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FC Barcelona News: 17 March 2018; Squad Named as Preparations Continue for Athletic Bilbao

Barcelona Training and Press Conference Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images

FC Barcelona squad named for Athletic game | FC Barcelona
Just a few days on from a great victory for FC Barcelona against Chelsea in the Champions League, the side are in weekend action against Athletic Club at the Camp Nou (Sunday, 4:15pm CET). Barça continue to top the LaLiga table coming into Matchday 29 of the season.

The day that Valverde won and scored at the Camp Nou | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona have a game against Athletic Club at the Camp Nou this weekend, in one of LaLiga’s most historic clashes. It’s also a special fixture for the coaches of both sides: Ernesto Valverde and José Ángel Ziganda. Both were successful strikers at Athletic during the 1990s.

The three most recent precedents between Barça and Roma | FC Barcelona
The matches between Barça and Roma are not a regular occurrence, as only five have been played before now. Four have been in official competition; the group stages of the 2001/02 and 2015/16 Champions League, and another in the 2015 Joan Gamper Trophy, its 50th edition.

10 things you should know about AS Roma | FC Barcelona
Take a look at Barça’s opponents in the Champions League quarter-finals.

16 Barça players called up for their national teams | FC Barcelona
Spain and France have called up the most Barça players. Lopetegui has chosen Iniesta, Alba and Piqué for the two confrontations against Marc-André ter Stegen’s Germany and Lionel Messi’s Argentina. Ter Stegen, will also play against Brazil, meaning he will face Philippe Coutinho and Paulinho. Cillessen (Holland) is up against André Gomes (Portugal) on the second Matchday, whilst Yerry Mina (Colombia), will travel to France to play a game against Dembélé, Digne and Umtiti.

Magic Messi ‘less selfish’ but still closing on another 40-goal season for Barcelona | Goal
Lionel Messi believes he has become more of a team player than he was earlier in his career. The Barcelona superstar has been in typically incredible form this season, scoring 34 goals in all competitions for Ernesto Valverde’s La Liga leaders.

When Messi found Dembele: Barcelona’s new striking partnership | Goal
After an inauspicious, injury-hit start to life at Barcelona, Ousmane Dembele is finally finding his feet. His budding partnership with Lionel Messi, in particular, is one that will give the Blaugrana great hope as they enter the decisive phase of the 2017-18 season.

Andre Gomes’ honesty about his “hell” met with warm reception | ESPN
When Andre Gomes ran onto the pitch Wednesday night, the Camp Nou erupted. There were cheers and clapping, they started chanting his name and every time he got the ball, there was applause. Every successful pass and every move was greeted with appreciative cheers.

A blaugrana test for Marc Márquez | FC Barcelona
The 2018 MotoGP season begins this Sunday, March 18th, starting with the Qatar Grand Prix at the Losail circuit. One of the riders lining up on the grid will be Marc Márquez, a diehard Barça fan. On the occasion of his last visit to the Camp Nou to see the big match between FC Barcelona and Atlético Madrid, the reigning MotoGP World Champion was put to the test on his knowledge of all things Blaugrana.

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