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It’s not ok to do this during a match: During the warm-up yesterday in the match against Villarreal was Neymar signing autographs. He is now fined 6000 euros by Luis Enrique. The money will go to charity. /Admin

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Mixed notices after Villarreal – Barca 0-1

The match ended with victory for FC Barcelona 0-1 against Villarreal in el Madrigal. Goal scorer was Sandro in minute 82. He replaced Pedro in the second half, in minute 69. . . Sandro: “Luis Enrique is a great coach […]

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Barca starting lineup against Villarreal

FC Barcelona starting lineup against Villarreal in el Madrigal looks as follows: Bravo Alves – Pique – Mathieu – Alba Rakitic – Sergio – Rafinha Munir – Messi – Pedro Substitutes: Masip, Montoya, Bartra, Xavi, Sergi Roberto, Neymar and Sandro […]

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Villarreal – FC Barcelona August 31 19:00 CET

Tonight it’s time for the first away match for the season 2014/15. FC Barcelona has travelled to Villarreal this Sunday by train. Iniesta is absent due to injury and Mascherano is suspended meanwhile Neymar has got medical ok. This may […]

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Squad to Villarreal

Squad to Villarreal looks as follows: Bravo Masip Alves Montoya Bartra Pique Mathieu Alba Busquets Rakitic Xavi Roberto Rafinha Pedro Munir Messi Sandro Neymar Injured: Iniesta, Vermaelen & Ter Stegen. Suspended: Mascherano & Suarez. Available but not called: Adriano, Douglas. […]

 

Neymar Jr

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It’s not ok to do this during a match:

During the warm-up yesterday in the match against Villarreal was Neymar signing autographs.

He is now fined 6000 euros by Luis Enrique. The money will go to charity.

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Mixed notices after Villarreal – Barca 0-1

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The match ended with victory for FC Barcelona 0-1 against Villarreal in el Madrigal.

Goal scorer was Sandro in minute 82.

He replaced Pedro in the second half, in minute 69.

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Sandro: “Luis Enrique is a great coach who counts on the youth players a lot and we try to take advantage.”

Sandro: “I’m happy from the personal aspect but above all, the work done by the team.”

Sandro: “It was a great play by Messi and luckily I scored the goal.”

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The Villarreal player Jaume Costa dug his heels into the buttock of Dani Alves. The Brazilian tried to show it to the referee, but instead he got a yellow card (!). Notable is that the referee didn’t admonish Costa for that action.

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Luis Enrique: “We missed chances we normally don’t miss, Villarreal had the same problem. I think the condition of the pitch had an influence”

Luis Enrique: “Alves played a spectacular second half. I didn’t like his protesting though. But he went forward a million times.”

Luis Enrique: “I’m very satisfied with the players’ attitude from the first day. Our game still has to improve, but they are incredibly motivated.”

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Barca starting lineup against Villarreal

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FC Barcelona starting lineup against Villarreal in el Madrigal looks as follows:
Bravo
Alves – Pique – Mathieu – Alba
Rakitic – Sergio – Rafinha
Munir – Messi – Pedro

Substitutes: Masip, Montoya, Bartra, Xavi, Sergi Roberto, Neymar and Sandro

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Villarreal – FC Barcelona August 31 19:00 CET

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Tonight it’s time for the first away match for the season 2014/15. FC Barcelona has travelled to Villarreal this Sunday by train. Iniesta is absent due to injury and Mascherano is suspended meanwhile Neymar has got medical ok.

This may open up for Bartra and Sergi Roberto in tonight’s match. In Villarreal we can see three former Barca players: Gio and Jonathan Dos Santos and Espinosa.

The pitch in el Madrigal doesn’t look very good, but we wish to see that Barca can do their best despite this. (see pic)

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Squad to Villarreal

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Squad to Villarreal looks as follows: Bravo Masip Alves Montoya Bartra Pique Mathieu Alba Busquets Rakitic Xavi Roberto Rafinha Pedro Munir Messi Sandro Neymar

Injured: Iniesta, Vermaelen & Ter Stegen.
Suspended: Mascherano & Suarez.
Available but not called: Adriano, Douglas.

