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FC Barcelona News: 29 February 2012; Cristian Tello Impresses on International Duty, Barça Sign new Marketing Deal

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Cesc proving to be an artist of assists | FC Barcelona
Cesc Fàbregas laid on goal number 14 on Sunday at Atlético Madrid. In the 35th minute, after collecting the ball on the left, he crossed to Dani Alves for the latter to score his second goal of 2011/12. This season he has now made 7 assists in the league, 6 in the Copa del Rey and 1 in the Champions League.

The Azulgrana Tello revolutionizes Spain's U21 side against Egypt (3-1) | FC Barcelona
Cristian Tello, FC Barcelona’s youth player, rescued Spain’s U21 side in the friendly against Egypt which served as a test for the upcoming Olympic Games in London this summer. Other Azulgranas, Isaac Cuenca and Montoya, were also named to Luis Milla’s team, and played from the start.

Dani Alves, instrumental in Brazil's victory over Bosnia (2-1) | FC Barcelona
Dani Alves played the 90 minutes of the friendly between Brazil and Bosnia in Switzerland. The game ended with Brazil scoring the go-ahead goal in the last minute of the match (2-1). Both sides were evenly matched, without many goal-scoring chances for either side and the Bosnian defence stoop relatively stedfast against Brazil’s offence; Brazil got the winner when Papac scored an own goal.

Barca awarded damages for doping claim - Yahoo! Eurosport
Cadena Cope published a statement on its website on Tuesday saying the allegations, made in March 2011, had "proven to be untrue and had come from an unverified source". "It is recognised therefore that an unlawful interposition against the honour of the club in question was committed," the statement said

Confirmed three new League fixture schedules | FC Barcelona
The LFP has confirmed the League schedules for matchdays 28, 29, and 30. FC Barcelona will play away at Sevilla on Saturday March 17th at 20.00. A few days later Guardiola's players will play a midweek match at home against Granada on Tuesday, March 20th at 21.00. Finally, the day and time to play the league match against Mallorca has been decided.

Abelardo: "A generation and an Academy admired by everybody" | FC Barcelona
Abelardo Fernandez will return this Saturday to what was his home between 1994 and 2002. Eight years in which he earned the affection of the fans due to, amongst other things, his strong mentality, his spirit of sacrifice, and his friendly character. As a central defender, he almost never figured in the potential first team line-up early on, but always ended the season as a first team starter.

30 years since Clemente's last victory at the Camp Nou | FC Barcelona
Sporting Gijón will bring a Spanish football legend to the Camp Nou in La Liga’s Saturday showdown with FC Barcelona: manager Javier Clemente. Clemente was awarded the manager position at the Asturian club just two weeks ago. Clemente has also managed Valladolid, Murcia, Athletic Club, Espanyol, Tenerife, Real Sociedad, Betis and Atlético Madrid.

Guadalajara could target Pep Guardiola, says owner Jorge Vergara - ESPN Soccernet
The side, who are known by the nickname 'Chivas', have already brought Barcelona legend Johan Cruyff in as an advisor and Vergara says that he will back him 100% if the Dutchman thinks that Guardiola would be interested in a new challenge.

Barcelona and Real Madrid set aside differences in ThaiBev deal " Soccerex
In what is being described as an unprecedented agreement, the deal with the La Liga giants has been sealed to help raise the profile of the company’s Chang Export beer brand, Chang soda and Chang drinking water in Thailand and elsewhere in Asia. Chang will be allowed to use the logos of both clubs and images of their players on product packaging and in advertisements.

'Celestial' Spain unveil new sky-blue second strip for Euro 2012 -
The sky is the limit for Spain. This summer, La Roja will look to become the first national team to claim a European Championship, a World Cup and another continental competition in consecutive tournaments. And they will hope their new light-blue second strip will bring them good fortune in Poland and Ukraine.

David Silva slams Real Madrid over rumours - ESPN Soccernet
Manchester City star David Silva has hit out at Spanish giants Real Madrid, claiming that they smeared his name because they could not persuade him to come to the Bernabeu. "If Real Madrid didn't want to sign me I don't know why these rumours came out, with accusations being thrown around," he said. "My conscience is clear and I have always been professional.

Athletic ripping United fans off | Andy Mitten - Yahoo!
That's understandable - they look after the loyal fans and sting the part-timers who just want to see the glamour games against Barca or Madrid. Working on the same principle in Europe, Athletic socios will pay €35 for a good seat for the United game, while non-members will pay three times that.

Lekic goes under the knife | LFP
Osasuna stiker Dejan Lekic has had a successful operation on the forearm fracture he suffered during Sunday's game against Granada. The operation involved "the surgical reduction of the fracture and the fixation of the same by means of osteosynthesis and the insertion of a bolted plate", the club informs. The player will be out for a period estimated to be two and a half months.

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