FC Barcelona News: 15 August 2012; Messi and Iniesta Nominated for Award, La Liga Will Begin as Scheduled

Is this deal really happening?

La Liga begins on schedule but TV dispute unsolved - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
The 2012-13 La Liga season will begin on schedule this weekend following an emergency meeting between disgruntled clubs and the professional football league (LFP) to discuss a TV rights dispute.

Barcelona close in on Arsenal midfielder Alex Song - ESPN Soccernet
The reports claim Arsenal have already turned down an initial €15 million bid from the Catalans and are holding out for over €20 million, but a deal should be agreed for €18 - €19 million. The idea of a Barca player such as Ibrahim Afellay or Cristian Tello moving to the Emirates on loan in part-exchange has been discounted.

Messi and Iniesta, finalists for the 2011/12 UEFA Best Player in Europe Award | FC Barcelona
Messi and Iniesta are in the final three for the UEFA Best Player in Europe Award for 2011/12. The Argentinean won the first edition of the award, given to the best player, regardless of nationality, playing in any of the European Federation’s member leagues.

Joint training session with Barça B | FC Barcelona
Barça put in the second training session of the week this Wednesday and once again they were without 11 of their international players. The players trained with Eusebio Sacristán’s B team, as they continued to prepare for Sunday’s league opener against Real Sociedad, whilst the reserves are getting ready for their first second division game of the season on Friday against Almeria.

A decade on from Víctor Valdés’ debut | FC Barcelona
On August 14th 2002, the Camp Nou got its first glimpse of Victor Valdes. The 20-year –old was one of the new faces in Van Gaal’s team to play Legia Warsaw in a Champions League qualifier they ended up winning 3-0.

Cesc - one year back at home | FC Barcelona
On August 15th 2011, Cesc Fàbregas’ dream of a return to the Camp Nou came true. His desire to sign for Barça had been no secret over the previous summers, but last year the then Arsenal captain, the London club and the Club where he’d learnt his trade as a youngster finally reached a deal to bring him home. Cesc was the Club’s second signing of the summer – after Alexis – and more than 30,000 turned out for his official presentation.

Valencia to loan Valdez from Rubin - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
"The deal is subject to the footballer passing the relevant medical tests," Valencia said in a statement on their website (www.valenciacf.com). "It was a tough job sealing the accord because Nelson is a highly valued player at Rubin," sporting director Braulio Vazquez added.

Wigan swoop for striker Arouna Kone from Levante - ESPN Soccernet
Levante striker Arouna Kone is to join Premier League side Wigan in a deal worth a reported €3.5 million. Kone, 28, scored 15 Primera Division goals last season as both player and club completed their best ever La Liga campaigns.

Theofanis Gekas goes to Levante
Levante has reached an agreement with the Greek player Theofanis Gekas, a striker who will sign a contract with the Levante side once he has passed his medical tests. With the acquisition of the player, Levante has a got a goal scorer with international experience.

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