Alex Song was not training this morning, with permission from the club. Talks about his transfer are ongoing.

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Andres Iniesta will not travel to Villarreal

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Andres Iniesta will not travel to Villarreal tomorrow for the match in round 2 in La Liga.

He will nor be with the Spanish selection in their two upcoming friendlies. This due to some injury.

We have at the moment no information about what kind of injury it is.

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Douglas Pereira’s first officialpress conference

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Douglas: “I am really happy to be here. I am really looking forward to train with my new team-mates”

Douglas: “I have been dreaming of playing for Barcelona since I was a kid”

Douglas: “Dani Alves is a great player. It is really difficult… to compare. I have always wanted to be like him”

Douglas: “I will work really hard. I feel ready”

Douglas: “I had some offerts to come to European football before, but I stayed at Sao Paulo”

Douglas: “I didn’t know Sergio Busquets used to wear the number ’16′ ”

Douglas: “I join training tomorrow. Physically, I’m fine. I’ll do what the coach asks from me.”

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Ivan Rakitic

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Rakitic: “Villareal is a very strong team in every single part of the game”

Rakitic: “Luis Enrique asks me to shot from the out of the area, that’s my style”

Rakitic: “There is no such thing as an easy game at the champions League”

Rakitic: “I don’t know Douglas, but I trust the team and hope he will give a lot to the team”

Rakitic: “I’m here to improve and I’m doing it with the best players of the world”

Rakitic: “Every player wants to play, but in the end the coach decides who does”

Rakitic: “I can’t dribble like Messi or pass like Xavi or Iniesta but I can bring other things to the team.”

Rakitic: “We all know what kind of player and person is Xavi, he is an idol”

Rakitic: “I’m looking forward to playing in the CL instead of watching it on television.”

Rakitic: “Di Maria and Alonso leaving Real Madrid? You have to respect their decisions for leaving.”

Rakitic: “I’m not surprised about Munir’s quality. From the first day I arrived, he’s a top quality player. He’ll bring us lots of joy.”

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Douglas: “Barça is not different from Sao Paulo, It is also a big club and is used to be champion, I’m prepared.”

Douglas: “I’m very happy, I will go to a big club, where every player wants to be. I hope I don’t disappoint anybody.”

Douglas: “I haven’t had the opportunity to talk to Alves, Adriano or Neymar because I don’t know them personally. We haven’t met yet.”

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Luis Suarez

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:“When Barça was interested in me, I didn’t hesitate. Other teams were interested and I turned them down.”

Luis Suarez :“My presentation? I was nervous and embarrassed. I thought it would be a regular one, but I was thrilled with the ovation.”

Luis Suarez :“This challenge of playing for Barça, to share the field with these great players were things I was looking forward to.”

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Douglas Pereira

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FC Barcelona and the Brazilian club Sao Paulo FC have reach an initial agreement for the transfer of the 24 year old Douglas Pereira. The for Barca will be 4 million euros another one and a half million in performance variables based om game blocks.

At the end of this week Douglas will travel to Barcelona for medical examination and after that sign his contract and be officially presented.

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Mixed short notices August 26

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Bartomeu, Zubizarreta and Luis Enrique will today decide on the strategy to follow in the last seven days of the transfer market. The board will also decide if there will be any more signings or if they should risk that they may not be able to sign during 18 months if the punishment from FIFA will take place.

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Last time Xavi didn’t play in Barca’s Liga opening game was 8 years ago. It was in the 2-3 loss against Celta in season 2006/07.

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Three representatives from FC Barcelona has travelled to Sao Paulo to close the transfer of Douglas Pereira dos Santos The cost of the deal will be about 6 million euros. The 24 year Douglas will get a contract until 2019. With this signing will Luis Enrique have three options to the right side of the defense: Alves, Martin Montoya and Douglas.

