FC Barcelona News: 1 March 2014; 18 in Squad to Face Almeria, Seven Barça Players Called Up by Vicente Del Bosque

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18-man squad named for Almeria clash | FC Barcelona
Jordi Alba makes a welcome return after injury to the squad for Sunday’s match against Almeria (kick-off 9 pm) in the Camp Nou. However, José Manuel Pinto is still troubled by back pain and will definitely miss the game along with Piqué, Cuenca and Dos Santos. Montoya, Sergi Roberto and Afellay all fail to make the cut by decision of the coaches.

Tata Martino: "I have complete confidence in the team’s reaction" | FC Barcelona
Gerardo ‘Tata’ Martino gave a press conference on Saturday ahead of Sunday’s league clash with Almeria in the Camp Nou (kick-off 9 pm). Following on from last week’s defeat to Real Sociedad, he revealed. "The result in the Anoeta puts more pressure on us against Almeria. It’s been a bad week, the same as it always is after a bad result".

Iniesta has fun with the ball | FC Barcelona
Andrés Iniesta has grown up with a football at his feet. And in this video taken just before training at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper, we can see the result. As he casually walks onto the pitch, the FCB star uses his feet to keep the ball in the air with incredible ease.

Miniature Messi: Introducing new Barcelona wonderkid Alen Halilovic - Goal.com
It was a winter of discontent for Barcelona in the transfer market. Not only did they not sign anyone, but the chaos surrounding Neymar's transfer last summer saw their president resign and the club accused of tax fraud allegations that they continue to deny.

Del Bosque names seven from FC Barcelona | FC Barcelona
This Friday lunchtime, Spain manager Vicente del Bosque announced his squad of 22 players for the March 5 friendly against Italy. As usual in recent years, there is a major presence of Barça players. This time, he has called on the services of seven: Víctor Valdés, Jordi Alba, Sergio Busquets, Xavi Hernández, Andrés Iniesta, Cesc Fàbregas and Pedro Rodríguez.

Adriano eager to turn the page | FC Barcelona
Adriano Correia was the player chosen to face the press on Friday morning. He spoke frankly about the team’s form going into Sunday’s match with Almeria, saying that "we are very much looking forward to this chance to turn the page following the game in Anoeta. All we are thinking about is winning everything from now on."

Pellegrini handed two-game Champions League touchline ban for Barcelona outburst - Goal.com
Manuel Pellegrini has been handed a two-game touchline suspension by Uefa for criticising referee Jonas Eriksson after Manchester City’s Champions League defeat to Barcelona. A further one-game sanction has been suspended for two years. Following the 2-0 defeat at the Etihad Stadium on February 18, during which Martin Demichelis was sent off, the Chilean claimed the Swedish official "decided the game"

European Match of the Weekend: Atletico Madrid v Real Madrid | Pitchside - Yahoo Eurosport UK
Read 'European Match of the Weekend: Atletico Madrid v Real Madrid' from our blog Pitchside on Yahoo Eurosport UK. Real Madrid can bury Atletico's hopes of winning La Liga with a third straight victory against their city neighbours on Sunday.

For Atletico, derby day brings new belief by Sid Lowe - ESPN FC
Fernando Torres speaks for many Atletico Madrid supporters when he recalls his school days in Fuenlabrada, the working-class dormitory town to the south of the city. "When I was 7 or 8, almost everyone at school was a Real Madrid fan," he said. "I would go in wearing my Atletico Madrid tracksuit to wind them up, but on the inside I was almost always pissed off because we'd lost at the weekend."

Aduriz hits hat trick | ESPNFC.com
Aritz Aduriz kept Athletic Bilbao on course for the Champions League with a hat-trick in a comprehensive 4-0 win over Granada at San Mames on Friday night. The striker headed home the opener and fired in a fine 20-yard second to put the hosts in total command inside 20 minutes. Aduriz then won the penalty which earned defender Diego Mainz a red card and allowed him to complete his hat-trick in the 73rd minute.

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