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FC Barcelona News: 21 January 2015; Barça Ready to Take on Atletico Madrid, Xavi Given Medical Clearance

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Xavi fit to face Atlético | FC Barcelona
Xavi Hernández is back in the reckoning for a place in the first team after been given the medical all clear to play tonight against Atlético Madrid. After missing the last four games with a calf injury, the captain has been called up into Luis Enrique’s 18-man squad for the Cup quarter-final first leg.

Luis Enrique wary but confident about Atlético tie | FC Barcelona
Manager Luis Enrique told his pre-match press conference that beating the defending Liga champions 3-1 "did us a lot of good, but this will be a very different game and also very difficult one. Atlético are a fearsome side over two legs … We are going to need a better attitude than them and to make the most of every footballing resource we have."

Match Preview: FC Barcelona v Atlético Madrid Cup quarter-final | FC Barcelona
Just 10 days after their last meeting at the Camp Nou, Barça and Atlético Madrid face each other once again on Wednesday night at 10.00pm (CET) in the first leg of the Spanish Cup quarter-finals. Lifted by their performance in the 3-1 win last time out, Luis Enrique’s team have hit a good patch of form as they go into the match.

Diego Simeone: We are up against an FC Barcelona in form at the moment | FC Barcelona
On the recent league defeat at Camp Nou:"We have to start the game better than we did, because our beginning was not good. We didn’t play with our usual intensity and pressure. Against an opponent like Barça, who played really well in the opening half hour, we had problems."

Leo Messi's great night against Atlético in the Cup | FC Barcelona
On 6 January 2009 Leo Messi put in his best performance up to now against Atlético Madrid in the Spanish Cup. That evening his hat-trick in the Calderón gave Barça the upper hand in the last 16 tie. The game ended with the home fans treating the Argentine to a standing ovation. This Wednesday Messi will come up against Atlético once again in the Cup.

When and where to watch FC Barcelona - Atlético Madrid | FC Barcelona
The local times and channels for watching Wednesday's Spanish Cup match at Camp Nou.

Barca could sign players in 2015 | Football Espana
The other option is to come to an agreement with a player this summer and allow him to continue with his current club until 2015, when the FIFA ban ends, after which he would link up with Barcelona and play the second half of the season.

Barcelona B manager comments on Babunski - Macedonian Football (soccer) website
In recent times, Eusebio Sacristán has come under fire due to the bad results for Barcelona B. So, he decided to do this interview to lessen the public pressure and address numerous topics, including complaints about not playing Babunski. David has only made eight league appearances this season, all coming off the bench. He has played a total of just 138 minutes.

The rise of Atletico Madrid's other Torres - ESPN FC
As Fernando Torres is preparing to take on Barcelona in a crunch Copa del Rey quarterfinal clash, it is well worth noticing that his namesake, Oliver Torres, has outscored him in 2015. The bright Atletico Madrid hope, on loan at Porto, found the net in each of his three league fixtures this year, and he is quickly becoming a favourite at the Estadio do Dragao.

Chinese conglomerate buys 20 percent share in Atletico Madrid - ESPN FC
Chinese conglomerate Wanda Group is to invest 45 million euros to take a 20 percent share in La Liga club Atletico Madrid. The move is part of a push by Wanda's billionaire owner, Wang Jianlin, to grow football in China, while Atletico are seeking to help promote their brand globally as well as to shore up their financial position.

Diego Simeone says he will stay with Atletico Madrid | Sky Sports
Simeone has transformed Atletico into genuine European powerhouses since taking over in 2011 and, inevitably, his name has been linked with a host of managerial posts across the continent. However, with the possibility of new investment coming into the club from China, Atletico's rise looks set to carry on - and that could be good news for the capital club in more ways than one.

Ancelotti considering Verratti swoop | Football Espana
Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti is weighing up a move for Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Marco Verratti this summer. According to Marca, the Italian has already indicated to the club’s hierarchy that he would like the diminutive 22-year-old on board before the start of next season, while the player is also understood to be open to a move to the Spanish capital.

Athletic Bilbao ask for Madrid star | Football Espana
Real Madrid midfielder Asier Illarramendi is the subject of an offer from Athletic Bilbao to take him on loan for the remainder of the season. According to AS, the Basques have made an enquiry for the 24-year-old, who joined Los Blancos from Real Sociedad in July 2013 for a reported €30m and has a contract at the Santiago Bernabeu until 2018.

THE WORLD’S STRONGEST NATIONAL LEAGUE 2014 | IFFHS
The Spanish Primera División retains the first place thank to the extraordinary performance in the year, so in domestic competitions as continental cups, of their four best clubs, Real Madrid CF, Club Atlético de Madrid, FC Barcelona and Sevilla FC. It is the fifth time in a row since 2010. Previously the Spanish Primera División has been The Strongest National League of the World in 2000, 2001, 2002 and 2004. Primera División got a difference with more than 250 points from second place.