Barca give shirt numbers to Afellay and Cuenca

FC Barcelona have decided to give squad numbers to Ibrahim Afellay and Isaac Cuenca even though they won’t be called on by the coach. The board has decided to give them numbers as they haven’t been able to loan them out, transfer them or let them go on free transfers. Barcelona will keep them looking ahead to the winter transfer market. Both players are still injured which has impaired their pre-season preparations with the rest of the squad. More on Afellay & Cuenca

Barca end Hospitalet’s luck in Copa del Rey

It was a complete rout at the Camp Nou last night with Barca scoring nine goals to end Hospitalet’s luck in the Copa del Rey. It could have been many more but maybe Barcelona decided to be benevolent with their less affluent neighbours.