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FC Barcelona News: 6 October 2018; International Call-Ups Announced, Xavi Talks Coaching

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International call-ups for FC Barcelona players | FC Barcelona
After FC Barcelona have faced Valencia on Sunday (8.45pm CET), it’ll be time for another international break, with several members of the first team off to play friendlies for their countries, as well as Nations League games in the case of the European contingent.

Suarez sits out Uruguay duties for birth of third child | Goal
Barcelona striker Luis Suarez has been left out of the Uruguay squad as his wife is expecting their third child. Suarez announced they would be having another child shortly after his side reached the last 16 of the World Cup in June.

Ivan Rakitic: ‘One of my best goals ever’ | FC Barcelona
Ivan Rakitic has been revealed as the winner of the 9th edition of the Premi Barça Jugadors (Barça Players Award) for fair play in the 2017-18 season, presented by the Barça Players Group. Club president Josep Maria Bartomeu and the president of the Group, Ramon Alfonseda, were on hand this Friday to hand over the prize in Sala Roma at the Camp Nou.

Valencia suffering some absences for Barcelona clash | Sport
Valencia coach Marcelino Garcia Toral announced his squad list to face Barcelona on Sunday and there were some important absences. Ferran Torres, Ruben Vezo and Diakhaby were missing. The Asturian coach also has Santi Mina out injured.

Ferran Adrià: ‘Messi is the best player in history’ | FC Barcelona
World-renowned chef Ferran Adrià visited the FC Barcelona Museum recently, and spoke about his passion for Barça. A diehard ‘Culé’, he acknowledged that he “has huge admiration for Lionel Messi” and expressed his opinion that the Argentine is “the best player in history” because of his longevity.

Likening Arthur to Xavi is inevitable but should be done with caution | ESPN
Arthur Melo turned one way, turned the other way and turned into Xavi Hernandez. At Wembley of all places, a kind of spiritual home for their history and identity, stage of moments that defined them, culés saw Barcelona be Barcelona; Sergio Busquets be Sergio Busquets, not misplacing a single pass -- literally, not figuratively -- and Lionel Messi be Lionel Messi, only more so somehow, a 90-minute highlight reel, sillier by the second.

Xavi Hernandez: I’m not ready to coach Barcelona yet despite Pep Guardiola comparisons | ESPN
Barcelona legend Xavi Hernandez has told TV3 he is not ready to become the club’s coach despite comparisons to Pep Guardiola. Xavi, 38, joined Al-Sadd in 2015 after ending a Barcelona career in which he won 25 major trophies, including eight La Liga titles and three Champions Leagues.

Girona vs. Barcelona game in U.S. will be opposed by FIFA - Spanish FA | ESPN
The Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) has told ESPN FC that FIFA will back its decision to block a La Liga game in the United States this season. Earlier this month, the RFEF received a request from La Liga for Girona’s home match against Barcelona in January to be played in Miami.

Messi and Rakitic receive UEFA awards for their displays against Spurs | Marca
Lionel Messi and Ivan Rakitic have both been recognised by UEFA with awards for their fine displays against Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League. The Argentine was mesmeric especially in the second half and he was named the player of the week while Rakitic’s fine volley was the picked as the best goal.

Barcelona expect Moussa Wague visa decision, debut by end of month - sources | ESPN
Senegal international Moussa Wague should be able to make his debut for Barcelona’s B team later this month after a delay in obtaining his visa, sources confirmed to ESPN FC. Wague, 20, joined Barca in August from KAS Eupen after impressing at the World Cup. He became the youngest player to ever score for Senegal when he did so against Japan.

The nightmare continues for Yerry Mina and André Gomes | Sport
Yerry Mina and Andre Gomes are both experiencing horrible starts to their lives at Everton. Neither player has been able to make their debut for ‘The Toffees’ so far and both are unavailable for the match against Leicester City on Saturday. Marco Silva did suggest that the players might return after the latest round of international fixtures.