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FC Barcelona News: 7 September 2018; El Clasico Date Confirmed, Arturo Vidal Eases Injury Fears

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El Clasico date and time confirmed | Football Espana
The first El Clasico of the season between Barcelona and Real Madrid at the Camp Nou has been scheduled for 28 October with an afternoon kick-off. The match will get underway on Sunday with a 16.15 (Spanish time, CEST) start, meaning the match will be broadcast in the United Kingdom as opposed to previous afternoon games, which fell on a Saturday.

Barça stars in international action | FC Barcelona
Several of our players are in action for their countries this week, including games in the first ever European Nations Cup.

Sergi Roberto welcomes Spain discipline | Football Espana
Sergi Roberto has welcomed the increase in discipline within the Spain international squad introduced by new Coach Luis Enrique. “Rules can strengthen morale and benefit the entire squad,” Roberto told reporters, as cited by Diario AS.

Barça trains anew minus those players on international duty | FC Barcelona
For the third time this week, FC Barcelona held a smaller-than-normal training session due to the number of players away on international duty. Head coach Ernesto Valverde oversaw Thursday’s workout with all available players, plus the Barça B player Riqui Puig.

Lionel Messi breaks 150 Liga assists | FC Barcelona
It is often said that the true greatness of a striker should be measured not only by the goals he scores, but also the ones he sets up for his team-mates. And that’s a test that Leo Messi passes with flying colours. After setting up two of Barça’s goals against Huesca, the Argentinian has become the first player to register 150 assists in La Liga since records started in the nineties.

La Liga remain ‘optimistic’ game will be played in United States this season | ESPN
Fan groups in Spain are against the proposal to play a game overseas as part of the 15-year deal signed by La Liga and Relevent to promote the league in North America, but players are unanimously against it and have not ruled out going on strike.

Girona accept proposal for La Liga match against Barcelona in the United States | ESPN
Girona have accepted a proposal to play a regular-season game against Barcelona in the United States as part of La Liga’s goal of promoting football and the league in North America. The small Catalan club said on Thursday they are working with the league and Barcelona to finalise details of the proposed game, which has attracted criticism from Spain’s players’ association and some clubs and fans.

Vidal eases Barcelona fears by rubbishing knee injury ‘lies’ | Goal
Arturo Vidal has dismissed fears he suffered a fresh knee injury during training with Chile this week. There were reports the Barcelona midfielder was in pain during a session in Japan on Wednesday and was forced to sit out practice on the pitch.

Luis Suárez, in the United States, shoots a bigger ball at a (much) smaller net | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona striker Luis Suárez is very familiar with shooting at a net. Just not one this small. That’s because the 31-year-old Uruguayan was playing a different sport this week when he visited the facilities of the Houston Rockets, the two-time NBA champions that won back-to-back titles in 1994 and 1995.