FC Barcelona News: 11 December 2012; 19 Players Travel to Córdoba, Gerd Muller Praises Lionel Messi

Iniesta will not be making the trip with the team. - Manuel Queimadelos Alonso

19 picked for Cordoba | FC Barcelona
19 players will be flying to Cordoba this Wednesday, 17 fit members of the first team (all but Valdés, Adriano and Iniesta) plus Oier and Tello of Barça B. That means a place for Carles Puyol despite him being taken off on Sunday and working in isolation in the gym on Monday. Today, the captain was able to train normally with the squad.

Mueller lauds record-breaker Messi - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
"He's such a nice and modest professional and I hope he gets one or two more goals in 2012 and that he can then hold onto the record for the next 40 years," he added. "He's fantastic. He only has one defect and that is that he doesn't play for Bayern Munich!"

José Manuel Pinto: "The Cup tie against Córdoba will be complicated" | FC Barcelona
José Manuel Pinto talked to the press this morning about the importance of Wednesday’s Cup match against Córdoba: "When you play against a team from Segunda it seems easy and that everything is done before the starting whistle. I, however, believe that it will be a complicated tie and that we’ll have to give it our all to make it to the next round."

Fatherhood hasn't slowed record-breaking Messi - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
The World Player of the Year surpassed two long-standing records with a La Liga double at Real Betis on Sunday, beating Gerd Mueller's 40-year-old mark of 85 for a calendar year and overtaking Cesar Rodriguez, who played in the 1940s and 50s, as Barca's top scorer in the league on 192.

Leo Messi sets sights on four new goalscoring records | FC Barcelona
He’s only 25 years old but Leo Messi has already shredded the majority of the goalscoring records in professional football. He’s broken so many in his career that it seems he’s running out of records to break. However, here’s a detailed overview of the four goalscoring records the Argentine has yet to reach:

Lionel Messi's incredible record-breaking year in numbers | Mike Adamson | Football | guardian.co.uk
Lionel Messi sailed past Gerd Müller's record of 85 goals in one calendar year with his two strikes against Real Betis on Sunday. It is, of course, not the only record the Argentinian has broken in the past 12 months.

A month of competition confirmed: Champions League, League and Spanish Cup matches | FC Barcelona
From December 12 to January 13, Barça have no fewer than six matches, and now know when they will all be played, which will help plan for a busy schedule. Before the Christmas break, they have three fixtures. The first is this Wednesday in the Spanish Cup away to Cordoba.

Possible Champions League opponents (V): Shakhtar Donetsk | FC Barcelona
In our final article on Barça’s possible opponents in the Champions League, our attention switches to Shakhtar Donetsk, a team that has been improving gradually over the years on the basis of typical Eastern European strength coupled with imported Brazilian flair. Managed by Mircea Lusescu, they have at least made the preliminary phase every year since 2000.

Platini: Goal-line technology too expensive - Goal.com
The Frenchman believes introducing technology in competitions such as the Champions League, Europa League and the European Championship is too expensive, and he would rather invest in the grassroots and development of football than spend big on goal-line technology.

Cerezo: Falcao won't go for less than €60m - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
"Right now he is the best number nine in world football," said Cerezo after Sunday's efforts took his total in an Atletico shirt to 40 goals in 48 games. "But he still has a lot of football to play. "It’s the first time I’ve seen a player score five goals here. Christian Vieri and Milinko Patic got four, but never five."

Clinical Zaragoza down Rayo | Sky Sports Football
Real Zaragoza picked up their third win of the season after a clinical 2-0 victory against Rayo Vallecano at the Estadio del Rayo Vallecano on Monday evening. The home side created the majority of the chances but struggled to find the target, while in stark contrast the visitors took their opportunities with the triumph moving them above Francisco Jemez's side and into 12th place in the Primera Division.

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