FC Barcelona News: 13 November 2013; Barça Extend Unicef Deal, Board Pleased with Andoni Zubizarreta’s Work

Denis Doyle

FC Barcelona to extend alliance with Unicef until 2016 | FC Barcelona
The Club has agreed, as it has done in recent years, to donate 1.5 million euros a year to joint projects with Unicef, which involve the promotion of education and sport among vulnerable children. Barça and the United Nations first joined forces in September 2006. The current deal was due to end in 2014.

Leo Messi: "Thank you all for being by my side" | FC Barcelona
"As many of you know, over the next few weeks I will be working full-time on the recovery of this new injury, for me it is a pity not to play with my team right now... Now the most important is to be recovered well for helping my teammates and for giving back all the support you've given to me in the best way I know how to do, playing football. Thank you for your messages!"

Víctor Valdés: "Messi is God" | FC Barcelona
"Messi is the best. For me, Messi is God because of what he’s given to the team and because of the experiences I’ve had as his team-mate," said Víctor Valdés during an event at Gava city hall. He added with a touch of humour: "Also because of what I’ve had to suffer in training, it’s not easy."

Neymar ready to fill Barca’s Messi-shaped hole | Pitchside - Yahoo Eurosport UK
Neymar has hit the ground running for Barcelona since his blockbuster move from Santos in the summer, showing the talent and ability that made him one of the most sought after players in recent years. Blaugrana boss Tata Martino had always insisted that they would be patient with their new signing and slowly integrate him into life at the Camp Nou.

Marc Bartra reaches important milestone in his budding career | FC Barcelona
22-year-old Marc Bartra is taking giant steps toward furthering his development this season. His latest feat is to be called up to the Spanish national team ahead of the international friendlies against Equatorial Guinea and South Africa. Up until now, the Barça center back was a crucial player in the U21 Spain side that went on to win the European championship this past summer.

Adriano, a crucial part of the team that have conceded the fewest goals: "We're very concentrated during our games" | FC Barcelona
Adriano Correia is one of the most-used players by Tata Martino this season. The Brazilian was the only natural left back after Jordi Alba picked up his injury earlier this year, and Adriano has taken full advantage of the opportunity.

Toni Freixa: "The board are very pleased with Zubizarreta" | FC Barcelona
One of the main topics was the extension of Andoni Zubizarreta’s contract until 2016 (to be signed next Tuesday). "We highly appreciate the work he had done" he said. "He has made some very positive renewals to the team that have maintained the excellence of the great side we have at the moment. The Board are very pleased with him."

Qatar Airways added to Camp Nou | Football Espana
Seats at the north end of Barcelona’s Camp Nou have had the Qatar Airways name added to them. Before the 2011/12 season, the Blaugrana refused any corporate sponsorship on their shirts, but have since signed a record-breaking deal with the Qatar Foundation, and thusly, Qatar Airways.

Neymar goal among ten candidates for Puskas award | FC Barcelona
Neymar Jr is up for the Puskas Award 2013 for the world goal of the year. His effort for Brazil against Japan at the Confederations Cup last summer is one of ten candidates. Neymar already won this award once in 2011 for a goal he scored for Santos.

PFA plans European homegrown player rule - ESPN FC
UEFA is set to receive a proposal from the Professional Footballers' Association calling for European clubs to field at least three homegrown players in their starting lineups, according to the BBC. The PFA will have the issue on the agenda at its annual general meeting on Wednesday in a bid to stem the trend of clubs buying in established players rather than giving young prospects a chance in the first team.

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