FC Barcelona News: 17 October 2013; Barça Internationals Return, Several La Liga Kickoff Dates Announced

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FC Barcelona's internationals return to training | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona are nearly back to full strength this Wednesday as many of the internationals returned to training. The seven Spain internationals, and Alex Song who was expected to return on Thursday, trained with the first team this evening. Sergi Roberto, who picked up an injury to his right thigh, trained apart from the group. He’s expected to train with the team on Thursday.

Overview of FC Barcelona's internationals | FC Barcelona
A dozen FC Barcelona players are on their way back to Catalonia to train with the first team after the conclusion of the international break. All of them enjoyed playing time and four of them managed to get on the scoresheet. In addition, three Barça B players were called up to play their respective countries.

Match times confirmed until round 16 | FC Barcelona
FCB play Betis on Sunday November 10 at Benito Villamarín, kick-off in the thirteenth game of the league season being at 21.00. That’s the last game before another international break, and Barça then return to action on Saturday November 23 at 16.00 at home to Granada. After that comes Athletic Bilbao v Barça, on Sunday December 1 at 21.00, and Barça v Villarreal, on Saturday December 14 at 20.00.

Plenty of Barça interest in Brazil 2014 | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona, with 14, had more players than any other club at the South Africa 2010 World Cup, Valdés, Pedro, Piqué, Puyol, Busquets, Iniesta and Xavi were all in the championship winning Spain squad, but Argentina’s Leo Messi, Brazil’s Dani Alves, Mexico’s Rafa Márquez, the Ivory Coast’s Touré Yaya and France’s Henry and Abidal also made the trip.

Jordi Cardoner: "The security of the Club members takes priority" | FC Barcelona
The vice president of the Social Area, Jordi Cardoner, was the guest on Barça TV’s ‘DNA’ programme to explain the decision made by the Board of Directors to charge an entry fee to the Camp Nou for children under seven – the measure will go into effect on the day Barça host Real Madrid. "The security of Club members takes priority and we have decided to make a decision that is probably unpopular," admitted Cardoner.

Alexis and Chile into World Cup 2014 | FC Barcelona
Spain were not the only country to celebrate qualification for the World Cup Finals last night. Alexis and Chile are also heading for Brazil next summer. The Barça striker headed home the opener last night against Ecuador following a terrific cross from the left wing to finally break down an Ecuadorian defence that had been impenetrable for the first 35 minutes.

The other clásico on October 26: Barça beat Real Madrid 4-0 in 1958 | FC Barcelona
Seven games into the 1958/59 league season, Real Madrid, with Kopa, Di Stéfano, Puskas and Gento in the side, had won all six matches to date, while Barça, featuring Ramallets, Segarra, Suárez, Evaristo and Kubala had only dropped one point away to Real Sociedad.

Osasuna v Barça in six moments | FC Barcelona
Like Romario ten years before, Ronaldinho showed some more Brazilian mastery at El Sadar. Following a cleared corner, Edgar Davids flicked the ball back into the area. Ronaldinho, with his back to goal and marked by two defenders, stunned everyone by lifting ball on the turn and scoring a remarkable goal that won the game 2-1 and earned Barça three very valuable points indeed.

From Xabi Alonso to Victor Valdes - the Liga stars whose contracts expire in 2014 - Goal.com
Real Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso has remained coy on a possible new deal with the capital club, while Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes will definitely not be at Camp Nou next season after repeatedly reiterating his desire to move on when his contract expires in 2014.

Bale must follow Ronaldo’s lead if he’s to handle Real pressure | Jan Molby - Yahoo Eurosport UK
He started off reasonably enough, converting a neat move to score on his debut against Villarreal, but injury has reared its ugly head to stop him from using that momentum to really hit the ground running. It’s a bit unfair that remarks about Bale being ‘injury-prone’ have resurfaced as a result. He had a great run of fitness at the back end of his Tottenham spell and made the most of it with some absolutely talismanic form.

€4m for Spain to play Gabon | Football Espana
The Federation Gabonaise de Football have reportedly offered their Spanish counterparts €4m for a November international friendly. With automatic qualification to the World Cup finals next summer in Brazil now assured, La Roja are looking to fill November’s international dates with two friendlies.

Duarte: Costa's decision could sour relations between Brazil and Spain by Fernando Duarte - ESPN FC
"I am the Brazil manager and as far as I'm concerned I am entitled to call any player eligible to play for this country. Diego Costa is part of a list of over 40 players we follow closely in the build-up to the World Cup and I have until May 7th to make up my mind about using them," said Scolari bullishly in a press conference at Beijing Tuesday after Brazil's friendly against Zambia.

Valencia's Adil Rami to join AC Milan on loan - ESPN FC
A statement on Valencia's official website read: "Valencia CF and AC Milan have reached a full agreement for the transfer of the player Adil Rami [to the] Rossoneri team in the upcoming winter market. "Rami, until the opening of that market, has received permission from Valencia CF to train with AC Milan. The Italian team has an option on the French international in this operation."

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