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FC Barcelona News: 3 October 2013; Barça Players Return from Scotland, Victor Valdes Becomes Father for Third Time

Richard Heathcote

From Glasgow to Sant Joan Despí | FC Barcelona
The players landed at Barcelona airport at 1.20 pm. From the airport the 21 players who travelled to Glasgow, including Sergi Gómez and Patric from Barça B, went straight to the training grounds in the Barcelona suburb of Sant Joan Despí. In a session designed to help the players warm down from last night’s match, Carles Puyol once again exercised with the group.

Andrés Iniesta: "It’s clear that Barça have a good player in Neymar for years to come" | FC Barcelona
One day after Barça’s return from Celtic Park, where Tata Martino's men won 0-1 thanks to a second half goal from Cesc Fàbregas, Andrés Iniesta sat down with the radio station RAC1 to discuss the current events surrounding the Club and his life.

Neymar Jr grows in influence | FC Barcelona
With Messi out injured, it was the ideal moment for Neymar Jr to shoulder the responsibility. On Tuesday, the Catalan sports newspapers were full of headlines to that effect. The Brazilian answered with what was certainly his best performance since joining the Club in the summer (0-1).

Seventh clean sheet of the season | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona kept yet another clean sheet at Celtic Park, the seventh in the eleven competitive games so far this season. A good part of the credit must go to Valdés, who produced another fine performance. It was Barça’s first away win in Europe since they beat Spartak Moscow 0-3 on 20th November 2012. In the meantime, they’ve lost against Milan (2-0), drawn against PSG in Paris (1-1) and lost to Bayern in Munich (4-0).

Víctor Valdés becomes a father for a third time | FC Barcelona
Thus Thursday, Víctor Valdés has announced the birth of his daughter Vera, his first baby girl after already having two sons, Dylan and Kai. "My wife Yolanda Cardona and I can welcome into the world our daughter Vera. Welcome princess!", said the FCB goalkeeper on his Twitter account.

20 years since Romario's goal in Pamplona | FC Barcelona
On October 3, 1993, Laudrup and Romario produced a work of art in Pamplona. In the 39th minute the Dane left his marker standing and saw his Brazilian team-mate making a run. His amazing assist was met by Romania, who chipped goalkeeper Unanua to make it 2-0.

Barça and Atlético beyond compare in Europe | FC Barcelona
Barça and Atlético Madrid are setting the pace both at home and in Europe. Both clubs have won every game played to date both in La Liga and the Champions League, something no other club can claim. An incomparable nine out of nine.

Barcelona fan group calls off Rosell protest - ESPN FC
"They have changed the rules of the game," Arnes and Cases said. "We do not want to get into a long legal process with the club. We are pulling back because achieving the 15 percent is impossible. There is no 'motion of censure'. We would have been able to achieve five percent, but 15 percent is impossible, it is a huge number. We feel tricked, as we were working off the idea of needing [just] five percent."

Completion of first informative sessions on Assembly | FC Barcelona
Next Saturday is the date of the Assembly of Representatives that, among other matters, will present the closure of the financial year, pass the new budget for the 2013/14 season and present the proposal for the revised Statutes.

Real Madrid beat FC Copenhagen 4-0 at the Bernabeu | Sky Sports Football
Cristiano Ronaldo and Angel Di Maria each scored twice in an impressive 4-0 Champions League victory over FC Copenhagen that saw Real Madrid take control of Group B. The Portugal forward grabbed a hat-trick in a 6-1 demolition of Galatasaray on the opening night and needed little persuading to add two more goals to his tally at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Real Madrid confirm Gareth Bale diagnosed with muscle injury | Football News | Sky Sports
Gareth Bale has been diagnosed with a muscle contracture in his left thigh and Real Madrid admit they do not yet know how long he will be out of action for. Bale has been struggling with injury since he arrived in the Spanish capital following his world-record transfer from Tottenham, and has appeared in just two league games so far.

Injured Bale named in Wales squad, won't play - Yahoo Eurosport UK
"We are not worried but he was not able to play today (in a 4-0 win over Copenhagen) because he has a little problem," the Italian said. "He had a scan, it didn't show anything special but he has just to recover his condition. "Now we have the time because we have 15 days. I think that in 15 days he will be ready to play with us."

Bayer Leverkusen score late to beat Real Sociedad | Sky Sports Football
Substitute Jens Hegeler curled home a brilliant injury-time free-kick to snatch a 2-1 victory for Bayer Leverkusen over Real Sociedad in Champions League Group A. Hegeler struck in the second minute of stoppage time to secure an eighth successive win for Sami Hyypia's men at the BayArena after the visitors had come within seconds of claiming a first point of the Champions League campaign.

Marcelino banned for two games - Yahoo Eurosport UK
The coach was dismissed by match officials on Sunday evening for taking protests too far over a turned down penalty call during Villarreal’s defeat at Real Betis. He is banned for the Yellow Submarine’s next two League fixtures, at home to Granada on Friday and away to Athletic Bilbao later in the month, with the club having no plans to appeal.

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