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FC Barcelona News: 14 August 2014; CAS Uphold Luis Suarez Ban, Allow the Uruguay International to Train

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CAS has upheld Luis Suarez's four-month playing ban but has cleared him to train | Football News | Sky Sports
Suarez was appealing his four-month from all football activity, a sanction imposed by FIFA after the striker bit Italy's Giorgio Chiellini during Uruguay's 1-0 World Cup victory on June 24. The news means that he will now be allowed to train with Barcelona for the duration of his suspension and will be available to return to action on October 25.

Training session with 19 first team players | FC Barcelona
Luis Enrique’s Barça trained this morning at the Ciutat Esportiva in the day’s only session, where 19 first team players took part. Neymar Jr completed the whole session with his teammates, although he still hasn’t been given the medical all clear, whilst Adriano completed part of the session with the group.

Neymar takes full part in training | FC Barcelona
Although he has yet to be given a clean bill of health by Club doctors, Neymar completed a full session under Luis Enrique this evening, as the squad had their second session of the day. The Brazilian has been gradually getting up to speed with the rest of the players since reporting back for duty with the back injury he picked up at the World Cup.

Plenty of training time | FC Barcelona
Barça are enjoying a perfect final fortnight in the build-up to the new league season. Following their return from Helsinki on August 9 until the league kicks off on August 24, the team will have had 14 free days for training , with just the single friendly, next Monday’s Gamper Trophy against Club León

Bartra back in training | FC Barcelona
Marc Bartra was back training with the rest of the group on Wednesday morning after working apart on Monday and Tuesday, whilst Xavi Hernández and Marc-André ter Stegen continued to train apart and Thomas Vermaelen worked with the physio. Adriano and Neymar Jr trained normally with the other players for part of the session.

Eleven different languages in the dressing room | FC Barcelona
In the Barça dressing room this season there will be as many as eleven possible languages spoken: Catalan, Spanish, English, French, Italian, Dutch, German, Croatian, Portuguese, Bassa and Arabic. Apart from Catalan and Castellano, spoken well by the majority of Luis Enrique’s first team squad, this season German and Croatian must be added, and there were no speakers of those languages last season.

Sergi delaying Barca deal | Football Espana
Sergi Roberto is holding back on signing a five-year Barcelona contract until his role at the club is clarified. Mundo Deportivo report the midfielder has been offered a long-term deal but he is willing to wait and see what happens regarding his role under Luis Enrique.

Rafinha is preparing for the Joan Gamper Trophy | FC Barcelona
Only four days to go until the Joan Gamper Trophy. On Monday, 18th of August, the Camp Nou will be the scene of a new FC Barcelona festival, culminating in the presentation of the first team against Club León from Mexico. Rafinha Alcántara is the latest player to promote the Gamper, following teammates like Iniesta, Bartra, Deulofeu and Ter Stegen, as well as coach Luis Enrique. Rafinha can’t wait for the presentation of the first team and the match itself.

August 17, the XXXV World Supporters Clubs Congress begins | FC Barcelona
At ten in the morning, the Congress will begin its deliberations with Club Vice-President l Sr. Jordi Cardoner i Casaus opening proceedings which will continue with debates in the various working groups as part of the Keynote Address 2014.

18 August, closure of the Congress with the President | FC Barcelona
This Monday, the supporters’ club movement will take part in an historic event. The day will begin with the institutional XXXV World Supporters Club Congress, with lots of surprises and emotional activities. President Josep M. Bartomeu will be present at the event, alongside other members of the Board. Some of Barça’s new signings this season will also attend the events, to the delight of supporters’ club members.

AC Milan confirm signing of Pablo Armero from Udinese and Diego Lopez from Real Madrid - ESPN FC
AC Milan have announced the double capture of Real Madrid goalkeeper Diego Lopez and Colombia midfielder Pablo Armero. Lopez, 32, has joined the Serie A club on a four-year deal while Armero will spend the 2014-15 season on loan from Udinese at the San Siro.

Thievy joins Almeria | Football Espana
Thievy Bifouma has signed on loan for Almeria for a year, leaving Espanyol for the coming season. The 22-year-old ended last year on loan at Premier League West Bromwich Albion and has also represented Las Palmas during his time in Spain. Thievy began his career at Strasbourg, moving to Espanyol in the 2010-11 season.

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