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FC Barcelona News: 4 September 2014; Luis Enrique Attends Coaches Forum, Dani Alves on the Verge of Milestone

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Luis Enrique attends UEFA Elite Club Coaches Forum | FC Barcelona
Luis Enrique travelled to Switzerland this Wednesday to attend the annual meeting of elite coaches organised by UEFA at its headquarters in Nyon, where he was joined by former Barça and current Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola.

Dani Alves heading for third century | FC Barcelona
Passion and temperament. That’s Dani Alves. A unique character on the right hand side of the Barça team. A unique yet prolific player, in seven seasons at the club, the Brazilian has become one of the strongest personalities in the squad and has a knack for grabbing attention both on and off the pitch. Last season, he overtook Philip Cocu to become the foreigner with the second most appearances for the first team, now topped only by Leo Messi, and if he plays against Bilbao at the Camp Nou the weekend after next, he’ll make it to 300 league games in a Barça jersey.

An encouraging start for new-look Barcelona - ESPN FC
Luis Enrique's new-look Barca are sitting comfortably at the top of the La Liga table after a couple of matches in which belief, pride and consistency were key. The manager's stamp is becoming increasingly visible and, while it is obviously far too early to make a convincing judgement, there is a sense of renewed optimism in the air after the disappointing season under Gerardo Martino.

Carles Puyol to help Barcelona with transfers - ESPN FC
Barcelona sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta says Carles Puyol's duties in his new off-pitch role at the club will involve scouting potential transfer targets and developing young players. Long-serving Blaugrana captain Puyol, 36, retired at the end of the 2013-14 season, after struggling with persistent serious knee problems for over two years, and was immediately offered a job in the club's "technical department."

APOEL FC Nicosia in statistics, FC Barcelona's first European opponent | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona's Champions League campaign starts against the Cypriot champions on September 17 Former youth goalkeeper Urko Pardo, who played alongside Messi at La Masia, is among the APOEL squad

Player Focus: Was Del Bosque Right to Leave Pique Out of Spain Squad?
This news fit with the popular perception about Pique that so much success so early has taken an edge off his focus and his performances. His pop-star partner Shakira, fondness for pro-poker tournaments, and starting of a video games business had all been taken as evidence that - although still just 27 - he has lost the desire and intensity required to be a top level centre-half.

Martino makes strong debut with Argentina | FC Barcelona
Leo Messi was missing from the game in Düsseldorf due to the groin strain sustained against Villarreal at the weekend. His FCB team-mate Javier Mascherano wore the captain’s armband in his stead in a game where new Man United signing Di María was the most active player, providing assists for all three of his team’s first three goals and then scoring the fourth before Schürrle and Götze restored some German honour.

Real Madrid weaker than when it won La Decima - Goal.com
It is not unusual for teams to cash in on some of their most marketable players after a successful season in continental competition. But Madrid is not a selling club. This is the world's richest team and winning La Decima should have been the start of something special.

Madrid's loss is United's gain as Di Maria marvels for Argentina against Germany - Goal.com
Real Madrid's loss is Manchester United's gain. Angel Di Maria was at his breathtaking best for Argentina in a 4-2 win over Germany on Wednesday to leave madridistas melancholic and fans of the Premier League side licking their lips.

Cristiano Ronaldo plans return to Manchester United | Football News | Sky Sports
The current holder of the prestigious Ballon d’Or is tied to a long-term contract at Santiago Bernabeu and has every intention of honouring that agreement. Talk of a second spell at Old Trafford refuses to go away, though, with Ronaldo’s profile having rocketed during six successful years in England

Official: Real Madrid loan Manchester United's Varela - Goal.com
The 21-year-old was David Moyes's first signing as United boss, but has not featured in the first team since his move from Penarol and links up with the European champion for the remainder of the 2014-15 campaign.Varela will play for the Real's 'Castilla' reserve team in the Segunda Division under Zinedine Zidane.

Oliver Bierhoff reveals dispute over Sami Khedira injury with Real Madrid - ESPN FC
"The player had problems already when he travelled," he claimed. "Plus, he was examined in Madrid. The doctors there did not consider it such a dramatic injury. After that, Khedira decided to go to a trusted doctor here, [Hans-Wilhelm] Muller-Wohlfarth, who diagnosed a muscle tear."

Valencia president targets Champions League after healthy transfer window - ESPN FC
Valencia president Amadeo Salvo says La Liga's new budget regulations are the reason the club made a 27.9 million euro profit in the summer's transfer window, despite previous regular claims that incoming new owner Peter Lim was set to spend in excess of 50 million euros on new players.

Liverpool to sign Spain under-17 midfielder Madger Antonio from Villarreal - ESPN FC
Liverpool have signed Spain under-17 midfielder Madger Antonio from Villarreal for a nominal fee, subject to international clearance. The 17-year-old, who has confirmed the move on Twitter, is set to link up with the Reds' academy side.

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