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FC Barcelona News: 7 March 2013; Lionel Messi Praises Eric Abidal, Valencia Knocked Out of Champions League

David Ramos

Messi expecting a reaction | FC Barcelona
"We obviously need to give a little bit more. We have been losing recently but we know what we have to do to change things. This game is ideal for reacting and making that change", he said at the presentation of a line of clothing and boots that carry his name.

Pure gold replica of Messi's left foot unveiled in Japan | FC Barcelona
A pure gold replica of Leo Messi’s left foot was unveiled in Japan this Wednesday. The sculpture, which was made to scale, was fabricated from a mold of the Argentinian’s foot. The 25 kilograms sculpture, aptly titled ‘Golden Foot,’ was unveiled this afternoon in a famous jewelry shop in Tokyo. It will sell for 4 million euros.

Jose Manuel Pinto and Fernando Vazquez will meet at Camp Nou | FC Barcelona
It promises to be special evening on Saturday in the Camp Nou. On the one hand, Barça and Deportivo go head to head with one team aiming for the league championship while the other is fighting to avoid relegation. And it will also be a chance to see Pinto defending the Barça goal in the league for the first time this season.

FC Barcelona Legends: Aitor 'Txiki' Begiristain | FC Barcelona
Aitor Begiristain, also known as ‘Txiki,’ played for the Balugrana from 1998 through 1995. Intelligent and skillful like few others on the pitch, he scored many fantastic goals for FC Barcelona. He was a crucial fixture in the Dream Team that claimed the European Cup.

Deportivo fear wounded Barcelona - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
The cash-strapped Galician club, one of the most successful sides in Europe around a decade ago, are rooted to the bottom of the table and apparently doomed to go straight back down after spending the 2011-12 season in the second division. Forced to seek protection from their creditors at the turn of the year, Depor's three games after meeting Barca are against Celta Vigo, Real Mallorca and Real Zaragoza and will be key to determining their fate.

Uefa opens disciplinary proceedings against Manchester United and Nani -
Uefa has opened disciplinary proceedings against Manchester United and Nani following the club's defeat to Real Madrid on Tuesday evening. The Portuguese winger was sent from the field during the Champions League last-16 second-leg after connecting with Los Blancos right-back Alvaro Arbeloa with a high boot.

No time for Valencia self-pity after Europe exit - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
Cash-strapped Valencia have little time to waste wallowing in self-pity after Wednesday's Champions League elimination at Paris St Germain and must focus on qualifying for next season's edition of Europe's lucrative elite club competition.

Reported Arsenal target Adil Rami happy to stay at Valencia | Sky Sports
Recent performances have prompted Arsene Wenger to look at bolstering his defensive line and it was believed that Rami was top of the manager's wish list. However, it appears that the defender is keen to sign a new deal with Valencia after they offered him a contract extension. "There's an offer from Valencia to extend my contract, and I feel good here," Rami told Canal+.

Demichelis weighs up River Plate return - ESPN FC
"Turnes has opened the doors for me to return, and I really appreciated that," he said. "My contract with Malaga is up on June 30. In that time, I am going to make a decision. I told Turnes that since I arrived in Europe it was the first time a director had wanted me to return. He came to personally tell me. It was nice to hear face-to-face."

Piti frustrated by contract delay | Football Espana
"I’ll wait for Rayo but patience is exhausted," he told reporters this week. "Maybe you cannot hope for everything that you want. I am 31 and I cannot wait and pass on other offers that I have. "I have said that Rayo is where I want to stay, but the decision is in the hands of the powers that be at the club.

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