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FC Barcelona News: 18 January 2013; Victor Valdes' Agents Shock Barça Representatives, Atlético Beat Betis

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45 years of "More than a Club" | FC Barcelona
Narcis de Carreras, a man of liberal and Catalan nationalist ideas, had been elected Barça president by acclamation in the assembly of delegates on 17th January 1968. He gave his acceptance speech in Spanish, as was mandatory by law. A representative of the government, charged with making sure nobody violated the prohibition of speaking Catalan in public or saying anything ‘subversive’, sat at his side.

Victor Valdes refuses to sign new contract at Barcelona | Sky Sports
Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes is set to leave the club after announcing his decision not to sign a new contract. The 30-year-old has spent his entire professional career at the Nou Camp but, in a statement released by his agents, has revealed the "irrevocable decision" not to pen a new deal.

Spotlight on Real Sociedad: The Txuri-Urdin await the Blaugrana at the Anoeta | FC Barcelona
Real Sociedad’s first league title was won in the 1980/81 season, 71 years after the club was founded (1909). The Txuri-Urdin (white and blues) went on to clinch the title again the following season. At the end of the 1980s, Real Sociedad finished second in La Liga and the Copa del Rey (1987), and went on to win the Cup the following year.

The Cup quarterfinal first leg in stats | FC Barcelona
It was the first game of the five played so far in the Cup that Barça hasn’t won. At home, the team had only conceded one draw – in the league against Real Madrid. The last time Barça drew the first leg of a Cup tie was in the 2010/11 season, against Athletic Club (0-0). They went through on away goals after drawing the second leg 1-1 in San Mamés.

The last five results away to Malaga would classify FC Barcelona | FC Barcelona
The 2-2 draw in the Camp Nou has left the quarterfinal Cup tie wide open. The second and deciding match will be in Malaga’s Rosaleda stadium, where Barça have won on their last five league visits. A repeat of any of these score lines next Thursday will hand Barça a place in the semi-finals.

Thiago: "We’re confident of winning the tie" | FC Barcelona
"They’ve got the home advantage after scoring two goals but we’ve played some great games against them. We’re confident we can win the tie". He insisted that the players will go into the second leg with the same mentality as always despite the adverse score line in the Camp Nou (2-2). "We’ll plan the match in the same way that we did the first leg, which was to not speculate with the result but go out for a win".

Bonano: Sanchez may be suffering from anxiety -
"Every coach has to play the part of psychologist and Tito [Vilanova] is handling it very well. Perhaps he suffers from anxiety because he wants to show what he can do in the rare moments that he gets on the pitch. That is going to be counter-effective," he told Esports COPE.

Gerd Müller receives Leo Messi's jersey | FC Barcelona
This Thursday Gerd Müller received the Barça strip set to him by Leo Messi. The German goalscorer, who netted 85 times in 1972 and whose record was broken by Messi’s 91 goals in 2012, thanked Messi and Barça for the gift: "I'm very pleased and proud to receive a jersey like this from the bet player in the world."

Guardiola 'drawn by Bayern image', not cash - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
"Money was not the issue for Guardiola," Rummenigge said. "(In the negotiations) we could see that Pep had a fondness for Bayern and could see himself working here." "We have a good image and you could see that in the talks with Guardiola," said Rummenigge. "He liked the whole package. This is what we threw into the equation."

'Unhappy' Kaka desperate to rejoin Milan from Real Madrid - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
The Brazil international left the San Siro for the Santiago Bernabeu in 2009, but has not been able to break into Jose Mourinho’s side on a regular basis and is looking for a way out of the club. After reportedly enjoying a mean with Brazil team-mate Robinho, the forward admitted that he is actively striving to leave the Spanish giants in January.

Atletico down Betis to close on Copa semis - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
Colombia striker Falcao, coveted by several of Europe's richest clubs, nodded the opener in the 11th minute at the Calderon and Brazilian fullback Filipe Luis added a second 12 minutes later. Betis had their chances and dominated possession for long periods in the second half but Atletico's Belgian goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, on loan from Chelsea, was in inspired form.

Robles leaves Atletico for loan in England - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
Atletico confirmed the deal in a statement on their website, which read: "Atletico Madrid and Wigan Athletic have reached an agreement so that Joel Robles, after a trial period with the English club, will play on loan until June 30 with the Premier League team. "The goalkeeper will return to the `rojiblanco' at the end of this loan period."

UEFA ban Ballesteros | Football Espana
UEFA have ruled that Sergio Ballesteros deliberately got himself booked in the Europa League group stages, so have banned him again. The defender picked up a booking during the fourth minute of stoppage time in Los Granotes’ penultimate group phase game away to Helsingborg for time-wasting.

Udinese sign Campos from Granada - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
The 23-year-old has penned a four-and-a-half-year contract with the Serie A club after finalising his move from Spain. "Udinese can announce the signing of Matias Daniel Campos Toro," a statement on the club's website read. "The player has signed with the team a four-and-a-half-year deal, so his contract will run until June 30, 2017."

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