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FC Barcelona News: 7 October 2013; International Break Begins, Atletico Madrid Keep Pace with Barcelona

David Ramos

Sixth brace for Alexis at Barça | FC Barcelona
Every time a team has won their first eight games, they have gone on to win the title, as was the case with Real Madrid in 1962, 1969 and 1988. But of course, this season there are two clubs with a perfect 8-0-0 start after Atlético Madrid defeated Celta 2-1 on Sunday.

Alexis: Vilanova vital for my Barcelona career -
The Chile international was heavily linked with a move away from Barcelona this summer after he struggled to find his best form last term, but he eventually opted against a transfer as the club's former head coach told him that he still had a role to play at the Catalans. "Tito has played a big role in my career," Alexis told Sport. "I had a difficult year, but he always supported me and told me not to leave.

Stats and facts from Sandro Rosell's first three years in office | FC Barcelona
The Ordinary General Assembly was held this Saturday afternoon ahead of the match against Valladolid, and it served to close out the 2012/13 fiscal year, pass the 2013/14 budget, and ratify the new Club Statutes. In addition, throughout the six-hour long event, the Assembly reviewed the first three years of the Board of Directors chaired by Sandro Rosell. Here’s an overview of the stats and facts presented during the Assembly:

The General Assembly decisions, in detail | FC Barcelona
Before the votes, President Sandro Rosell opened the event with an overview of what the Club had done the previous season. This overview included an economic report, plans for the future of the Camp Nou, the social situation of the Club and the arrival of Gerardo Martino, among others.

International exodus sets tone for this week | FC Barcelona
Squad depleted due to international call ups for World Cup qualifiers

Ponferradina – Barça B: Reserve side are defeated on the road (1-0) | FC Barcelona
Third consecutive defeat for Barça B, this time by 1-0 away to Ponferradina. The team managed by Eusebio Sacristán dominated possession throughout most of the match, but they were unable to break through the home team’s defensive wall.

Convincing victory for Ajax over Utretch (3-0) | FC Barcelona
Ajax defeated Utretch this Sunday by 3 to 0 and thus claim the top spot of the table with 17 points from 9 matches. Frank de Boer’s men, who were without Bojan Krkic due to injury, scored the opener on 44 minutes.

Costa brace enough for Atletico | Sky Sports Football
The Brazilian striker missed from the spot in the first half but netted either side of the break to draw his side back level on points with Barcelona at the top of the table. Celta's consolation goal came from Nolito, but they were not able to grab a share of the spoils.

Atletico lose Gabi for two weeks with sprained knee - Yahoo Eurosport UK
The midfielder appeared to have damaged his knee badly during the second half of Sunday afternoon’s 2-1 win at home to Celta Vigo and had to be replaced. However, Atleti have carried out tests and confirmed that the 30-year-old has only sustained a grade II sprain in the joint.

Valencia held by Bilbao | Sky Sports Football
Ever Banega had given Miroslav Djukic's the lead at the end of the first half, but Mikel Rico cancelled it out with 14 minutes remaining. The result means Athletic remain sixth in the Primera Division, one place above Valencia thanks to a superior goal difference, with both teams on 13 points.

Sevilla out of drop zone | Sky Sports Football
Kevin Gameiro had given a bright-looking Sevilla side an early lead but Rodri levelled midway through the first half. Sevilla then dropped off in the second half until Rakitic converted from close range in the second minute of stoppage time to heap further agony on Almeria, who remain bottom of the league having conceded at least two goals in every game.

Getafe up into Euro places | Sky Sports Football
Luis Garcia's side scored three goals in 11 frantic first-half minutes - the first two coming from Pedro Leon while Adrian Colunga grabbed the third. Betis had hopes of staging a comeback when Getafe defender Rafa scored an own goal early into the second period, but the hosts held firm to record their third straight victory.

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