FC Barcelona News: 30 July 2012; Eight Players Take Medical, Spain's Football Team Crashes Out of Olympics

With loses to Japan and Honduras Jordi Alba will get an earlier start to his Barça career than expected.

Valdés, Piqué, Cesc, Pedro, Sergio Busquets, Iniesta, Xavi and Puyol take medical check-ups | FC Barcelona
The summer holidays are over for Valdés, Piqué, Cesc, Pedro, Sergio Busquets, Iniesta and Xavi. The Euro 2012 champions were at the Club this morning for their pre-season medicals, two weeks after the rest of the squad joined up. Carles Puyol also had his medical check up, although he had rejoined the squad last week after his recovery from a knee operation.

Barcelona must match feats of Milan to be the best ever, insists Gullit - Goal.com
"We retained the European Cup, which even the current Barca side couldn’t do," the Dutchman told reporters. "But there is no doubt that Barcelona are a great team and are ambassadors of the beautiful game."

Alba, Montoya and Tello say goodbye to the Olympics (0-1) | FC Barcelona
Spain’s Olympic football team said goodbye to the Olympics this evening after losing 0-1 to Honduras. Spain, after losing its debut game against Japan (0-1), found itself on the wrong side of lady luck as the Iberians hit the woodwork three times in the second half but were unable to score the equaliser.

Milla: Spain should have had a penalty against Honduras - Goal.com
"The referee did not want to talk about it," Milla told reporters after the game. "But I had the feeling that there was a penalty." Milla therefore felt that Spain's obvious sense of frustration, which manifested itself in seven bookings and an outbreak of in-fighting, was somewhat understandable.

Real asking too much for Joselu | Sky Sports
Joselu is under contract until June 2014, but he is attracting interest from Hoffenheim and the Bundesliga club could be prepared to offer him first-team football. However, Hoffenheim manager Markus Babbel is less than impressed with Real's initial valuation of at least €8m and does not want to continue talks until the Spanish club reconsider.

Maduro diagnosed with heart condition - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
The heart abnormality was not detected during the Dutchman's routine medical checks earlier this summer, but came to light during extra tests. Maduro, 27, has 18 caps for Netherlands. Sevilla suffered great tragedy in 2007 when their midfielder Antonio Puerta suffered a cardiac arrest on the field of play. He died three days later in hospital.

Pellegrini: Sale reports affecting Malaga players - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
Marca, As and other Spanish media reported on Saturday, without naming the source of their information, that Malaga owner Sheikh Abdullah Bin Nassar Al-Thani - a member of the Qatar royal family - wanted to sell up after only two years. Talks have started with Albanian oil magnate Rezart Taci while another potential buyer was Qatar Investment Authority, owner of Ligue 1 club Paris Saint Germain, As said.

Javi Alamo, signs for Zaragoza | LFP
Real Zaragoza and Recreativo Huelva have reached an agreement so that Javi Alamo can play for the team from Aragon for the next four seasons. Now he just needs to pass his medical with Real Zaragoza.

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