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FC Barcelona News: 24 July 2012; Calf Injury Sidelines Lionel Messi, Barça Reject AC Milan Bid for Alexis Sanchez

There will be no Messi celebrations today in Germany.
There will be no Messi celebrations today in Germany.

Hamburg v FC Barcelona: Curtain raiser for Barça and Tito Vilanova | FC Barcelona
Things are about to really get started. On Tuesday (18.00), in one of Europe’s finest stadiums, the Imtech Arena, Tito Vilanova will manage Barça for the first time since being appointed head coach. After eight days of training, this is the first of five games around Europe before the Liga season commences, and also marks the 125th anniversary of historic Bundesliga outfit Hamburg.

Messi to miss Hamburg trip | FC Barcelona
Leo Messi will not be in Hamburg. In training on Monday, the Argentinian strained his right calf. Echography practiced on Tuesday morning has revealed that he has suffered intramuscular bruising and the Medical Services have said that his availability for future matches depends on his how the injury develops. He will be having two physiotherapy sessions a day on the Ciutat Esportiva.

Barcelona reject AC Milan approach for Alexis Sanchez -
The Rossoneri are looking to reinforce their attack following the departure of Zlatan Ibrahimovic to Paris Saint-Germain, and were hoping to acquire Alexis on a one-year loan deal with an option to make the move permanent at the end of the season. However, Barca have shot down Milan's advances as they see the 23-year-old as an integral part of their squad.

Solidarity with Empordà fire victims | FC Barcelona
The first team will wear the black armbands as a mark of respect from the Club for the three people killed in the fires and to show their support for the country which is suffering this terrible tragedy.

Dani Alves: "Tito Vilanova has confidence in me" | FC Barcelona
Dani Alves guaranteed that he is going into the new season: "with the same ambition and desire that he had when he joined the Club", stressing that there is no greater motivation than: "playing in the best team in the world", as well as confirming that the new coach had given him a vote of confidence: "Tito Vilanova has said he has confidence in me and I want to repay that".

Piqué: football and table tennis | FC Barcelona
Gerard Piqué is in China and on his arrival in Shanghai, he explained his love for the Chinese national game of table tennis. The Catalan defender took part in a class with Chinese students in which he explained some of his best kept footballing secrets.

Work underway on new Camp Nou pitch | FC Barcelona
Work got underway as scheduled on Sunday on re-laying the Camp Nou pitch, which will be of the same type as Pitch Nº 1 at the Club’s training grounds. The new pitch will be ready in time for the opening league match against Real Sociedad on 18th or 19th August.

Arsenal agree terms with Santi Cazorla from troubled Málaga | Football | The Guardian
The Spain winger Santi Cazorla has agreed terms to join Arsenal and leave Málaga this summer. Arsène Wenger is keen to sign Cazorla, whom he monitored last summer, and he is hopeful that an offer of €20m (£15.6m) can close the deal with a basic agreement in place with the player.

Eintracht swoop for Demidov - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
"We are very pleased to have been able to bring this transfer to a successful conclusion for Eintracht Frankfurt," Eintracht director of sport Bruno Hubner said. The former Rosenborg defender joined Sociedad in January 2011 and made 36 Liga appearances. He has 15 caps for Norway.

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