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FC Barcelona News: 9 April 2015; Barcelona Continue Winning Run Against Almeria, Jordi Alba Returns to Training

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FC Barcelona v Almeria: Getting the job done (4–0) | FC Barcelona
To the casual observer Wednesday night’s La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Almería at Camp Nou was what one might expect as the Catalans thoroughly dominated their opponents in virtually every statistical category on their way winning by a score of 4–0. But to anyone who has been following Barça closely this season, what transpired out on the pitch is likely to be taken as a rock-solid confirmation of how this team got here.

FC Barcelona v Almería by the numbers: Bartra becomes 18th goalscorer | FC Barcelona
Marc Bartra scored goal number three in the 4-0 defeat of Almería on Wednesday night to become the 18th different player to score for Barça this season. The 18 players that have scored to date are: Piqué, Rakitic, Sergio, Xavi, Pedro, Iniesta, Suárez, Messi, Neymar Jr, Rafinha, Bartra, Jordi Alba, Sergi Roberto, Adriano, Mathieu, Sandro, Munir and Adama.

Suárez knows team have personality to win | FC Barcelona
Having scored a brace in FC Barcelona's 4–0 win over Almería at Camp Nou on Wednesday night, Luis Suárez stressed that the team feels ready to face the decisive stage of the season. "We know the games will be tough but if we face them the way we know how, we'll have a good shot at winning, because we're Barça," he said.

Jordi Alba trains but not yet declared fully fit | FC Barcelona
This big news on the Tito Vilanova Field at the Ciutat Esportiva was the presence of Jordi Alba, who trained with the squad despite not yet having been declared fully recovered from the hamstring injury sustained while on international duty for Spain. Thomas Vermaelen was also able to play a part in some of the exercises, while Luis Enrique also called on the services of four players from Barça B: Munir, Samper, Gumbau and Sandro.

Barcelona's 'low' offer to Dani Alves could open door to Manchester United move | talkSPORT
Manchester United have been given a boost in their pursuit of Dani Alves after the defender's agent revealed Barcelona's offer of a contract is the lowest on the table. United have emerged as one of the front-runners to land the full-back, who is out of contract at the Nou Camp this summer.

Iniesta recalls five moments and four names from his career | FC Barcelona
Andrés Iniesta has moved ahead of Víctor Valdés to become the player with the fourth most appearances for Barça. With 537 matches behind him, he has picked out the five biggest moments of his club career, namely his debut, his first title, the Rome 2009 Champions League Final and the 2011 Club World Cup and becoming one of the five players with the most appearances for the first team. He also describes the other four in that elite list: Xavi, Puyol, Migueli and Víctor Valdés.

Barcelona head coach Luis Enrique keen for Xavi to stay at club | Sky Sports
The 35-year-old has just over a year left on his contract, but he has been heavily linked with a summer switch to Qatari side Al Sadd. And Enrique insists Xavi, who has made just six starts in 22 games since the turn of the year, would benefit greatly if he sees out the remainder of his contract at the club.

Rival Watch: Real Madrid still four points behind, PSG reach cup final | FC Barcelona
Immediately after FC Barcelona beat Almería 4-0, Real Madrid won 2-0 away to local rivals Rayo Vallecano to keep the gap between the top two at four points with eight games left to play. But the all-whites made heavy work of the job at Vallecas. After a poor first half, there still no score until the 67th minute, when Cristiano Ronaldo finally headed home. James Rodríguez converted a Bale assist six minutes later to make sure of three hard-earned points.

Laporta steps up bid to become Barcelona president - Goal.com
Joan Laporta has stepped up his bid to become Barcelona president ahead of the summer election after securing the 76 million euro financial guarantee needed to run for the position. The Liga de Futbol Profesional (LFP), responsible for administering the two professional football leagues in Spain, requires a 15 percent guarantee of a club's expenditure from candidates before they are allowed to launch a bid, amounting to €76 million at Barcelona.

Review of the first phase of 1in11 project | FC Barcelona
The Camp Nou was the venue, where FC Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu was joined by Ramon Pont, first vice-president primer of the FCB Foundation, Gérard Bocquenet, the Unicef director of private fundraising and alliances, and Essa Al-Mannai, the executive director of ROTA, among other senior members of each organisations.

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