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FC Barcelona News: 23 January 2015; Last Training Session Before Elche Game Completed, Rafinha Waiting for New Contract

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FC Barcelona's last session before Elche trip | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona made their final preparations for the opening game of the second half of the league season with a workout that included all available first team players. Luis Enrique oversaw the group and Jérémy Mathieu worked out on his own while continuing to recover from an injury to his left Achilles tendon. Douglas spent the morning in physical therapy.

Barcelona yet to offer Rafinha new contract, Mazinho says - ESPN FC
"They have still told us nothing," his father, former Brazil international Mazinho, told Mundo Deportivo. "I know that Barca work looking two years ahead, but there are still 18 months left and we are not in a hurry. When they want they will call us. We have a contract and we like it at Barca. We are not looking for offers, nor will we listen to any. Now he is just focused on the team."

FC Barcelona nickname is truly one of a kind | FC Barcelona
As FC Barcelona’s global popularity—currently the number the one social media force on the planet—continues to skyrocket, thanks in large part to the team’s uncompromising style of play, the Club is increasingly finding itself the subject of millions of posts stampeding through cyberspace 24/7 in the form of news articles, blogs, tweets, retweets, likes, links…you name it.

Barcelona defender Mascherano apologises for referee protest against Atletico Madrid - Goal.com
Head coach Luis Enrique was forced to defend his players from accusations of trying to harass officials after the match, and Mascherano has now admitted he was wrong to demand further action against Siqueira having seen the incident again. "Watching the play, it's true the player didn't deserve a yellow, I apologize," he was quoted as saying by AS. "On the pitch, the sensations you get mean you see it one way, and then you realize you were wrong."

A review of all the match statistics from FC Barcelona-Atlético Madrid | FC Barcelona
Discover where the game was really played – in Barça’s half or in Atlético’s half? Down the middle, the left flank or the right flank? Statistical information is an increasingly key tool in understanding the modern game and you can find it all right here at fcbarcelona.com

FC Barcelona perfect after 1–0 first leg in Spanish Cup | FC Barcelona
Barça's 1–0 victory over Atlético Madrid in the first leg of the Spanish Cup quarterfinals gives the fans a reason to be optimistic. The previous five times that Barça won 1–0 in the first leg all ended up sending them into the next round. The last time was in the 1995/96semifinals against Espanyol, when Barça won the second leg 3–2 in Sarrià. Here are some other curiosities surrounding this year's matchup.

The third edition of 'FutbolNet' is now under way in the Middle East | FC Barcelona
For the third year in a row the ‘FutbolNet’ programme is under way in the Middle East. Furthermore, in 2015 Saudi Arabia has joined Qatar, Iraq and Oman in the group of countries participating in the initiative. As every year the project this year has begun with training seminars for the educational staff who are spearheading the sessions.

Martin Odegaard: £80,000 per week for a 16-year-old is ludicrous | Eurosport
This is not the time to question football wages in general. All top-flight incomes are distressing given the lavish lifestyles they encourage.But gifting that amount of money to a 16-year-old is ludicrous. It brings added pressure, both on a personal and external level, at a time when the player’s development is most important.

Lucas Silva a Madrid player? | Football Espana
Cruzeiro have announced that a deal to take Lucas Silva to Real Madrid is ‘complete’ and will be made official imminently. The 21-year-old had long been linked with a move to the Santiago Bernabeu, and the Brazilian side’s vice-president Marcio Rodrigues has now confirmed that a transfer is in the pipelines.