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FC Barcelona News: 4 December 2014; Barça Cruise Past Huesca in Copa del Rey, Lionel Messi Appeal Denied

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SD Huesca v FC Barcelona: A job well done (0-4) | FC Barcelona
Luis Enrique opted for an eleven made up largely of fringe players in Wednesday’s cup opener, and the whole team shone as they made their superiority tell against their lower division opponent. Although most pundits had expected the Asturian to play Masip in goal, it was Ter Stegen who finally got the nod, while the game was also used to give Andrés Iniesta his first run-out after a 40-day absence through injury.

It all feels good for Iniesta | FC Barcelona
Andrés Iniesta was back in action for the first time tonight since getting injured at the Santiago Bernabéu. He played the full game and afterwards commented that "it’s never easy to come back after so long. But I felt fine and that’s the most important thing. I was able to play without feeling any trouble and that’s calmed me down a lot…

Cup debuts: Pedro territory | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona took no prisoners against Division 2B side Huesca and marched to an emphatic 4-0 win. Pedro was one of the heroes, but it’s nothing new to see him involved in the scoring when Barça play their debut cup fixtures. Here’s a round-up of trivia that emerged from the game at El Alcoraz.

Luis Enrique puts win down to motivation | FC Barcelona
Barça beat Huesca 4-0 in tonight’s cup first leg and Luis Enrique is naturally delighted with the result. "It’s a clear reflection of the intensity, motivation and seriousness with which we approached the match" he said in his post-match press conference. He was also pleased to get the chance to look at some of the less regular members of his squad, saying that "we want all of the players to do their bit, and we’re on the right track to achieving that."

Edgar Ié thrilled to make first team debut | FC Barcelona
Barça B centre back Edgar Ié made his official first team debut in tonight’s cup game with Huesca, coming on for Mathieu in the 63rd minute to team up alongside Bartra. In almost thirty minutes on the field at El Alcoraz, Ié made two particularly decisive interventions to help shut out the Aragonese attack.

Five consecutive away wins | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona beat Huesca 4-0 on Wednesday night, and that’s now five straight wins away from home. Since losing at the Bernabéu, they have won 2-0 away to Ajax, 2-1 at Almeria, 4-0 at APOEL, 1-0 at Valencia and now 4-0 again, this time in Huesca.

FC Barcelona to appeal Leo Messi's yellow card | FC Barcelona
It was announced on Wednesday that the Spanish Liga’s Competition Committee will be maintaining the yellow card shown to Leo Messi at Mestalla. In response to the verdict, FC Barcelona has decided to go to the Appeals Committee and request for the booking to be withdrawn.

Messi's record matchballs signed | FC Barcelona
In one magic week, Leo Messi wrote his name in the history books with two more hat tricks, breaking Telmo Zarra’s Spanish League goal scoring record at the Camp Nou against Sevilla and then following that up a few days later with another hat trick in Nicosia to become the all-time leading Champions League scorer.

Ronaldinho: Playing for FC Barcelona was my magic moment | FC Barcelona
Barça is the union and the coming together of so many people who love the Club. From the smile on the face of the security guard at the gate when he welcomed us every day, everyone was so full of enthusiasm that our day couldn’t help being happy. I met many great people there – normal, humble people who were just proud to be part of the Club - that is the best example of what Barça is all about.

Cruyff attends Barça B training | FC Barcelona
This morning’s Barça B training session received a visit from a very special guest - Johan Cruyff. The ex-Barça star and manager, who was invited to the session by Eusebio Sacristán, was accompanied by members of his foundation, sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta and the coordinator of the Professional Football area, Narcís Julià.

FCB Math Champion, the first official app of Barça for kids | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona announces the launch of FCB Math Champion, an educative official app for tablets and smartphones. The game is suitable for all the ages but it is thought for children from seven years old on. In FCB Math Champion the aim of the users is to get over some mathematic problems in order to get a big amount of prizes: more than 200 exclusive photos and videos of the first team players among many others.

After tragedy, it's time for Spain to address its ultras problem | Eurosport
You see them in bars close to the stadiums before matches. In Madrid, in the shadows behind the towering south end of the Bernabeu, brandishing Spain flags or singing Viva Espana or their anti-Catalan songs. At Espanyol, in the warren of tiny estate bars between the metro and their new stadium. A Barca fan naive enough to pass wearing colours would be confronted. At Camp Nou in Bar Virginia, 200 metres from the stadium, similar groups gather.

Real Madrid's Sami Khedira discharged from hospital | Sky Sports
The Germany international fell awkwardly following a collision with Cornella midfielder David Garcia and was replaced early in the second half of the Copa del Rey encounter at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium. The 27-year-old suffered a concussion and was taken to hospital, where he spent the night under observation.

Real Madrid complete deal for 16-year-old Ajax starlet Mink Peeters | ESPN FC
Real Madrid have sealed the signing of 16-year-old Ajax starlet Mink Peeters and have included him in their Juvenil A squad. Peeters had been on trial at the club's Valdebebas training complex and he has now made his contract official with the European champions.

Deportivo la Coruna to ban hardcore element of support | Sky Sports
Deportivo La Coruna president Tino Fernandez has announced plans to prohibit radical supporter group 'Riazor Blues' from attending football matches.The Galician club are following the lead of Atletico Madrid, who on Tuesday issued a banning order to several fans and hardcore supporters' groups following Sunday's violent clashes that led to the death of a Deportivo fan.

Lendoiro axed as LFP ambassador | Football Espana
Former Deportivo la Coruna President Agustin Cesar Lendoiro has been dismissed as an ambassador for the Spanish League (LFP). It follows his attendance at Wednesday’s funeral of a Deportivo Ultra supporter, an alleged member of the ‘Riazor Blues’, who was killed in clashes outside the Vicente Calderon before last Sunday’s game.

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