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• Víctor Valdés became the 17th player to reach 100 UEFA Champions League appearances in Barcelona's semi-final, second-leg defeat by FC Bayern München last season.
• That tie was the Blaugrana's sixth consecutive appearance in the UEFA Champions League semi-finals, a tournament record. The 7-0 defeat over two legs represented Barça's heaviest aggregate loss in UEFA club competition.
• Lionel Messi has scored 59 UEFA Champions League goals and is behind only Raúl González (71).
• In: Neymar (FC Santos)
• Out: Thiago Alcántara (FC Bayern München), David Villa (Club Atlético de Madrid), Éric Abidal (AS Monaco FC), Marc Muniesa (Stoke City FC), Andreu Fontás (RC Celta de Vigo), Rafinha (RC Celta de Vigo, loan), Bojan Krkić (AFC Ajax, loan), Gerard Deulofeu (Everton FC, loan)
• Barça had 11 players on senior duty during the international break: Víctor Valdés, Jordi Alba, Xavi Hernández, Andrés Iniesta, Pedro Rodríguez, Cesc Fàbregas (Spain), Alexis Sánchez (Chile), Messi (Argentina), Daniel Alves, Neymar (Brazil) and Alex Song (Cameroon).
• Alba registered his fifth senior international goal in Spain's 2-0 FIFA World Cup qualifying win away to Finland on 6 September. Four days later Pedro set up both of La Roja's goals in a 2-2 friendly international draw with a Chile side featuring Alexis Sánchez.
• Messi netted a penalty in each half as Argentina booked their place at the 2014 FIFA World Cup with a 5-2 win away to Paraguay on 10 September. Javier Mascherano was suspended for the encounter.
• Neymar found the net for Brazil in their 6-0 friendly victory over Australia in Brasilia, adding a solo effort in a 3-1 success against Portugal played in the United States.
• Tello, Martín Montoya and Marc Bartra were in the Spain team that won this summer's UEFA European Under-21 Championship in Israel. Tello made his senior international debut in Spain's 2-0 friendly win in Ecuador last month.
• Alves and Neymar won the FIFA Confederations Cup in June, winning the final 3-0 in Rio de Janeiro against a Spain team featuring Iniesta, Xavi, Pedro, Sergio Busquets, Alba and Gerard Piqué, who was sent off.
• Gerardo Martino became the fourth Argentinian – after Helenio Herrera, Roque Olsen and César Luis Menotti – to take up the reigns at Barcelona after Tito Vilanova stepped down for health reasons in July.
• Alves did not register in the Liga last season but already has two goals to his name this term.
• Despite a hamstring injury towards the end, Messi contributed 46 of Barça's club record 115 Liga goals last term and became the first player to score against every opponent in the division consecutively. He scored his 23rd hat-trick for Barça in the 3-2 win against Valencia CF on 1 September.
• The club's Spanish Super Cup success against Club Atlético de Madrid in August represented Xavi's 25th career title and 22nd with Barcelona. The midfielder is Spanish football's most decorated player.
• Adriano (2017), Busquets and Tello (both 2018) all signed improved deals at Barcelona over the summer.
• Carles Puyol and Isaac Cuenca both underwent knee surgery over the summer. Alba tore his right hamstring in Saturday's 3-2 defeat of Sevilla FC.
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• Ajax have scored 549 goals in UEFA competition.
• Ajax have failed to win any of their last four UEFA Champions League group stage games away from home, since prevailing 2-0 at GNK Dinamo Zagreb on 18 October 2011.
• The Dutch champions conceded 16 times in the group stage last season; only FC Nordsjælland shipped more (22).
• In: Mike van der Hoorn (FC Utrecht), Bojan Krkić (FC Barcelona, loan), Lerin Duarte (Heracles Almelo)
• Out: Miralem Sulejmani (SL Benfica), Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur FC), Toby Alderweireld (Club Atlético de Madrid), Ryan Babel (Kasımpaşa SK), Derk Boerrigter (Celtic FC), Dico Koppers (FC Twente), Jody Lukoki (SC Cambuur Leeuwarden, loan), Ilan Boccara (Évian Thonon Gaillard FC, loan), Mitchell Dijks (sc Heerenveen, loan)
• Seven of Frank de Boer's men were called up for senior duty during the international break: Kenneth Vermeer (Netherlands), Nicolai Boilesen, Viktor Fischer (Denmark), Kolbeinn Sigthórsson (Iceland), Niklas Moisander (Finland), Thulani Serero (South Africa), Eyong Enoh (Cameroon).
• Sigthórsson scored Iceland's second in Switzerland as they came from 4-1 down to draw 4-4 in FIFA World Cup qualifying on 6 September. Four days later he hit the winner in a 2-1 victory against Albania.
• Mike van der Hoorn headed in the third Netherlands goal in the 4-0 Under-21 qualifying win against Scotland on 5 September; Lesley de Sa made his U21 bow four days later in the 1-0 victory over Luxembourg.
• Thulani Serero scored his first goal in over a year on Saturday as Ajax won 2-1 at home to PEC Zwolle.
• Club captain Siem de Jong made his comeback on Saturday after a collapsed lung that had kept him out since the 3-2 defeat by AZ Alkmaar on 11 August. That loss ended Ajax's 15-match unbeaten run in the league.
• Last season's Dutch title was a third successive championship under Frank de Boer, matching the achievement of Rinus Michels (1966, 1967, 1968) and Louis van Gaal (1994, 1995, 1996) as Ajax coach.
• De Boer signed a new four-year contract in May that runs until 30 June 2017. Daley Blind (until 2016) and Joël Veltman (2017) also agreed new deals.
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