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FC Barcelona News: 25 August 2016; Barcelona Sign Jasper Cillessen, Rafinha Back in Training

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Jasper Cillessen joins FC Barcelona | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona has decided to purchase 27 year old Dutch goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen from Ajax Amsterdam on a five-year contract.The transfer fee is a guaranteed 13 million euros plus a further two million in variables. Cillessen’s buyout clause has been set at 60 million euros.

Cillessen, a goalkeeper with FC Barcelona DNA | FC Barcelona
Jasper Cillessen is the latest player to sign for FC Barcelona, and the goalkeeper’s style of play is one that fits well with the club’s philosophy.The 27-year-old who has arrived from Ajax Amsterdam is a ball-playing goalkeeper, mentored by his former club boss Frank de Boer and ex-international manager with the Netherlands Louis Van Gaal, both of whom of course have strong Barça backgrounds.

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 last week, 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 move to the Spanish champions left many supporters completely baffled.

Ten things you need to know about Jasper Cillessen | FC Barcelona
Test your knowledge of the new signing from Ajax Amsterdam with this fun true or false quiz. If you’re Dutch we’ll be expecting full marks!

FC Barcelona's possible opponents in Champions League group stage | FC Barcelona
Following this week’s qualifying matches, we now know which 32 teams will be competing in the 2016/17 UEFA Champions League group stage – the first step on the path for just two of those clubs to the grand final, which this year is being played for the first time ever in the Welsh capital city of Cardiff.

Rafinha returns to training at FC Barcelona | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona have continued preparations for Sunday’s fixture away to Athletic Club in Bilbao with the second training session of the week at the Ciutat Esportiva. Manager Luis Enrique was able to welcome back Rafinha, fresh from winning gold with Brazil at the Rio Olympics. Neymar Jr, remember, has been given special dispensation not to report back to the club until after the forthcoming round of World Cup qualifiers.

FC Barcelona are Liga week one leaders for fifth time in six years | FC Barcelona
In sport, it always helps to get off to a solid start. And Barça have certainly not been lacking in that department in recent years.

Pique hoping Barcelona's Champions League is as easy as Madrid's -
When Gerard Pique revealed his favoured route for Barcelona to grab Champions League glory, it looked strangely familiar. Real Madrid took down Roma, Wolfsburg, Manchester City and Atletico Madrid in last year's knockout phase to take the title, enjoying a rather soft draw away from the heavyweights.

Neymar joins blonde brigade after Brazil Olympic triumph -
Neymar has decided to 'do an Aaron Ramsey' and become the latest footballer to dye his hair blonde. Having helped Brazil claim a maiden Olympic gold medal by beating Germany on penalties at the Rio Games, the 24-year-old has decided to go for a new look.

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