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FC Barcelona News: 20 February 2014; Jordi Alba Picks Up Hamstring Injury, Barça Face Tax Fraud Charges

Denis Doyle

Barcelona face Neymar 'tax fraud' case last summer - ESPN FC
The Spanish tax authorities have launched a case against FC Barcelona for a tax ‘fraud’ of 9.1 million euros related to the transfer of Neymar last summer, according to reports in Spain. Madrid-based judge Pablo Ruz is currently conducting an investigation into the complicated 86.2 million-euro deal, and has asked Barcelona, Neymar’s father and FIFA for all documentation relating to the transfer amid reported suspicions of the existence of different versions of the paperwork.

FC Barcelona statement on the signing of Neymar | FC Barcelona
We express our total willingness to collaborate with the Justice authorities in this matter, as we have done since the first moment the issue arose and in any other area in which our presence may be required.

Jordi Alba has pulled a hamstring in his right leg | FC Barcelona
After arriving at the Ciudad Deportiva medical tests were carried out on Jordi Alba, that confirm that he has a hamstring strain in his right leg. His recovery will decide his availability for the next game, which will be on Saturday in Anoeta against Real Sociedad (8.00PM CET).

Second win in six years in the round of 16 for FC Barcelona | FC Barcelona
For just the second time in six years FC Barcelona return from the first leg of a round of 16 Champions League tie with a victory. The first time was two years ago against Leverkusen, when goals from Alexis (2) and Messi earned the Blaugrana the win in Germany (1-3).

What the Catalan Press have to say about Barcelona's victory in Manchester | FC Barcelona
According to the Catalan media, Barça have one foot already in the quarter-finals of the Champions League, after their 2-0 win at the Etihad Stadium. Faith in the Barça style of play, the Demichelis sending off and Messi's calmly taken penalty, as well as Alves' last minute goal were the keys to the outstanding win. Here are some of the main references:

From Belletti to Alves, two goals to remember | FC Barcelona
In the 89th minute at the Etihad, Dani Alves cut in from the right , played a one-two with Neymar, and put the ball through keeper Hart's legs, to make it 2-0. It was a valuable goal for Barça in Manchester, that reminded us of another very important goal in the history of the Club. That was the goal that earned Barça their second Champions League, scored by Juliano Belletti in París.

Messi and Mascherano, called up for an Argentina friendly on March 5th | FC Barcelona
Argentinian coach, Alejandro Sabella, has called up the 2 Argentinian players from Barça's squad, Leo Messi and Javier Mascherano, for a friendly. The match, that will be played on 5th of March in Bucharest against Rumania, will take place on the last date that FIFA has available before the clubs end this season.

FC Barcelona and Catalonia in Manchester | FC Barcelona
Taking advantage of this evening’s match between Manchester City and FC Barcelona, the Club promoted Catalan culture and Catalonia as a tourist destination during various events around the British city. The main event took place this morning at the School of Arts, Languages and Culture in Manchester; the keynote speaker was Vice-President Carles Vilarrubí.

Qatar Airways will fly with a Boeing 777 kitted out in FC Barcelona colours | FC Barcelona
Qatar Airways and FC Barcelona are taking their partnership to the skies as the airline introduces FC Barcelona’s livery for the first time on a Boeing 777. The aircraft, which features the distinctive Barça scarlet and blue, or ‘Blaugrana’ as it is known in Catalan, arrived at Doha International Airport from Bangkok this week.

FC Barcelona and Head & Shoulders team up to promote local football in Indonesia | FC Barcelona
Head & Shoulders and FC Barcelona are teaming up to raise the spirit of local and regional Indonesian football. Head & Shoulder is a regional partner in Indonesia, and they collaborate with FC Barcelona in a program called Yakin Indonesia No.1 #FansBersatu!

Barcelona win race to sign ‘the new Modric’ | talkSPORT
The 17-year-old has been playing for his country at various levels since he was 14 and has been regarded as one of the most promising talents in world football for some time now. Croatian newspaper Jutarnji List now claim Barcelona have won the race to sign the teenager ahead of a host of sides across Europe, and that he will move to the Nou Camp in the summer.

Sign up for trials at the Barcelona FCBEscola for 2014/2015 | FC Barcelona
The Barcelona FCBEscola has begun the application process for trials for next season. Boys and girls born between 2003 and 2008 must apply only via the form on the Club’s official website and applications will be accepted until all places available have been filled.

Champions League: Atletico Madrid claim narrow win over AC Milan at the San Siro
An away goal from Diego Costa earned Atletico Madrid a 1-0 win over AC Milan in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League last-16 encounter. The hosts created the better of the early chances at the San Siro, but were unable to find a way past an inspired Thibaut Courtois.

Liga - Belgian duo driving Atletico's title hunt - Yahoo Eurosport UK
Diego Costa stole the headlines after his magnificent leap and bullet header in the 83rd minute of the last 16 first leg at the San Siro but it was Thibaut Courtois who rescued Atletico midway through the first half when he flung himself full length and tipped an Andrea Poli header onto the post.

Athletic to renew four contracts | Football Espana
Athletic Bilbao will offer new deals to Iker Muniain, Ander Herrera, Ander Iturrapse and Aymeric Laporte. AS reports that President Josu Urrutia wants to build the club’s future around the quartet and avoid the kind of situation that saw Fernando Llorente join Juventus on a free transfer or Javi Martinez prised away by Bayern Munich.

Karabelas to sign Levante deal | Football Espana
Nikos Karabelas is expected to sign a new contract with Levante having become a fixture in the side in recent weeks. It was thought the Greek defender would leave at the end of the season as he has been out of favour under Joaquin Caparros for much of the season. But prior to suffering an injury, Karabelas was given a run in the side and impressed enough to convince Les Granotes to extend his contract, AS has reported.

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