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FC Barcelona News: 25 November 2011; Rosell Pursues Leandro Damiao, Dos Santos Extends Contract

With Neymar staying at Santos, Rosell quickly found a new young Brazilian striker to chase.
With Neymar staying at Santos, Rosell quickly found a new young Brazilian striker to chase.

Tottenham target Leandro Damiao's agent hails 'productive meeting' with Barcelona's Sandro Rosell -
The agent of Internacional star Leandro Damiao has revealed that he had a successful meeting with Barcelona president Sandro Rosell, although he declined to state whether the future of the talented striker was discussed with the figurehead of the Catalan giants.

Messi has scored 25 goals in 20 games so far this season | FC Barcelona
Pep Guardiola's Barça have now passed the hundred goal mark in the Champions League, reaching 102 with the 3 against Milan. It was Van Bommel's own goal which marked the century of European goals for the team.

How Real Madrid & David Beckham helped Barcelona become the best team in the world -
Sandro Rosell and Joan Laporta, present and former presidents of Barcelona, are bitter enemies today, but it was Rosell, with one of the greatest public relations coups in football history, that took Laporta to the Camp Nou – if not David Beckham

Barcelona's Carles Puyol: I want to keep playing for nine more years -
The 33-year-old defender has been plagued by injury problems in 2011, fuelling speculation that he could be nearing the end of his illustrious career, but Puyol has insisted that he's in top form again physically and wants to keep on playing for many more years.

NextGen Series: Barcelona 5-1 Celtic | STV Sport
Celtic’s under-19’s arrived at the Miniestadi in Barcelona with hopes high and daring to dream, but in the end a lapse in concentration in the opening minutes handed Barça the front foot, and Celtic an impossible task.

New deal for Dos Santos | Sky Sports
Jonathan Dos Santos has put pen to paper on a new deal to keep him at Barcelona until 2015. The fresh terms include a €30million buy-out clause and have ended any speculation that he could leave Camp Nou. Dos Santos is highly-rated by coach Pep Guardiola and he was instrumental in ensuring that the 21-year-old remained at with the Catalan club.and

Xavi: Barcelona are not unbeatable - ESPN Soccernet
Barcelona midfielder Xavi has stressed that the Spanish champions are not unbeatable as next month's Club World Cup in Japan draws closer. Barcelona meet either Esperance or Al Sadd in the semi-finals on December 15 and could then take on Neymar and Brazilian giants Santos in the final. However, Xavi has played down expectations for his side.

La Liga: Barcelona look to make up ground - ESPN Soccernet
"It's the players the public come to watch, it's the players who win the games,'' he told reporters after the win in Milan. "I try to help them by getting to know the opponents and letting them know how we can do damage. Then I just make them go out and run. That is my job.''

Santos chief slams Ronaldo over Neymar talks - ESPN Soccernet
"Ronaldo was the first to speak with Real Madrid and then after that people from the club arrived from Spain," Ribeiro told Folha de Sao Paulo. "He came to me with an offer, but it was well below the buy-out clause [believed to be around €45 million]."

Atleti ready to get nasty on derby day - Yahoo! Eurosport
Atletico Madrid are ready to throw off the gloves and get ugly if that is what it takes to grind out a result against bitter city rivals Real for the first time in more than a decade, according to coach Gregorio Manzano.

Malaga and the top five contenders to finish third in Spain's Primera Division -
Spain's top flight has been dominated by the country's big two since 2004/05 with Barcelona (5) and Real Madrid (2) sharing the seven titles between them. Aside from one aberration in 2007/08, when Villarreal finished second to Barca's third, the Clasico rivals have hogged the top two spots in La Liga.

Joaquin out for three weeks | Sky Sports
Malaga's Joaquin will be sidelined for three weeks after picking up an injury to his right thigh. The 30-year-old joined big-spending Malaga in the summer from Valencia on a three-year deal. He has made 11 appearances in the league this season and scored two goals.

Espanyol sticking to their guns | Sky Sports
Espanyol will not be pressured into breaking their wage structure to keep young stars Alvaro Vazquez and Javi Marquez. The Barcelona-based side are unhappy the young duo are rumoured to be being watched by other teams and are determined to take their time and make the right deal for the Catalan outfit.

Jonas Ramalho helps dispel longstanding myth at Athletic Bilbao - Sid Lowe -
There were four minutes to go against Sevilla on Sunday evening and Athletic Bilbao were on course for their first victory at the Sánchez Pizjuán in 18 years when the coach Marcelo Bielsa made his final substitution. Off came Iñigo Pérez and on went Jonas Ramalho.

Knee op for Gurpegui | LFP
The operation on the Athletic midfielder consisted of "the implantation of a plasty in order to reconstruct the damaged ligament". It is estimated that he will be out of action for between six and eight months.

Injury blow for Cáceres | LFP
Sevilla defender Martín Cáceres picked up an injury in training on Thursday and will be out for between seven and ten days, meaning he will miss Sunday's clash with Zaragoza. The Uruguayan has a first-degree tear in his right femoral bicep, an injury that "is not connected to the strain he suffered in his semimembranosus muscle last Sunday", the club informed.

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