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FC Barcelona News: 13 April 2011; All El Clasico Dates Set, Real Madrid and Manchester United Advance

I could get used to scenes like this one
I could get used to scenes like this one

Messi breaks his scoring record | FCBarcelona
Leo Messi scored his 48th goal of the 2010/11 season against the same team that he made his debut in the Champions League, Shakhtar Donetsk. With this goal the Argentine striker broke the record for goals by a Barça player in one season, that was in possession of himself (09/10) and the Brazilian Ronaldo (96/97), with 47 goals in total.

Four derby games on the trot in 1916 | FCBarcelona
The run of Barça-Madrid games coming up, is not the 1st time the two have met 4 times in quick succession, but we have to go back 95 years, to the 1915/16 season and the Spanish Championship when the 2 met in the semi to find a similar series of game

Key words and phrases around Spain’s “Clasico” | Yahoo
Soccer fans will have a unique chance to see Real Madrid and Barcelona—two of the world’s best teams and the two richest clubs—lock horns four times in 18 days starting with Saturday’s La Liga match at the Bernabeu. The arch Spanish rivals also meet in the final of the King’s Cup on April 20 and home and away in the European Champions League on April 27 and May 3.

Guardiola, to continue the streak against Madrid | FCBarcelona
The balance of the battles in the “clásicos” while Josep Guardiola has been the manager is unbeatable. Five league matches and all five ended in a Barça victory. This Saturday, in Madrid, they’ll play the second derby of the current season, the sixth of the Guardiola era at the helm of the club.

Barcelona meet Real Madrid and Manchester United face Schalke in Champions League semi-finals | Goal
The Champions League final four has been decided. Real Madrid's aggregate win over Tottenham Hotspur sets them up for a semi-final date with eternal rivals Barcelona, the vanquishers of Shakhtar Donetsk. In the other fixture Manchester United's reward for ousting Chelsea is a meeting with the side that eliminated reigning champions Inter, Schalke 04.

Guardiola uses Mascherano at centre-back in 1-0 win over Shakhtar | Zonal Marking
Barcelona have had a problem at centre-back in the last couple of months. Carles Puyol’s long-term injury problems coupled with Eric Abidal’s serious illness mean they’re very short at the back, especially having let go two centre-backs last summer – Rafael Marquez and Dmytro Chygrynskiy. Neither of them featured much last season, but in terms of pure numbers, Barcelona are very light there.

Carvalho banned for Barcelona opener | FourFourTwo
The Portuguese international was ruled out of the match in two weeks after being booked in the first half of Wednesday's 1-0 win at Tottenham Hotspur.

Mourinho: Move to City 'impossible' | Eurosport
The former Chelsea coach was asked about suggestions he might be ready for a move to Eastlands over the summer, but the 48-year-old was quick to stifle the rumours. "Me to Manchester City? That's impossible," Mourinho told Sky Italia.

Ronaldo: Barca are human too | ESPN
The manner of Barca's supremacy in that fixture at Camp Nou, and their subsequent success in opening up an eight-point lead over their rivals at the top of the table, has demonstrated a gulf in class between the two teams. But Ronaldo is determined to bring Barca back down to earth when they visit the Spanish capital at the weekend.

Real Madrid eye move for Twente's Roberto Rosales - report | Goal
Real Madrid have been linked with a move for Twente right-back Roberto Rosales as cover for Sergio Ramos, according to reports. The Madrid brain trust believe the squad are thin on the ground at right-back, and feel they need additional cover.

Atletico Madrid after Espanyol's Pablo Osvaldo - report | Goal
The Mattress Makers are in the market for a new striker because of the possible departure of Diego Forlan to Italy, and consider the prolific striker to be a suitable replacement in the event the Uruguayan leaves the Vicente Calderon.

Official: Osasuna sign Ibrahima Balde from Atletico Madrid on three-year contract | Goal
Struggling Spanish club Osasuna have reached an agreement with Atletico Madrid for the signing of Ibrahima Balde on a three-year contract starting in the summer. The Pamplona-based side made the announcement on Wednesday. The Senegalese striker is currently on loan at Segunda Division side Numancia and was scheduled to return to Atletico at the end of the season.

Spain decline Copa America invitation | Goal
A spokesman for the Spanish Football Association (RFEF) said on Wednesday they had declined the invite from Argentina to participate in place of Japan, who seem like they will be playing as originally scheduled, but that is expected to be confirmed on Thursday.

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