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FC Barcelona News: 28 February 2014; Jordi Alba Returns to Full Training, Barça Set to Sign Alen Halilovic

Denis Doyle

Jordi Alba trains with the team | FC Barcelona
The team trained this Thursday afternoon at the Ciutat Esportica Joan Gamper. Continuing with his recovery regimen, Jordi Alba trained with group. The left back trained normally, while José Manuel Pinto focused on his personalised training programme and Gerard Piqué continued with his recovery work.

Dinamo Zagreb star Alen Halilovic agrees Barcelona move | Sky Sports
Tottenham came close to a deal for the 17-year-old Dinamo Zagreb youngster, who is already a full international, last summer. Arsenal, Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea have also been linked along with the likes of Real Madrid and Bayern Munich. But it is Barca who have won the day to land the player widely considered one of the finest for his age in the world.

"We still have time to do something big this season", says Cesc Fàbregas | FC Barcelona
"We’re the first to know that we didn’t play a good game. We lacked mobility, intensity and precision, things that are vital to win a game," he explained. The midfielder noted during this afternoon’s press conference that "we’ve analysed the game, we know where we made mistakes and now we have to recover everything that we didn’t do [against Real Sociedad]."

'Ridiculous' critics just want to hurt Barcelona - Alba -
"The criticism is coming from people from outside the club that want to do us harm," Alba, 24, told reporters at a promotional event. "It's just a slagging off, it's nothing objective. "These days, many ridiculous things have been said, but the team are calm about it.

Preparations continue for Almeria | FC Barcelona
The first team trained once again on Friday morning at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper in preparation for Sunday’s game with Almeria. Like on Thursday, Jordi Alba trained normally, while José Manuel Pinto, with back trouble, did specific exercises.

Isaac Cuenca sustains hamstring injury, out for four weeks | FC Barcelona
Isaac Cuenca picked up an injury during this afternoon’s training session at the Ciutat Esportiva. The FC Barcelona forward tore the biceps femoris in his left leg, and will be out of action for the next four weeks. In addition, José Manuel Pinto is recovering from lower back pain. His recovery will mark his availability for team’s upcoming games.

Rafinha named best player of La Liga in February | FC Barcelona
The three players on loan from FC Barcelona to different teams across Europe are performing admirably. Perhaps the most influential of the three in the first trimester of 2014 is Rafinha Alcántara, who was named the best La Liga player in February by the LFP.

Referendum called for proposed new FC Barcelona stadium | FC Barcelona
By virtue of the stipulations of article 13 of the Club Statutes, the Board of Directors, at its session of February 24, 2014, decided to call upon the members for a referendum on the Proposed New Espai Barça, to be held on April 5, 2014.

Antoni Rossich explains the Intel agreement at the Mobile World Congress | FC Barcelona
Antoni Rossich explained the meaning of ‘More than a Club’ at the Intel stand at the Mobile World Congress, and he talked about the values that are behind the slogan - hard work, team work, humility, respect and ambition - and how they relate to the deal with the North American technology giant.

Costa named in Spain squad | Football Espana
Diego Costa has been named by Vicente Del Bosque in the Spain squad to play Italy next week. Costa is joined by Cesar Azpilicueta, Juanfran, Thiago Alcantara, Javi Martinez and Alvaro Negredo. There is no place for Fernando Torres, Alvaro Arbeloa, Jese, Juan Mata, David Villa, Fernando Llorente or Carles Puyol.

Atletico Madrid street to honour Luis Aragones - ESPN FC
The street leading to Atletico Madrid’s new stadium is set to be named the "Avenida Luis Aragones" after the former Colchoneros and Spain coach who died recently. Work is continuing slowly on La Peineta, which is scheduled to be ready for the start of the 2016-17 season.

Valencia through to last 16 after 0-0 draw with Dynamo Kiev | Sky Sports Football
Valencia safely progressed through to the last 16 of the Europa League despite being held to a 0-0 draw at home in their second leg clash with Dynamo Kiev. Los Che could not find the breakthrough at the Mestalla but nevertheless went through 2-0 on aggregate thanks to the two late goals they scored through Eduardo Vargas and Sofiane Feghouli in the first leg.

Sevilla see off Maribor with a 2-1 win | Sky Sports Football
Sevilla set up a mouthwatering showdown with arch-rivals Real Betis in the last 16 of the Europa League after seeing off the challenge of Maribor with a 2-1 win on Thursday night. Goals from Jose Antonio Reyes and Kevin Gameiro either side of half-time set Sevilla on their way to a 2-1 second-leg win in Spain and a 4-3 aggregate victory.

Real Betis ease to 2-0 win at Rubin Kazan | Sky Sports Football
The Spanish side appeared to be the underdogs after a 1-1 draw at the Benito Villamarin last week, but they largely dominated on Thursday and put one foot in the next round when Nono scored on the stroke of half-time. Ruben Castro then doubled their advantage on the night in the 64th minute, with Betis comfortably holding on.

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