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FC Barcelona News: 18 February 2015; Players Return to Training After Two Days Off, Eric Abidal Takes Olympiakos Role

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Preparing for Màlaga | FC Barcelona
The first team squad were back in training on Wednesday morning on Pitch Number Two at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper, as preparations got underway for Saturday afternoon’s game against Màlaga at the Camp Nou. The boss had given the players a two-day break following their big win over Levante, but they were all back on Wednesday, including Andrés Iniesta, who missed that game with the flu.

FC Barcelona have the best goal difference in Europe | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona have the best goal difference in the leading European Leagues. The record of +54 for Luis Enrique’s team comes from having scored 67 goals and only conceded 13. No other team comes close to them in the ten leading leagues on the continent. Real Madrid are four goals back on +50, Bayern Munich on +44 and PSV Eindhoven on +43 are the side who come closest to the blaugranes figure.

Barcelona transfer ban is 'nonsense' - Carles Rexach - ESPN FC
"If I look at it calmly, and without entering into legal matters, it is the biggest nonsense I have seen in recent years," Rexach said. "The people who know La Masia know how well the kids are looked after, how they have to study, and any father would be delighted for his son to go there. This new law came out and we are in a difficult moment, but there are things that I do not understand."

Presentation of the new Regional Partner sponsorship deal with Telefonica | FC Barcelona
Starting at 12.30 at the Press Room at the Ciudad Deportiva Joan Gamper, press conference to present the new Regional Partnership sponsorship agreement with Telefónica. FC Barcelona Vice-President Javier Faus, and Telefónica Chief Operating Officer, José María Álvarez Pallete, will present the new agreement.

Eric Abidal rejects Barcelona job offer for Olympiakos role foundation commitments - ESPN FC
"It's not a job where you are on call 24 hours a day. I recently visited one of Olympiakos' sponsors in Switzerland and I took advantage of that trip to do some work with my Foundation too. They have said that I only need to be in Athens four days a month which is ideal for me," the 35-year-old explained.

Nine of FC Barcelona's most #LegendaryMoments in the UEFA Champions League | FC Barcelona
The European Cup is 60 years old and the UEFA is celebrating it with the #LegendaryMoments campaign, an initiative that lets fans all over the globe choose the tournament's greatest moments out of 60 that have been pre-selected. Of these 60, nine bear the FC Barcelona footprint.

Infographic: All the key facts and figures about Manchester City | FC Barcelona
The countdown to Barça’s quarter final first leg match up with The citizens has begun. We take a look at the stats of Manuel Pellegrini’s side ahead of the game on Feb 24th

17 February 1974: Victory in the Bernabéu (0-5) | FC Barcelona
A Barça side on course for the league title moved a step nearer to their goal in the Santiago Bernabéu with a sensational 5-0 win over Real Madrid. Any doubts remaining about the destination of the league trophy that season were dispelled with a masterful display from Rinus Michels’ side.

FC Barcelona extend ticket sales point network | FC Barcelona
El FC Barcelona have increased ticket sales points in the centre of the city thanks to a new deal with the Col·legi de Periodistes de Catalunya. Tickets can now be bought from three kiosks situated in the Plaça Catalunya, the Rambles and the Passeig de Gràcia – areas which are very popular with tourists to the Catalan capital.

Benzema pulls out of training | Football Espana
Karim Benzema could miss Real Madrid’s Champions League last-16 first leg against Schalke on Wednesday with a last-minute bout of flu. Reports in the Spanish Press claim the striker felt feverish throughout a light training session at Veltins-Arena and left the workout prematurely.

'Discipline problems' | News | Revista de la Liga | Sky Sports
Injuries and suspensions deprived the champions of some key players in the loss, but Simeone’s gamble to replace Arda Turan and Raul Garcia with attacking players failed to pay off. Hunter told Revista that while the injuries cannot be helped, the ill-discipline within the squad could cost Atletico dear.

Two players accused of match-fixing | Football Espana
Cadena SER alleged on Tuesday that defenders Antonio Amaya and Jordi Figueras met with Osasuna directors, one of whom was identified as Angel Vizcay, and were each offered €250,000 if they could ensure a Betis victory over Real Valladolid in the penultimate round of 2013-14, a claim Amaya denies.

LFP investigate Espanyol & Osasuna? | Football Espana
Spain’s Professional Football League (LFP) will reportedly launch an investigation into last season’s La Liga match between Espanyol and Osasuna on May 11. The Pamplona club were relegated to La Segunda at the end of 2013-14, but not before they played out a 1-1 draw at the Power8 Stadium in the penultimate round of the campaign.

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