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FC Barcelona News: 6 January 2015; Press Conference Scheduled for Wednesday, Luis Suarez Wins IFFHS Award

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FC Barcelona terminate the contract of Andoni Zubizarreta as Director of Football | FC Barcelona
The FC Barcelona President Josep Maria Bartomeu has decided to terminate as of today the contract of the Club’s Director of Football, Andoni Zubizarreta. The President, in the name of the Club, thanks Andoni Zubizarreta for his contribution, dedication and professionalism over the last four years in his role at the head of the Club’s football area.

Macia to replace Zubi at Barca? | Football Espana
Fiorentina technical director Eduardo Macia is among the names mentioned as successors to Andoni Zubizarreta at Barcelona. Macia, formerly of Valencia, Liverpool and Olympiacos, is said by Sport to be ‘gaining strength’ in the pack of contenders. Zubizarreta was on Monday sacked from his post after four years at Camp Nou, while his assistant, former Barca captain Carles Puyol, also resigned.

Wednesday Josep Maria Bartomeu press conference and FC Barcelona Board Meeting | FC Barcelona
On Wednesday 7 January at 4.00pm (CET) in the Ricard Maxenchs Press Room at Camp Nou, President Josep Maria Bartomeu will hold a press conference. Later that day at 8.00pm (CET), at the Club offices, there will be a meeting of the FC Barcelona Board to discuss solely the subject of the ban imposed on FC Barcelona by FIFA.

The Lionel Messi problem: Are Barcelona going to lose their greatest ever player? | Eurosport
It was the day from hell for Barcelona. As news emerged that the club had sacked director of football Andoni Zubizarreta, assistant Carles Puyol quickly resigned from his role in a boardroom bloodbath that could have been perpetrated by Lord Sugar. But perhaps the most significant and deeply concerning rumblings were emanating from the dressing room, with suggestions that Barcelona’s record goalscorer and greatest ever player is growing ever more discontent, and he is not afraid to let people know.

Barcelona are in chaos and must pamper Messi - Hristo Stoichkov - Goal.com
"The problems Messi has encountered all came from within the club. There's been talks about fines, contract talks, advertising issues..." Stoichkov told Onda Cero. "You have to protect and pamper the best player in the world. Messi should finish his career at Barcelona and nowhere else. The club should look after him and pamper him. Tell me the name of one foreign player who did not leave the club through the back door in the end..."

Luis Suárez top goalscorer for the IFFHS | FC Barcelona
The FC Barcelona centre forward has been chosen as the best goalscorer of 2014 by the International Federations of Football History and Statistics from the 10 top scorers around the globe in top flight football. The South American leads the rankings with Cristiano Ronaldo following his 31 goals last season in the Premier League in a Liverpool shirt.

FC Barcelona deliver smiles and goodwill to hospitals | FC Barcelona
Following the open door training session at the Miniestadi that was attended by 11,134 people, the Barça first team players have made their traditional visit to see injured and sick children in various hospitals and facilities around Barcelona. The first team squad’s aim, as every year, was to bring a little sunshine and smiles to the children in question.

Inside view of open doors training and hospital visit | FC Barcelona
January 5 was a very special day for hundreds of Barça’s youngest fans. There were over 11,000 people in the Miniestadi for the open doors training session and after that the players went on their traditional visit to hospitals, sharing gifts and happiness with sick and injured children.

Packed Miniestadi enjoys open doors training | FC Barcelona
As is the tradition before Their Majesties the Three Kings of the Orient arrive in Barcelona bearing gifts for local children, the Barça first team offered their fans their own gift on Monday morning in the form of an open doors training session. And as usual, the Miniestadi terraces were packed, with hundreds of children among the 11,134 spectators that came to watch the team get back to work after a disappointing result at Real Sociedad the night before.

Ivan Rakitic amazed by 'special day' | FC Barcelona
Ivan Rakitic was one of the many FC Barcelona players for whom an open doors training session was a new experience. After working out in front of almost packed Miniestadi, the Croatian said "me and Marc-André ter Stegen were talking about how incredible it is to see a stadium packed to watch a training session."

Real Madrid, Barcelona both struggle plus credit to Steven Gerrard - Gabriele Marcotti - ESPN FC
Still, the damage wasn't quite as bad as it might have been for Madrid because a few hours later, Barcelona fell 1-0 to David Moyes' Real Sociedad. The result leaves Barca one point behind the Liga leaders, though Real Madrid have a game in hand.

Getafe present Quique Sanchez Flores as their new coach | Sky Sports
Sanchez Flores takes over the reins from Cosmin Contra, who has left to join Chinese Super League outfit Guangzhou R&F. It is the second spell in charge of Getafe for the 49-year-old Spaniard, who was at the helm during the 2004/05 season before going on to coach at Valencia, Benfica, Atletico Madrid and most recently in the Middle East.

Cordoba breeze past Granada 2-0 in vital six-pointer | Sky Sports Football
Cordoba made a mockery of their struggles this season to breeze past Granada in what could prove to be a vital six-pointer at the foot of the Primera Division. Strikes from Nabil Ghilas and Florin Andone clinched a 2-0 margin for Cordoba at Estadio Nuevo Arcangel, which takes the hosts above their opponents - who have not win since September - and into 18th place.