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FC Barcelona News: 15 August 2021; All set for La Liga opener against Real Sociedad

A round-up of the latest Barcelona news and rumors

FC Barcelona v Juventus - Joan Gamper Trophy Photo by Pedro Salado/Quality Sport Images/Getty Images

PREVIEW | FC Barcelona v Real Sociedad - FC Barcelona
The new Liga seasons begins for FC Barcelona on Sunday at 8.00pm CEST against Real Sociedad. A lot has happened between the end of the 2020/21 season and the start of the 2021/22 campaign, but the objective is the same as ever – to play entertaining football and win games.

Piqué: 'Playing live on US TV means a lot to us' - FC Barcelona
Barça centre back tells Good Morning America show on ABC how important it is that Liga games will be screened free-to-air in the country for the first time ever

Memphis, Eric Garcia and Rey Manaj registered for La Liga - FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona is able to register Memphis, Eric Garcia and Rey Manaj to play in the Spanish Liga de Futbol Profesional. This has been made possible thanks to an agreement with Gerard Piqué whereby the Barça second captain’s salary has been substantially reduced.

Dest: 'The best has yet to come' - FC Barcelona
Sergi Roberto and Sergiño Dest have spoken to the press ahead of the first game in LaLiga. The former was talking to Catalan daily La Vanguardia while the American was in conversation with ESPN.

Ronald Koeman: "[Lionel] Messi is the past and you can't live in the past" - Football Espana
It’s been a traumatic summer at Barcelona. Lionel Messi, the greatest player in the history of the club if not the history of football, has departed for Paris Saint-Germain after 16 years of interstellar service. He leaves behind a team mired in uncertainty.

Barcelona and Joan Laporta upset with Jordi Alba's reluctance to lower his salary - Football Espana
Joan Laporta and the Barcelona hierarchy are upset with Jordi Alba according to Diario AS. The veteran full-back is reluctant to reduce his salary, which doesn’t expire until 2024. Barcelona need him to meet the club halfway and take a pay-cut to help the Catalan outfit alleviate their delicate financial situation.