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FC Barcelona News: 11 February 2015; Barça Ready to Take on Villarreal in Copa del Rey, 18-Man Match Squad Announced

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Match Preview: FC Barcelona v Villarreal | FC Barcelona
Barça are just 180 minutes away from their 36th Spanish Cup final, standing in their way are a Villarreal side who have reached the semi-finals of the competition for the very first time in their history. Villarreal named their squad for the trip to Camp Nou for the first leg of the Cup semi-final on Tuesday. Coach Marcelino García Toral will be without the injured Adrian Marín, Jokic and striker Uche, who has a knee problem.

FC Barcelona to dress 18 for Wednesday's Spanish Cup match versus Villarreal | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona will have 18 players dressed and ready to go for Wednesday night's 8.00pm (CET) Spanish Cup quarter-final first leg against Villarreal at Camp Nou. The list includes the following players: Ter Stegen, Masip, Piqué, Rakitic, Sergio, Xavi, Pedro, Iniesta, Suárez, Messi, Neymar Jr, Rafinha, Mascherano, Bartra, Jordi Alba, Adriano, Alves and Mathieu.

How FC Barcelona and Villarreal got to the semi-finals | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona and Villarreal face off at Camp Nou on Wednesday night at 8.00pm (CET) in the first leg of the Spanish Cup semi-finals. Barça got here by easily winning their round of 32 tie versus Huesca before felling Elche in the round of 16. The blaugranes then knocked out Atlético Madrid in the quarter-finals to reach the semis for the eighth time in nine years.

Marcelino feels this Barça is 'an extraordinary team' | FC Barcelona
Villarreal coach Marcelino García Toral spoke to the press on Tuesday ahead of his side’s historic first appearance in the semi-finals of the Spanish Cup. The man in charge of the ‘Yellow Submarine’ sees Barça as favourites in the tie and reminded everyone ‘two years ago we were in the Second Division.’

Edmílson warns of the danger posed by Villarreal | FC Barcelona
José Edmílson has his money on Barça. The now-retired Brazilian defender will be on hand Wednesday night at Camp Nou as two of his ex-teams face off in the first leg of the Spanish Cup semi-finals. "If Barça have a favourable result tonight, they could essentially clinch an appearance in the final," he assured in an appearance on Barça TV in which he announced a renewed agreement between the Edmílson Foundation and the FC Barcelona Foundation.

Athletic-Barça through the eyes of Luis Suárez | FC Barcelona
Athletic Club against Barça was one of best performances of the season from Luis Enrique’s team and the game ended in a convincing 5-2 win for the blaugranes. Luis Suárez was once again crucial in Barça’s win, scoring the second with a little help from Leo Messi. In this four minute video we get to see the trip to Bilbao through the eyes of the Uruguayan: his arrival in the Basque city, the hours before the game, the warm up and his post game reaction.

10 Barcelona players undergo surprise UEFA anti-doping testing " Inside Spanish Football
After the training session various players were submitted to a UEFA anti-doping control. Pedro, Messi, Neymar, Rafinha, Bravo, Jordi Alba, Sergi Roberto, Mathieu, Munir and Sandro were chosen randomly to give blood and urine samples. It is a compulsory test for all sides competing in the last 16 of the Champions League.

Barca target PSG’s Verratti? | Football Espana
Barcelona will reportedly target Paris Saint-Germain’s Marco Verratti in 2016 if their pursuit of Paul Pogba does not materialise. The 22-year-old has a contract with the French giants until 2019, but according to, that has not stopped the Catalans from showing an interest in his services.

'Freestyler' John Farnworth shows off his skills for '1 in 11' | FC Barcelona
The countdown for the auction for the ‘1 in 11’ project has now begun. The works donated by various artists are now being shown at Sotheby’s London headquarters, waiting to be valued. The silence and reverence that normally reigns in the esteemed auction house was momentarily broken by a rather unusual visitor. ‘Freestyle’ World Champion John Farnworth showed off his skills with the ball and some of his touches are worthy of being called art, although in this case, they will not be up for auction.

2015 Penyista Card | FC Barcelona
Together with the Supporters Club Member ID Card, every Supporters Club will receive, in addition to this season’s credentials, brochures outlining all the advantages that come with having the new card. Thus, Supporters Clubs receive everything they need to enjoy all the benefits of being official FC Barcelona Supporters Clubs, as well as those of their members.

Real Madrid's plan to redevelop Bernabeu blocked by supreme court -
The Liga club unveiled its proposed changes in January of last year, with the renovation work intended to include a shopping centre complex and a hotel in an area to cover 12,250 meters adjacent to the ground, as well as further improvements to the current structure, such as a retractable roof. However, the spectacular 296-million-pound project is now in danger of being scuppered by legal issues.

Khedira & James facing sanctions? | Football Espana
Real Madrid will reportedly punish Sami Khedira and James Rodriguez after they both attended Cristiano Ronaldo’s controversial 30th birthday party. The forward was slammed by Los Blancos supporters for celebrating in the wake of last Saturday’s 4-0 defeat to Atletico Madrid, forcing agent Jorge Mendes to come out in his defence.

Diego Simeone system supreme again as Atletico humiliate Real Madrid writes Graham Hunter - ESPN FC
Imagine you're Diego Simeone. What would your perfect weekend be? No, not cinema. Both he (and friends) testify that after about 20 minutes of a movie, his mind wanders back to plotting about football and he'll be totally lost at the end of a night at the cinema as to what the story was or who starred in it.

Atletico Madrid 4-0 Real Madrid: Atletico solid in central areas when defending and fluid to cause overloads out wide when attacking | Zonal Marking
Diego Simeone made various changes having rotated for the win over Eibar the previous weekend, with the likes of Juanfran, Miranda, Arda Turan and Gabi all returning, but this was essentially returning to Atletico’s standard first XI. There was an early blow, when Koke limped off, with Saul introduced in his place. Carlo Ancelotti was without both Pepe and Sergio Ramos. Marcelo was also out while James Rodriguez has joined Luka Modric on the sidelines.

LFP plan TV rights reform | Football Espana
Spain’s Professional Football League (LFP) are reportedly planning to revise their distribution of television rights money. La Liga has been repeatedly criticised for allocating the majority of its TV rights to Real Madrid and Barcelona, with last season no different as they both accounted for almost 40 percent of the €755m shared to all 20 clubs.

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