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FC Barcelona News: 18 November 2013; Andres Iniesta Close to Signing Extension, Alex Song, Cameroon, Qualify for World Cup

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Andres Iniesta close to renewing Barcelona contract, says Andoni Zubizarreta -
Barcelona sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta claims midfielder Andres Iniesta is close to signing a contract extension. The 29-year-old Spain international has been locked in contract negotiations with the club ever since he reportedly rejected terms offered earlier in the autumn.

Alex Song will be at the 2014 World Cup(4-1) | FC Barcelona
Barça will have another player in the World Cup finals next summer, after Alex Song's Cameroon came back from a disapointing goalless draw in the first leg of their play off against Tunisia to sweep aside the North Africans with a 4-1 win in Yaoundé.

Neymar helps Brazil to victory over Honduras (5-0) | FC Barcelona
Brazil sent out a strong message to other World Cup hopefuls this weekend with a 5-0 rout of Honduras in a friendly played in Miami. The two Barça players included in the Brazil squad enjoyed mixed fortunes with Neymar Jr. on the pitch for 66 minutes while Dani Alves was rested.

A look back at the first batch of international matches | FC Barcelona
The Cameroonian will be feeling on top of the world after helping his country reach the World Cup finals thanks to a 4-1 defeat of Tunisia in the second leg of their tie in Yaoundé. The Barça midfielder had a good game and was a steadying influence on the Cameroon midfield.

FC Barcelona to play eight games before Xmas break | FC Barcelona
This four-week marathon gets underway on Saturday 23rd November with a home game against Granada, the first of eight matches in just four weeks in the lead up to the Christmas festivities. Barça will face challenges on three fronts, with key games in the Cup and Champions League as well as La Liga.

Barcelona's Lionel Messi blames injury on 'bad luck' - ESPN FC
"I am sad because I did not expect it," he said. "And also annoyed because this is an injury which happened to me just after another. But not worried, seriously. This injury happened as it had to happen. There is nothing strange behind it, nor nothing to look for… A bang, a slip and I was injured. People can say many things, but my injury was just bad luck."

Khedira surgery a success, Germany upbeat on Brazil - Yahoo Eurosport UK
"The operation went well," Mueller-Wohlfahrt said on the German federation website. "Now we hope that Sami will be back to fitness for the World Cup in Brazil (starting in June)," he added. Real confirmed the success of the surgery, which took place under the supervision of club doctors at a clinic in Augsburg, Germany on Saturday.

Microsoft out of Bernabeu talks | Football Espana
The American firm was confirmed by Garana recently as in preliminary negotiations for naming rights of the stadium, having been approached by Los Blancos. However, AS report that the President of the Spanish sector of the company has now distanced the company from such a proposal.

Aly Cissokho wants permanent Liverpool move - ESPN FC
Valencia defender Aly Cissokho has said he would relish the chance to make his loan move to Liverpool permanent. The left-back, 26, joined the Reds on a season-long loan deal in August, and has made five appearances in the Premier League so far.

‘Betis may spend more in January’ | Football Espana
Jose Antonio Bosch has conceded that Real Betis may move in the January market to rectify their current situation. Los Beticos are spending the November international break bottom of La Liga after a difficult start to the season. Despite a number of changes to the squad over the summer, one of the club’s leading directors says a move or two midseason cannot be ruled out.

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