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FC Barcelona News: 30 August 2014; Andres Iniesta Left Out of 18-Man Match Squad, Twelve Called Up by National Teams

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Neymar in but Iniesta out against Villarreal | FC Barcelona
Neymar has been declared fully fit and has been included in the team of 18 that will travel to Villarreal on Sunday. But Andrés Iniesta is left out due to trouble with his left knee. The Medical Services are currently working to determine the extent of the injury.

Douglas Pereira signs FC Barcelona contract | FC Barcelona
Douglas Pereira signed for the Club just after quarter past six on Friday evening. After a busy day which included his medical at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper, the Brazilian came to the Club offices this evening to pen to paper on the five year deal worth 4 million Euros, with a further 1.5 million depending on the number of games he plays.

Douglas' first day in 100 seconds | FC Barcelona
Douglas Pereira is officially an FC Barcelona player. On Friday August 29, he arrived in Barcelona first thing in the morning for an intense day that involved a photo shoot with the club crest, his medical test, the signing of his contract and his presentation both to the Camp Nou and to the media at a press conference. Here’s a video review of his first day at FC Barcelona.

All Barça's upcoming games | FC Barcelona
The LFP have announced the kick off times for the sixth round of games in La Liga, for the weekend of 26-28 September. FC Barcelona – Granada has been scheduled for Saturday 27 September at six o’clock in the evening.

Zubizarreta: "Douglas will increase the competition in this position" | FC Barcelona
Andoni Zubizarreta has said that Douglas "will help us to complete our set of full backs … He is a great defender. He moves into attack well, he’s skilled both with his right and left foot, and good at playing with the team … He moves up the field well and is good at picking out the right pass.

Douglas: "I'm ready to play for FC Barcelona" | FC Barcelona
"As soon as I saw this shirt I realised how much I am going to have to do here" said the seventh new signing of the season, Brazilian full back Douglas Pereira. He was giving his first press conference since arriving at the club in the Ricard Maxenchs pressroom on Friday evening. "I am very happy to be here in Barcelona to represent Barça" he said. "I’m really looking forward to training with my new team-mates … Since I’ve been here it’s all been on a different level: the city, the club, the stadium..."

Douglas trains for the first time | FC Barcelona
Barça trained on Saturday morning at the Ciutat Esportiva Sant Joan Despí for the last time before travelling to El Madrigal for Sunday’s game with Villarreal. The big news was the presence of new signing Douglas Pereira, who was officially unveiled on Friday and now got to meet his new team-mates for the first time.

Douglas gets through medical with flying colours | FC Barcelona
After landing at El Prat airport on Friday morning. Douglas Pereira went through his medical at the Hospital de Barcelona and Centre Mèdic de la Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper this lunchtime, as part of a busy day for the Club's latest signing, with his unveiling in front of the media due this evening after putting pen to paper on the five-year deal.

Song not training with Barca | Football Espana
Alex Song is not training with Barcelona this morning, with reports that he is all-set to leave the club. The Cameroon international has been allowed to skip the session by the Blaugrana hierarchy as talks continue about his departure. The midfielder is surplus to requirements at Camp Nou following Luis Enrique’s arrival as Coach, and Ivan Rakitic’s signing from Sevilla.

Del Bosque calls up five Barça players | FC Barcelona
Vicente del Bosque has announced his 22-man squad to face France in a friendly and Macedonia in Span’s first qualifying game for the 2016 European Championships. Iniesta, Busquets, Jordi Alba, Pedro and debutant Marc Bartra are the Barça representatives in the squad.

Real Madrid's Zinedine Zidane subject of complaint over coaching badges - ESPN FC
Zidane has spoken often about his ambitions to get into coaching, and graduated in January 2014 with a diploma in sports management from Limoges University, while he also spent the 2013-14 season as an assistant to Madrid first team coach Carlo Ancelotti. However he is thought to only have completed UEFA's A coaching badge, which is not accepted by the Spanish authorities as sufficient to take primary charge of a side in its professional leagues.

Ronaldo out of Portugal squad | Football Espana
Cristiano Ronaldo has been left out of the Portugal squad for the first Euro 2016 qualifier with Coach Paulo Bento questioning his fitness. Ronaldo has featured for Madrid at the start of the season and scored in the League opener against Cordoba. But Bento has said there are reasons to doubt how ready the captain is for the campaign and didn’t include him in the group to play Albania next week.

Valencia win 3-0 at home to Malaga | Sky Sports Football
The visitors had made a promising start to the game and caused problems for Valencia early on but the game changed completely when Malaga midfielder Sergi Darder was sent off. Paco Alcacer opened the scoring moments later to ensure Valencia took full advantage and then Dani Parejo extended the gap just before half-time.

Getafe edge out visitors Almeria 1-0 | Sky Sports Football
Former Swansea striker Alvaro Vazquez hit the only goal of the game to sink Almeria and give Getafe their first win of the new season. Vazquez was unable to score a single goal during his loan spell in the Premier League but decided the game in just his second appearance since returning to Getafe, bundling the ball home from a couple of yards out.

Espanyol confirm David Lopez to Napoli | Football Espana
Espanyol have confirmed that midfielder David Lopez will complete a transfer to Napoli later today. Reports have been rife that the 24-year-old was a target for Rafa Benitez’s side after an impressive four years in Barcelona. And today the Periquitos have revealed that the youngster will move to Italy, in a deal thought to be worth around €5m.

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