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FC Barcelona News: 18 August 2015; Barça Lose Supercopa de España, Gerard Pique Facing Long Ban

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FC Barcelona v Athletic Club: A Super Cup too far (1-1) | FC Barcelona
Luis Enrique’s men gave it everything in front of more than 88,000 fans, but in the end it was not enough. A draw against Athletic at Camp Nou in the second leg of the Spanish Super Cup was insufficient to turn around the 4-0 deficit from the first leg with the club from Bilbao claiming their first trophy in 31 years.

Luis Enrique cannot wait until 'damned' transfer window shuts -
Barcelona coach Luis Enrique admitted he cannot wait for the transfer window to close amid the ongoing speculation surrounding Manchester United target Pedro. Pedro is nearing a move to Old Trafford as reports claim the Spain international forward has agreed personal terms with United.

Luis Enrique gallant in defeat and optimistic for the future | FC Barcelona
Luis Enrique Martínez has missed out on his first title since becoming manager of FC Barcelona, but he does not in any way feel that his players have let him down. "I think they played very well" he said in his post-match press conference. "They got Athletic doubting and I could see our opponents were starting to worry. That’s we were after in this game. We competed and made a huge effort."

Leo Messi sets another Spanish Super Cup record | FC Barcelona
Defeat in the Spanish Super Cup still did not stop Leo Messi from setting yet another record. His goal in the 43rd minute of the second leg was his 11th overall in the annual curtain-raiser to the Spanish season. He was already the leading goalscorer in the competition, already way ahead of second-placed Raul (7 goals), and former Barça stars Begiristain and Stoitchkov (both with 6).

FC Barcelona v Athletic Club by the numbers | FC Barcelona
A selection of facts and figures from the 1-1 draw in Monday night’s Spanish Super Cup second leg between FC Barcelona and Athletic Club.

Sales open for Camp Nou ticket packs | FC Barcelona
Sales open on Tuesday 18 August of a selection of tickets packs for football matches at the Camp Nou between now and January 20, when the Liga reaches its midway point. Three different types of pack are on offer this season, which can suppose discounts of up to 55% on the cost of buying tickets separately. The packs can be bought in advance and offer the flexibility to be able to pick the games you want and whenever you want.

Barcelona's Gerard Pique awaits verdict following 'whore mother' rant -
Gerard Pique is facing a possible suspension after he was sent off during Barcelona's Supercopa de Espana second leg on Monday having told an assistant referee: "I s*** on your whore mother". The Barcelona defender was dismissed early in the second half of the draw against Athletic Bilbao at Camp Nou as his side was beaten 5-1 on aggregate.

Barcelona handed La Liga warning - ESPN FC
There is nothing pleasant in losing a trophy -- less still in losing one so comprehensively -- but there may be one positive for the Catalans to take from the events of the last week. Complacency is the ultimate enemy for a successful team -- avoiding it may seem simple in principle, but it is far more difficult in practice.

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