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FC Barcelona News: 15 August 2013; Alexis Sanchez Impresses With Chile, Cristian Tello Makes Spain Debut

David Cannon

Alexis Sánchez shines for Chile and Tello debuts for Spain | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona’s eight first team internationals all featured in today’s round of international friendlies. Alexis Sánchez put in a fantastic performance as he fired for two goals in Chile’s victory over Iraq (6-0). The Chilean scored his country’s second and third goals, and he doled out two assists, during the match hosted in Denmark.

Match Report: Ecuador 0-2 Spain -
Goals in either half for Alvaro Negredo and Santi Cazorla saw Spain post a relatively comfortable 2-0 friendly win over Ecuador on Wednesday. The world and European champions dealt with the altitude in Guayaquil well as Vicente del Bosque's side produced a professional win despite the absence of several of their stars.

Spain-Chile friendly announced | Football Espana
Spain and Chile will play a friendly match in Geneva, Switzerland on September 10. Sergio Jadue, President of the Chilean National Professional Football Association, announced the date to Chilevision on Wednesday night from Denmark, where the South Americans thrashed Iraq 6-0 at the Brondby Stadium in Copenhagen.

Intense start to official competition | FC Barcelona
Judging by their preseason form, Barça and Gerardo Martino are more than ready for the start of official competition, but the first two weeks present a tough schedule ahead of the first break for internationals. After entertaining Levante, FCB face tricky journeys to Malaga and Valencia and also play Atlético Madrid for the first official trophy of the season, the Spanish Supercup.

Barca's centre-back conundrum - ESPN FC
The search for a solution to this teaser has continued during each subsequent transfer window. This summer, Barcelona's former coach, Tito Vilanova, his successor, Gerardo Martino, the club's sporting director, Andoni Zubizarreta, and the club's president, Sandro Rosell, have been putting their heads together.

The Barça Museum, an unmissable icon of the city this summer | FC Barcelona
The best place to learn about the history and values of FC Barcelona is undoubtedly the club museum. Located on the Camp Nou premises, it offers fans the unique opportunity to view dozens of trophies and see first-hand why Barça is ‘more than a club’. A visit to the FCB Museum is an unforgettable experience that uses the very latest technology to display the club’s history in interactive and sensorial fashion.

Levante: New faces but the same style of football | FC Barcelona
The first la Liga opponent for Tata Martino’s Barça is a new-look Levante side that will come to the Camp Nou after a busy summer. The main change has been on the manager’s bench where the experienced Joaquín Caparrós has taken over from Juan Ignacio Martínez at the Ciutat de Valencia stadium.

Liga - Spanish transfer gossip: City continue pursuit of Pepe - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
Marca have claimed that Manuel Pellegrini is desperate to sign the Portugal international after the injury to Matija Nastasic. The youngster is set to miss at least the next six weeks, and the Premier League side are keen to bolster their defence. City have named the 30-year-old as their prime target for this transfer window, however the Santiago Bernabeu team are not willing to sell.

Granero's La Real switch imminent | Football Espana
Esteban Granero’s proposed loan move from Queens Park Rangers to Real Sociedad could be completed by the weekend. Reports in several Spanish media outlets have claimed that the English side have come to an agreement with La Real, that will see the midfielder join Jagoba Arrasate’s side for the next season.

Villarreal agree Paulista deal | Football Espana
Villarreal have announced they have reached agreement to sign central defender Gabriel Paulista from Vitoria de Bahia. The 22-year-old is still to undergo a medical, reports the club’s official website, and is due to pen a five-year deal at El Madrigal on arrival from Brazil, although the date of his presentation has yet to be announced.

Javi Marquez makes Elche switch | Football Espana
Elche have reached agreement with Real Mallorca for the season-long loan of midfielder Javi Marquez, without an option to buy. The former Espanyol man joined the Islanders 12 months ago, with Sergio Tejera moving in the opposite direction, and recently announced his intention to continue with the club following last season’s relegation.

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