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FC Barcelona News: 18 July 2014; Training Continues as First Preseason Game Approaches, Jeremy Mathieu Pushes for Move

David Ramos

23 players on the pitch once again | FC Barcelona
The first team trained this morning in what will be the only session of the day. Luis Enrique worked with the same set of players as on Wednesday evening, namely eight from the first team (Ter Stegen, Masip, Montoya, Bartra, Sergi Roberto, Deulofeu, Afellay and Bojan) and 15 from the reserves (Patric, Bagnack, Edgar Ié, Lucas, Diagne, Grimaldo, Samper, Halilovic, Babunski, Munir, Sandro, Dani Nieto, Joan Román, Dongou and Adama).

23 players at Friday morning training session | FC Barcelona
Barça went back to training on Friday morning at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper after having Thursday evening off. Like yesterday, Luis Enrique had 23 players to work with. Eight of those were from the first team, namely Ter Stegen, Masip, Montoya, Bartra, Sergi Roberto, Deulofeu, Afellay and Bojan.

Gerard Deulofeu confident of winning a place in the team | FC Barcelona
Gerard Deulofeu gave his first press conference on Thursday since becoming a member of the FC Barcelona first team. Speaking after the morning training session, he said that "coming home was always my objective. I learned a lot of things at Everton and now I’m going to have to work hard to achieve this season’s targets."

Jordi Masip hoping to get his chance | FC Barcelona
Not long after noon on Friday, Jordi Masip gave his first press conference since becoming a first team player, discussing his situation as one of three potential candidates for the goalkeeper’s role. He also gave his feedback on Luis Enrique’s comment last Wednesday that if he had to pick a keeper for a league match tomorrow, then Masip would be his first choice.

Leo Messi and Luis Suárez among Europe's Top 10 players of the season | FC Barcelona
UEFA has published its top 10 best players list of the season this Thursday afternoon. Among them are Leo Messi and Luis Suárez. The two FC Barcelona players were selected by journalists from across Europe. The Top 10 will undergo another round of voting, and on August 14 the Top 3 shortlist will be announced.

CONMEBOL support Suarez appeal | Football Espana
The South American football federation CONMEBOL have confirmed their support for Barcelona’s Luis Suarez as he appeals his ban for biting. Suarez was suspended for nine international games and banned for four months from all football activity by FIFA after biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini during Uruguay’s World Cup Group D win over the Azzurri.

Statistics: Luis Suárez in nine numbers | FC Barcelona
Luis Suárez, Barça’s new number nine, has already achieved big things in Uruguay, Holland and England. This 70-second video features nine stats that will teach you something new about this summer’s star signing.

Valencia defender Jeremy Mathieu pushing for Barcelona move | Sky Sports
Jeremy Mathieu has called on Valencia to enter into transfer talks with Barcelona and allow him to join 'the biggest club in the world'. The France international defender has spent the last five years at the Mestalla, having left his homeland for Spain at the end of his contract at Toulouse in 2009.

Recreativo Huelva: In construction but ambitious | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona start their preseason with a friendly on Saturday night at 8.45 PM CET. Luis Enrique will be managing the first team for the first time at the Nou Colombino, home of Recreativo Huelva. The oldest club in Spanish football, who missed out on a place in the promotion playoffs by the narrowest of margins last season, are currently undergoing a major restructuring of their squad.

New 2014/15 away kit to be worn for the first time in Huelva | FC Barcelona
This Saturday at the Nuevo Colombino in Huelva, there will be plenty of new things to look out for. The first game of the preseason will also be the first with Luis Enrique as manager, and several players will also be making their first team debuts. But the game in Andalusia will also mark the first appearance in a match of Barça’s new crimson away kit, after it was unveiled on July 15.

FC Barcelona's last visit to Huelva | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona’s last game at the Nuevo Colombino in Huelva was on November 16, 2008 in the historic season when they won the treble of Spanish Cup, Liga and Champions League. They’d also go on to add both the Super Cups and the Clubs World Cup to complete an unprecedented full house of all six trophies in the same calendar year.

Bojan leaning towards Olympiakos | Football Espana
Barcelona forward Bojan is said to be leaning towards accepting the offer from Greek club Olympiakos. Olympiakos are coached by Michel and the presence of a number of Spanish speakers is said to be attractive to Bojan, Mundo Deportivo reports. Bojan has been away at Roma, Milan and Ajax over recent years and Olympiakos are hopeful of another loan deal, although Barca would prefer to sell outright.

Former Barcelona director Xavier Martorell court spy claim club funds - ESPN FC
A former director of security at Barcelona will appear in court as a suspect over claims that he used 400,000 euros of club money to spy on political rivals. Prosecutors allege that Xavier Martorell used private detective agency Metodo 3 to follow two Catalan Democratic Union councillors in 2010, a party he was a councillor of at the same time in the town of San Cugat, reports The Times.

Jordi Cardoner reports big progress in the Social Area | FC Barcelona
Jordi Cardoner has reviewed the 2013/14 season in terms of the Social Area, which deals with the members and fans. Greater participation, accessibility, solidarity, services and proximity are highlighted as the main focus areas.

Del Bosque confirms he will remain as Spain boss -
Vicente del Bosque has broken his silence on his future, revealing that he intends to continue as Spain boss until Euro 2016. La Roja endured a torrid defense of the World Cup they secured in South Africa in 2010, exiting the tournament in Brazil at the group stages after 5-1 and 2-0 losses to the Netherlands and Chile respectively.

Diego Simeone and Xabi Alonso handed UEFA bans | Sky Sports
Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone and Real Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso have both been handed one-match European bans amid a number of sanctions handed down by UEFA for incidents during May's Champions League final. Simeone has been punished after being dismissed from the bench following an ugly on-field spat with Real defender Raphael Varane just before the final whistle of his side's 4-1 defeat in Lisbon.

La Liga: Valencia announce the signing of Andre Gomes from Benfica | Football News | Sky Sports
Valencia have announced the signing of Portuguese midfielder Andre Gomes from Benfica after he passed his medical. The 20-year-old put pen to paper on a deal on Thursday and was officially unveiled as a Los Che player after its completion.

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