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FC Barcelona News: 11 June 2013; Gamper Trophy Game Announced, Club Legend Leaves Valencia

David Ramos

FC Barcelona have announced that the Gamper Trophy game will be played on Friday 2 August. At this point who Barça's opponent will be is unknown, but one option that is being discussed is Brazilian side Santos.

Unmatched dominance | FC Barcelona
Tito Vilanova, Jordi Roura and Aureli Altimira have said before that this hasn’t been their first league title with the first team, but their fourth, as they have been with the squad since 2008 and formed part of the back room staff that helped lift the 2008/09, 2009/10, 2010/11 titles – with the team only missing out in the 2011/12 campaign over the last five years.

FC Barcelona play almost the maximum possible fixtures | FC Barcelona
It has been another busy season for FC Barcelona in which they played 60 out of a maximum possible 62 fixtures, only missing out on the finals of the Copa del Rey and Champions League. They went out in the semis of both knockout competitions, to Real Madrid and Bayern, respectively.

Barcelona vice-president admits Fabregas could leave -
"Cesc will only leave the club if he himself wants to move on," Bartomeu said when questioned about Fabregas' future at a fan event in Arenys de Munt. The midfielder himself, meanwhile, has downplayed rumours that he could leave the Camp Nou side ahead of the 2013-14 campaign. "I’m very happy, it's taken a lot to get where I am and I don't plan on throwing that away for anything," Fabregas told Onda Cero.

League Focus: Differing Styles of Europe's Top 5 Leagues
The Bundesliga reigned supreme in Europe this season, and if it's goals you're after, head there. For cards and late drama, watch the Spanish top flight, whilst if you want to see long range goals, watch the Premier League. But if it's short passing you're in search of, don't head over to La Liga or the German league, you need look no further than the Premier League. Sort of.

Madrid announce Casemiro deal - ESPN FC
Real Madrid have announced the permanent signing of Brazil midfielder Casemiro from Sao Paulo for a reported €6 million. Madrid have exercised their option to sign Casemiro after he joined the club on loan earlier this season and he has put pen to paper on a four-year contract.

Ballon d’Eurosport – No.29: Sergio Ramos | Pitchside Europe - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
Strong in the air, technically sound on the deck and capable of playing as a full-back as well as centre-half, Ramos is one of the better defenders in Europe, albeit with a tendency to lose his discipline. Now Jose Mourinho is gone, expect Ramos and his pals Iker Casillas and Pepe to have a more relaxed time in the dressing room, and an upsurge in form for the Spain stopper.

Minor procedure for Benzema | Football Espana
Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema has undergone a minor procedure this week to remove a cyst from the back of his knee. Benzema will be sidelined for a short period of time but is expected to be back fit and ready for the start of preseason training on July 15.

Valencia confirm Albelda exit - ESPN FC
"Valencia Club de Futbol has today communicated to David Albelda the decision to end his connection with the club, putting an end to a brilliant career of 15 seasons at Mestalla," the statement said. "Valencia wish David Albelda, one of the most important players in the history of the team and a living legend of 'valencianismo', the best of luck in his future professional career and his personal life."

Canales injury worse than thought | Football Espana
The 22-year-old returned home to Valencia at the weekend having picked up a suspected hamstring strain during the closing stages of La Rojita’s opening UEFA Under-21 Championship match with Russia. Whilst it was believed to be just another strain in the muscle, tests carried out by Los Che have revealed that Canales has in fact torn the muscle.

Malaga set for CAS verdict today | Football Espana
The European game’s governing body handed the club the 12-month suspension in December for ‘overdue payables’ - money owed. Malaga will reportedly find out by mid-afternoon this Tuesday whether their appeal has been successful. If the suspension is upheld, their Europa League spot will go to the team that finished next highest in La Liga.

Iago Aspas undergoing Liverpool medical ahead of Celta Vigo exit | Sky Sports
The striker revealed on Sunday that he had cancelled his summer holiday in order to discuss a switch to the Premier League. He said: "When I heard of Liverpool's interest I did not hesitate even for a minute. "Liverpool is one of the biggest clubs in the world and although I had offers from Italy and Portugal and other countries I decided my future was in English football."

Real Betis announce signing of Denmark goalkeeper Stephan Andersen | Sky Sports
Andersen, who has made 21 appearances for his country and was part of the Denmark squad at the 2010 World Cup and the European Championships in 2004 and 2012, joins Betis from French side Evian on a two-year contract with the option of a further year on top.

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