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FC Barcelona News: 21 December 2014; Barca End Calender Year with Win, Players Begin Holiday Break

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FC Barcelona v Córdoba CF: Five goals to end the year (5-0) | FC Barcelona
Christmas came early at the Camp Nou as Barça feasted the fans with a five-goal display against Córdoba that will put plenty of pressure on leaders Real Madrid, who have no game this weekend due to the Clubs World Cup.

The three points matter more to Suárez than his goal | FC Barcelona
Barça ended 2014 with a 5-0 win against Córdoba. Luis Suárez was one of the protagonists after scoring his first league goal for his new club, but afterwards commented to the press that "I did break my duck but it was more important for the team to get the three points. Now we need to get some rest and start thinking about our next matches."

Pedro's scoring run continues | FC Barcelona
It only took a minute for Pedro Rodríguez to wonderfully control a pass from Rakitic and open the scoring for Barça against Córdoba. And that came just a few days after the Canary Islander got a hat-trick against Huesca in the Spanish Cup.

Luis Enrique looking forward to a wonderful new year | FC Barcelona
Speaking to the press after the 5-0 win against Córdoba, Luis Enrique expressed his pleasure at the way the team is developing. "Of course we can shoot, we’re emphatic and we have players up front who can score goals" he said. "Neither do we concede that many. It’s an interesting cocktail. It might not be enough to put us top of the table, but it’s interesting none the less."

Everything's getting better for Iniesta | FC Barcelona
Barça saw out 2014 with a 5-0 win over Córdoba at the Camp Nou and when it was all over, Andrés Iniesta was the guest on Barça TV’s post-match show ‘El Marcador’. "Objective achieved" he said with a smile. "It was very positive to end the year with a win, especially at home. We need three points from very game."

Bartomeu toasts first team for Christmas | FC Barcelona
After the final whistle against Córdoba, Josep Maria Bartomeu went down to the dressing room to toast his players and coaches ahead of the Christmas break and to wish them all the very best for 2015. The first team now get to enjoy a holiday until Tuesday December 30, when they’ll be due back for training at 6.00 PM CET. FC Barcelona’s next fixture is on January 4 away to Real Sociedad, kick off at 9.00 PM CET.

A year to forget - Barcelona will be happy to see the back of 2014 - Goal.com
It has been a year to forget for Barcelona. The Catalan club has been hit with problems on and off the pitch over the last 12 months and, after making its final fixture of 2014 a 5-0 win Saturday, Barca will be happy to see the back of it.

Real Madrid crowned champions after win over San Lorenzo in Marrakesh | Sky Sports Football
Real Madrid landed their fourth title of the year by beating San Lorenzo 2-0 to clinch the Club World Cup and a 22nd straight victory. The European champions defeated the Argentinian side in Marrakesh on Saturday night to add the global crown to their Champions League, UEFA Super Cup and Copa Del Rey triumphs.

Paco Alcacer's goal earns Valencia all three points at Eibar | Sky Sports Football
The Spain international walked the ball into the net with half an hour gone and the goal proved enough to see off the Basques and give Nuno Espirito Santo's side a second-straight win in the league, taking Los Che above Sevilla and up to fourth spot in the Primera Division.

Sergio Garcia shines as Espanyol beat Rayo Vallecano 3-1 | Sky Sports Football
Garcia opened the scoring in the ninth minute, punishing a Rayo mix-up at the back with a well-taken finish, before Leo Baptistao's close-range effort just prior to the interval drew things level. The visiting skipper then provided the cross from which Lucas Vazquez converted a header in the 76th minute.

Last-gasp penalty sees Levante snatch 1-1 draw with Real Sociedad | Sky Sports Football
David Moyes was denied his maiden away win as Real Sociedad boss and the club's first in the Primera Division since April as they drew 1-1 at Levante after conceding a stoppage-time penalty. Sociedad led from the 48th minute when Sergio Canales converted from Xabi Prieto's cross.

Pepe Mel's return to Real Betis confirmed | Eurosport
Mel has agreed a contract until the end of the season with the option for a two-year extension should Betis be promoted to La Liga.A Betis player in the late 1980s and early 1990s, Mel previously sat on the bench between July 2010 and December 2013, overseeing promotion to the top flight and qualification for the Europa League.