FC Barcelona News: 16 August 2012; Barça Internationals Impress in Friendlies, Five Games in 15 Days for Barça

Messi is even friendly to pitch invaders.

Messi shines for Argentina against Germany | FC Barcelona
There was a win for Argentina featuring Messi and Mascherano against ten-men Germany, and also for Brazil and Dani Alves against Sweden. But there was disappointment for Afellay as Holland were beaten by neighbours Belgium in Brussels.

Cesc scores in Puerto Rico friendly | FC Barcelona
Vicente del Bosque used three FC Barcelona players (Cesc, Piqué and Iniesta) in his starting eleven against Puerto Rico in San Juan, which ended in a 2-1 win for the visitors thanks to goals from Cazorla and Cesc Fàbregas. There was also time for Sergio Busquets to appear as a substitute, while Cesc was the only Barça player to see out the full ninety minutes.

Hectic start to the season | FC Barcelona
Tito Vilanova begins his first league season in charge on Sunday with the visit of Real Sociedad to the Camp Nou (21.00) and the Basques will be just the first of a series of five tough games in the first 15 days of the campaign, with two more league matches and the two legs of the Spanish Super Cup all scheduled ahead of September’s international break.

Who will be 2012-13's Adrian, Isco & Muniain? The possible breakout stars of the new Liga season - Goal.com
Deulofeu is the first La Masia graduate born after Barcelona's European Cup success in 1992 to make his debut in the Catalan club's senior side. The 18-year-old played a sole match late last year for former coach Pep Guardiola, who admitted the young forward was not ready to step up to the first team. He is now though.

Another record season awaits La Liga - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
Jose Mourinho's Real had to smash league points and goal-scoring tallies to end arch-rivals Barca's three-year hold on La Liga last May, driven to exceptional heights by their rivalry with one of the greatest club teams of all time.

Marcelo resumes Real Madrid training - Goal.com
Real Madrid have welcomed Marcelo back into their squad, after the defender returned from representing Brazil at the Olympic Games in London. The 24-year-old missed the first few weeks of the Blancos's pre-season due to his obligations with the Selecao, but is now available again, having touched down in the Spanish capital.

Modric set to finalise £27.5m Real move - reports - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
"Daniel Levy promised a year ago that if an offer from Madrid arrived he would let him go," said the Croatian coach Igor Stimac to Spanish newspaper AS. "And when the offer arrived he changed his opinion. I think that this guy tries to make himself famous in the world of football, but this isn't the way to do it.

Martinez 'set for €40m Bayern move' - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
The deal would eclipse the €35m that Bayern paid Stuttgart for Mario Gomez in 2009. "The transfer is in a good position, but not done yet," Bayern coach Jupp Heynckes said after the pre-season friendly against Seligenporten. "We have to be patient for a bit longer." German newspaper Bild reported that a €40m fee had been agreed for the 23-year-old.

Summer ins and outs in La Liga (Part 2) | FC Barcelona
With the Spanish League season set to kick off this weekend, we look at how Barça’s rivals have been working in this summer’s transfer market and their prospects for the new campaign

Maresca set to join Sampdoria - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
The midfielder left Fiorentina in 2005 and has also turned out for Sevilla, Olympiacos, West Brom, Juventus, Bologna and Piacenza. The deal could be finalised by the end of the week as a number of players look to depart Malaga and their crippling financial problems.

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