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FC Barcelona News: 7 August 2013; Dani Alves Interviewed by RAC 1, Jordi Alba Impressed by Gerardo Martino

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Alves: Barcelona 'need' Fabregas - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
Alves explained: "Cesc's is a different case. He has already left here once. He left the club, made a name for himself and then returned. He wasn't at his best at the end of last season but we were all the same. "Football is a collective sport and you cannot look for scapegoats. If he decides to stay here, I'll be delighted to continue having him as a team-mate. The squad respects him a lot."

Messi, nominated for UEFA Player of the Year | FC Barcelona
Leo Messi has been named one of the three nominees for the UEFA player of the year award 2012/13. The official announcement on Tuesday also revealed the other two candidates: Real Madrid and Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo and France and Bayern Munich’s Franck Ribéry.

Jordi Alba impressed with Martino's ideas | FC Barcelona
Jordi Alba spoke to the media after the second training session in Bangkok. This is his first tour with Barça, and he has noticed the training here is just as intensive as it would have been in Barcelona. "We are working hard" he said. "True, those of us who were at the Confederations Cup have only played half a game, but I think we’re OK. We’re working hard despite the heat and humidity."

Last training in Bangkok | FC Barcelona
The Thai Army Stadium was the venue for the last Barça training session in Thailand on Wednesday morning. Tata Martino and his men were making the final preparations for the friendly tonight against the Thai national team. The session took place behind closed doors.

15,000 fans follow this evening's session | FC Barcelona
This was the first session open to the public since the team arrived to Thailand on Monday. Some of the attendees who attended today’s session bought tickets, while others were invited by the match promoter and the sponsoring businesses. In addition, some of the fans who purchased tickets for tomorrow’s match also got to follow this evening’s session.

Day 2: The 2013 Asia Tour blog | FC Barcelona
Two training session, Tata Martino’s press conference, two promotional events, another FC Barcelona Foundation event and individual interviews with a few of the players ... It was a busy day to say the least. Here's an overview of Barça's second day in Bangkok:

Video: FC Barcelona's second day of the 2013 Asia Tour | FC Barcelona
The FC Barcelona players trained twice this Tuesday and they attended various events around Bangkok. Mess and Pinto attended an FC Barcelona Foundation and UNICEF event, while Neymar, Piqué and Alexis were at a Nike event.

How Ronaldo & Mourinho's relationship deteriorated at Real Madrid - Goal.com
It was an iconic image. Cristiano Ronaldo raced towards the touchline, held his arms out wide and launched himself into an emotional embrace with Jose Mourinho. Cameras flashed, fans applauded and replays ran as Real Madrid's star player and coach connected in a show of strength and unity while the world was watching. But was it real?

Match Report: Everton 0-1 Valencia - Goal.com
Valencia produced a dominant performance despite only managing a 1-0 win over Everton in the International Champions Cup on Tuesday. A 52nd-minute goal from Michel was all that separated the teams at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, where Valencia sealed fifth place at the pre-season friendly tournament.

Athletic-Osasuna moved to Anoeta - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
Los Leones confirmed on Tuesday that the match against Los Rojillos will not be played at Nuevo San Mames because the recently-built ground will not be ready. The stadium is now set to be officially unveiled on September 15 for the home match against Celta Vigo.