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FC Barcelona News: 4 January 2015; Dani Alves Given Madical Clearance, Barcelona B Lose First Game of New Year

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Real Sociedad v FC Barcelona: First test of the new year | FC Barcelona
Barça will start 2015 with a difficult road trip to Anoeta, home of Real Sociedad (9.00pm CET). After a 14 day break, this is the team’s first game since ending 2015 with a draw at Getafe and two big wins at the Camp Nou (8-1 against Huesca and 5-0 against Cordoba).

Luis Enrique relishing Real Sociedad test | FC Barcelona
"We are hoping to get all three points from the game" said the FCB manager. "We are thoroughly looking forward to it and have taken on board what happened on the last four visits." Asked how he feels the Basque club has changed since the arrival of Scottish coach David Moyes, Luis Enrique said "they have gained in intensity and aggression when they have the ball … If we don’t find our best game, we’ll suffer. This will be a good test for us".

Last session before Real Sociedad | FC Barcelona
The first team trained today for the last time before heading north for Sunday’s game at Anoeta (9.00 PM CET), the first of 2015. Luis Enrique had his full squad with him, including Dani Alves, who has not yet been declared fully fit, and Munir of Barça B. The Brazilian full back pulled his left hamstring against Getafe and has missed the last two FC Barcelona matches.

Dani Alves declared fit and named in squad | FC Barcelona
Luis Enrique has named his 18 players for the trip to San Sebastian to face Real Sociedad. Dani Alves has been given medical clearance following his hamstring injury and replaces Adriano with respect to the last squad before Christmas. Marc Bartra, Douglas, Sergi Roberto and Jordi Masip all miss out, but Munir of Barça B gets the nod.

Journey to San Sebastian | FC Barcelona
After the 18-man squad was announced on Sunday morning, the Barça players headed for the airport to catch their flight to the Basque Country for what has been a difficult away trip for them in recent years, Real Sociedad at Anoeta.

All you need to know about Real Sociedad v FC Barcelona | FC Barcelona
The winter break is over and FC Barcelona get back to action on Sunday night in the Basque city of San Sebastian (9.00pm CET), home of Real Sociedad. The Catalans are currently second in the table with the same number of points (38) as Atlético Madrid, who beat Levante 3-1 on Saturday, and one less than leaders Real Madrid, who have one game in hand.

FC Barcelona v Las Palmas: Leaders win in the Mini (0-2) | FC Barcelona
The Miniestadi witnessed a fine game on Saturday, with both sides playing positive adventurous football, but it was Las Palmas who went home with the three points.

Can Barcelona B save Barcelona during the transfer ban? -
Further forward, there are several exciting youngsters waiting in the wings. Strikers Munir El Haddadi and Sandro have already featured for the first team with some success in 2014-15, while Adama Traore's great goal against Huesca in the Copa del Rey recently was reminiscent of the Brazilian Ronaldo in his time at the Catalan club and Jean Marie Doungou is another alternative.

Simeone slams Cerci conduct | Football Espana
Diego Simeone has slammed Alessio Cerci for the manner of his departure from Atletico Madrid. "I’ve never understood players who talk to the press." The forward – who has since returned to Italy with Milan on loan for the next 18 months – was vocal in his dissatisfaction with the lack of game time he had been afforded at the Vicente Calderon.

Sevilla beat Celta Vigo to move up to fourth | Sky Sports Football
Sevilla moved up to fourth in the Primera Division after limping to an unconvincing 1-0 victory over Celta Vigo, who were forced to play most of the game with 10 men. Carles Planas was shown a straight red card with just 20 minutes on the clock at the Sanchez Pizjuan stadium and shortly afterwards Nico Pareja gave Sevilla the lead from a free-kick.

Elche bounce back to draw with Villarreal | Sky Sports Football
Villarreal lost ground in the race for fourth spot as they threw away a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 at struggling Elche. Marcelino's side looked to be heading for a sixth straight Primera Division victory when Luciano Vietto and Ikechukwu Uche scored inside the opening 20 minutes.

Tomer Hemed scores twice as Almeria beat Malaga 2-1 | Sky Sports Football
Tomer Hemed's brace made it three consecutive wins for new Almeria boss Juan Ignacio Martinez as they beat high-flying Malaga 2-1 at La Rosaleda Stadium. Hemed opened the scoring five minutes before half time with an opportunist strike and he made sure of the win from the penalty spot in the second half, minutes after Samuel Garcia struck back for Malaga.

Ivan Cavaleiro's goal earns Depor all three points against Athletic Bilbao | Sky Sports Football
Ivan Cavaleiro scored for the first time since August as Deportivo La Coruna fended off Athletic Bilbao to climb clear of the Primera Division relegation zone. The Portuguese attacker broke through Athletic lines to collect a lofted pass and slide a low finish past Gorka Iraizoz in the 24th minute.

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