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FC Barcelona News: 8 January 2018; Barcelona Ease Past Levante, Philippe Coutinho Ruled Out 3 Weeks After Medical

New Barcelona Signing Philippe Coutinho Unveiled Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images

Match Report: FC Barcelona v Levante UD: First three points of 2018 (3-0) | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona extend their unbeaten run in the 2017/18 campaign in the opening La Liga game of the season following a confident 3-0 win, which maintains their nine-point lead over Atlético in second. Messi, Suárez and Paulinho got the goals in a very effective team performance in which Dembélé, Vermaelen and the full backs Roberto and Alba all shone.

HIGHLIGHTS: Barça v Levante | FC Barcelona
First league game of 2018 and first win. FC Barcelona recorded a 3-0 win over Levante at Camp Nou in Week 18 in La Liga. Goals from Leo Messi, Luis Suárez and Paulinho handed Ernesto Valverde’s team all three points to retain their advantage at the top of the table. Ousmane Dembélé also returned to action at Camp Nou for the first time since his injury lay off. The Frenchman played 66 minutes before being replaced by Nélson Semedo.

Lionel Messi in La Liga: 400 games and 365 goals | FC Barcelona
Lionel Messi just keeps going. Barça’s 3-0 win over Levante at Camp Nou was his 400th appearance in La Liga, making him the 71st footballer in history to reach that figure. In that time the Argentine has scored 365 goals, 211 at home and 154 away with 24 hat-tricks and on four occasions he has scored four goals in a single game.

Coutinho: ‘It is a dream come true to be here’ | FC Barcelona
Philippe Coutinho, the latest blaugrana signing, spoke to Barça TV about his arrival in Barcelona: “I am very happy. I have always said I am living a dream, we are very happy to be here. To be able to play football, win titles, make the fans happy and play with a smile. These are the objectives.”

Minute by minute: Coutinho’s presentation | FC Barcelona
All of the details from the second day of the new Brazilian player at the Club facilities.

Players and boss on Coutinho’s arrival | FC Barcelona
Coach Ernesto Valverde was full of praise for the Club’s latest acquisition. “We hope he will give us a lot. He is a player who scores goals and creates goals. ”He can play out wide or in the middle. He will help us from an attacking point of view. He is a well-known figure in world football and we are here to help him and for him to help us.”

Inside View of Coutinho’s first day in Barcelona | FC Barcelona
Philippe Coutinho has enjoyed his first day in Barcelona as an FC Barcelona player. The Brazilian had a photo shoot in the Auditorium 1899 with the assembled media outlets and a visit to the blaugrana Museum, where he saw the trophies the Club has won over the years. Titles, shirts, boots, videos…a first taste of his new club FC Barcelona’s history. In the following video, you can see how Coutinho enjoyed his first day in the city. Don’t miss it!

Inside view of Dembélé’s Camp Nou return | FC Barcelona
It is all looking good in the world of FC Barcelona. Coutinho has signed for the Club, Valverde’s side have beaten Levante in the opening league game of 2018, and Ousmane Dembélé is back in action. The French winger, who suffered a long-term injury against Getafe in September, came on as a substitute against Celta in the Copa at Balaídos, but on Sunday he returned to the starting XI at the Camp Nou.

Luis Suárez overtakes Samuel Eto’o as Barça’s seventh highest goalscorer | FC Barcelona
The striker opened his account for the club on 25 November 2014, against Apoel in the Champions League. Since then, he has been unstoppable in a Barça shirt, including winning his second Golden Shoe honour as the top marksman of the season in the 2015-16 campaign.

Andrea Pirlo rejected swap deal with Barca’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic at AC Milan | ESPN
Andrea Pirlo has revealed how he turned down the chance to join Barcelona in 2010 because he was enjoying himself too much at AC Milan. Pirlo, who recently announced his retirement from professional football after two years with New York City FC in Major League Soccer, joined Juventus in 2011 and won three Serie A titles with the Bianconeri, to add to the two he won at Milan.

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