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FC Barcelona News: 24 July 2013; 23 Players Travel to Munich for Friendly, Martino to be Presented on Friday

Christof Koepsel

Gerardo Martino to be presented on Friday | FC Barcelona
The new manager of the FC Barcelona first team, Gerardo Martino, will be giving his presentation press conference on Friday at 13.00 in the Auditori 1899. That morning, at around 11.30, he will be signing his contract as the new FCB manager.

Martino is the fourth Argentinian coach in Barça history | FC Barcelona
Gerardo Martino is the fourth Argentinian boss that Barça have had over the years. All of Helenio Herrera (1958-60, 1980 and 1980-81), Roque Olsen (1965-67) and César Luis Menotti (1983-84) have been in charge in the past under very different circumstances and with varying fortunes. Arguably the biggest impact of all was that of the controversial Helenio Herrera, known as HH.

How ‘Tata’ Martino sees football | FC Barcelona
Gerardo ‘Tata’ Martino has imposed a very specific style of football in Argentina and Paraguay, the only two countries where he has managed until now. Here we present a series of quotes from interviews in the South American press that give a good idea of his approach to the game:

‘Tata’ Martino: "It's an enormous challenge" | FC Barcelona
The news of Gerardo ‘Tata’ Martino’s signing for FC Barcelona hasn’t gone unnoticed in Argentina. The new Barça manager held a press conference this afternoon at the Newell’s Old Boys stadium to address his decision to sign for the Catalan Club. "I’m very grateful to Barça for thinking of me. It’s an extremely important opportunity," said the new Barça manager.

Martino made debut at Camp Nou against Zubizarreta, Eusebio and Amor | FC Barcelona
Gerardo Martino, the new Barça manager, is back in the stadium where he played a Liga fixture on March 2, 1991. The Argentinian was playing for Tenerife at the Camp Nou just days after signing for the Canary Islanders. Martino played the full ninety minutes and got a yellow card.

12 first team players and 11 reservists set for Munich and Oslo | FC Barcelona
The following players have been named to the team for the match against Pep Guardiola’s Bayern: Pinto, Oier, Montoya, Bartra, Mascherano, Adriano, Song, Sergi Roberto, Dos Santos, Messi, Tello, Alexis, Sergi Gómez, Planas, Joan Román, Dani Nieto, Quintillà, Samper, Ilie, Patric, Dongou, Espinosa and Kiko Fenemía.

Bayern Munich and Germany, familiar starting point for FC Barcelona | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona will play their debut match of the 2013/14 preseason this Wednesday at the Allianz Arena against Bayern Munich. The Blaugrana will open the season against a very well known rival. In addition to being eliminated in the Champions League by the European champions last season, Barça and Bayern also faced off in a previous preseason.

FC Bayern Munich- FC Barcelona: The most difficult of starts | FC Barcelona
Today is the day. Barça will begin the 2013/14 preseason with a friendly away to the reigning champions of the Champions League, Bayern Munich. The Blaugrana were scheduled to start their preseason this past Saturday in Poland, but the match was postponed after news of Tito Vilanova’s departure was made public.

Barcelona to decide on new stadium before 2014 -
He told reporters: "We don’t know what would be better financially. We’ve got three projects on the table: to build a stadium on the current site, next to it or somewhere else. "We don’t want to be hasty about the decision. Before the year is up we’ll have everything ready to call a referendum on the matter."

Countdown to the Joan Gamper Trophy | FC Barcelona
There’s just over a week to go before the Joan Gamper Trophy brings together Barça and Santos at the Camp Nou on Friday August 2 at 21.30, and the players are keen for the fans to make a date with them in the stadium. In this promotional video, Alexis Sánchez, Sergi Roberto and Leo Messi speak directly to the fans.

Neymar prepares for arrival | FC Barcelona
Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior will join his new team-mates in just a couple of days. In fact, the Brazilian is set to begin training with FC Barcelona on Monday just weeks after the conclusion of the Confederation Cup. Along with his compatriot Dani Alves and the the Spain internationals, Neymar will report for duty after the team’s first two preseason matches of the year, against Bayern Munich and Valerenga.

Spanish Champions, Europa League prize money revealed - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
Barcelona, who were also eliminated in the final four of the competition were awarded €45.5m, whilst Malaga, who were narrowly knocked out in the quarter-finals, picked up €32m cash. Spain’s fourth team in the competition, Valencia, were awarded €30m for their run to the Round of 16.

Higuain set for Napoli medical | Football Espana
Gonzalo Higuain has reportedly arrived in Rome today ahead of completing a move from Real Madrid to Napoli. The striker, who is believed to be costing the Italian side an initial fee of €37m, has apparently landed at Rome’s airport on Wednesday, having been left out of Madrid’s party travelling to Lyon today.

Paris Saint-Germain's Kevin Gameiro set for Sevilla | Sky Sports
Gameiro struggled to hold down a regular spot at the Parc des Princes last season and following the arrival of Edinson Cavani, the 26-year-old has attracted a lot of interest this summer. Liverpool had been linked with a swoop for Gameiro, but reports in France suggest that he is now poised to make the move to Sevilla and could be set for a medical on Wednesday.

Villarreal agree deal to sign Sergio Asenjo on season-long loan from Atletico Madrid | Sky Sports
Atletico won the race to sign the highly-rated Asenjo from Real Valladolid in 2009 but he has found opportunities limited at the Vicente Calderon, where David de Gea and Thibaut Courtois have been first-choice goalkeepers during his time at the club. The 24-year-old, who suffered a serious knee injury while at Atletico, spent the 2010/11 season on loan at Malaga and he is now heading to El Madrigal for a similar stint with promoted Villarreal.

Julio Baptista has left Malaga after reaching an agreement to rescind his contract | Sky Sports
A statement on Malaga's website today read: "Julio Cesar Baptista and Malaga reached an amicable agreement on Friday 19th July to terminate the striker's contract. The club and the player came to an understanding following his last match against German side, Kaller SC. "Malaga would like to wish the Brazilian the best of luck for the future and his new career with Brazil's Cruzeiro."

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