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FC Barcelona News: 2 October 2013; Barça Victorious Against Celtic, Anniversary of Carles Puyol's Debut

Richard Heathcote

Martino: "We played with a lot of consistency" | FC Barcelona
"It was a fairly complete performance, we played with a lot of consistency. With the exception of Valdés’ save (min 72) we almost didn’t have any problems." He then echoed Cesc’s post-match statements: "Because of the characteristics of the game, because it was a Champions League match... I agree with him that this has been our most complete performance of the season."

Cesc: "This was one of our most complete games of the season" | FC Barcelona
The midfielder talked about this Tuesday’s victory on the pitch of Celtic Park after the match: "We knew that it would cost us because they defend well and they need very little to generate chances. We played a good match." He added: "It was one of the most complete games of the season and the victory is totally deserved." Cesc concluded by saying, "it’s a pleasure to come here and play in this atmosphere and against a great team."

14 years since Puyol's debut for FC Barcelona | FC Barcelona
This Wednesday marks the 14th anniversary of Carles Puyol’s debut for FC Barcelona. The center back played his first league game, away to Valladolid, on October 2 of 1999. The manager Louis Van Gaal subbed the Catalan in on 56 minutes for Simao, and he played in the right back position. The Blaugrana won the match by 0 to 2 thanks to goals from Kluivert and Rivaldo.

Barcelona close on Kevin Mendez - Soccer News
Barcelona are on the verge of reaching an agreement for Uruguayan midfielder Kevin Mendez, according to Catalan daily Sport. The 17-year-old is widely regarded as one of South America’s hottest prospects, and he has caught the eye of Barcelona scouts playing for Uruguay Under-17 side last April.

‘Several’ Barcelona matches set for UK TV blackout | Pitchside Europe - Yahoo Eurosport UK
Watching pretty much every Barcelona and Real Madrid game live on British television has become a staple of life for football fans in the UK over recent seasons. However, those who delight in watching the likes of Messi, Ineista and Xavi may have to settle for delayed coverage of some of their matches later this season.

Patric's goal at Celtic Park | FC Barcelona
Patric Gabarrón knows what it’s like to score at Celtic Park. The Barça B youngster – one of the 21 players in the Barça squad for tonight’s Champions League game in Glasgow, scored at the Celtic ground two seasons ago in a NextGen Series game. Patric was then part of the Youth A team which ran out 1-3 winners of that match.

Juvenil A defeat Celtic with two goals from Sanabria | FC Barcelona
The Juvenil A team defeated their Celtic counterparts this afternoon by a scoreline of 1 to 2. The Paraguayan, Tonny Sanabria, put Barça ahead on 14 minutes but Celtic drew level on 52 minutes thanks to a strike from Johnstone. With seven minutes to go before the end of the match, Sanabria scored the match winning goal thanks to a superb free kick that was simply unstoppable for the Celtic keeper, Oberschmidt.

Gareth Bale facing tests as injury rules him out of Real Madrid's Copenhagen clash | Football News | Sky Sports
The world's most expensive player was not included in Real's 21-man squad for the UEFA Champions League game at the Bernabeu. And the problem is the same one which ruled Bale out of the recent La Liga games against Getafe and Elche, although he was able to play 45 minutes against Atletico Madrid on Saturday.

Arda Turan scores late on as Atletico Madrid defeat Porto | Sky Sports Football
Porto started well and claimed a deserved lead through Jackson Martinez's early header but Atletico improved after the break and Diego Godin drew them level near the hour mark before Turkey international Turan slotted home an 86th-minute winner. The 2-1 success leaves Diego Simeone's men with six points from their two Group G games.

Valencia to loan out Adil Rami following outburst - ESPN FC
Rami has not trained since being sent home by Djukic after calling many of his fellow Los Che players ‘two-faced’ and claiming Djukic had broken a promise to play him more often Under La Liga rules Rami cannot be further punished by the club, and must be allowed back to training after ten days.

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