FC Barcelona News: 14 November 2013; Barça Offer Support to Philippines, Copa del Rey Kickoff Dates Announced

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Lionel Messi's camp deny Barcelona fallout - ESPN FC
"The process of recovery from the injury [Messi] suffered last Sunday during the game Betis -- FC Barcelona began on Monday November 11," said the text released by 'Leo Messi Management'. "This injury, although of the same type and to the same leg, is not related to any previous ones. From two days ago the medical services of Futbol Club Barcelona are treating him so that he can recover completely."

Support for the Philippines | FC Barcelona
Barça is answering a call from UNICEF to help mitigate the terrible effects of typhoon Haiyan, which swept across the Philippines last Friday. According to the UN, nearly 10 million people – about 10% of the population of the Philippines – have been affected by the disaster, and some 660,000 have lost their homes.

FC Barcelona reach European milestone | FC Barcelona
After Wednesday’s CL clash with AC Milan, FC Barcelona have reached the magical number of 500 appearances in all European competitions. The Club’s European debut came 64 years ago in the semi-final of the Latin Cup – featuring clubs from Spain, Portugal, Italy and France - against Stade de Reims on 26th June 1949.

Seven available for training | FC Barcelona
After a two-day break, the few members of the squad still available for training here in Barcelona - Puyol, Xavi, Pinto, Oier, Tello, Montoya and Cuenca – exercised under the watchful eye of Tata Martino at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper. Eleven players have been called away on international duty while the remaining members of the squad are sidelined by injury.

Sergio Busquets: "Football is always advancing, we can’t compare ourselves to past teams" | FC Barcelona
Midfield powerhouse Sergi Busquets gave an interview this week to Canal+ TV in which he discussed his early years at the Club. The Catalan midfielder, who makes no secret of his desire to avoid the media spotlight, also expressed his gratitude to former manager Pep Guardiola and revealed that he doesn’t expect his career to last beyond his early thirties.

Cartagena v FC Barcelona Spanish Cup tie set for 10.00 on Friday 6th December | FC Barcelona
The kick-off times for the round of 32 in the Spanish Cup were announced on Wednesday. FC Barcelona will travel to Cartagena on 6th December for a 10 pm kick-off. The match will be shown live on TV and open-to-air.

The best FC Barcelona of the last decade after the opening 13 rounds | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona have secured spectacular results this season. When comparing the team’s performance after the first 13 rounds in La Liga to past seasons, Tata Martino’s Barça come out on top. Barça have won 37 points this season, scored 38 goals and have a goal average of +30.

Messi the first genius of the 21st century, says Valdano - Goal.com
"Messi seems like a very calm person to me. He was born to play football," the former Real Madrid director told RAC-1. "There will only ever be a few players like him. He is the first genius of the 21st century in football. "He has unprecedented precision and speed. He scores a lot of goal and is a real strategist when he plays slightly deeper."

Neymar Jr meets up with football legend David Beckham in Miami | FC Barcelona
Neymar Jr and his Brazil team-mates were greeted at the team hotel in Miami, Florida, by the now-retired David Beckham, and the FC Barcelona forward wasted no time in snapping a photo with the football legend.

World Cup 2014's winning shirt? Spain reveal new kit - Goal.com
Spain have revealed a brand new kit which they will wear at the World Cup finals next summer. La Roja have ditched their usual blue shorts and socks in favour of an all-red outfit, causing criticism from those who saw no reason to change from tradition. The reigning world champions secured their spot in Brazil by topping Group I in Uefa qualification. Check out the new Spain shirt in detail below!

RFEF ‘consulted with government’ | Football Espana
The Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) reportedly received approval from the Spanish government before organising their friendly with Equatorial Guinea. The game organised for Saturday afternoon in Malabo has drawn criticism from Amnesty International and human rights groups for ‘legitimising a brutal and bloody dictatorship’ under President Teodoro Obiang.

The Yellow Submarine rises once again | Pitchside - Yahoo Eurosport UK
June 2013 and over 10,000 Villarreal fans, the largest away support seen in the city of Barcelona last season, filled three sides of Barça B’s 16,000 capacity mini stadium. A quarter of the entire population of Villarreal had hit the road and almost all were wearing yellow.

Valencia present revised Mestalla - Yahoo Eurosport UK
Club President Amadeo Salvo and the Valencia board have worked to reduce the costs required to complete work on Los Che’s new ground, which has stalled in recent years amid growing debt. At a presentation to the media today, the club have announced where those cuts have taken place, with some adjustments to the originally planned stadium, resulting in the budget significantly dropping.

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