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FC Barcelona News: 17 October 2012; Barcelona Players Shine on International Duty, Barça B Defense Getting Healthy

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Messi’s Argentina defeats Alexis’ Chile (1-2) | FC Barcelona
Chile had the initiative through much of the first half but first-half strikes from Leo Messi (min. 28) and Gonzalo Higuaín (min. 31) dashed the hopes of the men managed by Claudio Borghi. All three FC Barcelona players - Messi, Javier Mascherano and Alexis - called up for the World Cup qualifiers played the entire 90 minutes of the match.

Last-second strike deprives Spain of victory (1-1) | FC Barcelona
Spain and France, the favourite teams to make it out of Group I, drew one-all at the Vicente Calderón this evening. Didier Deschamps' men managed to secure a well-deserved 1-1 draw in the last seconds of the match. Spain, who dominated up until Sergio Ramos’ goal, saw how France came alive after the opener in search for the equaliser.

Second victory for Adriano's Brazil (4-0) | FC Barcelona
After last week’s demolishing of Iraq (6-0), Brazil, which featured Adriano in its starting line-up, convincingly brushed aside Japan this morning in the international friendly played in Wroclaw, Poland. Paulinho, Neymar (2) and Kaká were Brazil’s goal-scorers.

Montoya shines in Spain's U-21 victory over Denmark (1-3) | FC Barcelona
Martín Montoya, one of the three Barça players in Spain’s starting line-up, put in a notable performance against Denmark. Barça’s first team player was a constant threat on the right wing. In fact, Montoya assisted Muniain for the opener. The Athletic Club player, on 24 minutes, finished off a brilliant play that started with a pass from Isco for Montoya, who served up a great assist for the first goal of the night.

Xavi: "I am happy, I want to stay here for years" | FC Barcelona
Xavi Hernández has spoken to Mundo Deportivo about the start to Tito Vilanova’s first season in charge and admits that "the league is going well for us" after the draw at home to Real Madrid ensured that they stay eight points clear of their main rivals and equal with Atlético Madrid.

Abidal still climbing mountains as France face Spain | Pitchside Europe - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
Abidal said that he found it very tough. It was the latest stage in his second comeback, the first comeback came after he was diagnosed with cancer of the liver in March 2011, just as he was playing the best football of his Barca career since he joined from Lyon in 2007 for 9 million euros.

Abidal's agent on his client's return -
"There are still some questions without answers. What will happen in the first contact? Will he have fear? Will he be dedicated in the duels like he has always been? "I think he will come back. He is so eager to prove this to himself than i think he can make it," he said.

Riazor fears David Villa | FC Barcelona
David Villa has a habit of making life a misery for Deportivo la Coruña in league matches. The international break over, FC Barcelona now take on a side against which the Asturian has scored an impressive 11 goals in 14 matches.

Players return to training after four-day break | FC Barcelona
Tito Vilanova is still without his internationals, and only Jonathan dos Santos trotted out on to the pitch of the Ciutat Esportiva to train with Barça B. José Manuel Pinto trained in the gym, just as he did last week, along with Éric Abidal (who finished his training regiment in Vall d’Aran). In addition, Thiago, Puyol, Piqué, Alves and Cuenca were also present.

Edgar Ié given medical all-clear | FC Barcelona
Barça B’s defence will be back to full strength for this Saturday’s match against Huesca. This Tuesday, the centre back Edgar Ié was given the medical all-clear after spending three months on the sidelines due a fracture in the fifth metatarsal of his left foot.

Polish Culés make their presence felt online | FC Barcelona
Even though it’s not an official FC Barcelona website, thousands of Polish Barça fans flock to for the latest news and commentary on the team. The website, which launched in 2002, was created by Łukasz Surzyn and Krzysztof Machnik to bring up-to-date news about the Club to the Polish public as well as share a bit of Barça history and Catalan culture.

Arbeloa out for three weeks | Football Espana
Alvaro Arbeloa could be out for up to three weeks with injury according to the Spanish Football Federation. The Real Madrid defender pulled up midway through the second half in Spain's 1-1 draw with France at Vicente Calderon on Tuesday, and the RFEF have confirmed that the 29-year-old could miss between two to three weeks.

Marcelo to undergo operation on Friday -
Real Madrid defender Marcelo will travel to Amsterdam to undergo an operation on his broken foot as he looks to cut his recovery time to the minimum possible. The Brazil international fractured his fifth metatarsal in training and will reportedly be out for three months with the injury.

FIFA to pay for Marcelo absence | Football Espana
FIFA are set to pay Real Madrid defender Marcelo’s salary for the duration of his injury, according to Marca. The amount of compensation is calculated according to the player’s fixed salary, including all social security payments, and with Marcelo earning a reported €2.3m a year after tax it is set to cost FIFA around €6,300 for every day he is sidelined.

Sevilla's Piotr Trochowski dejected with seriousness of knee injury | Sky Sports
The 28-year-old suffered a knee injury during the Spanish club's 3-2 home defeat against Barcelona in La Liga earlier this month. Trochowski was substituted before half-time and was hoping that he would not need surgery. However, a visit to Denver in the United States has confirmed that the German will have to go under the knife to repair the cartilage damage.

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