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FC Barcelona News: 20 August 2021; Preparations continue for Athletic Bilbao, Riqui Puig wants to stay

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FC Barcelona provides all three candidates for UEFA Women's Player of the Year - FC Barcelona
Alexia Putellas, Lieke Martens and Jenni Hermoso are the three players shortlisted for the award that will be presented on August 26

A year to the day from Ronald Koeman's presentation - FC Barcelona
Ayear ago to the day Ronald Koeman became FC Barcelona coach. On 19 August 2020 the man who was the hero of Wembley in 1992 as a player returned to the Club as first team boss. A year on we look at the stats from his first 12 months in charge.

When and where to watch Athletic Club v FC Barcelona - FC Barcelona
The Nuevo San Mamés is the venue this Saturday for the first away trip of the league season. The game against Athletic Club kicks off at 10.00pm local time and this page will help you to work out what time that will be where you are in the world.

The lowdown on Athletic Club - FC Barcelona
Saturday brings Barça’s first away trip of the 2021/22 league season, and it’s taking them to Bilbao, home of Athletic Club. Here’s the lowdown on the team they call The Lions.

Further preparations for San Mamés - FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona have continued their preparations for Saturday’s visit to San Mames with a Thursday morning workout at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper.

Griezmann: Hot against Athletic - FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona will be looking to make it two wins out of two in La Liga 2021/22 on Saturday, and at San Mamés they have the perfect man for the job. Antoine Griezmann has a habit of delivering the goods when it comes to games against Athletic Club.

Memphis Depay: "I try to give something extra on the pitch, something important for the team, to bring joy to the game" - Football Espana
Memphis Depay is not Lionel Messi. That much is clear, and doesn’t even need to be stated. But Memphis can fill the void – or at least part of it – that the incomparable Argentine has left by departing Barcelona and joining Paris Saint-Germain. Memphis can’t do it in ability or end product, but he can do it in attitude.

Gerard Pique could be rested by Barcelona against Athletic Bilbao due to slight discomfort - Football Espana
Gerard Pique could be rested by Barcelona for their La Liga clash with Athletic Bilbao on Saturday according to TV3 and Marca. The Catalan veteran ended last weekend’s game against Real Sociedad with slight discomfort, and doctors have recommended he be rested a week in order to fully recuperate.

Puig attracts interest from several clubs but doesn't want Barcelona exit - Football Espana
Barcelona midfielder Riqui Puig is attracting interest from a number of clubs this summer. The midfielder is said to have attracted interest from several clubs around Europe, according to Mundo Deportivo, but he is not interested in leaving. Puig started just twice last season and he remains on the periphery in this campaign.

Miralem Pjanic's stance on his future as Barcelona seek exit - Football Espana
Miralem Pjanic is playing the patient game over his Barcelona future with less than two weeks remaining in the transfer window. The midfielder is almost certain to leave Camp Nou this summer having featured sparingly since he arrived on an inflated swap deal for Arthur Melo in 2020 involving Juventus.