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FC Barcelona News: 25 August 2015; Barça Appeal Three Yellow Cards, Pedro Bids Farewell

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FC Barcelona appeals Rakitic, Vermaelen and Suárez bookings | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona has decided to appeal the yellow cards shown by referee Carlos del Cerro Grande to Ivan Rakitic (43’), Thomas Vermaelen (63’) and Luis Suárez (74') in Sunday’s match against Athletic Club. The club considers the reasons outlined in the referee’s report inadmissible and has therefore appealed to the Competition Committee.

The win at San Mamés by the numbers | FC Barcelona
Barça got their league campaign off to a winning start at San Mamés, with Luis Suárez getting the only goal of the game to secure three valuable points on the opening weekend. Here we pick out the key stats from the game in Bilbao. FC Barcelona had ten shots on goal, four of which were on target. Athletic only had two goal attempts and were also vastly outnumbered in possession, with the Catalans holding onto the ball for 69% of the game.

FC Barcelona top seeded more than any club since 1999 | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona are one of the top-seeded teams in this week’s Champions League draw. But that’s nothing new. Since the group stage was expanded to 32 teams in 1999/00, the Catalans have always been among the eight highest ranked clubs, apart from in the 2003/04 season when they played in the UEFA Cup.

Pedro: Being at Barça was a dream come true | FC Barcelona
Pedro Rodríguez Ledesma has said goodbye to FC Barcelona. Accompanied by his family, his former team mates and the first team coaching staff, the man from the Canary Islands wished to "thank everybody for getting me into his great Club and for making my dream come true." He also had words of gratitude for the Board of Directors, "for understanding my decision and for respecting it."

Pedro's farewell videos | FC Barcelona
Pedro Rodríguez, who has joined Chelsea after more than a decade at FC Barcelona said his formal goodbyes on Monday at a special press conference attended by his family and team-mates, as well as the coaching staff and members of the board. The Canary Islander gave an emotional speech in which he thanked everyone who has shared so many experiences with him in the Catalan capital.

Magic moments: Rakitić on Berlin final goal - UEFA.com
"All goals have their own story," said the Croatian international. "I remember several goals in important derbies, like the one for Schalke against Dortmund, for Sevilla against Betis, and, of course, this goal in the final has a different story. Knowing that at the beginning of the match you have the possibility to put your team in the lead and score that goal is very important, and even more so in a final."

FC Barcelona dominant in past Camp Nou meetings with Málaga | FC Barcelona
This Saturday, FC Barcelona take on Málaga, one of just two sides to take all three points from their visit to the Camp Nou last season. But despite that surprise 1-0 defeat, Barcelona traditionally get the better of their Andalusian counterparts.

Barcelona want Neymar to retire at amid Man United links - ESPN FC
Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has reacted to rumours linking Neymar with a move to Manchester United by saying he wants the forward to spend the rest of his career at the Camp Nou and revealed that talks over a new contract will open "over the next months."

Rival Watch: Favourites stumble in low-scoring opening weekend | FC Barcelona
On a remarkably low-scoring opening weekend in La Liga, in which more than half the teams failed to score a single goal, Barça, who won 1-0 at Athletic Club Bilbao, were handed an early bonus when three of the traditionally stronger sides in the competition were held to goalless draws.

Bare bones Barca | Football Espana
Nonetheless, the transfer embargo that prohibits Barcelona from fielding newly signed players and the sales of Pedro, Xavi Hernandez and Martin Montoya means that they are three players short of what was already a relatively small squad last campaign. Enrique was quite fortuitous with injuries and suspensions last term, but if they start to set in this time around then there could be some serious problems for the Coach.