FC Barcelona News: 13 September 2013; 20 Player Squad for Sevilla Game Announced, Carles Puyol Joins Group in Training

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Sergio, Xavi and Alexis included in 20-man squad to face Sevilla | FC Barcelona
After today’s training session at the Ciutat Esportiva, Tata Martino announced his squad for the game with Sevilla at the Camp Nou on Saturday night at 20.00. He has included 20 players in his initial call-up, including Sergio Busquets, who has been declared fully recovered from his thigh injury.

Carles Puyol joins part of training session | FC Barcelona
Carles Puyol was able to join the rest of the squad for the final section of this morning’s training session. Although he worked in isolation for the first part of the workout, it looks like the captain will be back to full fitness very shortly.

Twenty busy days ahead for Barça | FC Barcelona
After the international break, Barça now have a hectic schedule ahead of them, with four Liga matches, including one midweek on the day of the Mercè holiday in Barcelona, and also get their UCL campaign under way. On Saturday September 14 they entertain Sevilla at the Camp Nou, and then have two games each week until the trip to Celtic Park.

FC Barcelona pose for UEFA picture | FC Barcelona
On Friday morning, just before training, the first team players posed for the photographs that will be used by the UEFA media. All kitted out, the players first posed individually and then gathered for a squad picture. The only member of the squad that was missing was Ibrahim Afellay, who is still recovering from surgery on August 22.

Iniesta rejects first contract offer | Football Espana
Andres Iniesta has reportedly rejected Barcelona’s first offer of renewing his contract at the club, as it is ‘far from his parameters’. The 29-year-old has been reported in recent months as in talks with the Catalans over extending his current contract, which expires in June 2015.

Leo Messi has the hoodoo over Unai Emery | FC Barcelona
The Basque manager will be sending his team out against one of his biggest bogeyman – Leo Messi, who’s scored 15 times in his 15 games against Emery, of which Barça have won 10 and drawn 5, with not a single win for a team managed by the ex-Almeria, Valencia and Spartak Moscow coach.

Leo Messi casts first vote for the FIFA FIFPro World XI | FC Barcelona
Leo Messi kicked off the voting for the FIFA FIFPro World XI this Thursday afternoon. The FIFA FIFPro World XI is an all-star team made up of the best players in 2013, the members of the team are selected by professional footballers from around the world. The Argentine cast the first vote for this year’s team seeing that he was named the world's best footballer in 2012.

Adriano: "I'm always trying to improve as a player" | FC Barcelona
After today’s training session – the second since the return of the Club’s international contingent - Adriano Correia spoke to the press at the Ciutat Esportiva this lunchtime. The Brazilian, who spent six seasons at Seville between 2005 and 2010, admitted that games against the Andalusian team: "are always special, even though they are going through a tough period right now".

Barça B's record against Real Madrid Castilla at the Miniestadi | FC Barcelona
The Real Madrid reserve team have visited the Miniestadi on 17 occasions, of these they’ve lost eight to the Blaugrana, tied four and won five. The first match between the two sides, played at Fabra i Coats Stadium – Barça B started playing home games at the Mini in 1982–, was in the 1974/75 season in the Cup.

Newly released Demo of EA SPORTS™ FIFA 14 features Barça | FC Barcelona
EA SPORTS™ have presented the Demo Version of the FIFA 14 game, in which Barça play a big part. One key feature of the Demo is that the Camp Nou figures as the host stadium for the games between the eight teams featured.

Gareth Bale will make Real Madrid debut in match at Villarreal | Sky Sports
"I think everyone knows his pre-season was not normal but his physical condition is not bad," Ancelotti told a news conference in Madrid on Friday. "I don't know if he will start but he will play some of the match. He is very excited and very motivated."

Bale no threat to Ronaldo’s rampant ego | Jan Molby - Yahoo Eurosport UK
It isn’t unthinkable that Cristiano Ronaldo’s ego might have been bruised by Gareth Bale’s record arrival. For the first couple of days it might be a daunting challenge for Bale just to turn up for training, as he did for the first time on Wednesday.

Zinedine Zidane Mesut Ozil left Real Madrid because of lack of fight - ESPN FC
"Ozil decided to leave," he told the club's official channel. "He is a good player who has given us so much so we wish him well. "There are players who have responded with strength and will to fight for a place, but not everyone reacted the same. "[Angel] Di Maria responded well and wanted to fight."

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