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FC Barcelona News: 19 December 2011; Reactions After Club World Cup Victory, Neymar Amazed by Barça

Barcelona already won their third trophy of the season.
Barcelona already won their third trophy of the season.

Barcelona 4-0 Santos: Guardiola plays even more passers; Santos barely see the ball | Zonal Marking
European champions Barcelona thrashed South American champions Santos in the World Club Cup final in Yokohama.Barcelona were dominant from the first whistle to the last, enjoying an even larger spell of possession than expected, and could have won by more.

World Champions with nine home grown players in starting line up | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona won the Club World Cup in Japan today with nine of the starting eleven players the product of the Club's academy system – a great confirmation of the Club's commitment to its home grown players. What's more, all the goals were scored by players from La Masia - Messi, Xavi and Fàbregas, who dominated the middle alongside the three other Masia graduates, Xavi, Iniesta and Busquets.

Barcelona's Xavi pays tribute to unsung hero Sergio Busquets after Club World Cup success - Goal.com
However, Xavi argued after the game that the contribution of defensive midfielder Busquets should not be overlooked. "Without Busquets we could never had achieved what we have achieved," the 31-year-old Spaniard told reporters while musing on Barca’s current era of dominance. "He is an extraordinary player who is never wrong."

Guardiola: "Winning 13 out of 16 titles is only possible when you have a competitive mentality" | FC Barcelona
Josep Guardiola, visibly satisfied with winning his thirteenth title as FC Barcelona’s manager, emphasized the importance of his players. For the Barça manager, the team’s value comes from the competitive mentality of the squad.

Rosell: "The team’s trophy cabinet is starting to match up with the Club’s history" | FC Barcelona
After winning the Club World Cup in Japan, FC Barcelona President Sandro Rosell attended the press. Happy and content with Barça lifting the trophy reserved for the world’s best team for the second time in Club history, Rosell wanted to make special mention of David Villa and Ibrahim Afellay, injured, and Tito Vilanova, who is still recovering from surgery.

Santos forward Neymar left in awe of Barcelona - ESPN Soccernet
Neymar said Barcelona are "impossible" to defeat after Santos were demolished 4-0 in the Club World Cup final. "It's impossible to stop Barcelona, but we are the second-best team in the world and for us that is a great reward," Neymar said.

Barcelona's dominance, Neymar's inexperience, and five things we learned from the Club World Cup - Goal.com
Their performances against Santos and Al Sadd clearly proved that the Catalans deserve to be called the best club side in the world, and made a good argument for them to be named the best team of all time.

Santos' Ganso: I wish I could play for Barcelona for just one game - Goal.com
"I do not aspire to move to Barcelona, but I would love to play for them for just one game," Ganso said in an interview with TV3. "I just want to know how it feels to play with such fantastic players. They are all amazing players. [Sergio] Busquets is a superb player and so are Xavi and [Andres] Iniesta."

Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos ruled out until New Year - ESPN Soccernet
Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos is expected to be ruled out until the New Year after being diagnosed with a grade one hamstring injury.Ramos, 25, played the full 90 minutes of Saturday's 6-2 win over Sevilla, but was clearly struggling in the latter stages and will certainly miss the club's Copa del Rey last-16 clash with Ponferradina on Tuesday night.

Atlético's dead coach walking is not all that is wrong with the club | guardian.co.uk
Gregorio Manzano took 54 minutes to leave his shelter for the first time. As soon as he did, he remembered why he'd been holed up in the first place. The Atlético Madrid coach watched his team concede the first goal against Real Betis nine minutes into the second half and stepped into the firing line for the first time. Where, inevitably, they opened fire.

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