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FC Barcelona News: 31 October 2014; Barça Continue Preparations for Celta Vigo, Joan Laporta Considers Return

David Ramos

FC Barcelona have sights set on Celta | FC Barcelona
Barça trained on Thursday morning at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper, a day after besting Espanyol on penalty kicks to take home the first ever Catalan Super Cup. The team are focused on this Saturday's 8.00 PM CET La Liga clash versus Celta at the Camp Nou.

Friday training - preparing for Celta | FC Barcelona
Luis Enrique had all of the available players with him. As on Thursday, Douglas was able train at the same rate as his team-mates, even though he has yet to be declared officially fit. Andrés Iniesta, meanwhile, did further physiotherapy, while Thomas Vermaelen also did specific exercises. Munir of Barça B was also involved.

Sergi Gómez thrilled to be back home | FC Barcelona
Sergi Gómez is on his way back to the club where he spent four years in the youth system and a further four years playing for Barça B. Last summer, he left Barcelona for Celta Vigo, and things have being going grand for him in Galicia. Manager Eduardo Berizzo slowly seems to finding a place for him in his plans, either at full or centre back, to the extent that he’s been involved in six of the nine Liga games played so far, three times as a starter and three times as a sub.

Ex-Barcelona president Joan Laporta won't rule out return to board | ESPNFC
A day after a Spanish judge found him not guilty of charges he left Barcelona saddled with debt, the Catalan club's former president Joan Laporta said he would not rule out running for his old job in forthcoming elections. Judge Jose Manuel Martinez Borreguero ruled that neither Laporta nor 16 of his fellow former directors would have to pay the 47.6 million euros sought by the Blaugrana for losses generated when the club was under his control.

Some of Barcelona's future stars are more ready than others - ESPN FC
Barcelona's academy is about to face its most rigorous test. The transfer ban imposed on the club until January 2016 means that in the immediate future, reinforcements must come from within rather than signed from outside. While the Blaugrana have an undeniably exceptional record of promoting youth, they are now forced to do so as a rule rather than through choice -- risking the possibility of moving players up a grade to soon.

Luis Enrique & Berizzo: From field to bench | FC Barcelona
On Saturday, the Camp Nou brings together two members of the younger generation of coaches, Luis Enrique and Eduardo Berizzo, who are in charge of FC Barcelona and Celta Vigo, respectively. It’s not that long since either of them hung up their boots, and now they are back at clubs where they made their names as players.

Fabio Capello: Cristiano Ronaldo not as skilful as Lionel Messi | Eurosport
"Cristiano is a powerful player, with very good technique, but he does not possess the pure technical skill of Messi," Capello told Spanish newspaper AS."Cristiano Ronaldo and Messi are two extraordinary players but they are different," said the Russia manager, who attempted to sign Messi on loan for Juventus in 2005.

Real Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas spied on by Costa Rican police - ESPN FC
Costa Rica's Judicial Investigation Department says 24 of its own agents are being investigated after a database was wrongly used to access personal information about Real Madrid and Costa Rica goalkeeper Keylor Navas.

Madrid turn to final option in Zidane case | Football Espana
Real Madrid are to ask for the three-month ban given to Zinidine Zidane to be suspended after failing in their appeal against the sanction. Zidane has been punished for holding the post of Real Madrid Castilla Coach without the required license and is facing three months on the sidelines.

Diego Simeone has a headache looming as doubts over Gabi grow | ESPNFC
While the performances have been grand, especially the 5-0 demolition of Malmo in the Champions League, there might be a selection issue bubbling for manager Diego Simeone. Admittedly, such dilemmas are never a bad thing for coaches but that may not be true when it involves your captain.

New York Cosmos sign Spanish legend Raul -
The New York Cosmos of the North American Soccer League have signed legendary Spanish striker Raul Gonzalez Blanco to a multi-year contract, the club announced on Thursday. The former Real Madrid star joins the club made famous by Brazilian star Pele during the 1970s. He is also set to take on the role of technical adviser to the club’s soon-to-be opened youth academy, which he will oversee on a full-time basis upon his retirement.

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