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FC Barcelona News: 18 December 2013; Barça Advance to Round of 16 in Copa del Rey, Neymar Starts Holidays Early

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FC Barcelona-FC Cartagena: Reaffirming performance (3-0) | FC Barcelona
The Diada del Soci Solidari (Club Member Solidarity Day) was a complete success as 47,280 filled the Camp Nou, and the team put in a reaffirming performance. Barça came into the match with a 1-4 advantage from the first leg in Cartagena, and Gerardo Martino’s competitive line-up earned passage to the next round thanks to the final 3-0 scoreline.

"The most positive thing is that we were serious," says Tata Martino | FC Barcelona
Barça comfortably defeated Cartagena in the round of 32 of the Copa del Rey. Despite the positive result from the first leg of the tie, Martino considers that his men approached tonight’s match with the right mentality: "We didn’t play perfectly but our mentality was correct. The most positive thing is that we were serious in our approach to the game. We respected our rival and the fans that came to watch the match."

"Scoring always boosts your confidence," says Pedro | FC Barcelona
"Scoring goals always gives you confidence," said Pedro Rodríguez after the match. The forward took advantage of Montoya’s cross and sent the ball to the back of the net. He added: "I’m happy with the goals I’m scoring for the team and also for getting these opportunities. We closed out the tie and that’s important. We knew that it was going to be difficult."

Getafe will face FC Barcelona in the next round of the Copa del Rey | FC Barcelona
The first match of the tie will be at the Camp Nou on Wednesday, January 8. The second leg, at the Coliseum Alfonso Pérez, will be played the following week. The quarter-finals, the winner will face either Levante or Valladolid or Rayo Vallecano.

FC Barcelona warm-up before Cartagena | FC Barcelona
Before beating Cartagena 3-0 to qualify for the last sixteen of the Copa del Rey, the Barça players warmed up on the pitch. In this video, you can watch José Manuel Pinto making some practice saves, Martín Montoya and Cristian Tello passing the ball to each other and some great action involving Pedro and Neymar.

Puyol back at the Camp Nou | FC Barcelona
This was the sixth consecutive win for FCB in return legs of the Copa del Rey round of 16. The previous victims were Alavés (3-1), l’Hospitalet (1-0), Ceuta (5-1), Cultural Leonesa (5-0) and Benidorm (1-0). The last time they failed to win was in 2007/08 against Alcoyano (2-2).

Tello working hard for more chances | FC Barcelona
Cristian Tello was smiling again after Tuesday night’s Copa del Rey encounter. Shortly after being declared fit again he started the game at the Camp Nou, and helped his team into the next round of the cup with a 3-0 win over Cartagena.

Barcelona's Neymar to be given extended break - ESPN FC
The Blaugrana boss told his postmatch press conference that he had decided to allow Neymar an extra-long break as he had had little rest last summer due to commitments with the Brazil national side and his former club Santos. "Neymar will go to Brazil this Thursday where he will have 10 days of rest," Martino said. "He has had practically no rest for months."

Commission impossible: Neymar, his father and Barcelona's millions -
How much did he cost? Who got what? Where did the money go? Were there additional payments? The official figure released by Barcelona is €57 million, yet Santos say they only received €17.1m, third-party owners are annoyed by feeling short-changed and then there's an unusual first-option payment for three of the Brazilian side's youngsters, plus a couple of friendly fixtures between the two teams thrown in for good measure.

Second anniversary of Clubs World Cup win in Japan | FC Barcelona
Today, December 18, is the second anniversary of FC Barcelona’s second Clubs World Cup title. In late 2011, Josep Guardiola managed his side to a 4-0 win over Santos in Yokohama. Messi (2), Xavi and Cesc all found the target in a game in which Neymar came face to face for the first time with what would become his future club.

Tickets for FC Barcelona-City on sale from Thursday | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona and Manchester City will play the second leg of their Champions League Last 16 tie on March 12 at the Camp Nou and tickets for the game will go on sale this Thursday at 10.00 via the usual channels - the club website, Ticketmaster and the FC Barcelona tcket offices.

Man City-FC Barcelona fact file | FC Barcelona
City have eight players who've figured in the Spanish League -Demichelis, Zabaleta, Navas, Silva, Javi García, Touré Yaya, Agüero and Negredo. Coach Manuel Pellegrini also has plenty of experience in Spain - he was boss of Vilarreal from 2004 to 2009, Real Madrid in the 2009/10 season and Malaga from 2010 to 2013.

Manchester City defeat Leicester (1-3) | FC Barcelona
Manchester City, Barça’s next rival in the Champions League, also won their Cup match this evening. The men managed by Manuel Pellegrini defeated Leicester by 1-3 in the quarter-finals of the Capital One Cup.

'The land of FCB': behind the scenes | FC Barcelona
Qatar Airways has released a behind the scenes video of the making of its popular FC Barcelona commercial, The Arrival. Posted on, the three-minute video titled The Land of FCB showcases the technology used and the spirit of those involved in the making of the 90-second ad.

Barça B celebrate their traditional Christmas meal | FC Barcelona
Barça B’s players and technical staff gathered this Tuesday for the traditional Christmas meal at Txalaparta restaurant in Barcelona. The meal was also attended by Director Jordi Mestre and the directors of the Athletic Commission who accompany the team to Liga Adelante matches: José María García Meranges, Josep Maria Huhuet, José Contreras and Santi Ballesté.

Copa del Rey: Barcelona, Villarreal, Getafe, Levante and Osasuna make last 16 | Football News | Sky Sports
Getafe made light work of their meeting with Girona, winning 4-1 on home soil to secure a 5-2 aggregate success. Pablo Sarabia (2), Adrian Colunga (pen5) and Angel Lafita (34) had the hosts in complete control at the interval and Lisandro Lopez added a fourth on 73 minutes after Alejandro Jandro had pulled one back from the spot (59) for Girona.

Adrian Lopez signs contract extension at Atletico Madrid until June 2018 | Football News | Sky Sports
Atletico Madrid striker Adrian Lopez has signed a contract extension that ties him to the Primera Division club until June 2018. The 25-year-old has scored 23 league goals for Atletico since joining from Deportivo La Coruna in 2011. The Asturian played a key role as the capital club won the Europa League, UEFA Super Cup and the Copa del Rey.

Aperribay Real presidency extended | Football Espana
Jokin Aperribay will continue as Real Sociedad President for another five years, whilst he has affirmed: "We have no interest in selling any player." At Anoeta this week, the club have held their Annual General Meeting where the board voted 97.41 per cent in favour of Aperribay serving a second consecutive five-year term.

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