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FC Barcelona News: 22 August 2015; Jordi Alba Declared Fit, Training Continues for La Liga Start

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Jordi Alba declared fit and in the squad for trip to Bilbao | FC Barcelona
Jordi Alba is the new name for the squad announced for Sunday’s game in San Mamés against Athletic Club which kicks off at 6.30pm CET. The full back has been given the all clear after picking up an injury in the Joan Gamper Trophy game 17 days ago, subsequently forcing him to miss both the European and Spanish Super Cups.

Big changes for FC Barcelona's 2015/16 La Liga rivals | FC Barcelona
A look at the players who have been added and dropped from the nineteen other teams in the Spanish First Division during the summer

Second to last training session before heading back to San Mamés | FC Barcelona
In addition to the usualy first-team players, Friday's workout on Camp Tito Vilanova at the Ciutat Esportiva featured Barça B youngsters Juan Cámara and Gerard Gumbau. The man of the day, however, was Aleix Vidal, who received warm birthday wishes from his teammates before the session began. Vidal turned 26 years old on Friday.

When and where to watch Sunday's La Liga opener between Athletic Club Bilbao and FC Barcelona | FC Barcelona
Defending champions FC Barcelona open the 2015/16 La Liga schedule versus Athletic Club Bilbao at the New San Mamés on Sunday, 23 August at 6.30pm CET. It will be the third straight clash between the two sides in less than ten days.

Marc Bartra: 'Learning from your mistakes helps you grow' | FC Barcelona
After having spent the summer on an American Tour, appearing in the perennial coming out party of the Joan Gamper Trophy, and playing in two Super Cups — continental and domestic — the weekly challenge of La Liga is finally back.

All of Pedro's goals at FC Barcelona | FC Barcelona
Pedro Rodríguez ends his spell at FC Barcelona on 99 goals in six full seasons with the first team. The Canarian made a habit of scoring important goals, including the winner in the 2009 UEFA Super Cup and the opener in the 2011 Champions League final. You can relive each one in this two-part video special.

'Barca looking for Pedro replacement' | Football Espana
Luis Enrique has revealed that Barcelona intend to sign a replacement for Pedro Rodriguez ahead of Sunday's trip to Athletic Bilbao in La Liga. The winger ended summer-long speculation about his future by joining Chelsea for €30m earlier in the week, and his former Coach admits his departure has left La Blaugrana a little short.

Carlos Tevez defends Lionel Messi against Argentina critics - ESPN FC
Boca Juniors forward Carlos Tevez came out in defence of his Argentina teammate Lionel Messi in the latest chapter of that country's debate over criticism towards the Barcelona striker based upon the Albiceleste's international failures.

Chelsea swoop for Pedro was like lightning says agent - ESPN FC
Pedro Rodriguez's agent says Manchester United "probably dropped the ball" in the battle for the Spain star and that Chelsea's swoop was more "like a lightning bolt." Chelsea, in a bid to recover from their worst start to a season in 17 years, signed the 28-year-old Spain forward on a four-year deal on Thursday after weeks of discussions to move to United.

What to expect from Barcelona in 2015-16 -
The sextuple dream may have evaporated as Barcelona lost the Spanish Supercopa to Athletic Club earlier this week, but the rest of the objectives will not change for the Catalan club in 2015-16. Luis Enrique's side will look to repeat the treble it achieved last season, although that is an extremely tough ask because no team has successfully defended the Champions League since Europe's premier club competition changed its format in 1992-93.

Graham Hunter: Barca v Madrid again, but Atletico will be knocking on the door : Paddy Power Blog
If La Liga’s your bag then it’s already clear you know your football and you know that, technically, tactically and trophy-wise it’s the best league in the world – by far. But if you like the increasing tendency for the survival of the fittest, rather than the survival of the richest, this promises to be the season for you.

La Liga and union agree to play games over Christmas period - ESPN FC
Since 1990, La Liga teams have always had a two-week "winter break" which allows players a midseason rest to recharge their batteries, and also lets non-Spaniards travel to spend the holiday period with their families in their home countries.

Eurosport Roundtable: La Liga predictions - Eurosport British
Despite their stuttering pre-season form that included quite the going over from Athletic Club in the Spanish Super Cup, the consensus here is that Barcelona have too much quality. Real Madrid are given the nod just twice. The battle for fourth in Spain could be one of the tightest in years with Sevilla, Athletic Club and Villarreal all looking particularly strong this season while Valencia should not be discounted.

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