FC Barcelona News: 26 June 2012; First Team Staff Complete, Gamper Trophy Opponent Announced

Last season in the Gamper Trophy game Barcelona outclassed an Italian team. Sampdoria is an Italian team...

Pons, De la Fuente and Garcia complete first team staff | FC Barcelona
Eduard Pons, José Ramón de la Fuente and Álex García have joined the first team coaching staff for the forthcoming season. Until now, Pons has been the physio for the A youth team at FC Barcelona, De la Fuente takes over from Juan Carlos Unzué as goalkeeping coach and Garcia joins the team of analysts that study opponents before matches.

Barcelona's Lionel Messi: Football is about enjoyment, not winning - ESPN Soccernet
"Today, teams are playing more statically, more for the final score than producing good football. For them, it's more important to win than to play well. We need more players with passion coming up for the good of football."

Sampdoria to face Barça in the Gamper on August 20 | FC Barcelona
Sampdoria will be FC Barcelona’s opponent in the 47th edition of the Joan Gamper Trophy, which will be played on Monday, August 20, at the Camp Nou. This edition of the Gamper coincides with the 20th anniversary of the Champions League title won at Wembley.

FCB-Sampdoria set to meet 20 years later | FC Barcelona
This will be Sampdoria’s second visit to the Camp Nou for the summer tournament organised by the Catalan Club. The first time was in 1997 and Barça won the match in a penalty shootout, after a two-all draw. That match saw Rivaldo make his debut in the Azulgrana stadium. However, the first time both teams played against each other was in 1960 in a friendly played in Genoa.

Barcelona do not want Vilanova and Mourinho to get Supercopa suspensions lifted, says Toni Freixa - Goal.com
"The position of this club is that we do not agree with the pardon, if the Spanish Football Federation asks the Disciplinary Committee for this measure to be applied," Freixa said in a press conference.

FC Barcelona announces the youth system managers for the 2012/13 season | FC Barcelona
The Club has announced FC Barcelona's youth teams managers for the 2012/13 season.

Rumours Didier Drogba may swap Shanghai for Barcelona have been dismissed | Football News | ESPN.co.uk
Didier Drogba's representatives have dismissed speculation the striker could sign for Barcelona. The striker is reportedly set to spend several days this week in Catalonia but it has been suggested that any talks with Barcelona would be related to the promotion of his Didier Drogba Foundation charity.

Real Madrid's Lassana Diarra has Spartak Moscow offer - agent - ESPN Soccernet
"It would be difficult for Diarra to play in Italy," Vigorelli said. "Lass' has a year left on his contract at Real Madrid and now has an important offer on the table from Spartak Moscow." Reports suggest a fee £8 million would be enough for Spartak to prise him away from Real, who could lose him for nothing when his contract expires next summer.

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