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FC Barcelona News: 1 January 2014; Happy New Year

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Sixteen players see out 2013 | FC Barcelona
The FC Barcelona squad trained for the last time in 2013 in a session involving the same faces as on Monday (Valdés, Pinto, Puyol, Xavi, Pedro and Afellay, who joined part of the workout) as well as those that appeared in the Catalonia v Cape Verde match (Montoya, Bartra, Piqué, Alba, Busquets, Cesc, Sergi Roberto and Tello).

Intel equips the Masia with the latest technology | FC Barcelona
The club’s new partner and technology supplier, Intel Corporation, has kicked off a new period of cooperation with FC Barcelona by equipping the Masia with the latest in information technology to help the rising stars in their off-pitch studies.

E.Guinea-Spain discounted by FIFA? | Football Espana
La Roja beat the African country in a controversial friendly in November, but El Confidencial have claimed that the game will not be recognised by the governing body. Regulations suggest that matches can be refereed by local officials, but that has to be reported to FIFA within a certain date.

Atletico Madrid sign Jose Sosa on loan - report - ESPN FC
Atletico Madrid have signed midfielder Jose Sosa on loan from Metalist Kharkiv for the rest of the season, according to the player’s agent. The deal bringing the 28 year old former Kharkiv club captain to the La Liga joint-leaders reportedly includes an option to buy in the summer for ten million euros.

Granero back in light training after op | Football Espana
Real Sociedad fans have been cheered by the news that Esteban Granero has returned to light training. The on loan midfielder has been out since September after suffering a cruciate ligament tear, and on the eve of the New Year has finally started running again.

Ighalo suffers knee injury | Football Espana
Granada striker Odion Ighalo will be out for several weeks after suffering a meniscus injury on Monday. The Nigerian forward went down with a rupture to his lateral meniscus in training yesterday, and the club have confirmed that he will be out, but have yet to confirm how long he will be sidelined for.