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FC Barcelona News: 30 March 2012; Barça Train in Italy, Mixed Results for Spanish Teams in Europa League

Adriano will not be ready for the Athletic Bilbao match
Adriano will not be ready for the Athletic Bilbao match

Training session in Centro Sportivo Giacinto Fachetti | FC Barcelona
The FC Barcelona first team are used to training at the Ciutat Esportiva on days after matches, but this Thursday there’s been a break from routine and they have instead trained at the Centro Sportivo Giacinto Facchetti, one of Inter Milan’s training grounds. The club decided to take this measure because of the general strike affecting the whole of Spain on March 29,

Barcelona to face Athletic Bilbao without Adriano - report -
Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola has received some disappointing news from the treatment table ahead of Saturday's La Liga match at home against Athletic Bilbao as he will have to make do without the services of full-back Adriano due to injury, Sport reports.Barcelona were initially hopeful that the 27-year-old could make his comeback against Athletic on Saturday, but the Catalans' medical staff have decided not to take any risks with Adriano.

History on Barcelona’s side | FC Barcelona
On Tuesday at the Camp Nou we will see whether Barça or Milan go on to play Chelsea or Benfica in the semi finals of the Champions League after the first leg ended 0-0 at the San Siro. That’s a result that gives Guardiola plenty of reasons to feel optimistic about his side’s chances, for history is very much on his side. Since he became coach in 2008/09, he has successfully guided the team through 25 out of 27 two-legged encounters.

UEFA representative defends Milan pitch after Barcelona complaint - ESPN Soccernet
"The pitch in Milan is a recurring problem of the microclimate inside that stadium and there is nothing more the two clubs can do," he told RadioCalciomercato. "Inter and Milan try to get through the problem by re-laying the turf, but many games are consequently played in less than ideal conditions.

Milan hit back at Barca | Sky Sports
Barcelona have complained to UEFA regarding the condition of the surface during Wednesday night's 0-0 draw in the first leg of the quarter-final tie. However, the Serie A leaders have responded to Barca's comments and have insisted that the referee and UEFA delegates deemed the pitch to be fit for purpose.

Milan v Barça: fourth game of the season without scoring | FC Barcelona
Barça and Milan also drew 0-0 in the second leg of their Champions League semi final in the 2005/06 season at the Camp Nou.

Real Madrid's Callejon resumes training action -
Callejon sustained an ankle injury in Madrid's 1-1 La Liga draw against Villarreal on March 21, and was taken off at half-time of the meeting at El Madrigal. Nevertheless, Madrid have revealed on their official website that Callejon has resumed individual training action, and performed some ball work with recovery specialist Carlos Lalin on Thursday.

Manchester City ready to launch sensational bid to sign Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid this summer -
The Premier League club are understood to be willing to match the world-record transfer fee of £80 million (€96m) that Real paid Manchester United for Ronaldo in 2009, and wages of between £400,000-a-week (€478,000) and £500,000-a-week (€598,000) to land the Portuguese icon.

Robson tips Mourinho for United - Yahoo! Eurosport
Robson knows the time will come when the issue has to be dealt with and he feels Real Madrid's former Chelsea boss would be a good fit. The former England captain said: "How do you replace Sir Alex Ferguson? It is near enough impossible. Mourinho is definitely one who would be up at the top of the list. His record speaks for itself."

Ras al-Khaimah celebrates Real Madrid's holiday resort project -
The governors of the emirate of Ras al-Khaimah have put together a party to celebrate Real Madrid's holiday resort in the United Arab Emirates. 'Real Madrid Resort Island', which has a cost of $1 billion, is due to open in January 2015, with over one million visitors expected per year.

Match Report: Schalke 2-4 Athletic Bilbao -
Late goals from Oscar de Marcos and Iker Muniain earned Athletic Bilbao a thrilling 4-2 win over Schalke on Thursday in the first leg of their Europa League quarter-final match at Veltins-Arena. Braces from Fernando Llorente and Raul saw the game level, before the Basque duo finished calmly to give the visitors a significant victory in the final 10 minutes.

Match Report: AZ 2-1 Valencia -
AZ produced a stirring late rally to beat Valencia 2-1 and increase the pressure on Los Che coach Unai Emery in their Europa League quarter-final first-leg at the AFAS Stadion. Brett Holman opened the scoring against the run of play from a corner, but the hosts were pegged back early in the second half through a Mehmet Topal header. Maarten Martens struck the winner late in the game.

Match Report: Atletico Madrid 2-1 Hannover -
Atletico Madrid needed a last-gasp goal from Eduardo Salvio to overcome a resilient Hannover side 2-1 at the Vicente Calderon in this Europa League quarter-final encounter. Radamel Falcao put the Spanish side ahead early on with a free header, before Mame Biram Diouf grabbed an equaliser before half-time. However, Salvio nicked the victory for the hosts in the closing moments.

Court overturns Matuzalem ruling - Yahoo! Eurosport
Matuzalem and Zaragoza were ordered by CAS in 2009 to pay Shakhtar Donetsk almost 12 million euros for breach of contract, following the player's move in 2007. In August 2010, FIFA ruled that Shakhtar could request a ban for Matuzalem if he failed to pay on time and this was confirmed by CAS in June last year. "The CAS decision has been annulled because it is incompatible with the public order," the Swiss court said in a statement.

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