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FC Barcelona News: 8 January 2014; Neymar Ruled Out of Getafe Clash, Xavi Named his Replacement

David Ramos

Neymar has gastroenteritis and will miss the Getafe match | FC Barcelona
Neymar Jr. will be missing at the Camp Nou for the first leg of the last 16 of the Copa del Rey against Getafe. The Brazilian striker turned up this morning at the stadium with a bout of gastroenteritis. After the doctors saw him, they recommended that he go home and rest.

Leo Messi: recovery timeline | FC Barcelona
Leo Messi was declared fully fit on Tuesday, and is available for selection by Gerardo Martino for the cup game with Getafe. 58 days have passed since he was injured at the Benito Villamarín. Here we look back at what has happened since to the greatest player in the world.

Víctor Valdés, fifth best goalkeeper according to the IFFHS | FC Barcelona
Víctor Valdés is the keeper with the fifth most votes in the World’s Best Goalkeeper award. With 53 votes, the FC Barcelona player is only bested by Manuel Neuer (Bayern, 211 votes), Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus, 78), Petr Cech (Chelsea, 64) and Thibaut Courtois (Atlético, 54). Iker Casillas, who has won the award for the past five consecutive years, finished with 23 votes.

Tata Martino sees no room for error in Copa del Rey | FC Barcelona
On the day before the first leg of the cup tie with Getafe, Gerardo Tata Martino has spoken to the press about its importance. "We have to focus on this match" he said. "There is no room for error in the Copa del Rey. We want to stay in the cup and so we have to win. We still have Thursday and Friday to worry about Atlético Madrid".

20 years since the Dream Team thumped Madrid 5-0 | FC Barcelona
January 8 is the 20th anniversary of the Dream Team’s famous 5-0 demolition job of Real Madrid. The goals from Romario (3), Koeman and Iván Iglesias produced a scoreline that would not be matched for another 17 years.

Improvements made to the Camp Nou | FC Barcelona
The first phase of work on remodelling access 14 to the Camp Nou, which from now on will be the main entrance to the stadium, is almost complete. Once the work is over, on January 30, the Camp Nou will have a new 22 metre wide entrance leading into a large public square. One of the most important benefits is that pedestrians and vehicles will no longer be using the same entrance, thus improving safety of visitors.

Anti-Inter conspiracy? The European clubs who have received the most & least penalties in 2013-14 -
The statistics in Spain are also somewhat surprising. There is an assumption that officials always favour Real Madrid and Barcelona, but it is Atletico who have racked up the most penalties after 18 rounds of action, though Diego Simeone's men have only scored five of their seven spot-kicks. In fairness, both Madrid and Barcelona have received five apiece, but then, so too have Rayo Vallecano and Levante.

Real Madrid launch investigation into Angel Di Maria gesture - ESPN FC
The official investigation into the matter was confirmed on Real Madrid’s official website on Wednesday afternoon, in a move apparently aimed at ensuring no repeat of the fan and pundit criticism that followed the sale of Mesut Ozil to Arsenal last summer.

Moyes denies Coentrao deal is done - Yahoo Eurosport UK
Reports from the continent have suggested that terms have been agreed to transfer the 25-year-old Portugal international to Old Trafford. But speaking after Tuesday night's 2-1 Capital One Cup semi-final first-leg defeat at Sunderland, Moyes said: "No, that's not true."

Valencia claim 1-1 draw against Atletico Madrid in first leg | Sky Sports
Atletico, who won the cup for the first time since 1996 last season when they upset local rivals Real 2-1 in the final at the Bernabeu, had looked set for a narrow advantage thanks to Raul Garcia's 68th-minute goal and three fantastic late saves from Thibaut Courtois. However, with three minutes of added time played, Postiga headed home from close range as Courtois was finally beaten.

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