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FC Barcelona News: 29 December 2012; Tito Vilanova Expected to Return Mid-January, IFFHS Names Lionel Messi Best Striker

David Ramos

Barca: Vilanova back in mid-January - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
Vilanova underwent surgery on Dec. 20, a day after the club announced that the 44-year-old's condition had returned. He first had treatment in 2011. He'll be back within 15 or 20 days, but he must spend some days at the hospital and rest," Rosell told reporters in Dubai on Friday.

Messi named top striker of the year by IFFHS | FC Barcelona
The 50 goals he scored in 37 matches have won Leo Messi another honour, granted by the International Federation of Football History & Statistics, who consider the Barça player the best striker of 2012 with an average 1.37 goals per game.

Andrés Iniesta: "I play to be happy, not to win titles" | FC Barcelona
Andrés Iniesta is happy to be playing football at FC Barcelona. He adds that he "plays to be happy and not to win titles". Iniesta, in his native La Mancha for Christmas, was speaking to Catalan radio station RAC 1, where he said that "my personal wish is to go out onto the pitch and then come home happy .. I feel strong happy, strong and fast."

Anzhi rubbish Messi €250 million bid rumours -
Reports in Mundo Deportivo had suggested that the Argentina international had rejected earning €30m a season with the Russian club, after his buy-out clause was allegedly met. However, their marketing consultant German Tkachenko quashed the story as totally false, and insisted that the side do not operate that way in the transfer market.

A look ahead: 5 emerging talents to watch in '13 - ESPN FC
For the past two seasons, Deulofeu been excused from duty at youth level to play for Barcelona's B side in the Spanish second tier and has not disappointed. The lightning-fast winger has blown away defences with his pace and trickery to score 11 goals in 16 appearances this campaign, placing him joint top of the division's scoring charts.

Year in Review: Fantastic Falcao | Pitchside Europe - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
Two tragic deaths. Manuel Preciado, the former Sporting Gijon coach who died of a heart attack aged 54 a day after taking over Villarreal in June. He died within days of Betis’ former Liverpool player Miki Roque who was only 23 and had cancer. Barcelona’s Carles Puyol never made it public, but he paid for Roque.

Mou on Casillas, Ferguson & media scrutiny | Football Espana
Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho has admitted that he 'sleeps well' despite constant pressure from the media. The Portuguese Coach has come under-fire from the Press recently after leaving captain Iker Casillas on the bench for the match against Malaga. But the former Chelsea man has claimed that there is no problem between himself and his goalkeeper.

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