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FC Barcelona News: 14 February 2011; Barcelona Prepare For Arsenal, (The Real) Ronaldo Retires

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First session focused on Arsenal | FCBarcelona
In Monday’s session, the team began to prepare for the important game on Wednesday (20.45) at Arsenal, the first leg of the second phase of the Champions League. Guardiola worked with all 18 players available from the first team squad, plus 8 from the B team (Armando, Benja, Saul, Tello, Abraham, Muniesa, Ilie and Victor Vazquez).

Champions League sets tone for the week | FCBarcelona
Normally the team would train on the ground they are set to play on, but this week, Guardiola will put his players through their paces at the Ciutat Esportiva at midday on Tuesday and after lunch, the squad will fly out to London at 16.00. The boss and one of the players will then hold a press conference on Tuesday evening at the Emirates.

Alves expects contract renewal | Sky Sports
Despite his status as an integral member of the team widely regarded as the best in club football, Alves' future at Camp Nou has been the subject of speculation in recent weeks as his current contract expires at the end of next season.

Barcelona Lacked Fluency Against Sporting - Johan Cruyff | Goal
"It lacked speed. It is important to realise your own shortcomings, but it is better to draw than to suffer a defeat. We have scored one of the many chances in the second half, now we must talk about the great power of reaction of this team.

Arsenal's Cesc Fabregas: Barcelona Are Best Team In The World But We Must Show No Fear | Goal
Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas has called on his team-mates to produce a fearless display when the lock horns with Barcelona, as the midfielder considers them as the "best team in the world".

Villa settled at Barca | Sky Sports
The striker, a World and European champion with Spain, was heavily linked with moves to Chelsea, Manchester City and Real Madrid before Barca tied him down in a £40million four-year deal from Valencia last summer. And the 29-year-old, who has fired home 15 Primera Liga goals for the Spanish giants so far this season, says it is easier to focus on his game without the distraction of transfer talk.

Arsenal Have To 'Be A Bit Nasty' To Beat Barcelona - Jack Wilshere | Goal
Jack Wilshere believes Arsenal must employ a physical style of play against Barcelona when the two sides meet in the Champions League at the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday night. While the youngster insists the Gunners have learned from their defeat to the Catalan giants in the competition last year, he has called on them to "be a bit nasty".

Arsenal 'Can Match Barcelona For Pure Football Skill' - Nicklas Bendtner | Goal
"I like to believe that we have great players as well, and that we have a similar style to Barcelona. We like to pass the ball like them - and for that reason we have a chance. I certainly think we have at least two or three players who would get into the Barcelona side.

Ronaldo retires from football | Eurosport
The 34-year-old's decision to retire brings an abrupt end to one of the most prestigious careers the world of football has ever seen. Ronaldo was a part of the Brazil's World Cup wins in both 1994 and 2002, and is one of only two men to have won the FIFA Player of the Year award three times, along with France's Zinedine Zidane.

Osasuna sack Camacho as coach | Eurosport
Camacho, 55, replaced Jose Angel Ziganda in October 2008 and helped Osasuna avoid relegation with a victory over one of his former charges Real Madrid on the final day of the season.

Real hopeful over Pepe | Sky Sports
The Portugal international is out of contract in 2012 and has been linked with a move away from the Primera Liga giants, with the two parties yet to agree a new deal. But Valdano is optimistic over negotiating a new contract, insisting the club are focused on keeping the 27-year-old in Madrid.

Real Madrid In Contact With Roma Over Transfer Of Daniele De Rossi - Report | Goal
The 27-year-old's valuation is in the region of €35 million, but his current contract expires in 2012, and given the Giallorossi’s uncertain financial footing, they may be tempted by a substantial offer from the Primera Division giants.

Mallorca Coach Michael Laudrup Welcomes Back Suspended Trio For Visit Of Athletic Bilbao | Goal
Mallorca boss Michael Laudrup has named his squad for the visit of Athletic Bilbao in La Liga’s Monday evening match, and can call upon a trio of first team players following suspension.

Levante hit landmark | LFP
It has taken Levante almost half a century to string together three consecutive victories in Spain's golden division victorias. The coastal side did so for the first time on Sunday against Almería.

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