It has certainly been a long summer (and as the guy responsible for all things Barca B, even longer) but the summer is coming to an end, which means football season is back! Some European leagues have already started their seasons (England, France, Germany) while some leagues are winding down their preseason and preparing for the long grind ahead (Italy, Spain and yes, the Supercup is an exhibition). The senior team has already tangled with arch rivals Real Madrid in an enthralling Supercopa first leg. Barca B meanwhile, look to build on a terrific season last year with their first Liga Adelante game at SD Huesca on Saturday.
And oh yeah, some dude named Cesc Fabregas managed to steal all the headlines this week, but we're not talking about him. I heard he was terrible anyway.
Girona FC 1-0 Barcelona B
Yeah, the exhibition I didn't want to write about. The final friendly for Barcelona B before they begin their season. Officially, this was for the Costa Brava Trophy (don't know, don't care), but as they say, you can put a pig in a dress but it's still a pig. There's a trophy on the line, but it's still a exhibition. Anyway, Eusebio made few changes from the team that lost 3-0 to RCD Espanyol in the Copa Catalunya final. The match was wide open, as an exhibition should be. Girona FC presented danger early and goalie Jordi Masip was needed to keep it scoreless early. Pretty soon, Barca B came to life and just like last week against Espanyol, Deulofeu was lively at the wing. Once again though, Barca B was missing in the final third of the pitch, unable to provide the finishing touch. They were made to pay five minutes before the half, when Ion Velez struck for the hosts. Barca B pushed for the equalizer in the second half, ultimately to no avail.
Boy, writing that almost made me fall asleep.
Keirrison to Cruzeiro
Everybody's favorite bust is coming back to Brazil reportedly, to go on loan for the millionth time, this time to Brazilian club Cruzeiro. It seems Barca brass are not ready to cut their losses with this guy, giving him yet another chance to find his game, or his confidence at least. To be honest, I'm a little disappointed he's going that route. I wanted to see what he can do with the B team, given what had already happened with Barca B success stories' Nolito and Jonathan Soriano. Oh well, hope you can find the net. With a telescope.
Rodri to Barcelona B
There goes that striker signing I was talking about. Rodri, full name Rodrigo Rios Lozano, comes over from Sevilla Atletico for a cool € 1.5 million. There is a buy-back clause for the first two years of the deal for Sevilla. Rodri made his Sevilla senior team debut last year, making five appearances after firing in 19 goals with Sevilla Atletico in Segunda B. With Jonathan Soriano out for at least another month, this was a necessity.
AEK Athens interested in Armando?
With the financial crisis hitting Greece, Greek clubs are basically forced to move their high priced players and go bargain hunting. Thus the interest in Armando. And the fact that the AEK Athens manager is a Spaniard, former Sevilla manager Manolo Jimenez. Basing my opinion of the guy from one game, let's just say I won't be sleepless over this.
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