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FC Barcelona News: 11 August 2014; Neymar Joins Team in Training, Thomas Vermaelen Still Carrying Hamstring Injury

David Ramos

Solid week of training ahead | FC Barcelona
The last of the players to return from the World Cup, Messi, Mascherano, Neymar Jr and Alves, who missed the games in Geneva and Helsinki, will finally be at Luis Enrique’s disposal and are expected to train normally with the rest of the squad.

Neymar joins squad for training | FC Barcelona
After three games in ten days and a day off on Sunday, the first team returned to work on Monday morning at the Ciutat Esportiva. The main news was the return of Neymar Jr, who has been working alone on specific exercises related with his back injury since he returned last week from his holiday.

Zubizarreta not ruling out more signings | FC Barcelona
Speaking during the presentation of the Club’s latest signing Thomas Vermaelen this lunchtime, Andoni Zubizarreta insisted that he’s not ruling out bringing in any more players before the transfer window closes at the end of the month: ""We are happy with the players we have, but if an opportunity arises, we'll take it. If nothing else comes up, we're satisfied with the squad we the coach the best options as he goes into the new season".

Vermaelen to do physiotherapy | FC Barcelona
New signing Thomas Vermaelen injured his right hamstring while playing at the World Cup in June. His presence in training sessions will depend on how his recovery progresses. Vermaelen was announced as a new Barça signing on Saturday afternoon and was officially presented on Sunday. He has a contract until 2019 and has a buyout clause of 80 million euros.

All 11 starters in Helsinki from the academy | FC Barcelona
Luis Enrique put out a full starting eleven of homegrown players for Saturday’s friendly in Helsinki, with Masip in goal, Montoya, Piqué, Bartra and Jordi Alba at the back, Sergio Busquets, Sergi Roberto and Andrés Iniesta in midfield and Rafinha, Munir and Pedro up front.

Vermaelen presentation in 100 seconds | FC Barcelona
Thomas Vermaelen had a busy day on Sunday after passing his medical at the Club on Saturday. First up, was putting pen to paper on his new five year deal in the Board Room with Club President Josep Maria Bartomeu and sporting vice-president Jordi Mestre.

Vermaelen: "It wasn't a tough decision to come to Barça" | FC Barcelona
Thomas Vermaelen’s official presentation to the media took place at the Ricard Maxenchs Press Room this lunchtime and the latest summer signing expressed his excitement at joining the Club and confidence in his own ability to settle "I can bring a lot to the Club - it’ll be a challenge for me".

Vermaelen tries on new kit | FC Barcelona
After putting pen to paper on a five year deal at the Club this morning, Thomas Vermaelen was out posing for photos in his new Barça kit on the Camp Nou pitch, before heading off for his first press conference at the Club. The signing was announced on Saturday after the ex-Arsenal man passed his medical with flying colours.

Thomas Vermaelen complete Press Conference | FC Barcelona
Barça's new summer signing's lunchtime's press conference in full

Koke, Mandzukic shine vs. Wolfsburg - ESPN FC
The 5-1 hammering of Wolfsburg at the Volkswagen Arena was a reminder -- a proverbial slap in the face -- to all of Europe that this side is not just a flash in the pan. They are up for the fight of defending their La Liga title, and want to go one better than last season in the Champions League.

Mario Suarez of Atletico Madrid hospitalised with head injury sustained against Wolfsburg - ESPN FC
Atletico Madrid midfielder Mario Suarez was taken to hospital after suffering a head injury during his side's victory over Wolfsburg in Germany. After sustaining the injury 22 minutes into the match, he received swift treatment and regained consciousness, the club announced.

Atletico Madrid closing on deal for Raul Jimenez | Sky Sports
Raul Jimenez appears set to complete a move to Atletico Madrid, with both parties expressing a desire to get a deal done. The Mexico international forward is currently on the books of Club America in his homeland. The 23-year-old has made quite an impression since breaking into the senior ranks, with an impressive strike rate drawing admiring glances from Europe.

Malaga beaten by Fiorentina | Football Espana
Malaga were last night beaten by Fiorentina in the Unesco Cup, going down to a 2-0 defeat against the Serie A side. Goals from former Villarreal pair Giuseppe Rossi and Gonzalo Rodriguez did the damage, with Borja Valero and former Malaga winger Joaquin also in the visitors’ squad.

Fazio named Sevilla captain | Football Espana
AS report Fazio has been appointed in part due to his longevity, having moved to Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan in January 2007. Fazio was originally signed to bolster the club’s B team but was soon moved to the first string and is the only player left from Sevilla’s last European Super Cup appearance, the defeat against Milan in 2007.

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