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FC Barcelona News 10 October 2011; Seydou Keita to Play in African Nations Cup, Good Record After Second International Break

Pep Guardiola will be without the services of Seydou Keita in January and February.
Pep Guardiola will be without the services of Seydou Keita in January and February.

70% of goals scored by home-grown players |
FC Barcelona have scored 37 goals this season, and 26 of those have been scored by products of the club’s own youth system. Eight were scored by imported players, and three were own goals.

Barcelona captain Carles Puyol hopes Pep Guardiola stays on as coach -
Barcelona captain Carles Puyol has told Radio Catalunya he hopes Pep Guardiola will stay on as coach of the Catalan giants. Guardiola's reign at Barcelona has seen the club awash with trophies, and Puyol is keen for his former team-mate to put pen to paper on a new deal in the summer, when his current contract expires.

7 out of 9 after second break |
Catalans were held to a draw at Anoeta, with the so-called ‘FIFA virus’ considered one of the reasons for an occasionally sluggish performance. However, recent history suggests that it is only after the first international break that Barça have a habit of dropping points. The results after the second break have been considerably more positive.

Keita away in January and February |
The tournament begins on January 21, but the rules state that teams can call on their players up to 14 days before the start, i.e. from January 7. The ultimate decision in this respect comes down to Mali manager Alain Giresse, because the article also says that at the very least, squad members can arrive just 48 hours before the first match.

Lionel Messi's presence makes Barcelona a better team than Spain, claims Franz Beckenbauer -
"Barcelona have set the standard in football. They play perfect football because of the finesse of their game, their mobility and the way they move the ball around," Beckenbauer told Kicker. "They're even better than the Spanish national team because they have Lionel Messi. They have the quality to successfully defend their Champions League title.

Roma's Bojan Krkic: I deserved more from Barcelona -
"It was extraordinary playing for Barcelona, but during the final months there I did not get much of a chance to play, and for a player this is very important," he told "I have nothing against Guardiola as he is the greatest coach, but it's clear I was not happy last season because I did not get the chance I deserved."

Nolito excited at Benfica switch - Soccerway
"Things have been going better than expected, but I have to keep working. If I am at Benfica, it is all because of Barcelona. I moved to Barcelona B at the age of 20 and I was a bit chubby. Coach Luis Enrique spoke to me and helped me a lot. I consider Luis Enrique my father in football."

Real Madrid defender Raul Albiol suffers fractured cheekbone - ESPN Soccernet
Albiol sustained a blow to the face during Sunday's training session and has been ruled out of Spain's final Euro 2012 qualifier against Scotland on Tuesday. He was taken for assessment and a small fracture was confirmed, though the club gave no indication as to how long he is expected to be sidelined.

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