FC Barcelona News: 27 January 2014; Barça Beat Malaga to Retain First Place, Xavi Honored for Milestone

David Ramos

FC Barcelona - Màlaga CF - brilliant all round performance | FC Barcelona
Barça put the institutional turmoil of the last week behind them, as they treated the Barça fans to a brilliant all round performance and reaffirmed their top spot in the league with a 3-0 win over Malaga. Fast, precise and full of attacking threat, Barça returned to the Camp Nou after 18 fays without a home game and from the off they had Malaga pinned back in their own half.

Camp Nou pays tribute to Xavi for his 700 matches played for FC Barcelona | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona members and fans finally got to congratulate Xavi Hernández this Sunday for his record-breaking feat of playing 700 official matches for the first team. He became the player with the most games for FC Barcelona on January 16 in the Copa del Rey match against Getafe. Ten days later, and after two games away from home, the Camp Nou faithful were finally able to celebrate with the player.

Xavi, pleased with his career at FC Barcelona | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona midfielder, Xavi Hernández, attracted a lot of attention this evening ahead of the match against Málaga as the Camp Nou honoured him for his recent feat of featuring for the Blaugrana in 700 official matches. After the match, Xavi revealed that it was a very special moment.

Tata Martino believes FC Barcelona could have scored more against Málaga | FC Barcelona
He noted that Barça "passed the ball well" and that "we created a lot of chances but we only scored three goals, we could have scored more." Martino also placed a lot of value on tonight’s victory after Sandro Rosell stepped down as president. "The players understand that they have to talk on the field, and they did a good job after a difficult week. They showed that they are professionals."

The Camp Nou celebrates Ibrahim Afellay's return | FC Barcelona
He only played six minutes, but they had to be some of the most joyful ones of his career. Ibrahim Afellay, who has successfully recovered from a series of injuries, donned the Blaugrana kit nearly a year and a half since his last match with Barça, on May 12 2012 (Betis-Barça).

Dani Alves on La Liga race: "This is going to be very special for the team that wins the title" | FC Barcelona
After Barça’s 3-0 victory over Málaga, Dani Alves sat down with Barça TV’s El Marcador programme to talk about the Club and the team’s form. "This league title will be very special for the team that wins it. It tastes better when you overcome something this difficult. This thing is between three teams now," said the FC Barcelona right back.

FC Barcelona focus on Levante and Valencia this week | FC Barcelona
Barça play two games at the Camp Nou this week: - the second leg of the Cup quarter final against Levante and the visit of Valencia in the league. The Cup game kicks off at 10.00 PM on Wednesday, whilst Saturday's match against Valencia kicks off at 4.00 PM

Court will not abandon investigation into Neymar transfer to Barcelona - ESPN FC
The judicial investigation into the transfer of Neymar will continue despite Barcelona socio Jordi Cases apparently planning to withdraw the official complaint that led to Sandro Rosell’s exit as club president. La Vanguardia, which broke the news last week that Rosell would resign, reported on Monday that club member Cases had decided to ask the court to withdraw his petition, as had been suggested last week.

Summary of FC Barcelona's intense week: Rosell steps down, Bartomeu is named president | FC Barcelona
Last week was a fairly intense at Can Barça so we put together a summary of some of the most important articles just in case you missed any of them. The following list details the Josep Maria Bartomeu's ascent to the presidency of FC Barcelona, Sandro Rosell's resignation, details on the new Camp Nou and Neymar Jr's contract:

Board eager to move the project forward says Bartomeu | FC Barcelona
Josep Maria Bartomeu watched his first match at the Camp Nou as president of FC Barcelona. It was a special day for the new president who, after the meal in which directors from both Barça and Málaga attended, went to the Club and held a series of meetings.

Introducing Barca's Godswill Ekpolo - SuperSport - Football
Elohor Godswill Ekpolo sits in the Barcelona dressing room, his Nike Tiempo boots comes off his foot as coach Jordi Vinyals pats him on the head for a great game and for good measure too. The talented right-back had earlier scored for FC Barcelona's Juvenile A squad (equivalent of the Barcelona C team) as they whipped Celtic 3-0 to round up the group stage matches of the 2013/14 Uefa Youth Champions League.

Atletico Madrid win eventful match | Sky Sports Football
David Villa pounced on a Rayo error to open the scoring after just eight minutes, and Turan doubled the lead after half an hour, soon after the home side's Jonathan Viera saw his penalty saved. Viera somewhat compensated for his miss from the spot by reducing the deficit towards the end of the first half, but the hard work Rayo had done to get themselves back in the game was quickly undone by slack defending from a free-kick, which led to Turan's second goal and Atletico's third.

Bilbao batter Osasuna | Sky Sports Football
Aritz Aduriz scored twice, taking the match away from the hosts with his side's second and third goals after Markel Susaeta's opener had been cancelled out by Emiliano Armenteros. Osasuna were dealt another setback by the 76th-minute sending-off of Alejandro Arribas and Athletic took full advantage. Substitutes Ibai and Enrique Sola struck late on as the visitors strengthened their hold on fourth place in the Primera Division.

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