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FC Barcelona News: 5 April 2013; Pedro and Adriano Rejoin Team in Training, Barça Lodge Complaint to UEFA

Dean Mouhtaropoulos

Adriano and Pedro start work with the group | FC Barcelona
Adriano Correia and Pedro Rodríguez are making good progress and on Friday morning were both seen to be working with the squad in the training session at the Ciutat Esportiva. The fullback pulled his hamstring on March 17, while a small torn fiber was spotted in the striker’s left calf on the 17th of last month.

Pedro becomes a father | FC Barcelona
"Today in Barcelona my son Bryan was born, and he’s phenomenal and so is his mother. It is a very happy day for my family". That was how Pedro Rodríguez and his partner Carol announced the arrival of their son on Thursday April 4.

Institutional letter sent to UEFA regarding Paris events | FC Barcelona
Toni Freixa gave a press conference today following the meeting of the Board of Directors to say that "the Club has sent an institutional letter to UEFA regarding a series of events that occurred on the field of play, for it is our objective understanding that the referee clearly failed to apply the laws of the game".

Unbeaten without Messi | FC Barcelona
There is life beyond Messi. Perhaps not such a good life, but it does exist. The stats show that. FC Barcelona has won 13 and drawn one of the last 14 matches played without the Argentinian. That means there is no major cause for worry on Saturday against Mallorca. Messi is wonderful asset, but Barça are not totally reliant on his goals.

FC Barcelona have played a total of 500 international matches in its history | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona have played a total of 500 international matches in its history. This Tuesday’s match, against Paris Saint-Germain at the Parc des Princes, saw the Blaugrana reach the historic mark of 500 international games. From the first match, which was played on July 26 of 1949 against Stade Reims (Latin Cup), to the last, Barça have won 279 matches, tied 114 and lost 107.

Afellay on radar for Lazio & Inter -
The two clubs were interested in signing the 27-year-old last summer, but could not reach an agreement with Barca, who only wanted to let the Dutchman leave on loan, with the player eventually joining Schalke for the 2012-13 campaign. His current club have set a €6 million asking price for the versatile midfielder, and Inter and Lazio are monitoring his situation closely.

Legendary Laudrup | FC Barcelona
The Dane was one of the biggest names in the Dream Team. He made 288 appearances for FC Barcelona and scored 93 goals. He had an astounding ability to read the game and exquisite ball skills that he used to score some tremendous goals. Here Barça TV remembers some of these in this latest chapter of ‘Legendary Players'.

Mallorca in deep trouble | FC Barcelona
Mallorca come to Barça on Saturday, with the game kicking off at 22.00, in desperate need of points. They are second from bottom and three points adrift of the safety zone. The 58 goals they have let in this season, an average of two a game, is the second poorest record in the league.

Tactical bookings: football's yellow peril -
With six minutes left, Nordin Amrabat was body-checked by Michael Essien, prompting a yellow card for the Ghanaian. Xabi Alonso’s response was to react with undue insult towards referee Svein Oddvar Moen, earning him a booking which rules him out of the second leg in Istanbul.

Madrid sign Marcelo to 2018 | Football Espana
Real Madrid are understood to have signed full-back Marcelo to an improved three-year extension on his contract. The Brazilian, who has recently lost his place in Jose Mourinho’s preferred XI to Fabio Coentrao, has reportedly already penned a deal to June 2018. Marca note that Marcelo is now the seventh defender in the squad to be contractually tied to the club until at least June 2016.

Kaka 'turns down Flamengo' - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
The Brazilian has spent the season on the outskirts of the Madrid first team and in the last two transfer windows has been available for a move out of the Bernabeu, only to see proposed loans to Milan break down amid financial differences.

Sacchi: ‘Casillas has always trained poorly’ - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
For former Madrid director of football Sacchi, though, Mourinho’s stance in suggesting that Diego Lopez is his current No 1 at the Santiago Bernabeu is justified. "Iker Casillas has always trained poorly. Mourinho is right to leave him out," Sacchi commented to El Confidencial today. "It’s normal to play Diego Lopez because he offers the prospect of truly safe player."

Varona assures fans: Valencia not for sale - ESPN FC
Knowing Los Che fans are puzzled and concerned about the future of their club, Varona tried to assuage fears when speaking to reporters on Thursday. "We have just started with this and we are not going to sell the club," he told the EFE news agency. "We want this to be for the socios [members] and shareholders. The sale of the club is not a project of this board.

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