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FC Barcelona News: 28 August 2014; Adriano Correia Given Medical Green Light, Douglas to be Presented on Friday

Denis Doyle

Adriano receives medical all-clear | FC Barcelona
Luis Enrique now has another player available for Sunday's game against Villarreal. Adriano received the medical all-clear today, after being out since he was diagnosed with a heart murmur on July 16 at the preseason medical check-up.

Neymar Jr rejoins squad for training | FC Barcelona
Barça have continued preparing for the second game of the league season against Villarreal. And following the good news on Wednesday that Adriano is back to full fitness, today Thursday another Brazilian, Neymar Jr, was able to train normally for the first time since spraining his ankle in training on August 21.

Five years on from Club's third European Super Cup | FC Barcelona
Five years ago today, Barça lifted their third European Super Cup, beating Shaktar Donetsk in Monaco with an injury time goal from Pedro. Three months after their Champions League win Rome, Barça claimed yet another title.

FC Barcelona league debut figures in New York Times | FC Barcelona
Barça’s good start to the 2014/15 league season was the highlight of the NYT‘s football coverage on Tuesday, with correspondent Rob Hughes in his weekly Global Soccer column full of praise for the team’s performance against Elche and the positive effects of the Club’s summer signings off and on the pitch.

Claudio Bravo's first warm-up in La Liga | FC Barcelona
Last Sunday Claudio Bravo made his Barça debut in La Liga, against Elche. A cameraman followed him from the moment he arrived at the Camp Nou, through his entry into the dressing room, right up to his warm-up on the pitch. The result is a 3 minute video including some exclusive images. Here are the moments before Bravo’s first Barça match in la Liga.

Barca offer Munir new deal | Football Espana
Barcelona have begun talks with the agent of Munir El Haddadi over renewing the teenager’s contract after his goal scoring debut. Munir netted the third goal in Sunday’s 3-0 win over Elche, scoring on his debut for the senior team, and is to be rewarded with a new deal reflecting his status at the club.

Douglas presentation on Friday | FC Barcelona
Douglas Perreira, Barça’s seventh signing for the new season, will be officially presented this Friday, with his first job the traditional photo shoot outside the Club offices at ten in the morning and after his medical he will be signing his new contract at about five in the evening.

Enrique backed Douglas move | Football Espana
Luis Enrique gave his backing to Barcelona’s decision to sign Douglas, while Josep Maria Bartomeu also played a pivotal role. Mundo Deportivo reports that Juan Cuadrado was Barca’s first choice but when Fiorentina refused to lower their €40m demands, Barca began to look elsewhere.

FC Barcelona players who have played for Sao Paulo | FC Barcelona
The signing of Douglas, from Sao Paulo, means that he joins other players from the same club who played for Barça. The first Brazilian players to join Barça came mostly from the same team: Vasco da Gama from Rio de Janeiro. However, later on players began arriving from other prominent Brazilian club.

All-time greatest captain - Carles Puyol - the inspiring leader - ESPN FC
Speaking at the event, Blaugrana president Josep Maria Bartomeu said that Puyol was "the best captain in Barca's history." The departing hero's longtime central defensive partner Gerard Pique penned a more personal tribute. "My generation and those that come after do not know what the club will be like without 'Puyi' in defence branding the captain's armband," Pique wrote. "Nothing will ever be the same. By your side I felt protected, you were my guardian angel. Thanks for everything, 'Puyi.'"

Club President Josep Maria Bartomeu attends first ECA executive | FC Barcelona
Before the meeting began, Bartomeu was welcomed by the ECA and Bayern Munich President Karl-Heinz Rummenigge. During the meeting itself, a series of issues were dealt with including the association’s relationship with FIFA and UEFA, as well as preparations for the upcoming General Assembly set for September 8 and 9 in Geneva.

Bayern Munich agree deal with Xabi Alonso to join from Real Madrid - ESPN FC
Bayern Munich have confirmed they have agreed a deal with Xabi Alonso over the Real Madrid midfielder's proposed move to the Bundesliga champions. Alonso, 32, is expected to have a medical on Thursday with the German club, who anticipate reaching an agreement with the European champions over a transfer "in the next two days."

Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid feels he is better than Barcelona star Lionel Messi - ESPN FC
"Nobody is better or worse," he said. "Everyone does their job and tries to give the best for their team or country. Both of us want to be the best. I believe that in my profession I am the best and I work hard for that. In my head, I always think I'm better."

Athletic second-half comeback ousts Napoli - UEFA Champions League - News -
After drawing the play-off first leg 1-1 in Naples last week, the onus was arguably on the Italian side to look for an away goal of their own and a fast start ensued. In an end-to-end opening 20 minutes, Napoli forward Gonzalo Higuaín sent a speculative effort just wide of Gorka Iraizoz's left-hand post, before Athletic's Carlos Gurpegi responded in similar vein minutes later.

Tottenham sign defender Federico Fazio from Sevilla on four-year contract | Football News | Sky Sports
The Argentine has signed a four-year deal after Spurs agreed to meet a reported £8m buyout clause in his Sevilla contract. Fazio's arrival comes after the collapse of an earlier move for Villarreal's Mateo Musacchio, and 24 hours after centre-half Michael Dawson left White Hart Lane for Hull.

Valencia appeal De-Paul's four-match ban - ESPN FC
Valencia have appealed against Rodrigo de Paul's four-match ban. The Argentine winger was charged with violent conduct by the disciplinary committee of the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) after being sent off on his Primera Division debut in Saturday's 1-1 draw at Sevilla.

Atletico sign Velazquez | Football Espana
Atletico Madrid have confirmed the signing of Uruguayan defender Emiliano Velazquez, who will be loaned to Getafe. Marca reports that the 20-year-old has signed a five-year deal with the champions, having started his career at Danubio. He has been sent for a year to Getafe and is a youth international who has captained the Uruguay Under-20s team.

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