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FC Barcelona News: 25 August 2014; Barça Earn Opening Round Win Against Elche, Josep Maria Bartomeu Admits Irregularities

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Barça v Elche 3-0: Messi and Munir earn opening win for FC Barcelona | FC Barcelona
Luis Enrique’s Barça got their league campaign off to a great start at the Camp Nou this evening, brushing aside Elche 3-0, despite playing the second half with ten men, after Mascherano was shown red just before the break. With Neymar injured, Luis Enrique handed Munir the chance to start and the youngster repaid the boss’ faith with a good all round performance – including a shot against the woodwork- and Barça’s second goal, sandwiched between two typically brilliant Messi efforts.

Dream debut for Munir | FC Barcelona
The presence of Munir el Haddadi in Luis Enrique’s starting line-up was one of the talking points of tonight’s game with Elche. The youngster was simply outstanding. He issued his first warning after 22 minutes with a shot onto the crossbar, and for the remainder of the first half provided plenty of examples of his sublime skill and natural gift for losing his marker.

Luis Enrique: "The Barça fans have gone home happy" | FC Barcelona
Luis Enrique was not just delighted after his team started their Liga campaign with a 3-0 win over Elche. He was more than delighted. "The game had a little bit of everything" he said. "Elche were very organised at first but we gradually started creating chances and showed what resources we’ve got".

Rakitic: "It's so much easier playing with the best in the world" | FC Barcelona
Ivan Rakitic made his official Barça debut on Sunday night, and said afterwards that "it’s so much easier playing alongside the best players in the world, but this was just the first step. I have a lot still to do. Luis Enrique has worked out all of the details but there is a lot that needs to be improved." But he couldn’t help adding that "it is a joy for all of us to be able to play alongside Messi."

Facts and figures from the Elche match | FC Barcelona
One of the stars of the Barça win over Elche in La Liga was Munir El Haddadi. The 18-year-old made his first team league debut and scored a goal, something that only four players had previously done for the club at his age: Badenes, Milla, Velamazán and Jofre.

Messi, ever closer to Zarra's record | FC Barcelona
Leo Messi has started the 2014/15 La Liga season with a bang, scoring two goals in the 3-0 win against Elche at the Camp Nou on Sunday. That brace takes him ever closer to Telmo Zarra as the top goalscorer in the history of the competition.

Josep Maria Bartomeu: "It was a promising start" | FC Barcelona
"Luis Enrique was the best signing this season" he continued. "He has accepted the challenge and Zubizarreta has done some very good work. The fans were chanting his name and that’ll boost his morale. He really is doing a wonderful job … And Messi is the best player in the world. He’s shown that once again. He scored, he provided an assist. That’s the Messi we all know".

Barcelona's Josep Maria Bartomeu admits 'certain irregularities' - ESPN FC
Speaking to the club's official website after the opening La Liga win over Elche at the Camp Nou on Saturday, Bartomeu said he had always known that the case would end up at the CAS. He stressed that he still thought FIFA's punishment was "too big" even though the club had committed "certain irregularities."

3-0 win celebrated on social networks | FC Barcelona
The first team players have shared their joy after starting the season with a 3-0 win.

Second week ending with away game at Villareal | FC Barcelona
The FC Barcelona first team will play their second game of the season away at Villarreal, next Sunday, before the first break due to international fixtures, but prior to that Luis Enrique's squad will train for five days to prepare for the match.

Angel di Maria set for Manchester United medical ahead of British record transfer | Football News | Sky Sports
Real Madrid winger Angel di Maria will fly in this lunchtime to undergo a medical ahead of his British record £63.9m move to Manchester United. The transfer fee agreed between the two clubs for the Argentina international eclipses the £50m Chelsea paid Liverpool for striker Fernando Torres three years ago.

Khedira set to run out Real Madrid contract | Eurosport
AS say Khedira has been working harder in training and was embraced by Pepe, suggesting all is well with his teammates at least.Illarra, meanwhile, is now the fifth-choice midfielder at the club and could be sent out on loan before the transfer window closes.

Benoit Tremoulinas joins Sevilla from Dynamo Kiev - ESPN FC
Sevilla have announced the signing of left-back Benoit Tremoulinas from Dynamo Kiev in a deal believed to be worth 2.5 million euros. Tremoulinas, 28, joins the Liga club as a replacement for Alberto Moreno following his departure to Liverpool for around 20 million euros.

Eibar beat Real Sociedad 1-0 in season opener | Sky Sports Football
Basque outfit Eibar got off to a dream start in their first ever season in the Primera Division season, pulling off a 1-0 win at home to neighbours Real Sociedad. Midfielder Javi Lara scored the only goal of the game on the stroke of half-time, crashing a free-kick into the net from the tightest of angles.

Ikechukwu Uche and Denis Cheryshev on-target as Villarreal began their campaign with a 2-0 win at Levante | Sky Sports Football
Ikechukwu Uche and Denis Cheryshev were on-target as Villarreal began their Primera Division campaign with an impressive 2-0 win at Levante. Cheryshev, who is on loan with the Yellow Submarine for the season from Real Madrid, struck five minutes from time to give the visitors an ideal start to their campaign.

Celta Vigo 3-1 Getafe - ESPN FC
Celta Vigo claimed victory in their opening Primera Division match as they eased to a 3-1 win over Getafe at Balaidos on Sunday. Nolito scored the opening goal for Celta in the 20th minute from Joaquin Larrivey's headed assist, with Fabian Orellana adding the second after the break before Jorge Sammir pulled one back for Getafe. Larrivey made it three and sealed the win for the home side in the 70th minute as Celta claimed a well-deserved victory.

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