FC Barcelona News: 26 July 2011; Messi and Xavi Nominated for Award, Barça Play Internacional in Munich

BARCELONA, SPAIN - JULY 25: Alexis Sanchez from Chile poses during his presentation as the new signing for FC Barcelona at the Joan Gamper training camp sports complex on July 25, 2011 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

Second tests of the preseason | FCBarcelona
A week after work commenced for Barça 2011/12, the first team has another match to contend with. Munich is the venue, where their semi final opponent in the Audi Cup is Brazilian side Internacional, who are not having the best of times after coach Paulo Roberto Falcão was sacked after three consecutive defeats that have seen them fall to sixth in the Brazilian championship.

Alexis now wearing Barça colours | FCBarcelona
The Chilean striker has been handed his number 9 shirt and was presented on Monday as a new member of the first team. "Guardiola phoned me and put his trust in me" said Alexis, explaining one of the reasons that he chose to come to Barcelona.

The sky is the limit for Alexis Sanchez if he adapts to Barcelona - Marcelo Salas | Goal
"The sky is the limit for Alexis if he manages to adapt at Barcelona. There's no limit to what he can achieve. It won't be easy though. Many players have failed to live up to a big price-tag in the past," Salas was quoted as saying by RAC1. "Alexis has improved year after year.

Messi, Xavi, Ronaldo vie for award | ESPN
The award, which brings back the format of the old Ballon D'Or and sees 53 sports journalists from each of the continent's football associations select the top player in Europe, will be presented during the UEFA Champions League group stage draw on August 25.

Cesc deal is 'very complicated' | ESPN
''It is a sure thing that we will make one more signing. [Alexis] Sanchez was always our No. 1 target. Fabregas was always No. 2,'' he said. ''We are discreet and prefer not to talk about signings, but we have time until August 30 to make sure some things happen and I can tell you they will.''

Marcelo gets Spanish nationality | Eurosport
The news means that the Brazil international no longer occupies a place in the squad as one of three non-EU players. Marcelo joined Real Madrid from Fluminense in January 2007 and has obtained dual nationality after spending four-and-a-half years in Spain.

Kaka: I do not want to leave | ESPN
"I always said I wanted to stay and I want to play for Real Madrid and convince," he is quoted as saying by Marca."My friends have always helped me, the technical staff, the club. I always knew there would be much speculation, but I spoke to the club and with the coach and he was tranquil.

Villarreal's Santiago Cazorla set to join Malaga - report | Goal
Reports in Spain last week claimed Villarreal had turned down Malaga's original offer for Cazorla, who is also being followed by Arsenal, as the proposal was somewhat shy of their €30m valuation. However, fresh stories suggest Malaga are confident that a transfer will soon be completed and that the player will join the club for €19m, plus €2m in bonuses.

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