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FC Barcelona News: 17 January 2014; Neymar Injured in Barcelona Win Over Getafe, Xavi Celebrates Milestone

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Getafe CF - FC Barcelona: Through to the quarter-finals (0-2) | FC Barcelona
Everything indicated that the 4-0 from the first leg would make for a relatively placid second leg this evening at the Coliseum Alfonso Pérez, but that wasn’t the case as the fans were treated to a fairly intense match. Neymar picked up an injury, Messi scored a brace and Xavi featured in his 700th official match for the team.

FC Barcelona played a serious match says Martino | FC Barcelona
Gerardo Martino said that his team were "intense" in the match against Getafe and that "with the exception of the play that Pinto saved, I think we didn’t give Getafe a chance to get back into the tie. It was over after Messi scored."

Neymar picks up an ankle sprain | FC Barcelona
Neymar picked up an injury this Thursday at the Coliseum Alfonso Pérez during the second leg of the Cup tie against Getafe. The player was injured after only 22 minutes. Neymar was subbed out for Alexis after the Brazilian had been examined by the team doctors. The initial tests show that the Brazilian has sprained the peroneal tendon in his right ankle.

Messi hopes for more playing time in order to return to top form | FC Barcelona
Leo Messi was one of the standout players against Getafe at the Coliseum Alfonso Pérez. After the match, the Argentinian said, "I still need to get a more time on the pitch. It’s the last thing I need to be ready. The idea is to get more time in games and this Thursday was a good opportunity because we came into the match with a big advantage."

Xavi Hernández features in his 700th official match for FC Barcelona | FC Barcelona
Xavi Hernández’s legend continues to grow match after match. This Thursday at the Coliseum Alfonso Pérez he wrote another page in FC Barcelona history as he featured in his 700th official match with the first team. The midfielder broke Migueli’s record of matches played for Barça (549) in 2011.

Remembering Julio Salinas at FC Barcelona | FC Barcelona
Julio Salinas joined FC Barcelona in the summer of 1988, the same time that Johan Cruyff became first team manager. Having already featured for Athletic Bilbao and Atlético Madrid, he wore the Barça jersey until the 1993/94 season. During these six years, he won ten titles, including the famous four consecutive Liga crowns (1991, 1992, 1993 and 1994), and the club’s first European Cup at Wembley in 1992. He scored a total of 152 goals.

Second trip to Madrid in five days | FC Barcelona
The second road trip to Madrid in just a week. On Saturday, Tata Martino and his team were in the Spanish capital to play Atlético Madrid, and just five days later they are back in the city, this time for a Copa del Rey fixture at 22.00 against Getafe.

Arsenal Interested In New Barcelona Wonderkid | CaughtOffside.com
The youngster in question on this occasion is Munir El Haddad, an 18-year-old who plays wide on the left and who has also reportedly been attracting the attentions of both mega-rich Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain and Bundesliga and Uefa Champions League holders Bayern Munich too of late.

FC Barcelona participates in new edition of Catalunya Turisme competition in China | FC Barcelona
For the third year in a row, FC Barcelona is helping to promote Catalonia in China by means of a competition being run in association with Tencent Sport, Catalunya Turisme and Qatar Airways. The prize for the ‘Barcelona Action’ winners will be a trip around Catalonia, including the chance to watch a game at the Camp Nou.

European Match of the Weekend: Atletico Madrid v Sevilla | Pitchside - Yahoo Eurosport UK
Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti said last week that 100 points would be required to secure this season’s La Liga title. At the halfway stage, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid both have exactly 50 apiece, with Ancelotti’s men just three points behind the two frontrunners. The race for the Spanish championship continues to be a three-horse one, and is all the more entertaining as a result.

We'll keep Costa for another year, says Atletico's Berta - ESPN FC
Atletico Madrid sporting director Andrea Berta has said the club should be able to keep Diego Costa and other sought-after stars for at least another year despite their perilous financial situation. Chelsea are reportedly interested in bringing in-form striker Costa to Stamford Bridge in a 40 million pound summer move, while he has also been linked with Liverpool and Manchester United over recent months.

'I've never seen anything like it' - Alexis Ruano suffers testicle injury - Goal.com
"Alexis has a testicle like this," he told reporters while gesturing the size of a handball with his hands. "Some veins were broken. It's nothing serious. When I entered the changing room, I was scared, but it's not serious. "I've never seen anything like it."