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FC Barcelona News: 27 August 2015; Neymar Returns to Training, Marc-Andre ter Stegen Wins Best Save Award

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FC Barcelona will be in the spotlight at UEFA gala in Monaco | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona will be one of the main protagonists at this Thursday’s UEFA gala in Monaco. The event will include the draw for the 2015/16 Champions League groups, the Best Player in Europe Award as well as the Best Goal and Save of the Season, plus a special recognition award. UEFA will also pay tribute to Barça for winning their fifth Champions League title in June.

The Champions of Europe await their opponents | FC Barcelona
The current champions of Europe will find out this Thursday in Monaco their opponents in the group stages of this season’s Champions League. FC Barcelona will be in pot 1 of the draw, allowing them to avoid other top seeds Chelsea, Bayern Munich, Juventus, PSG, Benfica, Zenit and PSV. The blaugranes will also avoid fellow la Liga sides Real Madrid, Atlético, Valencia and Sevilla.

FC Barcelona's possible opponents in the Champions League | FC Barcelona
Barça cannot play any of the other top seeded clubs (Chelsea, Bayern Munich, Juventus, Benfica, PSG, Zenit and PSV), and neither can they meet the four other entrants from La Liga (Real Madrid, Atlético Madrid, Sevilla and Valencia), but there are plenty of fascinating potential match-ups in the 2015/16 Champions League group stage.

Ter Stegen scoops UEFA Save of the Season award | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona won the Champions League in amazing style last season, and in recognition of that, the awards are flooding in. And the latest of these goes to Marc-André ter Stegen, winner of the UEFA Save of the Season trophy for his dramatic intervention just before half-time in the second leg of the semi-final against Bayern Munich.

Messi's goal against Bayern voted best of 2014/15 Champions League | FC Barcelona
Leo Messi’s brilliant second goal against Bayern Munich in the first leg of the Champions League semi-final was just one of many occasions when the Argentinian has stunned the world. An online vote by users of the official UEFA website has named the work of art, in which he leaves Boateng on the floor before cheekily chipping Bayern keeper Neuer, the best of the 20014/15 edition of the tournament.

Further preparations for Málaga | FC Barcelona
The Barça first team has continued its preparations for the second league game of the season and the first at the Camp Nou, when they take on Málaga on Saturday at 8.30pm CET. Luis Enrique took Thursday’s session on pitch number two at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper, and once again included Barça B’s Gumbau, Samper and Cámara in the workout.

The heir to Messi's throne - why Barcelona are right to break the bank for Neymar -
With Ivan Rakitic in midfield and Luis Suarez alongside him, Neymar took his game to a new level and scored 39 goals in 51 appearances as Luis Enrique's side claimed the treble of Liga, Copa del Rey and Champions League titles in 2014-15. And Barca's stuttering start to the new season has highlighted his importance: without Neymar, the Catalans needed extra time to beat Sevilla in the UEFA Super Cup, lost over two legs to Athletic in the Spanish Supercopa and narrowly beat the Basques in La Liga on Sunday.

Neymar and Sergio Busquets ease Barcelona fitness concerns - ESPN FC
Neymar and Sergio Busquets are set to be fit for Barcelona's La Liga clash with Malaga at the Camp Nou on Saturday to ease Luis Enrique's selection concerns. Neymar has been absent for three weeks due to the mumps but has now returned to full training with the squad.

Thomas Vermaelen climbs Barcelona pecking order - ESPN FC
For nine months, it felt like Thomas Vermaelen's only job at Barcelona was to be the butt of cruel jokes. Almost as soon as he had signed for the Catalans last August, it was confirmed that the Belgian was injured and required time on the treatment table, a scenario that would continue throughout the majority of his first season at the Camp Nou.

Luis Enrique and Javi Gracia: ten duels as players | FC Barcelona
The FC Barcelona manager made his first appearance with Sporting Gijón in the Primera División while the Málaga boss made his debut for Bilbao Athletic in the second division. The pair both hung up their boots in the same league as they started: Luis Enrique brought an end to an illustrious career as Barça captain while Gracia called it quits at Cordoba.

Adama targets Barca return | Football Espana
Adama Traore confirms his long-term goal is to return to Barcelona after leaving La Blaugrana for Aston Villa. The forward made only sporadic appearances in the Barca first team, spending the majority of last season with Barca B, and gave an insight into his last year at Camp Nou.

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