FC Barcelona News: 27 September 2013; Martino's Barca Close in on Another Record, Villarreal Still Unbeaten

Manuel Queimadelos Alonso

One win short of best ever league start | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona is the first team to have ever won the first six games of a league season two years in a row. Under Tito Vilanova, FCB were one game away from making it to seven in a row last season, but were held by Real Madrid at Camp Nou to a 2-2 draw. On Saturday against Almeria, Martino has the chance to lead the team where it has never been before. Seven straight wins would be the best start ever for FC Barcelona.

First team and Barça B train together | FC Barcelona
The FC Barcelona players trained on Thursday for the first time since the impressive 4-1 win against Real Sociedad. The venue was pitch 1 at the Ciutat Esportiva de Sant Joan Despí, where they were joined by the Barça B squad and U18 and U17 players Roger Riera, Julen Arellano, Dani Segura and Adrià Vilanova, son of Tito, the former first team manager. Carles Puyol was also present.

Messi answers questions in tax case - Yahoo Eurosport UK
Argentina international Messi and his father Jorge appeared at the hearing in the coastal town of Gava, where Messi lives, near Barcelona after being accused of defrauding the state out of £3.5million by avoiding tax on his image rights. The prosecution alleges the Messis set up shell companies in Uruguay and Belize to avoid paying tax in Spain.

No place like Barça for Iniesta | FC Barcelona
Andrés Iniesta has told a press conference about the negotiations for his new contract and reckons things are all going to plan. "I have said many times that my aim is to retire here and the club wants the same" he said. "We all want to reach an agreement." The 29-year-old added that "there is no place like this."

FC Barcelona top European scoring averages | FC Barcelona
That equals the best ever start to a campaign by FC Barcelona, the same record as that of the team under Tito Vilanova last season, when they scored 17 goals and conceded five. In 2013/14, Valdés has let in the same number of goals, but Barça have been even more lethal in attack with 22 goals, for an average of 3.6 a game that no other team in Europe can claim to have bettered.

Things you might not know about Almeria v Barça | FC Barcelona
Nine of the Almeria squad have played against Barça before, but only veterans Soriano and Esteban have ever been on the winning side. Fernando Soriano beat Barça with Zaragoza in the 2003/04 season, and Esteban enjoyed the experience no fewer than three times between 1997 and 2000, when he was at Oviedo.

First tickets for clásico at the Camp Nou sold out | FC Barcelona
On Thursday September 26 at 10.00 am, non season ticket holding members were able to purchase tickets for the league match between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid, to be played on the weekend of October 26 or 27. By 12.00, the tickets were already sold out.

First team receives Replay suits | FC Barcelona
The venue for the reception was Replay’s flagship store in Passeig de Gràcia, Barcelona. Matteo Sinigaglia, director general of Fashion Box, which boasts a series of top quality denim lines under the Replay brand, was there in person to provide the Barça players and manager Gerardo ‘Tata’ Martino with the new formal suits that they will be wearing this season, and which were specially designed for FC Barcelona.

Deco handed year ban for doping - Goal.com
Former Barcelona and Chelsea star Deco has been hit with a one-year ban from football for doping by Brazil's Superior Court of Sport Justice. The Portugal international tested positive for hydrochlorothiazide (a diuretic) and carboxy-tamoxifen (a hormone drug) in March.

Real Madrid penalty referee 'put in freezer' - ESPN FC
Amid the turbulence, Spanish referees’ chief Victoriano Sanchez Arminio -- who had never previously commented on individual referees or decisions -- told AS the official had made an error. He added that the 43-year-old, who has 14 years of top-flight experience, may have been in "not a good moment for him, maybe he had some personal problem, or something which caused this".

Elche fans send in robbery alerts after match by Chris Wright - ESPN FC
The Spanish national police force found itself inundated with crime notifications Wednesday night when roughly 120 thoroughly peeved Elche fans contacted the Policia Nacional's official Twitter feed to report the "robbery" that had just taken place in front of their very eyes at the Estadio Manuel Martinez Valero.

European Match of the Weekend: Real Madrid v Atletico Madrid | Pitchside Europe - Yahoo Eurosport UK
Diego Simeone's Atletico will also be buoyed by last season's memorable 2-1 Copa del Rey final victory against Real in the same stadium, the first victory for the club against their bitter city rivals in any competition in 14 years. Atletico's triumph was particularly sweet for their long-suffering fans as it left Real without major silverware and helped hasten the departure of coach Jose Mourinho.

Diego Costa would play for Spain - ESPN FC
Atletico Madrid striker Costa was capped twice by Brazil during friendly games in March 2013, but was then left out of the squad for the summer’s Confederations Cup campaign. He took Spanish citizenship in July and, having not played a competitive game for his native country, is now free to make the switch.

Valencia lose Postiga to injury - Yahoo Eurosport UK
The Portuguese international was pulled off midway through the second half of Los Che’s eventual 1-0 win at Granada on Wednesday evening with a suspected thigh injury. The club have today confirmed that tests on the muscle in the player’s left leg have revealed a build up of fluid in the muscle.

Villarreal still unbeaten | Sky Sports Football
Jeremy Perbet fired the hosts into a first-minute lead and Jonathan Pereira doubled that midway through the second half. Sergio Garcia grabbed one back for Espanyol but they could not find an equaliser as they slipped to their first defeat of the season.

Getafe 2-0 Celta Vigo | ESPNFC.com
Getafe leapfrogged their opponents as they beat Celta Vigo 2-0 in the Primera Division on Thursday night. Lisandro Lopez and Alvaro Arroyo scored in a six-minute spell either side of half time as the home side moved a point clear of their visitors in the table. Celta have now gone four games without a win and remain with just a single victory this term.

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