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FC Barcelona News: 6 December 2011; Barça Youngsters to Face BATE Borisov, Puyol Fights to Save Orangutans

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We should see a lot of Isaac Cuenca against BATE Borisov.
We should see a lot of Isaac Cuenca against BATE Borisov.

FC Barcelona - Bate Borisov | FC Barcelona
Pep Guardiola has called up just six first team players for the game (Pinto, Piqué, Fontàs, Maxwell, Thiago and Pedro). The rest of the squad for the game are made up of B team players, led by Isaac Cuenca and including Oier, Montoya, Bartra, Muniesa, Sergi Gómez, Rafinha, Dos Santos, Deulofeu, Riverola, Sergi Roberto and Kiko Femenía.

Guardiola: "Against BATE Borisov I want the youngsters to be audacious" | FC Barcelona
For Guardiola, the fact that one can watch a Champions League match when "most of the players are lads from the B side" is an incentive. "We’ll help them so that tomorrow they will be able to develop their play in the best possible way," he said. Guardiola is totally convinced that the players picked to defend Barça’s colours tomorrow will "give absolutely everything" for the cause.

Barcelona captain Carles 'Tarzan' Puyol supports campaign to save orangutans - Goal.com
Barcelona captain Carles Puyol has long been nicknamed 'Tarzan' - in reference to the famous fictional character raised by apes in the wild - due to his long locks, robust physique and brave, no-nonsense style of defending. And now the 33-year-old has shown his solidarity to another jungle species - endangered orangutans.

Guardiola plays down Clasico importance - Yahoo! Eurosport
Barca will be under pressure to ensure Real do not increase their three-point lead with a game in hand, but Guardiola was coy when asked about the Clasico's significance in the title race. "What's more important is that on the ninth of December (Germany chancellor Angela) Merkel and (France president Nicolas) Sarkozy save the Euro," Guardiola said.

Ballon d'Or delight for Guardiola - Yahoo! Eurosport
"This title has real meaning. It is an honour that last year we had three players (shortlisted) and now two this year," said Guardiola, who himself is nominated for the coach of the year prize.

Blatter wants smaller leagues | Sky Sports
Sepp Blatter has put his support behind Barcelona president Sandro Rosell's call to reduce the number of clubs in Europe's top divisions to 18 clubs. The FIFA president believes that the move would help ease the fixture congestion and help clubs that are struggling financially in the current economic crisis.

Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo & Xavi are nominated for the Ballon d'Or - but who do you think should win? - Goal.com
With El Clasico a matter of days away, it's fitting that Barcelona and Real Madrid's biggest superstars have been pitched against each other following the announcement of the Ballon d'Or nominations, with Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Xavi each shortlisted as potentially the best player in the world.

Barcelona's Lionel Messi, Santos' Neymar & the players to watch out for at the Club World Cup - Goal.com
It seems like only a short time ago that we were getting the 2011-12 season kicked off, but here we are - already in December - and things are getting hectic. So, in a bid to enlighten our readers, Goal.com has picked the brains of our experts to provide for you some of the stand-out players from each club side that will feature in the competition which runs from December 8-18.

Puñal makes history | LFP
Osasuna captain Patxi Puñal reached the historic figure of de 351 Liga BBVA appearances in Sunday’s home win over Betis. The 36-year-old, who made his top flight debut in September 2001, overtakes the previous club record held by Javier Castañeda since the early 90s.

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