FC Barcelona News: 16 February 2013; 19 Players Travel to Granada, Deportivo's Struggles Continue

David Ramos

19 in squad for Granada | FC Barcelona
The Barça management have named 19 players from the trip to Andalusia on Saturday to face Granada. That means places for everyone apart from Jonathan dos Santos, who was declared fit only on Thursday. Jordi Roura is unable to take any of David Villa, Éric Abidal or Xavi Hernández.

Roura fully focused on Granada | FC Barcelona
After two weeks with no midweek fixture, Barça go to Granada on Saturday for the first in a marathon series of five games in 14 days, including massive matches with Milan in Europe, Madrid in the cup. But Jordi Roura insisted in his Friday press conference that all attention is currently focused on the forthcoming Liga fixture with Granada.

Strengthened Granada looking to continue improvement | FC Barcelona
Granada CF host FC Barcelona on Saturday night at Los Cármenes in the 24th game of the Liga BBVA season. They’re 14th in the table now, six clear of relegation. The results have been going well for them of late, and following two clean sheets in two straight wins, the fans are full of optimism after an impressive win against Real Madrid two games ago.

The new Oliver Kahn? Introducing Ter Stegen - Barcelona's possible replacement for Victor Valdes - Goal.com
While both clubs and the 20-year-old's agent have since come out to deny the rumours that he had already signed a contract with the Blaugrana, there is no denying the Catalan interest in the player. The Liga leaders have been linked with him since March 2012, and Victor Valdes' refusal to sign a new deal will have only intensified their interest.

Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho is trying to rewrite history as he launches Premier League charm offensive - The Independent
When he left the room later Mourinho beckoned the Sky Sports pundit over to leave the press room with him. Mourinho is no fool. He knows Redknapp from his days in the Premier League but he also knows that the former England international is a frontline pundit for Sky.

Laudrup could replace England-bound Mourinho | Jim White - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
But while it may not be clear where the current boss is heading, I have a strong hunch who Madrid have ear-marked to take over once Mourinho heads north. If you have a spare bob or two, put it here: on Michael Laudrup being announced the next king of the Bernabeu.

Joaquin hits out at Malaga's European ban - ESPN FC
"UEFA have picked us out as a 'Turks head' to make an example," Joaquin said. "We have paid for other people's mistakes. I do not believe we are the first club to have problems with wages. They have been very tough. They would not have done this to a big European club."

Sevilla boost European hopes with win over Depor - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
Sevilla sacked coach Michel and replaced him with Unai Emery in January and have now won three of their five league games since he took charge. They are 10th on 32 points, five off the European berths. Croatia midfielder Ivan Rakitic headed the Andalusian side in front after five minutes at the Sanchez Pizjuan stadium although the ball appeared to brush Medel's hand on its way into the net.

Espanyol fine and drop Wakaso | Football Espana
Mubarak Wakaso has been fined and ordered to train away from his teammates by Espanyol, after returning late from the Africa Cup of Nations. Wakaso was in action for Ghana at the competition until last weekend’s third place play-off defeat to Mali and was due back a couple of days later. However, he only returned to Catalonia on Thursday and has subsequently been fined and told to train by himself until otherwise instructed.

Clubs’ TV contracts to be reduced | Football Espana
A number of La Liga clubs are facing an immediate drop in broadcasting income as a result of Prisa TV’s financial struggles. The broadcast outlet last summer sparked a ‘TV war’ with rivals Mediapro, after prompting a number of clubs to break contracts with Mediapro, in favour of 30 per cent improved rates with them.

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