FC Barcelona News: 29 August 2013; Barça Crowned Supercopa Champions, Champions League Group Stage Draw Today

David Ramos

FC Barcelona - Atletico Madrid: Superchampions! | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona won the 2013 Spanish Super Cup this evening at the Camp Nou. The 0-0 scoreline this Wednesday in Barcelona, after the 1-1 from the first leg at the Vicente Calderón, means that Tata Martino and Neymar Jr are champions for the first time with their new Club.

Tata Martino: "This title belongs to Tito and the players" | FC Barcelona
Gerardo "Tata" Martino won his first title as FC Barcelona’s manager this evening, but just as he said in the pre-match press conference yesterday, he reiterated that this title belongs to the players and manager who won the Liga last season. "It’s a final that we featured in because of the good work from last season. I’m here because of a tragedy and therefore we’re champions because of the players, Tito and the coaching staff."

Mascherano: "The Super Cup needed to stay here" | FC Barcelona
Javier Mascherano and Víctor Valdés talked to the press after last night’s victory over Atletico Madrid. The Argentine highlighted how difficult it was to defeat the Colchoneros: "We had our chances, but we went up against a very difficult team. This is a winning and combative Atletico side, they are very tough. They played an intelligent game both here and in Madrid, both matches were even.

FC Barcelona continue to dominate the Spanish Super Cup | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona claimed the Spanish Super Cup this Wednesday after the 0-0 draw against Atletico Madrid in the second leg of the competition at the Camp Nou. Neymar’s goal in the first leg at the Calderón (1-1) was enough for Barça to win the first official title of the season. This is Gerardo Tata Martino’s first title as FC Barcelona’s head manager.

Cesc Fàbregas celebrates his 100th official match for the Club with a title | FC Barcelona
Cesc participated in the second leg of the Spanish Super Cup against Atletico Madrid this evening thus reached his 100th official match in the FC Barcelona strip. As a bonus, the Catalan was rewarded with the Spanish Super Cup title, which makes his century a bit more special.

Barça's potential Champions League opponents defined | FC Barcelona
We now know which 32 teams will be going into Thursday’s draw for the Champions League group stage. And we also know which of these could be placed in the same group as Barça in a round that gets under way on September 17. There were 22 direct qualifiers for the tournament, while a further ten have successfully navigated the qualifying rounds. All will be revealed this evening at 18.00 in Monaco.

Sandro Rosell and Leo Messi to attend UCL draw | FC Barcelona
Barça will learn who their opponents are in the group phase of this year's Champions League group stage, when the draw takes place at the Fòrum Grimaldi in Monaco at 17.30. The event will also see the announcement of the top player of last year's competition, with Leo Messi looking to succeed Andrés Iniesta, who won last year. Cristiano Ronaldo and Franck Ribéry are the other candidates.

Barça v Sevilla, Saturday, 14 September, at 20.00 | FC Barcelona
The match between Barça and Sevilla – round 4 of La Liga – will be played on Saturday the 14th at 20.00. It will be the first match following the international break and the one preceding the first Champions League match of the season. It will also be Barça’s second consecutive league match away from the Camp Nou.

Abidal 'still attached' to Barcelona - Goal.com
"We worked together for six years. [On Tuesday] I sent messages to my colleagues to wish them good luck with the match [against Atletico Madrid]," he told RMC. "I support the people I love and I call them. I'm still very attached to Barcelona. But I don't regret leaving the club.

Match Report: Real 2-0 Lyon (4-0 agg) - Goal.com
Real Sociedad confirmed their place in the Champions League group stages with a 2-0 victory at home to Olympique Lyonnais. The Basque outfit had claimed a 2-0 win in the first leg of the tie and two second-half goals from Carlos Vela dumped the French giants into the Europa League.

Transfer deadlines: When the European windows slam shut - Goal.com
However, with the deadline changing country by country, Goal has provided a list of the biggest countries looking ahead to the windows closing and detailed when they can finally rest before it starts all over again in Janaury.

Espanyol midfielder Wakaso Mubarak set to join Rubin Kazan - ESPN FC
Espanyol have confirmed that midfielder Wakaso Mubarak is to join Rubin Kazan, subject to a medical. Wakaso, who had been linked with Premier League clubs including Swansea and Everton earlier in the transfer window, had been offered a new contract by Espanyol president Joan Collet but has decided to join the Russian club for a reported €6 million fee.

Elche sign Juventus striker Richmond Boakye on loan - ESPN FC
Elche have announced the signing of Juventus striker Richmond Boakye on a season-long loan deal. The Ghana international, 20, joined the Bianconeri from Genoa last July but spent the 2012-13 campaign on loan with Sassuolo, contributing 11 goals as the Neroverde were crowned Serie B champions.

Liga - Juve loan Rossi to Valladolid - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
"I am happy with the transfer, because I am convinced Fausto can really show his qualities in Spain," Silvio Pagliari told playermanagement.eu. "La Liga is a competition that will suit a player of his characteristics."

Zaragoza take Chile's Henriquez on loan from Man United - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
United signed Henriquez from Universidad de Chile in 2012 and after finishing last season on loan at Wigan Athletic he scored on his senior debut for the English champions in this month's 1-1 draw at Swedish side AIK Fotboll in a pre-season friendly. "Angelo has made a tremendous impact on the game in his short career so far," former United manager Sir Alex Ferguson, now a director, said on the club's website.

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