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FC Barcelona News: 14 August 2011: Messi to be Argentina captain, Pedro Leon on his way out

That captaincy is mine Masch!
That captaincy is mine Masch!
So it may be when Pep Guardiola's side is asked by Real Madrid to demonstrate at the Santiago Bernabéu on Sunday night how it spent the weeks in June, July and early August. Whether the markedly different ways in which the two clubs have approached the summer has closed the slight gap evident between Barcelona's taillights and Madrid's closing headlights last season remains to be seen.

Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola admits the prospects of signing Cesc Fagreas from Arsenal are 'good', but there is still no official confirmation of the proposed move.

Messi is said to have displayed maturity, commitment and character to Sabella, which has given the coach food for thought as he is now considering giving him the armband currently belonging to Barcelona team-mate Javier Mascherano.

The World's Best Soccer Team: Using Math to Crack the Barca Code - SPIEGEL ONLINE - News - International
Ever since people have been watching soccer, they have loved the unpredictability of the game, the marvel of a sudden run down the wing, or a shot from distance, or a slick passing move. And ever since people have been playing football they have been trying to make it predictable; training hard to master the perfect run down the wing, the perfect shot from distance, the perfect passing move.

Real Madrid winger Pedro Leon a target for Everton, Aston Villa and Fulham - Transfer News - MirrorFootball.co.uk
Everton, Aston Villa and Fulham are locked in a battle to sign Real Madrid winger Pedro Leon after he turned down a move to Getafe. Leon has failed to secure a regular first-team place under Jose Mourinho and is set to leave the Bernabeu.

AFP: Spain's Camacho named new China football boss
Former Real Madrid and Spain boss Jose Antonio Camacho took over China's beleaguered national football team, as the underachieving Asian nation sets its sights on the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. The 56-year-old replaces Gao Hongbo and will be tasked with turning round the fortunes of the national side at a time of crisis for the Chinese top league, which has been dogged by corruption and sporadic bouts of hooliganism.

News: Lionel Messi says Manchester City signing Sergio Aguero will be exceptional - News - MirrorFootball.co.uk
"He will give them a real cutting edge. He’s unique – he has immense power, strength and an ­incredible work ethic. He will certainly stand out in terms of what he will bring to City.

Real Madrid beat Barcelona to lift Dubai International Indoor Football title
Real Madrid beat Barcelona 8-7 in extra time in the final of the inaugural Dubai International Indoor Football Championship at Dubai World Trade Centre last night. Captain Pepe Mesas was the hero for Madrid, driving into the top corner following a short free kick in the first period of extra time to settle a dramatic encounter.

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