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FC Barcelona News: 24 March 2013; Jordi Alba Out for 7 to 10 Days, 15th Anniversary of Xavi's First Team Debut

Manuel Queimadelos Alonso

Alba out injured for between 7 and 10 days | FC Barcelona
Jordi Alba will be out inured for between 7 and 10 days. Tests carried out on Sunday morning by the FC Barcelona medical team have confirmed that he is suffering from a hamstring strain in his right leg. The defender picked up his injury during the second half of Spain’s World Cup qualifier against Finland on Friday.

Fifteen years since Xavi Hernández’s debut | FC Barcelona
March 24, 1998, marks the 15th anniversary of Xavi Hernández’s first appearance for the first team. It was in the Copa Catalunya, and the venue was the Camp d’Esports, home of Lleida, where the home side’s line-up included FCB’s current manager, Tito Vilanova. Xavi played all ninety minutes and helped see his side through to the final with a 2-1 win.

First team internationals totalled 1,306 minutes | FC Barcelona
There were 16 Barça first team and 3 Barça B players in international action on Thursday and Friday, most of whom played the full ninety minutes, while Tello and Messi both got on the scoresheet. Here we look back at their performances.

Song's Cameroon defeat Togo (2-1) | FC Barcelona
Cameroon claimed the three points in the crucial World Cup qualifier against Togo thanks to two strikes from the ex-Barça player Samuel Eto'o. Alex Song was brought on in the final minutes of the match for the goalscorer.

Roura furore: Rosell offers no bonus to caretaker -
"For me Roura has been a hero, despite knowing that some people say I exaggerate," the 49-year-old told Mundo Deportivo. "He has done extraordinary work and has demonstrated loyalty that is rarely seen in people today. He has done his job very well and so far has earned his salary, but that does not mean he will receive a bonus."

Eric Castel, star of Barça and PSG | FC Barcelona
The first adventures of this white-haired star with a certain resemblance to legendary Italian ace Roberto Bettega go back to the summer of 1974, but in those days he was called Walter Müller, and was a German amateur playing for his company team in Düsseldorf. A talent scout spotted his incredible abilities, and he ended up being signed by Barça.

Chelsea to offload Torres in Falcao swap - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
The Spaniard, signed for £50m, would become surplus to requirements should their move for Atletico’s Colombian striker Radamel Falcao come off. And with the Liga side unwilling to say conclusively that Falcao will stay at the club beyond the summer, and receptive to Torres’ return, the paper has linked it into one rather neat player-plus-cash deal.

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