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FC Barcelona News: 12 April 2014; Juvenil A Reach UEFA Youth League Final, Two La Liga Kickoff Times Announced

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FC Barcelona arrive in Granada | FC Barcelona
The FC Barcelona players arrived in Granada this morning at 11.25 AM CET, ready for this evening’s fixture against the local club (8.00 AM CET). The travelling party is being led by directors Jordi Moix, Susana Monje, Javier Bordas and Ramon Pont, as well as Director of Professional Football Andoni Zubizarreta.

Martino ready for Granada challenge | FC Barcelona
Gerardo Martino spoke to the media this Friday, the day before the league campaign resumes with a trip to Granada. He knows it will be a difficult match because "they need the points as much as we do … But we know what’s at stake. We have to win every game we have left if we want to win the league. At least our destiny is in our own hands."

Villarreal and Getafe times confirmed | FC Barcelona
This Friday afternoon, the days and times of the forthcoming Liga fixtures with Villarreal and Getafe have been announced. The first, game 35 of the season, will be on Sunday April 27 at El Madrigal, kicking off at 9.00 PM CET. The latter gets under way at the early time of 4.00 PM CET on Saturday May 3 at the Camp Nou.

Seven games from double glory | FC Barcelona
The remainder of Barça’s season will be all about the quest for yet another league and cup double. There are seven games left, to be played over 37 days. Here we take a look at what is still to come this season.

Today Pele would play for FC Barcelona | FC Barcelona
Speaking to Time magazine this week, he was asked which of the many great sides to have graced the game over the years he would most like to have played for. But for the 73 year old, there could be no choice other than his own Santos team, where he played from 1956 to 1974. Other than a short spell at the New York Cosmos, it is the only club he ever represented.

FC Barcelona zone in Valencia | FC Barcelona
And in Parc dels Tarongers (Avinguda Tarongers, 2), very close to Mestalla stadium, they’ll find their very own Barça fan zone, where they can enjoy a whole range of fun activities and also keep up to date with the latest developments in the build-up to the match on Barça TV. The ‘Zona Barça’ will be open from 10 AM to 7.30 PM.

Burning questions about Barca's impending transfer ban by Graham Hunter - ESPN FC
If Lee Seung-woo, and more importantly his family, want the youngster to be developed at FC Barcelona (or Bayern Munich, or Manchester City, or Juventus) and that club is willing to invest in him plus all national laws are met, then is FIFA legally or morally in a position to deny him/them their freedom of movement or freedom of labour, especially when the club happens to be able to demonstrate that it is a centre of excellence? In short, no, it isn't.

Schalke 04 U19 v FC Barcelona U19: Into the final! (0-1) | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona are through to the first ever final of the UEFA Youth League. In today’s semi-final in Nyon, the side coached by Jordi Vinyals outplayed Schalke 04 with some very attack-minded tactics. Adama and Munir were the stars of the show, but the midfield and defence also posted solid displays. The final is on Monday 14 at 4.30 PM CET against Benfica, who slammed Real Madrid 4-0 in today’s other semi.

Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo out of weekend clash | Sky Sports
However, Ronaldo then underwent tests which "detected a muscular injury to his left hamstring", the club said, with reports in Spain suggesting he could be sidelined for around two weeks - which would rule him out of Wednesday's Copa del Rey final against Barcelona as well as possibly the first leg of the Champions League semi-final the following week.

Drop rivals play out draw |
Relegation rivals Osasuna and Real Valladolid had to settle for a point apiece in a low-quality encounter in Pamplona on Friday night. Alvaro Cejudo's long-range effort which hit the crossbar early on for Osasuna was as close as either side went to breaking the deadlock, but the draw did little to help either side's battle against the drop.