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FC Barcelona News: 29 July 2014; 25 Player Take Part in First Training Session, Claudio Bravo Joins Group

Chris Brunskill

25 players train in the team's first session in Saint George’s Park | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona completed their first training session in St. George’s Park. A total of 25 players trained this Monday afternoon, it was the first of many seeing that the team will remain in England until Saturday. Only Alex Song, who travelled with the team to England, didn’t train. The Cameroonian left the training camp for familial reasons.

Inside view: Training camp in Birmingham, day 1 | FC Barcelona
Barça completed their first day at the training camp in England. It was an intense day, which saw the team depart from Barcelona and arrive in Birmingham two hours later. The team then trained in St. George’s Park. It was the first session with all three of the new keepers for the 2014/15 season: Ter Stegen, Bravo and Masip.

Break from usual routine | FC Barcelona
Barça’s first day in England was long and intense. After every session so far this season has been at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper, Monday marked a pleasant break from their usual routine.

Alex Song leaves the stage for familial reasons | FC Barcelona
Alex Song left the training tour at St. George’s Park for familial reasons. As soon as the team’s plane touched down, the Cameroonian player caught a flight back home and thus will miss out on the opening days of training in England.

The team discovers St. George’s Park | FC Barcelona
Barça are in St. George’s Park, where the team will stay until Saturday. Located near Birmingham, on a 330-hectare lot in the English national forest, the center offers up large and modern training areas designed specifically for elite teams. The English national team trains at St. George’s Park as do other international teams.

Bravo, Ter Stegen and Masip are ready for prime time | FC Barcelona
The training camp in St. George’s Park will allow Luis Enrique to train with all three of his keepers. In fact, the goalkeeper position is the one that presents many of the new additions to the team. Valdés, Pinto and Oier ceded their places to Ter Stegen, Bravo and Masip.

Barcelona training in England: Guillem Balague expects tough double sessions | Football News | Sky Sports
"Luis Enrique is a fanatic of physical training," he told Sky Sports News. "Barcelona have come from two years where the training has been more relaxed and less intense, which showed in the way they were playing. But Enrique wants discipline, hard work, and for guys to recover pressure high and be fit.They are saying privately that it’s hard to finish the sessions. So far what he has been doing back in Barcelona is difficult training sessions."

Mathieu: "I'm ready for the pressure" | FC Barcelona
Jérémy Mathieu gave his first interview as an FC Barcelona player after he was officially presented on Thursday. Barça TV and picked up the defender’s first statements as a Culé: "I will give 100% of myself and I hope everything goes well on the pitch." The Frenchman is aware that joining FC Barcelona is a step forward in his career, and he accepts that challenge: "It’s difficult to join a team after someone like Carles Puyol leaves, but I will show Barça that they made a good choice in signing me."

Lionel Messi to be prosecuted for alleged tax evasion | The Guardian
A Spanish court will push ahead with prosecuting the Barcelona forward Lionel Messi for alleged tax evasion despite a recommendation from the public prosecutor the charges be dismissed. The prosecutor argued in June that Messi’s father Jorge was responsible for the family’s finances and not the four-times World Player of the Year.

Navas' future in limbo | Football Espana
The Costa Rica goalkeeper has an agreement in principle with the European champions, but according to AS, has been left in limbo. Carlo Ancelotti’s men want to get the Costa Rica international in training as soon as possible, with Karim Benzema, Raphael Varane and James Rodriguez returning to Valdebebas on Friday. The club is trying to get the shot-stopper to join them, but before they can do that, one of their current goalkeepers has to go.

Official: Granero leaves QPR for Real Sociedad -
QPR have confirmed that midfielder Esteban Granero has joined Real Sociedad for an undisclosed fee. The Spaniard moved to Loftus Road from Real Madrid in 2012 but suffered relegation from the Premier League in his first season with the London club.

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