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FC Barcelona News: 27 December 2014; Lionel Messi, Neymar Named in L’Équipe Ideal XI

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Messi and Neymar named in L’Équipe Ideal XI | FC Barcelona
Leo Messi and Neymar have been included in the 2014 team of the year announced today by French sports daily L’Équipe. The full XI is as follows: Neuer (Bayern Munich), Lahm (Bayern Munich), Hummels (Borussia Dortmund), Ramos (Real Madrid), Alaba (Bayern Munich), Xabi Alonso (Bayern Munich), Di María (Manchester United), Kroos (Madrid), Neymar (Barça), Messi (Barça) and Cristiano Ronaldo (Madrid).

Midfield trio show off their skills | FC Barcelona
Xavi Hernández, Andrés Iniesta and Sergio Busquets were warming up for a training session earlier this year at the Ciutat Esportiva. They decided to see how long they could keep the ball in the air by passing the ball amongst themselves, but touching the ball with both feet each time. The result was captured on video and makes for incredible viewing.

Manchester City get 3-1 victory in the snow | FC Barcelona
Manchester City won at West Bromwich in a snowy affair on Friday afternoon, overcoming a football pitch turned white winter blanket to take the highly touted Boxing Day matchup by a score of 3-1. With the win, Manchester City, who will be facing FC Barcelona in the round of 16 of the UEFA Champions League, managed to keep a firm grip on second place in the Premier League table, three points behind Chelsea.

Why everybody wins if Gareth Bale joins Manchester United from Real Madrid | Eurosport
Little over a year after trying to sign Gareth Bale for Manchester United, new Real Sociedad manager David Moyes recently found himself looking at players of a very different technical level. But more on Bale and renewed rumours of a move to United later. Moyes is keen to learn as much about Spanish football as possible, but he wasn't expecting what happened when he took a trip to watch the Basque Country’s highest placed team.

Fernando Torres 'could make second Atletico debut vs. Real Madrid' - ESPN FC
Fernando Torres could make his second debut for Atletico Madrid against city rivals Real Madrid on Jan. 7 should he make the move from AC Milan, according to reports in Italy and Spain. Torres, 30, is set to return to his boyhood club in the winter transfer window, with forward Alessio Cerci moving in the other direction.

Atleti on Castillejo trail? | Football Espana
Atletico Madrid are interested in signing Malaga starlet Samu Castillejo this January, reports AS. The 19-year-old has been one of the finds of the season in La Liga, consolidating his place in the Andalucians' first team with 14 appearances to his name and helping his side finish the first half of the campaign level on points with a European place.