FC Barcelona News: 10 October 2013; Javier Mascherano Rejoins Team in Training, Andres Iniesta Expects New Deal Soon

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Javier Mascherano back in training with the rest of the squad | FC Barcelona
Javier Mascherano worked with the rest of the squad this morning for the first time since he picked up a thigh injury against Real Sociedad on September 24th, taking part in this morning’s practice match against third tier Sant Andreu at the Ciutat Esportiva.

Training continues with depleted squad | FC Barcelona
The nine available members of the first team (José Manuel Pinto, Oier Olazábal, Adriano Correia, Martín Montoya, Marc Bartra, Carles Puyol, Jonathan Dos Santos, Cristian Tello and Isaac Cuenca), plus Adama Traoré and Munir, of the U18 team and Adrián Ortolá and Pol Calvet of Barça B trained on Wednesday under the orders of Gerardo Martino.

Valdés and Piqué only 100% starters | FC Barcelona
Víctor Valdés and Gerard Piqué are the first names on Tata Martino's teamsheet. The two are the only players to have started all 12 official games so far this season - Valdes has played every minute of every game, whilst Piqué has been subbed for just 19 minutes, coming off for the closing stages of the games against Ajax and Valladolid. The two are, not surprisingly, the players with most time on the pitch so far this campaign.

Tata Martino's first weeks in Barcelona | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona head manager, Gerardo ‘Tata’ Martino, was the guest of honour at the Foundation Forum’s discussion titled "The Barça Bench." Interviewed by the journalist Bernat Soler, the Argentine talked about his first weeks in Barcelona. Martino was honest, funny and level headed.

FC Barcelona supports Bobby Robson Foundation auction | FC Barcelona
Two years ago, the organisations joined forces for Sir Bobby’s Breakthrough Online Auction, an online charity auction that involved the participation of different clubs, institutions and individuals. Barça is once again supporting the foundation of its former manager (1996-97) Bobby Robson, who died of cancer on July 31, 2009.

Andres Iniesta expects to pen new Barcelona deal, doesn't care about pay grade - ESPN FC
"The renewal is not something which concerns me from day to day," Iniesta said. "I do not care about being in second, third, or fourth place at Barca. I just want to feel the same from the club’s side, as what I feel for Barca. "There are other things more important than money. If I had the intention to leave I would let my contract run down, but I do not want that. When the moment to renew arrives, it will arrive.

Adriano Correia starts record sixth game in a row | FC Barcelona
Adriano Correia is one of the most versatile players in football. He can play as right or left back, on either wing, or even at centre back when called upon. This, coupled with some excellent performances, has made him one of Gerardo Martino’s favourite picks so far this season.

Behind the scenes: Mixed Zone of Camp Nou | FC Barcelona
Take a look at what goes on after the game has finished at Camp Nou with exclusive footage of the Barça players and coach Tata Martino attending the demands of the media following the recent 4-1 victory over Valladolid.

Mixed fortunes for Rafinha, Deulofeu and Bojan | FC Barcelona
The three FC Barcelona players that are out on loan, Rafinha, Deulofeu and Bojan, are having contrasting experiences at Celta, Everton and Ajax respectively. Here, we have a look at how their different seasons are going.

Spanish chief demands lifetime ban for match-fixers | Sky Sports
Javier Tebas, the new president of the LFP, said he was determined to stamp out match-fixing in Spain. "Anyone who is involved - a player, a coach, a referee or a director of a team - in manipulating the result at any point of a game should be given a lifetime ban," Tebas said at the Leaders in Football industry conference in London.

Real Madrid star Gareth Bale working on fitness - ESPN FC
Gareth Bale is currently undergoing a ‘mini-pre-season’ at Real Madrid as he looks to put the fitness issues that have dogged his start to life in Spain behind him. Bale scored on his debut at Villarreal in mid-September, but he has made only two substitute appearances since then, with both Blancos coach Carlo Ancelotti and president Florentino Perez suggesting the problem was more mental concern than a serious physical issue.

Liga - Getafe seek bigger stadium - Yahoo Eurosport UK
President and maximum shareholder, Angel Torres, announced that he wanted to build a new ground. A 32,000 capacity stadium was the answer to Los Azulones’ problems, he declared. You could hear a pin drop as shocked journalists listened on, trying not to burst out laughing.

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