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FC Barcelona News: 17 August 2015; Three La Liga Kickoff Times Announced, Barca B Complete Unbeaten Preseason

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Questions over Barcelona's squad depth - ESPN FC
Prior to Athletic Bilbao's magical night at the San Mames, the last side to put four unanswered goals past Barcelona was Jupp Heynckes' treble-winning Bayern. Sevilla hadn't scored four against them since 1995 before their 5-4 UEFA Super Cup defeat on Wednesday. The season may be young, but there are already hints of problems that could be costly for Luis Enrique further down the road.

Luis Enrique calls on full squad against Athletic Club | FC Barcelona
Luis Enrique has announced his squad for Monday evening’s Spanish Super Cup second leg against Athletic Club Bilbao, where they will need to turn around a deficit of four goals after a heavy defeat at San Mamés on Friday. To do so, the manager has named his full squad for the match, including those that are sick or injured.

Luis Enrique: Turning it around is a challenge for us | FC Barcelona
"Convinced, no, really convinced." That is how the FC Barcelona coach Luis Enrique is approaching the challenge of Monday ‘s historic comeback against Athletic Club in the second leg of their Spanish Super Cup final. "It’s a challenge that motivates us," said Luis Enrique in a press conference ahead of the game at Camp Nou.

Mascherano says team believes they can come back | FC Barcelona
The Argentine said of the task facing his side after the defeat in San Mamés on Friday: "The team has to believe we can do it." He added: "It will be difficult but it is an important challenge and nobody has ever done it….[…] I have seen the game again and it wasn't normal that they created so many chances against us. That’s why I said that we did not play well. We were punished for the odd mistake. Now we have to think about how we can turn things around."

The eighteen games in 2014/15 with four or more goals | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona need score at least four goals to force overtime on Monday evening at Camp Nou against Athletic Club. Overcoming a 4–0 first-leg loss is a difficult feat, but for Luis Enrique's team lighting up the scoreboard is their modus operandi. Last season they scored four or more goals in 18 different games.

Summary of UEFA Super Cup week | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona's first week of competition in the 2015/16 season included a UEFA Super Cup victory over Sevilla and the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup against Athletic Club. Here are the biggest stories of the week.

What the opening week of league play looks like | FC Barcelona
Ninety-eight days after being proclaimed the 2014/15 La Liga champions at the Vicente Calderón in Madrid, FC Barcelona begin their title defence on Sunday at 6.30pm CET against an Athletic Club team which they will have faced twice this season already.

Levante, Celta and Las Palmas dates announced | FC Barcelona
The kick-off times and dates of FC Barcelona’s 4th, 5th and 6th Liga matches were announced on Monday. These will be the games immediately after Barça make their Champions League debut, and are at home to Levante and Las Palmas and away to Celta.

'Yes we can!' - but Barcelona has never come back from four goals down -
Barca was well beaten at San Mames on Friday night as a stunning strike from Mikel San Jose and an Aritz Aduriz hat trick condemned the club to its worst domestic defeat in eight years. Barca won the treble last season and added the UEFA Super Cup against Sevilla last week, but its hopes of claiming the sextuple now hang very much in the balance.

Lionel Messi's 43 seconds in Budapest -
On Aug. 16, 2005, with 18 minutes gone in the second half, Lisandro Lopez, the ex-Racing player who now plays for Internacional in Brazil, left the field. In his place entered, wearing the No. 18 that matched his age, the man everyone wanted to see. Lionel Messi debuted with the Argentina national team after having won the U-20 World Cup in the Netherlands two months before.

Report: Everton lead the race to sign Barcelona midfielder Alex Song, bid lodged | HITC
According to a report in the Italian editorial TMW, Everton have edged ahead of West Ham United in the race to sign Alex Song with a bid in the region of £3.5 million tabled. The Cameroon international joined Barcelona from Arsenal but immediately struggled to break into the first team, eventually resulting in a return to the Premier League on loan at West Ham United last season.

AEC Manlleu-Barça B: unbeaten in pre-season (0-1) | FC Barcelona
Barça B rounded off a successful unbeaten pre-season by beating third tier rivals Manlleu with a second half goal from Dongou to take the Manlleu Trophy and make it five wins and a draw – won on penalties against Llagostera - from their six warm up games. The league campaign starts next Saturday with a visit to neighbours Cornellà on Saturday.

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