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Les Relacions Internacionals de Catalunya

Les Relacions Internacionals de Catalunya | AC Affairs | Scoop.it

El periodista Martí Anglada, ex-corresponsal a Brussel·les, Berlín i els Estats Units (per TV3), corresponsal a l’Orient Mitjà, Itàlia i el Regne Unit (per La Vanguardia) i amb llarga experiència com a comentarista de política internacional ha fet una conferència a Bellaterra el dijous 15.11.2012, organitzada per Bellaterra per la Independència i centrada en observacions personals al llarg de la seva carrera periodística.

En Martí Anglada considera que Catalunya ha de tenir relacions internacionals sempre i en tot moment. De fet, la base de les relacions internacionals és tenir amics. I en els moments actuals si no hi ha amics és difícil la independència...

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Barcelona consider ending Qatar sponsorship deal over ‘social issues’ - The Guardian

Barcelona consider ending Qatar sponsorship deal over ‘social issues’ - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it

The president of Barcelona says the Spanish club are considering ending their lucrative shirt sponsorship deal with Qatar because of concerns over social issues in the Gulf state.

 

Josep Maria Bartomeu said in an interview on Catalan radio on Tuesday that Barcelona are “looking at alternatives to Qatar”, pointing out that the contract ends in 2016.

 

Bartomeu said “four years ago we signed for economic reasons” and added that now “other social issues” need to be taken into consideration...

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Elx 0-6 Barça - Barcelona hit Elche for six with Lionel Messi and Neymar doubles - The Guardian

Elx 0-6 Barça - Barcelona hit Elche for six with Lionel Messi and Neymar doubles - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it

Gerard Piqué and Pedro also scored as Barcelona stayed one point behind Real Madrid at the top of La Liga after a 6-0 away win over Elche

 

Barcelona stayed on the heels of Real Madrid with a 6-0 demolition of Elche.

 

Lionel Messi and Neymar each scored twice in the second half for Barcelona after Gerard Piqué celebrated his 200th La Liga appearance with a volley that clipped off Domingo Cisma and into the roof of the net 10 minutes before the break.

 

Neymar was upended in the box by Sergio Pelegrín and Messi scored the penalty after 55 minutes. The Elche midfielder Fayçal Fajr was dismissed for a second yellow card two minutes later.

Messi was the provider twice for Neymar, who finished clinically after 69 and 72 minutes before the Argentinian got his second two minutes from the end...

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Spain and Catalonia: Mas observation - The Economist

Spain and Catalonia: Mas observation - The Economist | AC Affairs | Scoop.it

Catalonia calls an election, but it will be only one of many in Spain this year

 

CATALAN independence, if it ever happens, has been pushed back at least seven months after the region’s president, Artur Mas, decided not to call a snap election but to opt instead for September 27th. The election is still being promoted as a plebiscite on independence, but not in the way Mr Mas once hoped. His original plan for a single list uniting all the separatist parties has been dropped at the insistence of his rivals from the Catalan Republican Left (ERC). In last-minute horse-trading, he accepted that ERC would stand separately from his own Convergence and Union (CiU) coalition, in exchange for its support for this year’s budget, which his minority government could not pass alone.

 

That has turned the September poll into one as much about winning power as about independence, with ERC well-placed to oust CiU as the most popular party. The timing is both good and bad for the separatists. It comes just two weeks after Catalonia’s national day, on September 11th, which campaigners have turned into a mass event in recent years. But they would still have preferred a February vote, before Catalans are distracted by a flurry of polls right across Spain.

 

Elections in most other regions and municipalities will be held in May. They will test the staying power of the new upstart left-wing party, Podemos (“We Can”), which leads in several opinion polls, and its local party allies in various one-off groupings. One interesting battle will be in the Catalan capital, Barcelona, where Podemos backs a group called Guanyem (“We Win”). The Barcelona election, with several parties likely to win seats, will be an example of the fractured new politics of Catalonia and Spain: sometimes three parties may be needed for a majority...

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Deportivo La Coruña 0-4 Barcelona: Barcelona’s Lionel Messi nets stunning hat-trick in rout of Deportivo - The Guardian

Deportivo La Coruña 0-4 Barcelona: Barcelona’s Lionel Messi nets stunning hat-trick in rout of Deportivo - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it

Lionel Messi scored a stunning hat-trick in Barcelona’s 4-0 romp at Deportivo La Coruña to prove once again he is not letting speculation about his future distract him from what he does best.

 

Messi followed up a brilliant showing in last weekend’s 3-1 La Liga win at home to the champions, Atlético Madrid, with a treble which keeps Barça hard on the heels of Real Madrid at the top.

