Goodbye Birmingham! | FC Barcelona
Friday was Barça’s last day at St George’s Park. After five wonderful days enjoying the extraordinary FA facilities, the team is now off to Nice for the second friendly of the preseason.
Sergio Busquets inherits the legendary number 5 shirt | FC Barcelona
The midfielder will be wearing his new shirt number for the first time in Saturday’s friendly in Nice. The Catalan wore number 28 when he made his first team debut under Pep Guardiola in the 2008/09 season, and then wore 16 for the next five years.
25 players for the penultimate session | FC Barcelona
The first team got back to work on Friday morning, with all 25 players that have made the trip to Birmingham working out on the pitch. As has been the norm this week, Luis Enrique worked with 17 players from the first team and 8 from Barça B. There will be one further session at the FA’s St George’s Park facility early this evening before the team head to France on Saturday morning for the second preseason friendly.
Ter Stegen: "It's all perfect, better than I expected" | FC Barcelona
Marc-André ter Stegen is absolutely loving his first few weeks as an FC Barcelona player. "It’s all perfect, much better than I expected" he told fcbarcelona.com in Birmingham. "What Barça do for us is incredible. It’s all perfectly organised, much more professional than at Mönchengladbach, and I just hope we have a good season."
Bartomeu joins the team in Birmingham | FC Barcelona
President Josep Maria Bartomeu has made it to Birmingham, where the first team have been training since Monday. He had supper with the players, as well as manager Luis Enrique and director of sport Andoni Zubizarreta, who has also been in England since Monday.
Bartomeu visits the team in Birmingham: "There are still things to do this summer" | FC Barcelona
He also admitted that the club is still looking at the transfer market. "There are still things to so this summer" he said. "Both Zubizarreta and Luis Enrique have already told you. We’ll be discussing things while we are here."
Rakitic's videoblog | FC Barcelona
On the team’s final day in Birmingham, Ivan Rakitic has followed on from Claudio Bravo, Rafinha and Gerard Deulofeu by publishing a videoblog on www.fcbarcelona.com. The midfielder tells us what he’s made of the five days in England, explaining how much he is enjoying training and adapting to his new colleagues.
OGC Nice v FC Barcelona: Friendly in France | FC Barcelona
It promises to be a very special night for four players in particular. New signings Bravo, Rakitic and Mathieu could all be making their debuts in France, as could Rafinha, who after returning from Celta on loan was unable play any part in the game with Recreativo Huelva due to injury.
The Allianz Riviera, a reminder of Bayern Munich | FC Barcelona
This evening (8.45 PM CET), Barça play the second game of the preseason against OGC Nice at the Allianz Riviera, which holds 35,624 spectators and was first used less than a year ago, on September 22, 2013, for a Ligue 1 fixture between Nice and Valenciennes. One of the venues for Euro 2016, it was also used occasionally last season by rugby union’s RC Toulon.
Luis Suarez's appeal against his four-month ban set for August 8 | Football News | Sky Sports
Luis Suarez's appeal against a four-month ban from all football will be heard at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) on August 8. The Uruguay striker was given the suspension after he bit Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini at this summer’s World Cup in Brazil. A subsequent appeal was rejected by FIFA but CAS will now consider the case.
Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo misses Manchester United tie in Michigan | Football News | Sky Sports
Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo will miss out on a reunion with former club Manchester United after being ruled out their clash in Michigan. United will play the Spanish giants on the outskirts of Detroit, where a record 109,000 crowd is expected at Michigan Stadium, more commonly known as the 'Big House' as it is the third-biggest sports arena in the world.
Real Madrid's Estadio Santiago Bernabeu redevelopment blocked by Spanish court - ESPN FC
The Supreme Court of Madrid has blocked proposed changes to local planning laws that were essential to the plans for the Bernabeu being approved because the European champions are among several Spanish clubs under investigation by the European Commission (EC) for receiving state aid.
Atletico Madrid sign full-back Cristian Ansaldi on loan from Zenit St Petersburg | Football News | Sky Sports
Atletico Madrid have signed full-back Cristian Ansaldi on a season-long loan deal from Zenit St Petersburg. The 27-year-old Argentina international joins the reigning Primera Division champions after one season at the Petrovsky Stadium, which followed a five-year stint at their Russian Premier League rivals Rubin Kazan.
LFP: Murcia don’t meet finance rules | Football Espana
The LFP have revealed that Real Murcia do not qualify for entry to the Segunda next season. Murcia’s financial situation doesn’t conform to League rules, it’s said, and is it stands they can’t compete in the second tier. A statement has been released on the LFP’s official website which adds Racing Santander have five days in which to provide further information on their financial status.