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FC Barcelona News: 14 August 2012; Eleven Internationals Leave Barcelona, La Liga Strike Remains a Possibility

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Thiago started doing some individual recovery work on the pitch today.
Thiago started doing some individual recovery work on the pitch today.

Eleven Barça players away the week before Liga starts | FC Barcelona
As many as eleven Barça players are away this week for different international friendlies. Just days before Tito Vilanova makes his official debut as FC Barcelona manager in the Liga opener against Real Sociedad (Sunday 19 at 21.00), he will be forced to prepare with the majority of his probable starting eleven absent.

Fewest foreigners on the Barça roster since the 1996 season | FC Barcelona
The Club’s firm commitment to its youth system and policy of signing players that understand the team’s style of play is changing a team dynamic that made itself most evident in the 1998/99, 2006/07 and 2007/08 seasons, when Barça had as many as 15 foreign footballers on its roster. The number of foreign Azulgrana footballers has declined over the years, to a total of eight this season.

We cannot repeat Bojan mistakes with Deulofeu, says Barcelona B boss -
"We have to bear in mind that Deulofeu only recently turned 18, and we must make sure the history of Bojan doesn't repeat itself. "Letting him make his debut at the age of 16 was perhaps a mistake. We have to take things slowly. The coaches realise that in Gerard's case."

First session without internationals | FC Barcelona
Tito Vilanova had just 10 squad members available - Xavi, Villa, Pinto, Jordi Alba, Adriano, Dos Santos, Montoya, Fontàs, Bartra and Puyol, who was back in training after missing Saturday’s game in Bucharest with a muscle strain. B team players Tello, Sergi Roberto and Bañuz also joined in.

Gamper with a taste of Wembley | FC Barcelona
The Joan Gamper Estrella Damm Trophy this year is going to bring back plenty of memories. FC Barcelona welcome UC Sampdoria just over 20 years after winning the club’s first ever European Cup on that unforgettable night at Wembley on May 20, 1992. Two decades later, and the club is preparing a much deserved tribute to the players that won the first of the four European trophies that now stand proudly in the club museum.

TV dispute threatens start of Spanish season - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
Spain's secretary of state for sport, Miguel Cardenal, will attend an emergency meeting of first and second division clubs on Tuesday to try to help resolve a dispute over TV rights and other issues that threatens to delay the start of the season.

Summer ins and outs in La Liga (Part 1) | FC Barcelona
With the Spanish League season set to kick off this weekend, we look at how Barça’s rivals have been working in this summer’s transfer market and their prospects for the new campaign.

Jose - Call me 'Only One' | Sky Sports
"Like me or not, I am the only one who won the world's three most important leagues. So, maybe instead of the 'Special One', people should start calling me the 'Only One'," Mourinho said in an interview with Portuguese television channel SIC.

Athletic Bilbao unwilling to negotiate on Fernando Llorente - ESPN Soccernet
Basque TV station ETB last week reported that Llorente, 27, had made up his mind to leave. Urrutia called a press conference at Athletic's Ibaigane facility on Monday morning to confirm that the player's agents had said he would not to sign a new contract - reportedly worth ¬4.5 million a year - because he saw his future elsewhere.

A new signing for Celta | LFP
Celta Vigo has presented a new player to the squad called Augusto Fernandez, an International Argentine player who comes from Velez Sarsfield where he lifted the Clausura Trophy and reached the semi-finals of the "Copa Libertadores".