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FC Barcelona News: 27 July 2014; Gerard Pique Talks Jeremy Mathieu, Luis Enrique Offers Views on Preseason

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Mathieu, another left-footed centre-back for FC Barcelona | FC Barcelona
Jeremy Mathieu is Barça’s first left-footed defender since Éric Abidal left in the summer of 2013. Abidal’s six seasons at the club got off to a slow start, with him first featuring as a full-back. It was only after Pep Guardiola decided to move him to the centre of defence that he became a regular feature of the first team.

Barcelona needs Mathieu - Pique - Goal.com
Gerard Pique has admitted Barcelona needs Jeremy Mathieu following the defender's 20 million euro arrival from Valencia. The size of the fee for the 30-year-old has raised eyebrows but Pique, who is set to start the season alongside the Frenchman at center back, believes the signing is a much needed one.

Luis Enrique's views on the preseason | FC Barcelona
Before travelling to England, Luis Enrique made a general assessment of the early days of working with the squad, and the upcoming friendly games facing the team. After the Nuevo Colombino Trophy win against Recreativo Huelva (0-1), Barça will play their next preseason game on Saturday 2nd of August, in Nice at 8.45 p.m., against local side OGC Nice.

Coaching teams jobs | FC Barcelona
They’ve only been working together at Barça for a few days, but each of Luis Enrique’s six assistants knows exactly what jobs they have to do. In a video that includes images of the game played a week ago in Huelva we take a look at what their tasks are during a match.

Deco, Belletti and Sylvinho praise the new-look FC Barcelona | FC Barcelona
"When a team doesn’t win, it’s always the best players who get singled out for blame, but nobody should forget all that he’s done for the club. Nobody will be able to repeat what he has done … Barça are looking very strong and I love the signing of Luis Suárez. He’s a hard working striker with so much personality and who scores goals."

Michael Jackson's father visits the Museum | FC Barcelona
Joseph Walter Jackson, father of the late Michael Jackson and creator of the Jackson Five was at the club this Saturday morning to enjoy the Camp Nou Experience along with Simon Sahouri, president of the Michael Jackson Foundation, and other guests.

International Champions Cup: Inter Milan see off Real Madrid on penalties | Sky Sports Football
Carlo Ancelotti gave a number of players from Madrid’s B team a chance to shine in Saturday's match in California but Real took the lead through their world-record signing after just 10 minutes when Bale unleashed a ferocious, swerving shot from 25 yards which flew into the top corner.

‘Griezmann is an Atletico player’ | Football Espana
Reports in Spain say Antoine Griezmann’s move from Real Sociedad to Atletico Madrid has essentially been completed. Marca claim Atleti and La Real came to terms last night and the France international is today an Atletico player, moving for a fee of €30m. The 23-year-old caught the eye while playing for France at the World Cup and comes off the back of a successful League season.

Sunderland close to Rodriguez | Football Espana
Cristian Rodriguez is close to leaving Atletico Madrid for Sunderland, with his agent in London to complete the deal. Marca reports that Cebolla, as Rodriguez is known, is looking for the chance to play more regularly after spending last season as a squad player in Atletico’s title-winning campaign.

Former Osasuna defender Alejandro Arribas agrees two-year deal with Sevilla | Sky Sports
Former Osasuna defender Alejandro Arribas has agreed to sign a two-year contract with Sevilla, pending the result of medical examinations. The 25-year-old centre-back from Madrid is a free agent having recently terminated his contract with relegated Osasuna.