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FC Barcelona News: 30 June 2012; Barça - the Most Represented Club in EURO 2012 Final, Guardiola Misses Football

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I know it might just be a friendly but can Barça beat Manchester United again?
I know it might just be a friendly but can Barça beat Manchester United again?

Latest of many homecomings | FC Barcelona
Jordi Alba is the first new FC Barcelona incorporation for the 2012/13 season. Signed from Valencia, his background is strikingly similar to that of four other players he’ll be sharing a dressing room with this year. Those are Gerard Piqué, Cesc Fàbregas, Cristian Tello and Isaac Cuenca, who all grew up at Barça, signed for another club, but came back home later.

Two Champions League finals as a backdrop | FC Barcelona
The match that will be played on August 8 in Göteborg will bring back memories of the 2009 and 2011 Champions League finals. FC Barcelona and Manchester United will once again face off after two of the four Champions League crowns were decided between the two teams. Both the 2009 and 2011 finals saw Barça take the title by two goals.

Barça well represented in Euro 2012 final | FC Barcelona
Like at the World Cup final two years ago, FC Barcelona will be the most represented club in the Euro 2012 final in Kiev on Sunday. Seven FCB players (Valdés, Piqué, Busquets, Xavi, Iniesta, Cesc and Pedro), as well as newly signed Jordi Alba, are in Del Bosque’s side that will be defending the title won four years ago in Vienna.

Guardiola missing football already - Soccerway
Pep Guardiola has admitted he already misses football just weeks after leaving his position as Barcelona coach. "Am I missing football? I do miss it actually," Guardiola told reporters in Malaysia. "I am already tired of playing golf with my father."

Pirlo & Iniesta the top-rated players ahead of Spain v Italy -
Spain and Italy have demonstrated en route to the final of Euro 2012 that a fine balance between creative ingenuity and defensive steel is needed to succeed in any major tournament, with both teams seeing a mix of their most flamboyant players and their toughest hardmen dominating the top of their respective ratings charts.

Messi cannot single-handedly win the World Cup for Argentina, insists Menotti -
The No.10, who is widely considered the Albiceleste's best player, has been criticised in the past for not replicating his club form with Barcelona on the global stage. However, Menotti, who led Argentina to victory in the 1978 World Cup, has called on his fellow countrymen to help the forward out in their forthcoming campaign for glory.

'What does not kill you only makes you stronger' - Meet Euro 2012 final referee Pedro Proenca -
The Portuguese may still be in mourning after the Seleccao's heart-breaking Euro 2012 semi-final exit at the hands of Spain, but they can at least take some small consolation in the fact that one of their own has been entrusted with the responsibility of handling the tournament decider.

Frederic Kanoute signs for Chinese side Beijing Guoan - ESPN Soccernet
Beijing Guoan have announced the signing of former Sevilla and Tottenham striker Frederic Kanoute on a free transfer. Kanoute, 34, has signed a one and a half year deal with the Chinese Super League side, which will see the Mali international earn an annual salary of US$2 million.

Michel, Levante´s new attacker | LFP
Michel comes to Levante from Valencia FC, having signed for the next three seasons. Miguel Herrero Javaloyas, born on the 29th July 1988, has spent this season at Hercules FC playing regularly for the second division side this season, where he has played a total of 39 matches and scored 13 goals.

Arribas signs with Osasuna | LFP
Alejandro Arribas Garrido has become the third signing for Osasuna ahead of next season in la Liga BBVA. The defender leaves Rayo Vallecano and commits to three seasons with the Navarra side. The player from Madrid has already passed his medical and the Pamplona based club has set his release clause at five million euros.

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