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FC Barcelona News: 22 November 2011; Tito Vilanova Will Have Surgery, Barça Open Escola de Corea del Sud

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Who will Pep talk to during tonight's game?
Who will Pep talk to during tonight's game?

FC Barcelona added another man to the list of players that won't be be traveling to Italy. That man is Pep Guardiola's assistant, Tito Vilanova, who will today undergo surgery on his parotid gland. Further details are unknown at this moment, but he all wish Tito a speedy recovery.

Sergio Busquets: "A win against Milan would give us prestige and a morale boost" | FC Barcelona
Sergio Busquets explained that the squad is travelling full of motivation for Wednesday's game, with the aim of wrapping up top spot in Group H. Sergio was full of praise for Wednesday's opponents and the San Siro stadium, but he insisted: "a win will give us a big morale boost and plenty of prestige."

13 players have played for Milan and Barça | FC Barcelona
In 1997, the first deals were struck between AC Milan and FC Barcelona, and the practice has continued to the present day. In fact, Barça have shared players with Milan more than any other European club, a total of 13. Some came to Barcelona having turned out previously for the red-and-blacks, while others moved the other way.

 

Barcelona's Lionel Messi sends message of support to grieving Diego Maradona - Goal.com
Barcelona and Argentina star Lionel Messi has pledged his support to former national team coach Diego Maradona, as the Albiceleste legend comes to terms with the death of his mother Dona Tota.

Rafinha: "Signing for a Club like this – the best in the world- is marvellous" | FC Barcelona
Rafael Alcántara do Nascimento, 'Rafinha', signed a contract this morning that will keep him at the Club until the 2013/14 season, with a buyout clause of 12 million Euros until the 2012/13 campaign rising to 30 million the following year.

Club’s first centre in South Korea takes in 250 youngsters | FC Barcelona
After nearly a year of preparation, the project was presented to more than 100 people this morning in an event covered by local media, including KBS, MBC, SBS and YTN. The FCB Escola de Corea del Sud is an ambitious project set to develop over the next three years, both sides have already declared their intention to extend the deal further.

Gonzalo Higuain did not handle the ball against Valencia, insists Real Madrid's Jose Mourinho - Goal.com
Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho has leapt to the defence of Gonzalo Higuain as the debate over whether the striker handled the ball in Saturday's 3-2 win over Valencia continues.Higuain is alleged to have stopped a Valencia shot with his hand in the area near the end of the game at Mestalla and a spot kick was not awarded, leaving Valencia fuming.

Spain plays video games after Real Madrid win a thriller at Valencia | Sid Lowe | Football | guardian.co.uk
As the papers are sent, another camera angle appears – this time from La Sexta's pitch-side ENG (Electronic News Gathering) cameraman, whose footage doesn't automatically get fed into the coverage of the game itself. And this time, from this angle, it looks like a clear handball. This time, it looks like a deliberate handball – like Higuaín reached out and slapped the ball wide.

Mathieu hits out at Mourinho - Yahoo! Eurosport
Valencia defender Jeremy Mathieu has criticised Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho over his behaviour during Real's 3-2 win in La Liga on Saturday, saying the Portuguese showed a lack of respect.

Freak accident blamed for abandonment - Yahoo! Eurosport
The incident that resulted in a small facial injury to one of the referee's assistants and forced the abandonment of Sunday's La Liga match between Granada and Real Mallorca was a bizarre accident involving a faulty umbrella, Granada said on Monday.

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