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FC Barcelona News: 1 January 2015; Happy New Year!!!

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Happy New Year starts for FC Barcelona | FC Barcelona
Barça kick off 2015 with a trip to Donosti to face David Moyes’ Real Sociedad on Sunday night (9.00PM CET) knowing that their record of wins at the start of a New Year has been pretty good over the last few seasons. Of the last nine games played at the start of a year, Barça have won six and drawn the other three, with the last year to open with a defeat dating back to 2005, when they lost 3-0 at Villarreal.

Barcelona ban offers Luis Enrique a chance to connect with his squad - ESPN FC
The ban was imposed when the club were accused of breaking rules on signing players under the age of 18 between 2009 and 2013 but while the press lives on transfer tittle-tattle during the summer months, Enrique will have a chance to get perfectly acquainted with his squad. As a result, he should know exactly what resources are available to him for the year to come.

Fine starts to the year for Pedro | FC Barcelona
The run began in his second season in the first team, when he claimed the equaliser against Villarreal, just after ending 2009 with the unique record of scoring in all six major competitions in a calendar year. It was just the beginning of Pedro’s tremendous goalscoring record in a Barça shirt.

Your favourite photos on FC Barcelona's Instagram account | FC Barcelona
The 10 most liked photos on the Club's official account

Review of 2014: Atletico crowned Liga champions, Real Madrid claim La Decima | Eurosport
Barça. No trophies. Lionel Messi's form dipped and he became implicated in tax evasion for which he'll still likely go to court. The Neymar transfer scandal which led to the club president stepping down hit the club in January, a few months before a transfer ban was implemented in March for breaking the rules regarding the signing of young players. This will continue until 2016 after their latest appeal failed. Barca will appeal again, but with no guarantee of success.

Vote for your ESPN FC Player of the Month for December - Lionel Messi, Denis Cheryshev or Roberto Firmino - ESPN FC
"The on-fire Argentinean wizard has been given a deeper role within Luis Enrique's formation in order to accommodate Luis Suarez in his preferred striking position," writes Barcelona blogger Francesc Tomas. "But, despite playing further away from the goal, Messi's goal-scoring frequency has actually improved as a result."