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FC Barcelona News: 5 February 2013; Xavi Ruled Out for 2 Weeks, Copa del Rey El Clasico Return Leg Date Set

Victor Fraile

Xavi Hernández out for 15 days | FC Barcelona
After tests this morning revealed a tear in his left hamstring Xavi Hernández will be out for the next 15 days and will miss Barça’s next two games against Getafe and Granada, though if his recovery goes as planned, he’ll be back for the Champions League game against Milan set for 20th of this month.

Spanish Cup: FC Barcelona vs Real Madrid: On Tuesday February 26th at 9 PM | FC Barcelona
The date for Barça’s Spanish Cup semi-final second leg game against Real Madrid was announced today and the two will meet on February 26th at 21.00 in the Camp Nou – just a few days ahead of the league Clásico scheduled for March 2nd at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Messi has scored in the last 12 La Liga matches | FC Barcelona
Messi set a new league record on Sunday as he scored in his 12th consecutive league match. The Argentine forward has scored 34 goals in 22 matches, it’s the same amount of goals that Ronaldo scored in the 1996/97 season.

34 goals, a golden number for Leo Messi | FC Barcelona
The season is entering its final stage, finalists will win their spot in championship matches and champions will be crowned. In addition, things are also clearing up in terms of who will claim the highest individual honours. One of those honours is the Golden Shoe award (formerly known as the Golden Boot), an award that Leo Messi is rapidly becoming the favourite to win.

Iniesta: "I’m better playing with Leo and he’s better with us" | FC Barcelona
Andrés Iniesta is clear that he wants to finish his career at the Camp Nou and he told the FIFA website: "my dream has always been to play out my whole career at the Club, ever since I came here when I was 12. The Club has given me everything. It’s the best place I could possibly be".

Sweet return to Mestalla for Jordi Alba | FC Barcelona
Jordi Alba’s return to the Mestalla, where he made his league debut and between 2009 and 2012 established himself as a leading full back in the game, was one of the highlights of Sunday night’s match. His performance was more confirmation, if needed, of the great moment of form he is enjoying of late.

Match-fixing: How criminal gangs cash in on football -
Fans, journalists, players and coaches across the world often refer to football as "the beautiful game" when they discuss the sport they so dearly love. However, football is encountering more and more difficulties to live up to its fabled reputation as the latest scandal rocked the game on Monday.

Spanish Liga - Mallorca bring back Manzano to replace Caparros - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
"RCD Mallorca have come to an agreement in principle with Gregorio Manzano for him to take charge of the first team," Mallorca said in a statement. Manzano would be presented to the media at the club's Iberostar stadium later on Tuesday, they added.

Real Sociedad hit back at doping allegations -
"No one from Real Sociedad has been called to appear as a witness in the Operacion Puerto trial, and the club was at no stage involved in proceedings," the statement read. "Real Sociedad show their total willingness to collaborate actively with the relative organisations with the aim of clearing up the facts which the information refers to and highlights the club's zero tolerance of doping practices."

LFP chief refutes doping allegations - ESPN FC
Liga de Futbol Profesional president Jose Luis Astiazaran has denied claims by former Real Sociedad president Inaki Badiola that illegal medical practices took place during Astiazaran's term in charge of the Basque club.

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