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FC Barcelona News: 26 November 2012; Barça Make History Against Levante, Dani Alves Suffers Injury

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Manuel Queimadelos Alonso

Masia alumni put four past Levante (0-4) | FC Barcelona
For 60 minutes of tonight’s game against Levante, all 11 Barça players had come up through the Masía and a phenomenal second half saw them put four goals past La Liga’s fourth placed team. Andres Iniesta was at the centre of all of them, with three assists and a goal of his own. Leo Messi opened the scoring with two goals, before Iniesta got the third and Fabregas finished the win with the fourth.

Magical Iniesta leads Barça to best-ever start in La Liga | FC Barcelona
Iniesta floats on the pitch. This evening in Valencia the midfielder showcased his talent with two exquisite assists to Leo Messi and another to Cesc, not to mention his howler of a goal on 57 minutes. The Messi-Iniesta partnership only needed 10 minutes to unlock Levante’s defence at the Ciutat de Valencia.

Alves picks up fourth injury | Football Espana
The Brazilian full-back was forced off inside the opening 15 minutes of his team’s eventual 4-0 win at Levante on Sunday evening and it is now confirmed that he suffered a grade I tear of his right hamstring. The player has been ruled out for a period of between two and three weeks, meaning he will likely miss fixtures with Alaves, Athletic Bilbao, Benfica, Real Betis and Atletico Madrid.

Why La Masia is a symbol of Catalan independence -
The timing appeared almost poetic. As Catalans flocked to the polling booths to vote in the region's elections on Sunday, many pushing for secession from Spain, their flagship football team fielded 11 homegrown heroes together for the first time at the highest level - and moved 11 points clear of rivals Real Madrid in La Liga.

Barcelona field entirely homegrown team | Pitchside Europe - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
History was made in the 14th minute when coach Tito Vilanova sent on Martin Montoya to replace the injured Dani Alves - completing a team full of La Masia products for the first time in the modern era. Not even Vilanova's predecessor Pep Guardiola managed the feat, fielding a maximum of nine homegrown players at any time.

Vilanova: "La Liga isn't over" | FC Barcelona
After defeating Levante at the Ciutat de Valencia and equalling the best ever start in La Liga history, Tito Vilanova rubbished any talk of winning the league title: "La Liga is not over. We still have 75 points left to play for and Atlético Madrid are only three points behind us. We have a long way to go!".

Xavi: "We played an excellent game on offence and defence" | FC Barcelona
Xavi Hernández talked about Barça’s position in the league after this Sunday’s vicotry over Levante at the Ciutat de Valencia. On one hand, the midfielder recognised that "we’re pleased that we have an eleven-point lead over Real Madrid, but we should only focus on how we perform on the pitch and try to create a bigger advantage over the team in second place."

Barça equal best-ever La Liga start | FC Barcelona
With 12 victories and only 1 draw from the 13 opening matches in La Liga, Vilanova’s Barça have equalled the all-time best ever start to the domestic competition and they'll have the chance to break the record next week when they take on Athletic Club. In 1991, Antic’s Real Madrid, who won 12 and tied 1 of their opening matches, drew away to Zaragoza on matchday 14.

Alaves and Athletic Club Bilbao centre busy week | FC Barcelona
Barça face another busy week with two games against Basque opponents: on Wednesday at 21-30 Alaves visit the Camp Nou in the second leg of the last 32 of the Spanish Cup – after Barça won 0-3 in Gasteiz - and on Saturday at 20.00 it’s Bilbao’s turn in the 14th game of the La Liga season

Mourinho's Madrid seek refuge in cup - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
Madrid should have little problem seeing off third-tier Alcoyano at the Bernabeu on Tuesday, holding a 4-1 lead from the first leg of their last-32 tie. More importantly, the competition may help to act as a diversion for the next three months.

Atletico put four past Sevilla - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
Federico Fazio was sent off in conceding a penalty in the 20th minute and Radamel Falcao slotted home the spot-kick to open the scoring. The game was practically put beyond Sevilla's reach with two goals late in the first half. Emir Spahic scored an own-goal on 40 minutes while sliding back to defend a low Arda Turan cross with Diego Costa lurking then on the strong of half-time Koke finished from a Costa ball into the box.

Deportivo out of drop zone | Sky Sports Football
Deportivo moved out of the Primera Division relegation zone thanks to a vital point earned from a 1-1 draw with Athletic Bilbao at San Mames. The hosts took a deserved lead before the break as Oscar de Marcos converted Markel Susaeta's cross in the 24th minute, but Abel Aguilar headed Depor level from Juan Carlos Valeron's driven ball just after half-time.

Leon helps Getafe win at Espanyol - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
Pedro León scored thanks to a strong individual effort in the 17th minute as he put a left-footed shot into the lower right of the net from centre of the box. Defender Mané produced an excellent all-round outing for Azulones. He scored one goal and also made three clearances.