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FC Barcelona News: 29 August 2011; Barca Prepare for Villarreal Clash, No Radio Coverage from Stadiums

Will these two guys be able to lead Barcelona to a positive start to the 2011/12 season?
Will these two guys be able to lead Barcelona to a positive start to the 2011/12 season?

Big game opener |
Pep Guardiola, who was the playmaker in that 1990s team, faces a difficult situation at the back, with five players missing – the injured Puyol, Piqué, Adriano and Maxwell and the suspended Alves. Abidal and Fontas are the only defenders available, with the boss needing to call on the versatility of some of his other players.

Four B team players in Sunday training |
The session was held at 19.00 on Sunday, ahead of Monday’s game against Villarreal at the Camp Nou. B team youngsters Jonathan Dos Santos, Marc Bartra, Sergi Roberto and Isaac Cuenca were called in to strengthen the squad, with Carles Puyol and Maxwell working with the whole group and Gerard Piqué, Adriano Correia and Ibrahim Afellay working on recovering from their injuries.

72 years without home debut defeat |
The last time the Club lost an opening day fixture at home was way back on December 3rd 1939 against Espanyol at Les Corts, when Mora, Rosalench, Sospedra, Herrerita and Emilín’s Barça went down 0-1. The first time that Barça opened a season at home was 10 years earlier when they beat Real Sociedad 3-0.

'Barcelona have made an offer for Saprissa's John Jairo Ruiz' - agent -
Ricardo Cabanas, the agent of Saprissa attacker John Jairo Ruiz, has revealed that Barcelona have made a formal offer for the promising youngster. The 17-year-old forward was one of Costa Rica's star players at the Under-20 World Cup in Colombia earlier this summer and Ruiz's good performances have apparently attracted the interest of the Champions League holders.

Spanish soccer league locks out radio reporters in fee dispute - Soccer -
The Spanish soccer league locked out radio reporters from stadiums Sunday at the start of the new season after broadcasters declined to pay a new fee worth $21.6 million to transmit matches live. La Liga decided to introduce the charge shortly after the end of last season.

Liga - Mourinho reveals bizarre wish - Yahoo! Eurosport
"It's precisely the opposite now: people are hypocritical, you don't say what you think, you're not sincere, you're not honest, you think about surviving however you can," the 48-year-old former Chelsea and Internazionale manager added. "I may be mistaken but I always say what I think, what I feel, without fear of the consequences.

Diego Forlan terminates Atletico Madrid contract - report -
Diego Forlan has reached an agreement with Atletico Madrid to terminate his contract by mutual consent, news daily Marca claims. The Uruguay international appears to be on the verge of completing a move to Inter, who have been short of numbers in the attack following the departure of Samuel Eto'o to Anzhi Makhachkala earlier in the summer.

Weiss set for Espanyol move | Manchester City News, Fixtures, Results, Transfers | Sky Sports
Espanyol are closing in on the signing of Manchester City winger Vladimir Weiss, according to reports in Spain. Catalan newspaper Sport said that Weiss, who has enjoyed loan spells at Rangers and Bolton since joining City in 2006, is expected to have a medical in Spain on Monday.

Pizzi joins Atlético | LFP
Atlético de Madrid have confirmed the signing of the Portuguese midfielder Luis Miguel Afonso Fernandes, "Pizzi". Atlético's most recent signing will have his medical on Monday prior to signing the contract that will bind him to the madrileño team for the coming seasons.

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