FC Barcelona News: 25 October 2012; Dani Alves Starts Training, Second Mascherano Appeal Launched

Jasper Juinen

Dani Alves trains with the rest of the group | FC Barcelona
Dani Alves took part in a full training session with the rest of the squad this morning for the first time since his injury at the beginning of the month. The session, which took place behind closed doors at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper, saw the players who figured last night do some light training to recover from their exertion.

Barça to appeal Mascherano's one-match ban | FC Barcelona
The Competition Committee has suspended Javier Mascherano for one match after the player was booked twice in the match against Deportivo de la Coruña. FC Barcelona had presented an appeal against the referee’s post-match report, and now, after learning of the decision to suspend the Argentine for one match, the Club will lodge another appeal with the Appeals Committee.

‘Abidal, your struggle is our source of strength’ | FC Barcelona
The nine-minute documentary takes a look at the Frenchman’s trajectory since he was diagnosed with a live tumour. The documentary also highlights his return to competitive play in the semi-finals of the Champions League against Real Madrid; the trophy he lifted in Wembley; the support from his team-mates and the fans, and his return to training in Val d’Arán six months after his liver transplant surgery.

Facts and figures from the Celtic game | FC Barcelona
This was the fifth game this season that Barça have come from behind to win a game, following the wins over Real Madrid(3-2), Osasuna (1-2), Spartak (3-2) and Seville (2-3). They also came behind in the league game against Madrid to draw 2-2.

Pedro: "This team always fights until the end" | FC Barcelona
Pedro Rodríguez said that FC Barcelona, like in many other of the team’s matches this season, fell behind even though Barça "dominated the game." He added: "The most important thing is that this team always shows up, we fight until the end, that’s why we’ve been able to fight back five times this season - we’re getting really good results. We’re playing well and we’re doing our job."

Bartra: "This is one of my happiest days since I came to Barça" | FC Barcelona
"I am very happy - it is one of my happiest days since I came to Barça, every player who has grown up here at the Club hopes to be able to play in games like that . It’s just like a dream. I felt fine on the pitch, I really enjoyed it – which is important. I think that I am physically in very good shape and that also helps".

Piqué: "We couldn’t have started the season any better" | FC Barcelona
Gerard Piqué is very pleased with Barça’s start to the 2012/13 season. Leaders in La Liga and the Champions League’s Group G, the centre back admitted that "we couldn’t have started the season any better." Talking to a handful of fans from around the in a Google+ Hangout session, he added: "We’ve had a great start.

Dortmund stun Real to go top | Sky Sports Football
Marcel Schmelzer's second-half volley was enough to hand Borussia Dortmund a fine 2-1 win over Real Madrid and move the German champions to the top of Group D. Robert Lewandowksi fired the hosts into the lead on 36 minutes but within two minutes Real were level as Cristiano Ronaldo lobbed in his fifth Champions League goal of the season.

Milan sunk by Malaga | Sky Sports Football
Malaga maintained their perfect UEFA Champions League record on Wednesday, with a 1-0 victory over AC Milan edging them a step closer to the knockout stage. Joaquin made amends for missing a penalty just before half-time by scoring the only goal of the game in the 64th minute, neatly side-footing home from Manuel Iturra's brilliant defence-splitting pass.

Malaga fans revel in turnaround - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
Joaquin's 64th-minute strike at the Rosaleda on Wednesday secured a memorable 1-0 win for the Champions League debutants, who after three wins in as many matches sit at the top of Group C with a five-point lead over the ailing Italians. The home fans thronging their 29,500-capacity stadium for what was probably the biggest game in the La Liga club's history, thoroughly enjoyed their first taste of life among Europe's soccer elite.

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