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FC Barcelona News: 22 January 2013; Isaac Cuenca Given Medical Clearance, Carles Puyol To Sign Extension Today

Still remember this guy?
Still remember this guy?
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Isaac Cuenca gets medical all-clear | FC Barcelona
Barça returned to training this Monday afternoon to prepare for the return leg of the Copa del Rey quarter final tie against Málaga (Thursday, 22.00). For the first time this season, all 25 first team players participated in the session. Villa, who has spent the last couple of days recovering from a hamstring injury, trained alongside his teammates.

Carles Puyol to sign contract extension on Tuesday | FC Barcelona
On Tuesday afternoon, Captain Carles Puyol will sign a contract extension with FC Barcelona that will keep him at the Club through June 30 of 2016. The signing ceremony, which will start at 17.00, will take place at Club offices.

End of a historic run | FC Barcelona
It was just a matter of time before Barça finally lost a Liga match. They have been impeccable all season, but failed to extend their incredible unbeaten record any further than last Saturday’s visit to San Sebastian. To have lasted 20 matches without losing is a simply stunning achievement, and in doing so, Barça have set some amazing records, which we review here:

Iniesta: "Barça’s titles can’t be understood without Valdés" | FC Barcelona
Andrés Iniesta, team-mate and personal friend of Víctor Valdés, has spoken to the press this afternoon, and one of the subjects touched on was the goalkeeper’s decision not to extend his contract any further than June 30, 2014. "I’d like to analyse the situation in a natural way" he said.

Xavi Hernández: "The hunger to win is still intact" | FC Barcelona
Xavi Hernández is the protagonist today on He is one of the five FCB players in FIFA’s all-star XI for 2012. "It’s a very big honour! To be picked by my fellow professionals from around the world makes me enormously proud", said the midfield star.

Malaga primed to kill off wounded Barca in Copa - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
Qatar-owned Malaga snatched a 2-2 draw in last week's first leg at the Nou Camp and Barca went on to suffer their first La Liga defeat of the campaign when they let slip a two-goal lead and were beaten 3-2 at Real Sociedad on Saturday. They have also been unsettled by last week's announcement by goalkeeper Victor Valdes that he was not going to renew his contract when it expired at the end of next season.

Valencia-FCB scheduled for Sunday, February 3, at 19.00 | FC Barcelona
This Monday the LFP confirmed the schedule for Week 22 of La Liga. Barça will play away to Valencia on Sunday, February 3, at 19.00. The match will be played after Osasuna visits the Camp Nou on January 27 (19.00).

Valencia pass to city ownership | Football Espana
Fundacio VCF publicly declared this week an inability to pay interest on this loan, first due in August and now once more due at the end of January, and they had expected to enter into talks with Bankia to renegotiate either once more delaying the repayments or at least lowering them before the latest deadline.

Soldado out of Valencia's Copa clash with Real - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
Tests carried out on Monday had shown Soldado had a "significant strain" in the thigh muscle in his left leg," Valencia said in a statement on their website. "He will not be available for the next game," the statement said, adding that the length of time he would be sidelined would depend on his recovery.

Kaka unlikely to seal Milan move - ESPN FC
AC Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani has revealed it is unlikely the club will be signing Real Madrid midfielder Kaka this month after announcing negotiations have 'broken down'. Kaka, 30, has only made seven La Liga appearances this season and is keen to return to Italy in search of regular first-team football.

Draw keeps Betis fourth | Sky Sports Football
Real Betis consolidated their advantage over Malaga in fourth place, but were thankful to goalkeeper Adrian for a string of late saves to salvage a point against Athletic Bilbao. The hosts could not have wished for a better start as Ruben Castro put them in front from the penalty spot after just two minutes after Gorka Iraizoz brought down Salva Sevilla.

Real Betis pull Swiss Guillermo Molins into their ranks > LFP
The Swedish/Uruguayan player, Guillermo Molins, is the newest player to join Real Betis, on loan from RSC Anderlecht until the end of the season with the option of buying. The Swedish winger, Guillermo Federico Molins Palmeiro was born in Montevideo (Uruguay) 26th September 1988.

Judge rules Depor can have TV cash - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
"The judge ... Zulema Castro published a ruling this morning under which the embargo is lifted on Real Club Deportivo regarding the rights Mediapro was obliged to pay in January in the sum of 9 million euros plus VAT," Depor said in a statement on their website.

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