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FC Barcelona News: 18 September 2012; Barça Unbeaten In Champions League Home Openers, Start ‘Quit Smoking with Barça’ Campaign

There are rumors that we could see David Villa from the start tomorrow.
There are rumors that we could see David Villa from the start tomorrow.

Iniesta and Messi set sights on Wembley final | FC Barcelona
The two Azulgranas are eager to improve on last year’s trophy haul (Spanish and European Super Cups, Club World Cup, Copa del Rey) and are especially motivated by the fact that the Champions League final will be hosted at Wembley this year.

Messi zeroes in on titles for 2012/13 season | FC Barcelona
"I’m as eager as ever," said Leo Messi to Enrique ‘Quique’ Wolff in an interview with ESPN Deportes Magazine. In the interview, which just hit South and Central American news stands, the Argentine talks about Guardiola’s impact on FC Barcelona, the transition to Tito Vilanova, his aspirations for the current year, and his career in the Champions League.

Good record of home debuts | FC Barcelona
Barça have never lost their first game in the Champions League when it’s been played at the Camp Nou. Over the last eight games when they have opened their campaign at home, Barça have won seven – with last year’s 2-2 draw against AC Milan the only time they’ve failed to claim an opening home victory.

Emery has never defeated Barça | FC Barcelona
Unai Emery has to deal with the past. The Spartak boss is bringing his new team to the Camp Nou on Wednesday to face a familiar foe that he has failed to beat in 12 attempts. Neither with Almeria nor with Valencia, and neither in La Liga or the Copa del Rey. Now with Spartak in the Champions League, will his negative record be extended even further?

FC Barcelona and the European Commission join forces to help millions of Europeans to give up smoking | FC Barcelona
The European Commission (EC) and FC Barcelona today announce an unprecedented partnership. ‘Quit Smoking with Barça’ ( will harness the success of the European Commission’s “Ex-Smokers are Unstoppable” campaign and the support of Barça’s millions of fans to help 28 million European smokers* kick the habit forever.

Dani Alves: I'd sign Cristiano Ronaldo in a heartbeat - ESPNFC
Barcelona full-back Dani Alves says that if he were a club president he would like to buy Cristiano Ronaldo, while the Brazilian also praised the abilities of Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho - though questioned his handling of international team-mate Kaka.

Do you remember the goals against Spartak Moscow? | FC Barcelona
The Dream Team experienced one of its most magical European nights against the Russian, which was won 5-1 in the Champions League 1993/94.

Jose Mourinho: Blame me for Real's poor start to season - ESPNFC
"Now I am obliged to make a team which can be as close as possible to that of last year or the year before. In football there is only today and tomorrow, never yesterday, nor the titles won. There is no doubt who is responsible. In my teams, if we win, we do it together, and if we lose, I am the one responsible."

Robben uncertain over Valencia return -
The former Real Madrid man has made a swift return to training, but remains unsure whether he will be able to line up at the Allianz Arena on Wednesday. "It's looking good," he told "It's something in my back, which made my groin feel bad. "We have to be reasonable and smart now because we have so many important matches in the next few weeks.

Betis score late to beat Valladolid - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
Ruben Castro was the visitors' hero, the striker swooping just a minute from the end to send the home crowd away disappointed. Victory for Betis doubled their points tally for the fledgling season and Pepe Mel's side now sit in sixth, like Valladolid on six points, but ahead on goal difference and with a game in hand.

Athletic Bilbao's Fernando Llorente to discuss transfer options in January | Sky Sports
"In January, I am free to negotiate my future," he told Radio Cadena Ser. "But I want to be focused to try to help the team." He added: "It has been a bumpy and hard summer. I've had to make tough decisions. You never know how things are going and I had to go through difficult times.

Rayo gesture for out-of-work fans | Football Espana
Rayo's decision to force all season-ticket holders to pay extra for the home meeting with Madrid last season came in for widespread criticism, and the club's President Raul Martin Presa announced yesterday that Rayo would once again be forcing everyone who wants to attend next Sunday's match to pay their way in. However this time, Rayo will allow any season ticket holders currently out of a job into the match without paying.

Mallorca challenge Nunes red | Football Espana
Mallorca say they will appeal against the red card shown to defender Jose Nunes in Sunday's 1-1 draw at Osasuna. Portuguese centre-back Nunes and Osasuna striker Joseba Llorente were shown straight red cards by referee Ayza Gamez following a clash in the first half of the game in Pamplona, but Mallorca claim that the match official was drawn in by play-acting from Llorente.

Fracture not bruise for Riki | Football Espana
Deportivo La Coruna striker Riki has fractured his nose – but will be able to continue playing with a protective mask. The veteran forward suffered the injury in a collision with Granada defender Diego Mainz on Sunday. The original diagnosis was that his nose was merely bruised, but AS report that further tests have indicated a fracture.

Getafe - No Barrada bids | Sky Sports
The 22-year-old Morocco international came through the ranks at Paris St Germain before moving to Spain in 2010 with Getafe. After a year in Getafe's 'B' team he was promoted to the senior squad last term and emerged as a first-team regular, and has since impressed hugely. His performances attracted the attention of a number of scouts, with Manchester City, Liverpool and Barcelona all said to be keeping close tabs on his form.

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