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FC Barcelona News: 15 September 2014; Dani Alves Returns to Training, Champions League Set to Begin

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Dani Alves back in training | FC Barcelona
On Monday morning, the first team continued its preparations for its Champions League debut against Apoel Nicosia on Wednesday night at 8.45 PM CET. All of the squad were at the Ciutat Esportiva including Dani Alves and Thomas Vermaelen, despite neither having yet been declared fully fit. The Brazilian is still battling to recover in time from the knee injury that kept him side-lined for Sunday’s 2-0 against Athletic Bilbao.

First week with Champions League action | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona have their first midweek game of the season on Wednesday, and it’s their Champions League opener against APOEL Nicosia. And not long after that, they’re in league action against Levante. Luis Enrique will be running six training sessions in between.

Apoel just third Cypriot club to visit Camp Nou | FC Barcelona
This Wednesday, Barça officially opens Champions League play at the Camp Nou against Apoel Nicosia. This will be just the third ever visit made by a Cypriot team. Both prior occasions took place in the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup versus Apollon Limassol in 1982 and AEK Larnaca in 1996.

Report: Casillas to keep his place despite errors | Eurosport
The goalkeeper was criticised for failing to deal with a corner for Atletico’s first goal and there have been calls for Carlo Ancelotti to turn to Keylor Navas.But AS reports that the coach will keep faith in Casillas for the midweek fixture, and doesn’t feel Casillas has been at fault for any of the goals Madrid have conceded this season.

Ramon Calderon: 'Fed up' Cristiano Ronaldo could return to Manchester United - ESPN FC
Calderon, the president who made Ronaldo the world's most expensive player when he brought him to Madrid from United, claimed the Portugal captain was disenchanted following the departures of Xabi Alonso and Angel Di Maria.

Match report from Valencia v Espanyol | Sky Sports Football
Pablo Piatti finished off a cut-back from Rodrigo Moreno to put the hosts in front with just eight minutes gone, and second-half goals from Dani Parejo and Paco Alcacer finished off a sorry Espanyol side, although Sergio Garcia did manage to score a late penalty for the Catalans. Valencia now have seven points and seven goals from their opening three games and are playing with a confidence and fluidity not seen since Unai Emery was in charge.

Match report from Sevilla v Getafe | Sky Sports Football
A first half of few opportunities burst into life when Getafe goalkeeper Vicente Guaita came to meet a Denis Suarez corner three minutes before the break but succeeded only in punching Grzegorz Krychowiak and conceding a penalty which Bacca duly converted.

Match report from Granada v Villarreal | Sky Sports Football
Granada and Villarreal played out a dour 0-0 draw in the Primera Division on Sunday evening. The best that can be said about the clash at Estadio Nuevo Los Carmenes is that it keeps Granada's unbeaten start to the season going, although that is as good as it gets.