FC Barcelona News: 13 February 2013; David Villa Released from Hospital, Andres Iniesta Named Best Athlete

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Pedro: "We want to compete in all three competitions" | FC Barcelona
"We have to take this one game at a time, the big matches are right around the corer and we want to compete in all three competitions," said Pedro Rodríguez during a NIKE promotional event this afternoon.

Iniesta wins Mundo Deportivo's 2012 Best Athlete of the Year Award | FC Barcelona
Iniesta was named the best male athlete of 2012 and Belmonte was named the best female athlete of 2012. The previous winners of the award for the male category are Juan Carlos Navarro and Xavi Hernández. Iniesta accumulated 26 votes, and finished ahead of Marc Márquez (3) and Jorge Lorenzo (2).

Leo Messi and Andrés Iniesta, face to face | FC Barcelona
Posing with their individual awards as 2012’s best players, Leo Messi and Andrés Iniesta spoke about the similarities between their early years, the problems of leaving their families as youngsters and the importance of the sporting model at the Club, which they have both been brought up with.

Villa released from hospital | FC Barcelona
David Villa was admitted to hospital on Monday due to a nephritic colic infection. The player underwent treatment to eliminate the kidney stone and he was released from hospital this Tuesday. The forward will join his teammates on Wednesday for the team’s first training session of the week.

Alex Song: "My children try to emulate Messi" | FC Barcelona
"Sports are important for youngsters and for people in general, it makes you feel better," says Alex Song in an interview with the Qatar Foundation. The Cameroonian player believes sports are fundamental in a child’s development and he took the chance to encourage Barça fans to become more athletically active.

Laporta ordered to guarantee €23 million of Barcelona losses - Goal.com
In addition to Laporta, former club directors Alfons Godall, Jaume Ferrer, Alfonso Castro, Joan Boix, Josep Cubells, Rafael Yuste and Albert Perrin have been ordered to guarantee some €23 million, a sum which reportedly should have been guaranteed by the Barca board of directors.

Joan Laporta not acting as agent for Manchester City to help them sign Neymar | Sky Sports
Former Barcelona president Joan Laporta has denied that he is acting as an agent for Manchester City after dining with Txiki Begiristain and Neymar's father in London. Laporta reigned as president at Camp Nou between 2003 and 2010 and worked with current City sporting director Begiristain as Frank Rijkaard revitalised the club as coach.

Paris Saint-Germain claim 2-1 first-leg lead against Valencia | Sky Sports Football
Paris Saint-Germain netted two away goals as they saw off Valencia 2-1 in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League last-16 encounter, but late drama at the Mestalla means the tie is far from over. Despite the hosts controlling possession on Tuesday night, Ezequiel Lavezzi and Javier Pastore netted in the first half to put Carlo Ancelotti's side in complete control and seemingly heading for the quarter-finals.

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