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FC Barcelona News: 10 August 2012; Dani Alves Picks Up a Knock, Barça Goalkeepers Impress

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Session in the Gamla Ullevi with Alba but without Alves | FC Barcelona
The complete first team trained on Thursday morning in Gothenburg, with the exception of Dani Alves, who did specific work geared at helping him to recover from a sprained ankle. The Brazilian picked up the injury in [Wednesday's] game with Manchester United, but it doesn’t seem to be too serious.

Valdés and Pinto, Barça's on form goalkeepers | FC Barcelona
Both Víctor Valdés and José Manuel Pinto were decisive at Ullevi Stadium in Gothenburg this Wednesday in Barça’s fourth friendly match of the pre-season. Between the two of them, Barça didn’t conceded a goal in the 90 minutes of play or in the best-of-three penalty shootout at the end of the match.

In Barcelona's sights but is Arsenal star Song worth all the fuss? -
For a club that has championed an ethos of attacking, passing football since the arrival of Arsene Wenger as manager, the much-repeated insistence, over the years, that the shortcoming holding Arsenal back is a lack of hard as nails, no-nonsense defensive players could be perceived as slightly odd.

Barça B's fantastic pre-season | FC Barcelona
After the match, Sergi Gómez said that "the team played at a very high level both in the first and second halves. We’re feeling great." So far the B team’s pre-season has been fantastic, they beat Palamós and Huddersfield and drew against Logroñés. In addition, Sacristán’s men have yet to concede a goal.

Mourinho's apology for attack on Tito Vilanova is late - Alves -
"It nice to see that he has changed his attitude, but I would not have waited so long if I were him. Mourinho has been too late (with his apology)," Alves told a press conference in Goteburg following his team's penalty shoot-out win over Manchester United.

Di Maria signs bumper Real deal | Sky Sports
Di Maria joined Real from Benfica two years ago and he was already under contract at the Santiago Bernabeu until 2016. However, after scoring seven goals and providing 16 assists last season, the Argentina international revealed he is delighted to have earned an extension. The 24-year-old told the club's official website: "I am completing a dream I had as a child.

Athletic striker Fernando Llorente won't renew with Marcelo Bielsa - ESPN Soccernet
Fernando Llorente's contract saga took another twist when reports claimed he was unlikely to renew with Athletic Bilbao while Marcelo Bielsa is manager of the club. A report on Spanish website vozpopuli states that the Llorente's relationship with Bielsa has broken down to such an extent that the Basque striker does not want to continue under his management.

Inter and Athletic squeeze through - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
Athletic Bilbao, last season's runners-up, also qualified despite losing to Croatian opponents as they went down 2-1 at Slaven Belupo Koprivnica but won 4-3 on aggregate.

Porto threaten to report Atletico Madrid over Falcao funds - ESPN Soccernet
The Spanish club agreed to pay €40 million for the Colombia striker last July, with the money to be paid in installments: €22 million was paid at the time, €9 million was due by July 2012 and €9 million next year. Porto have only reportedly received €6.5 million of 2012's payment.

Botia will play at Seville | LFP
Alberto Botia Rabasco, the central defender from Murcia, is already in Seville to negotiate his contract with the team from the riverbanks of the Nervion in order to reinforce the defence of the Andalusian side as required by Michel, the coach.

'Real Sociedad move is a step forward,' says Jose Angel -
The 22-year-old found first-team appearances few and far between in his first season in Serie A, and with new boss Zdenek Zeman unable to offer guarantees of regular action, he has opted to make a return to the Primera Division. The Basque club have the option to make the move permanent at the end of the season, and Jose Angel is excited by the challenge ahead.