 

The Argentinian tormented Deportivo from the kick-off, drawing a save from Fabricio Agosto seconds before Ivan Rakitic found Messi’s run with a lobbed pass over the defence that he headed over the goalkeeper. Messi got his second in the 33rd minute by chipping the ball over Agosto when Neymar’s pass for Luis Suárez fell to him in the six-yard box. His third came in the 62nd after he waltzed into the penalty area and fired an unstoppable left-footed shot inside the far post...

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Spain braced for political upheaval as Catalonia calls election - FT

Spain braced for political upheaval as Catalonia calls election - FT | AC Affairs | Scoop.it

Spain is bracing itself for a year of political upheaval and fierce campaigning, after the president of Catalonia called a snap regional election to test popular support for the creation of an independent state.

 

The move, announced by Artur Mas late on Wednesday, means the country now faces three crucial elections over the next 12 months.

 

Local and regional elections in May will give voters a first chance to vent their fury at Spain’s discredited political establishment, and could usher in a shift in power in cities such as Madrid and Barcelona.

 

The next ballot will be on September 27 in Catalonia, where political leaders hope that an across-the-board triumph for pro-independence parties will bolster the case for a break with Spain.

 

Spanish voters will finally elect a new parliament and government at the end of the year, in a contest shaped by the recent economic crisis and rising popular anger over political corruption.

Polls suggest the country’s two mainstream parties — the centre-right Popular party and the opposition Socialists — will face their first serious challenge from a third party in decades. Recent surveys show that Podemos, a far-left anti-establishment party founded just a year ago, could emerge as the biggest force in parliament. Analysts point out that a three-way split between three such disparate parties would make it hard to form a stable government.

 

The decision to call an early poll in Catalonia is the latest move in a long-running campaign to push the prosperous northern region towards independence. Catalan leaders have urged the Spanish government repeatedly to let regional voters decide their political future in a binding referendum. Leaders in Madrid insist, however, that the country’s constitution leaves no room for such a plebiscite — let alone for a break-up of the nation.

 

The September election is intended to function as a quasi-referendum on independence — with every vote for a pro-independence party counting as a vote for the creation of a new Catalan state.

 

To magnify this effect, Mr Mas had called on all pro-independence parties to run on a joint list. His plan, however, was ultimately rebuffed. Speaking in Barcelona on Wednesday, Mr Mas said his own conservative Convergència i Unió party and the leftist Esquerra Republicana movement (ERC), the two main independence parties, would now run separately but with “a shared road map”.

 

The failure to reach agreement on a joint list is a blow to the Catalan president, but Mr Mas said he was concerned above all with maintaining the unity of the pro-independence camp. “I am sure in Madrid they were expecting disagreement. But now we have an agreement,” he said.

 

Mr Mas added: “The political process in Catalonia goes on and goes ahead.”...

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Catalans raise stakes on secession with early polls - FT

Catalans raise stakes on secession with early polls - FT | AC Affairs | Scoop.it

Catalonia will hold an early election on September 27 in a bid to inject fresh momentum into the region’s campaign for independence and rally popular support for a historic break with Spain.

 

The move was announced by Artur Mas, the Catalan president, after weeks of tense negotiations with leaders from other pro-independence parties and grass-roots activists. One of Spain’s most populous and wealthy regions, Catalonia has seen a sharp rise in support for independence in recent years, putting the political leadership in Barcelona on a collision course with Madrid.

 

Catalan leaders hope the September election will function as a quasi-referendum on independence — with every vote for a pro-independence party counting as a vote for the creation of a new Catalan state.

 

To magnify this effect, Mr Mas had called on all pro-independence parties to run on a joint list. His plan, however, was ultimately rebuffed. Speaking in Barcelona on Wednesday, Mr Mas said his own conservative CDC party and the leftist Esquerra Republicana movement (ERC), the two main independence parties, would now run separately but with “a shared road map”.

 

The failure to reach agreement on a joint list is a blow to the Catalan president, but Mr Mas said he was concerned above all with maintaining the unity of the pro-independence camp. “I am sure in Madrid they were expecting disagreement. But now we have an agreement,” he said.

 

Mr Mas added: “The political process in Catalonia goes on and goes ahead.”

 

The September vote will take place just weeks ahead of Spain’s general election, and is likely to heighten concerns over the political stability of the eurozone´s fourth-largest economy...

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Messi not sure on his Barça future - BBC

Messi not sure on his Barça future - BBC | AC Affairs | Scoop.it

Barcelona forward Lionel Messi admits he does not know where he will be next season but wants to stay at the club.

