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FC Barcelona News: 11 January 2013; Barça Advance to Next Round of Copa del Rey, Sergi Roberto Out for One Month

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FC Barcelona v Cordoba: Five goal display to reach quarter finals (5-0) | FC Barcelona
Barça will be going back to Andalusia in the next round of the Copa del Rey. After a comfortable win on Thursday night against Cordoba they have qualified for the last eight in emphatic style. That means they’ll be meeting Malaga three times in a fortnight, once in La Liga and twice in the cup.

Jordi Roura: "The players were ambitious" | FC Barcelona
"We were very intense, we played at a very high level. We need to commend the players on their ambition," said Jordi Roura after this evening’s Copa del Rey match against Córdoba (5-0). The assistant manager, who filled in for Tito Vilanova this Thursday, admitted that he has hoped to send Messi in at some point during the game, but Sergi Roberto’s injury hampered his plans.

Alexis: "Scoring goals gives me confidence" | FC Barcelona
Da Luz Stadium, where Barça played on matchday 2 of the Champions League Group Stage, was the last stadium to witness a goal from Alexis Sánchez, until this evening. This Thursday, the Chilean was reacquainted with his goalscoring form. Apart from his traditional runs into space and tireless defensive work up top, the Blaugrana scored two of his team's five goals.

Sergi Roberto out of action for four weeks | FC Barcelona
Sergi Roberto had to abandon the pitch on 51 minutes after picking up an injury. The Club’s Medical Services confirmed that the player has suffered a tear in his left hamstring. Sergi Roberto will be out of action for four weeks, meaning he’ll miss Barça B’s matches against Xerez, Almería, Real Madrid Castilla and Sabadell.

CBS ‘60 Minutes’ report on FC Barcelona now available on Club’s YouTube channel | FC Barcelona
Bob Simon’s '60 Minutes' report on FC Barcelona which aired in the United States on Sunday evening is now available on the Club’s YouTube channel. The report, which can be viewed above, takes a look at Barça's youth academy, four-time Ballon d’Or winner Leo Messi, and why FC Barcelona have become a dominant force in the world of football.

Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Andres Iniesta for Ballon d'Or - Soccer - Sid Lowe -
No one seems to be allowed to just vote for who they think should win; last year Carlos Queiroz was attacked for not voting countryman Ronaldo. So what? His attacker was the country's federation chief, as if it was a crime that he thought Messi might have been the better player. This year, Piqué attacked Marca for voting for a foreigner -- Ronaldo -- for the UEFA award.

Valdes talks going well, says Zubizarreta -
Recently there have been rumours that the shot-stopper was considering leaving the Camp Nou once his current contact expires in 2014. However, Zubizarreta has quelled such speculation and insists that everything is on course for a new contract for the player. "The conversations we've had with his agent and with him are going well. I won't talk about rumours," Zubizarreta told AS.

Barca B – who has the best chance of making it into the first team | Jason Pettigrove
The legacy that Johan Cruyff left behind will bear fruit for years to come. From the very youngest age groups right up to the first team, all teams are taught in exactly the same way. By the time the player reaches Barca B level (and then hopefully the first team), he is already well aware of what is required in terms of how FCB like to play the game.

Real defender Sergio Ramos hit with five-match ban - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
Spain defender Ramos, who was selected in FIFA's team of the year on Monday, picked up a second yellow card when he brought down Augusto Fernandez in the 73rd minute in Wednesday's 4-0 last-16 second leg victory at the Bernabeu. The 26-year-old directed insults at the referee and his assistant when leaving the pitch, according to the referee's report, and was punished with one game for the red card and four for his comments to the match officials.

Malaga loans midfielder Recio to Granada | LFP
Jose Luis Garcia del Pozo ‘Recio’, (El Palo, Malaga) has joined Granada CF until the end of the season. The young midfielder officially debuted with the Malaga first team in the team’s Copa del Rey match on the 12/11/10 against Hercules, with Malaga coming away with a 3-2 win.

Atleti reject Madrid-Pulido offer | Football Espana
Real Madrid have reportedly asked Atletico Madrid about the possibility of signing defender Jorge Pulido, but been turned away. The two Madrid sides are understood, as rivals, to have an unwritten agreement between the Presidents not to transfer players between each other, particularly those of Spanish nationality.

Petrov to join Espanyol? | Football Espana
Bolton midfielder Martin Petrov could be on his way to Espanyol, if reports in the Spanish media are to believed. Several media outlets have confirmed that the Bulgaria international has been spotted in Barcelona, with a possible move to the Periquitos on the cards.

Deportivo la Coruna seek financial protection - ESPN FC
Deportivo la Coruna have become the latest La Liga club to seek protection from its creditors using Spain's 'Ley Concursal'. The Galicians, currently approximately €99 million in debt, and struggling in 19th place in the Primera Division, announced confirmation of the move via the club website on Thursday afternoon.

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