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FC Barcelona News: 16 December 2013; Xavi, Pique and Busquets Rested Against Cartagena, Barça Set New Record

David Ramos

16-man squad for Cartagena game | FC Barcelona
Tata Martino has named a sixteen-man squad for the Cup game against Cartagena at 22.00 on Tuesday night, with Adriano recalled and Xavi, Piqué and Busquets rested.

Players train ahead of Cup clash | FC Barcelona
The Barça squad trained on Sunday morning in the Ciutat Esportiva, just a few hours following the 2-1 win against Villarreal. On Tuesday evening (Camp Nou kick-off 10 pm), Barça will take on Cartagena in the Camp Nou in the second leg of the round of 32 of the Spanish Cup.

FC Barcelona draw Manchester City in the last 16 of the Champions League | FC Barcelona
Alongside other world class players such as ‘Kun’ Agüero, David Silva, Samir Nasri or Edin Dzeko, City can also call on ex-Barça hero Touré Yaya, who will be facing his old teammates three and a half years after leaving.

Six previous games against City all friendlies | FC Barcelona
Manchester City and Barça is the standout game in the last 16 of the Cahmpions League, butthe two have never before met in an official match, though they have played six friendly games, starting with a 1952 game at Les Corts and more recently the 2009 Joan Gamper Trophy at the Camp Nou.

Champions League: Juicy storylines, matchups headline round of 16 - Soccer - Jonathan Wilson -
Probably never before has there been such a marked difference in the quality of sides topping their Champions League groups and those finished second. With an extra goal away to Bayern, City would have finished top -- something Manuel Pellegrini seemingly didn't know -- and his oversight has set up the most intriguing last-16 tie, as two highly attacking sides face off.

Tuesday is Members’ Charity Day | FC Barcelona
For the third year running, the Club is calling on the membership to take part in the Members’ Charity Day on Tuesday. Season ticket holders can do their bit for charity by donating their seats for the Barça v Cartagena Cup clash in a pioneering initiative that has proved to be a huge over the last two seasons.

Olimpic plotting Real upset in King's Cup - Yahoo Eurosport UK
The team from the town of Xativa near Valencia, known as the birthplace of Pope Alexander VI, held Real to a 0-0 draw on their artificial pitch in the first leg on Dec. 7, triggering celebrations by home fans in their 3600-capacity Campo de la Murta stadium. Real, the world's richest club by income, whose annual revenue of more than 500 million euros ($687 million) dwarfs Olimpic's of around 600,000 euros, were dumped out of the Cup by Union at the last 32 stage in 2008 before suffering a similar fate against Alcorcon a year later.

In Pictures: Cristiano Ronaldo's new museum -
The Museu CR7 is now officially open. Family, friends and a host of Portuguese celebrities were present on Sunday to witness the Real Madrid forward's latest venture as the 28-year-old's museum in Madeira's capital Funchal opened its doors to the world.

Costa brace sinks Valencia | Sky Sports Football
Diego Costa struck the opening goal of a difficult night on 59 minutes, and then Raul Garcia doubled the lead just moments after coming onto the pitch. Costa missed a penalty and then scored his second attempt from the spot to round off a victory that will further bolster Atletico's title hopes.

Real Sociedad thrash Real Betis | Sky Sports Football
Agirretxe opened the scoring in the sixth minute and all was relatively calm for Betis following Jorge Molina's equaliser until three goals in just over 10 minutes left them with no hope of claiming a vital victory to climb from the foot of the table. Jon Ansotegui scored the second in the 55th minute with Antoine Griezmann and Agirretxe weighing in to seal a comfortable victory before Xabi Prieto added insult to injury with a late score.

Susaeta hero and villain |
Athletic Bilbao's Markel Susaeta scored one but then missed a chance to double his tally from the penalty spot as his side were held to a 1-1 draw at Sevilla. A Primera Division meeting between two of the league's in-form teams promised much and sparked quickly into life with Alberto Moreno putting the hosts ahead inside five minutes before Susaeta capitalised on an error in the Sevilla defence to level.

Valencia coach's job may be at stake against Real - Yahoo Eurosport UK
The tactician is seen as under increased scrutiny on the Mestalla bench for the third time this season after a promising hour-long display against Atletico Madrid ended in an eventual 3-0 defeat. With it being Los Che’s eighth League defeat already this term, both President Amadeo Salvo and general manager Rufete refused to comment post-match.

Tricky trips for Valencia, Betis | Football Espana
Group H winners Sevilla will play Slovenian outfit Maribor for a first ever competitive meeting. Maribor, who have won one of their previous four matches against Spanish opposition in Europe, finished behind Rubin Kazan in Group D.

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