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Today it’s 3 years since Barca won the European Supercup in Monaco against Porto by 2-0.

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Training and match schedule 25-31 August

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Upcoming week’s training and match schedule:

Monday 25 August
Rest Day

Tuesday 26 August
10.30 AM CET Training session at Ciutat Esportiva

Wednesday 27 August
10.30 AM CET Training session at Ciutat Esportiva

Thursday 28 August
10.30 AM CET Training session at Ciutat Esportiva

Friday 29 August
10.30 AM CET Training session at Ciutat Esportiva

Saturday 30 August
10.30 AM CET Training session at Ciutat Esportiva

Sunday 31 August
19.00 CET La Liga match, Villareal v Barça, at el Madrigal Stadium

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Mixed notices after Barca-Elche 3-0

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The match ended with a victory for FC Barcelona and Luis Enrique. Barca won by 3-0 against Elche.
Messi scored 1-0 in minute 41, Munir 2-0 in minute 46 and Messi 3-0 in minute 63.
In minute 43, Javier Mascherano got RED CARD. The referee said he was the last man as he collides with an Elche attacker on the break. Barca will now play with 10 players rest of the match.
Lionel Messi has now on 106 official matches for FC Barcelona on Sunday’s scored 106 goals.

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FC Barcelona made three substitutions. At halftime Rafinha went off and Bartra came on. In minute 66 Pedro in and Munir out. Munir got standing ovation from the Camp Nou crowd (!!). In minute 77 Iniesta out and Sergi Roberto in.
With just 18 years and 357 days, Munir is the youngest player ever to score a goal in the first round of La Liga. Awesome for this player who just five months ago played in Juvenil A.

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Munir: “I’m very happy with my debut, team win and my goal. It’s an honor to score here at Camp Nou and to play alongside Messi…”

Munir: “What did Luis Enrique say when I was substituted? He said that I should continue to work hard and to get better.”

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Starting lineup against Elche

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FC Barcelona’s starting lineup in the season’s first match in La Liga against Elche in Camp Nou:

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Alves. Mascherano, Mathieu, Alba
Rakitic, Sergio, Iniesta
Rafinha, Messi, Munir

Substitutes: Masip, Montoya, Bartra, Xavi, Sergi Roberto, Pedro and Sandro

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Squad for tonight’s match against Elche

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FC Barcelona will receive Elche in Camp Nou at 21:00 CET tonight.

This morning Luis Enrique has named a squad consisting of 18 players to the match against Elche tonight. Neymar will not play due to his sprained ankle. Furthermore are not Ter Stegen, Vermaelen and Adriano not due to various injuries. Suarez and Pique are suspended. Song is not named due to technical reasons. There will be two players from Barca B in the squad, Sandro and Munir. Pedro got medical ok and is included in the squad.

The squad will then looks as follows: Bravo, Masip, Montoya, Bartra, Alves, Mathieu, Mascherano, Alba, Sergio, Xavi, Iniesta, Rakitic, Sergi Roberto, Rafinha, Pedro, Munir, Messi and Sandro.

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Mixed short notices August 23

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Friday’s training involved a total of 25 players whereof 4 from Barca B. Neymar was not participating due to the ankle injury he got yesterday.

One positive news was that Thomas Vermaelen trained for the first time on grass, but not with the group but with Pedro. Ter Stegen continued with his recovery work. Adriano participated partially with the group.

From Barca B was Munir, Sandro, Samper and Adama attending.
Next training will be tomorrow, Saturday, at 10:30 and later will Luis Enrique speak at a press Conference.

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Munir: “Return to B-team? I’d be ready for it, no problem. Did the same last year when I played with B-team and then returned to Juvenil.”

Munir: “I felt good during the game against Club Leon. Very happy to have played at the Camp Nou and to have scored twice.”

