FC Barcelona News: 12 December 2012; Barça Expect Tough Challenge from Córdoba, Valencia Beat Osasuna (Again)

Manuel Queimadelos Alonso

Tito Vilanova: "It’s the game of the year for them" | FC Barcelona
Tito Vilanova is wary of the dangers of his second division opponent, Córdoba, in the last sixteen of the Copa del Rey. "It’s a game people assume we’ll win, but I’d have preferred to play a first division team," he said. "It’s the game of the year for them, like the Champions League final would be for us .

Cordoba v Barça: Did you know.. | FC Barcelona
They last met way back in 1963/64, when Barça beat Cordoba by an aggregate score of 6-3, and also in the round of 16. They won the first keg in Andalusia 2-1 They have also met 16 times in the league (11 Barça wins, 4 for the Andalusians and one draw). When Cordoba have had home advantage, the record is tighter: three FCB wins, four for Cordoba and one draw

Lionel Messi and Kobe Bryant: Legends on Board | FC Barcelona
Leo Messi and Kobe Bryant are the starts of the new ad campaign launched by Turkish Airlines. The Argentine and the Los Angeles Lakers player joined forces to promote the services of FC Barcelona’s official sponsor. The advert unites the best footballer in the world with one of the best players of the NBA, who is a self professed FC Barcelona fan.

More, more, more for magical Messi | Pitchside Europe - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
It may be a contrived statistic which most in Germany hadn't heard of until recently, but it made headlines around the world. Messi breaks goalscoring records by the week, but scoring more goals in a year than any other player was big news.

Neymar should go to Barcelona, says Santos coach - Goal.com
"Neymar is now the fourth or fifth best player in the world, but after the 2014 World Cup he will be at a very good level. Seeing Neymar and Messi at Barcelona together would be the cutest thing in football," he told La Xarxa Radio. "Barcelona are a lot like us because they are a team who like to play football and I think for Neymar the best team to play for is Barcelona."

Possible Champions League rivals | FC Barcelona
Since the final at Saint-Denis in 2006, Barça and Arsenal have crossed paths on two further occasions, in the 2009/10 quarter finals and the 2010/11 second round. The London based side have got off to a poor start in the Premiership, but in Europe are still on course for the final, which they reached in the 2005/06 season.

Bernabeu hero Michel Salgado open to Real Madrid return - ESPN FC
"Florentino is a powerful person who controls everything," he said. "He has done lots of good things, but also made mistakes. He decided Mourinho was his key to come out of a difficult moment. That was why he gave him so much power. But Spanish football, and above all Madrid, is not like that.

Valencia gain Copa upper hand against Osasuna - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
Parejo curled a free kick past goalkeeper Asier Riesgo two minutes after the break and Soldado scored in the fourth minute of added time to give the 2008 winners the upper hand ahead of next week's second leg in Valencia.

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