FC Barcelona News: 5 February 2014; Neymar Celebrates 22nd Birthday, Jordi Alba Appeal Rejected

Denis Doyle

The appeals committee has rejected Barcelona's appeal of Jordi Alba's second yellow card. As a result Alba will miss the La Liga game against Sevilla on Sunday. Barça will appeal the decision.

A century of Cup games against Real Sociedad | FC Barcelona
Wednesday’s Spanish Cup semi final first leg game will be the first time in 24 years that Real Sociedad and Barça have met in the competition, though the two sides have a long history of Cup matches stretching for over a century. Of the 30 games between the two, Barça have won 19 games, Real just 3 and 8 have been drawn.

Last training session before the semi-final | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona held the last training session before the first leg of the Cup Semi-final this Wednesday evening at the Camp Nou (10.00PM CET, Antena 3). The 22 available first team players trained on the Camp Nou pitch, in a final preparation session for the match.

Martino: "I hope we won’t have any more slip ups" | FC Barcelona
As the business end of the season closes in, every little mistake takes its toll and Saturday’s slip up against Valencia cost Barça the leadership in the league, something Gerardo Martino insisted at his press conference this lunchtime, that the coaching staff and the players had looked at very closely: "we have talked about the mistakes we made in the second half against Valencia and about our tactics"

Happy birthday, Neymar! | FC Barcelona
On February 5 1992 Neymar da Silva Santos Junior was born in the Brazilian town of Mogi das Cruzes, in the state of Sao Paulo. 22 years later the Brazilian celebrates his birthday in the Catalan capital as a Barça player.

A club in disarray: History will not look kindly on Rosell's Barcelona reign - Goal.com
In the pantheon of Barcelona figureheads, history will one day determine Sandro Rosell's legacy as a missed opportunity. An intelligent man undone by his own egocentricity, he has risked decimating the club’s position of power, all in the name of a self-written eulogy.

Last training session before the semi-final | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona held the last training session before the first leg of the Cup Semi-final this Wednesday evening at the Camp Nou (10.00PM CET, Antena 3). The 22 available first team players trained on the Camp Nou pitch, in a final preparation session for the match.

Hunter: The La Roja case for Raul Garcia, San Iker and Barca's D by Graham Hunter - ESPN FC
If you take a glance at the superfluity of world class midfielders upon whom Spain can already call on then it's barely credible that one more candidate to make the plane to Brazil with the world champions has emerged. But that's what has happened at Atletico Madrid and, what's more, he has a chance to reinforce his credentials against a handful of World Cup winners in the two Madrid 'derbi' battles which will determine one of Spain's Copa del Rey finalists over the next week.

Ronaldo handed three-game ban - Goal.com
The Spanish Football Association (RFEF) has handed Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo a three-game ban following his red card against Athletic Bilbao. The Portugal international - who celebrates his 29th birthday on Wednesday - received his marching orders in the 76th minute of Sunday's Liga encounter after an altercation with Athletic's Ander Iturraspe and Carlos Gurpegui.

Birthday boy Ronaldo must grow up after red rage - Goal.com
Cristiano Ronaldo was not in a good mood. The Portuguese turned up for training at Real Madrid on Monday with a steely glare etched on his face, still seething from what he believes was an unjust dismissal at Athletic Bilbao the night before. But as he celebrates his 29th birthday on Wednesday, he must begin to take responsibility for his actions.

How does brilliant Bale stack up against magical Messi? | Pitchside - Yahoo Eurosport UK
While it took some time for Gareth Bale to adjust to his new surroundings on the back of his record-breaking £85m move to Real Madrid, the Welshman has since taken to La Liga with ease. Bale’s average WhoScored.com rating (7.6) is currently bettered only by Cristiano Ronaldo (8.15) and Isco (7.62) of every Madrid player as he displays the qualities that secured his move to the Bernabeu.

Atlético Madrid's rise to the top the perfect tribute to Luis Aragonés | Sid Lowe | theguardian.com
Fernando Torres tells the story of the final minutes before the 2008 European Championships. Luis Aragonés approaches him in the dressing room in Vienna and looks him in the eye; the old man and the kid. The kid has not scored yet but no one knows him like the old man and this is a ritual he has performed once before. He raises a finger and "draws" a cross on Torres's forehead, twice. "Niño," he says, "you're going to score today."

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