FC Barcelona News: 16 October 2013; Alexis Sanchez Scores in Chile Win, Anniversary of Lionel Messi's Debut

Denis Doyle

Another training session without the internationals | FC Barcelona
The Barça players trained for the second time this week on Tuesday morning at the Ciutat Esportiva. With a large part of the squad still away on international duty, the session involved the same players as on Monday. Pinto, Oier, Montoya, Puyol, Mascherano, Bartra, Adriano, Dos Santos, Tello, Cuenca and Messi. Puyol, Mascherano, Cuenca and Messi are all still recovering from injury.

Children under seven will only be able to access the Camp Nou with a match ticket or season ticket | FC Barcelona
To comply with current regulations and to avoid the risk of exceeding capacity, children up to seven, who until now could access the stadium without a ticket as long as they were accompanied by an adult, will also need to have a seat to attend Barça v Madrid.

Messi made his debut for the first team nine years ago today | FC Barcelona
17 years, 3 months and 22 days. This is how old Messi was when he featured in his first match for the senior side, he was the second-youngest player to ever don the Blaugrana colours for the first team (The record holder is Paulino Alcántara).

Spain books place in Brazil 2014 (2-0) | FC Barcelona
The Spanish national team, including seven Barça players, has booked its place in the next world Cup finals in Brazil 2014. Manager Vicente del Bosque included Piqué, Sergio Busquets, Xavi, Iniesta and Pedro in his starting line-up tonight against Georgia. Valdés, who started Friday’s match against Belarus, and Cesc Fàbregas, were on the bench.

FIFA World Cup Qualifying: Chile 2 Ecuador 1 - Soccerway
Chile have confirmed their attendance at Brazil 2014 with a 2-1 win over Ecuador, who also held on to qualify despite the loss. Goals to Alexis Sanchez and Gary Medel saw Chile lead 2-0 at half-time in front of their home crowd and the hosts looked set to destroy Ecuador's World Cup qualifying hopes as they dominated the early stages of the second half.

Scolari lists Costa for Brazil | Football Espana
Luiz Felipe Scolari has listed Diego Costa in a preliminary list of 45 players up for consideration to make the Brazil squad for next year’s World Cup. The Atletico Madrid man is between the Selecao and Spain at the moment, with both countries seen as considering handing the forward a future at international level.

Alonso close to Real return but no specific date set - Yahoo Eurosport UK
"I hope to be back soon," Alonso said on Real's website. "I am making progress and my come back is not far away but I don't want to talk about dates. There is no fixed date," added the former Liverpool player. "People who have had this (groin) injury know that the recovery can be treacherous.

Wales boss Chris Coleman - Real Madrid's Gareth Bale won't sparkle again until 2014 - ESPN FC
"He had no preseason training. Anyone who has played top-level professional football will know that if you have no preseason and expect to pick up where you finished the season before then you are bonkers and crackers. It doesn't happen. You can't miss a whole preseason.

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