goes. And it’s an expression that’s fifty years old today! It was originally coined by Narcís de Carreras on 17 January 1968 just before he assumed the club presidency.

The comeback against PSG in the Champions League up for Laureus Award | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona’s comeback against PSG in the Champions League has been nominated for a Laureus Award. The 6-1 victory on 8 March 2017 at Camp Nou is a candidate in the World Comeback of the Year category. The victory for Luis Enrique’s team saw them overturn the 4-0 deficit from the first leg in the last 16 of the competition, a feat that had never been achieved before.

Mascherano to leave Barca next week | Football Espana
Javier Mascherano will play his final Barcelona match next Thursday against Espanyol before joining Hebei China Fortune, it is reported in Spain. A report in El Mundo Deportivo states the Argentine will join his new teammates in a training camp in Marbella after next week’s second leg of the Copa del Rey.

Napoli cool Deulofeu interest | Football Espana
Napoli have reportedly cooled their interest in Barcelona’s Gerard Deulofeu and instead will try to sign Sassuolo’s Matteo Politano, according to reports. Gianluca Di Marzio and Rai Sport report that the Naples-based club’s board and Coach Maurizio Sarri are not convinced on the winger as they don’t believe he will fit their system.

Memory test, Mascherano v Iniesta: Who will be the quickest? | FC Barcelona
Javier Mascherano and Andrés Iniesta, two Barça captains, come up against each other in the ‘Memory’ test, a game in which speed is of the essence. The two players have to find the pairs of cards as quickly as possible to come out as winners.

Granada CF agree to loan of Martin Hongla | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona and Granada CF have reached an agreement for the loan of Martin Hongla to Barça B until 30 June 2018, with the option to purchase the player at the end of the season. The 19-year-old born in Yaoundé, Cameroon and a product of the Nkufo academy, signed his new contract at the Ciutat Esportiva offices on Tuesday in the company of Barça B director Silvio Elias.

Top five goals of January 13 and 14 | FC Barcelona
Here’s our latest collection of the best five goals of the week from our academy teams. January 13 and 14 brought these top finishes courtesy of Adrián Bernabé and Pau Martínez of U19B, Marc Jurado and Jan Coca of U14A and Bilal Achiba of U14B.