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FC Barcelona News: 5 March 2014; Carles Puyol Announces Barça Exit Plans, El Clasico Kickoff Time Confirmed

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Carles Puyol announces he is leaving FC Barcelona at the end of the season | FC Barcelona
Carles Puyol made an announcement to the press on Tuesday afternoon at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper that he is leaving the club at the end of the current season.

Bartomeu praises Puyol's commitment | FC Barcelona
"I'm sad because Puyol means a lot to us. He’s unique- an example of a really committed player " However, the President admitted he was also: " happy for the career he has had and the tremendous things he achieved". Puyol has so far won a total of 21 titles with the Club

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In-depth look at Carles Puyol's career | FC Barcelona
Infographic of the captain's career: matches played, titles won, goals scored...

Pique writes heartfelt open letter for ‘guardian angel’ Puyol | Pitchside - Yahoo Eurosport UK
Gerard Pique has written an open letter to Carles Puyol in which he thanks the outgoing captain for his help at Barcelona. Puyol announced on Tuesday that he was leaving Camp Nou at the end of the season and Pique took to the social media site to share his thoughts on the impending departure.

Ten highlights of Puyol's career at FC Barcelona | FC Barcelona
Carles Puyol has announced that he is leaving the club after 14 years in the first team, in which time he has made 593 appearances and scored 18 goals. Here we pick out ten highlights of the career of one of the finest defenders ever to play for the club:

Reaction on social media to Puyol's announcement | FC Barcelona
Carles Puyol announced that he was leaving the Club at the end of the season - here's how the social media sites reacted.

Five Carles Puyol wallpapers for your computer | FC Barcelona
Carles Puyol announced that he will no longer play for FC Barcelona at the end of the season. You can show your support for the captain with the #GràciesPuyol. You also have the opportunity to downloand and share the following five wallpapers that feature the captain in the Blaugrana strip.

Spain stars react to Carles Puyol's announcement he will exit Barcelona this summer - ESPN FC
Andres Iniesta, Gerard Pique, Cesc Fabregas and Thiago Alcantara have all spoken of their respect and admiration for Carles Puyol, who has decided to leave Barcelona at the end of the current season. Puyol has suffered a number of injury issues over recent seasons, and announced on Tuesday afternoon that he was leaving as he knew himself he could no longer perform at the level required at Camp Nou.

Everything you need to know about Carles Puyol | FC Barcelona
Summary of the captain's career at FC Barcelona and a recap of this afternoon's events in which he announced his decision to leave the Club at the end of the season.

La Liga Clásico scheduled for 23 March at 9:00 PM CET | FC Barcelona
Barça, who are only one point behind leaders Madrid, will play away to Valladolid next weekend and the following week the Blaugrana will host Osasuna. On Saturday 8 March the team will play at the José Zorilla against Valladolid at 4:00 PM CET. In the following league match Barça will host Osasuna at the Camp Nou on 16 March at 5:00 PM CET.

City derby set for 29 March at four in the afternoon | FC Barcelona
Following the announcement of the dates for the trip to Bernabeu - Sunday 23 March at 9 pm CET - the Spanish league revealed the kick off times for the next two games, with Luis Enrique's Celta visiting the Camp Nou on Wednesday 26 (8 pm CET) and the City derby at Cornellà-El Prat three days later (Saturday 29, 4 pm CET) setting up three key games in a week.

14 Barça players in World Cup warm up games | FC Barcelona
Seven Barça players are in Del Bosque’s squad for tonight’s game against Italy at the Vicente Calderon (8 pm CET) - Sergio Busquets, Cesc Fàbregas, Andrés Iniesta, Jordi Alba, Pedro, Víctor Valdés and Xavi. Neymar Jr and Dani Alves are with Brazil for the World Cup hosts’ game in Johannesburg against the hosts of the 2010 competition, South Africa (6 pm CET).

Gerard Piqué vows never to leave FC Barcelona | FC Barcelona
On Monday evening, FC Barcelona centre back Gerard Piqué appeared in the first of the series of conferences titled ‘Instint’ being held at the Barts Theatre, a series of chat shows that combine entertainment with the sharing of information.

Non-internationals train at the Ciutat Esportiva | FC Barcelona
The players who haven’t been called up to their national teams trained this Tuesday afternoon at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper. Adriano, Tello, Montoya, Bartra, Afellay, Puyol, Oier and Barça B’s Ortolá trained on the pitch, while Piqué, Dos Santos, Pinto and Cuenca trained apart from the group.

Academy teams keep on scoring | FC Barcelona
As the season draws to its conclusion, Barça's young promises are showing the same enthusiasm thay had at the start of the year. This week, it's Marc Jurado, Pau Ortega, Adrià Capdevila, Izan Sánchez and Javi Espinosa who scored the five best goals from last weekend.

Bartomeu attends ECA meeting | FC Barcelona
The ECA was in Barcelona for a gala supper at the Liceu Theatre on Monday night, where Bartomeu was joined by such footballing dignitaries as Karl Heinz Rummenigge, Ferran Soriano and Emilio Butrageño. Then today Tuesday in the Hotel W, the association will be holding its 12th General Assembly, where the most important item on the agenda is FIFA’s modifications to the transfer system.

Sports minister defends Barcelona over Neymar deal - ESPN FC
Spain’s sports minister Miguel Cardenal has written an open letter in El Pais in support of Barcelona’s conduct in the controversial deal to sign Neymar. A Madrid court is continuing to investigate potential irregularities in the deal that took the Brazil international to Barca from Santos last summer.

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