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FC Barcelona News: 23 August 2015; Players Ready for La Liga Start, Barça B Lose Season Opener

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Match preview: It's Athletic Club Bilbao v FC Barcelona, this time in La Liga | FC Barcelona
Newly tenured head coach Luis Enrique is back and is once again leading a class of elite performers consisting of both new pupils and familiar faces, all of them ambitious and motivated and united by their desire to complete their daily work and to be fully prepared for the 38 league tests scheduled during the ten-month-long 2015/16 season.

Everything you need to know about this weekend's La Liga opener at San Mamés | FC Barcelona
This Sunday at 6:30pm CET, FC Barcelona and Athletic Club face off (again), this time in both teams' first test of the 2015/16 La Liga. To help you understand everything surrounding Barça's season debut, we review the top news stories from the build up to Sunday's match.

The newly laid Camp Nou turf takes shape | FC Barcelona
The process of changing the Camp Nou turf has entered the final stage. From early Thursday, work began on putting the pieces of turf, which arrived from Bordeaux, into place. The pitch will be ready this weekend after painting new lines on the field as well as setting up the goal posts and the corner flags.

An interview with Athletic Club's Oscar De Marcos | FC Barcelona
For Oscar De Marcos, FC Barcelona will always be a special rival. He scored his first goal at San Mamés against Barça, something he will never forget. In an interview with, the Athletic player looks back at the Spanish Super Cup and reveals his thoughts on Sunday’s league clash between the two sides.

Luis Enrique sees a tight battle for the league ahead | FC Barcelona
With just a day to go before FC Barcelona’s first game of the 2015/16 season, Luis Enrique appeared before the press ahead of his side’s trip to take on Athletic Club for their third time in little over a week. "Despite the fact that we have played against them twice already, the context of the game will help us more than the previous two. We will be fresher with more good training sessions under our belt, on the other hand, Athletic are coming off the back of a demanding and important game," explained the Barça boss.

Pedro Rodríguez press conference on Monday | FC Barcelona
Pedro Rodríguez will appear before the press on Monday 24 August at 1.00pm CET. The venue will be the press room at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper. Pedro played 321 games for the first team, scoring 99 goals before last Thursday's move to Chelsea.

Barcelona's Neymar not leaving for Manchester United, says agent | Sky Sports
It was reported by The Sun that United wanted to make the 23-year-old their marquee signing this summer and had made a "discreet approach" to the La Liga side. However, Neymar's agent Wagner Ribeiro has brushed aside any suggestion the Brazilian could leave Barcelona.

Atletico haven't ruined pitch to upset Barcelona, jokes Simeone -
Diego Simeone jokingly denied that Atletico Madrid has deliberately ruined the pitch ahead of Barcelona's visit to the Vicente Calderon. The Blaugrana are renowned for their passing football and it has been insinuated in the past that opponents have intentionally provided them with poor surfaces in order to metaphorically level the playing field.

Barça B fall in opener, 2–1 at Cornellà | FC Barcelona
Barça B opened in Group Three of the Second Division B with a 2–1 defeat at Cornellà after tying the match during a very good second half showing. But Cornellà managed to swipe all three points thanks to a penalty kick in the final minute of play.

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