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FC Barcelona News: 29 September 2011; Barça Defeat BATE Borisov, Lionel Messi Ties Ladislao Kubala, Puyol Doubtful for Next Match

Messi was once more magnificent.
Messi was once more magnificent.

Report: BATE Borisov v Barcelona - ESPN Soccernet
Pep Guardiola's side were 3-0 to the good at half-time thanks to an own goal from Aliaksandr Volodko and further strikes from Pedro Rodriguez and Messi. The Argentina international grabbed the fourth goal early in the second half with an assured left-footed finish to move level with Ladislau Kubala's total of 194, before David Villa rounded things off as the visitors made light of the sodden conditions.

Ladislau Messi |
No one can stop him. Messi is a machine for scoring goals, breaking records and providing happiness. On Wednesday, in Minsk, at 24 years old, he scored another couple of goals, the second one really impressive, and equalled the 194 goals of one of the greatest players in the history of the Club, Ladislao Kubala.

Barcelona's Carles Puyol doubtful for Sporting Gijon La Liga clash - report -
Barcelona have received some disappointing news from the treatment table in the build-up toward their upcoming league match away against Sporting Gijon, as they will possibly have to do without the services of Carles Puyol, Marca reports.

Valdés: "We got a really positive result" |
Valdes also had words for Leo Messi, who with two goals against BATE equalled Kubala as second top scorer in the history of FC Barcelona, with 194 goals. "So many records. Every game is a new one. With the quality he has, and what he’s already won, he’s entered into the history of the club".

Guardiola: "We’ve taken a good step forward" |
Guardiola admitted that, although Barça had been very good in the last three Champions League seasons, away from home "we haven’t been very reliable", something that made him think that the match that his team played on Wednesday in Minsk was, basically, "an unknown". 

Pep Guardiola is happy at Barcelona - agent -
Guardiola responded and praised Laporta - leading to rumours he angered some of the Barcelona bigwigs. However, his agent has rubbished claims of discontent. "Guardiola is happy and tranquil at Barcelona. There is nothing in it [reports of tension]," the agent told

Barca seeking support system - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
It's Saturday night in Barcelona and despite Pep Guardiola's side leading Atletico Madrid 5-0, the rain isn't the only thing putting a dampener on the atmosphere. Barca may boast the highest average attendances in world football at almost 80,000, but Camp Nou is far from a seething cauldron of noise.

Abidal to bide his time | Sky Sports
Earlier this month, the noble Frenchman admitted he did not want to "deceive" the club by signing the deal while doubts surround his physical health. Abidal, whose contract runs out at the end of this season, had surgery to remove a liver tumour in March and is thought to be considering a return to his homeland.

Valencia 1-1 Chelsea: Chelsea let the lead slip | Zonal Marking
Unai Emery used the same outfield XI he fielded against Barca having rotated at the weekend, although there was a change in goal – Diego Alves came in. Andre Villas-Boas went with the usual 4-3-3 – Florent Malouda started on the left, and Juan Mata drifted in from the right, with Frank Lampard restored to the midfield.

Sevilla's Alvaro Negredo doubtful for Atletico Madrid clash with hamstring injury -
Sevilla could be without the services of striker Alvaro Negredo for their weekend trip to Atletico Madrid.The 26-year-old sustained a hamstring injury in Wednesday's training session and is now facing a race against time to be fit for the match at the Vicente Calderon on Sunday.

Laudrup: Tough to leave Mallorca - Yahoo! Eurosport
Michael Laudrup said goodbye to Real Mallorca's players and fans on Wednesday amid criticism from club shareholder Rafa Nadal of the way the board of directors handled the former Danish international's exit.

Nadal to take over at Mallorca | LFP
Miguel Ángel Nadal will take charge at Real Mallorca for the team's next game - against Osasuna on Saturday. The former Mallorca player, who supervised the squad's training session on Wednesday, will perform a caretaker manager role while the club searches for a replacement for Michael Laudrup, who resigned from the post.

Zaragoza sign Antonio Tomás | LFP
Zaragoza confirmed on Wednesday that they have signed Antonio Tomás on a free contract. The midfielder, who made his Liga BBVA debut in 2005 with Racing de Santander, spent last season on the book at Deportivo de La Coruña.


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