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FC Barcelona News: 25 October 2013; Jonathan Dos Santos Out for 6 Months, Barca Agree to Gatorade Partnership

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Jonathan Dos Santos out for six months | FC Barcelona
Jonathan Dos Santos will undergo surgery on Novemeber 5thto deal with the cruciate ligament injury he suffered in training this week and is expected to be out for up to six months, according to the Clubs medical services.

Carles Puyol: "The ‘clasico’ is a good opportunity to play well and gain confidence" | FC Barcelona
Speaking at Thursday’s press conference, Puyol told reporters: "It’s been a tough seven months but now I’m back". The team is in good shape and keen for action. The ‘clásico’ is one of those matches that every footballer wants to play". As regards his fitness level, he explained: "I’m in great shape. The feelings are good. I’m available to the boss".

Brazilians and their first clásicos | FC Barcelona
Neymar Jr da Silva el Barça is continuing the tradition of the best Brazilian players of the moment playing for Barça. Now it’s time for his first clásico, following in the footsteps of Romario, Rivaldo and Ronaldinho.

A flood of ticket applications for Barça v Real Madrid | FC Barcelona
Tickets for Saturday’s match against Real Madrid are selling like hotcakes. Between 10 am and 10.05 on the first day of sale, more than 12,000 different applications were made at our website. This flood of applications caused the system to collapse but normal service was resumed at 12 noon.

Historic stats on the FC Barcelona - Real Madrid rivalry in a special infographic | FC Barcelona
Check out our special infographic that shows the most relevant stats and facts on the Clásico at the Camp Nou

Partnership agreement with Gatorade | FC Barcelona
Partnership benefits will include Gatorade Prime, Perform and Recover products and equipment on the Camp Nou sidelines, in the locker room and at press conferences. The Club will also have access to the Gatorade Sports Science Institute’s state-of-the-art laboratory and testing facilities which will provide sports nutrition support and counsel for the Barça players.

#ClassicFCB for Barça v Madrid | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona v Real Madrid next Saturday will not only be enjoyed at the Camp Nou. In the build-up to the Clásico, Barça fans all around the world have the chance to get behind Tata Martino and his team on social media using the hashtag #ClassicFCB from any of the sites where the club is present: Instagram, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Youtube, Tencent or Pinterest.

International press gear up for the Clásico | FC Barcelona
In addition to talking about the game’s historical background, Lowe also notes that "the noise [in the Camp Nou] will be extraordinary ... Michel Salgado told David Beckham: ‘Trust me, you’ve never seen anything like this. You might have done a Manchester United-Liverpool, you might have done a Manchester derby, played in the European Cup final but nothing will prepare you for this.’"

European Match of the Weekend: Barcelona v Real Madrid | Pitchside - Yahoo Eurosport UK
The 167th La Liga 'Clasico' between Barcelona and Real Madrid at the Nou Camp on Saturday could be the ideal stage for Gareth Bale and Neymar to show they are worth a combined price tag of almost £135 million.

Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti explains decision to sell Mesut Ozil - ESPN FC
"Yes, that was a football decision," Ancelotti said. "For the balance of the team I preferred to have Di Maria. He has less quality than Ozil but I wanted him for his character and his help for the team. With Bale’s arrival I believe it is more important to have Di Maria than Ozil, looking at the balance of the team."

St Gallen endure chastening visit to Spain after being crushed by Valencia | Sky Sports Football
St Gallen endured a chastening visit to Spain as they were crushed 5-1 by Valencia and were overtaken by them in second in Europa League Group A. The Swiss side were humiliated at the Mestalla, barely getting out of their own half, especially as Valencia dominated the whole of the opening 45 minutes.

Machin Vitolo earns Sevilla draw at Slovan Liberec | Sky Sports Football
Machin Vitolo's late equaliser earned Sevilla a 1-1 draw at Slovan Liberec that keeps them top of Europa League Group H. Until substitute Vitolo's 88th-minute contribution, the Czech side were heading to pole position themselves thanks to Michael Rabusic's first-half opener.

Alvaro Vadillo's goal earns Real Betis 1-0 victory over Guimaraes | Sky Sports Football
The Primera Division club had dropped points from draws with Lyon and Rijeka but, although their performance in the 1-0 win was far from convincing, they held firm against a Guimaraes side looking to stay top of the group.

‘RFEF lightyears away from justice’ | Football Espana
"The decision does not take into account what happened. I do not know exactly what example they are measuring this by, but I think that these type of decisions create hostility because they are being made with no-one understanding why.

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