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FC Barcelona News: 9 January 2015; Barça Put Crisis on Hold with Big Victory, Victor Valdes Finds New Club

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FC Barcelona v Elche CF: Five star performance (5-0) | FC Barcelona
It’s been a turbulent week at FC Barcelona, but there were no signs of any of that getting to the players as they produced one of the most convincing displays of the season so far. Elche were swept aside as they won 5-0 in the first leg of their round of 16 cup tie.

Messi, Neymar and Suárez: A triple threat in all three competitions | FC Barcelona
Leo Messi, Neymar, and Luis Suárez all scored their first Spanish Cup goals of the season in Thursday night's 5-0 win over Elche at Camp Nou. After last night's dazzling performance, all three of them have seen the net in all three of Barça's competitions. The trio have also scored this season in La Liga and the UEFA Champions League.

Two-goal Neymar pleased with a fine display | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona’s Neymar was mightily pleased with the way things went for the team against Elche. "I think we played well" he said afterwards. We started well, got lots of goals and I think we’ll qualify for the next round … I was very happy with my goals and to have been able to help the team."

Messi chosen as one of the best 11 by UEFA.com for 2014 | FC Barcelona
Leo Messi has been chosen one of the best eleven players of 2014 in a vote conducted on UEFA.com. Visitors to the website voted from a list of 40 players beginning on November 25th, among whom Neymar and Ivan Rakitic were also included.

Lionel Messi's story of 2014 - Goal.com
It has been another eventful 12 months for Lionel Messi, who won no team trophies last year but broke two of the biggest individual records in the game. Ahead of the Fifa Ballon d'Or ceremony in Zurich on Monday, we take a look back at his most significant moments of 2014.

Luis Enrique 'superconfident' about remainder of season | FC Barcelona
Luis Enrique was pleased that the team produced such an excellent performance in Thursday’s cup match with Elche, insisting that it is was due to the hard work they have been doing all season, even though the results have not always gone their way. "I think the team was fast and intense" he told his post-match press conference.

Fernando de Argila, FC Barcelona's oldest veteran, dies | FC Barcelona
Fernando de Argila Pazzaglia, FC Barcelona goalkeeper between 1939 and 1943, and who made 22 first team appearances, passed away today at the age of 94. He was the club’s oldest surviving former player.

Víctor Valdés signs for Manchester United | FC Barcelona
Manchester United have announced the signing of Víctor Valdés on an eighteen month contract until June 2016. The 32-year –old keeper will again link up with ex-Barça boss Louis Van Gaal who gave him his debut in 2002. Valdes had a successful 12 year spell with the first team after joining the Masia in 1995.

Real Madrid sound out David de Gea over summer move - reports - ESPN FC
David de Gea is Real Madrid's first choice to take over from Iker Casillas at the Bernabeu, according to AS.com. The Spanish daily reports that talks between Madrid and the player's camp began some weeks ago ahead of the 2015-16 season, while the goalkeeper believes that his time at Manchester United is up and he yearns to play in Spain and La Liga again.

Celta snap up Belgian starlet | Football Espana
Celta Vigo have completed the signing of Theo Bongonda from Zulte-Waregem on a four-year contract. The 19-year-old attacker is the Galicians’ first piece of business in the January transfer window and joins for a fee reportedly in the region of €1m. Bongonda, a left-footed forward known for his pace, represents Belgium at Under-21 level and made 33 Pro League appearances for the Essevee.