FC Barcelona News: 7 March 2014; Barça Internationals Return To Training, Goal.com Announces Ter Stegen Deal Done

Lars Baron

Internationals back at training | FC Barcelona
After training all week with just a handful of players, with most of the squad away playing international friendlies on Wednesday, things were almost back to normal for Thursday evening’s session. Spanish internationals Valdés, Alba, Busquets, Xavi, Iniesta, Cesc and Pedro were all back, as were Argentinians Mascherano and Messi, Chilean Alexis Sánchez and Cameroonian Song, who worked out in isolation. All of the internationals focused on recovery exercises.

Andrés Iniesta expects 90 tough minutes against City | FC Barcelona
Andrés Iniesta commented on Thursday, at the launch of Nike’s new Magista boots that he’ll be wearing at the World Cup, that "there are high hopes for this season. We’re alive in three competitions, which is where we want to be every year, and we are as excited and motivated as ever about winning these titles. We’ll fight to the end to try to win the lot".

Andrés Iniesta reveals secrets of Nike's new Magista boots | FC Barcelona
Nike has launched its most innovative football boot design yet, Magista, at a presentation held in the new Disseny Hub Barcelona centre and attended by FC Barcelona star Andrés Iniesta. The midfielder revealed the secrets of the new boots, which he says are "very innovative and totally fit around the foot" thanks to a technology called Flyknit.

Bartra appreciative of Puyol's help | FC Barcelona
Marc Bartra is the latest of many players to pay tribute to Carles Puyol, who announced on Tuesday that he’s leaving FC Barcelona at the end of the season. "It’s sad news for us all" he said at a press conference on Thursday. "For the team because we’ve lost our leader, he’s a captain from head to toes. And personally because he gave me so much advice and helped me progress in the game."

Henry would welcome Puyol to MLS - ESPN FC
"If he wants to come to play in the United States he should come, he would be welcome," Henry said. "I cannot say more about the subject, because I have not spoken to him about it. "If Puyol comes, much better, it would be good for this league, because it is always good to have great players like him. I played with him for three years and he was an incredible captain, a great example and one of the best defenders in history."

Messi, on Puyol: "We're really going to miss him" | FC Barcelona
Lionel Messi admitted that the team will miss Puyol next season. Speaking on the television program 'Mundo Leo' he explained that "it’s a decision that he’s probably thought a lot about, because it’s not easy to make……if he’s said it, it’s because he’s totally convinced and sure about it. He'll be sorely missed, both inside and outside the dressing room" he said.

10 years since Messi's FC Barcelona B debut | FC Barcelona
It is ten years today since Leo Messi played his first game for Barça B. That was on March 6, 2004, at the Miniestadi against Mataró, when he was just 16 years old. Barça B won 1-0 and Messi played the full 90 minutes, immediately showing hints of the kind of class that would, not too long after, be causing amazement at the Camp Nou and the biggest stadiums in the world.

Barcelona agree €12 million Ter Stegen deal - Goal.com
Barcelona have reached an agreement with Borussia Monchengladbach over the transfer of Marc-Andre ter Stegen for a fee in the region of €9-12 million plus two friendly games, Goal can confirm. The Blaugrana were in the market for a new goalkeeper due to the departure of Victor Valdes at the end of the 2013-14 campaign and they have now found their man in Ter Stegen.

Carme Ruscalleda visits the Masia as part of the campiagn 'We are what we eat' | FC Barcelona
The Chef Carme Ruscalleda, the image of the campaign ‘We are what we eat’, paid a visit to the Masia to get to know first hand the nutritional project that the academys athletes of FC Barcelona are taking part in, which is the main basis of the campaign to promote healthy eating habits, set up by the FC Barcelona Foundation.

Clos Gomez to ref Clasico | Football Espana
Carlos Clos Gomez has been appointed as the referee for el Clasico between Real Madrid and Barcelona later in March. The top two meet on March 23 at Santiago Bernabeu and radio station La Cope has reported Gomez will be in charge. He has never officiated a League meeting between the sides but was given the first leg of the 2012 Spanish Super Cup, as well as the first leg of last season’s Copa del Rey semi-final.

Mou: Messi & Ronaldo don’t need World Cup | Football Espana
"I don’t think Messi needs to win with Argentina to be great - he already is great," Mourinho said at an event to mark his role as Yahoo’s Global Football Ambassador. "Ronaldo is great too and he doesn’t need to be a world champion but, and there’s always a but, Maradona, Zidane, Ronaldo Nazario and Rivaldo… they all did it," the former Real Madrid Coach added.

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