FC Barcelona News: 11 December 2013; Barça Announce Sponsorship with Intel, Look to Secure First Place Against Celtic

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Martino: "the game against Celtic is very important in all aspects" | FC Barcelona
In this lunchtime's press conference ahead of the Celtic game, coach Gerardo ‘Tata’ Martino stressed the importance of the clash: "we know teh consequences for Barça of every match - this is an important game in all aspects - we have finish top, we have to win and put in a good porformance. For us, every game is tough and each one has consequences".

Barcelona coach Gerardo Martino backs Neymar, rounds on critics - ESPN FC
Barcelona coach Gerardo Martino has suggested that Neymar will play a central attacking role in Wednesday’s Champions League group game against Celtic at the Camp Nou, while revealing that he is becoming increasingly fed up with some of the media coverage of his team.

Celtic FC return to the Camp Nou | FC Barcelona
Celtic trained this Tuesday afternoon at the Camp Nou, where tomorrow’s Champions League match between the Scottish team and FC Barcelona will take place. The stadium is well known to Celtic, seeing that they’ve visited the Catalan capital five times in the last ten years. This time, the Scottish team come into the match after being eliminated from the competition.

FC Barcelona – Celtic: Did you know...? | FC Barcelona
Celtic have never won at a Spanish La Liga side ground – having lost 10 times and drawn three matches. Celtic are unbeaten in their last 17 league games – their best run since 2003/04, when they put together a 32 game unbeaten run.

Three different line-ups Barcelona could use without Messi, Cesc & Alves - Goal.com
Barcelona approached their last Champions League clash with a new record in sight and the chance to seal qualification for the last 16 as group winners. But defeat at Ajax saw the Catalans miss out on levelling the 21-game unbeaten start to a season made by Pep Guardiola's side in 2011-12 and leaves them still needing a result at home to Celtic on Wednesday to ensure top spot in Group H.

Sergio Busquets: "we've learnt our lesson from last year" | FC Barcelona
Barça scraped through against Neil Lennon's side last year thanks to a late, late Jordi Alba goal, but Busquets warned the Scots: "we've learnt our lesson from last year, They have their style of playing, which is very different from ours. The sooner we get a goal, the better, because they can close down at the back and make it hard for us".

Faus: "We want to secure patrimonial excellence for the next 100 years" | FC Barcelona
The Club’s economic vice-president Javier Faus explained in an interview with Jordi Basté on ‘El món a RAC1’ that the objective of the Board presided by Sandro Rosell is to take on the challenge of "securing patrimonial excellence for the Club for the next 100 years."

Official presentation of the global sponsorship agreement between FC Barcelona and Intel Corporation | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona and Intel Corporation have reached a global sponsorship agreement which will make the company – a world leader in computing innovation and technological essentials – the Club’s official technological partner. The details of the deal will be explained at 13.00 on 12 December in the press room at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper.

Silly to speak of ‘Barca crisis’ but cracks beginning to show | Pitchside - Yahoo Eurosport UK
A decade ago, Newcastle were defeated 1-0 by Partizan Belgrade to end their hopes of reaching the Champions League. Manager Sir Bobby Robson described it as his "worst ever week at the club" before adding "but this is not Barcelona". Robson was talking from experience: his Barça side won one game 6-0 against Rayo Vallecano. The headline the following day was ‘Barcelona win 6-0 – but don’t play any football’.

Manchester City eyeing Pique - Soccer News
Manchester City are showing interest in Barcelona defender Gerard Pique, reports Radio Monte Carlo. The Citizens are not exactly spoilt for options at the back despite signing Martin Demichelis from Malaga, and chances are boss Manuel Pellegrini will attempt to sign a high-profile centre-back in January.

Juvenil A – Celtic FC: Flawless leaders (3-0) | FC Barcelona
The FC Barcelona Juvenil A team claimed victory in the final match of the UEFA Youth League group stage. In a game that had no impact in the final outcome of the group standings, the team managed by Jordi Vinyals comfortably defeated Celtic FC by 3 to 0 thanks to goals from Godswill, Álex and Moha (p). The victory was secured thanks, in part, to two errors from Oberschmidt.

Gerard Deulofeu shines for Everton | FC Barcelona
Deulofeu’s form in the Premiership comes as no surprise to Everton manager Roberto Martínez. Prior to this weekend’s match, the Spaniard told The Guardian that Deulofeu "has already exceeded my expectations. I thought he would need until at least January to be ready for the English league, so he is well ahead of schedule."

On-loan Everton star Gerard Deulofeu happy to bide his time over future | Sky Sports
"Now I am in Everton and after that I am a Barcelona player. My objective is to enjoy this experience and the future will arrive in that moment and for now I am happy in the Premier League," he told Catalan radio station RAC 1. Asked about the prospect of staying for longer at Goodison Park, he added: "Those are only rumours, at the end of the season Barcelona will decide."

Real Madrid beat Copenhagen despite Cristiano Ronaldo's penalty miss | Sky Sports Football
Carlo Ancelotti's men have topped Group B by some distance and finish with 16 points from 18 after a record-breaking night. Luka Modric's fine opener was the 31st successive European game in which they have scored, setting a new competition record, before Ronaldo made it safe after the break.

Bayer Leverkusen over Real Sociedad to make last 16 | Sky Sports Football
Toprak muscled onto a corner four minutes after half-time before blasting in a goal that proved decisive after Shakhtar Donetsk lost 1-0 at Manchester United. That was enough to send Sami Hyypia's side up into second place in Group A and into the last 16.

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