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Barcelona wanted to make a 60M offer for Real Madrid player Angel Di Maria but Florentino Perez refused to negotiate a possible sale

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Mixed short notices

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Most Barcelona LIGA goals (current squad):
Of the current FC Barcelona squad have these players scored most La Liga goals:
Messi 243
Xavi 56
Pedro 52
Iniesta 33
Alves 14
Pique 12
Adriano and Neymar Jr 9

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FC Barcelona have scored 3+ goals in 911 of their 2648 La Liga games, that’s equal to 34%

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Moreover FC Barcelona have scored 5 goals in a single La Liga game 130 times – MANITA

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Mixed short notices August 21

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On Thursday morning’s training session were 20 players from the first team and 4 from Barca B participating.

Thomas Vermaelen and Marc Andre Ter Stegen continued with their specific training due to their injuries and Adriano war partially training with the group. Pedro was off due to stomach problems.

From Barca B were Munir, Samper, Sandro and Grimaldo participating in this training session.

There will be one more training today at 18:30.

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Luis Suárez will pay the 82,000 euros fine out of his pocket for biting Giorgio Chiellini during the World Cup.

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Transfer rumour:
Borrusia Dortmund have offered winger Marco Reus (25) to Barcelona to avoid him joining the rivals Bayern Munich.

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Mixed short notices August 20

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Munir el Haddadi, from Barca B, is a real promising player. In Monday’s match in Camp Nou he one more time showed his skills when he scored two goals in the Joan Gamper Trophy match against the Mexican Leon.

He was at the right place at the right time so to say.

Amazing.. for such a young player.

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FIFA reject appeal of Barcelona against transfer ban, Barcelona won’t be able to sign players in the next two transfer windows

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Friendlies for Brazil, Chile and Argentia

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Neymar is called up by Brazil’s international team’s new coach, Dunga to the upcoming friendlies against Colombia and Ecuador. It was against Colombia in the world Cup in Brazil this summer Neymar was injured. Notable is that there was no place on the list for Dani Alves.
Brazil-Colombia will be played in Miami, September 4 and Brazil-Ecuador will be played in New Jersey on September 9.

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Chile, with the Barca goal keeper Claudio Bravo, will meet Mexico and Haiti in friendlies on September 6 and September 9.

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Messi and Mascherano will meet the World Champions Germany in Düsseldorf on September 3, a rerun of the final in the World Cup. It will be a tough task for Argentina and their new coach, Tata Martino.

Barca starting lineup in Joan Gamper Trophy

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FC Barcelona starting lineuup in Joan Gamper Trophy against Leon:

Bravo, Rakitic, Sergio, Iniesta, Messi, Neymar, Rafinha, Mascherano, Jordi Alba, Dani Alves and Mathieu

Substitutes: Masip, Montoya, Piqué, Xavi, Luis Suárez, Bartra, Song and Sergi Roberto

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Upcoming week’s training- and match schedule

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Monday 18 August
10.30 CET:. Training in the Ciutat Esportiva
19.30 CET: Presentation of the first team squad in the Camp Nou
20.30 CET: 49th Joan Gamper Trophy, Barça – León FC in the Camp Nou

Tuesday 19 August
Rest day

Wednesday 20 August
10.30 CET: Training in the Ciutat Esportiva

Thursday 21 August
10.30 CET: Training in the Ciutat Esportiva
18.30 CET: Training in the Ciutat Esportiva

Friday 22 August
10.30 CET: Training in the Ciutat Esportiva

Saturday 23 August
10.30 CET: Training in the Ciutat Esportiva

Sunday 24 August
10.30 CET: Training in the Ciutat Esportiva
21:00 CET: League match, Barça – Elche in the Camp Nou

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Today’s training

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There was 21 players from the first team and 3 from Barca B participating on todya’s training session. Neymar and Xavi trained with the group but have not yet received medical ok. Adriano was partially participating.

Ter Stegen did specific work outside the group and Vermaelen was continuing with his physiotherapy.

The three players from Barca B who participated were Munir, Samper and Grimaldo.

