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FC Barcelona News: 6 March 2015; Training Begins for Rayo Vallecano Clash, Real Madrid Playing Hardball with the Santiago Bernabeu

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FC Barcelona have their sights set on Rayo 
Vallecano | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona got back in the saddle on Friday morning after Thursday’s break. Luis Enrique gave the team a free day after Wednesday night’s victory over Villarreal that punched Barça’s ticket to the Spanish Cup final. The squad worked out at the Ciutat Esportiva focused on Sunday’s 12.00pm* league match at Camp Nou versus Rayo Vallecano.

Luis Enrique v Paco Jémez, when they were players | FC Barcelona
When FC Barcelona and Rayo Vallecano face off at Camp Nou on Sunday at 12.00pm CET, it will renew an old rivalry between Luis Enrique and Paco Jemez. They will compete against each other for the first time in 16 years, this time as coaches. As players they squared off eleven times with Luis Enrique getting four wins, two draws and suffering six defeats while playing for Real Madrid and FC Barcelona. Paco Jemez played for Rayo Vallecano, Deportivo La Coruña and Real Zaragoza.

Facts and figures from the Villarreal - FC Barcelona game | FC Barcelona
Neymar’s brace against Villarreal was his third in this season’s Cup competition and helped take him to 41 goals for the team, passing Romario and Maradona on the all-time goalscorers list. In all, Neymar has scored two or more goals in six games this season – against Villarreal, Athletic Club Bilbao (2-0), Granada (6-0), Elche (5-0 in the Cup and 0-6 in the league) and Atlètico Madrid in the Cup (2-3).

The FC Barcelona players have received a special edition Maurice Lacroix watch | FC Barcelona
As ‘Official Partner’ of FC Barcelona, Maurice Lacroix have strengthened their presence over the last six months and the Camp Nou scoreboard currently boasts a large company image. The new ad for the company aims to highlight the links between the two organisations with the participation of the players.

Josep Maria Bartomeu visits Etisalat at Mobile World Congress | FC Barcelona
On Thursday, Josep Maria Bartomeu paid a visit to the stand of Etisalat, an FC Barcelona Premium Regional Partner, at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) being held in Barcelona this week. The leading telecommunications operator in the Near East, Africa and Asia is playing a major role at one of the biggest telecommunications fairs in the world.

Valencia Mestalla stadium likely venue for Barcelona Athletic Bilbao Copa del Rey final - ESPN FC
Madrid president Florentino Perez, and many Blancos fans and pundits, would prefer not to have thousands of Catalan and Basque fans inside the Bernabeu in what is Spain's end-of-season showpiece occasion. A similar situation arose when the teams met in the 2012 final. Madrid then argued that renovation work at the stadium, including new toilets, meant the Bernabeu was unavailable.

Cristiano Ronaldo has not scored a free kick for Real Madrid in 51 attempts - ESPN FC
Cristiano Ronaldo has failed to score from a direct free kick for Real Madrid in over 10 months, according to Spanish daily AS. Ronaldo last hit the back of net with one his trademark free kicks in the 4-0 win over Bayern Munich in the Champions League semifinals on April 29, 2014.

Real Madrid star Gareth Bale reveals pressure to impress in training games - ESPN FC
Real Madrid attacker Gareth Bale says you have to be sharp at training or the other galacticos will quickly be on your case. Just weeks after joining Madrid for 100 million euros from Tottenham in summer 2013, Bale was caught on camera embarrassing new teammate Cristiano Ronaldo with a clever nutmeg during warm-up "rondos" at the club's Valdebebas training ground.

Real Madrid agree Danilo deal - reports | Eurosport
According to Spanish television channel La Sexta, Los Blancos will pay €20m (£14.5m) for the right-back, despite the Portuguese giants initially holding out for a figure closer to the player’s €50m (£36m) release clause. However, due to his contract expiring at the end of next season and his intention not to sign a renewal, Porto have conceded defeat in their attempts to bargain with the capital outfit.

Arrests made in Osasuna case | Football Espana
Former Osasuna President Miguel Archanco has been arrested as part of an ongoing investigation into financial irregularities at the Segunda club. The 65-year-old was detailed in the early hours of Thursday along with ex-general manager Angel Vizcay and director Txuma Peralta on the orders of a Pamplona court, which also issued police a search warrant for Archanco’s house.

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