David Villa after scoring against Real Sociedad / PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB

The Guardian. Sid Lowe. Xavi puts Barcelona on top in five-goal thriller with Real Madrid

"With just under quarter of an hour to go, Iniesta had it again. Albiol and Khedira were passed, Ramos slid. None could stop him. Iniesta slid the ball into the path of Xavi. Faced by his old friend Iker Casillas, he calmly slotted the ball home. There was still time for Iniesta to deliver another wonderful assist. This time, though, Casillas did save. And at the other end, Valdés did not."

New York Times. Rob Houghes. Villa's Sentimental Statement Lands Him a Yellow Card

"For David Villa, the relief at coming back on Sunday was beyond words. He entered the field late in the game between Barcelona and Real Sociedad and was given a standing ovation by 75,000 at the Camp Nou. When he then scored a trademark David Villa goal 10 minutes after joining play, his celebration was preplanned and personal."

The Wall Street Journal. Matthew Futterman & Jonathan Clegg. The Merciless Beatuy of La Roja

"To borrow an image from the country's other favorite pastime, over the next quarter century, Spanish soccer transformed from a bull into a matador. In addition, a massive investment to upgrade facilities and coaching in the run-up to the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona planted the seeds for the country to train a new generation of undersized soccer stars with unmatched technical skills."

Perarnau Magazine. Rafael León. Plantilla del Barça 2012-2013.  [Spanish]

Mr. León takes an in-depth look at FC Barcelona's 2012/13 roster. If you don't speak Spanish, fret not, here's the English version, courtesy of Total Barça.

• Leo Messi Foundation. Smiles for Leo Messi

The video features children from all over the world –all of whom have been helped by the Leo Messi Foundation– wishing the Argentine a happy birthday.

• Barça Stats. Info-graphic: Andrés Iniesta’s stats in detail (478 games with Barça + Spain)

If you like info-graphics you'll like this. Barça Stats has put together a rather brilliant statistical overview of Iniesta's Club and international career.

ESPN. Phil Ball. Camp Nou news

"On Sunday evening, six months later, I couldn't resist the temptation to return - this time with my son, now back from his year in deepest Ohio. The temperature this time around failed to drop below 26 degrees, despite the late evening kick-off, and the result - 5-1 to the hosts - hardly cooled our brows. If this is Barcelona when they're tired (there were international games in midweek) or Barcelona when they're preoccupied with the coming Supercopa match with Real Madrid, then poor Real Sociedad would prefer not to play them when they're energetic and fully focused."

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