FC Barcelona News: 18 August 2011; Barca Retain Supercopa de España, Cesc Fabregas Makes Debut

Yes we did. Again.

Super Champions in football (3-2) | FCBarcelona.cat
The Spanish Super Cup already has an owner. It’s FC Barcelona, who managed to defend their crown after a long night of football; the game finished some time after 01.00. Just like the first leg, the game was end-to-end, played at top speed and with two opposing styles: the touch and elegance of Barcelona against the rough and physical Madrid.

Cesc Fabregas marks his debut with a trophy | FCBarcelona.cat
Cesc Fabregas couldn’t have had a better debut. He came onto the pitch in the 82nd minute, just after Benzema had equalised the score at 2-2. But his coming on revolutionised the fans, and the team. A short while later, in precisely the 88th minute, Messi scored the winning goal. The goal that won the Super Cup.

La Liga - Pique: Mourinho wrecking Spanish game - Yahoo! Eurosport
"Mourinho is wrecking Spanish football," Pique said. "People are looking for culprits but they are in Madrid. Someone needs to get the video, analyse it and say who is to blame." "It isn't the first time this has happened ... it is always the same people. Someone needs to sort this out."

Manchester United edge out Barcelona as highest earners from the 2010-11 Champions League - Goal.com
Manchester United profited the most from last year’s Champions League according to figures produced by Uefa, with the Premier League club edging out Barcelona in terms of total earnings generated from the 2010-11 competition.


Mourinho blasts 'small team' Barca - Yahoo! Eurosport
Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho has continued his verbal assault on Barcelona, labelling the European champions "a small team" after Wednesday night's Supercopa second leg defeat at the Nou Camp. Another fantastic footballing spectacle between arguably the best two sides in Europe was again overshadowed by the antics of Mourinho, who thrust a finger in the eye of Barca assistant Tito Vilanova in a melee in the closing stages.

Can we play you every week? - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
In other news, last night club football's greatest rivalry served up yet another classic - a match filled with spectacular football and spiteful malice. A white-hot feud that burns as brightly as ever. It was the sixth time Barcelona have played Real Madrid in the space of four months, and they keep delivering the goods.

'This was an accident and we deserved more' - Villarreal's Juan Garrido - Goal.com
Villarreal coach Juan Garrido stated his team deserved better than a 1-0 defeat against Odense in the first-leg of the Champions League play-off. The Spanish club were in the driving seat for large portions of the match but never capitalised on their superiority, with Odense scoring six minutes from full time to stun the visitors.

Malaga owner: Raul, Samuel Eto'o and Wesley Sneijder keen - ESPN Soccernet
So far the likes of Ruud van Nistelrooy, Jeremy Toulalan, Diego Buonanotte, Santi Cazorla and Joris Mathijsen have arrived in southern Spain, with hopes of challenging at the top of the league this season. And Al-Thani insists that players were lining up to join his revolution in La Liga.

La Liga - Sociedad sign Mariga on loan - Yahoo! Eurosport
Real Sociedad have agreed to take Kenya midfielder McDonald Mariga on loan from Internazionle, the Spanish club said in a statement on Wednesday. The deal is subject to the 24-year-old passing a medical and the San Sebastian-based side have an option to make the move permanent next year.


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