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FC Barcelona News: 6 November 2012; Gerard Pique In Squad for Celtic Clash, Alex Song Nominated for Award

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Gerard Piqué in squad for Glasgow | FC Barcelona
Good news from Monday training at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper, the last in Barcelona before the flight to Scotland on Tuesday for Wednesday’s game with Celtic. Gerard Piqué was finally able to complete a normal training session with the rest of the team and has been declared fit for action in the crunch European tie.

Celtic-FC Barcelona: Barça's matches at Celtic Park | FC Barcelona
It will be FC Barcelona’s fifth visit to Celtic FC’s stadium. The first was on December 2 of 1964 in the second round of the UEFA Cup (0-0). 40 years later, in March of 2004, the Catalans return to Glasgow to play in the Round of 16 of the UEFA Cup. A solitary goal from Thomspon sent Barça packing and sealed qualification for Celtic (1-0).

Marc Bartra: "We will have to be at our best in Glasgow" | FC Barcelona
Marc Bartra considers the game against Celtic on Wednesday to be of utmost importance, especially considering it could determine mathematical qualification for the last sixteen of the Champions League. But getting three points at Celtic Park "won’t be easy … especially considering the ground and the competition," and so Barça are going to need to be at their very best.

Zubizarreta: "Celtic’s style of play is tough for us" | FC Barcelona
Andoni Zubizarreta spoke to the media just before flying off to Scotland this morning and he stressed the difficulties Tito Vilanova’s team face tomorrow night at Celtic Park: "we won with a last minute goal at the Camp Nou. It won’t be easy to win. Their fans get right behind them and their style of play is tough for us to deal with".

The only undefeated leader in the big European leagues | FC Barcelona
The top European leagues haven't produced a team that's been able to keep pace with FC Barcelona. The leaders of the English, Italian, German and French leagues have all lost at least one match in league play this season. Tito Vilanova’s Barça, after breaking the record for the best start in the Liga in Club history this weekend, are the only league leaders to remain undefeated.

Barcelona doctor says David Villa could have lost leg -
Dr Ramon Cugat said the 30-year-old could have lost his leg due to the pressure changes which come into play during airplane flights, as the star flew home to Spain shortly after suffering the injury. "Big pressure changes like that at eight, 10 or 12 thousand metres take a big toll," Dr Cugat told La Sexta. "They can lead to severe injuries, or even cause you to lose a limb."

Alex Song, one of 10 finalists for African Player of the Year 2012 | FC Barcelona
For the 2012 award, Song faces stiff competition from Andre Ayew (Marseille), Christopher Katongo (Henan Construction), Demba Ba (Newcastle), Didier Drogba (Shanghai Shenhua), Gervais Lombe Yao Kouassi (Arsenal), John Obi Mikel (Chelsea), Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Saint Etienne), Touré Yaya (Manchester City) and Younes Belhanda (Montpellier).

Kickoff times confirmed for Levante and Bilbao | FC Barcelona
The LFP (Liga de Futbol Profesional) has confirmed the kickoff times for games 13 and 14 of the season. FC Barcelona will play away to Levante on Sunday November 25 at 21.00 and a week later host their rivals in last year’s Copa del Rey Final, Athletic Bilbao, at the Camp Nou on December 1 at 20.00.

Promotion of Catalan culture in Glasgow | FC Barcelona
Catalan culture will be on show in Glasgow on November 7 on occasion of the UCL game between Celtic and Barça. This forms part of the first ever joint project involving FC Barcelona and the Institut Ramon Llull (IRL) for the promotion of Catalan culture overseas.

La Liga refs want Coaches’ respect | Football Espana
"They are always looking for an apology from us. They hide behind the referee when all they want or try for is the to do their best for the good of football," Armino told El Confidencial this week. "The referee has before him the rules of the game to enforce. Some of them are not liked, but they come from FIFA and we must apply them. What is happening is solvable, if they [the Coaches] want it, of course.

Gio to miss Barca reunion | Football Espana
Giovani dos Santos has suffered another muscular injury and will miss the chance to appear for Mallorca next weekend against Barcelona. The Mexican forward developed as a youth through La Blaugrana’s youth academy but left in 2008 and is now at his fifth different club since doing so.

Ronaldo 'would vote for myself', has dig at Messi - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
"If I had the chance, of course I would vote for myself," the Real Madrid and Portugal star told France Football magazine, who run the award alongside FIFA. The 27-year-old will not be allowed to vote for himself - and given that even his team-mate Iker Casillas won't be voting for him, it seems that removing Lionel Messi's grasp on the coveted trophy will not be easy.

Stunning Benat free-kick helps Betis up to fourth - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
Jorge Molina put the visitors in front after a well-worked passing move in the 59th minute, only for Getafe to quickly equalise through Diego Castro. Midfielder Benat, on the fringes of Vicente del Bosque's Spain team, restored the Betis lead with a curling free-kick into the top corner from wide of the area in the 74th. Two minutes later, striker Ruben Castro sprinted clear following a counter-attack to put Betis 3-1 up.