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FC Barcelona News: 15 September 2015; 20 Players Arrive in Rome, Barça Shirt Sponsor Talks Ongoing

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FC Barcelona arrive in Rome, Italy | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona have made their way from the Catalan capital and have arrived in Rome, Italy where they'll make their 2015/16 UEFA Champions League debut against AS Roma. Barça's title defence begins on Wednesday, 16 September at 8.45pm at the Stadio Olimpico.

FC Barcelona to sport new blue kit in Rome | FC Barcelona
Barça proudly unveils its latest uniform design, which evolves the club’s famous blau, instantly identifiable in the traditional home colors, into an electric shade of the blue. The addition to its kit line-up is befitting of a club steeped in rich heritage yet renowned for forward-thinking and innovative football.

How Barça, Messi perform on the road in Champions League play | FC Barcelona
Cue the curtain on the 2015/16 UEFA Champions League. Reigning champions FC Barcelona open their title defence at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome, Italy. As the Catalans start continental play away from the friendly confines of Camp Nou, we felt it was a good idea to take a look at how Barça have performed over the years, on the road, in Europe's most prestigious competition.

When and where to watch AS Roma v FC Barcelona | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona travel to Italy to face AS Roma on Wednesday, 16 September at 8:45pm CET in both teams' first match in Group E of the 2015/16 UEFA Champions League. Luis Enrique's team returns to European competition looking to defend the title they won in Berlin last June — the fifth in Club history.

Twenty summoned for trip to Rome | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona are taking 20 players to Rome, Italy as they open play in Group E of the 2015/16 UEFA Champions League at the Stadio Olimpico on Wednesday at 8.45pm CET. Gerard Piqué, who still has one game left to serve of a four-game suspension in La Liga, has been included in the squad for the match versus AS Roma.

Infographic: AS Roma in European competition | FC Barcelona
A closer look at past continental performance of the Italian team, FC Barcelona's next adversary in the UEFA Champions League

AS Roma's strong start to the season | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona begin the defence of their Champions League title on Wednesday away to AS Roma (8.45 PM CET). The Italian club finished Serie A runners-up last campaign and currently occupy fourth spot with seven points from the first three matches. After drawing their first game of the season against Hellas Verona (1-1), Roma have beaten Juventus 2-1 at home and Frosinone 2-0 away.

Barcelona shirt sponsor talks ongoing - president Bartomeu - ESPN FC
The current shirt sponsorship deal runs until the end of the 2015-16 season, and any new commercial relationships could then chime with the "Espai Barcelona" development of the Camp Nou stadium which was approved by fans in a vote held in April 2014.

Paul Pogba appears to be Barcelona's No. 1 target - ESPN FC
Barcelona have started the season where they left off in 2014-15, and their three straight victories in La Liga show the Catalans have not lost any of the hunger, commitment and desire that saw them complete a historical treble in Luis Enrique's first year in charge.

Statement following Board of Directors meeting | FC Barcelona
At its regular board meeting held on Monday, the Board has approved the budget for the 2015/16 season, which will be submitted for final approval by the members at the next Assembly of Delegates, which is scheduled for the weekend of 24 and 25 October.

Barcelona chief blasts FIFA for 'unjust' La Masia sanctions - ESPN FC
The FIFA sanctions against Barcelona are "unjust, excessive and exaggerated," said president Josep Maria Bartomeu three days after the club temporarily removed more than a dozen La Masia players to comply with a new interpretation of the club's transfer ban.

Official presentation of Lassa Tyres as principal sponsor for the professional sections | FC Barcelona
The event will be attended by the president of FC Barcelona Josep Maria Bartomeu, the vice president and the man responsible for the Area of Marketing and Communication Manel Arroyo, as well as the four captains from the professional sections

Official presentation of Lassa Tyres as main sponsor of professional sections | FC Barcelona
This morning, FC Barcelona and Lassa Tyres officially presented the sponsorship deal that they signed on June 2 last year and which makes Turkey’s leading tyre manufacturer the main sponsor of the professional sections, and at the same time an official partner of the Club in relation to football.

Time for Ter Stegen | Football Espana
Saturday’s 2-1 win over Atletico Madrid marked the first ever La Liga start for Marc-Andre Ter Stegen. He more than likely would have thought this would happen a year ago when he joined the club, but given the form of Claudio Bravo over the past season this has not been possible.

Can Barcelona Retain the Champions League This Season? | Soccerlens
Without further ado — which amounts to testing the patience of today’s highly impatient football fans — the Champions League proper starts tonight. The group stages are barely intriguing compared to the drama that unfolds in the latter stages of the tournament, when emotions run high amid the frenzy of an important away goal or a deadlock-breaker deep into an all-important second leg tie. Still, we must all be mighty relieved the Champions League finally starts running tonight.

Five former FC Barcelona players in Champions League managers XI | FC Barcelona
UEFA has produced an ideal eleven out of the former footballers who are currently managers in the Champions League group phase, five of whom played for FC Barcelona: Luis Enrique (Barça), Pep Guardiola (Bayern Munich), Phillip Cocu (PSV Eindhoven), Laurent Blanc (PSG) and Julen Lopetegui (Porto).

Xavi ‘nearly left in 2008’ | Football Espana
Xavi Hernandez has admitted he was close to leaving Barcelona for Bayern Munich in 2008, ‘but then we appointed Pep Guardiola…’ The former Barca midfielder eventually departed Camp Nou in the summer of 2015 but told Marca that he could have gone to Germany a full seven years earlier.

Youth League matches streamed live on -
The third edition of the UEFA Youth League will be the most widely available yet to supporters across the globe – with four games to be streamed live on every week throughout the group stage. For the first time, fixtures will be live, subject to restrictions in some countries, in the MatchCentre and via the channel on YouTube.

Play as FC Barcelona on the FIFA 16 demo | FC Barcelona
The demo version of EA SPORTS video game FIFA 16 is now available on Xbox One, PlayStation®4, PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation®3, and is free to download. The launch of the demo presents the chance for FIFA fans to experience the new game modes, innovations, graphics and soundtrack before the final edition goes on sale from 24 September in Europe.

Chelsea plotting 'emergency loan' move for Victor Valdes - Inside Spanish Football
According to SportYou, Mourinho was disgusted by the performance of Asmir Begovic in this past weekend’s loss to Everton and is determined to sign Victor Valdes, who has been made an outcast at Manchester United due to a war of words between the player and manager Louis Van Gaal. Chelsea are prepared to contend that Valdes is coming in as a long-term replacement for Courtois, who will be out of action for another four months after suffering a devestating knee injury.

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