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FC Barcelona News: 17 July 2015; 23 Players Take Part in Training, Elections Just One Day Away

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Bartomeu Laporta Benedito Freixa Barcelona presidential race - ESPN FC
Ah, Mr. Bartomeu, we meet at last. On Wednesday night at the Camp Nou the stage was set for the big debate of the 2015 FC Barcelona presidential elections. There had been debates before, but this one, broadcast in prime time, was the first that the current president Josep Maria Bartomeu had agreed to attend. It will also be the last. "Shall we do it again?" someone said at the end. They all knew the answer: "no."

Camp Nou hosts debate between candidates | FC Barcelona
The Camp Nou was the venue on Tuesday evening for a debate between the four candidates for the presidency of FC Barcelona, Josep Maria Bartomeu, Joan Laporta, Agustí Benedito and Toni Freixa, who presented and discussed their proposals for the future of the club.

One hundred per cent accessible elections | FC Barcelona
On Saturday, the Specialised Attention Office (OAE) at the club will be making an effort to ensure that all members will be able to attend this special day. Just like on the day of the Referendum on the new Espai Barça, there will be a special area fitted out for access by people with reduced mobility, the disabled and the elderly.

Auditing report on annual accounts | FC Barcelona
On Wednesday, the Managing Commission received an auditing report from Deloitte of the annual FC Barcelona accounts for the 2014/15 season, along with certification of the debt ratio pursuant to article 67 of the Statutes.

Preseason continues with same group of 23 | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona's 2015/16 preseason continued on Friday at 9.30am CET at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper. It is the team's final training day before leaving for the United States on Sunday. The players will be given a day off on Saturday.

Luis Enrique trains with 23 players | FC Barcelona
After the second group of players reported back to work after their summer break, Luis Enrique was able to work on Thursday morning with 23 players on the Tito Vilanova field at the Ciutat Esportiva. The players that featured in the Copa America (Dani Alves, Neymar Jr, Bravo, Mascherano and Messi), plus Ter Stegen who was involved in the European U21 Championship, are the only members of the first team that are not back yet.

Twenty-three players take part in preseason's first two-a-day | FC Barcelona
Twenty first team players plus Samper, Suárez, and Gumbau from the B team trained in both the morning and the evening sessions. They only players who were absent are still on vacation — Dani Alves, Neymar Jr. Claudio Bravo, Javier Mascherano, Lionel Messi and Marc-André ter Stegen.

Luis Enrique likely to experiment in Barcelona's preseason - ESPN FC
At times this summer it has been easy to forget that FC Barcelona are a football club. With elections for the Blaugrana presidency reaching their closing stages, campaigning has become increasingly relentless; the scoring of political points has supplanted the act of winning points on the pitch and has dominated virtually every media outlet that covers events at the Camp Nou.

Paul Pogba move more likely if Barcelona elect Joan Laporta - ESPN FC
There's a "high chance" Paul Pogba will move to Barcelona if Joan Laporta wins the upcoming presidential election, says the player's agent Mino Raiola. Laporta, who was Barcelona president from 2003-10, has made campaign promises to secure Pogba's signature as he seeks the club's top post for the second time.

Joan Laporta accused of desperation over Paul Pogba claims - ESPN FC
Barcelona presidential candidate Joan Laporta has been accused of desperation after pledging to bring Paul Pogba to the Camp Nou if he is re-elected. Laporta has said on several occasions that his relationship with Pogba's agent, Mino Raiola, should allow him to sign the Juventus midfielder, and he repeated at his final electoral meeting before the polls open: "If Luis Enrique wants, Pogba will play for Barca."

Barça, a case for study at Harvard | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona has become a brand with a global impact, yet despite this Barça has been able to maintain its very essence and commitment to Catalonia. Under this premise, the prestigious American university Harvard are building course contents, under the theme of Creative Industries, in which Barça’s success will be studied.

Lionel Messi wins ESPY award for Best International Athlete in 2015 | FC Barcelona
Lionel Messi has won yet another award, this time in recognition of his outstanding season with FC Barcelona, adding one more to the long list of accolades given to him on the international stage throughout his career. The FC Barcelona striker won the 2015 ESPY Award for Best International Athlete — an award which is presented annually by the American sports media giant ESPN and which he previously won in 2012 — at a gala held on Wednesday night at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

Happy birthday to Sergio Busquets! | FC Barcelona
It's been 10 years since Sergio Busquets joined the Under-18 team at FC Barcelona after previously playing for Jàbac de Terrassa. Now, a decade later, after climbing the ranks through Barça B and making his first team debut in 2008 under then head coach Pep Guardiola, the Catalan midfielder is one of the captains and a cornerstone of current head coach Luis Enrique's squad.

Piqué takes Arda Turan house hunting in Barcelona - Inside Spanish Football
Almost two weeks after finalising his €34 million transfer from Atletico Madrid to Barcelona, Turan is now looking for a place to call home in his new city for the next five years and luckily, his new teammate is willing to lend a hand. Pique has spent his entire life in Barcelona, apart from his spell at Manchester United and Real Zaragoza, and was keen to show is new Turkish teammates the lay of the land as the two went house-hunting.

Messi favors Laporta over Bartomeu in the Barcelona presidential election - Goal.com
The 28-year-old has had his problems with Bartomeu's board in the past. The forward fell out with Javier Faus in December 2013 after the club's financial vice president claimed there was "no need" to improve the player's contract every year. Leo hit back publicly and hard. "Mr. Faus knows nothing about football," he said.