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FC Barcelona News: 24 August 2015; Barça Win La Liga Opener, Dani Alves Injury Confirmed

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Athletic Club v FC Barcelona: First game, first three points (0–1) | FC Barcelona
Luis Suárez’s textbook left-footed volley nine minutes into the second half was all Barça needed to open their league season with a 1–0 victory over Athletic Club on Sunday afternoon in Bilbao. The bang-bang goal came after an equally impressive cross of the same ilk from the boot of Jordi Alba.

In opening day victory, Luis Suárez sees confidence-builder | FC Barcelona
Luis Suárez’s 54th minute goal gave Barça the win on Sunday in their league opener. But besides the goal, the Uruguayan was incisive, intense, and was the object of a foul that have Barça a penalty kick. After the game, the striker said that "these games inspire us to win the league … we won the game and that’s what’s important, we had to wait for the [right] moment to create some scoring chances," he said. | Eurosport

Luis Enrique says team at 'very high-level' in opener | Eurosport
"I think we started the [La Liga] championship the way we did last season, at a very high level," said FC Barcelona head coach Luis Enrique in the San Mamés press room following his team's 1–0 victory on match day one. "We kept Athletic from creating danger and I think we played a very complete match," he added. | Eurosport

Barcelona depth issues surface Rafa feeling the heat already - ESPN FC
Such was the relaxed mood around the Camp Nou that club president Josep Bartomeu was able to gain re-election, even mandating the spending of €55m on players (Arda Turan and Aleix Vidal) who were sure to spend the next six months watching from the stands. The not-unexpected exits of Xavi Hernandez and Pedro Rodriguez were also met with shrugs by many.

Seventh opening day win in a row in the league | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona have done it again. With Sunday’s win against Athletic the blaugranes have now won their opening fixture of the campaign for the last seven seasons. The run began back in 2009/10 with the visit of Sporting Gijón to Camp Nou, the blaugranes winning by a comfortable 3-0 margin that day.

FC Barcelona's opening day victory, on social media | FC Barcelona
The players use their favourite social networks to express their contentment with the win at San Mamés

Recovery session after the win in Bilbao | FC Barcelona
Just a few hours after returning from Bilbao with the first three points of the season under their belts, Barça have put in a recovery session at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper. Luis Enrique took the session with all his available first team players along with Gerard Gumbau and Juan Cámara from the B squad.

FC Barcelona's schedule ahead of first Liga game at the Camp Nou | FC Barcelona
After getting their title defence under way at San Mamés on Sunday, FC Barcelona’s first Liga match at the Camp Nou is at home to Málaga on Saturday 29 August. After an intense schedule with the European and Spanish Super Cups in a very short space of time, the first team has a whole week ahead of them to get ready for the visit from the side from the Costa del Sol.

Dani Alves' injury confirmed | FC Barcelona
The win for Barça in San Mamés was not all good news for the blaugranes. Both Dani Alves and Sergio Busquets were substituted during the win against Athletic and on Monday morning the two players underwent medical tests. In Dani Alves’ case, the results show that the Brazilian has a groin strain. The right was replaced by Sergi Roberto on Sunday after just 19 minutes of the game.

10 years to day since Messi burst on to the scene | FC Barcelona
24 August 2005. That is the day that Leo Messi was included in the starting eleven for the Joan Gamper Trophy game against Juventus, the reigning Serie A champions and one of the best teams in Europe at the time. That day the result was not the overriding concern given that Frank Rijkaard’s side went down to defeat on penalties following a 2-2 over 90 minutes.

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