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FC Barcelona News: 6 February 2014; Barça Earn Two Goal Advantage in First Leg, Continue Jordi Alba Appeal Process

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FC Barcelona – Real Sociedad: Vindication (2-0) | FC Barcelona
This is the Copa del Rey. This Wednesday the Camp Nou experienced a match that had it all, from the stands to red cards to plays that bordered on the nonsensical, like Barça’s second goal of the night. Gerardo Martino sent in a nearly identical team to the one he fielded on the weekend, only Valdés – who was replaced by Pinto – wasn’t named to the starting line-up.

The semi-final against Real Sociedad isn't over says Sergio Busquets | FC Barcelona
The midfielder then went on to say that the tie is far from over: "hopefully we can do the same thing in the second leg and get to the finals." Busquets also talked about the result from the other semi-final between Atlético Madrid and Real Madrid: "the 3-0 is a good result for Real Madrid."

"We played a good game, without risks" | FC Barcelona
Gerardo Martino said during the post-match press conference that Barça played "a good game, we didn’t take any risks. We were a bit apprehensive because of Saturday’s game against Valencia." The manager went on to say that "we scored twice, probably thanks to chance and not because of how we played," and he praised Pinto for his superb performance: "he’s always performed well since he arrived at Barcelona."

Xavi: "I am really enjoying myself" | FC Barcelona
Xavi Hernández gave his analysis of Barça 2013/24 in an interview with FIFA.COM, as well as talking about his past, and his future, with the Club. Xavi, who has played 16 seasons in the first team, and over 700 matches in a Barça shirt, has been able to play with some of the most important players in the world of football.

Pinto aware of Anoeta threat | FC Barcelona
José Manuel Pinto certainly doesn’t think Barça are guaranteed a spot in the Spanish Cup Final after their 2-0 win in the first leg of the semi-final against Real Sociedad on Wednesday night and speaking after the game to the Barça TV programme ‘El Marcador’, he warned: "sure, we have a slight advantage and not conceding was important, but we still have to go there and finish the tie off.

Barcelona to continue appeal over Jordi Alba dismissal against Valencia - ESPN FC
The Catalan club had looked to have referee Pedro Jesus Perez Montero’s decision overturned, but competition committee stuck with the official’s decision and imposed the automatic one-match punishment. Barca have since issued a statement saying they will continue to fight the case and present an appeal to the authorities on Friday morning, in the hope of freeing the player for the trip to Sevilla’s Estadio Sanchez Pizjuan.

FC Barcelona have scored 100 official goals this season | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona scored their 100th official goal of the season this Wednesday evening. The 100th goal was scored by Zubikarai (og), which made it 2-0 in the first leg of the Cup semi-final tie against Real Sociedad. The first goal of the match was scored by Sergio Busquets.

President Bartomeu gives FC Barcelona kit to Francois Pienaar | FC Barcelona
Before the Cup semi-final against Real Sociedad, President Bartomeu gave Francois Pienaar, former player and captain South Africa’s rugby World Cup winning team, an FC Barcelona rugby kit. Paco Peña, the technical director of the team, and Stacy Duvenage were present.

FC Barcelona launch new Seient Lliure app | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona have launched a new application that facilitates the Seient Lliure process for Club members. With this app, members will be able to free up their seat at the Camp Nou comfortably and easily. Basketball season ticket holders will also be able to utilise the app.

Adama Traoré: 3 goals and 4 assists | FC Barcelona
Adama Traoré has been one of the sensations of the season. The winger, who was 18 years old on January 25, has exploded in his first season with the Barça B team. Born in Hospitalet de Llobregat, the footballer with African origins has taken maximum advantage of his minutes on the pitch.

Copa del Rey semi-final: Real Madrid beat out-of-sorts city rivals Atletico Madrid 3-0 | Sky Sports Football
Real Madrid took a huge step towards booking their place in the Copa del Rey final by beating out-of-sorts city rivals Atletico Madrid 3-0 at the Bernabeu. Atletico - the cup holders - had won twice in a row in north Madrid to sorely irritate their more successful neighbours, and Carlo Ancelotti's men used Wednesday night's first-leg semi-final to convincingly reassert their authority.

'May your father die': Sick chants overshadow Copa clash - Yahoo Eurosport UK
The Guardian reports that as Marcelo came close to them they launched into monkey chants, and when the 25-year-old stopped to look up at them they began jeering, "Marcelo is a monkey." The player returned to his team-mates, after which his infant son came out to give him a hug - at which point the chant changed in a truly horrifying manner, with the Atletico supporters calling out, "May your father die."

Zlatan Ibrahimovic sends Cristiano Ronaldo cheeky birthday gift - ESPN FC
During the match, Paris Saint-Germain striker Ibrahimovic tweeted with a picture of a 'Dare to Zlatan' T-shirt and some of the Swede's own exclusive wrapping paper accompanied by the message, "Happy birthday @Cristiano. I have sent your new favourite outfit in the post."

Atletico Madrid board defiant despite court ruling - ESPN FC
Spain’s highest court ruled definitively on Tuesday that a 2003 share offering overseen by current club president Enrique Cerezo, current chief executive Miguel Angel Gil Marin and former president Jesus Gil y Gil should not have been allowed to take place, as the club was then the subject of a judicial intervention.

Porto defender Nicolas Otamendi to join Valencia in the summer | Sky Sports
FC Porto have confirmed that defender Nicolas Otamendi will join Valencia in the summer for a reported 12 million euros. The 25-year-old looked set for an exit during the January transfer window with Manchester United, Monaco and Zenit St Petersburg all believed to have shown interest, but it has been suggested that problems with his passport prevented him from a departure.

Almeria sign Thailand forward Dangda on loan - Yahoo Eurosport UK
The deal includes an option to buy the 25-year-old and club officials would be travelling to Thailand later this month to tie up the final details, Almeria said on their website. Dangda, who Almeria called "the star of Asian soccer", spent two weeks training with Atletico Madrid early last year.

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