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FC Barcelona News: 30 September 2013; 21 Players Travel to Scotland to Face Celtic, Xavi Reaches Milestone

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Xavi Hernández makes 450th league appearance | FC Barcelona
Xavi came on for the injured Messi and so made his 450th league appearance for the Club. He already holds the Club record for league appearances followed by Migueli, with 391. Xavi made his league debut almost fifteen years ago on 3rd October 1998 against Valencia (Barça won 1-3).

First team on their way to Scotland | FC Barcelona
The squad are on their way to Scotland. The plane taking the Barça squad to Glasgow for Tuesday’s Champions League game against Celtic took off at 10.30 this morning. Club President Sandro Rosell, board members Jordi Moix, Pilar Guinovart, Ramon Pont, Silvio Elías, Dídac Lee and Josep Ramon Vidal-Abarca and Sporting Director Andoni Zubizarreta accompanied the squad on the flight.

To Glasgow with 21 players | FC Barcelona
Tata Martino has named 21 players to the team for the match away to Celtic (20.45, Canal +). The list is made up of 19 first team players, including the keeper Oier Olazábal, and Barça B’s Sergi Gómez and Patric. The squad was announced after the Barça B - Mallorca match (0-1).

Back to Europe and on with the league | FC Barcelona
The Champions League is back this week as Barça travel to Glasgow to take on Celtic on Tuesday evening looking for their second win in the group stage. The Scottish champions have become familiar opponents in recent seasons.

Training focus turns to Europe | FC Barcelona
On Sunday morning, training was a two-speed affair with Saturday’s team concentrated on recovery work while the rest of the Barça squad trained at a higher pace with the focus very much on Tuesday’s Champions League visit to Celtic.

Andoni Zubizarreta says Barcelona are fine without Lionel Messi | Sky Sports
"He's a very difficult player to replace," Zubizarreta told reporters as Barca prepared to fly to Scotland. "We must do without the best player in the world, but we have a squad with extraordinary players. "The players who are here are very good and we have to play with what we have."

Ludovic Giuly: "Now I'm happy to watch Messi, he's phenomenal" | FC Barcelona
The former Barça player Ludovic Giuly sat down with Barça TV and on Sunday to talk about his brilliant FC Barcelona career and to give his impressions on Tata Martino’s team. "The three years I spent here were fantastic. We had a great team and we were very strong. We won a lot of titles," said the Frenchman.

Twenty years since the Barça comeback against Kiev | FC Barcelona
On 29th September 1993, a total of 100,000 spectators packed into the Camp Nou to watch Johan Cruyff’s Dream Team overturn a 3-1 defeat in the Ukraine to win the tie on aggregate thanks to a 4-1 victory in the return leg.

Barcelona group rally against Sandro Rosell - ESPN FC
A group of disgruntled Barcelona members calling themselves 'Go Barca' are proposing an official 'motion of censure' against president Sandro Rosell and the current blaugrana board. On Monday morning two members of the group -- Joan Arnes and Jordi Cases -- reportedly submitted the relevant paperwork required at the club's offices.

Youth A team to face Celtic on Tuesday | FC Barcelona
The Youth A team will face Glasgow Celtic at Cappielow Park this Tuesday(15.00, Barça TV and in the second game of the UEFA Youth League group stage. Vinyals’ side lead the group after their opening 4-1 win against Ajax at the Mini.

Villarreal denied third place after first defeat - Yahoo Eurosport UK
The team known as the Yellow Submarine had won four games and drawn two, including holding Real Madrid 2-2, after spending last season in the second division. They struggled in Seville, however, and Betis forward Nosa scored the game's only goal after 36 minutes when keeper Sergio Asenjo could only parry Joan Verdu's shot and Nosa put away the loose ball.

Elche make history | Sky Sports Football
Elche clinched their first Primera Division victory in almost a quarter of a century after beating Celta Vigo 1-0 courtesy of a second-half Javi Marquez goal. The promoted side put their agonising midweek defeat to Real Madrid behind them to record a top-flight victory for the first time since they last appeared in La Liga back in the 1988-89 season.

Colunga inspires shock Getafe win |
Adrian Colunga's second-half double inspired Getafe to a shock 2-0 win at Espanyol. The hosts were looking to bounce back from their first defeat of the Primera Division season at Villarreal in midweek, but were undone by Colunga's brace. The 28-year-old fired home in the 73rd minute and again in stoppage time, with both goals coming after excellent work from substitute Pablo Sarabia.

Getafe to sell Venezuela's Miku to Al Gharafa - Yahoo Eurosport UK
The 28-year-old has been at Getafe since 2010, his best season coming in the 2011-2012 La Liga campaign when he top- scored for the club with 12 goals. He spent last season on loan with Scottish club Celtic. Getafe gave no details of the deal, but local media reported he was set to sign a three-year contract with Al Gharafa.

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