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Which Barcelona will we see in Malaga?
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Which Barcelona will we see in Malaga?

Aug 24 2013, 5:18am CDT | by IANS

Madrid, Aug 24 (IANS) Will the real Barcelona stand up to be counted Sunday when Tata Martino's side make the potentially tricky trip to play Malaga in the La Rosaleda Stadium?

Madrid, Aug 24 — Will the real Barcelona stand up to be counted Sunday when Tata Martino's side make the potentially tricky trip to play Malaga in the La Rosaleda Stadium? The past seven days have...

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Which Barcelona will we see in Malaga?

Aug 24 2013, 5:18am CDT | by IANS

Madrid, Aug 24 (IANS) Will the real Barcelona stand up to be counted Sunday when Tata Martino's side make the potentially tricky trip to play Malaga in the La Rosaleda Stadium?

Madrid, Aug 24 — Will the real Barcelona stand up to be counted Sunday when Tata Martino's side make the potentially tricky trip to play Malaga in the La Rosaleda Stadium?

The past seven days have seen two different Barcas: the side that swept Levante aside 7-0 on the opening day of the BBVA Primera Liga campaign and the side that struggled to a 1-1 draw in the first leg of the Spanish Supercup against an Atletico Madrid, hustled and bustled and barely gave them room to breathe, reports Xinhua.

Early season fitness could partly explain the midweek problems as players work themselves into their best shape, but there is also another factor - one that will have to be born in mind Sunday.

Lionel Messi only lasted 45 minutes ednesday night before leaving with a hamstring injury on his left leg, which the club confirmed after tests and although the club failed to rule out Messi playing in Malaga, given his importance over the season, he is unlikely to be risked.

The Argentine, who is so important to his side had been almost five seasons without suffering a serious injury before he was injured April 2, but since then he has played 90 minutes on just one occasion: the return leg of the Champions League semifinal which Barca lost 0-3 at home to Bayern Munich.

With the return leg of the Supercup next week, Martino will reserve Messi for the chance to lift the first silverware of the campaign and that could well open the door for Neymar to start. The Brazilian, who is Barca's only signing of the summer to date, showed he is working himself into form and fitness by heading home the equalising goal against Atletico and could well get the nod in the Rosaleda.

Cesc Fabregas could also return to the side. He scored twice against Levante and although he is not Messi, the Spain international has the gift of being able to drop into midfield and then arrive almost unnoticed in the rival penalty area to score vital goals.

If Cesc and Neymar both start in Malaga, then Pedro Rodriguez could be the player to drop down to the bench, but he is almost certain to see action in the game as Neymar, who is also working on a program to help gain weight, is still not in condition to play the full 90 minutes.

Martino could make some rotations in the face of a busy schedule with Adriano having the chance of playing at left back ahead of Jordi Alba, who had a tough night Wednesday.

Meanwhile spare a thought for Malaga coach Berndt Schuster: the experienced German, who played for both Barca and Real Madrid, has inherited a squad, which lost key players such as Joaquin Sanchez, Julio Cesar Baptista, Isco, Javier Saviola and Martin Demichelis over the summer as the reality of financial problems took hold.

When asked in his Friday press conference what he would do if he had a budget as big as Barca's, Schuster answered wit humour: "I'd give myself a pay rise."

Friday night saw Athletic Club Bilbao win 2-0 against Osasuna to claim their second win in two games and move temporarily top of the La Liga table.

