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FC Barcelona News: 2 January 2014; Lionel Messi To Return To Barcelona Today, Barça Legend Josep Seguer Dies

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Denis Doyle

Twenty players for first training of year | FC Barcelona
As planned, Leo Messi will be returning to the club this Thursday evening, when there is a second session scheduled for 19.00. But Dani Alves was unable to attend training this morning. Although the Brazilian is back in town, he has gone down with a fever and stayed at home, while Cuenca worked out on his own.

FC Barcelona legend Josep Seguer dies | FC Barcelona
Last night, Josep Seguer Sans passed away at the age of 90. Then former Barça star’s funeral will be on Friday at 12.00 in l'Hospitalet de l'Infant. Born in Parets del Vallès (Barcelona) on May 6, 1923, Seguer dedicated a large part of his life to FC Barcelona after joining the club’s amateur team in 1940 from CF Parets.

Gerard Pique - 'Jealousy' behind Barcelona legal cases - ESPN FC
Judges in Spain are investigating whether 'Leo Messi and Friends' exhibition games played last summer were used to launder Colombian drug money. They are also looking at whether best practice was followed in the complex transfer of attacker Neymar from Santos last summer.

Manchester City start the year with a win (2-3) | FC Barcelona
Manchester City, who await FC Barcelona in the next round of the Champions League, have made the ideal start to 2014 with a 2-3 win away to Swansea to record their fifth straight Premier League victory. Wednesday’s match brings the curtain down on a perfect Christmas for Pellegrini with wins against Liverpool and Crystal Palace as well as Swansea.

The World Cup, the Ballon d'Or - What to look out for in 2014 - Goal.com
The World Cup and the Ballon d'Or are looming large over the football horizon heading into the new year. 2014, of course, is the year of Fifa's showpiece event - and from this point until the summer a lot of the talk will be about which team comes out on top in Brazil.