FC Barcelona News: 20 November 2013; Victor Valdes Suffers Injury in Spain Loss, Lionel Messi to Receive Golden Boot

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Valdes to undergo tests on suspected tear - Yahoo Eurosport UK
The Barcelona goalkeeper came on for Iker Casillas at half-time in Johannesburg but was forced to leave the pitch with 13 minutes remaining, Napoli’s Pepe Reina replacing him. Initial reports suggested the 31-year-old had torn a calf muscle in his right leg but he is set for further tests when he returns to Spain, according to a statement on the Spanish Football Federation’s website.

South Africa 1-0 Spain: La Roja stunned in Johannesburg - Goal.com
Spain left Johannesburg with their tails between their legs after falling to a stunning 1-0 loss to South Africa. The home side were deserving winners at Soccer City, with Vicente del Bosque's side disjointed throughout. After a first half of few chances, Bernard Parker struck the only goal of the game after latching on to a through ball and finishing well.

Neymar’s Brazil win against Alexis’s Chile | FC Barcelona
Early this morning, in Toronto (Canada), Brazil and Chile clashed in a friendly match that ended 2-1 in favor of the Brazilians. Neymar and Alexis were in the starting line-ups but both failed to score. The goals were scored by Hulk, after 13 minutes, Vargas, in the 71st minute, and Robinho scored the winner for Scolari’s team in the 79th minute. Alves, meanwhile, didn’t play a single minute.

On alert after the international break | FC Barcelona
This Saturday FC Barcelona faces the challenge of resuming league competition following a break for international matches, where up to eleven Barcelona players have been away with the national teams for ten days. These are traditionally difficult situations for the team and this season is no exception. After the two previous interruptions, Tata Martino’s players achieved an agonising win, and dropped their first points in the league.

Leo Messi to receive the Golden Boot on Wednesday | FC Barcelona
Leo Messi will receive his third Golden Boot trophy at 12.30 on Wednesday. The award is given to the player with the highest league goal tally from the previous season. The Argentinian forward, who scored 46 goals in the 2012/13 season, also won the 2009/10 (34 goals) and 2011/12 (50 goals) editions of the award.

Leo Messi: the day the 10 made his debut | FC Barcelona
On occasion of this tenth anniversary, Barça TV's 'Porta 104' show has put together a programme called 'El dia que va debutar el 10' (the day the 10 made his debut), in which Messi says "I had fought hard for that moment to arrive, it was very special".

Cesc Fàbregas: "It would be a dream to retire at FC Barcelona" | FC Barcelona
Cesc participated in an online Q&A with Barça fans this Wednesday afternoon. The Catalan answered questions posed on FC Barcelona’s official Facebook page. The player talked about what he likes to do with his spare time and what other sports he likes besides football, among other things. In addition, he said that he’s "mentally prepared for the match against Granada."

Andoni Zubizarreta signs extension till 2016: "This is the most demanding of jobs" | FC Barcelona
Andoni Zubizarreta signed a contract extension this Tuesday morning, which will keep him at the Club until June 30 2016. The contract was signed in the Club offices in the presence of President Sandro Rosell and sporting vice-president Josep Maria Bartomeu.

Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti rules out Xabi Alonso and Andrea Pirlo swap deal | Football News | Sky Sports
Carlo Ancelotti has insisted that Xabi Alonso remains a vital player for Real Madrid and dismissed the idea of an exchange deal to bring in Andrea Pirlo from Juventus. There has been speculation about the future of both midfielders as they approach the end of their respective contracts, and Ancelotti knows Pirlo well from their time together at AC Milan.

Replacing Khedira by Martin Laurence - ESPN FC
When Sami Khedira suffered a cruciate ligament injury in the second half of Germany's friendly with Italy last week, national team coach Joachim Loew didn't look to hide his disappointment. The German described the loss of the midfielder as a "blow to the neck", after translation, with the 26-year old potentially missing out at next summer's World Cup.

Cagliari confirm Adan capture | Football Espana
Cagliari have officially confirmed the signing of former Real Madrid goalkeeper Antonio Adan. The 26-year-old was a free agent after being released from his contract with Los Blancos during the summer, but had struggled to get himself fixed up due to his alleged contract demands.

FIFA extend Ballon d’Or voting - Yahoo Eurosport UK
Ronaldo and Bayern Munich’s Franck Ribery are considered the favourites for an award that has been monopolised for the past four years by another contender, Barcelona’s Lionel Messi, and Ribery also did his chances no harm by starring in France’s 3-0 victory over Ukraine in Paris. The Ballon d’Or will be presented on January 13 at a ceremony in Zurich’s Conference Centre.

Thiago Silva makes a mess of his Ballon d’Or vote | Early Doors - Yahoo Eurosport UK
So when Brazil captain Thiago Silva sat down with Globoesporte to discuss – amongst other things – his Ballon d’Or vote there was a degree of surprise when he revealed that he had not voted for compatriot Neymar. This was not a slight on his counterpart - the defender simply didn't understand the (simple) rules.

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