FC Barcelona News: 18 August 2012; 2012/13 La Liga Set to Begin, Real Sociedad Ready for Barça Challenge

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Dani Alves: "We're still the team to beat" | FC Barcelona
"We’re still the team to beat because we’re the best team in the world. We’re the ones that have the logo on our shirts that distinguishes us as world champions. We lost the Liga and we have to try and win it back, we know it’s going to be difficult," said Dani Alves in today’s press conference.

First team, including Tello and Dos Santos, pose for FC Barcelona's official UEFA photo | FC Barcelona
With just weeks to go before the 2012/13 Champions League gets underway, the FC Barcelona players donned the home kit for the team’s official UEFA photo. The photo shoot took place at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper before the team’s afternoon training session. All 25 first team players, including Barça B’s Cristian Tello and Sergi Robeto, were present.

Real Sociedad eye Camp Nou glory and top 6 finish | FC Barcelona
The two teams have played against each other 65 times at the Camp Nou, with a record of 54 victories and 3 draws for the home team. Despite the history between the two in Barcelona, Real Sociedad will look for an upset on Sunday. Philippe Montainer, who is about to kick off his second season with the Basque team, will arrive in Barcelona with the intention of not giving Tito Vilanova an easy debut in the Spanish championship.

Sociedad coach Montanier targets Barcelona shock - Goal.com
"I expect Barcelona to dominate the game and have more possession because of all the individual quality they have and the great team they are," Montanier stated at a press conference. "However, it is only one game and everything can happen. We will do whatever we can to get a positive result. We aim to put in a good performance and hope to take our chances.

Wenger - Song could be sold | Sky Sports
Arsene Wenger has conceded that Alex Song could be sold before the transfer window closes, with Barcelona known to be keen on his services. The Cameroon international has emerged as a shock target for the Catalan giants, as they look to add steel to a midfield brimming with creative talent. Song has spent the last seven years with Arsenal, having been plucked from French football in 2005.

La Liga, Serie A vanish for many U.S. viewers - ESPNFC
That's because the U.S. television rights to Spain's La Liga have switched from GolTV to the new beIN Sport USA network, launched this week by the Al-Jazeera Sport Media Network and available in only about 8 million homes to viewers of DirecTV and DISH Network.

Official: Simao joins Espanyol - Goal.com
Espanyol have announced on their official website that they have completed the signing of Simao Sabrosa on a free transfer. The former Portugal attacker recently terminated his contract with Besiktas, and has now inked a two-year deal with the Catalan outfit.

Sevilla boss Michel angry over TV deal - ESPNFC
"We are all guilty of going along with the situation," he said. "Can anybody who loves football put on a game at 11PM on a Monday? Seems to me that football is being used by outside interests and that is destroying it. Because of this players are going to other leagues, only two teams can win and the rest have to fight and work because if you don't, they point the finger at you."

Siqueira in Granada till 2017 | LFP
Granada F.C. has decided to extend its contract with right winger Guilherme Siqueira until the 30th June 2017. In this way the player commits to Granada F.C. for two more seasons, what’s more his payment goes from 15 million to 25 million euros. A sign of his commitment and loyalty, according to the club.

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