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FC Barcelona News: 26 April 2013; Barça Begin Athletic Bilbao Preparations, Friendly Game in Oslo Announced

Alex Grimm

Squad back in training | FC Barcelona
The full first team squad were back in training this morning following the defeat in Munich, with Vilanova able to call on all his available squad members plus Bañuz from Barça B. The session centered on preparations for Saturday’s game in Bilbao, which could see Barça claim the league title, should they win and Real Madrid lose the derby game at the Calderon.

Some of FC Barcelona's best goals at San Mamés | FC Barcelona
Maradona, Jordi Cruyff, Stoichkov, Gudjohnsen, Eto’o, Kluivert and Abidal have scored some of the most memorable FC Barcelona goals at the legendary San Mamés. Here’s a video recap of their fantastic strikes.

Iniesta: "We need to pick ourselves up and get back to the league" | FC Barcelona
After Tuesday’s painful defeat at the Allianz Arena, Andrés Iniesta was calm, but honest when he spoke to the media this lunchtime: "they were better than us in every aspect. It’s not that we weren’t up for the game, it’s just that they are in top form and they were better – we cannot deny that. Bayern and Borussia are both on top of their game, both technically and physically and that has been made clear this week.

Barça to meet Valerenga again in pre-season | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona will be back in Oslo this summer to play Valeranga in a pre-season friendly to mark the Norwegian team’s 100th anniversary. The game will be played at the 25,572 capacity Ullevaal Stadion on July 27th – three days after Barça’s friendly against Bayern Munich.

Moratti: No Handanovic-Alexis swap - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
Reports in Italy this week have suggested that Barca are interested in the Slovenian shot-stopper as a possible replacement for Victor Valdes and that they would be prepared to negotiate a swap deal involving Alexis Sanchez. However, Moratti has dismissed the claims and even suggested that other speculation linking Inter with a bid for Alexis may be wide of the mark.

Legendary goals: Guillermo Amor | FC Barcelona
Guillermo Amor, born in Benidorm (Alicante) on December 4 of 1967, played for Barça’s first team from 1988 through 1998. The midfielder was one of the first La Masia graduates to make a lasting impact on the first team and throughout his Barça career he scored some unforgettable goals.

Barca close on title as Madrid face derby test - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
Barca lead second-placed Real Madrid by 13 points with six games left to play, and could move 16 clear with a victory at struggling Athletic Bilbao. That would be enough to deliver them the title should Real then lose at third-placed Atletico Madrid.

Del Bosque to leave after Brazil | Football Espana
"My final responsibility as Coach of Spain will be at the World Cup in Brazil," he is quoted as telling Argentine outlet Telam today. "Then maybe I can stay tied to the Spanish Football Federation in roles of representation, like now, travelling all over for requests from public welfare agencies.

Cristiano Ronaldo to miss Madrid derby due to thigh injury - ESPN FC
Cristiano Ronaldo is set to miss Saturday's derby against Atletico Madrid the Estadio Vicente Calderon with a thigh injury, and now looks a serious doubt for Real Madrid's Champions League semi-final second leg against Borussia Dortmund next Tuesday.

Madrid to tempt Spurs with £45million Bale bid - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
Los Blancos have been increasingly linked with the Welsh attacker in recent months and are seen as preparing a part-exchange offer in a way to get around the £65million asking price Spurs have. The offer may include either Gonzalo Higuain or Angel di Maria in exchange too.

Costa appeal success ‘a scandal’ - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
The Brazilian was booked for a coming together with Geoffrey Kondogbia during a game that he was criticised afterwards for his behaviour in, including simulation and feigning a head injury after a clash with Cala. That his booking has since been rescinded by the Competition Committee has left one Sevilla midfielder aghast.

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