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FC Barcelona News: 12 October 2013; Xavi, Alexis Sanchez Score on International Duty, Cesc Fabregas Approves of Rotation

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Colombia 3-3 Chile: Falcao spearheads stunning comeback -
Chile blitzed the home side early to lead 3-0 before the half-hour mark with Barcelona forward Alexis Sanchez central to the visitors' start as he scored his team's second and third goals. But a red card to Chilean midfielder Carlos Carmona in the 66th minute allowed Colombia to recover with Teofilo Gutierrez scoring the home side's first three minutes later before James Rodriguez was fouled in the box on two occasions and, both times, Falcao converted from the spot.

Spain 2-1 Belarus: Xavi & Negredo allow Roja one foot in Brazil -
Spain planted one foot in Brazil thanks to second-half strikes from Xavi and Alvaro Negredo to win 2-1 at home to Belarus on Friday. The world and European champions were made to work for the Group I victory, which came thanks to second-half strikes from Xavi and Alvaro Negredo; a result that leaves them on the verge of booking their place at next year's World Cup in Brazil.

Fitness tests at the Ciutat Esportiva | FC Barcelona
Friday was day for fitness tests at the Ciutat Esportiva. The first team players that are still in Barcelona (Montoya, Puyol, Mascherano, Bartra, Adriano, Dos Santos and Tello) used the morning for a series of routine fitness tests. This happened in the Medical Services building, while goalkeepers Pinto and Oier worked out in the gym.

Gerardo Martino in depth | FC Barcelona
This month’s edition of Barça Magazine (not available in English) looks in depth at why the club came to choose Martino as his replacement, from the moment that president Sandro Rosell put his name forward, to how Andoni Zubizarreta came to the conclusion that the Argentinian was indeed the best choice.

Martino rotations will prevent another Barca flop - Yahoo Eurosport UK
"What happened last year was a lesson," Fabregas said in an interview with Spanish sports daily Marca published on Friday. "We were in a mess and really weak towards the end of the season," added the former Arsenal captain, who is preparing for Spain's World Cup qualifier at home to Belarus later on Friday.

63 years since Kubala’s debut | FC Barcelona
One of the best players to ever play the sport and hero to Barça fans in the 1950s, Ladislao Kubala was born in Budapest, Hungary, on June 10 in 1927. In 1948 he fled his home country and settled in Rome, Italy. He signed for the Italian team Pro Patria, but he only featured in a couple of non-official matches in the 1948/49 season.

Ronaldo describes himself in one word - Yahoo Eurosport UK
For a man that has won the Ballon d'Or in 2008 and has scored a ridiculous 153 goals in 143 games for the Madrid side, the word chosen was a rather more low key one than you may expect from a player of such calibre. "Normal. My attitude to life is normal. I try to do the right things, to do them well. I’m a footballer and I try to make people happy," he responded.

Herrera picks up hamstring injury | Football Espana
Ander Herrera has been dealt a blow with the news that he has suffered a hamstring injury whilst training with Athletic Bilbao. The midfielder has been in and out of Ernesto Valverde’s team so far this season and now faces a lay-off having retired from training early in Friday’s session.

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