FC Barcelona News: 4 March 2014; Carles Puyol Calls Press Conference, Lionel Messi Reaches Wins Milestone

Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno

FC Barcelona's new Espai Barça process explained | FC Barcelona
The future of the new Espai Barça, or Barça Space, hinges on the referendum scheduled for April 5 of this year. In order to facilitate information regarding the project for voting members, the Board of Directors has established a Consultant Committee, composed of five FC Barcelona Club members selected by lottery, and set an intensive informational tour with 40 meetings inside the span of 30 days.

Puyol to announce retirement? | Football Espana
Barcelona captain Carles Puyol has called a Press conference for 16.00 CET, with speculation mounting that he may announce retirement. Speculation has mounted in recent months that the veteran’s knees were given him too much pain, meaning that he may quit at the end of the season. And the Blaugrana have confirmed that the centre-back will be presented to reporters later this afternoon.

200 league wins for Lionel Messi | FC Barcelona
Messi has won 200 league games with FC Barcelona. In a total of 265 matches, the others have resulted in 41 draws and 24 losses. Messi’s goal against Almeria was his 230th in the league, making an average of 0.87 goals a game.

Cesc Fàbregas looking forward to '19 finals' | FC Barcelona
"We have 19 games ahead of us in the league, Champions League and cup, and if we win them all, then this will be a great season. We have to pull our socks up and show that we are hungrier than anyone else to win the league title. If we win every game we have left, we’ll be champions … I like to think that we’ll be there to the end in every competition. We have to treat these games like 19 finals."

FC Barcelona v UD Almería from the inside | FC Barcelona
The video features the warm up with Messi and Neymar, the mixed zone with Xavi Hernández and Alexis Sánchez, and the guest on the BarçaTV programme 'El Marcador', Cesc Fábregas.

Gerard Deulofeu wants Barcelona return after Everton loan | Sky Sports
The 19-year-old joined Everton on a season-long deal from the Spanish champions last summer and has been impressive at Goodison Park. However, Deulofeu, who has scored two goals in 15 Premier League appearances this season, is eager to go back to his parent club Barca and cement a place in their starting line-up.

Penyista Card Advantages | FC Barcelona
At the World Congress of Supporters Clubs it was finally decreed that members should receive cards identifying their status. But first, it was necessary to identify all of the supporters club members, a procedure that started in 2012 with the census. The fruits of those efforts started appearing in late 2013, when the first clubs started receiving their cards.

Barcelona didn't believe in me, claims Thiago - Goal.com
The 22-year-old midfielder, who swapped the Camp Nou for the Allianz Arena in July 2013, described his new club as the "best in the world" and revealed that he was happy with his decision to join Die Roten after feeling increasingly undervalued in Catalunya. "My decision [to come to Bayern] was wonderful. It was about the leadership. I got the impression at Barca that they didn't believe in me," Thiago told Kicker.

Spain-Italy Preview: Diego Costa set for la Roja debut - Goal.com
Diego Costa is set to make a second international debut when Spain host Italy in Madrid on Wednesday. Having previously made his Brazil bow against Azzurri last March, the Lagarto-born forward received Spanish nationality and made the controversial decision to switch international allegiances.

Atletico Madrid 2-2 Real Madrid: Atleti’s energy dominates midfield, but proves unsustainable | Zonal Marking
Despite Real’s early lead, Atletico dominated the first half – but tiredness caught up with them. Diego Simeone decided to leave David Villa on the bench, using Raul Garcia as a number ten. Carlo Ancelotti continued with the midfield and defence that had thrashed Schalke, but went for cautious options at full-back. This was a standard Madrid derby: high-tempo and scrappy. Karim Benzema put Real into an early lead following a set-piece, but from then Atletico dominated.

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