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FC Barcelona News: 4 February 2014; Barça Appeal Jordi Alba Red Card, 22 in Squad to Face La Real

Manuel Queimadelos Alonso

All available players in squad for Wednesday night | FC Barcelona
Neymar Jr continues to work on his recovery and today he was exercising apart from the rest of the squad in training at the Ciutat Esportiva, whilst Oier Olazábal was also absent with a stomach bug. The squad will be back for a final session before tomorrow's game at noon tomorrow on the Camp Nou pitch, before spending the build up to the match at the team hotel.

FC Barcelona to appeal Jordi Alba's red card | FC Barcelona
The Club have decided to appeal Jordi Alba’s red card to the Competition Committee. The FC Barcelona left back was shown his second yellow card on 77 minutes for "knocking down an opponent in a dispute for the ball," according to Pérez Montero’s post-match referee report. The defender was shown his first yellow card on 51 minutes.

Neymar back on the ball | FC Barcelona
Neymar Jr, who last week returned to doing field work, has continued to recover and on Monday was able to train with the ball. The Brazilian was on pitch number 1 at the Ciutat Esportiva in the company of physio Juanjo Brau, who has been overseeing his recovery from a sprained ankle sustained against Getafe.

Record 59 games at the top | FC Barcelona
533 days later and Barça are no longer top of the Liga table. The Catalans were top of the table from day one of the 2012/13 season right through to the end, and had also been in first place for the first 21 days of the present campaign.

Xavi warns: "There's no more margin of error" | FC Barcelona
The Congressional Palace of Catalonia hosted this Monday evening the 66th edition of the Great Gala of Sport organised by Mundo Deportivo. President Josep Maria Bartomeu, who was accompanied by vice-presidents Jodri Cardoner, Carles Vilarrubí and Jordi Mestre, and the directors Eduard Coll, Joan Bladé, Manel Arroyo and Jodi Monés, represented FC Barcelona at the Gala.

FC Barcelona features in Japanese ‘Zone’ magazine | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona enjoys huge popularity in Asia, and Japan is no exception. The latest example of this is how ‘Zone’, a hugely popular magazine specialising in international football, has dedicated no fewer than 60 pages to a special feature about the current Liga champions.

Griezmann key to Real Sociedad success | FC Barcelona
Barça's Spanish Cup semi final opponents Real Sociedad have enjoyed a great 18 months or so, finishing fourth in the league and qualifying for the Champions League last season and now find themselves just two games from the Cup Final. Much of that success is down to their French striker Antoine Griezman, whose goals have attracted the interest of some of the continent's biggest clubs

Jupp Heynckes delivers emotional tribute to Tito Vilanova | FC Barcelona
Ex Bayern Munich coach Jupp Heynckes presented the award for 2013 Manager of the Year to Tito Vilanova at the Gran Gala de Mundo Deportivo on Monday night. Before handing over the award to the Club’s sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta, Heynckes vdedicated an emotional tribute to Vilanova.

More details about the new Camp Nou | FC Barcelona
At a press conference to present the new Barça stadium, the director of the Patrimonial Department, Jordi Moix, has presented further details of the proposal: the construction of a new Camp Nou over the current structure (being called the ‘ENEA’) will be put to a referendum on April 5 or 6. The cost will be 420 million euros.

Key aspects of the referendum and the Espai Barça | FC Barcelona
During this afternoon’s press conference on the Espai Barça, Javier Faus, economic vice-president of the Club, explained that the estimated cost of the project will be be 600 million euros and he noted that Barça members will not be called upon to foot the bill. Faus also declared that "the first team sporting project and the Club’s professional teams will not be at risk."

New Espai Barça explained | FC Barcelona
This Monday, FC Barcelona has presented new details about the possible future Espai Barça and the schedule for the referendum at which the members will be able to vote whether or not to go ahead with the remodelling of the club’s 20 hectares in the district of Les Corts. Vice-presidents Javier Faus and Jordi Cardoner, and the director of the Patrimonial Department, Jordi Moix, all members of the commission that is dealing with this process, were in charge of explaining the details to the press.

The evolution of the new Espai Barça | FC Barcelona
It’s worth noting that these images of the new Espai Barça are meant to give the viewer a general overview of the project given that its final details have yet to be decided.

City lose top spot after Chelsea defeat | FC Barcelona
With the defeat at the Etihad Stadium against Chelsea (0-1),City lost their unbeaten home record and top spot to Arsenal, who won 2-0 against Crystal Palace at the weekend. The Sky Blues are now third, level on points with Chelsea, two behind the Gunners and six clear of fourth place Liverpool.

Ronaldo ban to be decided on Wednesday -
Real Madrid will discover on Wednesday the length of Cristiano Ronaldo's ban following the Portugal captain's sending-off on Sunday. The Spanish FA (RFEF) have announced that they will meet to discuss a suitable punishment for Ronaldo on February 5, the same day that los Blancos face city rivals Atletico Madrid in the Copa del Rey.

Villarreal too good for Osasuna | Sky Sports Football
Perbet and Manu Trigueros scored early in the second half to give the Yellow Submarine a deserved 2-0 lead and the Frenchman's second crowned a dominant display, despite Oriol Riera's late consolation. The win leaves fifth-placed Villarreal three points behind Athletic Bilbao in the race for the final Champions League place, while Osasuna are two points above the relegation zone in 16th.

Mexico won't call up Carlos Vela for World Cup after striker doesn't commit -
Current El Tri boss Miguel Herrera, national team director Hector Gonzalez Inarritu and other federation officials met with the Real forward on Monday in Madrid to gauge his intentions and interest in returning to the national team. But Vela, once more, said he was not 100 per cent in the right mental and emotional state of mind, according to a news release from the federation.

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