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FC Barcelona News: 16 October 2018; First Team Back in Training, Branislav Ivanovic on Radar

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Return to training with Rakitic | FC Barcelona
First training session of the week for the players who didn’t join their national teams during the international break, with the exception of Rakitic, who returned on Tuesday morning. Chumi, O. Busquets and Riqui Puig from Barça B made up the numbers on pitch 2 of the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper.

The 14-year anniversary of Leo Messi’s official Barça debut | FC Barcelona
It came in the 2004 season, when Barça beat cross-town rivals RCD Espanyol, 1–0, at the Estadi Lluís Companys on Montjuic in Barcelona. In the 82nd minute, Messi, who wore the number 30 early on in his Barça career, came on for Deco, the game’s lone goal scorer. Messi was 17 years, 3 months, and 22 days old.

A very demanding calendar for Barça: Six games in 23 days | FC Barcelona
After the duels against Athletic Club, Tottenham and Valencia, Barça resume the domestic competition this Saturday, October 20, against League leaders Sevilla FC, at the Camp Nou (8.45pm CET). Just four days later, the team will receive Inter in the Champions League. Spalletti’s team are second in the group and, for now, are Barça’s rival for first place in group B.

Barcelona consider move for Branislav Ivanovic | Football Espana
Barcelona are considering a January loan move for Zenit Saint Petersburg defender Branislav Ivanovic, say reports in Spain.El Mundo Deportivo say the Blaugrana are intent on strengthening their defensive ranks following injuries to Thomas Vermaelen and Samuel Umtiti.

FC Barcelona renews its agreement with Samba Financial Group through June of 2023 | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona and Samba Financial Group have reached a deal to extend their contractual relationship through June of 2023, which ensures the Club’s presence in a territory that will allow it to strengthen the Barça brand throughout the Middle East. In 2013, Samba FG became the Club’s first sponsor in Saudi Arabia and, since then, the relationship between the two organizations has been profitable for both, paving the way for a five-season extension of the agreement.