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FC Barcelona News: 13 August 2014; Preparations in Full Swing for Preseason Camp Nou Debut, Eric Abidal Speaks

Valerio Pennicino

Andrés Iniesta, preparing for the Trofeu Joan Gamper | FC Barcelona
Following on from the first spot under the slogan "A new season – new dreams" which featured Luis Enrique and Marc-André ter Stegen, new Club vice-captain Andrés Iniesta is the latest Barça player to promote the Joan Gamper Trophy, which is set for next Monday, August 18, when Luis Enrique’s team make their Camp Nou debut against the Mexican side Club León.

International flavour to Gamper | FC Barcelona
Club León FC will be the first ever Mexican team to play in the Joan Gamper Trophy when they face Barça on Monday night. In the nearly 50 years since its inauguration in 1966, the Gamper has hosted 64 teams from 22 different countries at its 47 editions.

Player Focus: Rakitic Tasked With Evolving Barca Where Fabregas Failed
In summer 2011 Barcelona's big midfield summer signing was supposed to add more direct passing and make the team's build-up play less predictable. Three years later the Cesc Fabregas 'experiment' has been widely deemed a failure, but Ivan Rakitic is now arriving to do more or less the very same job.

Spectacular "rondo" in training | FC Barcelona
This Tuesday morning's training session featured a spectacular "rondo", as Xavi, Sandro, Deulofeu, Piqué, Iniesta, Grimaldo, Busquets, Pedro and Alba lept the ball off Song and Munir. Check out the video, as the Barça players show off their superb technical skil with 30 seconds of one touch control.

Thomas Vermaelen: "I hope to settle in quickly" | FC Barcelona
Barça's latest summer signing, Thomas Vermaelengave his first interview since joining to and Barça TV and insisted: "I need to find my way around, learn the language and get to know the coach and the rest of the players – I’m hoping to settle in quickly. I need to get to know the city better too, I’ve heard a lot of people speaking well of it and I’m very keen to discover it".

Abidal: Extraordinary things happened at Barca that nobody knows about -
Former Barcelona defender Eric Abidal claims many "extraordinary" things happened behind the scenes at the Catalan club that have never seen the light of day. Abidal endured a traumatic time at Barca as he was laid low by cancer, underwent a liver transplant and was later forced to leave when, having made an emotional comeback, the promise of a new contract never materialized.

Tata Martino named new Argentina coach | FC Barcelona
Gerardo ‘Tata’ Martino has been handed the job of coaching Argentina’s national side, taking over from Alejandro Sabella, who took the team to the World Cup Brazil last month . Martino, who took Paraguay to the quarter finals of the South Africa World Cup in 2010, will thus link up once more with Barça’s Leo Messi and Javier Mascherano.

FCBotiga Megastore at Camp Nou is offering exclusive promotions during August | FC Barcelona
FCBotiga Megastore at Camp Nou is celebrating. Along with the official team presentation during the Joan Gamper Trophy and the beginning of the new season, the store wants to offer all Barça fans, during this month of August, exclusive promotions, besides the opportunity to enjoy a unique experience in the best Barça store in the world.

UEFA Super Cup: Real Madrid defeat Sevilla as Cristiano Ronaldo scores twice | Sky Sports Football
The Champions League holders were hot favourites to claim the first silverware of the European season and were always too strong for the Europa League winners. Gareth Bale was the star attraction back on home turf and he provided the cross for the first goal in the 30th minute, putting the ball on a plate for Ronaldo to convert from close range at the far post.

Ronaldo overtakes Messi on European goals -
Cristiano Ronaldo's double for Real Madrid in its 2-0 win against Sevilla in the UEFA Super Cup on Tuesday saw the Portuguese reach 70 goals in European competition and overtake Barcelona forward Lionel Messi in the process.

Report: Six-year deal for Jimenez | Football Espana
It is reported that Raul Jimenez is set to sign a six-year contract with La Liga champions Atletico Madrid. The 23-year-old will join the Vicente Calderon side from Mexican outfit America de Mexico, who he has played for since 2011. According to Diario Record Mexico, Atleti will fork out a fee of €10.5m to secure the player’s services.

Marouane Fellaini nets last-ditch Man United winner against Valencia - ESPN FC
Manchester United triumphed in Louis van Gaal's first home match as manager as substitute Marouane Fellaini's late goal saw them defeat Valencia 2-1 at Old Trafford. Fellaini, introduced with just under 15 minutes remaining for his first appearance of preseason, capitalised on a mix-up in the Valencia defence to turn the ball home in stoppage time.

Liverpool agree deal for Sevilla left back Alberto Moreno | Sky Sports
Brendan Rodgers made signing a left-back his priority earlier this summer and singled out the 22-year-old as his number one target. Sevilla insisted that Moreno was going nowhere unless their 20 million euro asking price was met with manager Unai Emery insisting on Monday that he would play in the UEFA Super Cup against Real Madrid.

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