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FC Barcelona News: 17 February 2014; 23 Players Travel to Manchester, 40th Anniversary of Historic El Clasico Win

David Ramos

First team en route to Manchester | FC Barcelona
The first team left the Ciutat Esportiva at 9.30 this morning to take a flight to Manchester. The plane left El Prat Airport at 10.30 AM CET and arrived in the English city at 11.50 AM GMT. The team will rest at their hotel and then at 7.00 PM GMT they’ll be training in the Etihad Stadium, the venue for Tuesday night’s game. Before, at 6.15 PM GMT, manager Tata Martino and defender Gerard Piqué will be speaking to the media.

Manchester City and Real Sociedad set to host FC Barcelona this week | FC Barcelona
Tata Martino’s men return to Champions League play on Tuesday when they travel to Manchester City for the first leg of the knock out round of the continental tournament (8:45 PM CET). Upon arrival back in Barcelona, the team will have just enough time to prepare for the away match against Real Sociedad (Saturday, 8:00 PM CET).

Infographic: Manchester City v FC Barcelona | FC Barcelona
Players, managers, top goalscorers, history, titles, social media comparison and much more in our special infographic for the match

Fernandinho fit to face Barcelona but Manchester City's Sergio Aguero ruled out | Football News | Sky Sports
City's top scorer - out since last month with a hamstring injury - has lost his fight to be fit for the first leg of his side's Champions League last-16 tie. But Manuel Pellegrini will have midfielder Fernandinho available at the Etihad Stadium after a three-match absence.

Neymar tells FIFA about his new life at FC Barcelona | FC Barcelona
"Thank God I’ve had a lot of good fortune, mainly to have found such a great group of people here, along with players who have made me very welcome" he says. "All of Barcelona, in fact. We’re talking about players who have won practically everything there is to win yet remain as humble as ever. That’s the main reason why everything is working out well",

40 years since the 0-5 win at the Santiago Bernabeu | FC Barcelona
It was on matchday 22 of the League, when Barça, with Dutch star Johan Cruyff as the key player, were dominating the League, with a seven point advantage over second-placed Atletico Madrid. Real Madrid, despite the addition of German international Gunter Netzer, were not in great shape, and were in mid-table, 9 points adrift of Barça.

Stats from the thrashing of Rayo Vallecano | FC Barcelona
The Barça thrashing of Rayo Vallecano (6-0) saw the return to the pitch of the central pairing from the 6 titles season, Pique and Puyol. It was over a year since the two players formed the central pairing at the heart of the defense.

Barça warm-up before the game against Rayo | FC Barcelona
Before sealing the magnificent 6-0 win at the Stadium, here we see the players warming up before thrashing Rayo. Jogging, exercises, stretching, ball work, and some shots on goal. See how the Barça first team warmed up before the match.

The 100 million celebrations | FC Barcelona
100 million followers on social networks is a milestone that should be celebrated, and today the fans who came to the Camp for the Barça-Rayo game did just that. Outside the stadium two spaces were set up where members and fans could be photographed in front of a mural that read 'We are # FCB100M' with the logos of all the social networks where FC Barcelona is represented.

Piti wins it for Granada |
Piti scored a crucial goal for Granada as the Andalusian side beat local rivals Real Betis 1-0 to ease their Primera Division relegation fears while adding to those of their opponents. In a bad-tempered clash which saw both teams finish the game with 10 men, Piti claimed the winner just after the half-hour mark.

Madrid make no mistake | Sky Sports Football
With both their rivals winning the day before, the pressure was on Carlo Ancelotti's side to pick up the three points from a stadium they had lost at last season, but Jese settled any nerves they might have had with an early goal. Benzema doubled their advantage on 27 minutes and midway through the second half Luka Modric got the goal his recent form had merited.

Athletic Bilbao record ends | Sky Sports Football
Goals by Sergio Garcia and Diego Colotto ensured Espanyol wrapped up a notable double, having beaten Athletic in September's reverse fixture, and also making it back-to-back league wins after their 1-0 victory over Granada last time out. Carlos Gurpegi hit Athletic's reply early in the second period but it could not fire the hosts to an improved overall performance and Colotto duly made them pay with the winner after 65 minutes.

Sevilla miss chance | Sky Sports Football
Unai Emery's side dominated the second period after Valencia captain Ricardo Costa was dismissed in the 50th minute for picking up two bookings. However, they were unable to beat the outstanding goalkeeper Diego Alves, who saved Rakitic's penalty. Denis Cheryshev was then also given his marching orders in stoppage time for two bookings, the latter for diving.

Police still searching for individual who threw tear gas canister during Villarreal - Celta Vigo game - ESPN FC
Spanish police are still searching for the individual who threw a tear gas canister onto the pitch during Saturday night’s La Liga game between Villarreal and Celta Vigo at El Madrigal. A can spewing gas was thrown from the stands with time almost up in the game, and play had to be stopped while players left the pitch and the ground was evacuated as the gas was causing distress among the 14,195 spectators present.

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