FC Barcelona News: 4 December 2013; Carles Puyol Has Excess Fluid Removed from Knee, Barça Appeal €3.6 Million Fine

Dean Mouhtaropoulos

Puyol has operation to drain fluid from knee - Yahoo Eurosport UK
The veteran has recently returned to first team action for the Catalans after an extensive spell on the sidelines recovering from successive procedures on the same joint, one in March and another over the summer. Puyol had to pull out from Barca's trip to Athletic Bilbao as the joint flared up.

FC Barcelona to appeal against audiovisual rights ruling | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona is appealing against the decision of the Spanish National Competition Commission (CNMC in its Spanish initials) made on 28th November 2013 to impose a fine of 3,600,000€. The Club has two months to lodge an appeal.

Barça becomes first club to gain AA certificate for accessibility | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona would like to guarantee everyone universal access to information about the Club and that’s why the official Club website has been optimised to obtain the AA certification for website accessibility from the World Wide Web Consortium via Technosite, a company of the ONCE Foundation (Spanish Association for the Blind). This certificate is regularly checked and is valid for two years.

FC Barcelona players pick up new Audi cars | FC Barcelona
Audi, the FC Barcelona Premium Partner handed out new cars to the squad for the 2013/14 season. Before the handover, in the Auditori 1899,the players took part in an activity that called on them to use their minds The Audi Mind Race is a technological challenge, which features miniature cars which the players moved through their own mind, as the energy generated by the players' brains powered the vehicles.

Miniestadi and Cartagonova - twin stadiums | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona’s Miniestadi was opened on November 23, 1982. It was conceived by architect Josep Casals and construction engineer Ramon Domènech. With a capacity of 15,276, this dynamic venue was designed for use by the club’s reserve teams, and caused such an impression that it was soon being dubbed the ‘Bombonera of Les Corts’.

World Cup 2014 ball unveiled | Football Espana
Adidas have continued the build-up to Friday’s World Cup 2014 group stage draw by unveiling the official tournament ball. Named after a poll involving close to a million fans in Brazil, the ‘Brazuca’, has been presented this week at a launch event in Rio as the ball to be used at next summer’s World Cup finals by the 32 competing nations.

Cristiano Ronaldo announces he’s opening a museum - dedicated to himself | Early Doors - Yahoo Eurosport UK
Cristiano Ronaldo announced on Tuesday that he is opening a museum dedicated to his favourite subject: Cristiano Ronaldo. The museum will be located on the Portuguese island of Madeira, where he was born. The 28-year-old Real Madrid player will use the museum to showcase memorabilia from his hugely successful career, which began in the 1990s on the island itself.

Spain’s strangest rivalry returns as Canary Islands do battle | Pitchside - Yahoo Eurosport UK
As the Las Palmas fans close in on C.D. Tenerife’s Heliodoro Rodriquez Lopez stadium - a typically graffiti-ridden steep-sided Spanish city centre venue of exposed concrete stands overlooked by apartment blocks - their confidence and its accompanying tweeting swells. "Pio! Pio! - Pio! Pio!"

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