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FC Barcelona News: 31 December 2014; Players Take Part in Last Training of 2014, Three Set to Return on Friday

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Last training session of 2014 | FC Barcelona
Luis Enrique put the players through their paces in 2014’s final training session on Wednesday morning. Claudio Bravo, Luis Suárez, Rafinha, Douglas and Adriano were all present after their Christmas break, whilst Alves has been given permission to return on January 2, alongside Messi and Neymar Jr. Barça B youngsters Munir, Samper and Sandro also took part in the session.

FC Barcelona return to training | FC Barcelona
The Barça first team have returned to training following the Christmas break with a session that saw all the European players present plus a Javier Mascherano who has remained in Barcelona during the festive period. In total 14 first team players took part in the early evening session along with three players from the B squad, Munir, Samper and Sandro.

Lionel Messi is the only candidate for the Ballon d'Or, says Barcelona star Andres Iniesta -
"For me, the only candidate I see is Leo," he told Marca. "Everyone has their opinion and they are free to express it. The Ballon d'Or is not decided by titles but by a vote of people who believe a player deserves it because they are the best. For me, the number one is Leo. Today and always."

Bartomeu on the CAS decision: There has been a great injustice | FC Barcelona
"A great injustice has been committed today: an injustice for Barça, for all the children and parents affected by this decision, for all the Club members and for football in general.We have always made it clear that we consider FIFA’s sanction to be disproportionate. This judgement by CAS, which ratifies FIFA’s decision, is not good for us and defies all sporting logic."

Barcelona's transfer ban explained: Youth players to get opportunity but silverware could suffer | Eurosport
FIFA issued the ban in April after the Catalan giants were found guilty of repeatedly breaking transfer regulations, and world football's governing body also rejected an appeal in August.After taking their appeal to CAS, which was also rejected, Barcelona face the prospect of having to keep their money in their pockets until 2016.

Top FC Barcelona videos of 2014 | FC Barcelona
The most watched videos on Barça's official YouTube channel over the past year.

The Scout's Notebook - Top 21 players under 21 - ESPN FC
A regular for the Barcelona B team over the last couple of seasons, Samper has long been considered one of La Masia's most promising young talents. A skilful and intelligent defensive midfielder with a passing range that has seen him likened to Andrea Pirlo, he has appeared for Spain at various age categories. His Barcelona debut came at home to APOEL Nicosia in September and there is interest from home and abroad in a January loan move.

Ancelotti has questions to mull over after Milan defeat - ESPN FC
The exhibition in Dubai was of much greater significance to Inzaghi than his occasional mentor; the Milan manager has picked up just six wins from 16 Serie A matches since taking the helm in the summer and he and his players were clearly keen on recording an eye-catching result. Milan are 14 points off the top of Serie A and without European football this season. Their 4-2 win over the European champions was more than convincing.

Torres eyeing Copa derby debut | Football Espana
"I’m very happy and excited to be back home and looking forward to it. I’ve never had much to say to the fans, they've told me everything," he told reporters at Madrid's Barajas airport. "The love they’ve given me has always been disproportionate to what I’ve been able to give the club.

From full-backs in midfield to diamond formations, reviewing 2014's football tactics - ESPN FC
While possession-based football was totally dominant a few years ago, recently there's been a shift and more emphasis upon attacking quickly and directly. European champions Real Madrid were the best example, with their 4-0 thrashing of Bayern Munich particularly memorable. Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Di Maria were all rampant on the counter during that part of the year.

Mexican international Miguel Layun joins Granada from Club America -
Mexico international Miguel Layun is leaving Club America for Granada, the Mexican champion announced Tuesday. Layun was widely tipped for a move after the World Cup but stuck on with Las Aguilas for another tournament, making 17 appearances as the team captured the Apertura title.

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