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FC Barcelona News: 30 October 2014; Barça Lift Supercopa Catalunya, First Team Takes Official Photograph

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Denis Doyle

FC Barcelona win Catalan Super Cup (1-1, 4-2 on pens) | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona won the first ever edition of the Catalan Super Cup at the Estadi Montilivi in Girona this evening after the game with RCD Espanyol ended 1-1 after 90 minutes. Luis Enrique’s side dominated from start to finish but were unable to add to a Gerard Piqué header after 15 minutes. Espanyol pulled back through Arbilla shortly after the break, and with no further scoring the game went to penalties. The shootout went Barça’s way, as it also had against the same side in the last two finals of the Copa Catalunya.

FC Barcelona claim first ever Catalan Super Cup | FC Barcelona
Due to problems finding room in the fixture list for the tournament, the Catalan Football Federation (FCF) decided to change the format of the Copa Catalunya, so that first division clubs FC Barcelona and Espanyol meet in this one-off game for the Super Cup title, while teams in the second and third division (and the winners of the Catalan First Division) contest the old trophy. There is also a Copa Catalunya Amateur for teams playing in the lower leagues.

Catalan Super Cup victory in penalty shootout | FC Barcelona
Xavi Hernández, Alen Halilovic, Alex Grimaldo, and Ivan Rakitic converted beautifully from the spot, while Barça keeper Jordi Masip put on a show of his own, stopping Arbilla's try. Espanyol's Abraham González missed and Barça came away victorious 4-2 on penalty kicks.

Catalan Super Cup highlights | FC Barcelona
In three minutes, you can admire Luis Suárez’s cunning loft onto Piqué’s head to put Barça in control, and see how Arbilla got Espanyol back level with a well-taken free kick. It ended up going to penalties, with Ivan Rakitic being the man who converted the decisive kick to win the trophy for Barcelona!

Luis Enrique: "We were in absolute control" | FC Barcelona
Luis Enrique said after Wednesday’s Catalan Super Cup win that "the team was in absolute control of the game … I was very pleased with their attitude and the way they tried to go for the game. Matches like these help to get the players into the rhythm of playing games and becoming more important to the team".

Abelardo and Sporting Gijón: Special evening for Luis Enrique | FC Barcelona
Saturday is going to be a special day for FC Barcelona manager Luis Enrique. Two clubs close to his heart, Celta and Sporting Gijón, will both be at the club, one at the Camp Nou and one at the Miniestadi. The Asturian managed Celta last season, and Sporting is the club where it all started for him.

First team poses for official photograph | FC Barcelona
This Wednesday morning it was time for the first team players to gather on the Camp Nou pitch for the official 2014/15 photo session. The day started with the players looking dashingly smart in the official Replay suits, and after that the first team kit. President Josep Maria Bartomeu was also there for the photo shoot, and there was a jovial atmosphere all round as the players tried their hardest to look their best for the cameras.

Spanish players 'under investigation by the Spanish tax authorities' - ESPN FC
Sergio Ramos, Iker Casillas, Xabi Alonso, Andres Iniesta, Xavi Hernandez and Gerard Pique are, according to El Mundo, some of the players under investigation by the Spanish tax authorities for their use of companies created to hold and manage their image rights.

Top five Barça academy goals of the week | FC Barcelona
And here we go with our latest selection of the top five goals scored by the academy teams. The ranking for the weekend of October 25 and 26 starts with Matías Lacava of the U14 B team, scored after a wonderful piece of individual flair. Next up, it’s Xavi Simons, the U12 A team captain, who finishes a terrific move with a fine strike.

Gillette supports ‘FutbolNet’ in Mexico | FC Barcelona
Gillette and FC Barcelona have come to an agreement for the multinational men’s personal care products company to donate resources to the FC Barcelona Foundation in support of the FutbolNet project in Mexico.

Keynote Address ratified by Council | FC Barcelona
Last October 17 was the date for the first plenary meeting since the World Congress. As usual, the agenda included the ratification of the Keynote Address containing the amendments made at the XXXV World Congress of Supporters Clubs.

Copa del Rey: Real Madrid ease past Cornella; Sevilla score six | Football News | Sky Sports
Carlo Ancelotti took the chance to give some of his stars a rest, with Cristiano Ronaldo left out of the squad at the Estadio Municipal de la Via Ferria, but he still put out a strong team that was more than a match for their Segunda B Division opponents.

Disrespectful Marcelo criticised for overzealous celebration | Eurosport
The Brazilian came off the bench to grab Madrid’s fourth goal and marked it by doing a double somersault in front of his teammates. However, it has not gone down well with the minnows, who told reporters afterwards that it showed a lack of respect.

Atletico Madrid and Diego Simeone are fueled by fresh rejection and derision - ESPN FC
If you were in the Spanish capital Monday night, you were right: That was the sound of packhorses whinnying in effort and of wooden spoked wheels grinding and trundling. The sound of Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone circling wagons.