FC Barcelona News: 12 April 2013; UEFA Champions League Draw Completed, Lionel Messi Suffers No Relapse

Christof Koepsel

Bayern Munich to face Barcelona in Champions League semi-finals - Goal.com
Bayern Munich will face Barcelona in the semi-finals of the Champions League, while Real Madrid have been paired with Borussia Dortmund. The Bavarians have claimed the continent’s top prize on four previous occasions and are desperate to atone for defeat in last year’s tournament decider against Chelsea.

Abidal: "We want to get to the final for Tito" | FC Barcelona
"My aim was always to come back", said Éric Abidal. "I enjoy the training and the chances the manager gives me. If I play, great. If not, I try to help my colleagues." And right now they have a common goal. "There are three games left. The aim is to get into the Champions League final for Tito. No two ways about it" he said.

Leo Messi suffers no relapse of hamstring injury | FC Barcelona
Leo Messi was subjected on Thursday morning to different medical tests to check whether there was any relapse of the hamstring injury in his right leg. The tests conducted have confirmed that there have been no changes in the player’s condition. The player will be continuing with his established recovery programme and his progress will determine whether he plays in the next few games.

Cesc Fàbregas’s first child is born | FC Barcelona
That was how Cesc Fàbregas and his partner Daniella Semaan announced in a three-language tweet the arrival of their first daughter, who was born in Barcelona on Wednesday, April 10. It so happens that she was born just moments after the end of the game between Barça and PSG.

Recovery session with Barça B | FC Barcelona
The venue was pitch number 1 at the Ciutat Esportiva the morning after the side qualified for the quarter finals of the UEFA Champions League. As usual, the players that started the match went through the recovery routine, while the others worked full on in preparation for Sunday’s league fixture against Real Zaragoza.

Spain eyes goalline technology in two or three years - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
"We are in favour of the system," Roca told delegates at the Soccerex European Forum. "We are not going to be so quick with goalline technology as the Premier League. "But I expect in the next two or three years to do something like this either with technology that we buy or maybe with technology that we create because we already have a system in place that can do something like this.

Cristiano Ronaldo a doubt for Real Madrid's Athletic Bilbao trip - ESPN FC
The Portuguese international did not take part in full training at Madrid's Valdebebas facility on Thursday, and coach Jose Mourinho could decide to excuse him from the game against Athletic Bilbao, given his side's focus is now firmly set on their Champions League semi-final first leg in two weeks' time.

Toulalan out for season? | Football Espana
Jeremy Toulalan’s season could be over for Malaga after the midfielder sustained a broken toe against Borussia Dortmund. The Frenchman, who was a notable performer for the Anchovies in their Champions League quarter-final elimination in Germany, was confirmed today by the club to have sustained the injury.

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