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FC Barcelona News: 16 February 2018; Preparations Continue for Eibar Clash, Barcelona Extend Beko Agreement

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At Thursday’s workout, Barça’s attention trained squarely on Eibar | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona held its second training session of the week on Thursday morning, just over 48 hours ahead of its next La Liga match, which puts it against in-form SD Eibar on Saturday afternoon. Kickoff at the Ipurua Municipal Stadium is set for 4.15pm CET.

Barça and Eibar both in fine form heading into Saturday’s clash | FC Barcelona
Although this weekend’s Eibar v Barça league match — which kicks off at the Ipurua Municipal Stadium on Saturday at 4.15pm CET — will feature two teams separated by six places and 34 points in the standings, there is one glaring similarity between the two: their excellent form in La Liga.

Ipurua, scene of Messi’s exhibitions | FC Barcelona
When we talk about Lionel Messi, it’s not difficult to remember any stadium in the First Division that hasn’t suffered at his feet and, at the same time, surrendered to his genius. One of these is Ipurua, where the Argentinian has put on an exhibition each time he’s played there. In Messi’s three visits to Eibar with FC Barcelona, his spectacular plays will remain etched in the memory of football fans forever.

When and where to watch Eibar vs FC Barcelona | FC Barcelona
Barça heads to the Basque Country on Saturday for a shot at equalling a Club-record unbeaten streak. The match will be shown live by beIN LaLiga in Spain and on many other television channels around the world. In addition, you can follow minute by minute coverage via the Club website and on its different official social media accounts.

Eibar v Barça: Did you know? | FC Barcelona
But despite the disparity in size, in at least two ways Eibar and FC Barcelona are very similar. Both clubs are fan-owned, and they both wear blaugrana shirts. This dates back to 1943, when Eibar were lent a set of Barça shirts to play in, which they liked because they are same colours as the local flag.

Piqué: ‘Expectation is high in the Champions League’ | FC Barcelona
There is less than a week to go before the return of the Champions League with FC Barcelona’s first leg of their last 16 tie against Chelsea coming up next Tuesday at Stamford Bridge. The team’s first challenge is Saturday’s league game against Eibar but looking beyond that, the excitement of the arrival of European competition once again cannot be denied.

Can Coutinho name Barça’s past Brazilians? | FC Barcelona
It’s been just over a month since Philippe Coutinho left Liverpool and became the 33rd Brazilian player to join the ranks of FC Barcelona’s first team. Since then, it’s been a whirlwind five weeks in which the 25-year-old Brazilian has been slowly adapting to his new team and city.

Barca scouting Nice duo | Football Espana
Barcelona have been ‘extensively scouting’ the progress of Nice duo Malang Sarr and Jean Michael Seri, according to reports.19-year-old Sarr – who has a €40m release clause in his contract - has established himself as a regular in the France Under 21 side and quickly became a cornerstone of the successful Nice team – making 52 appearances since the start of last season.

FC Barcelona extends sponsorship agreement with Beko | FC Barcelona
This Thursday, FC Barcelona has announced the extension of its sponsorship agreement with Beko for the next three years. A joint press conference in the Auditori 1899 at the Camp Nou was the venue for the formalisation of an agreement whereby Europe’s leading household appliance brand becomes a Main Partner of the club and the Official Sponsor of its training uniform.