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FC Barcelona News: 13 August 2017; Ready for Spanish Super Cup, Paulinho Transfer Set for Completion

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FC Barcelona v Chapecoense - Joan Gamper Trophy Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images

MATCH PREVIEW: FC Barcelona v Real Madrid | FC Barcelona
After Monday’s easy win over Chapecoense in the Joan Gamper Trophy, FC Barcelona’s season begins in earnest with a Clásico (Sunday 10.00pm CET) when Real Madrid come calling to the Camp Nou for the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup.

Ernesto Valverde says this Clásico comes with a trophy at stake | FC Barcelona
Ernesto Valverde will make his debut as Barça coach this Sunday in official competition with FC Barcelona’s clash with none other than Real Madrid in the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup at Camp Nou which kicks off at 10.00pm CET. It is not the first Clásico of the season but it the first in competition.

Modric out of Supercopa | Football Espana
Luka Modric and the injured Jesus Vallejo are not in Real Madrid’s squad to face Barcelona on Sunday. Modric is suspended for this first leg of the Supercopa, while Vallejo is expected to be out for a fortnight.

Gerard Piqué: 'We’re feeling good and confident of winning the Super Cup' | FC Barcelona
Gerard Piqué appeared in front of the microphone ahead of Sunday’s Super Cup clash against Real Madrid at the Camp Nou. The centre-back announced that team are “feeling good, and confident of winning the Super Cup” before going on to add that any Clásico “is always special.”

Neymar chaos leaves Barcelona reeling before Real Madrid showdown | ESPN
As Barcelona veer from one failed transfer move to the next in their desperate attempts to reconstruct a squad reeling from the departure of Neymar, they appear underprepared for the new season, which kicks off in intimidating style with Sunday's Spanish Super Cup first leg against old foes Real Madrid.

Gerard Pique says he 'knew' Neymar would leave when he posted 'He stays' | ESPN
Barcelona's Gerard Pique says he knew "100 percent" that Neymar would leave the club when he posted a now-infamous photo with his then-teammate saying "He stays." With the Brazilian staying silent about his transfer plans before his record move to Paris Saint-Germain Pique took a photo with him and posted it online on July 23 with the cryptic caption of "Se queda," meaning "He stays."

All set for the season's opening game | FC Barcelona
The final preparation ahead of the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup is out of the way. FC Barcelona’s players were put through their paces on Saturday evening, and now all thoughts turn to the Clásico on Sunday night at the Camp Nou (10pm CEST).

Dortmund suspend Ousmane Dembele indefinitely over Barcelona transfer push | Goal
Barcelona target Ousmane Dembele has had his Borussia Dortmund suspension extended indefinitely, the club have confirmed. The Bundesliga club rejected an initial bid from Barcelona last week for the 20-year-old, who was one of the stars of the season for the club in 2016-17, as the Liga giants seek to fill the void created by Neymar's exit to Paris Saint-Germain.

Barcelona set to sign Paulinho from Guangzhou Evergrande - reports | ESPN
Chinese media reported on Saturday evening that the 29-year-old Brazilian would travel to Spain to complete the move after Barcelona triggered his release. Ernesto Valverde's side are looking to bolster their squad following the world record €222m sale of Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain last week.

Safeguard, a new regional sponsor for FC Barcelona | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona and Safeguard, a Procter & Gamble brand, have announced a new strategic partnership with the shower gel becoming the cub’s regional sponsor until 2019. Blaugrana legend Rivaldo attended the announcement along with the company’s vice president for cosmetics in China, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan, Freddy Bharucha.