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FC Barcelona News: 18 October 2018; All Internationals Back in Training, Lionel Messi Named Player of the Month

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Return to work for the rest of the internationals | FC Barcelona
The penultimate training session of the week saw the return to the work of the seven remaining international players. Ter Stegen, Cillessen, Coutinho, Arthur, O. Dembélé, Malcom and Vidal joined their teammates to prepare for the difficult match this Saturday against Sevilla FC. On Thursday, the first-team players and Chumi, Miranda, O. Busquets and Riqui Puig from Barça B trained on the Tito Vilanova pitch.

Lionel Messi named La Liga Player of the Month for September | FC Barcelona
Leo Messi was named La Liga player of the month for the fourth time since the award was created in the 2013-14 season, following a September full of achievements for the Barça captain. In five games, Messi scored three goals and handed out four assists. Messi will be handed the award this Saturday at Camp Nou before kickoff of Barça’s match versus first-place Sevilla.

Three huge games at Camp Nou in eight days | FC Barcelona
The Camp Nou will be the place to be during an 8-day spell upon the return from the international break, as a run of three big games lies ahead for FC Barcelona. Sevilla FC, Internazionale and Real Madrid are the opponents, in perhaps the most difficult sequence of matches so far in 2018/19.

International round-up for Barça players | FC Barcelona
Ten FC Barcelona players have been in action during the second international break of the 2018/19 season. Here is how each of them got on representing their respective countries.

Gerard Pique juggles business with soccer at Barcelona | FOX Sports
With his plan to revamp tennis’ Davis Cup, Barcelona defender Gerard Pique is laying the groundwork for a life after soccer. Barcelona, however, needs its budding entrepreneur more now than ever to help stop a slump in the Spanish league. Pique will anchor a defense that has lost two players to injury when Barcelona hosts league leader Sevilla on Saturday.

Éric Abidal: ‘Those who come here know that they have to compete with the best’ | FC Barcelona
After his playing career came to an end, Éric Abidal set his sights on a return to FC Barcelona, for whom he had turned out from 2007 through to 2013. The move back, which came in the role of Technical Secretary, occurred at the beginning of June and, along with assistant Ramon Planes, Sporting Director Josep Segura and CEO Òscar Grau, he has helped to put together the best Barça side possible for 2018/19.

Barcelona’s Arturo Vidal to pay €800,000 after nightclub dispute | ESPN
Barcelona midfielder Arturo Vidal has been given an €800,000 penalty order by a Munich court after being charged with aggravated battery following a dispute at a disco last year. Last year, former Bayern Munich player Vidal was part of a group that allegedly attacked another guest with a bottle of vodka at Crown’s Club in September.

Real Madrid write to Spanish FA, formally object to Girona-Barcelona game in U.S. | ESPN
“First of all, we would like to declare that Real Madrid were never informed that La Liga had requested to play the game, nor of the intention to make the request, and we were never asked our opinion on it,” Madrid wrote in the letter, which was signed by Jose Angel Sanchez, the club’s general director.

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