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FC Barcelona News: 16 September 2019; Lionel Messi Makes Dortmund Trip, Neto Also Declared Fit

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Messi returns to Barcelona squad for Champions League game in Dortmund | Sport
Lionel Messi has been included in Ernesto Valverde’s Barcelona squad for Tuesday’s Champions League game against Borussia Dortmund. Messi came through training on Monday and has been named in the 22-man squad. He has not yet played this season due to a calf problem.

Luis Suarez in great shape ahead of Barça’s Champions League opener | Sport
Two games on the touchline due to a calf injury has seen Luis Suarez return even more motivated than before -- if possible. He showed that in 30 minutes against Valencia, scoring two great goals and making it clear he’s ready to take on the responsibility in this season’s Champions League opener on Tuesday. Everything suggests he will start against Borussia Dortmund.

Romanian referee Ovidiu Hategan will take charge of Borussia Dortmund v Barca | Sport
Romanian referee Ovidiu Haţegan has been picked by UEFA to take charge of the clash between Borussia Dortmund and Barcelona at Signal Iduna Park on Tuesday. It will be the fourth time he has taken charge of the Catalan side in Europe, and they have won the other three matches.

Ansu Fati: Barcelona’s 16-year-old record-breaker | Sky Sports
As injured Lionel Messi watched on from the sidelines, Ansu Fati was serenaded by the Nou Camp faithful after another record-breaking night. The teenager became Barcelona’s youngest ever scorer when he netted against Osasuna before the international break - and he set more milestones in Saturday’s 5-2 win over Valencia.

Champions League history awaits Ansu Fati | Marca
Should Ansu Fati make his Champions League debut against Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday, he would become the youngest Barcelona player to do so at 16 years and 351 days old. The Blaugrana academy product played his first LaLiga Santander game against Real Betis and scored his first goal at Osasuna.

Spain dream of Ansu Fati... And Barcelona could lose him for a month | Marca
Barcelona could be without Ansu Fati for a month if the striker is called up by the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) for the U17 World Cup. The RFEF are optimistic of getting a passport for the Barcelona starlet in the next few days and could immediately call him up for the youth tournament in Brazil between October 26 and November 17.

Inside Barça’s Champions League opponents, Part I: Borussia Dortmund | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona are in Group F — arguably the toughest in the 2019-20 UEFA Champions League group stage — along with Borussia Dortmund, Inter Milan, and Slavia Prague. First up for Barça is the German outfit, a historically distinguished club which is a perrennial participant in Europe’s top competition.

IN MY OWN WORDS: Marc Bartra | FC Barcelona
This Tuesday’s game between Borussia Dortmund and Barça will be very special for me. What a way to start the Champions League! And the Westfalenstadion is an amazing stadium where I had a specular time and where Dortmund, a team that I am very fond of after everything I experienced there, is playing for the first time in the Champions League against the team that I entered as a kid and came out a man: Barça.

Barcelona, Real Madrid want Liverpool’s Virgil Van Dijk | Football Espana
Real Madrid and Barcelona are both eyeing a deal for Liverpool central defender Virgil van Dijk, according to Diario AS. The Netherlands international has grown into one of the best central defenders in world football since his switch to Anfield from Southampton in January 2018.

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