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FC Barcelona News: 8 December 2012; Alexis, Alves and Bartra Given Medical Clearance, Two Kickoff Times Confirmed

Jasper Juinen

The day started very brightly for FC Barcelona as Alexis Sanchez, Dani Alves and Marc Bartra were all given the medical green light by the staff. Lionel Messi also joined the group in training and has been named to the 19-man squad that will travel to Sevilla to face Real Betis. Of the four players recovering from injury only Bartra isn't a part of the squad that will make the trip.

FC Barcelona aim for 8th straight away win | FC Barcelona
The best ever start to a season in the Club’s history has been due in a large part to the team’s fantastic away record. Tito Vilanova’s men have scored 27 goals in their seven wins out of seven so far, beating Osasuna (1-2), Getafe (1-4), Seville (2-3), Deportivo (4-5), Rayo Vallecano (0-5), Mallorca (2-4) and Llevant (0-4).

Thirteen tough years at the Villamarín | FC Barcelona
Barça visit the Benito Villamarin to play Betis on Sunday - a ground that has traditionally not been much of a happy hunting ground. In the 47 games Barça have played in Seville, they have won just 18, drawn 13 and lost 16. However, over the last few years, they have managed just one win in their last 13 visits.

Kick off times for derby and Malaga games confirmed | FC Barcelona
The LFP has released the dates and times for the first two games after Christmas and Barça will play Espanyol in the Camp Nou on Sunday January 6th at 19.00 and then travel to Malaga the following Sunday for a 21.00 kick off.

Hristo Stoichkov, a legendary scorer | FC Barcelona
Do you remember Stoichkov’s great goals for Barça ? Now has put them all together, from his two periods at the Club, from 1990 to 1995 and from 1996 to 1998, and offers you the chance to see them again. The Bulgarian has always been a player whostood out from the crowd, for his goals, his pace and his wining mentality.

Possible Champions League rivals (I): AC Milan | FC Barcelona
We will be looking at all five possible rivals that Barça could face in the last 32 of the Champions League and first up is AC Milan. The Italians have won 7 European Cups and last season faced Barça in the group stage (2-2 at the Camp Nou and 2-3 at the San Siro) and in the quarter finals (0-0 at the San Siro and 3-1 at the Camp Nou).

Schalke's on-loan Barcelona forward Ibrahim Afellay unsure over future | Sky Sports
Afellay joined Schalke on a year-long deal from Barcelona in the summer and has performed well for the German club this term. He has been impressed by the quality of the Bundesliga and is looking forward to the rest of the campaign, before returning to Spain to hold talks with Barca. "I have two years left on my Barcelona deal next summer," he told Bild. "I am actually enjoying my loan spell in the Bundesliga, I like very much being at Schalke.

Aitor Karanka keeping quiet on Jose Mourinho exit rumours - ESPN FC
Recent speculation in Spain has been swirling over how long Mourinho has left in Madrid, with talk of the Portuguese swapping jobs with current Paris Saint-Germain manager Carlo Ancelotti emerging. However, the former Blancos defender says there is no truth to such stories.

Mourinho's behaviour 'not becoming of a Man Utd boss' - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
Ferguson himself said recently the former Chelsea boss "could manage anywhere", but the Portuguese is not so popular in all corners of the club and Charlton - a director and ambassador at United - has been unimpressed by some of Mourinho's antics, such as his outspokenness and his attack on Tito Vilanova, then the assistant manager at Barcelona.

Espanyol concede late in draw at home to 10-man Sevilla - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
Joan Verdu put the home side ahead from the penalty spot in the 13th minute before Sevilla midfielder Ivan Rakitic netted a 24th-minute penalty of his own after a Cristian Stuani foul on Geoffrey Kondogbia. Sevilla were reduced to 10 men six minutes before half-time when Jose Antonio Reyes picked up a harsh second yellow card after the referee ruled he had taken a free-kick without waiting for the whistle.

Mallorca lose Pereira for 2-3 wks | Football Espana
Real Mallorca have announced that French winger Michael Pereira will be out for two to three weeks. The 24-year-old has strained the rectus femoris muscle in his right leg, and will therefore miss Sunday’s game against Levante, and quite possibly the forthcoming fixtures against Sevilla and Athletic Bilbao in La Liga, and against Sevilla again in the Copa del Rey.

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