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FC Barcelona News: 19 November 2011; Messi Nominated for FIFA Puskas Award, Barça Welcome Real Zaragoza

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Messi has missed just 62 minutes of 24 official game for club and country this season.
Messi has missed just 62 minutes of 24 official game for club and country this season.

Third meeting between Aguirre and Guardiola at the Camp Nou | FC Barcelona
Javier Aguirre is coming back to the Camp Nou and yet another tactical duel with Pep Guardiola awaits. It's the third time they have come face to face in the FCB stadium, and the Mexican coach has yet to come away with any points.

Guardiola: "Yes, Messi is fit to play the full 90 minutes against Zaragoza, but we'll decide on Saturday" | FC Barcelona
The reporters went on and on about Leo Messi's form after playing two games for Argentina against Bolivia and Colombia, and the number of kilometres he has behind him. Josep Guardiola responded that "yes, he is fit to play the full 90 minutes against Zaragoza, but we'll decide on Saturday."

Barcelona forward Lionel Messi's Champions League strike nominated for Fifa's 2011 goal of the year award - Goal.com
Barcelona forward Lionel Messi has been shortlisted for Fifa's goal of the year award for his sublime juggled finish against Arsenal last season. The Argentine's deft strike set Barca on their way to a 3-1 second-leg victory in the Champions League round of 16, as Pep Guardiola's men went on to lift the trophy.

More than 4,700 Barça fans to join team for AC Milan v Barça | FC Barcelona
Pep Guardiola and his team will be joined by 4,700 supporters in Milan for the game likely to decide who tops Group H. Never before have so many people travelled for an away match in the group stages of the Champions League.

[Writers' note: I will be one of those 4700]

'Ronaldinho & Deco were completely out of control; to unleash the power of Lionel Messi, they had to leave Barcelona' - Goal.com
After Lionel Messi collapsed holding the hamstring of his left leg after 38 minutes against Celtic at Camp Nou on March 4, 2008, Ronaldinho and Deco were first to arrive and console, distraught at another calamity for their injury-prone young friend.

It's official: Madrid-Barça, December 10th at 22.00 hours | FC Barcelona
This Friday, FC Barcelona was handed kickoff time confirmation for matchdays 15 and 16 in the Leauge. FC Barcelona will receive Levante at the Camp Nou on Saturday, December 3rd (20.00 h), and will visit the Santiago Bernabéu seven days later on Saturday, Decemeber 10th (22.00 h).

Liga - Bale flattered by Barca interest - Yahoo! Eurosport
"It's always nice being linked with clubs such as Barcelona - it's great to be linked with a team like that," he told the Daily Post. "I'm enjoying my football at Spurs and I don't really take much notice of what is written about interest from other clubs."

NextGen Series Quarter Finals announced: Is a trip to Barcelona on the cards? | Aston Villa Central
The NextGen Series has announced the brackets for the quarter finals on their Twitter feed and it sets up a possible trip to Barcelona for the Young Lions. Due to domestic fixtures, the quarters finals will be played over just one leg with each of the group winners earning the advantage of playing at home.

Kaká to miss Mestalla clash | LFP
"Kaká has not quite recovered, he is not fully fit and is not going to play. Muscle injuries are always a bit treacherous, when it looks like they are okay, some little problem appears and he's definitely not going to Valencia. He's not had a relapse or anything strange, he's just in the middle of a recovery process".

Baptista blow for Malaga | Sky Sports
The Brazil international has been out of action since picking up the knock on 1st October in a meeting with Getafe. He fractured a sesamoid bone in his right foot during a 3-2 victory for his side. Baptista has undergone regular check-ups since then, but scans have shown no significant improvement in his recovery.

Villarreal's Fernando Roig denies interest in Benfica's Javier Saviola - Goal.com
Villarreal president Fernando Roig has rejected suggestions his side hold an interest in Benfica striker Javier Saviola. The diminutive forward has been suggested as Villarreal's priority to reinforce the attack during the winter transfer market as they plan to increase their attacking options.

Injury blow for Leo Franco | LFP
The goalkeeper suffered a sharp pain during training and had to abandon the session midway through. It is estimated that he will be out for two weeks, depending on how fast the injury heals.

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