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FC Barcelona News: 21 August 2013; 19 Players Travel to Madrid for Supercopa, Ibrahim Afellay To Undergo Surgery

Dean Mouhtaropoulos

Afellay to undergo surgery on Thursday | FC Barcelona
Ibrahim Afellay will undergo surgery on Thursday August 22 for the chronic injury to his anterior rectus muscle in his right thigh. Surgery will be performed by doctors Antoni Dalmau and Ricard Pruna at Hospital de Barcelona. The club will be making a medical statement after the operation.

19-man squad named ahead of Atlético Madrid clash | FC Barcelona
Barça completed its final training session ahead to tomorrow’s Spanish Super Cup showdown with Atlético Madrid. Gerardo Martino’s men, including Dani Alves, trained at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper this afternoon. The Brazilian right back missed yesterday’s session due to a knock he picked up on his left ankle.

Atlético Madrid – FC Barcelona: Clash of champions | FC Barcelona
The second official match of the season is shaping up to be an exciting one. Atlético Madrid and FC Barcelona will face off at the Vicente Calderón (23.00, La 1 and TV3) in the away leg of the Spanish Super Cup. The match is chock full of interesting tidbits, like David Villa’s reunion with his former team-mates or Tata Martino and Neymar Jr’s first official match away from the Camp Nou.

Martino on tomorrow's Super Cup match against Atlético Madrid: "It's an extremely difficult test" | FC Barcelona
Tata Martino will lead his men for the first time in a final when Barça take on Atlético Madrid tomorrow night in the Spanish Super Cup. "The aspirations and obligations of managing Barça always mean you have to win, we will try to do a good job in order to win the title," explained the manager.

David Villa traditionally strong against FC Barcelona | FC Barcelona
On Wednesday, Villa will be welcoming his former colleagues to the Vicente Calderón for the Spanish Supercup match, where he’ll be defending the colours of his new club, Atlético Madrid. It will be the first time he has faced his old side since joining the mattress-makers in the summer.

Can David Villa and Atletico take their chance vs. Barca? - ESPN FC
All of this provides the context why it's hugely important for Diego Simeone's team, whether they win the Spanish Supercup or not, to make it hard for Barca to play them again and not to ship in crazy, dopey goals -- ideally, this also means that they do actually lift the silverware at the Camp Nou a week on Wednesday.

Super Cup: Atlético Madrid-FC Barcelona, did you know... | FC Barcelona
Of the ten titles Barça has won, eight of them saw the Blaugrana start the competition away from home (1983, 1991, 1994, 2005, 2006, 2010, and 2011). In the 1992 and 1996 editions, Barça started the tournament at home.

Martino v Simeone: First ever meeting | FC Barcelona
Gerardo ‘Tata’ Martino and Diego Pablo Simeone. Two Argentinian managers who have made history on their country’s benches, but who have never faced each other in a match. But all that will end on Wednesday when they meet in the Spanish Supercup 2013 first leg at the Vicente Calderón.

Sorín: "Barça's debut was a lesson in football" | FC Barcelona
Juan Pablo Sorín, who played for FC Barcelona from January to July 2003, visited the Ciutat Esportiva on Monday and also spoke to Barça TV and about Barça’s "spectacular start to the league. It was a lesson in football. The first half will go down in history."

Sergio Juste to undergo knee surgery | FC Barcelona
Sergio Juste picked up an injury to the ACL of his right knee. The Barça B player broke the knee plasty that he received when he underwent surgery seven months ago. The player picked up the injury during this morning’s training session.

Spain’s financial plight feeds Madrid-Barca duopoly | Pitchside Europe - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
Three minutes. That’s how long it took Barcelona to score against Levante – 82 minutes less than when the clubs last met in March. Then, Levante frustrated and the game was a contest. On Sunday, in 29 degree heat, Barça were four up after 26 minutes on the way to a 7-0 victory, with the goals shared between five players rather than Messi.

Lyon 0-2 Real Sociedad: Sublime Griezmann goal puts Spaniards in control of the tie -
Real Sociedad put one foot in the Champions League group stages with a superb 2-0 victory away to 10-man Olympique Lyonnais on Tuesday. The Spanish outfit put on a classy display of fluent attacking football at Stade Gerland, leaving their Ligue 1 hosts an uphill task to turn the tie around in the return leg of their play-off at the Estadio Municipal de Anoeta on August 28.

Casillas position as Spain and Madrid number one in doubt - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
The 32-year-old goalkeeper, long-standing captain for both club and country, saw Diego Lopez surprisingly chosen ahead of him at home to Real Betis on Sunday, Ancelotti's competitive debut at the helm. Casillas was dropped and then suffered a bone fracture in his hand which kept him sidelined for a number of weeks under Jose Mourinho last season. When he returned from injury, January transfer window signing Lopez remained first choice.

Analysis: Could Real Madrid icon Casillas really join Barcelona? | Pitchside Europe - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
Casillas’s future at Madrid first looked shaky last season when he fell out with Jose Mourinho and spent much of the season on the bench, with Diego Lopez taking his place in a move that was interpreted as a classic Mourinho power play.

Aly Cissokho joins Liverpool on season-long loan from Valencia - ESPN FC
Liverpool have confirmed the signing of left-back Aly Cissokho from Valencia on a season-long loan, subject to paperwork. Cissokho, 25, has become Reds manager Brendan Rodgers’ fifth summer signing after passing a medical on Tuesday.

Arsenal buckle over Guaita price -
Arsenal have ended talks with Valencia over the possible signing of Vicente Guaita after being put off by the Spanish side's €20 million valuation of the goalkeeper. Gunners' chief negotiator Dick Law flew to Spain on Tuesday to discuss a move for the 26-year-old shot-stopper, but talks broke down over the fee late last night and Law will return to London on Wednesday.

Valencia close to completing deal for Colombia's Pabon - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
The 25-year-old forward, who played part of last season on loan with La Liga side Real Betis, will come in to help fill the gap left by the sale of Roberto Soldado to Tottenham Hotspur. "Pabon will be a Valencia player as we have deposited his buy-out clause of $10 million (£6.38m) ," Valencia president Amadeo Salvo told a news conference. "In his contract, it literally says if a club pays $10 million, they (Monterrey) will let him go and they will put up no type of opposition.

Unai Emery keen to keep Geoffrey Kondogbia at Sevilla | Sky Sports
Sevilla coach Unai Emery has again stressed his desire to keep Geoffrey Kondogbia at the club and says only a big-money offer will change his mind. Kondogbia has impressed since signing from Lens at the start of last season and has been linked with a move away this summer.

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