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FC Barcelona News: 16 April 2013; Eric Abidal Opens Up, Kickoff Time for Athletic Bilbao Game Confirmed

Denis Doyle

Facts and figures from the Zaragoza game | FC Barcelona
Barça fielded their 11th different central defensive partnership of the season, as Bartra and Adriano made their debut at the heart of defence. The pairing used most often this season? Piqué and Mascherano. Adriano has now played alongside five different partners in central defence this season: Sergio Busquets, Mascherano, Puyol, Piqué and Bartra.

Abidal: I never thought of death -
"I have suffered. I remember one Sunday when I could not bear the pain. I asked the doctors if they could put me into coma. "We talked about a transplant, but in fact, I had four or five operations in a very short time. I've lost 19 kilograms.

FC Barcelona need just 9 more points for the title | FC Barcelona
The 0-3 win in Zaragoza brought the league trophy one step closer to the Camp Nou, with Barça maintaining their 13 point lead over second place Real Madrid, with Atletico Madrid a further three adrift, with just 21 points left to play for. With seven games left to play, Barça need just nine points to mathematically claim the title – which will be their fourth in five years.

Athletic Club – FC Barcelona - Saturday, April 27, at 18.00 | FC Barcelona
The LFP announced the schedule for Week 33 of La Liga this Monday afternoon. Barça will face off against Athletic Club on Saturday, April 27, at 18.00. The match will be played at San Mamés, it will be Barça's last match ever at the legendary stadium. The Basque side will play in a new stadium next season.

Tello betters last season’s numbers | FC Barcelona
After his brace against Zaragoza, Tello has now chalked up eight goals this season – seven in the league and one more in the Champions League – having found the net against Zaragoza (2), Mallorca, Deportivo, Valladolid, Getafe, Celta and Spartak Moscow and has already scored one more than last season.

Benitez close to Atletico switch - ESPN FC
Ecuador striker Christian Benitez is close to sealing a summer move to Atletico Madrid, according to his national coach. Benitez, 26, who currently plays with America of Mexico, has impressed during Ecuador’s excellent World Cup 2014 qualifying campaign, and scored again in March’s 4-1 win over Paraguay in Quito which kept them firmly on track to qualify for the finals in Brazil.

Toulalan agent talks up Atletico switch - ESPN FC
The continuing uncertainty around Malaga’s finances, coupled with their ban from European competition next season, mean further big names could be sold this summer, and Toulalan’s agent Mickael Manuello has told L'Equipe that Atletico were among the clubs who had enquired about his client.

Pellegrini ‘wants to stay in Malaga’ despite payment issues - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
Reports on Monday suggested that the Chilean was given permission by the Costa del Sol outfit to travel to London for proposed talks with Chelsea over becoming their manager for next season. However, Pellegrini’s representative has denied this, but still had a less-than-enthusiastic message for Malaga.

Campbell keen for Betis stay - ESPN FC
"There is a lot of speculation about Campbell’s future," Batica said. "He belongs to Arsenal and is on loan at Betis now. The truth is that Betis want to extend that arrangement, but nothing has yet been decided. The Spanish club have let Arsenal know their position, and let me know too, but at the moment there is nothing confirmed."

Marchena’s season over | Football Espana
Deportivo have been dealt a blow with the news that centre-back Carlos Marchena has been ruled out for the rest of the season. The veteran is facing a six-week recovery period after tests today confirmed that he suffered a tear in the back of his right thigh.

Giovani hits late winner for Mallorca in huge relegation clash - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
A deep cross was headed goalwards by striker Tomer Hemed in the 93rd minute and when keeper Javi Varas could only parry the effort, Mexico forward Dos Santos volleyed in the rebound to set off ecstatic celebrations on the pitch. The victory moved Mallorca up to second from bottom with 27 points and seven games left, behind Real Zaragoza on goal difference.

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