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FC Barcelona News: 11 August 2012; Six Barça Players Called Up for Spain Friendly, Cesc Wants to Improve

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Xavi will get  some well deserved rest from <em>La Furia Roja</em>
Xavi will get some well deserved rest from La Furia Roja

Six FCB players in Del Bosque’s Spain squad | FC Barcelona
There are some changes with respect to the team that won the European Championships this summer, for neither Xavi Hernández nor Jordi Alba have been included. But there are still six Barça representatives in Victor Valdés, Gerard Piqué, Sergio Busquets, Andrés Iniesta, Pedro Rodríguez and Cesc Fàbregas.

Xavi rested from Spain squad - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
"In the case of Xavi, I spoke to him yesterday and we decided not to bring him so that he can prepare well," Del Bosque told a news conference at the Spanish soccer federation (RFEF) headquarters near Madrid.

Cesc Fabregas eyes improvement after Barcelona 'mental block' - ESPN Soccernet
Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas has promised that he will be back to his best form at the start of the new season after admitting his performances were poor at the end of last term. Fabregas' last goal of the 2011-12 campaign came on February 8 and he rarely completed 90 minutes for the Catalans towards the end of the season.

Cesc: "Tito has more personality than people think" | FC Barcelona
Cesc Fàbregas said in Gothenburg today that "Tito Vilanova is a coach with a lot of personality, more than people think … He’ll have a lot to offer and we have to help him. He’ll help because he knows so much about football and we will help by making sacrifices and having the right attitude. If we help each other, we’ll have a great year".

Fabregas: Barcelona take Spanish Supercopa very seriously -
Cesc Fabregas has stressed that Barcelona will not be taking the upcoming Spanish Supercopa tie against arch-rivals Real Madrid lightly.The Catalans have won the last three editions of the Supercup, and the 25-year-old is eager to make it four in a row later this month when they take on the reigning Liga champions.

Larsson: "It is a pleasure to watch Barça" | FC Barcelona
He was at the game between Barça and Manchester United on Wednesday night in Gothenburg and spoke to the Barça TV cameras about how his former club has been performing in recent years. "It is a pleasure to watch Barça" he said. "I think they can challenge for everything again. They have such essential players like Xavi, Iniesta, Messi ... Right now they are the best team in the world".

Bolton Wanderers 2-2 FC Barcelona B | Burnden Aces
Bolton ended their pre-season preparations with an entertaining 2-2 draw against FC Barcelona B at the Reebok Stadium.

LFP calls meeting to discuss strike threat -
Spain's Liga ruling body (LFP) has called a general assembly on August 14 to discuss the threat made by several clubs to strike ahead of the new season due to a dispute over television money.

Real Madrid to offer Higuain improved deal until 2018 - report -
Real Madrid are in advanced talks with Gonzalo Higuain over a contract extension until the summer of 2018, AS reports. The 24-year-old attacker's current deal with the Liga champions runs until June 2016, but Los Blancos are ready to reward the Argentine for his good performances in the 2011-12 campaign with an improved contract.

Official: Feyenoord sign Mathijsen from Malaga -
"I was playing abroad for six years and it was time for a return to Netherlands," Mathijsen told Voetbal International. "Then [technical director] Martin van Geel called to ask if I wanted to come to Feyenoord. "This gave me a good feeling immediately. Feyenoord rose to the top last year and the club want to keep progressing.

Carlos Vela completes move to Real Sociedad from Arsenal - ESPN Soccernet
Mexico striker Carlos Vela has completed his move to Real Sociedad from Arsenal. Vela, 23, spent last season on loan with Sociedad and now completes a permanent move away from Emirates Stadium for an undisclosed fee. Vela joined the Gunners in 2005 and had shown signs of promise, but he was unable to establish himself in the first-team and has had several spells out on loan.