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Javier Mascherano

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Javier Mascherano will renew his contract with FC Barcelona on August 26.

It’s an improved and extended contract and it is valid until June 30, 2018.

The buyout clause is set to 100 million euros.

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Luis Suarez interview

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Luis Suarez special interview for the club’s website after Today’s training :

Suarez : I am more than delighted to finally practice with the likes Lionel Messi, Neymar and Xavi under new coach Luis Enrique.

Suarez : “I am really happy to feel like a footballer again, and to be with my teammates. I just couldn’t wait to get started,” .

Suarez : “It was a situation that made me feel really uncomfortable. I’m paying for a mistake I made and one I have apologised for, but I have to forget about all this.”

* On his Presentation at the Camp Nou he Added *

Suarez : “Now I’ll just have to wait to play again, make contact with the fans, and feel the sensation of playing in a stadium like the Camp Nou,”.

Suarez : “I am very grateful to the club for all it has done for me over these last few weeks and days. They have been great with me and I appreciate it because I am realising my dream, to play for Barca.”.

Luis Suarez first training with Barca

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On today’s morning training session was Luis Suarez the main protagonist. He made his first training with his teammates in Barca. This was possible after the decision by CAS yesterday that he now can train with his club but he may not play any official matches until October 24.

Xavi and Bartra also participated in today’s training after having specific work in the last days. Neymar trained fully with the group despite not having got the medical ok yet. Adriano participated partially with the group while Vermaelen had continued with physiotherapy.

Deulofeu, who will be on loan to Sevilla this season, did not train with the group. From Barca B was Grimaldo, Samper, Sandro and Munir participating.

No pardon for Luis Suarez

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The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) announced today, Thursday, that the penalty is maintained (suspension 9 games with Uruguay FA and four months professional disqualification).

The difference is that he now could train with the team.

Deulofeu away from the club for another year….?

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Much points to that Deulofeu could be assigned to Sevilla in the coming days. The FC Barcelona coach, Luis Enrique believes that the striker is still not ready to have a place in the first team and that it will be better for him to play in another club where he can get more minutes. Deulofeu is the only player in the current squad who currently has no shirt number.

Deulofeu has not started any of the friendlies this summer and Luis Enrique has criticized the player by his lack of defensive intensity.

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Cruyff: “Barcelona have spent a lot of money, which always brings a lot of scrutiny, and we’ll have to see how it goes.”

Cruyff: “Barça have gone in a new direction and we have to give them the benefit of the doubt.”

Cruyff: “This year without winning anything, Messi gave strength but it’s hard being alone without support.”

Cruyff: “James is a terrific ballplayer. Barça always used to sign lots of ball players, but now Madrid have done so.”

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Thomas Vermaelen

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Vermaelen: “Puyol is a Barça legend. He was an incredible player. I’ll try to give the maximum effort.”

Vermaelen: “People speak very well about the city of Barcelona. I’m eager to know it myself.”

Vermaelen: “I have to settle and adapt myself, learn the language and to know the coach and other players.”

A D M I N

Comparing FC Barcelona – Real Madrid

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These madridistas saying that they have more trophies than us let’s teach them math

22 La liga + 26 Copa del rey + 11 super Copa De Espana +3 Copa Eva Duarte+ 2 Copa de la liga= 65 domestic trophies

4 UCL/European Cup + 3 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup + 4 European Cup Winners’ Cup + 4 European Super Cup / UEFA Super Cup= 15 European champions.

2 FIFA Club World Cup= 2 worldwide competitions

65+15=80 + 2= 82

Real Madrid= 32 La liga+ 19 Copa Del Rey + 9 Super Copa de Espana+ 1 Copa de liga + 1 Copa Eva Duarte= 62 Domestic

Europe= 10 UCL + 2 Uefa Cup + 1 Uefa Super cup= 13 European Champions

Worldwide= 3 Intercontinental cup= 3 WW Cups

62+13=75+3=78 leave them barking

Share it to all your madridista friends

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Mixed short notices August 11

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On Monday’s first training Luis Enrique had 21 players from the first team and 4 from Barca B.
Bartra made specific work. Vermaelen does physiotherapy. Samper, Munir, Grimaldo and Sandro are the B players who trained with the first team.
Xavi and Mathieu trained without having medical ok yet. Adriano and Neymar were partially training with the group.

