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FC Barcelona News: 7 December 2013; Barça Survive Early Scare to Beat Cartagena, Three Midfielders Up for Award

Manuel Queimadelos Alonso

FC Cartagena v FC Barcelona: Lethal reaction (1-4) | FC Barcelona
Despite going behind to a surprise early goal, they had FC Cartagena under absolute control and had worked their way back into the lead by half-time. They finished off the job with two more after the break. The many positives to take from this game included Jean Marie Dongou not only making his debut but also scoring his first goal for the first team, and Jordi Alba returning from injury to play 80 untroubled minutes.

Tata Martino: "We did what we had to do" | FC Barcelona
The boss was also pleased with Jordi Alba's return after the Catalan defender put in 80 minutes : "we thought he'd play for 60 to 70, and he stayed out there for 80 minutes. We knew that Alba was fit and we need him to get some confidence back - I don't think you could tell that he'd been out for three months".

Jean Marie Dongou marks official debut with a goal | FC Barcelona
Dongou came to the Club in 2008 and is the first African player to come through the FC Barcelona academy and make his debut with the first team. Born in Douala (Cameroon), Dongou has shown a hunger for goals throuhout his time at the Club - though curiously he has yet to get a goal for Barça B this season".

Pedro: "The team is moving in the right direction" | FC Barcelona
Barça got back to winning ways against Cartegena and Pedro - with two goals - was the star of the show: "it was tough. They went ahead and we had to fight our way back into the game. This wasn't a game we could have lost - the team is moving in the right direction", he explained after the match.

Martino criticises Song's Copa del Rey display -
Martino was left frustrated by the showing of the former Arsenal man and felt his positional play was out of sorts. "Playing as a holding midfielder is not the same as playing as half of a midfield pivot pair," he said. "At times, he did well but other times he was turned inside out and he was having trouble finding a second, alternative option with his passing."

FC Barcelona warm up before Cartagena clash | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona set out on this season’s Cup campaign with a win this Friday away to Cartagena in the first leg of the round of 32. Watch the players warm up before the match in the Cartagonova stadium.

Sergio, Xavi and Iniesta nominated for FIFA FIFPro World XI midfield | FC Barcelona
Sergio Busquets, Xavi Hernández and Andrés Iniesta have been shortlisted for the three midfield positions in the FIFA FIFPro World XI. This Friday 6, the names of the 15 candidates were revealed, following voting by their colleagues all around the world.

FC Barcelona laments loss of Nelson Mandela | FC Barcelona
In the summer of 2007, when FC Barcelona were in South Africa for a friendly with the Mamelodi Sundowns, a club delegation made up of members of the board and several players visited Mandela at the headquarters of the Johannesburg based foundation that carries his name.

FC Barcelona players drawn together at World Cup | FC Barcelona
In Costa do Sauipe, Brazil, the draw was held earlier this evening for the 2014 World Cup, to be played from June 12 to July 13. Defending champions Spain, with a squad that is once again likely to feature several players from FC Barcelona, have been drawn in what many have already picked out as the infamous ‘group of death’.

Alonso contract decision due 'very soon' - Yahoo Eurosport UK
"We are waiting for Xabi's decision," Ancelotti told a news conference ahead of Real's King's Cup last 32, first leg at third-tier Olimpic de Xativa on Saturday. "He is very relaxed, we are talking, I have talked to him, the club is talking to him and I think he will decide very soon what he has to do," added the Italian. "It is not a priority, the priority is to keep the good results and good matches going."

Emery happy with Sevilla clean sheet | Football Espana
Unai Emery was satisfied with Sevilla’s 1-0 first-leg Copa del Rey victory at Racing Santander and was happy to have kept a clean sheet. A goal after just four minutes from Jairo Samperio was enough to settle a game in which the Andalusians had defender Coke dismissed eight minutes after the break for remarks made to referee Iglesias Villanueva.

Arrasate upset at La Real display | Football Espana
Real Sociedad boss Jagoba Arrasate declared himself upset after the 1-1 first-leg Copa del Rey draw with minnows Algeciras. The Andalusian outfit had a 63rd minute equaliser from Alfaro five minutes to thank after Antoine Griezmann had put the Basques ahead, and Arrasate was in no mood for excuses afterwards.

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