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FC Barcelona News: 6 February 2015; Dani Alves Joins Group in Training, Barça Delegation Received by Pope Francis

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Alves back in the fold | FC Barcelona
Barça trained on Friday morning on field two of the Ciutat Esportiva to continue preparing for Sunday's 9.00pm (CET) visit to the New San Mamés. Luis Enrique oversaw a full squad thanks to the addition of Dani Alves, who had worked out alone on the side on Thursday.

Luis Enrique and Rafinha were there to open the New San Mamés | FC Barcelona
Luis Enrique and Rafinha return to the New San Mames – a stadium full of memories for both – this Sunday for Barça's league fixture versus Athletic Club Bilbao at 9.00pm (CET). Last season, the coach and the midfielder were representing Celta Vigo at the inauguration of the new stadium. It was on 16 September 2013 that the first game there was played, and both the coach and the midfielder were keys in the game, in spite of Celta's 3–2 loss.

Josep Maria Bartomeu proud of Neymar | FC Barcelona
Josep Maria Bartomeu was at the Vatican today visiting the Pope, so it was anything but an ordinary day for him. But he still found time to talk to the press about various affairs at the club. And one of those is Neymar, who has been having an outstanding second season at FC Barcelona. "We signed the best young talent in the world last year" was the president’s confident verdict.

How are the five FC Barcelona players on loan faring? | FC Barcelona
Julen Lopetegui has used Tello in all but one league game this season at Porto, and the striker has provided two goals and one assist. One of those was a beautiful free kick converted just a week ago. Tello has also played all but one of the team’s Champions League fixtures, where he’s produced one goal and two assists. Porto are through to the last sixteen, where they’ll face Basel.

Pedro pleased to be with the world's best | FC Barcelona
One of the main topics was the fact that he is struggling to get into the first eleven this season. "It gets harder each year because I’m sharing a team with the best players in the world" he said. "We all want to get a game and we’re all working hard to get our chances … When you’re not playing regularly, it isn’t easy to keep your form."

FC Barcelona received by Pope Francis in Vatican | FC Barcelona
A club delegation led by President Josep Maria Bartomeu was in the Vatican City on Thursday to sign an agreement between the FC Barcelona Foundation and the Scholas Occurrentes charity to set up joint educational actions to promote values. FCB was also represented by vice-president Jordi Cardoner, the vice-presidents of the Foundation, Ramon Pont and Ramon Cierco and director Pau Vilanova.

FC Barcelona U12 player emulates Ronaldinho | FC Barcelona
There’s never any shortage of drama when the weekend comes around at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper. The youth teams are in action, and some of the action can be just as good as what the first team provide! We certainly saw an example of that this week thanks to Toni Caravaca of the Barça U12 C team in a game with Cubelles. His goal bore an uncanny resemblance to one scored by Ronaldinho ten years ago.

Former FC Barcelona stars shining in the English Premiership and Championship | FC Barcelona
Originally a product of the Barça youth system, Bellerín moved to the Arsenal academy in 2011, where he was given his first professional contract two years later. He spent his first season on loan to Watford, but has since been recalled to Arsenal, and despite struggling to win a place in Arsene Wenger’s team, the right-back did make his Champions League debut against Borussia Dortmund last September.

RFEF reject Madrid’s Marcelo appeal | Football Espana
Real Madrid’s appeal for Marcelo’s one-match ban to be rescinded ahead of Saturday’s derby with Atletico Madrid has been rejected by RFEF. The left-back incurred the suspension following his accumulation of five yellow cards against Sevilla on Wednesday, but TV replays showed that contact between himself and Vitolo in the build-up to his booking was marginal.

European Match of the Weekend: Atletico Madrid v Real Madrid | Eurosport
Diego Simeone's side have been playing well but the loss against Barcelona last month means that they are seven points off Real at the top and three adrift of the Catalan side.They were also knocked out of the King's Cup by Barcelona where they tried to unsettle their opponents with their physical game and criticism of their style of play has resurfaced ahead of Saturday's showdown with Real.

Cristiano Ronaldo at 30: How long can he continue as the world's greatest goalscorer? | Eurosport
It is the age at which the Wenger doctrine states players must only be offered one-year contracts, such is the economics graduate's fear of the law of diminishing returns. But Cristiano Ronaldo, who turned 30 on Thursday, still has three years to run on his deal at Real Madrid, with a buyout clause of nothing less than €1 billion.

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