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FC Barcelona News: 19 December 2013; Barça Announce Andres Iniesta Extension, Dani Alves Returns to Training

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Rosell announces new Iniesta contract until 2018 | FC Barcelona
Iniesta will be 34 on June 30, 2018, which will mean he will have been at the club for an incredible 22 years. He first arrived at FC Barcelona in September 1996, when he was only 12. By the 2000/01 season he was making the switch from the U19 team to Barça B and in October 2002 he played his first game for the first team in Bruges.

Training with Alves but without Neymar | FC Barcelona
Tata Martino and his squad have started preparing for the last game of 2013 after enjoying Wednesday off. On Sunday, Barça are away to Getafe (17.00) in game for which Neymar is suspended, for which reason Martino has allowed the Brazilian to start his Christmas holiday early.

Leo Messi recovering well | FC Barcelona
The physical examination and echography performed on Wednesday morning by doctor Ricard Pruna at the AFA facility in Buenos Aires have shown that Leo Messi is making good progress with his recovery from injury. On Friday further tests will be performed to establish when he can begin the third phase of his recovery programme.

Barcelona's Cesc Fabregas claims 'anti-Messi' agenda - ESPN FC
Cesc Fabregas has suggested that current media reports linking Lionel Messi and his father Jorge to Colombian drug money is part of a concerted Madrid-based campaign against the Barcelona attacker and the Catalan club.

The new FCBotiga Megastore, a unique, innovative experience | FC Barcelona
The new FCBotiga Megastore creates a unique consumer experience both in terms of innovation and technology. Located on the Camp Nou premises, it has been remodelled and expanded in keeping with new times and technologies to offer a unique opportunity for football fans.

Kluivert, the Nine: top images of the Dutch striker | FC Barcelona
Patrick Kluivert is one of the stars of the '9' show on Barça TV, which looks back at his time at Barca between 1998 and 2004, including the league title win in the 1998/99 season. He played over 249 games for the club and scored 124 goals.

2013 Summary: This was January at FC Barcelona | FC Barcelona
An interactive look back at the biggest stories from January. The fourth Ballon d'Or for Messi, renewals of Xavi and Puyol's contracts, and the official launch of the Instagram account, among the top stories.

FC Barcelona B - Mitra Kukar FC: Comfortable victory (4-0) | FC Barcelona
Comfortable victory for Barça B this Wednesday at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper against Mitra Kukar FC. The match, which was part of the Indonesian team’s tour of Spain – they’ve already played against Atlético Madrid, Villarreal, Valencia and Espanyol – was won thanks to goals from Munir (2) and Denis Suárez (2).

FC Barcelona apps make an ideal Christmas present! | FC Barcelona
With FC Barcelona apps on your Smartphone or Tablet you can enjoy a game with your friends, get the latest news from the club and share your Barça passion with other supporters around the world. Download the official FC Barcelona stickers on Line and start chatting in a 100% Barça language!

Copa del Rey: Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid both seal wins to reach last 16 | Football News | Sky Sports
Real Madrid safely reached the last 16 of the Copa del Rey by beating plucky minnows Olimpic Xativa 2-0 at the Bernabeu. Carlo Ancelotti's men found themselves in the unusual position of fretting about conceding away goals given Segunda Division B side had Xativa ground out a surprise goalless draw at La Murta two weeks ago.

Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos has red card overturned - ESPN FC
Sergio Ramos can play for Real Madrid at Valencia on Sunday after the Primera Division authorities rescinded one of the yellow cards that led to him being sent off in last weekend’s 2-2 draw at Osasuna. The news is a boost for Blancos coach Carlo Ancelotti, who had been facing defensive problems with his other senior centre-backs, Pepe and Raphael Varane, unavailable through suspension and injury.

RFEF elect San Mames, La Peineta | Football Espana
The Spanish Football Federation have confirmed that they are putting forward San Mames and La Peineta as candidates to host games at Euro 2020. The 60th anniversary of the European Championships that year will see the competition spread across 13 cities in different countries in the continent.

European Commissioner denies omitting Athletic Bilbao's San Mames from probe - ESPN FC
It had been expected that the reported provision of over 100 million euros in public money towards the building of Athletic’s new San Mames stadium from a number of sources in the Basque Country would also be investigated, but that was not included in the document published by the EC.