FC Barcelona News: 19 August 2012; Agreement for Alex Song Reached, Barça's Season Begins Today

Will Jordi get some playing time today?

Agreement with Arsenal for Song | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona has agreed a deal with Arsenal FC for the transfer of Alex Song to the Camp Nou. The fee is 19 million euros. The Cameroon international midfielder will sign for the next five seasons with a release clause of 80 million euros.

Alex Song: Experience, versatility, power and skill | FC Barcelona
Alexandre Dimitri Song was born in Douala, Cameroon on December 9, 1987. In 2004, he moved to France to play professional football for Bastia when aged just 17. After making 32 appearances in his first season, he caught the eye of Arsenal, but despite joining the London outfit, towards the end of the 2005/2006 season he went out on loan to Charlton Athletic.

Vilanova's plan: We'll win everything - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
"I hope to win everything," Vilanova told a news conference as he prepared for Sunday's home game with Sociedad. "We have a team capable of winning any game. "Barcelona are a side who, particularly in recent years, have become used to winning everything."

Training continues ahead of Real Sociedad clash | FC Barcelona
It was the last but one training session for the players ahead of Sunday evening’s La Liga debut against Real Sociedad. Tito Vilanovahad all the available players to work with except for Thiago Alcántara, who continued with his personal training programme.

Barcelona will play at luchtime this season, says Mediapro president Roures - Goal.com
"Barcelona will play at 12 o'clock," he said in an interview with RAC1. "This agreement is good for all the fans because now they will have no doubt what time they can watch the games. "The club [Barcelona] will play at 12 like all the other teams. Last season that was not possible because of the European calendar.

Bilbao drop Llorente and Martinez - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
"I choose the squads taking into account such things as form and state of mind that will benefit the team and have decided to leave them out," Argentine coach Marcelo Bielsa told a news conference on Saturday. Bilbao fans whistled and jeered at the two players in training during the week and they were not present at the Saturday session.

Sevilla beat Getafe on Peurta anniversary - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
Before kick-off a minute’s silence was observed to commemorate Sevilla left-back Puerta, who died aged 22 after suffering cardiac arrest during this same fixture a week short of five years ago. The hosts were the better side, taking a two-goal lead through a Federico Fazio header and an Alvaro Negredo penalty, before Alexis Ruano pulled one back for the visitors.

Record-breaking Olinga gives Malaga win - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
The Cameroonian striker, from Malaga's youth team, came on as a second-half substitute and bundled the ball in off his thigh from close range in the 84th minute. Olinga passed Athletic Bilbao forward Iker Muniain in the record books, Malaga said on their website. Muniain was 16 years and 289 days old when he netted in La Liga in October 2009.

Hemed at the double | Sky Sports Football
Tomer Hemed scored at either end of the match to earn Mallorca a season-opening 2-1 win over Espanyol on Sunday night. The Israel international was on the spot after two minutes and then pounced on a stray ball with five remaining to render Mubarak Wakaso's equaliser worthless.

Levante signs Dudka | LFP
Levante has a new signing to play in the centre of the field as the technical secretary of the club obtains the services of the Polish player Dariusz Dudka, who comes from the French team Auxerre. The agreement is for a season with the option to renew for another if certain objectives in the contract are met.

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