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FC Barcelona News: 1 December 2013; Barça Players Arrive in Bilbao to Face Athletic, Gerard Deulofeu Shines for Everton

Jan Kruger

Martino: "This game will tell us what situation we're in" | FC Barcelona
Speaking at a press conference today ahead of the Bilbao match on Sunday, Gerardo Martino was quizzed once again about the disappointing performance by his team at the Amsterdam Arena. "We have to respond through football, by playing better and not repeating what we did in the first half of that game. We have to show a different face …"

Athletic Bilbao v FC Barcelona: Did you know? | FC Barcelona
The famous ‘lame man’s goal’ was invented at an Athletic v Barça match on May 29, 1955 when Basque defender Canito was injured in the 25th minute of a cup tie at San Mamés. Playing out on the left wing, in the 50th minute he defied his physical limitations to go on a dribbling run and stick the ball past goalkeeper Ramallets.

Players relax before the match in Bilbao | FC Barcelona
Gerardo Martino’s 18-man squad flew to Bilbao this morning ahead of tonight’s league clash with Athletic Club (kick-off 9 pm). They left Barcelona at 10 am and arrived in Bilbao at about 11:15 a.m. The players – who are accompanied by Toni Freixa, Jordi Moix, Pilar Guinovart and Andoni Zubizarreta - will remain at a local hotel until the match.

'Time to wake up' - Martino's message to revitalise Barcelona after Ajax loss on Tuesday -
His honeymoon period is now officially over. Gerardo Martino has been on the receiving end of his fair share of criticism at Barcelona, despite failing to lose any of his first 20 games in charge at the Catalan club. "Who knows what will happen when we are beaten?" the Argentine quipped recently. Now he knows.

Adama, from pupil to team-mate | FC Barcelona
This November, he has made his first team debuts in both La Liga and the Champions League. It’s something Adama Traoré will never forget. The player of Malian origin but born in Catalonia was a pupil of Xavi Hernández and Andrés Iniesta on the television show ‘Classes del Barça’, which was recorded in the 2004/05 season.

Deulofeu shines as Toffees thrash Stoke -
Everton's Catalan influence continues to grow apace as on-loan Barcelona youngster Gerard Deulofeu scored on his full league debut to inspire a comfortable 4-0 win over Stoke. The 19-year-old product of the famous La Masia academy showed no sign of nerves after deservedly being given his chance by Catalonia-born manager Roberto Martinez.

Wenger hits out at Ballon d'Or obsession -
The 64-year-old told Telefoot: "Who do I want to win this year? I do not want anyone at all. I am against individual awards. This is an endorsement of an individual which goes against the essence of our sport. "I fight like a mad man against the award, which hurts football. Unconsciously, the player is prompted to favour individual performance over that of the team."

Bale nets first treble for Madrid |
Gareth Bale scored his first hat-trick as a Real Madrid player and provided an assist as Carlo Ancelotti's side brushed aside Real Valladolid 4-0 at the Bernabeu on Saturday night. With Cristiano Ronaldo still out nursing a thigh strain, it was left to the world's most expensive player to spearhead Madrid's attack. And the former Tottenham forward proved he was more than up to the task, scoring a header and with both feet to net a perfect hat-trick.

Atletico on the move | Sky Sports Football
Atletico Madrid came out on top after an awkward match at Elche to go level on points with Barcelona at the top of the Primera Division table with a 2-0 win. Diego Simeone's side had struggled to overcome Fran Escriba's disciplined outfit until Koke broke the deadlock on 62 minutes, and Diego Costa, who had assisted the opening goal by playing to the limits of the law, made sure of the three points 11 minutes later.

Sociedad comeback stuns Espanyol | Sky Sports Football
Jhon Cordoba had given the hosts the lead just after the half-hour mark with a neat finish. The game was turned on its head after the interval, though, as Antoine Griezmann headed an equaliser and then Christian Stuani miscued his attempted clearance into his own net a minute from time to hand the visitors the win.

Celta Vigo sink Almeria | Sky Sports Football
Suso scored the opening goal for visitors Almeria in the 10th minute as they went in search of their fourth league win of the season. However, Fabian Orellana levelled for Celta before second-half scores for Borja Oubina and Charles sealed a win which boosts them clear of the bottom three.

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