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FC Barcelona News: 28 September 2011; Players Weighed Down by Shirts, Barça Legend 'Chus' Pereda Dies

The new shirts apparently have a big flaw.
The new shirts apparently have a big flaw.

Barcelona weighed down by absorbent shirts - Yahoo! Eurosport
According to Spanish paper El Pais, Barcelona players have noticed the problem early on their summer tour of the USA, and have been so concerned by the way it feels during matches that they have taken to putting the shirt on the scales during matches. The paper also reports a player claiming that the shirt "stuck to the body like a limpet."

Barcelona's battle off the pitch could affect Lionel Messi's future -- Graham Hunter -- ESPN
The relationship between Rosell and his presidential predecessor, Joan Laporta, is as bitter as a freshly cut lemon. During the handover in 2010, their respective accountants vehemently disagreed over the level of annual losses. The accepted version is that what Laporta claimed was a profitable final year was, in fact, a 79 million-euro loss.

First contact with Dynamo Stadium |
FC Barcelona are about to play in Belarus for the very first time in their history. To prepare, they trained today in the Dynamo Stadium, Minsk with all 20 of the players named by Josep Guardiola (which include 18 first team players and Dos Santos and Cuenca of Barça B). Two of these players will have to be struck off the list for the definitive squad that faces BATE.

Three points to avoid upsets |
The current Champion didn’t exactly get off to a good start in this year's Champions League. In the first match they were unlucky to draw with AC Milan at the Camp Nou (2-2). That's why the second game of the competition on Wednesday takes on great significance for the classification in the group (at present all four teams have one point).

BATE Borisov-Barça: Did you know... |
This is only the second time that BATE Borisov have appeared in the Champions League. In the 2008/09 edition they only managed to win one point from their three home fixtures.

1960s legend ‘Chus’ Pereda dies |
Jesús "Chus" Pereda was an amazing player. He was the central playmaker at the club throughout the sixties, forming an extraordinary midfield along with Josep Maria Fusté. He combined skills, strength and excellent shooting to become not just a great player, but also a great person, famous for his happy, open character.

Barcelona's Ibrahim Afellay to undergo knee injury on Monday -
The Netherlands international tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in Thursday's training session. Afellay is expected to be out of action during the next six months, though the exact recovery time will only be determined after the operation.

Jose Mourinho's eye-poking of Tito Vilanova in Barcelona v Real Madrid Supercopa clash recreated in popular smartphone application -
Mourinho's moment of madness has now been recreated in a popular smartphone application, The Finger, which has reached the top five in total free downloads and number one in the sports section, and can be downloaded from the app store on your iPhone.

Kaka renaissance a boost for Madrid - Yahoo! Eurosport
[Kaka] has suffered a series of injuries and needed knee surgery after last year's World Cup but his match-winning performance against Ajax, when he scored the second goal and had a hand in the other two, suggested he is getting back to his best.

Report: Real Madrid v Ajax Amsterdam - ESPN Soccernet
Real Madrid made it two wins from two in Champions League Group D with a clinical 3-0 dismissal of Ajax at the Bernabeu. After opening with a laboured 1-0 win over Dinamo Zagreb on matchday one, Jose Mourinho's men looked more in the mood on Tuesday night and eased to the three points thanks to goals by Cristiano Ronaldo, Kaka and Karim Benzema.

Report: Napoli v Villarreal - ESPN Soccernet
Marek Hamsik and Edinson Cavani struck in three first-half minutes as Napoli downed Villarreal 2-0 in the Stadio San Paolo in Naples to move into second place in Champions League Group A. Hamsik lashed home a cross from Ezequiel Lavezzi in the 14th minute then three minutes later Cavani converted a penalty after Lavezzi was tripped by Gonzalo Rodriguez in the box.

Euroscout: Sergio Canales - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
Ahead of Chelsea's trip to Spain to play Valencia in the Champions League on Wednesday night, we investigate the threat that young playmaker Sergio Canales will pose to the Premier League club.

Laudrup resigns as Mallorca coach - Yahoo! Eurosport
Former Denmark international Michael Laudrup has resigned as coach of Real Mallorca after clashing with the club's board. A spokesman said Laudrup, who took charge at the Balearic Islands club at the end of the 2009-10 season, had expressed his desire to leave for the good of the team and his agent was negotiating the terms of his departure.


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