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FC Barcelona News: 26 January 2015; Jeremy Mathieu Return to Training, Juan Román Riquelme Retires

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Mathieu, without medical clearance, joins training session | FC Barcelona
The FC Barcelona first team gathered at 11.00am (CET) on Monday morning on pitch 1 at the Ciutat Esportiva training ground to get back to work after having Sunday off. Although he has yet to be declared fully fit, Mathieu was able to train normally after doing specific exercises on Friday. Douglas, however, continued to work out on his own.

Decisive week ahead with Spanish Cup quarter-final clash | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona will begin a week of training on Monday to begin preparing for Wednesday's Spanish Cup quarter-final return leg against Atlético Madrid at the Calderón at 9.00pm (CET). Barca will head to the Spanish capital with the advantage after last week's first leg 1-0 victory at Camp Nou.

FC Barcelona v Man City right around the corner | FC Barcelona
The hype is palpable. With just under a month remaining until the highly anticipated heavyweight bout between FC Barcelona and Manchester City in the UEFA Champions League, the Citizens find themselves second the Premiership, five points behind leaders Chelsea. But in the last two weeks, City have been unable to capitalise after briefly being co-leaders

Juan Román Riquelme announces retirement | FC Barcelona
The attacking midfielder was always highly regarded for his sublime skill, his reading of the game and his wonderful shot from medium distances. He was always a somewhat shy, introverted character, and after making his name at Boca Juniors, who he had led to the Intercontinental Cup title in 2000, there were high hopes when he was acquired by FC Barcelona at the start of the 2002/03 season.

FC Barcelona and Baruel sign sponsorship deal | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona has reached a sponsorship agreement with Tenys Pé Baruel to make the number one foot deodorant used by Neymar Jr and the Brazilian national team an Official Club Sponsor in 2015. The agreement continues the Club’s policy of forming partnerships with some of the world’s leading brands, in this case incorporating its first ever Brazilian sponsor.

FIFA investigates Real Madrid over transfers of young players report says - ESPN FC
Real Madrid are being investigated by FIFA as it tries to determine whether the Champions League winners have followed rules relating to the transfer of young players, Spanish newspaper AS has reported. Officials at world football's governing body want to establish whether Real have breached article 19 of its regulations on the transfer of players.

Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo set to learn red-card punishment - ESPN FC
Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo will learn his fate on Wednesday following his red card for violent conduct against Cordoba's Edimar. La Liga's Competition Committee meets on Wednesday and will decide the sanction, which is expected to be a ban of between one and four games, according to AS.

Malaga take a point at Athletic Bilbao | Sky Sports Football
Javi Guerra's strike 12 minutes from time ensured Malaga claimed a 1-1 draw at Atletico Bilbao, whose four-game losing streak in the Primera Division was brought to a halt. Guerra's strike came just eight minutes after defender Mikel San Jose had given Bilbao the lead. It was the second time the teams had drawn against each other in a week, following on from their stalemate in the Copa del Rey at La Rosaleda.

Christian Stuani double inspires Espanyol to win over Almeria | Sky Sports Football
Stuani struck twice in the space of three minutes towards the end of the first half and then after the break substitute Caicedo hit a fifth goal in four matches to put the game beyond doubt and seal a fourth consecutive home win for the Catalans in all competitions.

Granada strike late for 2-2 draw at relegation rivals Deportivo La Coruna | Sky Sports Football
Piti had given Granada a sixth-minute lead but Depor turned the game around with two goals in the space of five minutes from Jose Rodriguez and Lucas Perez, and they seemed well set for the three points. However, Robert Ibanez struck with seven minutes left and Depor finished the match with 10 men after Luis Farina was sent off in the closing stages.

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