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FC Barcelona News: 26 July 2014; 26 Players to Travel to England, Lionel Messi Shines in Deco Testimonial Game

David Ramos

Full details of England trip | FC Barcelona
The details of FC Barcelona’s trip to St George’s Park, England from July 28 to August 2 have been announced. The team will be leaving the Ciutat Esportiva on Monday morning at 9.45 AM CET for a flight to Birmingham, which is due to land at around 11.50 AM GMT. Chilean goalkeeper Claudio Bravo is due to start work that same day, and will joining the players on the flight, and for the first training session in England, which is scheduled for 6.00 PM GMT.

26 players to go to England | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona are taking 26 players on the trip to St George’s Park in England, 18 from the first team and 8 from Barça B. They leave this Monday 28 July, and the group will include Chilean goalkeeper Claudio Bravo, who is due to start work on the very same morning that the team departs for the UK.

Last double session of the week at the Ciutat Esportiva | FC Barcelona
The same 24 players participated this evening as did earlier on in the day, of which 16 were from the first team and the other eight from Barça B. Adriano and Montoya exercised separately from the others. This was the second time that new French signing Mathieu was able to train with his new team-mates.

FC Barcelona well represented at Deco testimonial | FC Barcelona
The Do Dragao Stadium in Porto was the venue on Friday evening for a testimonial to one of Europe’s most decorated players, Anderson Luis de Souza ‘Deco’. More than 50,000 people were there to enjoy a match between representative teams of the two clubs with which the man with 75 international caps for Portugal won the most honours during his glittering career: Barça and Porto.

Friday's friendlies - Eto'o and Messi shine in Deco's testimonial - ESPN FC
In a flashback to years past, Barcelona played to a 4-4 draw at Porto in a testimonial for Deco, who played one half for each club. Barca's squad was made up mostly of players from their 2006 Champions League triumph, while Porto had players from their 2004 European championship.

Luis Suarez's biting ban to be fast-tracked by Court of Arbitration for Sport | Football News | Sky Sports
The Court of Arbitration for Sport may rule on Luis Suarez's appeal over his ban for biting before the start of the season. Suarez, the Uruguay Federation and his new club Barcelona, filed requests that the case be fast-tracked - almost exactly a month after FIFA banned the 27-year-old striker for nine competitive international matches and from any football-related activities for four months.

Iniesta looking forward to a wonderful year | FC Barcelona
Andrés Iniesta gave his first press conference of the 2014/15 season on Friday morning. He spoke of his high hopes for the season ahead, saying that "the challenges are the same as they are every season – to win titles. And to do that it’s important to get things right from the start".

Xavi and Barça - the contract, the coach and the crossroads | Graham Hunter
Thus, I reckon, we can understand this week’s article in El Pais by the exceptional Luis Martín in which he announced that the conversation between the two men consisted of the new coach saying: "You are welcome to be part of this, I see your importance, but if you stay then don’t be complaining to me if you’re not playing as much as you’d like to." Rules laid out firmly and clearly.

Exclusive images of Mathieu's presentation | FC Barcelona
Thursday was a very busy day for Jérémy Mathieu, the latest addition to Luis Enrique’s Barça 2014/15 squad. He started his first day at the club with a medical test at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper, and was shown around the facilities by his former Valencia team-mate Jordi Alba.

'Mathieu is Abidal's spiritual successor at Barcelona' -
Giuly - who played for Barcelona between 2004 and 2007 - insisted that Mathieu will be a strong addition at the heart of the club’s back line next term, filling the void left by fellow Frenchman Abidal in 2013. "Mathieu is a good player. I played against him in France and Spain," Giuly told Mundo Deportivo. "He’s a strong player that can provide pace for Barca in defence.

Valdes to reunite with Guardiola? | Football Espana
Victor Valdes could reunite with Pep Guardiola and sign for Bayern Munich, it has been claimed this afternoon. The Spanish shot-stopper was release by Barcelona this summer after his contract at Camp Nou expired. A deal with Monaco was thought to be in place, but with the goalkeeper suffering a severe knee injury, the French club decided to opt out of that agreement.

Atleti close to Griezmann deal - report | Football Espana
Atletico Madrid are closing in on a deal to sign Real Sociedad winger Antoine Griezmann, it has emerged. The France international was sensational for La Real last term, leading them to fifth in the table and earning a spot in Les Bleus’ World Cup squad. As such, several of Europe’s top club sides have been linked with a switch for the 23-year-old.

Benfica sign Malaga's Eliseu | Football Espana
Benfica have confirmed the signing of Eliseu from Malaga for an undisclosed fee on a two-year deal. Reports in Spain earlier this week suggested that the Portuguese champions were looking at the experienced full-back. And after those rumours, Jorge Jesus’ men have announced the deal, with the 30-year-old admitting that now was the right time to return to his homeland.

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