Tello to miss Gamper Trophy match

Tello to miss Gamper Trophy match

FC Barcelona winger Cristian Tello (21) will miss Friday’s Joan Gamper Trophy match against Santos. Medical tests carried out on Wednesday confirmed that the player has pulled his left hamstring and will not be able to play any part in Friday’s game. The progress of his recovery will determine his availability for other upcoming matches, according to Barça’s medical team.

Tello noticed the injury during the first half of the friendly match between FC Barcelona and Lechia Gdansk on Tuesday. In the 23rd minute, Joan Román took his place on the pitch, playing the rest of the match on the left wing.

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Xavi: “This team is hungry”

Xavi: “This team is hungry”

FC Barcelona’s veteran midfielder Xavi Hernández addressed the media on Wednesday for the first time after the summer break. He spoke about recent developments at the club and expressed his enthusiasm for the direction the team is headed in as the new campaign looms large.

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Video of the Day: Tots units fem força

FC Barcelona players were welcomed with a special banner made by fans in Poland at the PGE Arena Gdańsk just before the game against Lechia Gdańsk.

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Has Pep anchored himself to Thiago?

Has Pep anchored himself to Thiago?

FC Bayern Munich lost the German Super Cup 4-2 Monday night against Borussia Dortmund.  Consequently, Pep Guardiola suffered defeat in his first final as the Bayern manager. Clearly, I cannot stress enough, it is still too early to draw any conclusions. However, since I have been thinking about Thiago Alcántara I wonder if Guardiola has taken too much of a gamble signing Thiago and if now they are anchored to each other, destined to either swim or sink together.

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Barcelona forms partnership with EA Sports

Barcelona forms partnership with EA Sports

FC Barcelona has announced today its new agreement with EA Sports to be the club’s official videogame partner. No details of the agreement have been announced, save that at some point Barça will hold a FIFA 14 tournament to determine the best player in the squad. It is worth noting that EA already has an agreement with Messi, who was the face of FIFA 13 as well as FIFA 14, but now they wish to extend their relationship to the team as a whole – quite possibly due to the arrival of one Neymar Jr.

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Neymar: “Martino has confidence in me”

Neymar: “Martino has confidence in me”

The new Brazilian forward Neymar (21) made his debut for FC Barcelona in the friendly game against Lechia Gdansk. The game ended in a 2-2 draw.

Neymar played his first minutes for FC Barcelona on Tuesday when he was subbed in for Alexis Sánchez in the 78th minute. When asked about Barcelona’s new manager Neymar replied: “I had the chance to speak with him, he told me that he has confidence in me. I need some time to reach my top physical condition.” Neymar only started training on Monday with the rest of the players who took part in the Confederations Cup.

Unfortunately for the local fans, Neymar and Messi didn’t play together in Gdansk. Messi was subbed off only a minute before Neymar entered the pitch. Both cracks will probably play together for the first time in the Joan Gamper Trophy against Santos this Friday. Neymar still had something to say about Messi: “Messi is my idol, I’m very happy that I’ve gotten the chance to play with him.” He added: “it will be a bit strange to play against Santos, but I defend Barça’s colours and I will give my all.”

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Cartoon of the Day: Sport

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R.I.P.

Cartoon by Caye

Wednesday morning training with 12 players

The first training session of the day on Wednesday took place with 12 footballers from the first team present. Taking part were the ten players who didn’t travel to Poland: Valdés, Alves, Alba, Piqué, Mascherano, Busquets, Xavi, Iniesta, Cesc, and Pedro. Joining these players were goalkeepers Pinto and Oier, who each played one half of the friendly on Tuesday in Poland against Lechia Gdansk.

