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FC Barcelona News: 12 February 2014; 25 Players Travel to San Sebastian, Neymar and Dani Alves Called up for Friendly

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Hunter: Time for Spanish football to take a stand against racism by Graham Hunter - ESPN FC
It's getting easier to like Gerardo "Tata" Martino more and more with each passing week. Barcelona's Argentine coach has brought common sense, good humour, tolerance and patience to a tough, tough job this season and his recent thoughts on Leo Messi add to that overall appraisal.

The whole team to travel to San Sebastián | FC Barcelona
Gerardo Martino has called up the whole team for the match this Wednesday away to Real Sociedad. The fact that Barça could qualify for the Cup final led the manager to name all 25 first team players, including the injured players (Jonathan dos Santos and Neymar Jr), to the team.

FC Barcelona travel to San Sebastian | FC Barcelona
Tonight, Barça play the second leg of the Spanish Cup semi-final against Real Sociedad (10.00PM CET). With the 2-0 win from the first leg, Martino's team are travelling to San Sebastian with the aim of consolidating on the decent result, and ensure their ticket to the Final.

"We can't give our rivals any opportunities" | FC Barcelona
Martino will make the trip with all 25 of his first team players seeing that "we are only 90 minutes from qualifying for one of the three finals of the season and I think it’s a good idea that all of us be there. It’s very important to secure a place in the final of the Copa del Rey."

Statistics favour FC Barcelona for Anoeta visit | FC Barcelona
Real Sociedad have played 18 home games so far this season, winning ten – just five of which results would take them through against Barça on Wednesday night. That game will be the Basques' fourth Cup game at Anoeta this campaign, having beaten Algeciras 4-0, drawn 0-0 with Villarreal and beaten Racing Santander 3-1.

Brazil call up Alves and Neymar for March 5 friendly | FC Barcelona
Wednesday March 5 is the last international break until the end of the season. The Brazilian Federation was the first to call up Barça players to their national team. Thus Dani Alves and Neymar Jr will travel to Johannesburg for the international friendly against South Africa.

Mingma Sherpa visits the FC Barcelona Museum | FC Barcelona
Mingma Sherpa, the first sherpa to climb the 14 8-thousand plus mountains of the world, visited the FC Barcelona Museum and went on the Tour Experience, where he got the chance to revisit the biggest moments in FC Barcelona history and see the Camp Nou. Mingma Sherpa is a known Barça fan and he’s a big admirer of Leo Messi.

Ex-Real Madrid player and coach Jorge Valdano assisting with Lionel Messi film - ESPN FC
It was announced in January that top Spanish director Alex de la Iglesia was to make a documentary looking at Messi’s early life in his home city of Rosario, with the project backed by Messi’s father Jorge and produced by communications giant Mediapro. Valdano, who was born the same northern Argentine city and grew up a Newell’s Old Boys supporter just like the Barcelona star, told online TV show Mundo Leo that he had accepted the opportunity to work on the project due to the similarities in their early lives.

Real Madrid reach final after Cristiano Ronaldo double sinks Atletico | Sky Sports Football
Cristiano Ronaldo scored two first-half penalties as Real Madrid booked their place in the final of the Copa del Rey against city rivals Atletico with a 2-0 victory. Real were already 3-0 up from the first leg and headed east to the Vicente Calderon with a huge degree of security.

Real Madrid break Barcelona's Copa del Rey record | GiveMeSport
Real Madrid last night set a Copa del Rey record for minutes without conceding a goal in the competition. Real's website highlighted the fact they have now gone 742 minutes in the competition without having to pick the ball out of the net, breaking Barcelona's previous best of 696 minutes set in 1989.

Liga - Tiago undergoes wrist surgery - Yahoo Eurosport UK
Tiago had to be stretchered off in Atleti’s defeat to Almeria after a challenge by Helder Barbosa, with AS reporting the tackle left Tiago with Grade 2 sprain of the medial collateral ligament in the right knee. The 32-year-old injured his wrist in training on Thursday and a scan has determined he has fractured the scaphoid bone in his left wrist.

Atletico Madrid's Javier Manquillo suffers whiplash injury -
Atletico Madrid defender Javier Manquillo is set to undergo further tests after suffering whiplash in Tuesday's 2-0 Copa del Rey defeat to Real Madrid. The 19-year-old was forced from the field in the 44th minute following a collision with Cristiano Ronaldo in the second leg of the semi-final tie, as Diego Simeone's side suffered a 2-0 defeat that saw them lose 5-0 on aggregate to the city rivals.

Valencia's Romeu sidelined after knee surgery - ESPN FC
Valencia midfielder Oriol Romeu faces more than a month on the sidelines after an operation on the knee that has troubled him in the past. The on-loan Chelsea player, 22, suffered a meniscus tear in his right knee -- which he injured last season -- during training. On Monday, he was operated on by Barcelona surgeon Ramon Cugat.

Farinos announces retirement | Football Espana
Villarreal midfielder Francisco Javier Farinos has announced his retirement from football due to an Achilles injury. The 35-year-old hasn’t played since March due to the problem and revealed he wanted to retire in December but was convinced to make one last attempt at a comeback by Marcelino, the Villarreal Coach.

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