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FC Barcelona News: 18 March 2014; Barça Deny Tata Martino Exit Rumors, Andres Iniesta Happy With Form

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20,000 people visit the Nou Espai Barça exposition | FC Barcelona
"We have no knowledge [of this decision]. Martino has a contract with the Cub. We’ve talked to him and he strongly denied that he talked to anyone on his coaching staff about the issue. He’s focused on the challenges that the team have at the moment. It’s a very important week and the focus [at the Club] clear."

Barcelona confirm Gerardo Martino exit clause but plan stay - ESPN FC
Barca’s new vice-president of marketing and media, Manel Arroyo, confirmed to AS that the release clause did exist but said there were no plans to make a change. "I cannot give details but these are normal practices," Arroyo said. "The clause is there, for both him and for us, but I insist there is no intention to use it."

Iniesta happy with his form going into the business end of the season | FC Barcelona
"you go through different moments during a season, but since I came back from my injury at the start of the year, I’ve felt really good. We’re into the final straight and you have to be at your best for that. It’s not been a comfortable season at times, there’s been a lot of change going on around the Club, but the players have to stay on the margins of all that".

Pedro reckons FC Barcelona will be at their best on Sunday | FC Barcelona
"I’ll fight and work hard for a place because these games are unique and you never want to miss them". Pedro has always accepted that he might not be a first choice starter in every game and he’s come to accept that: "you have to be cool about it. It’s a tough job for the boss because he’s got 23 very good players and it’s hard to choose just 11 to start a game.2

Paulino Alcántara, FC Barcelona's first star | FC Barcelona
Paulinho Alcántara was born in 1896 in the Philippines, and he was the Club’s first real star player. He scored 269 goals in official and friendly matches for the Club. He retired on 5 July 1927 and became a doctor. Years later he became a Club director (1931-1934). He passed away in Barcelona in 1964.

Aduriz salvages draw for Bilbao | Sky Sports Football
Aritz Aduriz had a mixed but ultimately rewarding night as Athletic Bilbao stayed ahead of the game in the chase for the fourth Champions League spot. The veteran striker missed a first-half penalty but recovered to score a second-period equaliser as his men drew 1-1 at Villarreal.

Sevilla midfielder Sebastian Cristoforo out for six months | Football News | Sky Sports
Sevilla midfielder Sebastian Cristoforo is set to be sidelined until next season after suffering a serious knee injury. The 20-year-old Uruguayan, who joined Sevilla from Penarol last summer, damaged his left knee in Sunday's 4-1 Primera Division win over Real Valladolid and tests on Monday confirmed he had torn the anterior cruciate ligament.

Rayo Vallecano's all-or-nothing approach is finally coming good | Sid Lowe | theguardian.com
Even when Rayo were a disaster, Jémez had his defenders. Off the pitch, that is. Last season, only two teams in Europe had the ball more than Rayo did: Barcelona and Bayern Munich. Early this season, when Rayo played Barcelona, they had more possession than them, the first team to manage it in 316 games.