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FC Barcelona News: 6 March 2014; Barça Players Shine on International Duty, Espai Barça Campaign Starts

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Neymar hat trick in Johannesburg (0-5) | FC Barcelona
Neymar Jr put in the stand out performance of the Barça players involved in international games on Wednesday, scoring a hat trick in Brazil’s 0-5 demolition of South Africa in Johannesburg. Pedro scored the only goal in Spain’s win over Italy in Madrid.

Is this the cutest pitch invasion ever? Brazil squad embrace young South African fan - The Independent
It's probably the most sucessful pitch-invasion ever and certainly the cutest. A young South African fan didn't allow his team's demolition by Brazil in last night's friendly to get him down. Instead he took the brave decision to storm the pitch at the Soccer City stadium in Soweto.

Messi plays down vomiting fears -
The Barcelona superstar threw up just eight minutes into the contest in Bucharest but insisted afterwards there was no need for alarm. "It's something that always happens, it happened to me several times at my club so there's nothing to worry about," Messi told TyC Sports.

Carles Puyol set standards for everyone at Barcelona and in Spain, says Guillem Balague | Sky Sports
Sky Sports' Spanish football expert Guillem Balague told Sky Sports News that the defender, who had suffered with knee injuries for the past few seasons, set the values for every player around him at his club and when representing his country. "Is there anybody greater than him? It's a debate because he's always been their number one," said Balague.

Puyol departs Barcelona a Catalan hero and a legend | Pitchside - Yahoo Eurosport UK
Photos of the Barcelona defender Carles Puyol adorn the bars in the small Catalan Pyrenean town of La Pobla de Segur. Puyol is the local boy done good and pictures of his unmistakeable, almost medieval looking torso, confirm the adoration. Everyone claims to know ‘Carlito’ - reverential shorthand for Barca’s assiduous warrior captain - the son of the humble bread man.

Cesc Fàbregas: "I've always suported this Club" | FC Barcelona
The Catalan midfielder, who was a La Masia graduate before signing for Arsenal and then returning to the Club in 2011, explains: "I have always been a fan of the Club. I went to the Nou Camp for the first time when I was nine months old - my grandfather took me!" . Fabregas believes that the key to being a Barça player is you "must combine technical quality and a tactical mind".

Goal kings of Europe | FC Barcelona
LEADERS IN EUROPE. With 74 goals FC Barcelona lead the ranking. Real Madrid and Liverpool come next with 73, whilst Bayern Munich (66), París Saint-Germain (64) and Juventus (62) top the rankings in other major European Leagues.

Squad train with Barça B at the Ciutat Esportiva | FC Barcelona
The six available first team squad members - Oier, Tello, Bartra, Montoya, Afellay and Adriano - trained with the Barça B team this morning under the supervision of Gerardo Martino and Eusebio Sacristán. Carles Puyol and José Manuel Pinto both did specific exercises apart from the rest of the group, whilst Gerard Piqué, Jonathan Dos Santos and Isaac Cuenca continued with their recuperation work.

New Espai Barça campaign kicks off | FC Barcelona
The permanent exhibition space of the New Espai Barça project was presented at the Camp Nou this Wednesday. The exhibition will be open to all members and supporters until April 3. Club President Josep Maria Bartomeu explained that "this is the starting point of the referendum process.

El Nou Espai Barça, in detail | FC Barcelona
The future development of the Espai Barça which will affect the area surrounding the Stadium, the Palau Blaugrana and the Mini Estadi. The Project will start in the summer of 2017 and be finished by the beginning of 2021.

Milan linked with Real keeper Lopez - Yahoo Eurosport UK
AS quotes Tuttosport as saying the Rossoneri will be in the market for a goalkeeper to replace former Atletico Madrid custodian Christian Abbiati, who will turn 37 very shortly and, as such, is considered to be in the final stages of his career. Lopez is Madrid’s first choice for League matches but hands the gloves over to Iker Casillas for the Copa del Rey and often the Champions League.

Atletico Madrid assistant coach German Burgos handed three match touchline ban for his aggressive protests in the 2-2 draw with Real Madrid - ESPN FC
Atletico Madrid assistant coach German Burgos has been given a three-match touchline ban for his 'aggressive protests' after Diego Costa was denied a penalty during last weekend’s 2-2 draw with Real Madrid at the Estadio Vicente Calderon.

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