FC Barcelona News: 2 December 2012; Barça Riot Athletic Bilbao, Set New La Liga Record for Best Start

David Ramos

FC Barcelona - Athletic Club: Classic performance (5-1) | FC Barcelona
Barça just don’t stop and with this evening’s win they made it 13 wins out of the first 14 games in La Liga so far this season - the best ever start to a league season by any Spanish team. The record was beaten with a great display against Athletic Bilbao, with an outstanding first 45 minutes . The team warmed the crowd with a classic, intense and brilliant display on a cold night at the Camp Nou.

Leo Messi moves within striking distance of Gerd Müller's record | FC Barcelona
After leaving Pelé’s record of 75 goals (1958) in the dust, Leo Messi is on the verge of breaking the all-time record set by Gerd Müller, who scored 85 goals in 1972. With his two goals this Saturday against Athletic Club Bilbao, Barça’s forward took his year tally to 84 goals - meaning he’s only one goal adrift of equalling the record. Messi has six games left in 2012 to equal or break the German's record.

Barça seal best ever start in the history of La Liga | FC Barcelona
Tito Vilanova’s Barça have made history in La Liga. Never before has any team won 13 of their opening 14 matches in the domestic competition. After tonight’s victory over Athletic Club, Barça smashed the record previously held by Radomic Antic’s 1991/92 Real Madrid. Barça equalled Real Madrid’s record last weekend when they defeated Levante at the Ciutat de Valencia.

Tito Vilanova: "I'm happy for the record and for how my players performed" | FC Barcelona
Tito Vilanova has led FC Barcelona to the best start in the history of La Liga. It’s a record that clearly satisfies him but it didn’t overshadow his joy with how his men played tonight’s game against Athletic Club. "I’m pleased that we broke the record but I’m even more pleased with how the players interpreted the game."

Iniesta and Messi run riot against Athletic Club | FC Barcelona
The match that confirmed the best start in the history of La Liga was a relatively placid but hard-fought win over Athletic Club. Barça’s two FIFA Ballon d’Or finalists pulled the strings for the home team as Barça treated the Camp Nou faithful to a spectacular performance on a cold Barcelona night.

Adriano: "This is probably my best season" | FC Barcelona
Adriano Correia has burst onto the this season’s scene as a left back capable of scoring a lot of goals. With his goal against Athletic Club, the Brazilian now has five goals in 14 La Liga matches. After the match, the Blaugrana defender said, "I have never scored so many goals at this point of the season," he added: "I’m very pleased that I’m able to score goals for the team."

Two La Liga matchdays confirmed | FC Barcelona
This Saturday FC Barcelona was handed the schedule for two more La Liga matches. Tito Vilanova’s team will face Atlético Madrid on Sunday, December 16, at 21.00. It will be the last game at the Camp Nou of the calendar year. Six days later, on Saturday, December 22, Barça will play away to Valladolid at 18.00.

Real Madrid down poor Atletico in scrappy derby - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
Goals from Cristiano Ronaldo and Mesut Ozil gave Real Madrid a 2-0 derby win at home over a disappointing Atletico Madrid to keep Los Merengues in reach of Liga leaders Barcelona. Going into the match 14 points behind Barca and eight shy of second-placed Atletico, Real have had to deal with supporter unrest in recent weeks but responded by easily seeing off their city rivals, who were poor by the standards they have set this season.

[Listen to Los Corresponsales' take on the El Derbi madrileño here: Click]

Valencia sack Pellegrino after home thrashing - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
Pellegrino, a former Valencia player, has guided the club into the last 16 of the Champions League this season and they still have a chance to top Group F ahead of Bayern Munich depending on the results of next week's games. However, a poor start to their domestic campaign and nine goals conceded in their last two La Liga outings was too much to take for Llorente.

Real Sociedad destroy Valencia - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
Sociedad scored one goal in the first half and four in the second, with Mikel González, Alberto De la Bella, Carlos Vela, Diego Ifrán and Imanol Agirretxe all scoring. Los Che were hindered when Jonas was given a red card in the 41st minute.

Getafe move level with Malaga | Sky Sports Football
Getafe moved level on points with Malaga in fourth thanks to Alberto Lopo's solitary goal 11 minutes into the second half. Neither side hit top gear in a pedestrian opening period but the game came to life after Lopo nipped in between Eliseu and Willy Caballero to head home Pedro Leon's corner just after the break.

Confederations Cup groups announced - Goal.com
Host nation Brazil have been drawn against Japan, Mexico and Italy in the opening group stage of the Confederations Cup.Meanwhile, the reigning world and European Champions Spain meet Uruguay, Tahiti and the Africa Cup of Nations winners which will be decided next February.

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