FC Barcelona News: 6 December 2013; Barça Travel to Cartagena, Look to Return to Winning Ways in Copa del Rey

David Ramos

Martino: "We are really optimistic" | FC Barcelona
Gerardo Martino is experiencing something new at Barça. Since landing in late July his team had not lost a game until ten days ago , when they lost at Ajax (2-1 ). Now, following defeat at Athletic Bilbao (1-0 ) the experience is even newer. Barça take on Cartagena, in the Spanish Cup following two consecutive defeats.

Jordi Alba okay to play but Xavi and Iniesta missing against Cartagena | FC Barcelona
Jordi Alba is the main addition to the squad for their visit to Cartagena for the first leg of the knockout phase of the Spanish Cup. The fullback has been out since September 13th, due to two different muscle injuries. Puyol is also back, after missing the Bilbao match due to an injury to his right knee.

Cartagena v FC Barcelona: Did you know? | FC Barcelona
In 1986, Cartagena FC started projecting a new stadium to replace the old Almarjal. They approached FC Barcelona to ask for the plans used for the Miniestadi, as they felt it was exactly what they needed, and Barça had no qualms about letting the Murcian club construct an exact replica.

FC Barcelona head for Murcia | FC Barcelona
The FC Barcelona first team’s trip to Murcia began at 10.35 today with a one-hour flight to Murcia for tonight’s game with Cartagena (22.00, TV3 and Antena 3) in the Copa del Rey round of 32. The party is being led by directors Antoni Freixa and Pilar Guinovart and the director of sport for professional football, Andoni Zubizarreta.

Xavi Hernández: "I'm excited about the challenges ahead" | FC Barcelona
Xavi added that "I hear things, and what I don’t hear people tell me about, and it seems there are more negative comments than even we are used to…… but to be honest, the only time the team has given the impression of not being in control was in the first half against Ajax, and perhaps at times in Bilbao….. we thought we’d changed the Barça dynamics, but it still appears that the glass is half empty"

Barça Anthem, in sign language | FC Barcelona
In recent months, FC Barcelona has been working so that its website may become accessible to people with visual, hearing, cognitive, and physical disabilities. These changes are now effective and have allowed, for example, the inclusion of the Barça anthem in sign language.

Cash-strapped Valencia warned against sale - ESPN FC
Valencia’s club federation president Aurelio Martinez says it would be "suicide" to sell Valencia at the moment, amid fears the Liga club could fall into the hands of unscrupulous foreign owners. Reports this week in the local media have claimed that lender Bankia have put the club on the market, having decided this was the only way the bailed-out bank could get back the 81 million euros it is owed by the club’s current controllers, the federation which Martinez heads.

Sevilla chief Del Nido facing jail term - ESPN FC
Del Nido continued as president of the La Liga club while the appeal was being heard, overseeing transfer policy, representing Sevilla at all games, and talking regularly in the Spanish media. But on Thursday, Spain’s highest legal authority rejected the appeal and, barring a last-minute government pardon, the 56-year-old will go to prison.

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