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Greece - Unicaja bring in Kostas Vasiliadis

Aug 27 2014 4:15am CDT | Source: eurobasket

KostasVasiliadisUnicaja Malaga (Liga Endesa) inked 30-year old Greek international swingman Kostas Vasiliadis (200-98kg-84). It is actually his comeback to Unicaja Malaga as he played here before. Vasiliadis played most recently at Anadolu Efes in Turkish TBL league. In 22 games he averaged 8.5ppg, 2.2rpg and 1.5apg last season. He helped them to make it to the cup final. The previous (12-13) season Vasiliad ...
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Spain - Unicaja bring in Kostas Vasiliadis

Aug 26 2014 1:29pm CDT | Source: eurobasket

KostasVasiliadisUnicaja Malaga (Liga Endesa) inked 30-year old Greek international swingman Kostas Vasiliadis (200-98kg-84). It is actually his comeback to Unicaja Malaga as he played here before. Vasiliadis played most recently at Anadolu Efes in Turkish TBL league. In 22 games he averaged 8.5ppg, 2.2rpg and 1.5apg last season. He helped them to make it to the cup final. The previous (12-13) season Vasiliadis played at Bilbao Basket. In 31 Liga Endesa games he had 13 ...
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Rosales: The season has just started, we have to keep improving

Aug 26 2014 11:00am CDT | Source: inside spanish football

Venezuelan defender Roberto Rosales appeared in the press conference after the Tuesday  morning training session. He was content with the victory over Athletic Club Bilbao on the first day of the new season, and hopes the team can carry on getting better throughout the campaign.  Rosales expressed his c ...
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Player Focus - Iker Muniain

Aug 26 2014 9:53am CDT | Source: WhoScored

We analyse the performances of Iker Muniain from the 2013/14 La Liga season and his display in Athletic's 2-0 defeat to Malaga from the 2014/15 La L ...
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Athletic Club midfielder hopes for magic night against Napoli

Aug 25 2014 10:19am CDT | Source: forzitalianfootball

Athletic Club midfielder Ibai Gomez is hoping for a magic night at the San Mames for the Champions League qualifier against Napoli on Wednesday. The Basque outfit drew 1-1 last week at the San Paolo in the first leg of the qualifying round and the midfielder is looking to produce a special night in Bilbao. “I’m sorry to all the fans about the outcome of the match against Malaga, but we didn’t deserve to lose and the referee made mistakes,” said Gomez after Los Leones lost 1-0 to Malaga ...
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Greece - Vasiliadis may be back at Unicaja

Aug 24 2014 5:40am CDT | Source: eurobasket

KostasVasiliadisUnicaja Malaga (Liga Endesa) is close to sign 30-year old Greek international swingman Kostas Vasiliadis (200-98kg-84) who played last time at Anadolu Efes Istanbul in Turkey. It is actually his comeback to Unicaja Malaga as he played here before. In 22 TBL games he had 8.5ppg, ...
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Spain - Vasiliadis may be back at Unicaja

Aug 24 2014 5:08am CDT | Source: eurobasket

KostasVasiliadisUnicaja Malaga (Liga Endesa) is close to sign 30-year old Greek international swingman Kostas Vasiliadis (200-98kg-84) who played last time at Anadolu Efes Istanbul in Turkey. It is actually his comeback to Unicaja Malaga as he played here before. In 22 TBL games he had 8.5p ...
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WATCH: Athletic Bilbao goalkeeper denied dramatic injury time equaliser by bizarre refereeing call

Aug 24 2014 3:34am CDT | Source: Mirror Football

Bilbao were 1-0 down away to Malaga when Iraizoz decided to go contest a free-kick in injury time, and headed home from Ibai Gomez ...
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Malaga 1 – Athletic Club 0: Bilbao robbed of a point [Match highlights]

Aug 24 2014 12:14am CDT | Source: 101 great goals

Liverpool loanee Luis Alberto had a penalty kick saved by Bilbao goalkeeper Gorka Iraizoz in the first half, but he followed up and scored on the rebound.After the break Malaga had two players sent off, while Bilbao had a goal from goalie Iraizoz ruled out for a debatable foul decision.Duda and Vitorino Antunes were sent off for the hosts.(function(){var image = {src:'http://www.101greatgoals.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/malaga-1-athletic-club-0-bilbao.jpg',href: ...
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