Ter Stegen, Vermaelen and Neymar back in training

Ter Stegen, Vermaelen and Neymar back in training

Tuesday’s session at the Ciutat Esportiva included a group of 23 players. Marc-André ter Stegen, Neymar Jr and Thomas Vermaelen made an appearance on the training ground but worked out separately from the group. Brazillian full back Adriano Correia was able to spend part of the session with the rest of the squad.  Barça B youngsters Munir El Haddadi, Sandro Ramírez and Sergi Samper joined the session.

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The Front: Mundo Deportivo (27.8.2014)

the front MD aug 27 2014

DOUGLAS: YES

Barça closed the Brazilian’s deal for five seasons and paid 5.5 million

CUADRADO: NO

The reason he’s discarded is sporting: The Columbian didn’t want to play as a winger

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The Front: Sport (27.8.2014)

the front sport aug 27 2014

PRESSURE FOR NEYMAR

After touching the ball again, he could return for Villarreal and leave his injury ordeal behind 

Munir is pressing him and, after a year of adaptation, Ney should offer the best of his repertoire

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Cartoon of the Day: Sport

Cartoon of the Day: Sport

SIMEONE: “They were not very smart to suspend me for eight games. Now they have to deal with the monkey.”

BURGOS: “And I won’t give them two little taps… I will take off their head”

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Picture of the day: El Jefecito

Picture of the day: El Jefecito

Look at Javier Mascherano: Doesn’t he just exude strength, confidence and total belief in his team? Going into the first season without Carles Puyol holding things together with his giant blaugrana heart, I feel better knowing that El Jefecito will be with the team for four more years.

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Mascherano signs contract extension

Mascherano signs contract extension

Javier Mascherano, who joined FC Barcelona  in 2010, has extended his contract on Tuesday after signing a four-year deal which will end in 2018. The contract has a buy-out clause of €100 million with an option to extend a further year. Barça’s official website also reported that the deal was negotiated and agreed to before the World Cup, where Javier Mascherano proved his worth with his memorable heroics for Argentina.

“I’m committed to this club until the final day of the contract.” said the 30-year-old.“I hope I can live up to expectations of the club. I’m really happy to be in this great club and be part of a squad with such great players. Let’s hope things go really well for us this season. We’re looking forward to this season after some difficult times last campaign.”

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Breaking: Initial agreement for Douglas Pereira

Breaking: Initial agreement for Douglas Pereira

According to the official website, FC Barcelona and São Paulo FC have reached an initial agreement for the transfer of the Brazilian right back Douglas Pereira. The deal should cost €4 million with another €1.5 million performance variables. The 24-year-old will fly to Barcelona by the end of the week for a medical before signing a five year long contract with the Catalan club.

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Bartomeu: “Certain irregularities”

Bartomeu: “Certain irregularities”

Over the weekend, Josep Maria Bartomeu for the first time since the FIFA ban surfaced acknowledged a proportion of guilt. “We were aware that FIFA would ratify its sanction. In the past, we have committed certain irregularities — but always respecting the spirit of the regulation.  It was highly unlikely that the tribunal would not ratify a sanction that had already been imposed. It was only to be expected… but the penalty is far too big. We knew that we’d end up going to the CAS, and now that time has come.

As many have suspected, the summer mega splurge, with possibly more to come, was in anticipated of the two window ban. “We knew that we might not be able to make signings in the next two transfer windows and that at the same time there was a pressing need to renew the squad.”

Yesterday the board, technical staff and coaching staff had a joined meeting to discuss the happenings at the club before the board then alone held a meeting and released the following official statement:

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Barça school now open in Sao Paulo

Barça school now open in Sao Paulo

Last week, the second official FC Barcelona football school opened in Brazil. After Rio de Janeiro  a year ago, Barça announced the launch of activities at their Sau Paulo school with around 400 new students of both the male and female genders.

Different trials for young footballers from Sao Paulo and surrounding areas took place and only 400 footballers from the initial 1,000 that tried out were selected to be educated the Barça football philosophy from the start. However, the club admitted a new admission procedure will be started soon.

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Luis Enrique invited by UEFA to Nyon

Luis Enrique invited by UEFA to Nyon

Luis Enrique will be one of the coaches invited to the 16th edition of UEFA’s ‘Elite Club Coaches’ Forum’ which will take place at one of the UEFA headquarters in Nyon (Switzerland) on the 3rd and 4th of September. The last time FC Barcelona was represented in this forum was during 2012 by late manager Tito Vilanova, who was coach at that time. Also notably, this will be Luis Enrique’s first participation in the annual event which usually takes place before the start of the prestigious UEFA Champions League.

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Bartomeu: “Still time to sign another player”

Bartomeu: “Still time to sign another player”

One of the people that most enjoyed Barcelona’s season opening win was team president Josep Maria Bartomeu. After a busy off-season of player signings, the Luis Suárez drama, and the recent transfer ban, a brilliant on field performance is a welcome source of attention. Read more of his comments after the jump.

