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FC Barcelona News: 5 September 2012; Barça's Champions League Squad Announced, Board Approves 2012/13 Budget

Abidal has been included in Barcelona's 25 man Champions League squad.
Abidal has been included in Barcelona's 25 man Champions League squad.

Projected 35.9 million surplus for the 2012/13 season | FC Barcelona
Club spokesman Toni Freixa announced that the Board of Directors approved the budget for the 2012/13 fiscal year, which forecasts revenues of 470 million euros and expenditures of 427.9 million euros. Last year, the Club closed out the 2011/12 fiscal year with a record-breaking 48.8 million euro surplus.

Vilanova names Abidal in Barcelona's Champions League squad -
Barcelona have included full-back Eric Abidal in their 25 man Champions League squad, even though the Frenchman is still recovering from a liver transplant. The Frenchman has made remarkable strides in his recovery and the club are hopeful that he may well play a part in the competition.

Overview of Barça's summer signings | FC Barcelona
"Alba has made a quick transition. Perhaps he had a bit of an advantage because he plays for the national team, he knows the Liga and he was a Barça youth player," said Bartomeu. On Song, the director noted that "we’re very pleased that he’s been able to learn our system so quickly."

Tito's most utilised players: Valdés, Messi and Piqué | FC Barcelona
Valdés, Messi and Piqué have enjoyed the most playing time in FC Barcelona’s five official matches this season. The keeper and the Argentine goalscorer have played every minute of every official match so far this year. Piqué, on the other hand, has played a total of 400 minutes this season. He featured in Barça's starting line-up on four occasions and played the second half against Real Sociedad.

A carbon copy of 15 years ago | FC Barcelona
The start of the 2012/13 season is turning out to be a carbon copy of the league campaign 15 years ago, with FC Barcelona leading the rest of the first division as the only team to win all three opening matches. Fifteen years ago, the first season under Dutch coach Louis van Gaal, Mallorca – who are currently tied on points with Malaga and Rayo Vallecano - were also in second place.

Kaka and Carvalho named in Real Madrid Champions League squad -
Jose Mourinho has named his squad for Real Madrid's Champions League campaign, including both Ricardo Carvalho and Kaka, who were heavily linked with moves away from the club this summer. New signing Luka Modric has been awarded a place, after his arrival from Tottenham, as well as loan signing Michael Essien, who has rejoined his former manager from Chelsea.

Ronaldo: My sadness is not about money - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
"That I am feeling sad and have expressed this sadness has created a huge stir," the 27-year-old Portugal forward said via his Twitter account. "I am accused of wanting more money, but one day it will be shown that this is not the case."

Ronaldo is sad because he did not win UEFA best player award, says Roberto Carlos -
"I think Cristiano is annoyed because of the European best player award that Iniesta won," he told Radio Marca. "I would tell Cristiano to just play like he knows how. He may not want to celebrate, but the fans still will."

Movilla re-signs for Zaragoza | Sky Sports
Spanish midfielder Jose Maria Movilla has returned to former club Real Zaragoza until the end of the season. The 37-year-old, who won the Copa del Rey in 2004 during a three-year spell with the Blanquillos, was a free agent after leaving Rayo Vallecano in the summer.

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