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FC Barcelona News: 30 January 2013; 19-Man Squad Travels to Madrid for First Copa del Rey El Clasico

Jasper Juinen

19 picked for Madrid | FC Barcelona
19 FC Barcelona players will be flying to Madrid on Wednesday to face the old rival in the semi finals of the Copa del Rey. The unfit Abidal, Muniesa and Dos Santos all miss out, as do the dropped Tello, Cuenca and Montoya. Before the game, Jordi Roura will have to strike one further name off the list.

Roura fears more dangerous Madrid than ever | FC Barcelona
Assistant manager Jordi Roura appeared in his first ever pre-clásico press conference, and doesn’t think that missing players or the 15 point deficit in La Liga are factors that need to be taken into consideration when Madrid are going into a game like this. "They do admittedly have important players missing, but they have very good quality replacements.

Real Madrid v FC Barcelona in the Cup. Did you know... | FC Barcelona
The first Clásico ever was played right at the start of the century in what was called the Copa Coronación, the first ever national championship of any kind, held in 1902. Barça beat the recently formed Madrid FC (the ‘Real’ prefix would not be added until later) in the semi final of the five-team competition staged in the capital to celebrate the coronation of Alfonso XIII.

FC Barcelona vs Real Madrid: Cup clásicos in numbers | FC Barcelona
Real Madrid and Barça are about to meet in the semi finals of the Copa del Rey. To get here, the former have had to get past Alcoyano, Celta and Valencia, having won four, drawn one and lost one. Barça have knocked out Alavés, Cordoba and Malaga, with 5 wins and a draw. Real Madrid have yet to concede a goal at the Bernabéu.

Cup Clásico: Spotlight on Real Madrid | FC Barcelona
It’s a match that’s eagerly awaited by fans from all around the globe, and this evening the two giants of Spanish football will face off for the fourth time this season. Since Tito Vilanova took charge of the Barça bench the Blaugrana have defeated Real Madrid once (3-2, Spanish Super Cup away leg), lost once (2-1, Spanish Super Cup return leg) and tied once (2-2, Liga). is created, the new FC Barcelona meeting point for sharing experiences | FC Barcelona is the new FC Barcelona digital meeting point, where members and fans will find a space to share information and interests about any part of the club. Structured into channels (each player and sport has its own), Barça fans can sign up for the channels they like and follow the players they choose.

Granada bring in Alcaraz to replace sacked Anquela - ESPN FC
Granada have sacked coach Juan Antonio Anquela, with Lucas Alcaraz set to be appointed as the La Liga strugglers' fourth boss in just over a year.The news, which did not come as a surprise with Granada sitting 17th in the table, was announced via the club's official website on Wednesday morning.

Tyton set for Sevilla switch - agent | Football Espana
PSV Eindhoven goalkeeper Przemyslaw Tyton is on the verge of a move to Sevilla, according to his agent. The Poland international has been on the fringes of the Dutch side's starting XI this season, playing just five Eredivisie games.

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