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FC Barcelona News: 14 July 2015; Players Go Through First Training Sessions, Fixture List Announced

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FC Barcelona: 2015-2016 Full Fixture List - Barca Blaugranes
The draw for the La Liga has been completed just a while ago, meaning Barcelona already know the majority of its 2015-2016 schedule. After a five game preseason, which will include the Joan Gamper Trophy game, Barcelona will kick off the competitive campaign playing for two Super Cups. First on the docket is the UEFA Super Cup against Sevilla and just three days later Barcelona will take on Athletic Bilbao in a two-legged Spanish Super Cup.

A look at FC Barcelona's first week of 2015/16 | FC Barcelona
The 2015/16 preseason got underway on Monday with annual physicals followed by the first training session at 6.30pm (all times CET). The first week of the new season will have the team taking part in two-a-day workouts at 9.30am and 6.30pm at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper, except on Wednesday, when the second batch of returning players will undergo their physicals followed by a single, afternoon training session.

Morning session over | FC Barcelona
Activity continues at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper. The players were out on the pitch this Tuesday morning for the second training session, featuring the same sixteen players that were involved on Monday, namely Luis Suárez, Rafinha, Douglas, Sergi Roberto, Adriano, Vermaelen, Mathieu, Masip, Iniesta, Arda, Sandro, Munir and Halilovic, plus Samper, José Suárez and Gumbau of the reserves.

First Barça training session for 2015/16 | FC Barcelona
Barça’s 2015/16 campaign is now under way. Following on from the medical tests in the morning, on Monday the team held their first training session at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper. The session saw16 players involved and was overseen by the coaching staff at the Tito Vilanova training pitch.

Arda Turan's first day as a Barça player | FC Barcelona
It has been a special Monday for Arda Turan. Just 72 hours after his presentation as a Barça player, the Turkish midfielder enjoyed his first day at the office with FC Barcelona. It was a busy day for the new signing with medical tests in the morning for 13 members of the first team squad.

Luis Enrique: Aiming to repeat the success of last season | FC Barcelona
On Tuesday coach Luis Enrique Martínez has made his first appearance of the season before the press at the Ciutat Esportiva. The Asturian boss appeared ambitions and, as is usual in him, with clear ideas of what he wants. "We will put in a great as long as everyone in the squad is efficient. The objective is to repeat the success [of last season]." For that reason he added: "The treble is now in the past, now we are interested in six trophies."

Laporta, Bartomeu, Benedito, Freixa - Meet the Barcelona presidential candidates - Goal.com
Joan Laporta led Barca through a glorious era in his first mandate, changing the course of the Catalan club with Frank Rijkaard and later Pep Guardiola in charge at Camp Nou. Laporta has vowed to sign Paul Pogba for Barca if he wins the poll July 18, while he also claims Lionel Messi will be happiest if he is voted in for a second mandate.

The players' holidays on social media | FC Barcelona
The first group of players have returned to work on Monday, whilst the rest are enjoying their last few days before linking up with the squad .

Heroes of heroes: Neymar meets Michael Jordan | FC Barcelona
Neymar has stirred up tremendous interest on social media thanks to a photograph of himself with Michael Jordan. The Barça striker finds himself in Las Vegas on holiday and by sheer fortune, he found himself staying in the same hotel as the greatest basketball player of all time. The two had not previously met and Neymar wrote that for him it was "a dream come true."

Pedro says Barcelona have offers for him amid Chelsea interest | Sky Sports
World Cup winning forward Pedro claims that Barcelona have received offers for him amid reports in Spain that he is poised to join Premier League champions Chelsea. The 27-year-old lost his place in the Barca starting line-up following the arrival of Luis Suarez last summer with the Spanish champions having agreed to reduce the size of his buyout clause.

‘We can’t let Pedro leave’ | Football Espana
Former Barcelona defender Eric Abidal says forward Pedro cannot be allowed to leave Camp Nou this summer. The Spanish international has grown frustrated with a lack of first team action for the Catalan giants and has been heavily linked with a move away from the club. Chelsea are thought to be interested in securing his signature.

Xavi Hernandez - Iker Casillas not appreciated in Spain - ESPN FC
Iker Casillas has not been shown enough respect from the people of Spain, Xavi Hernandez has said of the departing Real Madrid captain. Xavi, who ended his lifelong association with Barcelona this summer to move to Qatari side Al Sadd, said his former Spain teammate deserved a better treatment after sealing a move to Porto at the weekend.

Maradona backs Messi criticism | Football Espana
"It's logical that he's come in for flak, it's easy to explain," he began. "We've got the best player in the world, who goes and scores four goals against Real Sociedad, and then he comes here and doesn't touch the ball. "You're left saying to yourself, 'Are you Argentinian or Swedish?'