FC Barcelona News: 23 April 2014; Barça Transfer Ban Suspended, Javier Mascherano Returns to Training

Clive Brunskill

Barcelona transfer ban suspended while appeal remains unresolved | Football News | Sky Sports
FIFA has cleared the Spanish club to sign players from July 1, with their case unlikely to be resolved before the transfer window opens for the summer. They were barred from registering new players earlier this month by FIFA's disciplinary committee as punishment for signing youth players from overseas in breach of rules designed to prevent child trafficking.

FC Barcelona's appraisal of the suspensory effect granted by the FIFA Appeal Committee | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona has responded positively to the decision announced today by FIFA’s Appeal Committee to provisionally grant suspensive effect to the appeal made by the Club against the sanction imposed by FIFA’s Disciplinary Committee.

Gerard Piqué reckons team will bounce back | FC Barcelona
Gerard Piqué believes that Barça will bounce back from their disappointments this season and speaking at the presentation of the X edition of the book 'Relats solidaris de l'esport' he admitted: "maybe it hasn’t been our best season, but I'm sure we will end up coming back.

Mascherano trains with squad | FC Barcelona
The first team continued today with preparations for Sunday’s trip to Villarreal in a session held on pitch number 1 at the Ciutat Esportiva. Javier Mascherano joined the rest of the squad for some of the exercises after training alone on Tuesday. The Argentinian international hurt his calf against Athletic Bilbao on Sunday. As planned, Sergio Busquets worked out in isolation and should be re-joining the rest of his colleagues on Thursday.

Training session focused on Villarreal | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona returned to training this Tuesday at the Ciutat Esportiva. The men managed by Tata Martino enjoyed a day off on Monday after having defeated Athletic Club on Sunday, and now they are focused on their upcoming match against Villarreal, which will be played at El Madrigal next Sunday at 9:00 PM CET.

Deulofeu, Rafinha returns could be key by Dermot Ledwith - ESPN FC
Celta Vigo's straightforward 4-2 victory away to relegation rivals Almeria on Sunday was not a standout game in La Liga last weekend. Although overlooked by many, it will not have gone unnoticed at FC Barcelona due to another excellent performance from the Celta number 12. The game was heading into the final 15 minutes when the player in question, Rafael Alcantara, resembled a mixture of Andres Iniesta and Xavi Hernandez to beat the home side's defence.

Watch how Xavi Hernández warms up for a game | FC Barcelona
After watching Neymar Jr and Andrés Iniesta's pre-match preparations, we now look at how Xavi warms up for a game - specifically last Sunday's FC Barcelona-Athletic Bilbao game at the Camp Nou. Watch hpw Xavi gets himself ready for the game from the moemnt he arrives at the ground until he runs out on the pitch.

Barcelona to sign Hungarian teenager Matyas Tajti - report - ESPN FC
Tajiti, 15, has, according to Marca, been to both Madrid and Barcelona for trials since impressing scouts at a youth tournament late last year. The midfielder has now reportedly chosen to join Barca’s La Masia youth system when he turns 16 in June, according to a report in Hungarian outlet Blikk, cited by Marca.

Sepp Maier: "We have to value what FC Barcelona have accomplished in recent years" | FC Barcelona
Josef Dieter ‘Sepp’ Maier’s visit to the Camp Nou was defined by the man himself as "very special and emotional." The former keeper, who is considered to be one of the best Germany has ever produced, stopped by the Club’s installations before embarking on a Mediterranean cruise that will take him to the stadiums in the cities of Valencia, Granada, Sevilla and Malaga, among others.

2,500 roses for Sant Jordi Day | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona will distribute a total of 2,500 roses to Club members and fans this Wednesday in celebration of Sant Jordi Day. The Club will set up two distribution points: the first on the Camp Nou esplanade and the second at the Palza Canaletas (Access Gate 15).

Alen Halilovic wins Croatian league | FC Barcelona
17-year-old Halilovic, the league's youngest ever goalscorer and also the youngest ever debutant for the Croatian national team, has played 22 league games this season, scoring four goals. Last season he made 18 appearances. Dynamo are also through to the Croatian Cup Final, where they will play Rijeka over two legs on May 7 and May 14.

UYL, a victory for the whole youth programme | FC Barcelona
The U19 A team’s conquest of the UEFA Youth League (UYL) was an achievement shared by everyone involved in the youth programme at FC Barcelona, and is the result of many years of work by many different coaches.

Chelsea draw 0-0 away to Atletico Madrid in semi-final | Sky Sports Football
Chelsea produced a dogged defensive display as their UEFA Champions League semi-final first leg with Atletico Madrid ended in a 0-0 draw at the Vicente Calderon. But the result came at a cost, with Petr Cech and John Terry both forced off through injury and Frank Lampard and John Obi Mikel receiving bookings which will see them miss the return leg at Stamford Bridge next Wednesday through suspension.

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