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FC Barcelona News: 21 August 2016; Barcelona Start Season with Win, Neymar, Rafinha Win Olympic Gold

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FC Barcelona v Real Betis: Back with a bang (6-2) | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona’s defense of their league title began with a 6-2 win over Real Betis on Saturday evening with a goal from Arda Turan, two for Leo Messi and a Luis Suárez hat-trick.It may be a new season, but it was the same free-flowing attacking football on display at the Camp Nou that the home faithful have come to expect, as Barça cruised to a comfortable win to open the league campaign.

Luis Suárez: Messi is a beast | FC Barcelona
Luis Suárez began the 2016/17 season the same way he ended the previous one, with lethal finishing in front of goal. The Uruguayan, who was the top marksman in La Liga last year, scored a hat-trick against Real Betis on the opening day of the campaign in Barça’s 6-2 win. Speaking to the press after the game, Suárez heaped praise on his strike partner Leo Messi for a scintillating performance, describing him as "a beast" and "the best player in the world".

Luis Enrique: We were brave and effective | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona kicked off the league season with a resounding 6-2 victory over Real Betis on Saturday at the Camp Nou. Arda Turan opened the scoring after six minutes, before Leo Messi with two and Luis Suarez with a hat-trick sealed a big win. Luis Enrique was delighted to see his players turn in such a good performance in the very first game of the season.

Recovery session after opening day win against Betis | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona were back on the training ground on Sunday morning, a day after kicking off the new league season with an impressive 6-2 win over Real Betis at the Camp Nou. Arda Turan got his third goal in two games to get things going before Leo Messi grabbed two and last season’s Pichichi, Luis Suárez, scored a hat-trick.

Neymar Jr and Rafinha win Olympic gold! | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona duo Neymar Jr and Rafinha Alcantara earned gold medals with Brazil at the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games after defeating Germany on penalties in the final. In a final full of emotion, the home nation earned their first gold in Olympic football after a 1-1 draw in normal time was decided by a penalty shootout, with Neymar converting the decisive kick.

Neymar gives up Brazil captaincy | Football Espana
Neymar won his first-ever silverware with Brazil on Saturday as the Selecao beat Germany on penalties for their maiden gold medal at an Olympic Games, yet he wasted no time in making clear his desire to pass on the captaincy that he inherited from Thiago Silva after the 2014 World Cup.

Claudio Bravo heading to Man City as Barcelona confirm deal in principle - ESPN FC
Barcelona sporting director Robert Fernandez has confirmed a deal is in place with Manchester City for the transfer of Claudio Bravo. During the week it emerged the Premier League club were closing in on a €25 million move for the Chilean goalkeeper, whom Pep Guardiola wants to replace Joe Hart.

FC Barcelona B v Atlético Saguntino: Convincing start (3-1) | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona B began the season with a 3-1 win over Atlético Saguntino on Saturday thanks to hat-trick from Marc Cardona. It was a dream start for the no.9 in his first official game for the club – Nili’s cross found Cardona unmarked in the box who then headed home for the opener on 13 minutes. And, on 20 minutes, the same player doubled his tally with a deflected effort.