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FC Barcelona News: 10 December 2013; 20 in Squad for Celtic Game, Lionel Messi Named Finalist for Ballon d'Or

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20 players named for Celtic game | FC Barcelona
Martino has called up 20 players for this Wednesday's game against Celtic - all his available first team squad players, except Isaac Cuenca and the suspended Cesc plus B team youngsters Dongou and Adama. Cristian Tello is back in the squad after getting the medical all clear, as are Xavi and Iniesta after injuries kept them out of the Cartagena game. All the players trained on pitch number 2 at the Ciutat Esportiva this morning.

Marc Bartra: "I'm relaxed - my contract renewal is coming along fine" | FC Barcelona
Marc Bartra is feeling good about his role in the first team squad and speaking at a press conference this lunchtime he explained: "I didn't get many minutes at the start of the season, but I've been getting more. I'm confident and I think the team is too"

Lionel Messi, finalist in FIFA Golden Ball 2013 | FC Barcelona
Leo Messi has again received recognition as one of the very best! The Argentinean has been selected as one of the three final candidates for FIFA's 2013 Ballon D'Or award, together with Franck Ribèry (Bayern) and Cristiano Ronaldo (Madrid). The winner will be announced in Zurich on January 13.

FC Barcelona's Scottish contingent | FC Barcelona
Over the course of its long history, ten Scottish players have played for FC Barcelona - the most recent being Steve Archibald, whislt most of the others were players in the Club's early years. George Pattullo has the most spectacular record - having scored 43 goals in 23 games.

Camp Nou: decision to be made in the first fortnight of January | FC Barcelona
The Camp Nou project was the main focus of the Board of Directors meeting this Monday afternoon. After the meeting, Board spokesman Toni Freixa indicated that the directors hadn’t made a definitive decision on the project and that another meeting could take place in the first two weeks of January.

Barbecue at La Masia for the first team | FC Barcelona
The remaining two weeks of competitive play before the Christmas break will see FC Barcelona take on Celtic in the Champions League (Wednesday), Villarreal in La Liga on Saturday, Cartagena in the Copa del Rey on Tuesday (Dec 17), and Getafe on Sunday (Dec 22).

Thiago: Leaving Barcelona for Bayern the best decision of my life -
"It was the best decision of my life to come here to Munich. I am very happy here. Everybody knows the big history of the club," the midfielder said at a press conference. "I know the coach and the team is really strong – that is why I decided to come here. I have known Guardiola since I was 18 years old. I learned so much from him.

Juvenil A set to take on Celtic at the Mini | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona’s Juvenil A team will close out the group stage against Celtic at the Mini this Tuesday (18.00, Eurosport). The Blaugrana have already secured the top spot of the group ahead of Milan, who have also qualified for the next round of the competition.

Why Cristiano Ronaldo has to win Ballon d’Or | Pitchside - Yahoo Eurosport UK
Despite the glut of talent strutting their stuff across world football, there was little surprise when it was announced that an original list of 23 players for this season’s Ballon d’Or had been whittled down to Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Franck Ribery. In fact, such was the certainty that the aforementioned would be the final three, debate has been raging for weeks as to which of Ronaldo, Messi or Ribery should win the coveted award.

Greenpeace disrupt Madrid conference | Football Espana
Environmental activists Greenpeace managed to interrupt Real Madrid’s pre-match Press conference on Monday evening. The group managed to unfurl a large red banner with white text behind Carlo Ancelotti and Pepe, as they addressed the media ahead of Madrid’s Champions League match away to Copenhagen, to kick off this evening.

Sevilla president Jose Maria del Nido stands down after prison sentence | Football News | Sky Sports
Long-serving Sevilla president Jose Maria del Nido has stood down in the wake of his imprisonment for embezzlement and corruption. The 56-year-old was on Friday sentenced to seven years in jail at Madrid's Supreme Court after being found guilty of involvement in the mis-use of public funds in the southern resort town of Marbella.

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