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FC Barcelona News: 29 August 2014; Gerard Pique Snubbed by Vicente del Bosque, Douglas Arrives in Barcelona

Chris Brunskill

FC Barcelona drawn with PSG, Ajax and APOEL | FC Barcelona
Barça have learned who they will be playing in the group stage of the 2014/15 Champions League. The Catalans’ quest to win the title for the fifth time begins in Group F, where today’s draw in Monaco paired them up with Paris Saint-Germain, Ajax Amsterdam and APOEL Nicosia.

FC Barcelona's three opponents | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona learned on Thursday evening that their 2014/15 Champions League bid will commence in Group F, which they’ll share with Paris Saint Germain, Ajax Amsterdam and Apoel Nicosia, the respective league champions of France, Holland and Cyprus.

Champions League Group F: Did you know? | FC Barcelona
Two recent meetings with Paris Saint Germain. This will be Barça’s third meeting with the side from the French capital in recent times. Rafinha and Leo Messi both scored in a preseason friendly in 2012, and later in that season, the two sides met again, this time in the Champions League quarter finals.

Douglas: "This is the pinnacle for me" | FC Barcelona
After landing at El Prat airport on Friday morning. Douglas Pereira spoke to Barça TV and explained: "This is the pinnacle for me - this is everything I could wish for. I am so happy to be able to represent this Club. I want to thank everyone involved in me coming here and I just hope I can return their confidence in me on the pitch"

Ten things to know about Douglas Pereira | FC Barcelona
Douglas Pereira dos Santos (6 August 1990), the latest signing for the 2014/15 season, is here to add depth to the right hand side of the Barça midfield. The Brazilian started out as a professional at Goiás before moving on to Sao Paulo and now crossing the Atlantic for the first time to join Barça. This is your chance to learn a little more about the player:

Rakitic: "The most important thing is that we're getting better" | FC Barcelona
It was Ivan Rakitic’s turn to speak to the media on Thursday, and naturally the main focus was this weekend’s game with Villarreal. "It’ll be difficult because Marcelino makes his teams work very hard" said the Croatian. "But we just have to focus on ourselves. We’re very positive about the trip".

Barcelona's past games at El Madrigal | FC Barcelona
Luis Enrique’s side face their first away trip of the season on Sunday with a trip to El Madrigal to face Villarreal, which has proved a tough ground since the "Yellow Submarine" were first promoted to the top flight at the start of the century. Since then, Barça have played Villarreal 28 times, winning 14 games, drawing 6 and losing 8 times. At El Madrigal, Barça have won 7 times, drawn 2 games and lost on 5 occasions.

Rafinha back training with full squad | FC Barcelona
Rafinha Alcántara, who worked apart on Thursday, was again back with the full squad as was Neymar Jr, although he has still to be given the medical all clear. The injured Thomas Vermaelen and Marc-André Ter Stegen continued to work separately on their recoveries.

New faces in Spain squad | Football Espana
Old hands Iker Casillas, Sergio Ramos, Sergio Busquets, Cesc Fabregas, David Silva and Andres Iniesta are also named, as is Diego Costa, despite concerns from Chelsea over his hamstring injury, but there is no place for Gerard Pique.

Bayern Munich sign Xabi Alonso from Real Madrid | Sky Sports
Bayern Munich have announced that Spanish midfielder Xabi Alonso has joined the club from Real Madrid on a two-year deal. The 32-year-old former Liverpool player, who won last season's Champions League trophy with Real, said in a news conference in Madrid that Bayern had provided him with a new challenge.

Valencia bid for Manchester United's Tom Cleverley | Sky Sports
The Spanish club have made a surprise move for the 25-year-old England international who has also been the subject of bids from Aston Villa and Hull City. United manager Louis van Gaal may be prepared to listen to offers for Cleverley, who has just 12 months left on his contract, as he looks to shake things up at Old Trafford following a poor start to the season.

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