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The Front: Sport (31.07.2013)

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NEYMAR’S DEBUT

The new Barça crack played 12 minutes in Poland

Lechia 2 – 2 Barça

He was kicked all the time by the rival players and had not enough time to show his quality

And goal by Messi. The Argentinian, who was the captain, scored the drawing goal

Goalkeeper Ramallets passes away. “El Gato de Maracaná” was part of the legendary “Barça de les 5 Copes” alongside Kubala

The Front: El Mundo Deportivo (31.07.2013)

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11 MINUTES WITH NEYMAR

The Brazilian made his debut with Barça and the ones who scored were Messi and Sergi Roberto

Lechia 2 – 2 Barça

RAMALLETS IS GONE. The legendary goalkeeper of “Barça de les 5 copes” passed away yesterday, aged 89.

The Goals: Lechia Gdańsk 2-2 FC Barcelona

The Goals: Lechia Gdańsk 2-2 FC Barcelona

Watch the goals from last night’s pre-season friendly game between Lechia Gdańsk and FC Barcelona after the jump!

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Match Review: Lechia Gdańsk 2-2 FC Barcelona

Match Review: Lechia Gdańsk 2-2 FC Barcelona

On Tuesday FC Barcelona played their third pre-season friendly of the summer against Polish side Lechia Gdańsk. While Tata Martino stayed in Barcelona to train with the returning internationals, one Confederations Cup player stole headlines as he made the trip to Poland: for the first time, Neymar’s name appeared on an FC Barcelona squad sheet.

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Man of the Match: Lechia Gdańsk 2-2 FC Barcelona

The Result: Lechia Gdańsk 2-2 FC Barcelona

The Result: Lechia Gdańsk 2-2 FC Barcelona

RESULT:

Lechia Gdańsk: 2

FC Barcelona: 2

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Picture of the Day: Royal treatment

Picture of the Day: Royal treatment

Banner unfurled by Polish Barca fans for Tuesday’s friendly in Gdansk. This was an away match, believe it or not!

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Live Match Chat: Lechia Gdańsk vs FC Barcelona

Live Match Chat: Lechia Gdańsk vs FC Barcelona

totalBarça welcomes you all to the third friendly match of the 2013-14 preseason between Polish side Lechia Gdańsk and FC Barcelona!

Tuesday, July 30, 2013 @ 20:45 Barcelona time – Convert to local time

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Internationals train in Barcelona

The international players who had participated in the Confederations Cup this summer held their second training session of the preseason this Tuesday morning. After medical tests on Monday morning, and the first training session that evening, the footballers continued with the initial work that marks the start of the season.

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Quote of the Day: Gerardo Martino

Quote of the Day: Gerardo Martino

Don’t get tired of winning.

This was the plea and main message translated by new boss Gerardo “El Tata” Martino at his first training session yesterday. It’s simple but clear: to reignite the desire to triumph, and so repeatedly, in the players who have become accustomed to so much success. Hopefully he is the man to motivate the squad to once again achieve greatness.

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Squad named for Lechia Gdansk, Neymar included

Squad named for Lechia Gdansk, Neymar included

Late yesterday evening the official squad was named by Gerardo Martino and for the first time in his Barça career Neymar is included. The remainder of the Spanish and Brazilians involved in the Confederations Cup remain in Spain to continue a specific training regime.

Almost all the players who were involved in Germany and Norway travel to Poland with the exception of Javier Mascherano. Therefor in total 23 players make the journey east, 12 from the first team and 11 from the reserves. The full list is: Pinto, Oier, Montoya, Bartra, Adriano, Song, Sergi Roberto, Dos Santos, Messi, Tello, Neymar, Alexis, Sergi Gómez, Planas, Joan Román, Dani Nieto, Bagnack, Samper, Ilie, Patric, Dongou, Espinosa and Kiko Femenía.

