FC Barcelona News: 8 April 2014; 21 Players Travel to Madrid to Face Atletico, Andres Iniesta on Verge of Milestone

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Martino names 21-man squad for Wednesday | FC Barcelona
The team trained in Barcelona this Monday morning ahead of training in Madrid on Tuesday. Carles Puyol, who is in the squad even though he has yet to be declared fit, worked apart from the rest of the squad, whilst Isaac Cuenca worked with the rest of the group.

Barça are on their way to Madrid | FC Barcelona
The Barça first team are on their flight to Madrid, where on Wednesday they'll take on Atletico in the return leg of their Champions League quarter final. The plane took off at 11 a.m. from El Prat airport for the one hour flight to the Capital.

Xavi reckons first goal will be key | FC Barcelona
Two days before the decisive game at Atletico Madrid in the second leg of the quarterfinals of the Champions League, one of the stars of the Barca squad, Xavi Hernandez, appeared before the media to explain how Barça are facing the challenge. "We hope to go ahead on the scoreboard to see how they react. This hasn’t happened in the previous four games", he said.

Infographic: Andrés Iniesta's 499 games for FC Barcelona | FC Barcelona
The magical career of the former La Masia player at FC Barcelona

How Andrés Iniesta prepares for a game | FC Barcelona
After shedding light on how Neymar Jr prepares for games, we followed Andrés Iniesta during the warm-up ahead of Saturday’s match at the Camp Nou against Betis. Discover how the brilliant midfielder preps for a game from the movement he steps off the team bus to just before coming out of the players’ tunnel for kick off.

Andoni Zubizarreta: "We want to be at our best" | FC Barcelona
"Do we have a good chance? Without doubt! We'll leave the bookmakers to decide who are the favourites. We are going there knowing what we have to do. Our idea is to be at our best and on Wednesday night get back on the plane knowing that we are in the semi-final draw. It's obvious that Atletico Madrid have the same idea" the Barça Sporting Director said.

40 years since Cruyff's team lifted the title | FC Barcelona
Led on the field by the brilliant Johan Cruyff, Marinus Michels’ side put in an awesome 73/74 league campaign, crowned by their famous 0-5 win at the Bernabeu and 40 years ago today they took the first chance to mathematically claim the title they’d been waiting for for 14 years with an epic comeback to beat Sporting Gijon at the Molinon.

Barcelona convinced they will be able to sign players this summer | Sky Sports
Arroyo said: "We're working on an appeal that will give us an interim suspension of the transfer ban." He added: "We want to have a normal summer. We're convinced that we will be able to sign new players. "It's a significant ban and our legal team is working so that we'll be able to sign new players this summer."

FC Barcelona and the Spanish Football Federation to work together on FIFA appeal | FC Barcelona
During a press conference held this Monday evening, Manel Arroyo and Jordi Cardoner explained the Board’s decision in regards to FIFA’s two-window transfer ban imposed on the Club. The fifth vice-president said that Club and the Spanish Football Federation are working together to address the matter.

Social Area changes: infantil passaport, ceeding senior and youth memberships, and benefits for non-season ticket holders | FC Barcelona
On 30 June of 2014, there will be a total of 20,381 FC Barcelona members under the age of 8 (5,369 who live in Barcelona, 9,555 from the Barcelona province, 2,351 from Catalonia and 3,106 from the rest of the state and foreign countries).

Ronaldo a doubt for Dortmund | Football Espana
Cristiano Ronaldo is unlikely to play for Real Madrid when they take on Borussia Dortmund this evening. Los Blancos go to Signal Iduna Park for the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final, holding a 3-0 advantage. But they are to do so without the Portugal international, who left training 20 minutes in on Monday complaining of knee trouble.

High-flying Atletico still second division at making money | Atletico Madrid
Real and Barca again topped Deloitte's latest Football Money League of the world's wealthiest club's by income, with revenue in excess of 500 million euros ($687 million), while Atletico squeaked into the top 20 with earnings of 120 million. Despite the huge gulf in resources, they are a point clear of Barca at the top of Spain's domestic league and three ahead of Real with six games left and are closing in on a first La Liga title since 1996 with a team featuring Simeone in midfield.

Valencia accept mediocrity with barely a shrug. How did it come to this? | Sid Lowe | theguardian.com
Once upon a time, not so very long ago, there was a football team called Valencia and they were good. They won the Copa del Rey and they reached the European Cup final. Twice. They did what no one has done in a decade and took the league title off Real Madrid and Barcelona. In fact, they did that twice too. They won the Uefa Cup and they headed into Europe every year.

Aduriz double maintains push | Sky Sports Football
Athletic Bilbao maintained their push for Champions League football with a tough victory away to Levante on Monday night. Aritz Aduriz's brace swung the game in Bilbao's favour, but only after Mikel San Jose had missed a penalty, and they endured a nervy finish after San Jose further blotted his copybook with a 67th-minute own goal.

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