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FC Barcelona News: 23 July 2014; Barça Finally Land Jeremy Mathieu, Bojan Krkic Joins Stoke City

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Agreement for the incorporation of Jérémy Mathieu | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona and València CF have reached agreement for the transfer of the French player, Jérémy Mathieu. Jérémy Mathieu will sign a contract with FC Barcelona for the next four seasons, plus an optional season more. The cost of the transfer is 20 million Euros and the buyout clause will be 50 million Euros.

Jérémy Mathieu: versatility on the left of defence | FC Barcelona
Jérémy Mathieu (Luxeuil-les-Bains, France, 29 October 1983) is a physically imposing defender who can play in various positions at the back. He’s 1.92 m tall, has excellent positional sense and is skilful with the ball at his feet. And he is also impressively strong in the air. Until recently, he was considered a natural left-back, but of late he has tended to feature more regularly in the centre of defence.

22 players at the morning training session | FC Barcelona
Barça returned to training this Wednesday morning in the only session planned for today. 22 players trained on pitch 1 of the Ciudad Esportiva Joan Gamper. The 8 first team players available and 14 more from the reserves, worked under the guidance of Luis Enrique, a day before the return of eight International players who were at the World Cup in Brazil.

Evening training session with 22 players | FC Barcelona
The seven first team players (Ter Stegen, Masip, Rafinha, Deulofeu, Sergi Roberto, Montoya and Bartra) and 15 Barça B players trained this Tuesday afternoon at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper. Bojan Krkic, who was transferred to Stoke City, didn’t participate in the session.

Rafinha: "I have matured as a player" | FC Barcelona
Rafael Alcantara appeared at a press conference for the first time as a Barça first team player, to take stock of the first few working days of the new season. The midfielder evaluated his return to Barça after a year on loan at Celta Vigo, where he also had Luis Enrique as his coach. "Last year was very good. I had the opportunity to play lots of minutes and to mature as a player" Rafinha told the media

18 years since Luis Enrique's presentation as a player | FC Barcelona
This July 23rd is 18 years since the presentation of Luis Enrique Martinez as a Barça first team player. Although his signing was completed on 27 May 1996, Luis Enrique’s official presentation was almost two months later, on July 23rd, on the same day as the forward, Juan Antonio Pizzi.

Marc Bartra looking to establish himself | FC Barcelona
As he goes into his third season with the first team squad, 23-year-old Marc Bartra is hoping to establish himself in the team. Speaking to the press this morning, Barta explained: I want to establish myself and get plenty of playing time, so I can contribute fully to the team with all my ability. This is my third season and I feel confident that I am ready to take a step forward"

Why the next ‘Clasico’ could be the biggest football match ever | Eurosport
Big transfer window activity so far means the 2014/15 La Liga season is set to be one of the most anticipated in history.Well… when we say the Liga season, we of course mean El Clasico.As it stands, barring injuries and suspensions the first meeting of the season between Barcelona and Real Madrid will pit Luis Suarez, Lionel Messi and Neymar against Cristiano Ronaldo, James Rodriguez and Gareth Bale.

Luis Suarez: Edinson Cavani says Barcelona star's four-month ban for biting is too harsh | Football News | Sky Sports
Luis Suarez was treated too harshly by FIFA for his World Cup biting incident, according to Uruguay team-mate Edinson Cavani. However, Cavani also believes that Suarez, who is currently banned from all football-related activity for four months, was wrong to bite Italy's Giorgio Chiellini during the World Cup.

Luis Enrique and Ter Stegen promote the Gamper | FC Barcelona
"New season, new dreams" is the message in the message in this season’s promotional video for the Joan Gamper Trophy against Club León to be held at the Camp Nou on August 18. Luis Enrique and Marc-André Ter Stegen - two of the new faces for the season -are the stars of the videos.

Agreement for Bojan | FC Barcelona
After spending nearly his entire footballing life at FC Barcelona, Bojan Krkic says goodbye to his Club. The Catalan forward, who was always one step ahead of his age in terms of skill and quality, leaves the Club with the distinction of being the all-time highest scorer in the Barça youth system. His tally from all his years at La Masia exceeds the 400-goal mark.

The Camp Nou Experience full of selfies | FC Barcelona
The Camp Nou Experience is going to be one of the most photographed spots in Barcelona this summer, not just because it’s one of the city’s biggest attractions, but also because the selfies competition the Club has launched is already having a great impact.

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The event, the brainchild of Pope Francis, is intended to support some of the poorest sectors of modern society across Europe, South America and the rest of the globe. It is led by two charitable projects: Scholas Occurrentes, an educative entity serving the commonwealth, and Fondazione P.U.P.I Onlus, founded by Zanetti and his wife Paula, a foundation promoting and supporting long-distance adoption programs.

The summer of crazy Spanish kits continues - ESPN FC
The lager-and-octopus-themed kits rolled out by Spanish second division side CD Lugo on Monday were all well and good, but alas, they've been well and truly trumped by a club from the tier below. For reasons unbeknownst, Cultural y Deportiva Leonesa have revealed that they will be playing in a "joke tuxedo" strip at home as of next season.

Brahimi leaves Granada for Porto | Football Espana
Yacine Brahimi has left Granada for Porto in a €6.5m deal, reports in Spain have confirmed. AS say the Algeria international has signed a five-year contract and has a buyout clause set at €50m, having impressed for his country at the World Cup.

Cordoba have taken Ryder Matos on loan from Fiorentina | Sky Sports
La Liga new boys Cordoba have completed the loan signing of Brazilian winger Ryder Matos from Fiorentina. The 21-year-old has spent the last six years in Italy, progressing through Fiorentina’s academy system. He was billed as a hot prospect during his teenage years and made the step up into the Viola’s senior set-up last season.