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Sport picture of the day: Barcelona's curtain call - The Guardian

Sport picture of the day: Barcelona's curtain call - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
Barcelona’s front line of Luis Suárez, Neymar and Lionel Messi celebrate a goal against Atlético Madrid during their 3-1 La Liga win at Camp Nou

 

Barcelona’s front line of Luis Suárez, Neymar and Lionel Messi celebrate a goal against Atlético Madrid during their 3-1 La Liga win at Camp Nou. Only one point separates them and leaders Real Madrid.

Photograph: Albert Gea/Reuters.

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Lionel Messi says he has no intention of leaving Barcelona - The Guardian

Lionel Messi says he has no intention of leaving Barcelona - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
Lionel Messi has described reports linking him to Chelsea or Manchester City as lies

 

Lionel Messi has denied that he demanded Barcelona sack their manager, Luis Enrique, and says he has no intention of leaving the club, describing reports linking him to Chelsea or Manchester City as “lies”.

 

At the end of a week of crisis Messi broke his silence on the club’s TV channel after Barcelona’s 3-1 victory over Atlético Madrid.

“I have never demanded anything to stay because I don’t have any intention of going,” he said. “I heard people say that my dad had spoken to Chelsea, to City … it’s all lies.”

 

“I heard all sorts of things said. I never come out and deny [stories] but this time I am. It has been said that I have pushed out lots of people … Eto’o, Ibrahimovic, Bojan, Guardiola … [and] I didn’t ask them to sack our manager.

 

“It’s not good for people to look for rivalry between me and Luis Enrique because there isn’t any,” Messi added...

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Barça 3-1 Atlético Madrid: Lionel Messi ends ‘crisis week’ with Barcelona win over Atlético Madrid - The Guardian

Barça 3-1 Atlético Madrid: Lionel Messi ends ‘crisis week’ with Barcelona win over Atlético Madrid - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it

The crisis may not yet be over in Catalonia but it was contained here. Barcelona beat Atlético Madrid for the first time in over a year, with a goal each for Neymar, Luis Suárez and Lionel Messi, who has stood silently in the middle of the storm during the last seven days. They have been waiting for him to calm their nerves and on the pitch he did. Messi gave away the penalty that put victory in doubt but then scored the third that ended this game. The fans had started the night chanting his name and they ended it that way too...

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Chelsea’s Cesc Fàbregas insists Lionel Messi is happy at Barcelona - The Guardian

Chelsea’s Cesc Fàbregas insists Lionel Messi is happy at Barcelona - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
Cesc Fàbregas has bristled at suggestions he might be involved in any Chelsea move to sign Lionel Messi – and believes the Argentinian superstar is happy at Barcelona
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Barcelona Design Museum: Homage to Catalonia - The Economist

Barcelona Design Museum: Homage to Catalonia - The Economist | AC Affairs | Scoop.it

CATALANS tend to be proud of their region's history, language and achievements, and it is no surprise that Catalan art is the focus of the Barcelona Design Museum. This newly opened institute brings together 70,000 pieces that were previously housed in four museums devoted to different aspects of the subject: textiles and fashion, graphics, ceramics and decorative arts. Around 3,000 of these works are exhibited over four floors of this new structure, which itself provides evidence of Catalan visual flair. The building, which was designed by a firm of local architects, is dominated by cantilevering, walls of floor-to-ceiling glass and transparent-sided escalators.

 

Admission is free until the end of January, and a wide mix of ages and personal styles has been attracted to the new museum—not everyone wears the top-to-toe black favoured by fanciers of architecture and design (and, it must be said, this correspondent). Objects range from fourth-century Coptic textiles to contemporary jewellery and glass. A lipstick-red, Barcelona-made 1962 Impala motorcycle (pictured below) has plenty of va-va-voom, but a black-and-gold coach (circa 1750) also inspires thoughts of fantasy drives, albeit ones taken in powdered wigs not black leather. There are chandeliers, gilded chests, art-nouveau and art-deco furnishings. A large tile frieze (1710) shows vignettes of the 18th-century rage for chocolate-drinking among Barcelona’s aristocracy. Ceramics by Pablo Picasso and Joan Miró, poor and young when they lived in Barcelona, are included, as are fine examples of the very different creations of Cristobel Balenciaga and Paco Rabanne—another pair of 20th-century Spaniards who made their names in Paris. An ethereal embroidered and sequinned Balenciaga nightdress of 1958 and a late 1960s Rabanne chain-mail halter dress are part of a chronological display of catwalk fashions...

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Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu calls early elections at troubled club - The Guardian

Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu calls early elections at troubled club - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it

The Barcelona president, Josep Maria Bartomeu, has called early elections at the end of the season for the troubled Spanish club.