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The Front: Mundo Deportivo (26.8.2014)

the front MD aug 26 2014

LUIS ENRIQUE’S FORMULA

CRACK: Leo Messi renews his enthusiasm and makes his commitment clear

STYLE: Iniesta and Busquets, guardians of the philosophy of play

RENEWAL: The quick integration of Rakitić confirms the winds of change

CANTERA: Munir is the clear message that no one should be caught sleeping

CHARISMA: The fans have plenty of confidence in the Asturian coach

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The Front: Sport (26.8.2014)

the front sport aug 26 2014

MUNIR

THE CRACK WHO GOT AWAY FROM ATLÉTICO AND MADRID

He played in Majadahonda and they failed to appreciate his talent

“Cut your hair or Barça won’t keep you,” they said to him.

DANGER: His clause is 12 million

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Cartoon of the Day: Sport

Cartoon of the Day: Sport

BAYERN DE MUNIR 3

ELCHE 0

MESSI IS PLUGGED IN

MESSI: “In this physical shape I am going to win titles again… including triathlons”

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Picture of the day: Tribute to a new star

Picture of the day: Tribute to a new star

Eighteen-year-old Munir El Haddadi made a remarkable debut for FC Barcelona’s first team Sunday against Elche. May this illustration by artist Richard Swarbrick be the first of many tributes to Barça’s newest phenomenon.

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Luis Enrique: “Barça fans have gone home happy”

Luis Enrique: “Barça fans have gone home happy”

Luis Enrique was delighted with his first game in charge of FC Barcelona, a strong 3-0 win at home to Elche CF. Goals aside, the match was full of promising signs for the “Lucho era” including high pressing, quick passing, and sparkling performances by debutants Munir El Haddadi and Ivan Rakitić. “The game had a little bit of everything,” Luis Enrique said. “Elche were very organised at first but we gradually started creating chances and showed what resources we’ve got.” Javier Mascherano’s red card “made the game harder for us” according to the Asturian manager, “but we knew we had to take less risks, then individual actions in attack helped us.” Read more quotes from the boss after the jump.

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The Highlights: FC Barcelona 3-0 Elche CF

The Highlights: FC Barcelona 3-0 Elche CF

Watch the highlights from the first game of the Liga season between FC Barcelona and Elche CF after the jump!

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Munir: “A dream come true”

Munir: “A dream come true”

Munir El Haddadi is La Masia’s man of the moment. The 18-year-old not only started against Elche, he capped off his dream night with a Camp Nou goal. Munir was the guest on Barça TV’s El Marcador following the match and obviously he was on could nine. “I am so proud to have scored at the Camp Nou with Messi and so many other great players around me. I’m very happy. It was a dream come true to play with them … Luis Enrique has told me to keep doing what I do, and so I’ll keep working for more chances. He tells us to work hard and get better every day. He’s a great manager.

Despite admitting a combination of nerves and excitement had him up all night, his performance was assured and mature, not only scoring but blasting the crossbar earlier on. But the goal is what he will remember forever. “It came because if you keep losing your marker, sometimes you get there. I saw the goalkeeper was off his line and just chipped the ball.

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Player Reactions: FC Barcelona 3:0 Elche CF

Player Reactions: FC Barcelona 3:0 Elche CF

With the first La Liga match of the season for FC Barcelona, the players are also back to giving their post-match comments in the Zona Mixta of the Camp Nou. Dani Alves underlined that “the team has taken on board what Luis Enrique wants and that’s important for our progress. If we put it all into practice, the wins will come. Things are in our grasp, so we’re all happy.” Speaking about a young teammate who not only had his first team debut but also scored a goal, Alves noted that “we have to look after Munir because he’s got a great future ahead of him. He’s humble, but hard work is getting him what he deserves. It’s a pleasure to have him in the team.” Read on for comments from Ivan Rakitić and Marc Bartra.

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The Front: Sport (25.8.2014)

the front sport aug 25 2014

LUIS ENRIQUE’S ERA BEGINS IN STYLE

THE GREAT MESSI RETURNS

Leo made two goals and showed the Camp Nou that he has returned to be number 1

A STAR IS BORN

Munir had a dream debut: A great goal, a complete match and an ovation from the stands

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August 25, 2014

The Front: Mundo Deportivo (25.8.2014)

Picture of the day: Happy Messi = Happy Culés


August 24, 2014

Match Review: FC Barcelona 3:0 Elche CF

The Result: FC Barcelona 3-0 Elche CF

Match Review: CA Osasuna 2-0 FC Barcelona B

Live Match Chat: FC Barcelona vs Elche CF

The history of Barcelona – Elche

Match squad: Pedro in, Neymar out

Number of the Day: 5

Match Preview: FC Barcelona vs Elche CF

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