FC Barcelona News: 8 September 2012; Barça Internationals Impress, Eric Abidal Recovering Very Well

Pedro had much to celebrate yesterday.

Victories for Spain (5-0) and Brazil (1-0) | FC Barcelona
Spain (0-5) and Brazil (1-0) both won their respective international friendlies this Friday evening. Del Bosque’s team beat Frank Rijkaard’s Saudi Arabia thanks to four goals scored by FC Barcelona players. Pedro (2), Xavi and Villa all got on the score sheet to help Spain to a 5-0 over Saudi Arabia.

Messi praises Argentina fans following Paraguay victory - Goal.com
"This is a beautiful feeling. It is incredible when the fans give you so much affection. The same happened to me in the Copa America, in Cordoba and in Buenos Aires," 'La Pulga' told reporters after the match.

Abidal recovery on track | Sky Sports
"Abidal has responded positively to the medication and his body has recuperated well," Dr Juan Carlos Garcia Valdecasas told Sport. "It is not impossible that he could continue to play professional football, but the most important thing is that Eric enjoys an excellent quality of life."

Milan wanted Xavi, says his Mum - Goal.com
"Galliani came and put an offer on the table when Xavi played for Barcelona B, offering him a four-year contract," Maria Merce Creus told TV Cuatro. "At the time he had Pep Guardiola in front of him, but inside of me I thought it would tear the family apart completely if he went," she revealed.

Vilanova back in charge of training | FC Barcelona
Tito Vilanova was back on the training pitch at the Ciutat Esportiva this morning for the final session of the week, once again marked by the absence of 17 international players. The boss was in Nyon for the UEFA Coaches Forum on Wednesday and Thursday.

Zaragoza missed Fontas by minutes | Football Espana
A report in Mundo Deportivo claims Los Manos made a last-ditch attempt to bring the 22-year-old centre-back to La Romareda with just 30 minutes left before the deadline on August 31. Even so, it was too little too late after Zaragoza had initially registered their interest in the player two days previously, Malaga having told Barcelona they would not be following up negotiations to take him on loan.

Eusebio: "The victory over Sabadell reinforced us" | FC Barcelona
"The players were reinforced after last week’s victory but we’re going up against a very solid Guadalajara. Guadalajara are a disciplined side and it will be a difficult match," said the manager after the team’s final training sessions before their trip to Guadalajara. "We have to have personality, we have to impose our style of play," he added.

Piatti out for two months - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
Valencia's attacking midfielder Pablo Piatti will be out of action for eight to 10 weeks after breaking his right arm in training. The 23-year-old Argentine was taken to hospital and would remain there for 48 hours, the club said.

Athletic Bilbao and Spain midfielder Ander Herrera out for six weeks | Sky Sports
Athletic Bilbao midfielder Ander Herrera is set to be sidelined for up to six weeks after undergoing an operation on a sports hernia. The 23-year-old, who was this summer part of Spain's Olympic squad, successfully went under the knife on Friday morning in Munich.

Juventus remain interested in Fernando Llorente deal - ESPNFC
Marotta said: "He (Mourinho) will have precise information, he is always well-informed... If he (Llorente) remains on the market then he is a player that we are interested in. In January we will evaluate the whole situation."

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