The early elections will shorten the current board’s mandate, which was to expire at the end of the 2015-16 season.

 

The decision comes two days after Bartomeu fired the sports director Andoni Zubizarreta, which was followed by the resignation of his assistant Carles Puyol, and a week after the club lost its appeal against the Fifa-imposed transfer ban.

 

“The principal motive to call elections is to relieve tension that the club is living, a tension that is out of proportion,” Bartomeu said. “This noise, this tension that is out of proportion inevitably affects the team, of course.”...

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Postcard from... Catalonia - The Independent

Postcard from... Catalonia - The Independent | AC Affairs | Scoop.it

Soul music fans will be disappointed to learn than Catalonia’s annual Green Onions Festival, which took place this weekend, had absolutely nothing to do with Booker T and the MGs. But for foodies, the festival of the calçotada, as the rural Catalan region of Alt Camp calls its yearly mass consumption of green onions – also known as scallions – remains a real treat.

 

This year an estimated 100,000 calçots were consumed by the 40,000 people in the streets of Valls, Alt Camp’s capital. The standard cooking technique is to roast the calçot in batches of 30 or 40 on huge pyres of vine branches, then wrap them in newspapers. After peeling away the blackened outer leaves, the inner parts are dipped in a rich vegetable sauce containing almonds, tomato, garlic and olive oil...

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Barça 1-0 Atlético Madrid: Lionel Messi follows up to give Barcelona the edge over Atlético Madrid - The Guardian

Barça 1-0 Atlético Madrid: Lionel Messi follows up to give Barcelona the edge over Atlético Madrid - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
Lionel Messi scored from the rebound of a saved penalty to give Barça a 1-0 win against Atlético Madrid in the Copa del Rey quarter-final first leg

 

Barcelona seized control of their Copa del Rey quarter-final tie against Atlético Madrid when Lionel Messi followed up his saved penalty to score and secure a 1-0 first-leg victory at Camp Nou.

Barça dominated possession against the La Liga champions but Atlético defended stoutly and held the record cup winners at bay until Juanfran fouled Sergio Busquets in the area six minutes from time.

 

Messi’s strike from the spot was well saved by Jan Oblak but the ball fell kindly for the Argentina captain and he tapped it into the net to give Barça the advantage for next week’s return leg in Madrid...

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Politicians want inquiry into Barcelona police clashes with party goers - The Guardian

Politicians want inquiry into Barcelona police clashes with party goers - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
Catalan opposition’s demand follows airing of TV documentary about 2006 event that led to arrests and alleged police torture and cover-ups. Several opposition parties in Cataloniaare pushing for an inquiry into a 2006 clash between police and party-goers, after Catalan public television aired a documentary alleging police torture and a cover-up of the facts in the aftermath of the event. Recent days have seen renewed debate across Catalonia about the events that took place on the night of 4 February 2006, after Barcelona police broke up an outdoor party in the heart of the city. In the violence that ensued, one police officer was left quadriplegic and five people were detained.
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Luis Suárez finds range at Barcelona to enhance trident’s cutting edge - The Guardian

Luis Suárez finds range at Barcelona to enhance trident’s cutting edge - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
Uruguayan’s partnership with Lionel Messi and Neymar is beginning to bear fruit with goals as well as assists

 

There was a minute to go at the end of Barcelona’s victory over Atlético Madrid last Sunday and Luis Suárez’s number was up. As he made his way to the touchline the Camp Nou rose to grant him a standing ovation. Barcelona were winning 3-1, their crisis contained for now at least, and Suárez had scored one goal and been involved in the other two, finished by Neymar and Leo Messi. A cathartic victory for the club after a week of crisis carried a personal significance too: this was recognition for the Uruguayan’s first great night...

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Defiant Catalan leader calls new vote - BBC

Defiant Catalan leader calls new vote - BBC | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
Catalonia's pro-independence President Artur Mas calls early regional elections for 27 September, in a new challenge to Madrid.

 

Catalan President Artur Mas has called early regional elections for 27 September - a key test of support for independence in Catalonia.

The region is among Spain's wealthiest, accounting for one-fifth of national economic output.

 

The elections - Catalonia's third since 2010 - had been expected in 2016.

A symbolic vote on independence - called a "consultation" - was held in Catalonia on 9 November, despite strong opposition from the Madrid government.

 

In the non-binding poll more than 80% backed independence, Catalan officials said. However, turnout was little more than 40%.

Madrid says any referendum on independence would be unconstitutional...

