FC Barcelona News: 11 September 2012; Happy Birthday Eric Abidal, Barça to Wear Catalan Colors in 2013-14?

VILLARREAL, SPAIN - JANUARY 28: Eric Abidal of Barcelona in action during the la Liga match between Villarreal and Barcelona at El Madrigal on January 28, 2012 in Villarreal, Spain. (Photo by Manuel Queimadelos Alonso/Getty Images)

Happy birthday, Éric! | FC Barcelona
Éric Abidal, who has been with the Club for five seasons, turns 33 this Tuesday. The Frenchman, who is currently recovering from a liver transplant, has been out of action since March 15. Abidal hasn’t forgotten Tito Vilanova’s words during the Joan Gamper Trophy: "If you feel strong and if you’re willing, we will wait as long as we have to [for your return]. Your struggle is our source of strength."

Best ever start for Pedro | FC Barcelona
Pedro has got off to a stronger start than ever, scoring four times already. He got his first two in FC Barcelona’s first two official matches of the season, against Real Sociedad in La Liga (5-1) and Real Madrid in the first leg of the Spanish Supercup. (3-2). He followed that with a brace on Friday night in the friendly against Saudi Arabia, where he was one the most outstanding stars for Spain (5-0).

Barcelona to wear colours of Catalan flag next season - Goal.com
Barcelona's away kit for the 2013-2014 season will feature the red and gold colours of the Catalan flag, according to regional newspaper Sport. Fans have waited 113 years to see the Bars of Aragon on the region's most successful club and will finally get their wish next year.

Song is a great signing for Barcelona, says Victor Munoz - Goal.com
"Song is a great signing for Barcelona. He will be very helpful this season," Munoz told La Xarxa. "He's not like Busquets. He is a different kind of player. He's a very strong and physical player who tries to keep things simple. "He can set up players like Cesc, Xavi and Iniesta. He is compatible with these players."

Sevilla-Barça, Saturday 29 at 22.00 | FC Barcelona
The Spanish Football Federation announced that the match between Sevilla FC and FC Barcelona, the sixth matchday of the competition, will be played on Saturday, September 29m at 22.00 at the Sánchez Pizjuán.

Barça B, second highest scoring team of Segunda A | FC Barcelona
Eusebio Sacristán’s men are the second highest scoring team in Segunda A, with 9 goals, only surpassed by Elche, who have scored 10 goals. Six Barça B have found the back of the net in Barça B’s fours Liga matches so far this season: Deulofeu (4), Dongou, Sergi Roberto, Kiko Femenía, Rafinha and Luis Alberto.

Georgia on their minds: Spain start World Cup defence on the road to immortality at Brazil 2014 - Goal.com
Whoever plays, Del Bosque will make sure Spain stay focused. "We won't change much," Xavi said. "We just have to keep respecting our rivals and stay humble." He could have said 'hungry' too, but that goes without saying with this Spain side. Their World Cup starts now - and they won't be taking it lightly.

Del Bosque sets Brazil target - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
"It's a great incentive to be there (Brazil)," Del Bosque told a news conference on Monday. "I have complete confidence in all the players, the new and the old. For the veterans around the 30 mark I am sure it will be a motivation to make the finals." Barcelona playmaker Xavi, 32, was one of the footballers Del Bosque was referring to.

UEFA withholds Euro prize money | Sky Sports
UEFA has withheld 23 clubs' share of European prize money due to their failure to pay debts to other clubs or tax bills. Sporting Lisbon, Fenerbahce, Malaga are Europa League champions Atletico Madrid are among the clubs not to have provided UEFA with the required information, but there are no British sides on the list.

Markel Susaeta agrees new Athletic Bilbao deal - ESPNFC
Athletic Bilbao winger Markel Susaeta has signed a new deal with the Basque club, which will keep him at the San Mames until 2017. Susaeta, 24, had been linked with several top clubs including Manchester United, but he has now confirmed his future lies with the Zurigorri by signing a new deal, which contains a €35 million buyout clause.

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