FC Barcelona News: 20 March 2013; Xavi Out Against Finland, Sepp Blatter Agrees With Barça Youth Suspension

Jasper Juinen

FC Barcelona, Messi and Iniesta acknowledged by the IFFHS | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona was designated by the International Federation of Football History and Statistics (IFFHS) as the World's Best Football Club in 2012. This is Barça’s fourth award in the category, its third in four years. In addition, Andrés Iniesta and Lionel Messi also picked up awards from the IFFHS.

Just one victim left for Leo Messi | FC Barcelona
The Argentinian could become only the second player ever to score against every other team in the competition if he finds the net in Barça’s next game against Celta. He would also become the first player to score in 19 consecutive matches, in other words against every team in the league.

74 points in 28 matches, second best record of last decade | FC Barcelona
24 wins, 2 draws and 2 defeats, meaning 74 points from 28 games. That’s the second best record Barça have had at this stage of a season in the last decade. And it hasn’t been any old decade, but has been one in which FCB have won five of the last nine championships.

Xavi not fit enough for Spain-Finland | Football Espana
La Roja are looking for the three points that could take them clear at the top of Group I. But they will have to do so without the Barcelona midfielder, after doctors for the national team advised that the veteran's hamstring injury was too severe to play.

Éric Abidal plays practice match against Istres | FC Barcelona
Éric Abidal and Jonathan dos Santos, two of just three first team players that are not away on international duty this week, featured in a practice match with the reserves against Istres of French Ligue 2. They both played for 65 minutes of the game at the Ciutat Esportiva. Pinto, however, worked out separately.

Blatter backs FIFA over Barca youth suspensions - ESPN FC
The decision means Koreans Paik Seung-Ho (Cadete A) and Jang Gyeolhee (Cadete B), French youngster Theo Chendri (Cadete A), Nigerian-Dutchman Bobby Adekanye (Infantil A) and Cameroonian Patrice Sousia (Infantil A) are training with their teams but unable to play in competitive games.

Jose Mourinho: FIFA coach of year award was fixed - ESPN FC
Mourinho said in an interview with Portuguese TV station RTP aired on Tuesday night that his real reason for staying away from the FIFA ceremony was that he had been told by a number of people that their votes for him had been changed - presumably in favour of Del Bosque.

Malaga upbeat over appeal against UEFA ban - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
Malaga appealed the decision at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) and Casado said the hearing would likely take place on May 14 with a decision expected sometime in June. "We are very optimistic," he said on Malaga's website (www.malagacf.com) late on Tuesday. "We have met with our obligations and we will prove it."

Malaga refute rumours of takeover by PSG owners - ESPN FC
"I categorically deny that there has been an offer to buy the club," Vicente Casado, Malaga's director general, told the press, adding that he had "a commitment from the owner" and was "optimistic" about the future of the club.

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