Jordi Alba's debut, David Villa's return, the signing of Todorovic, an overview of the Barça B pre-season, or Barça Intersport's training day at Encamp... these are but a few of the news-worthy stories of the week
In FC Barcelona’s fourth pre-season friendly, against Manchester United, Tito Vilanova sent out his newest player, Jordi Alba. The manager subbed in the left back on 66 minutes. In addition to defending, Alba showed off his attacking abilities as thundered down the left wing on various occasions.
‘El Guaje’ has returned to competitive football after nearly eight months since he broke the tibia in his left leg. Vilanova subbed the forward in for Sergio Roberto on the 73rd minute against Dinamo Bucharest. After the match, the Spaniard said that “I have to be patient, I’ve been away for a long time. My goal is to improve on a daily basis.”
The end of the 2012/13 pre-season
FC Barcelona closed out the 2012/13 pre-season after this week’s games against Manchester United and Dinamo Bucharest. The players have one week to prepare for the first official match of the season. Here's a look back at FC Barcelona's pre-season.
Gold for Sorhaindo in the Olympic Games
The Frenchman won the gold medal after his country edged Sweden by 22-21 in the handball final of the Olympic Games. Sorhaindo is the seventh gold medalist for Barça in the history of the Club. Sjostrand and Jernemyr won silver, and Navarro and Sada, playing for the Spainsh national basketball team, also won silver.