FC Barcelona News: 17 January 2013; Barça Held By Málaga in Copa del Rey, Four Blaugrana Players In UEFA All-Star Team

Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno

FC Barcelona - Málaga: All to be decided (2-2) | FC Barcelona
Iturra put the visitors ahead and although Barça almost immediately bounced back with goals from Messi and Puyol, not even against ten men after Monreal was ordered off were they able to extend their lead. Then disaster struck in the final minute, when Camacho levelled affairs with an all-important second away goal for Malaga, meaning a draw probably won’t be enough for Barcelona when the sides meet again next week.

Tito Vilanova: "We played at a good level in the first half" | FC Barcelona
Tito Vilanova rued his men’s missed chances after tonight’s match: "In the first half we played at a good level and the normal thing would have been to go to the break with a better result." The manager also contradicted Manuel Pellegrini, who declared that Málaga were the better side in the second half: "I don’t think Málaga were superior. In the first half we were the better side and in the second it was more equal."

Messi, Iniesta, Xavi and Piqué, named to UEFA.com's 2012 all star team | FC Barcelona
Leo Messi, Andrés Iniesta, Xavi Hernández and Gerard Piqué were named to UEFA’s all star team. UEFA’s XI was selected by the public through popular vote. A total of 5.3 million votes were cast by 500,000 people.

Messi's Four Ballons d'Or at the Camp Nou | FC Barcelona
Seconds before the quarter final away leg between FC Barcelona and Málaga got underway, Leo Messi surprised the Barça fans by offering up all four of his Ballons d’Or. His most recent Ballon d’Or trophy was won last week in Zurich, Switzerland.

Sergio Busquets: enforcer extraordinaire | Pitchside Europe - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
His haranguing of the referee seldom looks good, but focus on that and fail to spot one of the most internationally underrated talents in football, a talent who continues to improve, who was good enough for Barcelona keep ahead of Yaya Toure, a talent who had a serious claim to be in the FIFPro world XI.

Barça Generation, the L’Equipe cover story on FC Barcelona | FC Barcelona
French sports paper L’Equipe has featured FC Barcelona on its cover titled ‘Barça Generation’, dedicated to the side’s incontestable lead in the Spanish Liga and strong challenge for another Champions League title. On the inside pages, the paper is unrelenting in its praise for FCB, claiming that "There is Nothing Better" than the Catalan club.

Messi: "We can’t afford to relax" | FC Barcelona
Hours before he received the Ballon d’Or, Leo Messi gave an interview to FIFA.com in which he looked back at an eventful 2012. He spoke about Pep Guardiola, Tito Vilanova, Éric Abidal, his goalscoring record and the team’s excellent form in general. He also described the improving fortunes of the Argentinian national team.

Bayern confirm Guardiola coup - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
Guardiola had been linked with a number of European football's most prestigious managerial posts but has ended the prolonged and intense speculation over his future by deciding to replace current Bayern coach Jupp Heynckes in the summer.

Zubizarreta: "I'm happy for Guardiola" | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona’s director of football said that he had no prior knowledge of the agreement and that he understands why Guardiola selected a team like Bayern: "Bayern are a club that can offer you a solid and stable project, they also have good players. He’s found what he was looking for and I’m happy for him."

VIDEO - Barça Legends: Eto'o (1st half) | FC Barcelona
Eto’o goes down in Barça history as "the indomitable lion", the forward who never gave up. For 5 years he was the team’s target man, and the host of titles won were, to a massive extent, thanks to the crucial goals he scored

Valencia set to win the race for Aspas - ESPN FC
Spanish radio station Cadena Ser reported on Tuesday that Valencia had already informed Celta of their intention to pay the release clause, while a five-year contract with the player had also been agreed. This would appear to fit with comments from Aspas himself last week, when he suggested that he would stay at Celta until next summer and maybe move then.

Malaga forward, Juanmi, on loan to Racing | LFP
Juan Miguel Jimenez ‘Juanmi', will play with Racing, on loan until the 30th June 2013, after the Cantabrian club reached an agreement with Malaga CF. The forward becomes the third reinforcement brought in by Racing in the current transfer market after incorporating Quini (AD Alcorcon) and Tiago Pinto (Rio Ave).

Zaragoza to discipline Carlos Aranda following outburst - ESPN FC
Real Zaragoza are to punish striker Carlos Aranda after he reportedly told manager Manuel Jimenez following training on Tuesday that he was not in the right frame of mind to play for the club and wished to leave.

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