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FC Barcelona News: 25 November 2013; 19 Players Travel to Amsterdam to Face Ajax, Adriano Out With Left Ankle Injury

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FC Barcelona travel to Amsterdam | FC Barcelona
On Tuesday, FC Barcelona will be facing Ajax at the Amsterdam Arena in the fifth game of the Champions League group stages. Tata Martino is travelling with a squad of 19 players, including Xavi, who has been declared fit, and reserve team players Adama, Dongou, Sergi Gómez and Patric.

Adriano Correia, out against Ajax | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona returned to training today after Saturday's 4-0 win against Granada. The starting eleven in the game against the Andalusian side did recovery work in a training session that also included Dongou, Patric, Lucas, S. Gomez, Babunski, Bañuz, Sandro, Adama, and Calvet, from the Barcelona B Team.

Trips to Amsterdam and Bilbao mark the week for FC Barcelona | FC Barcelona
Barça have two away trips to historic opponents this week: Ajax Amsterdam and Athletic Club Bilbao. A win at the Amsterdam Arena would ensure passage into the second round of the Champions League as group winners, and three points at the new San Mamés would mean they stay top of the domestic table.

Zubizarreta: Martino understands Barcelona -
"Tata has understood what we are as a club and that when there are injuries, we turn to the younger players," the 52-year-old told journalists after the game. "Adama is very young, but one thing is that he has been brought up here. Let's not forget that we also had [Martin] Montoya, [Marc] Bartra, Sergi Roberto. This is the new generation with whom we can continue dreaming."

Puyol and Xavi played in a friendly at the Amsterdam Arena 11 years ago | FC Barcelona
This Tuesday's game against Ajax in Amsterdam will no doubt bring back memories for the two squad captains Carles Puyol and Xavi Hernández of the last time they faced the Dutch giants on their home turf – on August 4th 2002. both players were in the starting lie up and whilst Xavi played the full 90 minutes, Puyol was replaced by Gabri just past the hour mark.

Winger Traore latest product of Barcelona academy - Yahoo Eurosport UK
A pacy and powerful winger of Mali origin who was born near Barcelona, Traore came on for Brazil forward Neymar in the 81st minute at the Nou Camp, becoming the eighth-youngest player to represent the Spanish champions. Fellow academy graduates who have debuted at a younger age include Argentine World Player of the Year Lionel Messi at 17 years three months and 22 days and Spanish forward Bojan Krkic at 17 years and 18 days.

Hans Krankl returns to Camp Nou | FC Barcelona
Hans Krankl was a fan favourite at Barça in his two seasons at the club, and this weekend he was back at the Camp Nou to remember his time here in a programme being recorded by Sky Austria. The Austrian was in the presidential box to watch as Barça thrashed Granada 4-0 at the Camp Nou.

Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo facing three weeks out - ESPN FC
Cristiano Ronaldo could be set for three weeks on the sidelines after Real Madrid confirmed that he picked up a thigh injury during Saturday’s 5-0 La Liga win at Almeria. After X-ray tests carried out today on our player Cristiano Ronaldo by Real Madrid's medical services, an injury in his left thigh was detected," the statement read. "[His return to action] depends on the evolution of the injury."

Varane may require further surgery | Football Espana
The Real Madrid defender suffers inflammation in the joint after every game and was operated on back in May in a bid to try and cure the problem. Despite being set a two-month recovery period at the time, the Frenchman was not able to return to first-team action until October and now, according to El Confidencial, he may be forced to go under the knife once again to try and cure the problem once and for all.

Elche stun Valencia | Sky Sports Football
Substitute Cristian Herrera netted a late winner on his Primera Division debut for Elche as Valencia were made to pay for a host of missed chances in a 2-1 defeat. Valencia spurned a number of clear openings during a goalless first half and Elche made the most of their fortune by taking a 57th-minute lead through Fidel Chavez.

Sevilla sink Betis | Sky Sports Football
Colombian striker Carlos Bacca was the star of a fiery contest at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan, scoring the opener after two minutes and creating a wonderful third for Vitolo in the second half. But in between times Betis gave their local rivals a huge helping hand. The sending off of key centre-back Paulao in the 42nd minute when 1-0 down for two quickfire, and needless, yellow cards made their task more difficult.

Villarreal coast to derby victory | Sky Sports Football
The game quickly became a foregone conclusion when Levante goalkeeper Keylor Navas tripped Uche in the box with just nine minutes gone and was sent off. Bruno Soriano converted the spot-kick, and then Uche sealed the win with two second-half goals. The win not only cemented the Yellow Submarine's grip on the final Champions League spot, but also marked the club's strongest ever start to a campaign in La Liga.

Rayo Vallecano 1-4 Espanyol |
Sergio Garcia hit a hat-trick as Espanyol inflicted a heavy 4-1 defeat on 10-man Rayo Vallecano to move up to eighth in the Primera Division table. The striker's first two goals came from the penalty spot in either half. A headed goal from Saul Niguez in the 81st minute gave the hosts brief hope of salvaging an equaliser but barely a minute later Garcia hit his third goal, and then Christian Stuani completed the rout.

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