FC Barcelona News: 27 July 2012; Javier Mascherano to Sign Two Year Extension, Spain's Olympic Debut Goes Awry

Barça have tied down Mascherano through 2016.

FC Barcelona to renew Mascherano's contract through 2016 | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona have reached an agreement with Javier Mascherano to extend the player's contract through the 2016 season. The Argentine’s buyout clause will be set at 100 million euros. The player will sign his new contract in the coming weeks.

Otsu frustrates Spain's Olympic debut (0-1) | FC Barcelona
The Spanish Olympic team, with Montoya and Jordi Alba in the starting line-up, kicked off thier Olympic bid with an unexpected defeat to Japan. The Japanese won thanks to a solitary goal scored by Otsu on 34 minutes. Spain’s already difficult challenge of mounting a comeback was made more difficult when Iñigo Martínez was given his marching orders before the break.

Barcelona forward Villa to return against Manchester United - report - Goal.com
David Villa will make his long-awaited return from injury in Barcelona's friendly against Manchester United in August. The Spain international has been out of action since fracturing his tibia in the Blaugrana's Club World Cup semi-final clash with Al Sadd last December.

Piqué: "Messi is the best in the world" | FC Barcelona
Gerard Piqué arrived at the offices of Tencent Sport yesterday afternoon where he was greeted by awaiting fans. In fact, the player has enjoyed the attention of Chinese fans ever since he arrived in the Asian country. The Catalan player, who evidently has been brushing up on his Chinese, greeted the fans with "Da jia hao, wo sho Pi Ke" [Hello everyone, I’m Piqué].

100% success over African teams | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona will be back in Africa, where they have so far visited cities such as Cairo, Algiers and Oran, this Saturday for their latest pre-season friendly against Raja Club Athletic. This will be the Club’s eleventh game again African teams and they have won them all.

Thiago will not leave Barcelona, insists father - Goal.com
"There has not been any offer for Thiago," Mazinho told COM Radio. "He has a contract with the club until 2015 and I hope that he will stay at the club for many years and retire there. "Everyone treats Thiago very well at Barca. In a couple of weeks, he will resume full training. It will not take him long to return to play.

Bartra confident in his own abilities | FC Barcelona
Marc Bartra is now on official member of the first team, and told the press today that "my objective is to consolidate my place in the team. I am confident in my own abilities and about how far I can go." It was his first ever press conference as a first team player.

FC Barcelona unveils French and Arabic websites | FC Barcelona
The Club is keen to promote its name all around the world thanks to the advantages offered by new technologies. The web is now available in Catalan, Spanish, English, Chinese, Arabic, French and Japanese. Last season, the site was completely overhauled and Chinese was included among its array of languages.

Second session of the day with Messi and Puyol | FC Barcelona
Tito Vilanova led the team this Thursday afternoon in the second training session of the day at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper. Leo Messi, who rejoined his teammates this morning, trained with the group once again this afternoon. The Argentine appears to be progressing well from the injury that kept him from playing against Hamburg SV on Tuesday.

First team debutants: Román, Patric and Planas | FC Barcelona
The Barça B players Joan Àngel Román, Patric Gabarrón and Carles Planas made their first team debuts with FC Barcelona this week. Tito Vilanova gave all three players 45 minutes of playing time against Hamburg SV in the team’s first match of the pre-season.

Araujo: "I imagine playing with Messi and Xavi" | FC Barcelona
In an interview with Barça TV and fcbarcelona.com, the Argentine said that he’s always dreamed of playing for the Azulgrana Club and that "the Barça train came by last year, when the Club came looking for me, and now that I’ve signed I don’t think I’m ever going to get off."

Romaric to join Zaragoza after being released by Sevilla - Goal.com
The Ivory Coast international, who spent last season on loan at Espanyol, still had a year to run on his deal with the Andalusians. However, the southerners revealed on their official website on Thursday afternoon that the 29-year-old had been released.

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