FC Barcelona News: 20 December 2013; Lionel Messi Begins Third Phase of Recovery, Three Kickoff Times Announced

Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno

Leo Messi begins the third phase of his recovery programme | FC Barcelona
On Wednesday it was confirmed that Leo Messi’s recovery was on track, and this Friday additional tests at AFA facilities confirmed that the Argentinian player has progressed past the clinical stage of his recovery. The player is now focused on the third stage of his recovery, which focuses on physical conditioning.

Víctor Valdés: "I might make the Elche match" | FC Barcelona
Victor Valdés recovery is on track. The Barça goalie, who was injured in a Spain match on November 19, acknowledged, at a press conference, that he would soon be able to play again: "I'm fine. It’s been a few strange weeks for me because I’ve never been injured, but now we’ve got through two intense goalkeeping training sessions and everything went faster than expected. The latest tests show that I’m totally recovered".

FC Barcelona wishes you a Merry Christmas and happy new year | FC Barcelona
Season’s Greetings from FC Barcelona. May you celebrate the New Year with your loved ones and have a happy, healthy 2014.

Messi hits back at Barca VP Faus - ESPN FC
"Mr. Faus is someone who knows nothing about football, and wants to run Barca like it was a business, which it is not," Messi said. "Barca is the best team in the world, and deserves to be represented by the best directors. And I remind him that neither I nor anyone from my camp have asked for a new contract -- and he knows that well."

Preparation continues for the game against Getafe | FC Barcelona
The Barça first team trained this Friday morning at the Joan Gamper Training Ground, continuing their preparation for the league game at Getafe. The game is on Sunday, at 17.00, and is the last match of 2013. Tata Martino worked with all available players, as well as Dani Alves, who completed the full training session on Thursday

Sandro Rosell's review in 14 sentences | FC Barcelona
"The Ministry of the Interior and the Guardia Civil have explicitly disassociated Leo Messi and his family from any legal enquiries. However, the attack on the player and his family has not stopped"

Schedule confirmed for the league games against Atletico Madrid and Levante, and the Getafe Cup match | FC Barcelona
The LFP has confirmed the Schedule for the 18th and 19th matchdays of La Liga. FC Barcelona will end the first phase of the competition on Saturday January 11, away at Atletico Madrid. The match will kick off at 20.00, in a game which will decide who are the champions of the first phase. A week later Tata Martino’s players will play at the Ciutat de Valencia stadium, taking on Levante.

Win at the Coliseum Alfonso Pérez, win the league | FC Barcelona
Maybe it’s just coincidence, or maybe there’s something more to it. But since Getafe were promoted nine seasons ago, Barça have beaten them at the Coliseum Alfonso Pérez six times. Each time they went on to win the league. That may not seem too unusual. After all, Barça have won the league more often they have not over the last decade.

Bartomeu explains FC Barcelona methods at Foot Expo Forum in Marrakesh | FC Barcelona
On occasion of the Clubs World Cup, the FCB vice president has asked FIFA to solve the problems preventing players aged 16 to 18 years from appearing in international competitions. Bartomeu has asked for academies like La Masia to be rewarded by being exempted from the regulation. "The best way to protect children is by guaranteeing them access to a chance in life", said the vice president.

Deulofeu greeting his FC Barcelona teammates | FC Barcelona
Gerard Deulofeu was one of the surprises at the training ground on Friday morning. The Barcelona player, on loan this season at Everton, turned up at the first team training session to meet up with his FC Barcelona teammates. Before the session started he greeted the players and Tata Martino.

Gerard Deulofeu will recover from his hamstring injury in Barcelona | FC Barcelona
Deulofeu underwent tests yesterday afternoon under supervision of FC Barcelona’s medical team, which confirmed the hamstring injury in his right leg. He will be sidelined between six to eight weeks. He will undergo his recovery phase in Barcelona, in co-ordination with the Everton medical services.

Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas has no immediate plans to leave the Bernabeu | Football News | Sky Sports
A lack of regular first-team starts has prompted speculation in the media over the shot-stopper's future as he aims to retain his place as first-choice in the Spain starting line-up. However, appearing on the Antena 3 network in Spain, the 152-cap international explained it would be a long time before he considers leaving Real Madrid.

Diego Simeone wants to boost Atletico Madrid squad - ESPN FC
Atletico are currently joint-top of the Primera Division and are also going strongly in the Champions League, in which they face AC Milan in the last 16. However questions have been raised over whether Simeone's squad has the depth to sustain a challenge on both fronts.

Valencia, Espanyol, Athletic Bilbao and Rayo Vallecano progress | Sky Sports
Valencia and Espanyol avoided upsets as they battled through to the last 16 of the Copa del Rey, while Athletic Bilbao and Rayo Vallecano also advanced. Segunda Division side Jaen impressed in a 2-2 draw at home to Espanyol last week, but they were beaten 2-0 in the second leg to go down 4-2 on aggregate.

Malaga owe Demichelis €400,000 - Yahoo Eurosport UK
"The priority at all times was a friendly and open dialogue, as it is the most appropriate formula for the solution of this dispute, which still remains open from the position of our client," a statement by the player’s representatives, from legal firm Gomez-Acebo & Pombo Abogados. "The player will not make any statement, to protect the image of a club that deserves respect, Malaga."

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