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FC Barcelona News: 3 August 2011; Players Swim With Dolphins, Muniesa and Adriano Cleared to Play

Look a dolphin!
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Barca players relax with dolphins : Spain Primera Division : The World Game on SBS
David Villa, Sergio Busquets, Victor Valdes and Pedro hopped into a tank at Miami Seaquarium to swim with dolphins during a photo shoot on Tuesday. They are well aware there won't be many opportunities to relax once the season starts and their team begins the defence of its UEFA Champions League and Spanish league titles.

It's impossible to beat Barcelona - Germany legend Paul Breitner |
"It's impossible to defeat Barcelona if they play at 85 per cent of their abilities. You simply don't have a chance against them. They play football that's different to anything else out there in the world," Breitner said to TZ.

New bid expected for Fabregas | Arsenal News, Fixtures, Results, Transfers | Sky Sports
Barcelona are expected to make a renewed bid for Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas after Pep Guardiola admitted that he is missing just one player. The European champions have been chasing the Spain international for two years and the midfielder is himself thought to want to return to his boyhood club.

Muniesa and Adriano return |
Adriano, who went to the Copa America but did not play in any matches, was one of the new faces at Barça’s morning training session. The other was Marc Muniesa, who has been given the medical all-clear after training normally for several days.


La Liga - Thiago urged to represent Spain - Yahoo! Eurosport
Mazinho, the father of Barcelona midfielder Thiago Alcantara, has urged his son to represent Spain and not Brazil. The 20-year-old has already played for Spain at under-21 level but could still switch allegiances to the country his father won the world cup with in 1994.

Adriano: "We’ll be at 100 per cent on the 14th" |
He added that the team’s aim this season is to "repeat or even improve on last season’s successes". He also spoke about how that can be achieved. "Barça is still winning titles and people are still talking. What we have done so far is what we have always done, focus on training and playing football. Our job is to carry on doing our talking on the pitch" he said

La Liga - Real Madrid to help China build academy in Guangzhou - Yahoo! Eurosport
The management of the visiting La Liga giants had signed a letter of intent with Chinese Super League leaders Guangzhou Evergrande for an academy that would accommodate more than 10,000 youngsters, state news agency Xinhua said.

La Liga - Santos rule out Neymar exit - Yahoo! Eurosport
Santos have formally informed Real Madrid they will not listen to any offers for Neymar, either now or in January. Madrid have been looking to sign the Brazil international for some time and it was reported that Neymar could remain in his home country before moving to the Bernabeu following the Club World Cup in December.

Ronaldo: Madrid don't need another forward - ESPN Soccernet
Cristiano Ronaldo has claimed that Real Madrid do not need to buy another striker, despite Jose Mourinho's insistence that they still need one more signing.

Arsenal bid for Juan Mata rejected - ESPN Soccernet
The father of sought-after Valencia midfielder Juan Mata has revealed that Arsenal have had an initial offer for the Spain international rejected, but believes the Gunners will continue their pursuit of his son.

Levante capture Del Horno | Sky Sports | Football | Primera Division | Levante
Defender Asier del Horno has rejoined Levante on a one-year deal after spending last season on loan with the club. The 30-year-old left-back spent last term on loan from Valencia, making 22 appearances for the club.

Real Zaragoza sign Benfica goalkeeper Roberto - ESPN Soccernet
Real Zaragoza have signed Roberto Jimenez Gago from Benfica in a deal worth more than eight million euros. Roberto, 25, had a loan spell at La Romareda last year before switching to Portugal from Atletico Madrid, but has now signed a five-year contract with the Primera Division club.


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