FC Barcelona News: 16 October 2012; Anniversary of Lionel Messi's Debut, Ibrahim Afellay Wants to Return

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Messi made his debut for the first team eight years ago today | FC Barcelona
Leo Messi has come a long, long way since his first team debut on October 16 of 2004. Here’s an overview of facts and stats from Messi’s first game for Barça’s senior side.

Barça Unearth Real Centre Forward Who's The Real Deal - Graham Hunter - FC Barcelona Tickets
That´s all for the future. For the moment it´s worth following this stage of Dongou´s development. He, along with Sergi Samper, Grimaldo, Deulofeu, Rafinha, Patric, Sergi Roberto and Sandro, are firm evidence that the structure, philosophy, teaching style and recruitment at all levels in the ´fútbol base´ system are functioning healthily.

Interesting end to international week | FC Barcelona
The FC Barcelona players that are away on international duty will be playing their second games of the week on Tuesday night, after which they will all be returning to the club. The games featuring Barça players include a crunch tie at the Vicente Calderón between Spain and France, while Alexis’ Chile is at home to Argentina, who have both Messi and Mascherano in their ranks.

Pinto: "Our strength is our togetherness" | FC Barcelona
Right now I am enjoying myself and would love to make it last as long as possible. Whilst I still feel strong physically, I’ll not be thinking about retiring. Hanging up my boots here? Well I’d like that – I’m very happy here, my son was born here and after my football career is over I’d like to live my life here. I love this city.

Barcelona midfielder Alex Song claims Arsene Wenger treated him like a son | Sky Sports
"I am who I am thanks to him," he told Barca Magazine. "When I came to England, he was a big help to me. I was very young, just 17, not 25 like I am now. Wenger was like a father to me. "It was very hard for me at first because I had left my family behind in France, and so he treated me like a son.

Barcelona's Cesc Fabregas on Premier League influence - ESPNFC
"A lot of my style is based on that of the Premier League but with a base of La Masia," Fabregas said in reference to the famous Barcelona academy. "I have the touch, the peripheral vision, but maybe I also have a certain tendency to arrive into the penalty area more quickly, which is very British."

My Goal Is To Return To Barcelona Explains Ibrahim Afellay
Ibrahim Afellay, currently on loan at Schalke from Barcelona, has explained he is targeting a return to the Camp Nou next year. The Holland international was deemed surplus to requirements by the Blaugrana over the summer and sent to German giants Schalke on a season-long loan.

Fontàs loan move to Mallorca | FC Barcelona
Andreu Fontàs will spend the rest of this season on loan at Mallorca. The defender travelled to Palma de Mallorca this Monday morning for a medical prior to signing the deal and was then presented as the newest member of Joaquín Caparrós’ squad.

Perez, Rosell reject China Supercopa | Football Espana
Villar was attempting to explain the reasons why a deal had been agreed with a Chinese company to play five of the next seven editions of the Supercopa final in that country. However, both Perez and Rosell dismissed the proposal, arguing there were sporting, economic and social reasons why it should not take place in Asia.

Spain confident over Ramos fitness for France clash - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
Ramos was forced out of the 4-0 victory in Belarus on Friday and did not train with the squad on Sunday. The defender will be back for Monday's final training session before the match at Atletico Madrid's Calderon stadium, Del Bosque said. "He told me he was better and we are confident he'll be available for tomorrow," Del Bosque said.

Eighty-two Spain clean sheets, 104 international wins - a look at Iker Casillas' best numbers - Goal.com
You would think the dissenting voices would have been silenced by now. Constantly criticised, frequently questioned and often doubted, Iker Casillas has proved time and time again he is not only the greatest goalkeeper in Spain, but also the world.

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