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FC Barcelona News: 11 November 2018; Stage Set for Real Betis Clash, Ernesto Valverde Set for La Liga Milestone

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Match Preview: FC Barcelona vs. Real Betis | FC Barcelona
The top two passing teams in La Liga coincide on Sunday at Camp Nou when FC Barcelona — and Lionel Messi, who is back after three weeks out with a fractured arm — host Real Betis in mid-afternoon action. But that’s where the similarities between these two sides end, as Barça, currently atop the league standings, will looking to extend a three-game winning streak, while Betis, winless in their last four encounters, will be trying to keep from falling ever closer to the relegation zone.

Ernesto Valverde: ‘Betis will want possession, too’ | FC Barcelona
Barça manager Ernesto Valverde spoke to reporters following Saturday’s training session, around 24 hours before his team hosts Real Betis at Camp Nou in matchday 12 of La Liga.

Messi and Umtiti return to Barcelona squad after medical green lights | Marca
There is good news for Ernesto Valverde as theBarcelona coach regains two key men to face Real Betis on Sunday. Lionel Messi returns after breaking his arm against Sevilla whilst Samuel Umtiti has been out even longer with a knee problem.

Meet Arthur – Barcelona’s new midfield metronome | Sportskeeda
And he has been on a roll ever since. Against Valencia, the Brazilian passed the ball 142 times, completing a 131 of those passes and nearly matching Xavi’s record for most passes in an away game. Against Inter at the Camp Nou, he had 101 touches as the Barcelona midfield completely overran their Italian counterparts, while in the Classico he provided the patience in midfield as Real threatened to come back in the second half.

Ernesto Valverde reaches LaLiga match no.50 in charge of Barça | Sport
This afternoon Ernesto Valverde will take charge of FC Barcelona for the 50th time in LaLiga. Their opponents at the Camp Nou are Quique Setien’s Real Betis. Since he arrived, Valverde has overseen 76 matches as head coach (49 LaLiga, 14 Champions League, 10 Copa del Rey and 3 Spanish Super Cup).

First Camp Nou return is a special moment for Marc Bartra | Sport
After coming through La Masia, the defender left Barça to sign for Borussia Dortmund. After 18 months in Germany, Bartra returned to Spain with Betis. He’s now beginning to fulfil the promise so many had in him - and what better place to show your progression than at your old club?

Former La Masia graduate, Pol Calvet, retires from football aged 24 | Sport
Pol Calvet was one of those youngsters from the academy that there were high hopes for. But as we know, not everyone is able to make that step up to the first team. The reasons for this are various. However, in the case of Pol, it was a bit clearer. After making it to Barça B, he went under the knife twice to resolve hamstring problems and that essentially ended his hopes at the club.

Belletti brings dream moment for youngsters, all thanks to Milo | FC Barcelona
These children aged between 8 and 14 years were winners of tournaments in their respective countries, for which the prize was to come to Barcelona and live a dream. Belletti spent some time coaching them and gave them a few tips that they’ll surely treasure forever.