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FC Barcelona News: 22 August 2016; Claudio Bravo Misses Training, Atletico Madrid Kickoff Time Announced

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Transfer news: Claudio Bravo misses Barcelona training amid City links -
Barcelona gave Claudio Bravo permission to miss training on Sunday after confirming "the beginning of an agreement" with Manchester City over his transfer one day prior. Following Barca's 6-2 thrashing of Real Betis on Saturday, sporting director Robert Fernandez revealed a deal to see Bravo swap Camp Nou for the Etihad Stadium was en route to completion.

FC Barcelona’s opening day win, by the numbers | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona kicked off the new season in ideal fashion, with a 6-2 win over Real Betis at the Camp Nou. Just as he did on four previous opening weeks, Leo Messi grabbed two goals while Luis Suárez began his defence of the Pichichi title with a hat-trick. Arda Turan continued his fine scoring form, with his third goal in two matches.

Luis Suárez scores in sixth consecutive league game for FC Barcelona | FC Barcelona
The Uruguayan scored an immense 15 goals in the last five matches of last season, and his hat-trick on Saturday continues the astonishing average of three a game.

FC Barcelona v Atlético Madrid, Wednesday 21 September | FC Barcelona
The times and dates have been announced for the fifth week of Liga action, in which FC Barcelona face Atlético Madrid in one of the biggest home games of the year. These teams finished first and third in the competition last season, and also met in the quarter finals of the Champions League.

Gabigol hints Barca desire | Football Espana
Brazil starlet Gabriel Barbosa has hinted that he would like to join Barcelona as "playing alongside Neymar would be really nice". Gabigol partnered Neymar and former Barca target Gabriel Jesus in Brazil’s attack en route to first-ever Olympic gold. and the Santos attacker admits the lure of reacquainting himself with the No 11 could see him solve La Blaugrana’s fourth-striker conundrum.

Eight FC Barcelona medals at Rio 2016 Olympics | FC Barcelona
The Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games came to an end on Sunday, and FC Barcelona, who had 22 sportspeople competing in different events, have every reason to feel satisfied after its football, basketball and handball players brought back eight medals between them, four of which were gold. Neymar Jr and Rafinha were in the Brazil football team that won Olympic gold for the first time after a penalty shootout victory over Germany in the final, the former converting the decisive kick after the game had ended 1-1 after 120 minutes.

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