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At the moment there are at least two players on each position in the team.

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On Monday evening’s training session were 18 players from the first team and 5 from Barca B participating.
Adriano, Xavi, Neymar and Bartra made specific work. Vermaelen continued with physiotherapy.
Mathieu trained with the group despite not getting medical clearance.
From Barca B were this evening Halilovic, Samper, Munir, Sandro and Grimaldo attending.

Mixed short notices August 10

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It is more in life than football……..

Luis Enrique likes cycling. On this Sunday morning he took the technical team psychologist Joaquin Valdes on a ride between the towns of Gava, Sant Climent, Begues and Sitges, a distance of som 50 kilometers.

Meanwhile was Thomas Vermaelen presented as a new player of FC Barcelona.
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The new number 23 in FC Barcelona: Thomas Vermaelen

Thomas Vermaelen will have two weeks of rehab training before he can start training with his teammates. He got a thigh muscle injury during the FIFA World Cup in Brazil this summer.

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Ibrahim Afellay will be on loan to the Greek club Olympiakos for the coming season 2014/15.

Thomas Vermaelen signed

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Vermaelen: “Very happy, excited to play for this beautiful club, one of the world’s bes. Many dream about playing here, I can do it now.”

Vermaelen: “I’ll play with the best players in the world, I feel honoured. It’s good for me too. I can improve training with them every day”

Vermaelen: “Pressure? I guess it’ll be like always. I played for Arsenal, there you also need to win every single game.”

Vermaelen: “It’s a different

Mixed short notices August 9

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FC Barcelona arrived yesterday to Helsinki. It was warm weather with 25 degrees welcoming the players to the Finnish capital.

According to media should Gerard Pique have thrown a stink bomb on the plane to Helsinki, a joke with VERY VERY BAD TASTE. They have to apologize to the other passengers.

The trip concluded with no problems. The players have now arrived to Hotel Kamp. Tomorrow they will play against HJK Helsinki at the Olympique stadium at 16:00 CET.

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The squad of 20 players to Helsinki looks as follows: Ter Stegen, Bravo, Masip, Montoya, Pique, Bartra, Alba, Sergio, Iniesta, Rakitic, Sergi Roberto, Rafinha, Pedro and Deulofeu, From Barca B: Halilovic, Samper, Edgar Ié, Sandro, Munir and Grimaldo.

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FC Barcelona first team bus, the design is inspired by the Barca anthem. It was shown for the first time today, when the players travelled to the airport for the flight to Finland and Helsinki.

Shirt number 12 and 20

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It’s now official that:
Rafinha will wear shirt number 12
and Sergi Roberto shirt number 20.

Now it’s only Gerard Deulofeu who don’t know his shirt number for the upcoming season

Mixed notices from the match SSC Napoli-FC Barcelona

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Barca lost the match away in Geneva against Napoli by 1-0 after an error from the newly signed goal keeper Claudio Bravo.

Claudio Bravo made his debut in Barca against Napoli. The Chilean goal keeper played the whole match from start. As he said before this match at the press conference he didn’t think that this game is decisive in the choice to pick the regular goalkeeper for the season.

Barca started the match with Rakitic, Sergio and Iniesta together in the midfield. Sergio was always in position to help get the ball moving forwards. Sometimes he also helped the central defenders Pique and Bartra. That opened up for the full backs Montoya and Alba.

Luis Enrique picked out Munir to the starting eleven for the first time. In front he played with Pedro and Rafinha. He was replaced by Sandro late in the match.

Rafinha had the role as “false 9″ for the second match in a row. In the match against Nice he had the same role.

