FC Barcelona News: 20 August 2012; Barça Start Season With Victory, Rodri Loaned to Sheffield Wednesday

Oh, the joy.

FC Barcelona - Real Sociedad: Dream start (5-1) | FC Barcelona
Tito Vilanova made a great start to his time in charge of the team after Pep Guardiola’s departure with an emphatic 5-1 defeat of Real Sociedad with Puyol, Messi (2), Pedro and Villa – back from injury- scoring the goals. It was a dream start to the season for Barça who made their intentions clear from the off - now bring on the Gamper and Madrid in the Super Cup!

Villa's brilliant return to the Camp Nou | FC Barcelona
After the match, the Spaniard talked about his performance: "I was really touched by how I was received by the crowd. Their support has been very important during these eight months and I hope I can return the favour with goals." He added, "when so many people help you it’s hard to say thanks. I want to publicly thank everyone that helped me along the way, without them I wouldn’t have been able to do it."

Xavi: "Villa's return is the best piece of news of the match" | FC Barcelona
"We started La Liga off on the right foot," said Xavi Hernández after Barça beat Real Sociedad in the opening game of the competition (5-1). "We set a good pace," said the Azulgrana midfielder, who considers that even though there’s a new manager that "the philosophy is the same."

Messi: "It's important to start off winning" | FC Barcelona
The man of the match in Tito Vilanova’s debut in official competitive play was Leo Messi. After the match against Real Sociedad, the Argentine talked with Barça TV’s ‘El Marcador.’ Messi, who scored a brace this evening, said that despite having a new manager that the team "continues to play with the same philosophy. We’re playing with the same style of play."

FCB-Real Sociedad. Barça's standout players | FC Barcelona
It’s been 247 days since El Guaje featured in an official match for his team. The last time David Villa donned the Blaugrana colours in competitive play was against Al-Sadd in the Club World Cup in Japan this past December. The player was carted off the pitch with a broken tibia. The forward’s grueling recovery work paid off and in tonight’s match he made his official return to the Camp Nou.

Vilanova: "There are positives to take from today's game" | FC Barcelona
Tito Vilanova led his team to victory in his first La Liga match of the season. On the game against Real Sociedad the manager said: "it’s important to start off on the right foot. There are a lot of positive things to be learned from tonight’s match. We played 90 minutes with a lot of intensity."

FC Barcelona – Sampdoria: Wembley Memories | FC Barcelona
Tito Villanova’s team take on Sampdoria in the 47th edition of the Trofeu Joan Gamper Estrella Damm. It’ll be a special party, focussing on the 20th anniversary of that unforgettable night of 20th May 1992 when Barça won their first European Cup, beating the Italians at Wembley Stadium with an extra time screamer from Ronald Koeman.

Recovery session ahead of the Gamper | FC Barcelona
The squad were back in training at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper this morning after last night’s successful league opener, dedicated primarily to recovery. The eleven players who started against Real Sociedad - Valdés, Alves, Puyol, Mascherano, Alba, Sergio Busquets, Xavi, Cesc, Pedro, Messi and Tello‒ as well as Adriano, Alexis, Piqué and Pinto all trained.

Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes and former Valencia defender Asier del Horno face charges of fraud - Goal.com
Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes and former Chelsea and Valencia defender Asier del Horno are facing charges of fraud after being accused of falsifying documents that showed they were qualified skippers.

Barca loan striker Rodri to Wednesday - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
"Everyone knows the standard of player at Barcelona, but in the Barcelona B side, it is full of players with much potential - very talented guys. I am a striker and I am confident I will get a lot of chances and confident I can score goals to help the club."

Jonas ruins Real opener | Sky Sports Football
Primera Division holders Real Madrid began the new campaign with a 1-1 draw at the Bernabeu after Jonas cancelled out Gonzalo Higuain's early strike. Los Che, who finished third last season, were well worthy of a point and should have had three but Roberto Soldado's second half strike was wrongfully ruled out for offside.

Real Madrid's Pepe in hospital following Casillas collision - Goal.com
With the keeper attempting to clear a cross that led to Jonas' equalising for Los Che, the duo came together and the impact left both men prone on the ground while the opposition celebrated. Pepe was replaced by Raul Albiol at half -time and departed the Santiago Bernabeu for the hospital soon after.

Betis complete amazing comeback | Sky Sports
Real Betis recovered from squandering a 3-0 half-time lead to seal all three points at San Mames thanks to two goals from Jorge Molina and others from Ruben Castro, Benat Extebarria and Alex Pozuelo.

All-square at Ciutat de Valencia | Sky Sports Football
First-half goals from Nabil El Zhar and Arda Turan ensured the points were shared as Levante and Atletico Madrid kicked off their Primera Division campaign with a 1-1 draw at the Ciutat de Valencia.

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