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FC Barcelona News: 21 August 2012; Barça Lose Joan Gamper Trophy Game, Alex Song Signs Contract

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Sergi Roberto - your Joan Gamper Trophy MVP.
Sergi Roberto - your Joan Gamper Trophy MVP.

FC Barcelona-Sampdoria: Gamper goes to Genoa (0-1) | FC Barcelona
The 47th edition of the Joan Gamper Trophy was won by Genovese outfit Sampdoria against a Barça side containing a large number of reserves. In extremely hot conditions, Barça dominated for most of the 90 minutes, but failed to find a response to the Italian club’s early opener. Sampdoria thus gained belated revenge for their defeat, twenty years earlier, in the historic final at Wembley.

Sergi Roberto named MVP of the Joan Gamper Estrella Damm Trophy | FC Barcelona
"I was surprised when I was presented. When I arrived I was told I’d be going out. Maybe it’s a sign that I’ll be with the first team for a couple more days. It also forces me to be ready."

Alexandre Song signs his new contract with FC Barcelona | FC Barcelona
Alexandre Song is officially a new FC Barcelona player. This afternoon after the player passed his medical, the Cameroon international signed his new five-year contract with the Club. President Sandro Rosell, vice-president Josep Maria Bartomeu, the director of football Andoni Zubizarreta and the player’s representative, Darren Dean, were all present at the signing ceremony.

Song: I want trophies at Barca - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
The 24-year-old said: "(I am) very happy to be here, this is the best team in the world, playing at a club like Barca is something I wanted when I was young. I hope the team will continue to win, this is a winning team. They win everything. I will give my best on training and when I get the chance to play I will do it."

Song and Vilanova, the Gamper's main attractions | FC Barcelona
Alex Song had a nearly perfect presentation this Monday evening at the Camp Nou. Prior to this evening’s match, the player signed a five-year contract and posed for the traditional photo-op with the FC Barcelona crest. When the Cameroon international made his way out onto the pitch this evening the Camp Nou faithful responded with a prolonged and deafening standing ovation.

Alex Song passes medical | FC Barcelona
Doctor Ricard Pruna talked about the medical tests the player underwent this morning: "His body fat percentage is extremely low and he has good muscle quality. I don’t think he’s had muscle injuries since he was 17, and that’s really good news. He passed all the tests and he’s at the manager’s disposition."

Real Madrid to face Barcelona without Pepe -
Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho will have to do without the services of Portugal international Pepe in the upcoming Spanish Supercopa match away against Barcelona, as the defender recovers from a head injury, according to AS.

Arsenal expected to seal Sahin swoop - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
Sahin representatives have been in Madrid looking to arrange the 23-year-old's departure after it became clear he was no longer in Jose Mourinho's first-team plans. Liverpool have also expressed an interest in the Turkey international, but Arsenal are reported to be his preferred destination, although that will be on a season-long loan rather than a permanent move.

Deportivo mark return with win | Sky Sports Football
Thirty-one-year-old former Real Madrid reserve player Riki spurned a golden chance when he stepped up from 12 yards on the stroke of the half-time whistle, but responded with the first goal of the game six minutes after the resumption. Oliveira then wrapped things up with a well-taken second as the Segunda Division champions were able to start with a three-point haul.

Granada unlucky in defeat | Sky Sports Football
The visitors had the better chances, most notably with Rayo keeper Martinez Ruben pulling off an outstanding save from Fabian Orellana before Guilherme Siqueira's header cannoned off the bar immediately afterwards. They were made to pay for their profligacy as Trashorras came off the bench to fire a tremendous 25-yard free-kick into the top corner to help Paco Jemez's side off to the ideal start.

Flying start for new boys | Sky Sports Football
Newly promoted Real Valladolid began the Primera Division season with victory over Real Zaragoza at La Romareda. Midfielder Oscar, who spent four years with Zaragoza before joining Olympiacos in 2008, was the matchwinner, scoring towards the end of the first half to earn the visitors the three points.