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FC Barcelona News: 19 October 2012; 18 Players Travel to La Coruña, Two La Liga Game Dates Announced

Still no Gerard Pique for Barcelona
Still no Gerard Pique for Barcelona
David Ramos

18 –man squad for La Coruña trip | FC Barcelona
The squad for Saturday night’s 10 o’clock kick off includes 17 first team squad members, plus Tello from the B team. Piqué, Puyol, Alves and Thiago are all injured, as are Isaac Cuenca, Abidal and Muniesa, whilst Jonathan dos Santos is back in the squad.

Iniesta expecting even more as season progresses | FC Barcelona
"We have to go to La Coruña and get the three points, and then carry on doing the same", he said. After commenting that they have no need to worry about what other teams are doing, he added that "I hope we’ll all be available for the game in La Coruña. After an international break it’s always that little bit more difficult".

Kick off times announced for Barça’s next two league games against Rayo and Celta | FC Barcelona
The LFP announced today that the game between Rayo and Barça in the ninth round of league games will be played on Saturday 27th at 22.00, whilst the week after, Barça will host Celta at 18.00 on Saturday November 3rd.

'Catalunya is not Spain' - how politics will always divide Barcelona & Real Madrid -
Barcelona have long been a standard-bearer for separatist sentiment in Catalonia, particularly during General Franco’s 36-year fascist dictatorship, which ended with his death in November 1975. As coach, Pep Guardiola used to speak in Catalan during press conferences. Seven million people speak Catalan, which is closer to French than it is to castellano, Castilian Spanish.

Vilanova’s top flight debut was at the Riazor 20 years ago | FC Barcelona
On Saturday night Tito Vilanova will be back at the Riazor ground where he made his debut in the Spanish first division on September 6th 1992. Vilanova played in midfield for the newly promoted Celta after Barça had transferred him following two years on loan to Figueras. According to the REVISTA BARÇA, the Club inserted a 30 million peseta first option buy back clause when they transferred him to Celta.

All the previous cup ties between Barça and Alavés | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona has beaten the Basque club on all four occasions that they have crossed paths on the Copa del Rey. The last time they met in the competition (2006/07), Saviola was decisive with 5 goals .

Real Barca troubles | Sky Sports
"Woopfhhhh! Phlut!" That was the sound of any schadenfreude Real Madrid fans may have been smugly enjoying over Barcelona's defensive crisis that sees Gerard Piqué, Carles Puyol and Dani Alves all sidelined, vanishing in a big, puff of smoke.

There is an objective behind recent Casillas criticisms, claims Albiol -
"When these types of criticisms are made, there is an objective. This campaign is to give those who choose the Ballon d'Or one less problem," the defender told EFE. "It is clear that to win the award as a goalkeeper is very difficult but, if anyone can do, it is Iker. Last year, he won trophies with Spain and with Real Madrid. He had a great season."

Ballack charged for speeding in Spain -
A civil guard spokesman told AFP: "He was detained for excessive speed yesterday afternoon [Wednesday], near the town of Trujillo in eastern Spain." Officials say the ex-Chelsea man then faced a judge Thursday morning where he denied the charges and is subject to face a €10,000 fee should he be found guilty.

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