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The Front: Sport (30.07.2013)

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THERE’S FEELING

Neymar said that he has fulfilled a dream after training with Barça

He trained with Messi and they could play together today in Poland

Lechia — Barça (20.45h)

Tata: “Don’t get tired of winning”

He cheered the team before making them go through a tough training

Florentino offers 98 million euros for Bale

Guardiola looks for solutions after the defeat. Javi Martínez, defender

The Front: El Mundo Deportivo (30.07.2013)

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“IT’S A DREAM”

Neymar, grateful on his first day of work

The Brazilian showed his happiness to be alongside Messi and the rest of Barça cracks

Martino, to the team: “Don’t get tired of winning titles”

Tata has already communicated to the board the defender he wants to sign

The “cosmic duo” will debut today in Poland (Lechia – Barça, 20.45h)

Martino leads first full session of the preseason

Martino leads first full session of the preseason

Barça’s full squad trained together for the first time this preseason at the session held this Monday afternoon, directed by new coach Gerardo ‘Tata’ Martino. The Spanish and Brazilian internationals who had participated in this summer’s Confederations Cup (Valdés, Alves, Piqué, Jordi Alba, Busquets, Xavi, Iniesta, Cesc, Pedro, and Neymar) joined the available members of the first team and players from the B team at the Ciutat Esportiva.

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Match Preview: Lechia Gdansk vs FC Barcelona

Match Preview: Lechia Gdansk vs FC Barcelona

On Tuesday, FC Barcelona will face Polish side Lechia Gdansk for the first time, in a match that was originally set to be played on July 20th. With this being the third friendly of the preseason, Barcelona will be hoping to replicate its enthusiastic performance against Valerenga this past Saturday. This will be the last match with Roura and Rubi in charge, with new coach Gerardo ‘Tata’ Martino likely to lead his first official match on Friday against Santos in the Gamper Trophy game.

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Valdés: “This is my last season”

Valdés: “This is my last season”

FC Barcelona’s homegrown keeper Victor Valdés addressed the media on Monday and insisted that this would be his last season with the club. “This will be the most special season for me because it is the last one, but I am very focused, as in previous seasons, in improving as an athlete and in giving everything to the club as I always have.”

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First training session with Martino

First training session with Martino

Gerardo ‘Tata’ Martino has started his duties as coach of FC Barcelona’s first team. The Argentine manager started the day with a meeting in the center of pitch no. 1 of the Ciutat Esportiva with all the players from the squad present. The footballers who had participated in the Confederations Cup have returned from their vacations and are now back in the blaugrana fold.

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Video of the Day: Preseason medicals

The footballers who featured in the Confederations Cup are now back in Barcelona. Brazilians players Alves and Neymar and Spanish internationals Valdés, Jordi Alba, Piqué, Sergio Busquets, Cesc, Iniesta, Xavi and Pedro began their preseason this Monday morning with medical tests.

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Cartoon of the Day: Sport

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Pep: “Okay, you won, but … Could you stop laughing?”

Klopp: “I’ll try, Pep … but when I think about the fact that we’ve scored 4 on you and on Mou, I can’t stop laughing.”

Cartoon by Caye

Coach Culé: The Ultimate Prediction Game

Coach Culé: The Ultimate Prediction Game

This is your chance to prove not only your knowledge about the game of football, but also your psychological insight by cracking the code of Barça’s coaching:

Predict FC Barcelona’s Starting Lineup

For upcoming match:Lechia Gdansk vs FC Barcelona

This is not (as in: N-O-T) a place for discussion on team tactics or personal player preferences. You just give the system and the 11 names you think will start the game. Lineups posted in the comments sections will not be considered as valid entries for the game.

Join us after the jump to take part in Coach Culé.

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The Front: Sport (29.07.2013)

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FIRST REPORT BY EL TATA

The coach will start today to put into practice the key ideas of his plan

1 – Get the pressure which made big this team back

2 – Increase physical training so as to be able to put that pressure on the rival team

3 – Master the kicks on goal from outside the area

4 – Messi should play closer to the rival area

5 – More rotations to have all players always fresh

6 – Win the players over and involve them in this project so it can become real

A forward and stronger defence, enhace the players’ skills and creativity…

Neymar arrived and will make his debut in Poland

The Front: El Mundo Deportivo (29.07.2013)

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TOGETHER!

Neymar arrived yesterday and was welcomed by Messi in Ciutat Esportiva

The magic couple and the players who played with their national teams will start working today with El Taya Martino

United and Napoles bid for Cesc and Alexis