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FC Barcelona News: 21 October 2011; Barça Open New La Masia, Cesc Given Medical Green Light

The new La Masia
The new La Masia

In a magnificent ceremony FC Barcelona unveiled the new La Masia complex yesterday. In the emotional ceremony Barca paid tribute to Oriol Tort who spent 40 years at La Masia as coach and director. I honor of Oriol the official name of the new youth academy is La Masia: Centro de Formación Oriol Tort. The best news ahead of the Saturday's match against Sevilla is that the medical staff cleared Cesc Fabregas to play.

Barcelona look to New Masia for New Messi - Yahoo! Eurosport
More than three decades after the original Masia opened its doors to young hopefuls, the academy is beginning a new era with the official inauguration of the "New Masia" residence at a gala ceremony on Thursday that included a spectacular firework display and was broadcast live on YouTube.

The man who discovered Guardiola, Xavi & Iniesta - Barcelona's new La Masia academy pays tribute to Oriol Tort -
The Catalans opened their new youth centre in an event on Thursday, looking to the future while remembering the past and the individual who helped them get where they are today.

Iniesta at Masia opening: "It’s an emotional day" |
For that reason, the inauguration has a special significance for ex-Masia residents such as Iniesta: "It’s an emotional day. Important. There’s a real change between the old and new Masia, you can see how things have changed and I’m thrilled to be a part of the first team and to be here for the opening".

Cesc cleared to play on Saturday |
Cesc Fàbregas is fit again. On Friday he was given the medical all-clear after being sidelined with a hamstring injury since a training session on October 1. He has missed three games for FC Barcelona (Sporting, Racing and Viktoria) as well two internationals for Spain.

Barcelona paid €43m for Alexis Sanchez, says Udinese's Quique Pina -
Udinese's Spanish representative, and Granada president, Quique Pina has revealed that Barcelona paid the Serie A side €43 million for the services of Alexis Sanchez.In July, the Camp Nou outfit stated on their official website that the Chile international cost them an initial €26m plus €11.5m in bonuses.

Barca won't budge on TV rights - Yahoo! Eurosport
Barcelona and Real Madrid are not prepared to cede to demands for an English-style system of sharing income from audiovisual rights as they want to protect their status as dominant powers in Spanish and global football, according to Barca vice-president Javier Faus.

Sevilla plan to be positive at Barca - ESPN Soccernet
Fourth-placed Sevilla are one of only three teams still unbeaten in La Liga, along with leading duo Barca and Levante, but the Andalusian club face a challenge to keep that record intact against mighty Barca, who have been almost untouchable at home in recent times.

Real Madrid's Jose Mourinho sells newspapers but we do our talking on the pitch, says Barcelona's Dani Alves -
"We know what he is like. He is always trying to take merit away from others," he told Spanish media, as reported by Spain. "We will just get on with our work and don't want to get involved with any of that. We're inferior in that respect and we like to do our talking where we do it best - on the pitch."

Malaga join race for Porto striker Hulk - report -
Malaga spent almost €60 million in the summer to assemble a team capable of challenging for the top places in La Liga, but after seven games they sit sixth, four points off the the summit of the standings. It is reported that Malaga are preparing a €40m offer for the powerful striker, which falls shy of the player's €100m release clause.

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