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FC Barcelona News: 16 November 2018; Ivan Rakitić Forced Off as Croatia Win, Jordi Alba Renewal Talks Begin

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Calm over Ivan Rakitic despite his hamstring discomfort | Sport
Ivan Rakitic set off alarms on Thursday after going off with some discomfort in the back of his right thigh. The FC Barcelona midfielder could not finish the match that saw Croatia beat Luis Enrique’s Spain 3-2 and he could be seen leaving the stadium with a worried appearance.

Barcelona begin Jordi Alba contract renewal talks | Football Espana
Barcelona have begun negotiations to extend the contract of full-back Jordi Alba, according to a report in Diario Sport. The report states the sports management of the Catalan giants have initiated contact with the defender’s representatives regarding a new deal.

Barcelona negotiate Paco Alcacer, Paulinho sales | Football Espana
Barcelona have already started negotiations for the permanent sales of Paco Alcacer and Paulinho, who are both currently out on loan.El Mundo Deportivo say the Blaugrana are keen to recoup transfer fees with Alcacer set to join Borussia Dortmund in a €23m deal while Paulinho will move to Guangzhou Evergrande for €50m.

Munir El Haddadi renewal stalls and Barca expect him to leave | Sport
Munir’s future points away from the Camp Nou. The negotiations between the player and the club have not advanced and, despite the different meetings that have been held, the positions are still far from a possible agreement. The last meeting held last week showed they have different criteria.

15th anniversary of Leo Messi’s debut | FC Barcelona
It was the beginning of probably the happiest era that FC Barcelona has ever known. The Messi Era. A before and an after not just in the history of the club, but in the history of football. In the history of sport. It was 15 years ago today that Leo Messi made his first team debut in a friendly against FC Porto at the Estádio do Dragão.

QUIZ: What do you know about Messi’s debut? | FC Barcelona
What number was he wearing that day in November 2003? Who was Barça manager? What was the final score? These questions and more to test your Messi debut knowledge!

Last training session of the week | FC Barcelona
The next training session will be on Tuesday at 11.00am CET, meaning that the players who have been working this week in Barcelona will enjoy a few days off before facing the next two demanding games: at Wanda Metropolitano against Atlético Madrid and Philips Stadion against PSV Eindhoven in the Champions League.

Luis Suárez answers questions from the fans | FC Barcelona
We put Luis Suárez to the test with a quick-fire round of questions sent by fans on the FC Barcelona YouTube channel. From his favourite food and drink to his hobbies outside of football, as well as what it’s like to play alongside Leo Messi and who the joker is in the squad, there are plenty of things to get the Uruguayan’s brain ticking.

La Liga wraps Miami Herald newspaper with full-page ad for U.S. game | ESPN
In the face of growing opposition, La Liga pleaded its case to stage a regular-season match in the United States to the fans on Thursday, wrapping the front page of the Miami Herald with a full-page advertisement declaring “Bring Us The Game.”

The commemorative Barcelona shirt that the players will never wear | Marca
It’s been 20 years since Nike replaced Kappa as the manufacturer for Barcelona’s apparel and football kits, and the American sportswear giant have produced a commemorative shirt to mark the anniversary, albeit the players will never wear it.

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