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FC Barcelona News: 24 January 2015; Second Half of the La Liga Season Set to Begin as 18 Travel to Face Elche

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Match Preview: Elche v FC Barcelona | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona open the second half of the league season on Saturday with a trip south to face Elche at 6.00pm (CET) at the Estadio Manuel Martínez Valero. It will be the 20th league match of the season for both teams.

FC Barcelona travel to Elche | FC Barcelona
Barça have arrived in Elche, where this same Saturday evening their Liga fixture kicks off at 6.00pm (CET). Their plane left El Prat airport in Barcelona at 10.00am (CET) and arrived in Alicante an hour later. After that, they were transferred directly by coach to their hotel in Elche.

Without intensity anything is tough, says Luis Enrique | FC Barcelona
Barça head coach Luis Enrique Martinez appeared in Friday's press conference before Saturday's visit to Elche. He was clear: "The league is full of surprises, there is no such thing as an easy game. We've prepared with that in mind. Without intensity, anyone can make your life difficult." He did not want to reference the recent Cup tie between the two teams

Five-way title race? The two Liga clubs making Real Madrid, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid sweat | Eurosport
Valencia and Sevilla, who are fourth and fifth with firm Champions League ambitions, meet on Sunday night at the Mestalla in a game layered with intrigue and ego. The clubs, from Spain's third and fourth largest cities, have both won four and drawn one of their last five league games. Valencia ended Real Madrid's 22-match winning run while Sevilla, the reigning Europa League holders, have won nine from their last ten.

Real Madrid complete deal for Brazilian midfielder Lucas Silva - ESPN FC
The 21-year-old leaves Cruzeiro for a 5½-year deal at the Bernebeu, where he will be presented on Monday after undergoing a medical. The transfer fee is reported to be in the range of 14 million euros, which Cruzeiro will split with multiple third-party owners.

Ribery blasts Ballon d’Or ‘politics’ | Football Espana
"I was really upset, but it’s the same every year. I don’t know what I have to do to win this award anymore," the winger lamented to AZ. "Even becoming a world champion is apparently not enough. What can you do? In 2006, Fabio Cannavaro, a defender and world champion, won the Ballon d’Or.