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FC Barcelona News: 26 March 2011; Strike Saga Continues, Villa Breaks Raul's Record, Xavi Reaches 100, Keita Interview

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Court postpones La Liga dispute decision | Eurosport
A Madrid court has postponed a decision on whether to prevent a La Liga strike on April 2/3 until it has heard arguments put forward by the professional soccer league (LFP) and six clubs against industrial action. The clubs -- which include Sevilla and Villarreal and are known as the G-6 -- must make their case at a hearing next Tuesday along with the LFP, the court said in a statement on Friday.

Everything You Need To Know About The Proposed Strike Action In Spanish Football | Goal
A possible strike threatens Spanish football, which could cause a break in the season, scheduled for April 3, and could bring about the worst disruption of football in Spain over the past 25 years.

Spanish league says little chance of averting strike | Reuters
LFP president Jose Luis Astiazaran said on Thursday there had been "no major progress" in finding a solution to the spat which blew up last month after the league urged Spain's Socialist administration to scrap a rule that one La Liga game per matchday should be shown on free television.

Vicente Del Bosque Hails Xavi As One Of Spain's All-Time Greats After Barcelona Star's 100th Cap | Goal
Speaking before the game Spain coach Vicente Del Bosque bestowed an honour on the Barcelona midfield maestro that perhaps supersedes both of the aforementioned achievements, declaring Xavi one of Spain's finest ever players. 

David Villa Overtakes Raul As Spain's All-Time Leading Goalscorer | Goal
David Villa has officially overtaken Raul to become Spain's all-time leading goalscorer with 46 goals to date after scoring twice against the Czech Republic in their Group I Euro 2012 qualifier on Friday evening.

Spain Coach Vicente Del Bosque Praises David Villa For Passing Raul's Goalscoring Milestone | Goal
"Overcoming the goals of (former record holder) Raul is not easy," Del Bosque told AS. "Villa is a boy with a lot of poise in front of goal," he added.

Barcelona's Lionel Messi Rejected Professional Contract Offer From Inter In 2004 - Agent Ernesto Bronzetti | Goal
The Nerazzurri were just one phone call away from landing the Argentine ace in 2004, and after talks with Italian president Massimo Moratti, Messi chose to remain at the Camp Nou, making the switch from the youth team onto a professional deal.

Keita: "This squad is unusually humble" | FCBarcelona
Keita has spoken to Barça TV and web site about why he thinks this team has been so successful, about the difficult times regarding Abidal’s illness and about the run in to the end of a season where the squad is still hoping to win everything.

Alves keen for more titles | FCBarcelona
 “I want much more success, and if I can, I want to retire here. I was born to win and this club shares my ideas” said Dani Alves, shortly after agreeing to stay at FC Barcelona until 2015. The Brazilian has grown used to success in recent years.

Physical session to end the week | FCBarcelona
Though on other days the first team has trained with the reserves, today Pinto, Jeffren, Keita, Adriano and Bojan worked out alone on pitch number 2 at the Ciutat Esportiva. Luis Enrique’s players were taken away to concentrate on Saturday’s game at the Mini with Alcorcon.

Higuain steps up comeback | Eurosport
The Argentina international, 23, had been undergoing light on-pitch training at the Valdebebas training complex for the past two days and on Thursday played 60 minutes in a low-intensity practice match with the club’s C-team.

Loew: Madrid duo have improved | Eurosport
Some in Germany were wary that the pair would spend too much time on the bench of Jose Mourinho’s star-studded side. But they have cemented first-team places with playmaker Ozil in particular a standout, scoring six Liga goals and playing in almost every match in major competitions.

Diarra happy in Madrid | Sky Sports
Lassana Diarra insists he is happy at Real Madrid and not looking to quit the Spanish giants. The former Arsenal and Chelsea man, who is down manager Jose Mourinho's pecking order, has been linked with moves at the end of the season.

Espanyol starlet happy to stay | Sky Sports
Spanish starlet Baena, who has been watched by Blackburn, insists he is happy to stay with Espanyol as long as they want him. The 22-year-old was a product Barcelona's youth academy, but he left as an 18-year-old and joined city rivals Espanyol.

De la Pena frustrated by injuries | Eurosport
The 34-year-old has only managed half an hour of a Liga match against Villarreal as a succession of injuries blighted his campaign, and while he is unsure when he will return from an adductor problem he believes he will come back before his contract expires the summer.

Demichelis eyes Bayern return | Sky Sports
The Argentina defender left Bayern for Malaga in the January transfer window and signed a contract until the end of the season, with the option of a further two years. However, Malaga are currently inside the bottom three in the table and Demichelis has been linked with a return to Bayern.

Doctors hopeful about Tote | LFP
Hércules striker Jorge López Marco, 'Tote', went under the knife on Thursday in an attempt to correct the problems he has in his right knee, which in his case are the classic "O'Donaghue triad", namely injuries to the anterior cruciate ligament, the external meniscus and the medial collateral ligament.

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