FC Barcelona News: 12 March 2013; 19 Players In Squad for AC Milan Game, Xavi Cleared to Play

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19 players named to FC Barcelona's team, including Xavi Hernández | FC Barcelona
Tito Vilanova and Jordi Roura have named 19 players to the team ahead of the return leg of the Champions League round of 16 match against AC Milan. Valdés, Pinto, Alves, Piqué, Fàbregas, Puyol, Xavi, Villa, Iniesta, Alexis, Messi, Thiago, Mascherano, Sergio, Pedro, Jordi Alba, Adriano, Song and Tello will suit up against the Italian team

Xavi passed fit to play after training at the Camp Nou | FC Barcelona
Xavi Hernández has been passed fit to play in tonight’s big game against Milan after this lunchtime’s training session on the Camp Nou pitch. Xavi had already been named in the 19 man match day, but was finally given the medical all clear to play this lunchtime.

FC Barcelona - AC Milan: Did you know... | FC Barcelona
In last season’s tie, Barça defeated AC Milan in the quarter-finals of the Champions League (0-0 and 3-1). Barça also defeated AC Milan in the semi-finals of the competition in the 2005/06 season (0-1 and 0-0). If Tito Vilanova’s men eliminate Milan, it would be Barça’s sixth consecutive quarter-final berth in the Champions League.

16-year anniversary of FC Barcelona's historic 5-4 comeback against Atlético Madrid | FC Barcelona
16 years ago today, on March 12 of 1997, the Camp Nou was witness to an epic comeback against Atlético Madrid in the return leg of the quarter-finals of the Copa del Rey. The Madrid-based team had taken a 0-3 lead only to see the Blaugrana battle back to a 5-4 victory. Barça’s manager was Bobby Robson and the great Brazilian forward, Ronaldo, led the herculean and totally unexpected comeback.

Butragueno: Ronaldo is happy in Madrid - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
But speaking at a Manchester United Foundation event to launch a Red Devils' Legends match against Real Madrid on June 2, Butragueno, now a Real director, said: "Cristiano is under contract and we are very happy with him. We are delighted he is at Madrid because he is a fantastic professional, and very ambitious in a positive way."

Valencia defender Victor Ruiz out for a month with hamstring injury | Sky Sports
Valencia defender Victor Ruiz has been ruled out for a month with a hamstring injury, his club have confirmed. "According to the MRI that was undertaken this morning on Victor Ruiz, the player has a hamstring injury in his right leg," the club said. "The estimated period of recovery is approximately one month."

Bankia to take Valencia shares? | Football Espana
The Valencian city council agreed in 2009 to back Fundacio VCF’s bid to a 72.5 per cent share in Los Che by acting as guarantor for an €81m loan taken out to fund the operation. The club’s subsequent financial issues saw them fail to meet interest payments on that loan in January, and the shares in effect transfer over to the city.

Levante lament Martins departure - ESPN FC
The Liga club confirmed on Monday that the player's €3 million release clause had been activated, freeing him to join the MLS club. This came after a fortnight of drama in which Martins had made clear his desire to leave, Levante stated they had no intention of selling, and the forward then missed Sunday’s game at home to Getafe after complaining of stomach problems.

Nerves prevail at Zaragoza | Sky Sports Football
A nervy encounter between the two clubs immediately above the Primera Division relegation zone ended goalless on Monday evening. Odion Ighalo struck a post for Granada and Antonio Tono made a fine save to deny Zaragoza's Cristian Sapunaru, but the honours were even at full-time, leaving Zaragoza two points clear of the drop zone and Granada one point better off.

The president of the LFP announces his decision not to run for reelection > LFP
"8 years are coming to an end. The moment arrived to pass the ball to another president for the LFP", Jose Luis Astiazarán hereby announces his decision not to run for reelection in upcoming elections, which on the 27th of April will result in the appointment of a new president of the Spanish Professional Football League.

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