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FC Barcelona News: 19 September 2014; Players Go Through Recovery Work, Luis Suarez and Carles Puyol Fly Qatar Airways

Manuel Queimadelos Alonso

Recovery work after UCL opener | FC Barcelona
Dani Alves worked out apart from the rest of the group, as did Masip. Thomas Vermaelen, trained with the group despite not yet having the medical okay to play. Munir, Sandro and Samper also participated. One player who did not train was Luis Suarez, who had the Club's special permission to take part in a Club marketing event.

Facts and figures from the APOEL game | FC Barcelona
Once the match against APOEL was over, Luis Enrique reiterated that he wanted all his players to feel important. Based on how he has managed the team thus far, he means what he says. In four matches, the coach has called on 22 players. Only Luis Suarez, serving a suspension, the injured Masip and Vermaelen, and the newly signed Douglas have yet to appear.

Behind the scenes of Barça's Champions League opener | FC Barcelona
This Wednesday the Champions League was back at the Camp Nou, and this year FC Barcelona opened up against APOEL Nicosia in their opening match, a 1-0 victory. We take a look at the best moments from before and after the match, including the players' arrival at the stadium, the fans who cheered them on, and post game interviews.

Gerard Pique's Barcelona form - ESPN FC
Gerard Pique is at a crossroads in his career. When he rejoined his boyhood club Barcelona 2008 and produced one of the most impressive debut seasons from a central defender in recent memory, few would have predicted that at 27, he would find himself the subject of frequent criticism for sub-par performances.

The best videos of Sergi Samper at the Masia | FC Barcelona
With his debut against Apoel, Sergi Sampere fulfilled the dream of every youngster at the Masia by making his first team debut at the Camp Nou. The nineteen-year-old has worked his way up through the Club’s academy system from the FCBEscola to a Champions League tie with the first team and here we look back at some of the best images of his performances for the various Club sides he’s played for, as well as some of his declarations to Barça TV.

Samper - from FCB Escola to Champions League | FC Barcelona
Few players ever have to privilege to play their first match for FC Barcelona in the Champions League. Even fewer after having spent their whole life with the club. Now Sergi Samper can say he did it, after arriving as a 6 year old and completing the journey on Wednesday night at the age of 19 against APOEL Nicosia.

FC Barcelona delegation at unveiling of new Qatar Airways plane | FC Barcelona
Qatar Airways, the official sponsor of FC Barcelona, has unveiled a new aircraft, the first A380 in its fleet, which made its inaugural flight on Thursday from Hamburg to Doha, the airline's main hub. The flight took off with several representatives of FC Barcelona aboard, including the club's Managing Director, Antoni Rossich, assistant Director of Sport, Carles Puyol, and current player, Luis Suarez.

Perez plans Madrid cantera overhaul | Football Espana
Real Madrid President Florentino Perez wants to re-organise the club’s youth set-up, eliminate a number of levels and focus on RM Castilla and Juvenil A. AS reports Perez outlined his plan in a 20-minute speech to a group of club members in advance of the club’s assembly. It’s said that Perez wants to merge Real Madrid C with Castilla and have only one level of Juvenil, scrapping B and C.

Raphael Varane signs Real Madrid contract extension | Sky Sports
Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane has signed a contract extension which will keep him at the Primera Division club until 2020. The 21-year-old France international moved to the Bernabeu from Lens in 2011, initially signing a six-year deal.

Lim’s Valencia takeover stalls again | Football Espana
Valencia’s takeover by Singapore business magnate Peter Lim has once again hit a snag, according to a report in Marca. Negotiations between Lim’s company Meriton Holdings and Bankia, the club’s main creditor, have been taking place in Madrid this week, but it appears agreement has still not been reached that would see the sale take place.

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