FC Barcelona News: 2 August 2012; Supercopa Catalunya Canceled, Spain's Olympic Football Campaign Ends

Looks like there will be no Catalan Super Cup.

Piqué: "We are keen to start winning again" | FC Barcelona
After joining up on Monday following his break after the Euro 2012 competition, Barça’s Catalan centre half reckons "we are all keen to start the season. There are many challenges ahead, such as starting with a new coach and incorporating Jordi Alba and the B team lads. The squad is really up for it and we are keen to start winning again".

Times for first three games confirmed | FC Barcelona
The kick off times for the first three games of the new season have been announced, with Barça making their debut against Real Sociedad on Sunday August 19th at 21.00. A week later, following the Joan Gamper Trophy on Monday 20th and the second leg of the Spanish Super Cup on Thursday 23rd, the team travel to Pamplona to play Osasuna on 26th with the kick off at 19.00.

Three familiar faces in PSG team | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona will face three of their ex-players on Saturday when they play PSG: defender Maxwell, midfielder Thiago Motta and striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Two of them, Maxwell and Ibra, both trained under Tito Villanova when he was Guardiola’s assistant.

FCF cancels Supercopa Catalunya - Goal.com
After Espanyol CEO Joan Collet called a press conference on Tuesday to announce that his side did not agree to play the match at a later date, the FCF has now decided to cancel the match for a second time.

Match Report: Spain 0-0 Morocco - Goal.com
Both sides had very few chances in front of goal on a day of changing weather in Manchester. Spain came the closest to winning the game with a crisp passing move in the first half but Adrian Lopez’s low shot struck the post, while Morocco’s only sight of goal came on the hour but Abdelaziz Barrada was denied by the left knee of David de Gea.

Benfica sign Salvio from Atletico Madrid - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
The speedy 22-year-old returns to the Lisbon club after impressing during the 2010/2011 season when he scored 10 goals during a year on loan from the Spanish club. "He returns to a home he knows very well," said Benfica in a statement.

Salomon Rondon anticipates Malaga sales - ESPN Soccernet
"We must not throw more wood on the fire," he said. "We will keep training and not make any rash decisions. We need to keep cool heads but, if the situation is not fixed, it is normal that players would leave."

Fiorentina agree €7m Valero fee with Villarreal - ESPN Soccernet
Villarreal have agreed to sell playmaker Borja Valero to Serie A side Fiorentina for a fee believed to be approximately €7m, according to the Spanish club's website. Valero, 27, becomes the latest Villarreal star to leave as the club cut their wage bill after unexpectedly suffering relegation from Spain's top flight last season.

Xavi Torres, closer to Getafe | LFP
The President of Getafe, Angel Torres, has announced that Xavi Torres is already a Getafe player and he will be under the command of Luis Garcia very soon once the finer points of his repurchase are finally resolved between Levante and his club of origin, Malaga, where the player has been training lately.

Joseba Llorente is loaned to Osasuna | LFP
Joseba Llorente is the fifth signing by Osasuna ahead of the 2012/2013 season in la Liga BBVA. The team from Navarra, the player and Real Sociedad have reached a final agreement to allow Llorente to wear the team´s colours for the upcoming season on loan.

Lucas Porcar, to Zaragoza | LFP
Zaragoza has signed the player, Lucas Porcar, from Villarreal B, for the next three seasons. The new Zaragoza player is from Sant Cugat del Valles and was born on the 18th February 1990. Last season, the promising central midfielder played 26 matches with Villarreal B in the Liga Adelante, scoring six goals.

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