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FC Barcelona News: 27 December 2013; Gabriel Milito Retires, A Look Back at the Year 2013

Manuel Queimadelos Alonso

Emotional farewell to Gaby Milito | FC Barcelona
Gaby Milito officially retired from football at an emotional testimonial played on Thursday at Independiente’s Libertadores de América stadium. In his final game, members of the 2002 title winning team from the 33 year old’s boyhood club, Independiente, took a team of Milito’s friends.

Spanish football year in review: Neymar, Valdes and two Diegos | Pitchside - Yahoo Eurosport UK
Victor Valdes. Except he shouldn’t have been. He’s decided not to stay at Barça beyond this season. That’s his right, yet he was hammered by fans and the media. They’ve since calmed down, growing to appreciate just how good he is.

What you didn't know about FC Barcelona in 2013 | FC Barcelona
Do you want to know how many times the grass has been cut at the Camp Nou or the hours of light required to maintain it? Do you know how many kilometres the first team has travelled this year or how many games have been played at the Ciutat Esportiva? Did you know that Barça has gained 32 million new followers on social networks over the last 365 days?

Do you think you know Alex Song? | FC Barcelona
In the ‘Porta 104’ report on Barça TV, Alex Song speaks about his first experiences at FC Barcelona, his close relationship with Cesc Fàbregas since they were together at Arsenal, his reasons for changing number in the summer and Cameroon’s chances at the World Cup in Brazil next year.

Open doors training session on Friday 3 | FC Barcelona
In keeping with tradition, the first team will be holding an open doors training session for the festive season. This year, it will be on Friday January 3 at 11.00 in the Miniestadi. All members can enter the ground free from 9.00 am, by showing a ticket that must be acquired previously, while all other fans must pay 5 euros.

Rafinha, Bojan and Deulofeu are making the most of their time away from FC Barcelona | FC Barcelona
The three first team footballers on loan this season, Rafinha Alcántara (Celta), Bojan Krkic (Ajax) and Gerard Deulofeu (Everton) have had different experiences in their respective teams. Rafinha continues to be crucial for Luis Enrique, Bojan is back to his goalscoring ways, and Deulofeu picked up an injury that’s temporarily halted his development.

Manchester City defeat Liverpool on Boxing Day (2-1) | FC Barcelona
Manchester City, FC Barcelona’s rival in the knock out round of the Champions League, defeated Liverpool (2-1) this Thursday. The thrilling showdown between the two in-form teams saw the Citizens assert control after the starting whistle. Liverpool, however, were up to the task and managed to net the opener on 24 minutes thanks to a strike from Coutinho.

Perez admits to La Decima 'obsession' -
Real Madrid president Florention Perez has admitted that everyone at the club has become "a little obsessed" with 'La Decima'. Los Blancos have been crowned champions of Europe a record nine times but they have not lifted the most prestigious prize in club football since 2002.

Pepe Mel set for West Brom - report | Football Espana
The 50-year-old was relieved of his duties at Real Betis earlier this month with the team bottom of the table. However, many Beticos were dismayed by the sacking after the Coach had guided them up from Segunda to the Europa League last season. But several outlets, including the Birmingham Mail, the Daily Mail and the Telegraph have insisted that Mel is currently in London negotiating a deal with the Hawthorns outfit.

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