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FC Barcelona News: 11 January 2014; 22 Players in Squad for Atletico Madrid Clash, Afellay and Alves Also Make Trip

David Ramos

22 players travel to Madrid | FC Barcelona
Barça are travelling for the crunch game away to Atlético Madrid on Saturday night with all 21 available players, as well as Ibrahim Afellay, who has not yet been declared fully fit. Neymar, Dani Alves and Marc Bartra, who were all absent against Getafe midweek, all return to the squad.

Martino doesn't see game as title decider | FC Barcelona
Although this Saturday’s game at the Vicente Calderon pits first against second in La Liga, Barça boss Tata Martino insists it’s not necessarily a title decider: "there’s still half a season to go and I can’t see it as being a game that decides the league – though I do think it’s important for both teams immediate future, both domestically and in Europe. It’s important in psychological terms".

Eight classic Atlético v FC Barcelona moments | FC Barcelona
Particularly in the 1990s, games between Atlético and Barça were famously dramatic affairs, and in recent years the tradition has resurfaced, with some more thrilling games between the two clubs. Here we look back at the last quarter of a century of Atlético v Barça matches and pick out eight of the most memorable clashes.

Barca sign deal with Libya’s Ahly - SuperSport - Football
Spain champions FC Barcelona have signed a partnership agreement with Libyan club Al Ahly, meant to train young players and provide exposure to the team. Al Ahly are Libya’s second most successful club after Al Ittihad Tripoli and plan to put in place development strategies ahead of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations to be held in the country.

Can Atletico Madrid really be considered title contenders? -
Diego Simeone won't talk about it, but everybody else is. The Argentine coach won't be drawn on his side's chances of winning La Liga, sticking to his 'one game at a time' rhetoric. But a win over Barcelona on Saturday will see los Rojiblancos ahead at the competition's halfway stage. So can they go all the way?

Jese a doubt for Espanyol | Football Espana
Jese Rodriguez is a doubt for Real Madrid’s match with Espanyol after suffering a minor sprain to his left calf. The young striker had to leave the pitch during Los Blancos Copa del Rey win over Osasuna on Thursday evening. And despite medical reports confirming that the forward had not torn his calf completely, Marca believe that he is a doubt for the game at Cornelia-El Prat on Sunday.

Granada smash four past Valladolid | Sky Sports Football
The Andalusian side had slumped to within four points of the relegation zone after losing four of their last five matches but they picked up a valuable victory on Friday night thanks to Jose Recio's brace and further goals from Jeison Murillo and Youssef El Arabi. That gave Granada only their third league win at the Estadio Los Carmenes this campaign - having lost the other seven matches - and pushed them up to ninth in the standings.

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