Barca lineup against SSC Napoli August 6, 20:00 CET

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FC Barcelona will have the following starting lineup against SSC Napoli:
Bravo,
Montoya, Piqué, Bartra, Alba,
Sergio, Rakitic, Iniesta,
Rafinha, Munir and Pedro

Medical tests, training & travel

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This Wednesday morning Leo Messi, Javier Mascherano, Dani Alves and Neymar Jr passed the medical routine checks.

The players who weren’t named for the trip to Geneva, Afellay, Song and Adriano, trained at Ciutat Esportiva. Xavi, Mathieu and Patric did specific work apart from the others.

The rest of the squad has left for the trip to Geneva where they tonight will meet SSC Napoli tonight at 20:00 CET.

Andres Iniesta & Gerard Pique

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FC Barcelona’s third game of the preseason is against Italian outfit Napoli on Wednesday night in Geneva. The side that finished third in Serie A last season will play in the Champions League this season if they win their qualifying match, and at least on paper will provide the sternest test yet for Luis Enrique’s new-look squad. “We are now working very hard towards the new season and the match against Napoli in Geneva on August 6 is very important for us” said Andrés Iniesta. “We look forward to playing in Geneva against this great team.”

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Gerard Piqué adds that “This is an important match for us in Geneva. FC Napoli is a great team, and we respect them a lot. It’s going to be a very tough, competitive match. I look forward to discovering the Stade de Genève and the Swiss fans. I hope that there’ll be plenty of fans supporting Barça.”

Spain played a friendly against Chile in the Swiss stadium last September 10, but Piqué didn’t appear in the match. As he was suspended for the next World Cup qualifier, manager Vicente del Bosque decided that it didn’t make much sense including him in the team for the friendly either. But Barça’s Jordi Alba and Xavi Hernández did feature in the 2-2 draw against the side captained by another player who’ll be returning to the venue for the second time in less than a year, goalkeeper Claudio Bravo.

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Xavi Hernandez

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Xavi: “If I’ve been benched now, it might be easier to accept it this season. Luis Enrique have talked clearly to me. I’m here to help the team the way I can”

Xavi: “I have a contract for two more seasons, in that perspective nothing has changed.”

Xavi: “The fact that I stayed didn’t had anything to do with any signing”

Xavi: “I didn’t feel useful, I was really sad”

Xavi: “I think psychologists are key in football, the state of mind is very important”

Xavi: “Last season was disappointing for me, but Luis Enrique and Zubizarreta convinced me to come back”

Xavi: “I’m still competitive, it was a primary decision to leave”

Xavi: “I will be the player that gives everything for my team this season, I hope to be useful”

Xavi: “I hope fans the understand my old decision of leaving the club, I was not feeling good”

Xavi: “My stage in Spain’s national team is over now”

Xavi: “Messi is still the best player of the world”

Xavi: “We voted this morning for captain, The important thing is the group. I would be glad to be one of the captains ”

Xavi: “I’m feeling great, I’m very happy for my final decision”

Xavi: “Suarez’ signing is great, he is one of the best strikers of the world and also a good person”

The squad against SSC Napoli August 6, 20:00 CET

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Luis Enrique will take 22 players to the match on Wednesday, August 6, against SSC Napoli in Genève. This will be the third match during the preseason.

The squad will consist of the following players: Ter Stegen, Bravo, Masip, Montoya, Bartra, Pique, Alba, Sergio, Iniesta, Sergi Roberto, Rakitic, Rafinha Deulofeu, Pedro, Edgar Ié, Grimaldo, Samper, Halilovic, Adama, Munir, Sandro and Bagnack.

Xavi and Mathieu will not travel due to injuries. Messi, Mascherano and Alves will make the medical examination on Wednesday and Neymar will continue his rehab process.

The remaining players back to training

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Tuesday morning training session saw the four remaining players, Messi, Mascherano, Alves and Neymar Jr, participating. This was their first training with the new coach Luis Enrique.

