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FC Barcelona News: 24 January 2013; Eric Abidal Undergoes Further Tests, Squad for Málaga Game Announced

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Abidal will be in hospital for 3 or 4 days to continue the development of his transplant | FC Barcelona
Éric Abidal will spend between 3 and 4 days at Hospital Clínic in Barcelona for examinations of the development of the transplant that he underwent last April. By express wish of the player, the Club is asking for the utmost respect for his privacy and confidentiality

Jordi Roura: "I'm convinced the team will react well after our defeat this weekend" | FC Barcelona
During this Wednesday’s pre-match press conference, Jordi Roura declared that tomorrow’s match against Málaga in the Copa del Rey was "the first decisive match, the first ‘match-ball’ of the season." The Catalan manager said that "it’s not necessary to tell the players anything, they are aware how important the match is."

19-man squad for Cup clash with Málaga | FC Barcelona
Barça will travel to Málaga this Thursday to play for a spot in the semi-finals of the Copa del Rey. The biggest piece of news is that David Villa, who was given the medical green light to play earlier this week, was named to the team’s 19-man squad. Jonathan dos Santos, Montoya, Bartra and Isaac Cuenca won’t travel to Andalusia.

Xavi Hernández set to sign contract extension on Monday | FC Barcelona
Xavi Hernández will be the next player to sign his contract extension with FC Barcelona after Carles Puyol committed to stay with the Club through 2016 this Tuesday. The midfielder will sign his contract extension on Monday. Xavi will remain a Blaugrana through June 30 of 2016. The signing ceremony will take play at the Club offices (16.00).

Warm welcome for Puyol and Piqué | FC Barcelona
This morning’s training session started with smiles and a round of applause. The first team players gathered in the middle of the training field before the session to congratulate Gerard Piqué and Carles Puyol. The two defenders were the focus of attention on Tuesday for different reasons:

Milan Piqué, Barça member 171,751 | FC Barcelona
Milan Piqué Mebarak became a Barça member the day after he was born. His great grandfather, Piqué’s grandfather, Amador Bernabéu, formalized Milan’s Barça membership this Wednesday at noon. Bernabéu was accompanied by Club vice president Jordi Cardoner.

TV rights and wrongs: The impact broadcasting deals have had on Europe’s top clubs -
There is a familiar pairing heading Deloitte's Money List. Based on figures accrued from the 2011-12 season, Barcelona and Real Madrid dominate the financial landscape, two overbearing giants once again solidifying their authority. Across Spain, Europe, the world, the marker has been laid down.

'FutbolNet' in Rio: In play | FC Barcelona
The methodology employed in ‘FutbolNet,’ a program designed for children between the ages of 8 and 16, consists of dividing up each session with the children into three distinct parts with the objective of teaching children the following values: dedication, respect, tolerance, team work, responsibility and effort.

Real Madrid reach Copa del Rey semi-final after 1-1 draw with Valencia | Sky Sports
Real Madrid progressed to the semi-finals of the Copa del Rey despite having two men red-carded and goalkeeper Iker Casillas forced off by injury in a 1-1 draw against Valencia tonight. Jose Mourinho's side thumped Los Che 5-0 at the Mestalla at the weekend in the league and while there was plenty of action again tonight, it was for different reasons.

Casillas: We do not know yet how serious injury is -
"I immediately knew something was wrong. I’m in a bit of pain. The doctor doesn't want to make any hasty judgements," Casillas was quoted as saying on the official Madrid website. "He’s seen something he doesn’t like and we’ll have to wait to analyse it in greater detail. We are going to perform the relevant tests to see the seriousness of the injury. I hope my injury is not serious.

Negredo double helps Sevilla into Copa del Rey semis - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
The Spain striker headed the opener in the 36th minute, and after Ivan Rakitic had doubled the lead just before halftime, he bagged his second from the penalty spot. Manu del Moral completed a 4-0 aggregate win in stoppage time.

Llorente signs for Juventus on four year deal -
The 27-year-old has been frozen out of the picture at the Basque club after rejecting a new contract that would have seen his salary rise to €4.8 million a year. Llorente will earn less at Juventus, €4.5 million per season, but had his heart set on Italy and has now agreed a four-year contract.

Shoots of recovery seen at Espanyol | Pitchside Europe - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
Fans understood that he headed up a selling club (like most in Spain), that Pochettino was doing well, but it drove them crazy sometimes. In January 2011, with their side comfortable in fifth, they had to sell two of their best youngsters: internationals Victor Ruiz and Didac - to Napoli and Milan respectively - to raise 10m euros to stave off administration.

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