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FC Barcelona News: 21 August 2014; Sao Paulo President Confirms Douglas Deal, Pedro Misses Training with Gastroenteritis

Valerio Pennicino

Pedro in doubt for league opener against Elche | FC Barcelona
Striker Pedro Rodríguez has been suffering from gastroenteritis this week and is now on antibiotics, with his presence in the 2014/15 league season on Sunday evening in doubt. Barça start their campaign against Elche at the Camp Nou (9.00 PM CET). The rest of the first team continued getting ready for the big day with a training session this morning at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper.

Report: Barca sign Douglas | Football Espana
Barcelona have agreed to sign Sao Paulo right-back Douglas for €6m, reports in Brazil and Spain claim. Sport cite reports from Brazil that quote the Sao Paulo President as saying the deal has been done and Douglas will be loaned back to the club until the summer of 2015.

Back to training with 24 players | FC Barcelona
After a day off following the Gamper match, Luis Enrique Martínez and his team were back at the Ciutat Esportiva Sant Joan Despí this morning to continue preparations for the Liga opener on Sunday (9.00 PM CET) at the Camp Nou against Elche. The session involved 24 players and four from Barça B (Munir, Samper, Sandro and Grimaldo). There will be no evening session today.

Review of the FC Barcelona 2014/15 preseason | FC Barcelona
There’s not long to go before the 2014/15 season officially gets under way with Barça entertaining Elche at the Camp Nou. That’s on Sunday night at 9.00 PM CET, although Luis Enrique and his side have been limbering up for the big day with five preseason friendlies in different places and with very different outcomes. Here we have a quick look back at how things are shaping up:

FC Barcelona squad review the new competition rules | FC Barcelona
This morning the Barça first team coaches and players had a meeting with the Catalan referee, Alfonso Álvarez Izquierdo, to go over any competition rules and regulatory changes that are being implemented for the season just about to start. The meeting was held before training and lasted about 30 minutes.

Mascherano press conference in 10 comments | FC Barcelona
Javier Mascherano gave a press conference after this morning’s training session, in which he discussed various issues from his life as an Argentina and Barça player, and his personal and collective expectations for the season ahead. Here we pick out ten of his more interesting statements.

Barcelona transfer ban - ESPN FC
Having said that, I believe FIFA's regulations in regards to the transfer of U18 players are in desperate need of an update. Personally, I don't see anything wrong with giving an aspiring player the chance to get a high-quality education and the opportunity to further develop their skills at the best football academy on the planet.

Barca loan deals to dodge transfer ban? | Football Espana
Reports in Spain suggest Barcelona may sign players this summer but loan them to their clubs for a year to dodge the FIFA-imposed transfer ban. FIFA yesterday rejected Barca’s appeal against the two transfer window embargo and it is due to come into effect in January 2015. Barca have confirmed that they will appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport but Mundo Deportivo report Barca are considering a way of circumventing the punishment.

Luis Suárez: "The people's support helps me to keep training" | FC Barcelona
Luis Suárez is one of the new faces in the Barça 2014/15 squad. After his arrival and presentation to the fans and media, we are now able to listen to the Uruguayan speak on the 'Benvingut Suárez' show that will be screened on Barça TV at 8.15 PM CET on Thursday and once again at 11.15 OM CET.

Luis Suárez presentation, from the inside | FC Barcelona
Although he had been introduced before the Joan Gamper Trophy match the day before, the Suárez presentation in the Richard Maxench press room didn’t leave anyone indifferent. Don’t miss the details, and the unpublished images, of Suarez’s first day as a Barça player.

International media celebrate Suarez’s arrival at FC Barcelona | FC Barcelona
The arrival of Uruguayan striker Luis Suárez at Barça has made news headlines all around the world, and reporters from all kinds of different countries attended his eagerly awaited first official press conference on Monday. Naturally, there was a large presence from his home country, where Ovación, the sports supplement of El País, spoke of how "Luis Suarez's life has changed a lot in the last few days" and opened its story describing "A very special day for the Gunfighter."

Advan, new FC Barcelona sponsor in Indonesia | FC Barcelona
The presentation of the two-year agreement took place in the Gelora Bung Karno Stadium (Jakarta, Indonesia) and was attended by Xavier Asensi, Managing Director for Asia Pacific; Advan marketing director, Mr Tjandra Lianto; Advan brand strategy manager, Andy Gusena, and Darius Sinathrya, FC Barcelona’s honorary fan in Indonesia.

How Barcelona, Real Madrid and La Liga's big clubs will line up in 2014-15 -
Spain's top teams have been busy strengthening over the summer and Goal takes a look at how they will compete over the next nine months. La Liga is back this weekend, with Spain's top 20 teams returning to action Saturday, Sunday and Monday as competition resumes again after three months off.

Ronaldo a doubt for Supercopa | Football Espana
Cristiano Ronaldo may not be fit to play in Friday’s Supercopa second leg against Atletico Madrid at Vicente Calderon. The Portugal forward was withdrawn at half-time of the first meeting between Real Madrid and the League champions, replaced by summer signing James Rodriguez.

Angel Di Maria and Sami Khedira reject Real Madrid deals | Sky Sports
Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has said that Angel Di Maria has asked to leave the club and Sami Khedira has rejected a new contract. Di Maria, who has been heavily linked with a move to both Manchester United and Paris St Germain, has rejected the offer of a new contract with the current European champions.

Jonathan de Guzman completes move to Napoli from Villarreal | Sky Sports
Napoli have signed Holland midfielder Jonathan de Guzman on a permanent transfer from Spanish side Villarreal for an undisclosed fee. The 26-year-old, who spent the past two seasons on loan at Swansea and scored nine goals in 59 Barclays Premier League appearances for the Swans, has penned a four-year contract with the Naples outfit.

Murcia case back in court | Football Espana
Murcia and the LFP are due back in court today for the latest round in the club’s bid to have their relegation overturned. The LFP demoted Murcia from the Segunda, only for Murcia to take the matter to a Madrid court, which ruled in their favour and ordered their reinstatement, AS report.

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