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FC Barcelona News: 17 September 2014; Barça Honor Tito Vilanova, Dani Alves Given Medical Green Light

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Tito Vilanova is to have Barcelona training ground named after him | Sky Sports
Barcelona have honoured the memory of former coach Tito Vilanova by renaming a training ground after him The Catalan club's board of directors agreed to name the number one pitch at the club's training camp at Sant Joan Despi after Vilanova. Vilanova, who replaced Pep Guardiola at the helm of Barca and won La Liga in his only season in charge, died of throat cancer at the age of 45 in April.

Barcelona squad named for UEFA Champions League Debut - Barca Blaugranes
These are the eighteen men chosen by Lucho: Claudio Bravo, Marc-André Ter Stegen, Dani Alves, Douglas, Gerard Piqué, Marc Bartra, Jérémy Mathieu, Adriano, Sergi Samper, Ivan Rakitic, Xavi, Andrés Iniesta, Sergi Roberto, Rafinha Alcântara, Lionel Messi, Neymar Jr., Munir El-Haddadi, Sandro.

FC Barcelona v APOEL FC: Now for Europe! | FC Barcelona
Barça are about to get their 2014/15 Champions League bid under way against APOEL of Nicosia at the Camp Nou. Top of the Liga table with three wins out of three and no goals conceded, they’re in a buoyant mood at the moment, and now’s the time to carry that excellent form across into Europe against the Cypriot champions, the first game in a group that also includes Ajax and Paris Saint-Germain.

FC Barcelona players who could make Champions League debut | FC Barcelona
Sandro Ramirez and Munir, technically still Barça B players, have enjoyed significant playing time in the first three Liga matches. Munir was also called up to play for the Spanish national team. The young striker of Spanish and Moroccan origin has been in excellent form and could make his Champions League debut on Wednesday.

Dani Alves declared fit for Champions League opener | FC Barcelona
The squad of eighteen has been announced for tonight’s Champions League fixture with APOEL. Dani Alves is included after being declared fully recovered from his knee injury, and fellow Brazilian Douglas has been named in the side for the first time since arriving at FC Barcelona.

FC Barcelona trains with full squad | FC Barcelona
The team worked out on Tuesday morning with a total of 26 players taking part in the training session. Luis Enrique had everyone at his disposal including Dani Alves and Thomas Vermaelen, who are still not officially cleared to play. Also participating in the session were Barça B players Samper, Sandro and Munir.

FC Barcelona v APOEL FC: Did you know? | FC Barcelona
APOEL are through to the group stage of the competition for the third time, and until now they have never failed to make it into the knockout stages. The side coached by Giorgos Donis beat HJK Helsinki 4-2 on aggregate and then Aalborg of Denmark 5-1 to qualify this season. Curiously, they played the Finnish side just a few days after Barça had met the same side in a preseason friendly.

Piqué: "I am improving all the time" | FC Barcelona
The Cypriots may not be one of the biggest names in continental football, but "the first Champions League match is always important for getting off on the right foot and going on to top the group, which our prime target … They may not be all that well known and I’m sure they’ll want to keep things tight at the back, so it will be hard to get the first goal."

Luis Enrique: "We need the fans" | FC Barcelona
Luis Enrique has called on the supporters to get behind the team on the Champions League 2014/15 debut, saying that "we need our fans and we’ll try to give them a spectacular game … Three points against APOEL FC would be very important for us." He reckoned those points would be just as important as any against PSG, theoretically the strongest opponent in Group H.

Complete collection of official shirts | FC Barcelona
The yellow third kit has now been unveiled, the final piece in the FC Barcelona collection for 2014/15. The first strip is, of course, in the traditional Barça colours. The second strip is crimson, the third, launched yesterday midnight (CET), features two shades of yellow, and not forgetting the hugely popular yellow and red striped shirt in the colours of the Catalan flag.

FC Barcelona U19 - Apoel U19: Defending champs start strong (3-0) | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona's U19 team opened its second season in the UEFA Youth League and cruised to a 3-0 victory against APOEL at the Miniestadi. The defending European champion put the match away early, scoring all three goals in the first 17 minutes.

The top five academy goals of the weekend | FC Barcelona
So here’s the latest of our weekly selections of the best goals by the Barça youngsters. Marc Pelaz and Arnau Farnós of the U12 A team finished off a couple of wonderful team plays. Rodrigo Sánchez, of U16 B, converted this accurate chip, and Ayoub Abou of U18 B scored against Gimastic Tarragona. And finally, Sergio Gómez, of U16 B, tops our selection with a goal scored directly from a corner.

Barcelona youngster Alen Halilovic living the dream following summer switch | Football News | Sky Sports
The 18-year-old, who completed a five-year deal at the Nou Camp in May, is a full international for Croatia but has initially started with Barcelona’s B team to aid his progression. Halilovic has been named in the first-team squad for the Champions League, though, and is hoping to force a way into manager Luis Enrique’s thinking after a whirlwind first few months at the club.

Real Madrid 5-1 Basel: Bale, Ronaldo cut through Swiss -
Real Madrid bounced back from successive defeats by thrashing Basel 5-1 to open the defense of its Champions League crown Tuesday. A scintillating display provided the perfect tonic for Saturday's 2-1 loss to fierce rival Atletico Madrid, with Gareth Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo and James Rodriguez on the score sheet after Marek Suchy's own goal had set the club on its way in the first half of the Group B clash.

Olympiakos defeat Atletico Madrid in Group A | Sky Sports Football
Arthur Masuaku opened the scoring for the hosts and Ibrahim Afellay doubled their lead after 31 minutes before Mario Mandzukic pulled one back for Madrid before half-time. Konstantinos Mitroglou made it 3-1 midway through the second half before Antoine Griezmann struck for last season's beaten finalists at the end.

Monchi to resign at Sevilla | Football Espana
Sevilla director of football Monchi is to quit his role at the club and will hand in his resignation on Thursday. "It’s a decision I took some time ago. I had already communicated it [to the board] then, but as we had been through a turbulent summer I decided to stay.

Spanish clubs Valencia Elche Hercules warned over illegal state aid - ESPN FC
EU competition commissioner Joaquin Almunia has warned that any Spanish clubs found guilty of receiving illegal state aid will have to pay the millions of euros involved back quickly, with interest. Almunia was responding to a question regarding the cases of Valencia, Elche and Hercules, who all received loan guarantees from the regional Valencian government, in moves the European Commission is investigating at present.