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FC Barcelona News: 7 June 2012; Football Mourns the Death of Manolo Preciado

Football lost a great man today...
Football lost a great man today...

Villarreal coach Preciado dies aged 54 - Yahoo! Eurosport
Manuel Preciado has died of a heart attack only one day after taking charge of Villarreal. The Spanish coach, who was 54, agreed a deal with relegated Villarreal on Wednesday and was scheduled to be presented at the Madrigal on Friday. He died on Thursday in Valencia.

Euro 2012: 8 Barça players could be in action this weekend | FC Barcelona
The Euro 2012 tournament in Poland and Ukraine kicks off this Friday, with a total of eight Barça players involved. Ibrahim Afellay will be the first of the Club players to get involved, when Holland face Denmark this Saturday at 18.00, whilst Víctor Vadés, Gerard Piqué, Sergio Busquets, Xavi Hernández, Andrés Iniesta, Cesc Fàbregas and Pedro Rodríguez, are in the Spanish squad to face Italy the next day at 18.00.

Messi - Vilanova will be a hit | Sky Sports
Lionel Messi has revealed he expects Barcelona's new coach Tito Vilanova to enjoy a long successful spell at the club. Vilanova will officially replace Pep Guardiola at the Nou Camp on July 1st after the former Barca midfielder decided to step down after a trophy-laden spell in charge. However, Argentina international Messi is confident Barca will continue to win trophies with their new man in charge.

Villa: "Tito was best option to replace Guardiola" | FC Barcelona
David Villa is facing the final stages of his recovery with just one objective in mind: "right now, the only thing I want is to be healthy during the whole year so that I can compete 100% to win a place in the team. I just want to be okay again as soon as possible – I’ll get my strength back and be ready to join the rest of the squad on July 16th."

Valencia left-back Jordi Alba expected to seal Barcelona move - ESPN Soccernet
Valencia left-back Jordi Alba is expected to complete a move to Barcelona in the coming days. Alba, who is currently away with the Spanish national side ahead of Euro 2012, is reportedly on the verge of joining Barca for a fee in the region of €12 million.

Bologna confirm capture of Barcelona's Riverola -
Bologna have confirmed the signing of midfielder Marti Riverola on a free transfer from Barcelona. The Rossoblu announced on their official website that the 21-year-old Blaugrana youth team product will be formally presented to the media at a press conference at 12:00CET on Thursday.

Sergio Asenjo pens new Atletico Madrid contract -
Atletico Madrid have announced on their official website that Sergio Asenjo has signed a new contract with the club. The 22-year-old joined the Rojiblancos in 2009 and was billed as one of the most promising shot-stoppers in the country, but a series of injuries have hindered his progress.

Granada coach Abel Resino quits role - ESPN Soccernet
Resino, 52, was brought in by the club in January following the dismissal of Fabriciano Gonzalez and saw the club to safety. However, on Wednesday, Resino confirmed that he would not be looking to extend his deal in Andalusia.

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