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FC Barcelona News: 17 August 2012; Internationals Return To Training, Barça Impressive in Recent League Debuts

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Alexis Sanchez is the only player still missing.
Alexis Sanchez is the only player still missing.

Internationals return; Alexis set to join team on Friday | FC Barcelona
Tito Vilanova’s FC Barcelona was almost back to full strength this Thursday afternoon for today’s preparatory session ahead of the team’s La Liga debut against Real Sociedad on Sunday. The only first team player absent from today’s session was Alexis Sánchez, who played for his country on Wednesday in New York City.

11 goals for none against in the last three Liga debuts | FC Barcelona
Barça have got recent league campaigns off to good starts. In the last decade, they have won six openers, drawn three and lost just once, an excellent record considering only three of those games were played at home. The last time they were beaten on the first day was in 2008/09 at Numancia. The three debuts since then than have seen the Catalans score 11 goals and concede none.

Adriano: "I’m in the prime of my career" | FC Barcelona
Adriano Correia is set to start his third season as a FC Barcelona player with a lot of confidence thanks to his physical fitness. For the past couple of months, the Brazilian has been injury free and today, during his pre-training press conference, he stated that he’s in optimal condition to play official matches. "I’m in the prime of my career," said the 28-year-old defender.

Barcelona's Iniesta provides voice for Spanish dub of animated film Pirates -
Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta’s off-season took an interesting turn after he lent his voice to a character in the animated feature, Pirates. The 28-year-old provides the voice in the Spanish language version of the film for the character Pirata Albino, an albino pirate who is in intense pursuit of the coveted ‘Pirate of the Year’ award.

Eusebio: "We're ready for the season to start" | FC Barcelona
Eusebio Sacristán admitted that his players are eager to start the official season, after putting in multiple weeks of training and going undefeated in the pre-season. "We’re very excited to start the season," said the manager, who was quick to highlight the quality of the players at his disposal. "We’re very pleased with the team we have and we’re eager for the season to start. We’re prepared and confident that we can start [the season] on the right foot."

City appoint ex-Barcelona chief as CEO - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
Soriano fills the vacancy created by the departure of Garry Cook last season and takes up his position on September 1. He comes with an impressive CV, having been credited with transforming the off-field fortunes of Barcelona. "I am delighted to take up the position of chief executive officer of Manchester City Football Club," he said.

Malaga implosion means Liga duopoly set to continue | Andy Mitten - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
Barca are lauded for being the best current team in the world. They are in many ways. They have the best player — Messi. There are world-class performers in every position and the weakest one, that of left back, has been rectified by the purchase of the metronomic Jordi Alba from Valencia.

Tottenham's Soldado bid rejected by Valencia - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
"I know about Tottenham's interest," he told reporters at a club press conference. "My representatives told me about it - they made an offer but it was rejected because, when I signed a new deal in the close-season, it was made very clear that I intend to honour it. "My loyalty to Valencia is total - I want to play here and there are many things to achieve with this great team."

Chori goes to Rayo | LFP
Alejandro Damian Dominguez, "Chori" Dominguez, has been confirmed as a Rayo Vallecano player, having withdrawn from the Valencian club with whom he had a contract. The player was separated from Valencia last year due to a disagreement with the coaching team and was transferred to River Plate.