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FC Barcelona News: 20 August 2016; New La Liga Season Set to Begin for Barcelona

Anybody else all smiles about the new season?
Anybody else all smiles about the new season?
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Match preview: FC Barcelona v Real Betis | FC Barcelona
Dress rehearsals are a thing of the past from here on out as the Catalans, coming off a Spanish Super Cup curtain call on the same stage less than 72 hours earlier, set out from the green room in search of a third straight championship — which would be their seventh in nine seasons — in the 38-act show that is La Liga.

FC Barcelona squad announced for Betis game | FC Barcelona
The first of 38 fixtures is at home to (6.15 pm, BeIN La Liga), just three days after winning the Spanish Super Cup. But manager Luis Enrique already has a number of absences to work around, with Ter Stegen, Andrés Iniesta, Mascherano and Mathieu injured, André Gomes suspended and Neymar Jr and Rafinha about to play the Olympic final against Germany in Rio. That means a place in the first league squad of the season for Barça’s B’s Kaptoum.

Luis Enrique motivated for third straight league title | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona kick off their league campaign on Saturday against Real Betis at the Camp Nou (6.15pm CET), and manager Luis Enrique spoke to the press shortly after Friday’s training session at Ciutat Esportiva. The question after a successful season is always whether a team can maintain the same levels of motivation to do it all again. But with Barça having won the most league titles in the last decade, it is clear that the hunger remains among the camp to repeat the feat of the last two seasons.

Barcelona confidence is high as Luis Enrique praises his squad - ESPN FC
The 46-year-old has overseen a treble and a double during his two seasons in charge, claiming eight out of the 10 trophies on offer, including Super Cups and the Club World Cup, but he now believes the Catalan side's summer business has them in better shape than ever.

Transfer news: Barcelona wise to turn to Ajax's Jasper Cillessen to replace Claudio Bravo -
When Barcelona’s desire to sign Jasper Cillessen from Ajax for around €12 million was first reported on Thursday, it generated a great deal of scepticism and surprise. Despite being a World Cup bronze medallist with three Eredivisie titles under his belt, it seems criticism is never far away from the 27-year-old goalkeeper and a potential move to the Spanish champions has left many supporters completely baffled.

RUMOURS: Jasper Cillessen agrees five-year deal at Barcelona -
Netherlands goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen has agreed a five-year deal at Barcelona ahead of his move from Ajax, according to De Telegraaf. Cillessen, 27, has been lined up by the Blaugrana as a replacement for Claudio Bravo, who is set to complete a switch to Manchester City.

I can't guarantee Munir will stay at Barcelona, admits agent -
Munir El Haddadi could still leave Barcelona before the end of the transfer window, his agent Francesc Valdivieso has admitted. The young Spaniard impressed in the Supercopa victory over Sevilla and has been tipped as a potential internal answer to the club's desire to find a fourth forward.

‘It’s better than my dreams’ – Digne delighted with Barcelona start -
Lucas Digne has revealed that he has had no problems settling in at Barcelona and said that he was welcomed with open arms by the Catalan club. The France international full-back was signed by Luis Enrique’s side from Paris Saint-Germain in the summer, after he helped Les Bleus to the final of Euro 2016, and the 23-year-old is delighted to have the opportunity to play at Camp Nou.

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