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FC Barcelona News: 13 February 2015; Ariedo Braida Officially Joins Barcelona, '1 in 11' Auction a Success

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Facts and figures from the Villarreal Cup win | FC Barcelona
With his goal against Villarreal, Gerard Piqué has now scored in all three competitions this season - three in the league and one each in the Champions League and Spanish Cup. Piqué is the fourth team player to do this - though the first who’s not an attacker, with Messi, Neymar Jr, Suárez and Sandro also having scored in all three competitions.

Squad train after Villarreal win | FC Barcelona
The squad were back at the Ciutat Esportiva for training on Thursday morning following Wednesday night’s win over Villarreal. The players who figured in the match di some gentle recovery work, with Gerard Piqué and Andrés Iniesta doing some specific, personalised exercises.

New Football Area Technical Commission presented | FC Barcelona
Carles Rexach and Ariedo Braida officially joined for the Football Area Technical Commission at a signing at the Club offices with President Josep Maria Bartomeu on Thursday morning. The Commission is charged with planning next season and Carles Rexach’s knowledge of the Club’s footballing model and its Academy, together with Ariedo Braida’s depth of experience of the international market, should be a guarantee of success.

The '1 in 11' auction raises more than 3 million Euros | FC Barcelona
The long awaited auction for the ‘1 in 11’ project took place on Thursday evening with great success as around 3 million Euros were raised for Unicef educational projects to promote education via sport in Bangladesh, Nepal and Indonesia. The aim is to contribute to reducing the figure of 58 million children who are without the opportunity to go to school, an average of 1 in every 11 children in the world.

Barcelona’s front three beginning to show their true devastating worth – and it spells real trouble for their rivals | Eurosport
Lionel Messi is the hero of the Almogavers, Barca's ultra group named after the Catalan invaders who dominated the Mediterranean in the 13th century. Unlike the Boixos Nois who used to occupy the other end of the stadium before being banned, the Almogavers don't advocate violence. They do advocate singing Messi's name as often as possible and have a hard to translate song which finishes: "Oooo Leo Messi, God of football. Score a goal!" And he usually does.

The Barça '60 Minutes' journalist dies in a car accident in the USA | FC Barcelona
The CBS journalist died on Wednesday in a car accident in New York at the age of 73. During more than 47 years with the American channel, Bob Simon received more than 40 prestigious awards for his work, including no less than 27 Emmys.

90 years since Josep Suñol became an FC Barcelona member | FC Barcelona
Josep Suñol i Garriga, the man who was FC Barcelona president between 1935 and 1936, the year in which he was executed by Francoist soldiers in the Serra de Guadarrama, became a Barça member 90 years ago today, on 12 February 1925. The figure of Suñol will be subject to a year long tribute in 2015 in celebration of the 80th anniversary of his becoming president.

Real Madrid, Barcelona and the changing nature of football - ESPN FC
A little more than a month ago, it seemed that Barcelona were in a complete crisis. Manager Luis Enrique took the decision to put Lionel Messi and Neymar on the substitutes' bench after their holidays. With the 1-0 loss against Real Sociedad in San Sebastian, people weren't sure about the Asturian manager.

Pepe back in Madrid training | Football Espana
Pepe was able to take part in Madrid training on Thursday and is in line for a return against Schalke in the Champions League. AS reports the defender, who has been missing since January 15, when he suffered bruising to the ribs against Atletico Madrid, will not be considered for the weekend’s game against Deportivo La Coruna.

Modric return ‘exactly as planned’ | Football Espana
"Absolutely nothing has happened. I don’t know where these stories came from but I pay no attention to them," he said, according to Marca. "My rehab is going exactly as planned from the first day of the diagnosis. The doctors told me exactly what it was, how long it would take to fully recover and when I could play again, and what to do in the rehabilitation process.

Espanyol bus attacked by Athletic Bilbao fans before Copa clash - report - ESPN FC
Espanyol's team bus was vandalised by Athletic Bilbao supporters after arriving at San Mames for Wednesday's Copa del Rey semifinal first leg, according to AS. The bus, which carried players and coaching staff from the team hotel to Athletic's stadium ahead of the 1-1 draw, was left with its windows shattered, although there were no injuries.

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