Luis Enrique: "I’m 100% optimistic" | FC Barcelona
"I’m delighted by the motivation and ambition shown by the players in training. That makes me very optimistic...These session have been more intense and tougher than I expected because of their capacity for sacrifice. I’m 100% optimistic the fans will enjoy what we do".
From the Gamper to La Liga | FC Barcelona
It’s going to be an action packed seven days for FC Barcelona starting with the Joan Gamper Trophy on Monday and ending with the opening league match of the season against Elche in the Camp Nou on Sunday. As every year, Monday’s game against Club Léon will mark the new squad’s official presentation before the fans.
Rafa Márquez the special guest | FC Barcelona
The boards of directors of FC Barcelona and Club León came together on Sunday lunchtime for the traditional Joan Gamper Trophy lunch. The occasion had a special guest in the person of Rafa Márquez, a former player of both clubs who will be taking part in the match. He told Barça TV and fcbarcelona.cat, "My time with Barça was the best of my professional and personal life".
10 reasons to come to the Trofeu Joan Gamper | FC Barcelona
Luis Enrique, Messi, Luis Suárez, Neymar, all the new and returning players, Rafa Márquez, the fans... They’ll all play starring roles this Monday at the Joan Gamper Trophy, which will again serve as the team’s presentation in front of the home supporters. The game between FC Barcelona and Club León kicks off at half past eight at the Camp Nou.
Gamper packed with activities | FC Barcelona
Everything is ready to go at the Gamper Festival 2014, with plenty going on for all members of the family at the Camp Nou. The grounds will be open to the general public in what is always a wonderful moment of bonding between the club and its supporters.
Neymar and Xavi given medical all clear | FC Barcelona
The first team squad trained at the Ciutat Esportiva this morning ahead of the Gamper Trophy at the Camp Nou this evening against Club León. At the end of the session, Club doctors gave Neymar and Xavi Hernández the medical all clear and both will be available for the game. Barça B youngsters Munir, Grimaldo and Samper trained alongside the 21 first team squad members .
Barca reach Douglas agreement? | Football Espana
Barcelona have reached an agreement with Sao Paulo for right-back Douglas but the transfer hasn’t yet been confirmed, reports say. Marca claim that Barca will pay €8m for the 24-year-old and the deal will be announced later this week, AS adds. But Douglas won’t join up with Barca until next season, Marca claim, as Dani Alves is now considered likely to see out his deal at Camp Nou.
10 years since Deco and Eto'o debuts | FC Barcelona
Deco and Eto’o made their debuts in front of 3,000 people at the Camp d’Esports del Vilafranca del Penedès as Barça visited the club as part of their centenary celebrations. Not surprisingly, Barça ran out easy 0-6 winners against the amateurs, with goals from the two debutants -Eto’o grabbing a brace - Márquez, Giuly and Luis Garcia.
A baby boy for Montoya | FC Barcelona
Congratulations! Martín Montoya and his partner Maite are the proud parents of a baby boy. Dylan was born on Saturday afternoon but his father reported for training as usual on Sunday morning.
President's upbeat message to Congrés de Penyes | FC Barcelona
Josep Maria Bartomeu opened the XXXV Congrés Mundial de Penyes with an optimistic message for the future: "at the end of last season I committed myself publically to begin a profound transformation of the Club. Today we can affirm that our plans have been carried out and we are on course. The economic effort we have made allows us to be excited about our future".
Real Madrid ravaged by injury for Super Cup clash with Atletico | Eurosport
European champions Real Madrid could be without the world's most expensive player Welshman Gareth Bale and Portuguese defender Pepe when they meet city rivals and domestic champions Atletico Madrid in Tuesday's first leg of the Spanish Super Cup.
Valencia 2-1 AC Milan: Rodrigo nets winner to edge out Rossoneri - Goal.com
Valencia completed its preseason preparations with a morale-boosting 2-1 win over AC Milan at the Mestalla. Under new coach Nuno Espirito Santo, the host looked timid in the opening stages as Milan dictated possession, but it took a spectacular 18th-minute lead after settling into the game.
Sevilla have agreed a deal in principle to sign Argentinian midfielder Ever Banega from their Primera Division rivals Valencia. - ESPN FC
Sevilla have agreed a deal in principle to sign Argentinian midfielder Ever Banega from their Primera Division rivals Valencia. The 26-year-old will move to the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan and become Sevilla's eighth signing of the summer should he pass a medical and put pen to paper on a contract with the Andalusian club on Sunday night.
Guillem Balague picks 15 La Liga signings to keep an eye on | Football News | Sky Sports
Everton manager Roberto Martinez would have loved to have kept Gerard Deulofeu on loan at the club for another year, and even Gerard and his family were happy to stay, but Barcelona wanted the midfielder back. Luis Enrique, however, has decided that he’s not yet ready for Barcelona first-team duty and the beneficiaries of the decision will be Sevilla where he has been loaned for the season.
Aston Villa sign midfielder Carlos Sanchez from Elche | Sky Sports
Aston Villa have completed the signing of Colombia international defensive midfielder Carlos Sanchez from Elche. Sanchez has joined, subject to international clearance, for a fee believed to be in the region of £4.7m on a four-year deal.