Barcelona sit out the first two weeks of La Liga after playing in the quarterfinals of last season's Champions League, and so far the only new faces at the Camp Nou are teenage forward Pedri, Portuguese winger Francisco Trincao and midfielder Miralem Pjanic, who arrives as part of a deal which saw Arthur Melo move to Juventus.
SUZHOU, China, Sept. 16 (Xinhua) -- Tianjin Teda tied Shijiazhuang Ever Bright 1-1 to avoid their ninth consecutive loss in the Chinese Super League (CSL) here on Wednesday.
"It's a fact that most CBA clubs are operating at a loss," a source told Xinhua. "The average loss can reach tens of millions of RMB per year."
Celeste head coach Oscar Tabarez named six uncapped players in the squad: Ronald Araujo, Mauro Arambarri, Nicolas De La Cruz, Diego Rossi, Damian Suarez and Rodrigo Munoz.
The hero of the night became the home team's Moldavian striker Ion Nicolaescu who tied the game five minutes before the end of regulation on his debut and then put Dunajska Streda ahead 4-3 six minutes into overtime with a quick and un-saveable shot from the edge of the box.
Koeman also insisted he had a good relationship with Lionel Messi, after the striker had told the club he wanted to leave, only to later say he would stay in order to avoid lengthy legal wrangling.
It also looks as if last summer's major signing Luka Jovic could be heading out on loan, with Borja Mayoral instead being given the chance to provide back-up for striker Karim Benzema.
Elsewhere, fourth division Rot-Weiss Essen caused a surprise by knocking out newly-promoted Bundesliga side Arminia Bielefeld thanks to a first-half goal from Simon Engelmann. Enditem
"To have kept the team together might turn into our big advantage," Borussia's managing director Max Eberl said.
"I hope that I can go to college next year on an aerobics scholarship," Du said.
Top seeds Novak Djokovic and defending champion Rafael Nadal, who have first round byes, will begin their campaigns on Wednesday.