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FC Barcelona News: 8 March 2014; 18 Players Travel To Valladolid, Andres Iniesta, Alex Song and Jordi Alba Stay Home

Our heart goes out to Iniesta and his family
Our heart goes out to Iniesta and his family
Manuel Queimadelos Alonso

FC Barcelona arrive in Valladolid | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona have arrived in Valladolid. The first team’s plane touched down in the Spanish city at 8:20 PM CET, after nearly an hour-long flight. The Barça expedition is led by Vice-President Jordi Cardoner, directors Pilar Guinovart and Joan Bladé and Football Directory Andoni Zubizarreta.

18 named to face Valladolid | FC Barcelona
Dani Alves and Neymar are back from international duty and joined their team-mates this morning, as did Gerard Piqué, who has recovered from a minor thigh injury and was able to train normally with the rest of the squad. Gerardo Martino has announced the names of the 18 players that he’ll be taking on this weekend’s away trip, and there are no places for any of Song, Alba, Cuenca, or Dos Santos.

Valladolid v FC Barcelona: Keeping up the pressure | FC Barcelona
Valladolid and Barça meet in the first of this weekend’s league matches (4.00 PM CET, GolT and Canal + Liga) in a game where the two opponents face very different challenges. The violet-and-whites need a win to get out of the relegation zone, while FC Barcelona will be provisional Liga leaders if they win, which should put some additional pressure on Real Madrid, who entertain Levante on Sunday. It’s a case of winning and hoping.

Martino not looking for any excuses | FC Barcelona
In his Friday lunchtime press conference, Barça manager Gerardo Martino admitted that he always feels worried before a match, whatever the circumstances. And Saturday’s trip to Valladolid is clearly no exception. "I’m worried because of who the opposition are" he confessed.

Four historic FC Barcelona trips to Valladolid | FC Barcelona
The 1984/85 season was drawing to a close and after an eleven year drought, FC Barcelona knew that a win away to Valladolid would finally get the league trophy back in their hands. Clos and Alexanco had put FCB 2-1 ahead, but with just two minutes to go, a penalty was awarded to the home side.

Barcelona's Lionel Messi seeks help to combat sickness - ESPN FC
The Blaugrana attacker said after this week’s game that it was just something which happened to him sometimes, not a big problem. However his club coach told a news conference after training at Barca’s Ciutat Esportiva on Friday morning that it was ‘not normal’ for the issue to re-occur, even if it did not affect Messi’s performance on the pitch.

Ronaldinho wishes Carles Puyol the best of luck | FC Barcelona
Carles Puyol’s recent revelation that he’s leaving FC Barcelona at the end of the season caused an outpouring of support from fans and fellow players. The most recent voice to join the chorus for the ‘Eternal Captain’ belongs to FC Barcelona legend Ronaldinho Gaucho.

"The stadium needs to be rennovated," says Juan Pablo Mitjans | FC Barcelona
Juan Pablo Mitjans, son of the architect Francesc Mitjans Miró, who built the Camp Nou, visited the New Espai Barça exposition. "This exposition is great because it’s very clear," said Mitjans. He added that the information shows "the preparation for a future project; there’s analysis for everything the stadium needs."

More than 300 Club members attend the first New Espai Barça presentation | FC Barcelona
More than 300 Club members attended the event in which Vice-President Jordi Cardoner and director Jordi Moix explained the new project. Former player Josep Moratalla was also in attendance. After the presentation, the two Board members fielded questions from Club members.

From Barcelona wonderkid to Ajax flop - where next for Bojan? -
Not too long ago, Bojan Krkic was regarded as one of the game's biggest prospects and seemed destined for greatness. The attacker had not only broken all kinds of goalscoring records while playing for Barcelona's youth teams, he also initially impressed after making the step from La Masia into the Catalans' senior side in 2007-08.

Costa's Madrid derby yellow card appeal fails -
Diego Costa will serve a one-match Liga ban after his yellow card during the Madrid derby was upheld by the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF). The Atletico Madrid forward was booked in the 64th minute of Sunday's 2-2 draw at the Vicente Calderon after the referee deemed him to dive under a challenge from Real Madrid defender Alvaro Arbeloa.

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