FC Barcelona News: 26 February 2013; Adriano Correia Returns to Training, Barça Renew Etisalat Sponsorship Deal

David Ramos

FC Barcelona vs Real Madrid: The key to the Clásico according to the press | FC Barcelona
The FC Barcelona full back declared that Barça will try to defeat Real Madrid in tomorrow’s Cup Clásico at the Camp Nou. The Brazilian, in an interview with Mundo Deportivo, expects Madrid "will come with everything because they are playing for their lives in the Cup and the Champions League. The difference in the Liga is important and in the Cup, we’re going to give it our all."

Jordi Roura: "We don’t know how to sit back– we’ll be out for a win" | FC Barcelona
With the decisive second leg of the Cup semi-final against Real Madrid ever closer, Roura admitted that everything which is at stake: "makes it even more important", whilst insisting that Barça’s style of play won’t change for the game, despite the 1-1 draw in the first leg of the tie: "we won’t sit back and defend the draw – we don’t know how to.

Adriano back in full training | FC Barcelona
Barça continued their preparations for Tuesday’s Spanish Cup semi-final second leg with a full training session behind closed doors at the Ciutat Esportiva this morning. Jordi Roura was able to call on 23 players, including Adriano, who missed the Milan and Seville games with a thigh injury he picked up against Granada.

Messi eyes Di Stéfano's goalscoring record in the Clásico | FC Barcelona
Lionel Messi is zeroing in on the mark set by fellow Argentinian and football legend, Alfredo Di Stéfano. The ex-Real Madrid player and Honorary President of Real Madrid made 394 appearances for Los Blancos and netted 307 goals, 18 of which were scored against FC Barcelona. To date, no other player has scored as many goals in the Clásico.

FC Barcelona and Real Madrid's stats ahead of the fifth Clásico of the year | FC Barcelona
The fifth Clásico of the season will see two teams battle it out for a chance to win the Copa del Rey. FC Barcelona, comfortable league leaders, and Real Madrid, Liga holders, will face off in the return leg of the Copa del Rey semifinal in a clash of differing football styles.

Barça - Madrid: Did you know... | FC Barcelona
Alves, Busquets, Xavi, Iniesta, Messi and Pedro featured in the starting line-up in all four of Barça's matches against Real Madrid this season. Of the six, only Busquets, Iniesta and completed all four matches against Los Blacons. The other three were subbed off before full time.

'So far out of his depth he was drowning' - The referee at the centre of a Clasico storm - Goal.com
"With Undiano our numbers are worse than with others and the only league match we have lost [this season] was with him," Roura remarked. "We have in our memory the permissiveness he had in the Copa del Rey game against Real Madrid [the final in 2011]. The best thing that can happen is for him to go unnoticed."

FC Barcelona and Etisalat renew sponsorship agreement | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona and the Etisalat Group, the leading telecommunications operator in the Middle East, Africa and Asia, signed an extension deal to the sponsorship agreement between the two to last until June 30th 2017. The agreement confirms the UAE company as a Premium Sponsor in a number of countries.

Spanish clubs in danger if TV money slows - ESPN FC
Spanish league vice-president Javier Tebas has warned that clubs could disappear in the coming months - with Deportivo La Coruna one of those in most danger - if television revenues are not kept flowing as agreed.

Paper Round: Ronaldo 'pays Real more than they pay him' - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
"The Portugal star’s current contract has a clause written into it which sees Real rake in 40 per cent of the player’s individual personal endorsements," the paper explains. "Given that Ronaldo is one of the biggest stars in the sporting world, that effectively means he pays the club more out of his own pocket than Real actually pay him in wages."

Paraguay striker Valdez to stay at Valencia until 2015 - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
Valencia have agreed to exercise their option to buy on-loan Paraguay striker Nelson Valdez from Russian side Rubin Kazan. Under the terms of the deal the 29-year-old will remain at Valencia until 2015.

Dramatic win for Osasuna | Sky Sports Football
Osasuna scored two late goals to claim a dramatic 2-0 victory over stuttering Levante and continue their charge towards Primera Division safety. Second-half substitutes Masoud Shojaei and Kike Sola did the damage, scoring in the 87th and 90th minutes respectively as Osasuna picked up their fourth win in six matches to climb up to 14th spot, five points above the drop zone.

Real Betis want to extend loan of Arsenal forward Joel Campbell | Sky Sports
Real Betis coach Pep Mel has confirmed the club want to extend the loan of Arsenal youngster Joel Campbell for another season. "We are advancing the negotiations to reach an agreement," Mel told Estadio Deportivo. "This won't be easy, but we want to speak in London with clarity and to agree a new loan. I believe that it will be positive for all parties."


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