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FC Barcelona News: 30 January 2015; Barça to Face Villarreal In Copa del Rey Semi-Final

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FC Barcelona to face Villarreal in Cup semis | FC Barcelona
Barça will face Villarreal in the Spanish Cup semi-final after Marcelino García Toral’s team beat Getafe 0-1 on Wednesday to win the tie 2-0 on aggregate. Villarreal beat Real Sociedad (1-0 and 2-2) and Cádiz (1-2 and 3-0) in the previous rounds.

Back to the practice field | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona, after having the day off on Thursday, returned to training on Friday morning to begin preparing for the this weekend's game against Villarreal on Sunday at 9.00pm (CET) at Camp Nou. Tito Vilanova Field at the Ciutat Esportiva was where all available players trained. Douglas did individual work as he recovers from an injury to his left leg.

Atletico Madrid Barcelona serve up epic chaotic Copa del Rey clash by Sid Lowe - ESPN FC
Dazed and confused, at the final whistle one question got asked repeatedly: What the hell happened? The answer was simple even if the analysis wasn't: pretty much everything happened. Fernando Torres scored after 38 seconds and Neymar scored after eight minutes. There were 11 yellow cards, 5 goals, 2 penalties and 2 reds, not that anyone realised: The first of them whipped out and waved in the players' tunnel at halftime. Jordi Alba was felled by a flag. And Arda Turan threw his boot at the linesman.

Neymar Jr: One goal every 87 minutes | FC Barcelona
‘La Copa del Ney’ proclaimed Sport newspaper on Thursday morning, a play on words that should require no explanation. And after adding two more goals to his personal account against Atlético Madrid in the cup, the Brazilian striker really is the man of the moment.

'Neymar will have problems for his whole career' - Atletico Madrid midfielder Cani -
Atletico captain Gabi branded the Brazilian "irritating" after the match, claiming the 22-year-old attempts to wind up his opponents throughout games. And Cani has now fired a warning to the former Santos star, telling reporters on Wednesday: "He'll have problems for his whole career. Neymar has a style of play. One day he'll have a problem as he did today, but if he likes it...

Copa del Rey: Villarreal set up semi-final clash with Barcelona, while Athletic Bilbao and Espanyol also progress | Football News | Sky Sports
Gerard Moreno scored the only goal of the game on Wednesday night as Marcelino’s side repeated the 1-0 scoreline from the first leg to set up a meeting with Barcelona in the last four. It’s the first time in the club’s history they have reached the semi-finals of the competition, and they travel to Camp Nou to take on the Catalan giants in the first leg on February 11.

FCBEscola Istanbul AVEA a success | FC Barcelona
Following the success of a number of campuses in various Turkish cities, FCB Escola and AVEA have opened another centre in Istanbul, which has already aroused a lot of interest throughout the country and had a great response to its first entry tests.

Arda Turan to avoid punishment for shoe-throwing incident " Inside Spanish Football
But rather than put his shoe back on and run after the ball, Turan threw it at the touchline and hitting the linesman. Arda was believe to be facing sanctions, other than the yellow card he received, but the referee’s notes did not mention the shoe-throwing incident and the Competition Committee are not likely to hand down any punishment.

‘Illarra rejected Athletic offer’ | Football Espana
Real Madrid Coach Carlo Ancelotti has revealed that Asier Illarramendi turned down the opportunity to join Athletic Bilbao. The Basque midfielder had been expected to join Los Leones if the offer presented itself, but the Coach denied this to be the case and stated that the €32.2m man would start for Los Blancos against his former club Real Sociedad on Saturday.

Villarreal replace Gabriel with Bailly | Football Espana
Villarreal have succeeded in their efforts to replace Gabriel Paulista after completing the signing of Eric Bailly from Espanyol. The 20-year-old has signed a contract with the Yellow Submarine until 2020 and joins the club for a reported fee of €6m, less than half the sum paid by Arsenal for the Brazilian.

Ivan Ramis released by Wigan and signs for Levante | Sky Sports
The Spanish defender had been at the DW Stadium since 2012, when he joined from Real Mallorca, but he was limited to 49 league appearances due to injury. He suffered a cruciate ligament injury in early 2013 that ruled him out for the best part of a year, meaning he missed out on the run to FA Cup final glory and the club's subsequent Europa League campaign.

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