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FC Barcelona News: 18 August 2016; Barcelona Win Spanish Super Cup, Lose Javier Mascherano to Injury

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FC Barcelona v Sevilla FC: Supermen! (3-0) | FC Barcelona
The Spanish Super Cup was the only major title that Luis Enrique was missing from his collection as Barça manager, but all that changed in spectacular style on Wednesday night as his team completed a 5-0 aggregate defeat of Sevilla. It was an awesome performance in the first competitive match of the season at the Camp Nou, with Arda Turan (2) and Leo Messi getting the goals that ensured a record twelfth victory for the Catalans in the traditional curtain-raiser to the official season.

FC Barcelona win 12th Spanish Super Cup | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona have extended their record haul of Spanish Super Cup titles to twelve after beating Sevilla 3-0 in Wednesday's second leg, and 5-0 on aggregate. The Blaugrana have featured in all but one of the last seven editions of the traditional curtain-raiser to the Spanish football year, which pits the winners of the previous season’s Liga against the champions of the Copa del Rey (or in this case runners-up, as Barça of course secured the domestic double in 2015/16).

FC Barcelona were 'fair winners' claims Sergio Busquets | FC Barcelona
“I’m very pleased to win the title and to have been able to play. I’m happy to have made my official debut, happy with the game and happy with the work that my team-mates did. I’m taking things slowly. I have only been here a week and a half and am still getting to know my team-mates. I have a lot of work to do, but I’m on the case. I’m processing things and learning how the team plays. That said, I felt really comfortable out there today”.

'Great win against a great opponent' says Luis Enrique | FC Barcelona
Luis Enrique spoke to the press following “a great win against a great opponent” in the second leg of the Spanish Super Cup on Wednesday night.“It was especially pleasing that we didn’t concede any goals, and that was because the players competed with such intensity” continued the Barça manager. “But it was a fair result. Now we need to focus on Saturday’s game, where we’ll be starting the league as champions and seeking to retain our title.”

Mascherano out for one week | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona’s Javier Mascherano suffered a hamstring injury in his right leg the second half of the Spanish Super Cup second leg against Sevilla at the Camp Nou on Wednesday night. The Argentinian is expected to be unavailable for approximately one week as he recovers.

Facts and stats from the Spanish Super Cup victory | FC Barcelona
The most important statistic from Wednesday night is the score. Barça beat Sevilla 3-0, which coupled with a 2-0 win from the first leg equates to a more than emphatic conquest of the Spanish Super Cup trophy. But here are some other facts and stats from the first competitive match of the season at the Camp Nou.

Arda reborn! Tremendous Turan shows Barcelona that no new striker is needed - Goal.com
Second season, second chance. Arda Turan signed for Barcelona in the summer of last year, but had to wait until January to make his debut because of the club's transfer ban and his maiden campaign never really got going. This one, however, has had a spectacular start.

Claudio Bravo could leave Barcelona this summer - sporting director - ESPN FC
Barcelona sporting director Robert Fernandez confirmed Claudio Bravo will feature in Saturday's La Liga opener against Real Betis, but conceded he may not remain at the club beyond the current transfer window. Bravo played in Wednesday's 3-0 Super Cup win against Sevilla, saving a first-half penalty from Vicente Iborra, amid growing reports he's set to sign for Manchester City.

Barcelona free to sign Diego Alves but not Paco Alcacer - Valencia chief - ESPN FC
Valencia sporting director Jesus Garcia Pitarch has opened the door for Diego Alves to join Barcelona but insists Paco Alcacer is not for sale. Barca have opened talks over Brazilian goalkeeper Alves, according to Mundo Deportivo, amid growing speculation that Claudio Bravo will complete a move to Manchester City.

Neymar and Rafinha into Olympic final | FC Barcelona
Neymar Jr and Rafinha will be coming back to Barcelona with Olympic medals, although the colour depends on what happens in Sunday’s final against Germany or Nigeria.Brazil made into the gold medal match with an emphatic 6-0 victory over Honduras at the Maracaná, with captain Neymar scoring twice as his country continues its bid to break its Olympic duck by winning the competition on home soil.

Barcelona, Real Madrid or Atletico: Who will win La Liga in 2016/17? | Sky Sports
Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar scored a jaw-dropping 90 La Liga goals between them last season, and they remain the deadliest front three in world football. Luis Enrique has added squad depth, too, with Andre Gomes and Denis Suarez bolstering the midfield, and Samuel Umtiti and Lucas Digne strengthening the defence. It's easy to see why he's calling it his best squad since taking over at Barcelona.