FC Barcelona News: 4 September 2012; Training Continues Without Internationals, Athletic Bilbao May Denounce Bayern

Jordi Alba has appeared in all Barça games this season

First session without the internationals | FC Barcelona
With only five players reporting for training from the first team squad-Puyol, Thiago, Fontàs, Pinto and Dos Santos- Vilanova took the opportunity to include ten youngsters from the reserves: Quintillà, Miguel Angel, Masip, Gustavo, Patric, Roman, Luis Alberto, Sergi Gomez, Espinosa and Dongou.

Week of training without the internationals | FC Barcelona
In a week marked by the international break, FC Barcelona’s first team will train four times over the next seven day. All training sessions will start at 10.00 and will be held at the Ciutat Esportiva. The players have this Monday off as well as next weekend. Vilanova will only be able to call upon Pinto, Fontàs, Puyol, Thiago and Dos Santos this week.

Adriano delighted with first goal at Camp Nou | FC Barcelona
"I have tried things like that so many time before. It was time I got a goal at home" said Adriano Correia, who joined the club in 2010 and has finally scored a goal at the Camp Nou. That makes five for the team in the total, and this was his second in the league.

Third Liga win in numbers | FC Barcelona
With Busquets on the bench, Valdés and Messi are now the only players that have started every official match of the Vilanova era. They have played the full 90 minutes of every game so far. However, those three, plus Xavi, Iniesta, Pedro and Jordi Alba, have appeared at some point in every official game played to date.

Song: Vilanova helped me a lot on first Barcelona start - Goal.com
"The coach spoke with me ahead of the game and explained what he expected of me," Song was quoted as saying by Sport. "That really helped me calm down a bit and gave me a lot of confidence. My team-mates also talked to me a lot and that was very helpful.

Xavi’s nutmeg on Guardado | FC Barcelona
Midfielder Xavi Hernández was one of the best players in Barça’s 1-0 win over Valencia at the Stadium on Sunday night, with another exhibition of controlled, first touch football to dictate the rhythm of the game with his trademark leadership. The Catalan maestro converted 96% of his attempted passes to record 115 successful passes, as well as recovering possession five times and receiving five fouls.

Agostinho Cá out of action for seven days | FC Barcelona
Agostinho Cá pulled the rector femoris of his left leg during this afternoon’s training session at the Miniestadi after this weekend’s victory over Sabadell (2-0). Medical tests confirm that the Portuguese player will be our of action for seven days.

Ronaldo strop just proves Messi is the best | Paul Parker - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
After refusing to celebrate a goal against Granada Ronaldo told the press he was "sad" due to "professional issues", but then refused to elaborate further and left the juicy issue hanging in the air for the world's media to pounce on. It was a transparent ploy to court attention and pretty pathetic in my opinion.

Real Madrid 's €45m dilemma: Renewing Cristiano Ronaldo's contract will cost the Spanish side a fortune in taxes - Goal.com
According to some of Spain's most prestigious press, it seems to be a combination of factors which have contributed to Cristiano's current melancholy. They all agree on one thing, however: at the root of the problem lie the negotiations for a new contract which are yet to bear fruit.

Wealthy Anzhi sign Madrid's Diarra - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
"Today Anzhi signed Lassana Diarra and (Russian striker) Nikita Burmistrov. Their transfer underlines our ambition to fight for the most prestigious trophies," Anzhi director Aivaz Kaziakhmedov told the club's website. Anzhi did not give any details about the length of Diarra's contract or the transfer fee.

Athletic may take action against Bayern Munich over Javi Martinez - ESPNFC
Urrutia said: "Athletic are assessing whether they will take action against Bayern. The player was under contract, during the protection period established by FIFA. The player underwent a medical with the German club without Athletic's permission. Whether we can or should denounce Bayern is being considered."

La Liga grant Bilbao dispensation | Football Espana
Martinez joined Bayern Munich before the end of the transfer deadline and Los Leones argued they had not been given sufficient time to find a suitable alternative to the Spanish international. According to El Corrreo, sources have confirmed that the 12 members of the LFP’s Executive Committee have sided with the Basques and they will now have four weeks to bring somebody in.

Negredo's unwanted penalty stats | Football Espana
The striker was responsible for one of the Rojiblancos’ two missed penalties at the weekend against Rayo Vallecano. With it being his sixth penalty missed in La Liga, it handed the striker the dubious title of being the player still active in the Division to have missed the most penalties. Previously he had been level on five missed penalties with Athletic Bilbao duo Fernando Llorente and Andoni Iraola.

Lennon calm about Nouioui situation - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
The Hoops snapped up the 26-year-old Tunisia striker at the weekend but Spanish side Levante have vowed to launch a legal challenge after accusing the ex-Deportivo La Coruna player of going back on a deal to sign with them. Levante director Alberto Gil was quoted as saying: "Our club reserves the right to use legal matters to investigate this transfer. And it is possible it could be reported to FIFA."

Zenit spend €80 million on Hulk, Witsel - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
"It's now official. Both players had signed five-year deals," Zenit spokesman Dmitry Tsimmerman said. A club source said Zenit had paid €40 million for each player. Hulk helped Porto to win three Portuguese league titles and the 2011 Europa League trophy after joining from the Japanese J League in 2008.

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