Xavi and Mathieu mad specific work outside the group. Neymar will be assessed by the Medical Service to see how his back injury, which he got in the World Cup in Brazil against Colombia, has progressed.

Messi, Mascherano, Alves and Neymar will train at Ciutat Esportiva this afternoon, while the rest of the group will have the afternoon off.

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Mixed notices Monday August 4

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On the evening session at Ciutat Esportiva there were 24 players participating, including those 8 players from Barca B that have been working with the first team for the last week.
Three players who trained this morning were absent. Adriano and Mathieu had made specific work and Xavi was not attending due to straining his left calf on the morning session.

Xavi will appear before the press on Tuesday, August 5 at 12:00, to explain his decision to continue with Barca.

Rafinha will wear shirt number 12 this season 2014/15

Monday and back to training

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This Monday it was back to work for the first team. 27 players were participating in the training this morning at Ciudad Deportiva. It was 19 from the first team an 8 from Barca B,

Alex Song was back in training after been off for family reasons, Montoya who got a blow to his right ankle and was substituted in Saturday’s match could exercise normally.

Another big news was that Adriano was doing some work with his teammates.

There will be another training session this evening 18:30 CET at Ciudad Deportiva.

Player comments after OGC Nice-FC Barcelona 1-1

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Bartra: It’s a good feeling after the game. Mathieu did it well, he adapts quickly. Xavi has already shown what he can. We will get better and better.

Samper: It was a good feeling out there and I feel really good now. Busquets has always been my role model. I try to learn everything from him. We were better in the second half. It is incredible to play next to Xavi. I think Halilovic will become a very vital part of FC Barcelona shortly.

Deulofeu: Luis Enrique has told me to think more defensively. It’s tough right now with much practice and games, but I know I can handle. We all know that Luis Enrique has a crystal clear idea and eventually it will come even to us … !!

Johan Neeskens made debut in Barca 40 years ago

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Today it was 40 years since Johan Neeskens made his debut in FC Barcelona, August 3 1974. .

His first game was the inauguration of Hercules arena the José Rico Pérez stadium in Alicante. It was a match between the newly promoted Hercules against the La Liga champions season 73/74, FC Barcelona. Barca won the match by 4-0 and the goals was scored by Rexach, Asensi, Cruyff and Pérez.

Johan Neeskens played the whole second half of the match.

OGC Nice – FC Barcelona ended 1-1

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FC Barcelona starting lineup against OGC Nice:
Ter Stegen, Montoya, Piqué, Mathieu, Alba, Sergio, Rafinha, Iniesta, Sergi Roberto, Adama and Pedro

Nice lead by 1-0 at halftime. It was 59% possession for Barca in the first half, but Nice had more shots.

Montoya left the field after 36 minutes due to ankle injury. Patric replaced him. Still waiting for the report regarding the extent of the injury it seemed serious enough to keep the player a few days away from the pitch

The match between OGC Nice and FC Barcelona ended 1-1. Both goals were scored on penalties. Xavi scored the penalty for Barca in minute 69.

Barca had the possession with 62% and Nice 38%.

FC Barcelona used all players except Afellay and the two goal keepers Claudio Bravo and Jordi Masip.

Iniesta was captain in the first half, Xavi in the second half.

OGC Nice – FC Barcelona, August 2 at 20:45

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FC Barcelona will meet OGC Nice in France tonight at 20:45 CET.

It will surely be a special night for in particular four players. The new signings Bravo, Rakitic and Mathieu could make their debut with Barca in this match, so could also Rafinha do after returning to Barca from Celta. Rafinha was injured and unable to play the match against Recreativo de Huelva.

Pique, Alba, Sergio, Xavi, Iniesta and Pedro will play their first match since they return from the World Cup in Brazil. That means that the only players yet to get the 2014/15 season under way, apart from the suspended Luis Suarez are Alves, Mascherano, Neymar and Messi who all still are on holiday. Song left the summit in Birmingham due to family reasons.