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FC Barcelona News: 16 October 2019; Clubs Reject EL Clasico Venue Switch, Lionel Messi Presented with Golden Shoe


How did our players do over the international break? | FC Barcelona
Another international break is over, so it’s time to take stock of how well Barça’s internationals did with their respective countries.

Sources: Barcelona forced to change travel plans for La Liga clash with Eibar | ESPN
A strike has been called on Friday in Catalonia and a number of marches are planned across the region to protest at the ruling. Roads in and out of Barcelona are expected to be blocked, which could make it difficult for the Spanish champions to access the airport.

The focus is on Eibar | FC Barcelona
The return of LaLiga is just around the corner and Ernesto Valverde is gradually seeing his squad return to full strength ahead of Saturday’s game in Ipurua against Eibar. On Wednesday Marc-André ter Stegen, Semedo, Lenglet, Griezmann and Vidal all returned from international duty with their respective national sides.

Busquets & Ansu the only internationals not back in Barça in training | Sport
The only players missing on Wednesday were Sergio Busquets and Ansu Fati, who had been with Spain and Spain U21s respectively on Tuesday night.

Barcelona close to an injury-free squad | Marca
With the imminent returns of Samuel Umtiti, Carles Perez and Junior Firpo, Barcelona are set to be injury-free for the first time this campaign. The international break came at the right time for the Blaugrana, as the two weeks served as the perfect recovery period for numerous players.

Barcelona ace Messi presented with European Golden Shoe | Goal
Barcelona attacker Lionel Messi has been presented with the European Golden Shoe after ending the 2018-19 season as the leading marksman on the continent. He won the race by scoring 36 times in 34 outings for the Camp Nou side last season as they regained their Primera Division trophy, with the 32-year-old once again their star performer.

La Liga asks Barcelona & Real Madrid to move Clasico from Camp Nou to Bernabeu amid Catalan protests | Goal
Barcelona and Real Madrid’s Clasico meeting on October 26 could be moved from Camp Nou to the Bernabeu, with La Liga fearing that planned protests over Catalan independence will affect the fixture. Indeed, Goal can confirm that the authorities in charge of Spain’s top division have spoken to both clubs and made a formal request that the match be reversed.

Barcelona and Real Madrid reject El Clasico change
Both Barcelona and Real Madrid have rejected a proposal from La Liga to switch the venue of El Clasico later this month.Marca outline how both clubs have disapproved of plans from the league to switch the venue of the clash from the Blaugrana’s Camp Nou to Madrid’s Santiago Bernabeu stadium.

Barcelona suspend this week’s institutional acts due to Catalan crisis | Marca
Barcelona have suspended all institutional acts for the remainder of this week due to the ongoing political and social crisis in Catalonia. The Spanish supreme court sentenced nine Catalan political leaders to lengthy prison sentences on Monday for their parts in the Catalan independence referendum of 2017 and this has led to protests.

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