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FC Barcelona News: 6 June 2013; First Preseason Opponent Confirmed, Neymar Hopes to Succeed at Barça

David Ramos

Lechia Gdansk, first opponent of preseason | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona will play Lechia Gdansk in Poland on July 20 at 20.30 in the PGE Arena, Gdansk, which has the capacity for 40,000 spectators. This is the first of five first matches confirmed for this summer, with the date and opponent in the Joan Gamper Trophy still to be decided. The other matches are on July 24 in Munich, July 27 in Oslo, August 7 in Bangkok and August 10 in Kuala Lumpur.

Neymar: "I hope to leave my mark at FC Barcelona" | FC Barcelona
Before Neymar returned to Brazil, the newest FC Barcelona player sat down with Barça TV and The Brazilian forward talked about his presentation on Monday and his excitement to don the Blaugrana strip and to play alongside Messi.

Neymar, Barça’s 23rd Brazilian | FC Barcelona
"When I was young I watched a lot of Ronaldinho, and he played for Barça", said Neymar on Monday at his first press conference after signing for FC Barcelona. A decade after his earliest memory of FCB, Neymar is about to become the 23rd player from his country to appear in an official match for Barcelona, the most recent examples being Alves, Thiago, Maxwell and Adriano.

Marinho and Giovanni also arrived from Santos FC | FC Barcelona
Barça have employed many Brazilian players throughout its history, but only two of them, not counting Neymar, have made the jump Santos to the Blaugrana. We’re talking about Marinho and Giovanni. Both players arrived to Barça with much fanfare, but only Giovanni left his mark in the Catalan capital.

Athletic Bilbao to play at rivals Real Sociedad's ground - ESPN FC
It had been planned that the new San Mames Barria stadium, situated right by the old 'Catedral', would host games from next August, even though construction would not be fully completed by that date. However, Urrutia told Radio Euskadi that it now looked more likely Athletic would have to play at least one 'home' game at their biggest rivals' ground, 80 kilometres along the Basque coast in San Sebastian.

West Ham bring in Betis keeper Adrian - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
"I am extremely happy and ecstatic to have joined such a legendary and historical club in both London and in England," he told the West Ham website. "I am really looking forward to being able to kick-off my career in the best league in the world with West Ham.

Levante pick up Xumetra - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
Los Granotes have confirmed that they have picked up the 27-year-old on a free transfer, as his contract with his Alicante employers comes to an end. Xumetra, who has yet to play in the Spanish top flight, was a regular fixture in Elche’s promotion campaign this season.

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