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FC Barcelona News: 31 August 2014; Barça Players Arrive in Villarreal, Alex Song Loaned to West Ham

Steve Bardens

FC Barcelona arrive in Villarreal by train | FC Barcelona
Barça play the second game of the league season this evening at 7.00 PM CET away to Villarreal at El Madrigal. They made the journey by train, and left Sants Station this morning at 9.00 AM. On arrival in Villarreal, they went immediately to a hotel, where they will relax for a few hours. Luis Enrique has named 18 players in his squad, including Neymar, who was declared fit this week, but not Andrés Iniesta, who is having trouble with his left knee.

Villarreal v FC Barcelona: Big test in El Madrigal | FC Barcelona
Luis Enrique recognised in his pre-match press conference that the game at El Madrigal will be a great chance to show just where Barça stand as he goes into his first season in charge. A convincing 3-0 win against Elche on the opening day put the Catalans into an early lead in La Liga.

Luis Enrique: "Each game is a new test" | FC Barcelona
Luis Enrique has spoken to the press on the eve of Barça’s first away trip of the season, which takes them to Villarreal, "one of the strongest teams in the league. We know the opponent and the venue. They have a good coach who has made good signings. It’ll be an attractive game for us and we’ll have to get things right in attack." The game will see FCB up against three former players in Jonathan and Giovanni dos Santos, and Espinosa.

FC Barcelona players' international fixtures | FC Barcelona
There’s a busy schedule ahead for the Barça internationals. Busquets, Iniesta, Jordi Alba, Pedro and Bartra are all off to play for Spain, while Neymar, Mascherano, Messi, Claudio Bravo, Rakitic and Rafinha will all be playing for their countries too.

Alex Song, loaned to West Ham | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona and West Ham United have reached an agreement for the loan of Alex Song to Premiership club for the 2014-15 season. The Cameroon international midfielder joined Barça from Arsenal in the summer of 2012. Since then he has made 65 official appearances in the Barça colours, scoring one goal.

Camp Nou Champions League tickets on sale from September 2 | FC Barcelona
Sales of Champions League group stage tickets will open next Tuesday 10 September from 10.00 AM CET. The three visitors to the Camp Nou will be APOEL Nicosia, Ajax Amsterdam and Paris Saint Germain. On the first day, only non-season ticket holding FC Barcelona members will be able to purchase these tickets, and get a special 20% discount on the cost. They day after, September 3, and also at 10.00 AM CET, sales will be open to the general public.

Recovering Ronaldo rested for Real's clash with Sociedad | Eurosport
The Portuguese has struggled with injuries since the back end of last season and has also not been called up by Portugal for the upcoming international break, which means almost three weeks off for the mercurial 29-year-old."He is okay but we have preferred to use this week and the following two for him to recover fully and get him in top condition. He will not play tomorrow and is not in the squad," Ancelotti told a news conference in Madrid.

First win for Atletico Madrid | Sky Sports Football
The defending champions looked to be cruising when goals from Miranda and Mario Mandzukic, his first league strike since joining from Bayern Munich over the summer, gave them a cushion on home soil. But Abraham pulled one back for newly-promoted Eibar and they could have snatched a point in the dying minutes but for a timely intervention from goalkeeper Miguel Moya to deny Angel Rodriguez.

Three and easy for Bilbao | Sky Sports Football
Having lost narrowly at Malaga a week ago, Ernesto Valverde's men got their season up and running in some style at San Mames. Aritz Aduriz got the opener 32 minutes in and Ander Iturraspe erased the prospect of any late nerves with a second after the break.

Sevilla impress at Espanyol | Sky Sports Football
Goals from Carlos Bacca and Vicente Iborra in each half had put Unai Emery's side in command but Christian Stuani put the Catalans back in the game and set up an exciting finish. The Europa League champions held on, though, and could even have extended their lead late on.

Cordoba 1-1 Celta Vigo - ESPN FC
Fabian Orellana gave Eduardo Berrizo's side the lead early in the second half with a fortuitous goal that owed a lot to a lapse in concentration by Cordoba goalkeeper Juan Carlos, but Fede Cartabia saved his team-mate's blushes by thumping in an equaliser seven minutes later.

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