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FC Barcelona News: 20 December 2019; 20 Named in Match Squad, Arthur Set for January Return

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The squad list for Barça vs Alavés | FC Barcelona
Barça manager Ernesto Valverde named the following players to the squad to face Alavés:ter Stegen, N. Semedo, Piqué, I. Rakitic, Sergio, Todibo, Suárez, Messi, Neto, Lenglet, M. Wague, Griezmann, Jordi Alba, Aleñá, S. Roberto, F. de Jong, Vidal, Umtiti, Junior and C. Pérez. Out with injuries are Arthur, O. Dembélé and Ansu Fati.

Nine Barça players amongst ‘The Guardian’s Top 100 players in the world | FC Barcelona
Lionel Messi (No.1), the reigning Ballon d’Or winner, heads a list that also includes Frenkie de Jong (10), Marc-André ter Stegen (21), Antoine Griezmann (25), Luis Suárez (26), Jordi Alba (65), Arthur (77), Sergio Busquets (79) and Gerard Piqué (82). Messi is unanimously regarded as the greatest player in world football today.

The lowdown on Alavés | FC Barcelona
The club are from the picturesque city of Vitoria (or Gasteiz in Basque), which may not be as large as Bilbao or San Sebastián but is considered the de facto capital of the region because this is where all the major political institutions are based. The team itself are named not after the city, but after the province and historical region of Álava (or Araba in Basque).

Arthur Melo to return for Barcelona in January | Football Espana
Arthur Melo is set to return to Barcelona first-team action for the trip to Espanyol at the beginning of 2020, report El Mundo Deportivo. The Brazilian international has not featured for the Blaugrana since the victory at Atletico Madrid at the start of December, when he was substituted off in the 73rd minute.

Barcelona suffered from El Clasico exhaustion | Football Espana
The home side struggled to assert themselves in the midweek encounter against Real Madrid, securing a scoreless draw in a game in which they were second best. The visiting side appeared to the fitter and faster side, with their high pressing game causing Ernesto Valverde’s side plenty of problems throughout and dominating territorial possession.

Barcelona’s six-trophy year: Oral history of how Guardiola & Co. did the unthinkable in 2009 | ESPN
It’s been 10 years since Barcelona ended 2009 with a record-breaking haul of six trophies, which also means it’s been exactly 10 years since the Spanish giants were almost upset in the Club World Cup final by Argentina’s Estudiantes de La Plata.

Barça dressing room admits they didn’t know how to deal with Real Madrid | Sport
The FC Barcelona squad have returned to training this Thursday after a tough week of fixtures, culminating with El Clasico last night. The massive effort from the team ensured they finished the week top of the table. However, despite not losing against Real Madrid, it left a bad taste in the mouth as Barça couldn’t find a response to Madrid’s system.

Sextuple winning sides to receive tribute at Camp Nou | FC Barcelona
On December 19, FC Barcelona celebrated 10 years since their sextuple-winning season, an amazing achievement that saw them victorious in every competition in which they participated in 2009. The team, coached by Pep Guardiola and Tito Vilanova, defined one of the most brilliant eras in the 120 year history of the club.

Estadi Johan Cruyff to host traditional open training session on January 5 | FC Barcelona
The Estadi Johan Cruyff at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper will take over from the Miniestadi as the venue for the traditional open door training session for the first team on January 5, from 11 am. All tickets for the event, promoted by the Barça Foundation as part of their Pediatric Health programme, will have a cost of 3 euros, and funds raised will go to the Hospital Saint Joan de Déu facility.

Valverde: The controversy with VAR isn’t going to stop | Marca
Ernesto Valverde doesn’t believe that the controversy surrounding VAR will ever come to an end. Real Madrid were unhappy with decisions not taken in the recent Clasico at the Camp Nou and they’re not the only LaLiga Santander side dissatisfied with its use, with 14 others joining them in complaining about the technology this season.