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Spain's Catalonia to hold regional vote Sept. 27 amid independence drive - Reuters

Spain's Catalonia to hold regional vote Sept. 27 amid independence drive - Reuters | AC Affairs | Scoop.it

(Reuters) - The wealthy Spanish region of Catalonia will hold an election for its regional parliament on September 27, a vote the main parties want to use as a proxy for a referendum on independence oppposed by Madrid.

 

The date, announced at a news conference by the head of the northeastern regional government Artur Mas on Wednesday, is a few months before Spain's general election and reignites the deeply divisive issue of Catalonia's status within or without Spain.

Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has taken a hard line on secessionist ambitions in the region, which accounts for one fifth of Spain's economic output.

 

The vote will be held on Catalonia's national day, and will not include a joint list of candidates from the two main parties in favour of independence -- Mas's Convergencia (Convergence) and Esquerra Republicana de Catalunya (The Republican Left of Catalonia).

"We will run with different (candidate) lists but with a common national road map," Mas said.

 

The Catalan regional vote had been due no later than 2016.

Catalonia defied Madrid to go ahead with a symbolic secession vote on Nov. 9 and Artur Mas subsequently raised the prospect of early elections to further the independence cause.

 

A majority of people in Catalonia would vote to stay part of Spain, a poll by the regional government showed in December, the first in years to show a majority against independence but by a very slim margin.

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Lionel Messi helps Barcelona unite to avert a crisis … for now - The Guardian

Lionel Messi helps Barcelona unite to avert a crisis … for now - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
Lionel Messi shone in Barcelona’s best performance of the season against Atlético Madrid but it was the players’ actions afterwards that spoke louder

 

Not long after the game finished, the game began. “Winning is the only way to stop the wave,” Luis Enrique said following Barcelona’s 3-1 victory over Atlético Madrid, but the night was not all played out yet. On the touchline, Neymar was asked who rules, Leo Messi or Luis Enrique? “Bartomeu,” he said. In the treatment room, where the physio and kitman Ángel Mur has built up a mini-museum and confessional over three decades, Andrés Iniesta, Ivan Rakitic and Gerard Piqué gathered to take a picture, all big smiles and thumbs up. And Javier Mascherano left the dressing room, strode along the orange corridor and made for the media, wearing his angry face and ready to rumble. It was time to send a message...

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The foodie traveller … on knowing your calçots (onions) in Catalonia - The Guardian

The foodie traveller … on knowing your calçots (onions) in Catalonia - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
The calçotada is a Catalan winter food festival that involves giant spring onions and red wine poured into the mouth from a great height. As you might guess, it’s a messy affair

 

The Catalans don’t have a reputation as the most fun-loving bunch. The rest of Spain would probably describe them as hardworking and businesslike, but also tight and uptight. Their detractors have clearly never been to a calçotada, a barbecue meal unique to the area and devoted to a variety of giant spring onion. Groups of friends and family dissolve into giggles and laughter as they gather round tables set out in courtyards, put on silly paper bibs and get down and dirty with a calçot...

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Lionel Messi hits back at rumours about Luis Enrique tensions – video - The Guardian

Lionel Messi hits back at rumours about Luis Enrique tensions – video - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
Barcelona striker Lionel Messi denies reports that there are rifts between him and manager Luis Enrique
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Southampton’s Ronald Koeman rejects rumours he could take over at Barcelona - The Guardian

Southampton’s Ronald Koeman rejects rumours he could take over at Barcelona - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
Southampton manager Ronald Koeman on Friday poured cold water on growing speculation he could be lined up to replace Barcelona’s troubled coach Luis Enrique
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Barça 5-0 Elx - Barcelona rise above turmoil to hammer Elche in Copa del Rey - The Guardian

Barça 5-0 Elx - Barcelona rise above turmoil to hammer Elche in Copa del Rey - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it

Barcelona shrugged off their off-field troubles and put on a show in which Neymar, Lionel Messi and Luis Suárez scored in a rout of Elche in their Copa del Rey last-16, first-leg match on Thursday.

Neymar opened the scoring from a Suárez cross in the 35th minute. The Uruguayan then scored his fourth goal this season when he deftly dribbled past the defender Sergio Pelegrín before fooling the goalkeeper Przemyslaw Tyton into diving the wrong way in the 40th minute.

 

Neymar was brought down in the penalty area on the stroke of half-time – earning the defender Enzo Roco a yellow card – and Messi coolly converted it, earning a half-time ovation from fans at the Camp Nou...

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Lionel Messi still the focus at Barcelona as club call summer election - The Guardian

Lionel Messi still the focus at Barcelona as club call summer election - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
Problems between Luis Enrique and Lionel Messi still top the agenda as Barcelona’s president announces he is going to a vote
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