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FC Barcelona News: 10 July; 2012-2013 La Liga Fixtures Announced, Mourinho and Vilanova Ban Lifted

Real Sociedad will be Barça's first La Liga opponent next season.
Real Sociedad will be Barça's first La Liga opponent next season.

La Liga fixtures announced | Sky Sports
Tito Vilanova's first league game in charge of Barcelona following Pep Guardiola's decision not to extend his contract will be a visit to Real Sociedad. The first El Clasico of the league season will take place on the weekend of October 6/7 at the Nou Camp with the return at the Bernabeu scheduled for March 2/3.

Keita’s fond farewell to Barcelona | Andy Mitten - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
What do you do if you're Seydou Keita? You play for Barcelona (and Mali), where you're deeply respected by team-mates and fans. Only two months ago, you told both that you're so content that you want to retire at Barca in a few years. Your wish is reciprocated by your new coach and sporting director who've both told you face-to-face that they want you to stay.

Mourinho ban for eye poke lifted - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
The ban, applicable only in the Super Cup, was rescinded by RFEF president Angel Maria Villar, who traditionally exonerates some players and coaches after sealing re-election. He was voted in unopposed for a seventh four-year term in February. "Match bans up to four games and stadium bans up to two games will not be enforced," the RFEF ruled, according to a note distributed at the assembly.

Jordi Alba: "I want to win titles with Barça" | FC Barcelona
Jordi Alba is back home, having followed in the footsteps of the likes of Piqué, Cesc and Cuenca. Delighted to be wearing the Barça shirt again and motivated by the challenges of this new stage of his life, he spoke to Barça TV and

Dos Santos and Roberto, two options to replace Keita | FC Barcelona
After the Malian left FC Barcelona after four years at the club, Tito Vilanova will need to find a replacement. Young Jonathan dos Santos and Sergi Roberto are two good options if he wants to find the solution locally.

Carmona to leave Barça B | FC Barcelona
Carlos Carmona, Barça B midfielder, will not be staying this season. FC Barcelona has ended its contract with the Barça B player after exercising a clause that enables it to be unilaterally terminated before its expiry.

Victor Ruiz replaces Mikel San Jose in Spain's preliminary Olympic squad -
Victor Ruiz has been selected to replace Mikel San Jose in Spain's preliminary squad for the Olympic Games after the Athletic Bilbao defender was ruled out with chicken pox. The former Liverpool stopper had been selected by coach Luis Milla as part of his provisional 22-man squad for the Games but has been forced to withdraw through illness.

Marcelo Bielsa to stay at Athletic Bilbao after board row - ESPN Soccernet
"I will continue developing my role as I have until now,'' the 56-year-old said. "I maintain the commitment I accepted with the institution. I can accept their [the board's] removal of my authority, but... they indicated that my statements lacked truth. What has happened has modified our relationship.''

Betis sign Paulao from Saint-Etienne -
The Brazilian centre-back had only joined the Ligue 1 outfit last summer, but spent the second half of 2011-12 on loan at the then-Liga new boys, who eventually stayed up comfortably in 12th position. He has now put pen to paper on a deal until 2015 with the Seville-based side, having reached an agreement with Saint-Etienne over the termination of his contract.

Montanes, belongs to Zaragoza | LFP
"I am excited and hope to bring all my desire and ambition". The player comes from Alcorcón, where he played with the yellow team for 2 seasons in the Spanish second division, and he feels fortunate to play in La Liga BBVA with the team from Aragon: "It's a privilege to wear the shirt of such a historical club as Real Zaragoza, which has a great fanbase".

Iriney, a top player for Granada | LFP
Granada FC has signed the player Iriney Santos da Silva (Humaita, Brazil, April 23, 1981). He is known in the world of football as Iriney and has a contract for the next three seasons. The Brazilian comes from Real Betis, where he was captain of the green and white team and a player who always featured in the starting lineup of the Seville based side.

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