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FC Barcelona News: 18 July 2015; Election Day in Barcelona, Xavi Honored by Spanish Government

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Election day for Barca | Football Espana
The day has come for one of Josep Maria Bartomeu, Joan Laporta, Agusti Benedito and Toni Freixa to be elected Barcelona President for the next six years. As many as 109,367 socios are registered to make their voice heard at the poll today, with anywhere between 30,000 and 45,000 votes expected to be enough for the winning candidate.

The four candidates vote | FC Barcelona
Josep Maria Bartomeu, Joan Laporta, Toni Freixa and Agustí Benedito had all cast their votes by 10.30am CET.

Most important elections since 1953, says Benedito | FC Barcelona
Agustí Benedito was the last of the four candidates to cast his vote for the presidential elections, and afterwards commented that "a lot of people know that there’s a need for change. They are tired of wars and have a different idea of what Barça should be. I believe I can lead that change … These are the most important elections since 1953.

Huge turnout a great sign, says Laporta | FC Barcelona
Joan Laporta, who presided the club from 2003 to 2010 and after casting his vote at the Camp Nou, commented that "it’s a good sign that so many people have voted. I get the feeling that we are going to win and that I’m going to be feeling very happy at the end of the day … I have seen a lot of people voicing their support for me. They remember what I did when I was president."

Six important years for number one club, says Josep Maria Bartomeu | FC Barcelona
Josep Maria Bartomeu was the first of the four presidential candidates to cast his vote on a busy morning at the Camp Nou, He was amazed to see that so many people had turned out so early, saying that "this is a celebration of the club and democracy. Barça has once again shown that it is a democratic club and that its members want to play an active part in that.

Much at stake, says Freixa | FC Barcelona
The third candidate to cast his vote on Saturday was Toni Freixa, and afterwards he said that "the members know there’s a lot at stake today, including the immediate future. They always take responsibility and show up for the big occasions … The joy of the Barça fans both now and in the future is what matters today."

24 players in squad for US tour | FC Barcelona
The FC Barcelona first team has carried out their final training session on Friday before leaving for the United States of America. Coach Luis Enrique has announced his squad for the 2015 tour and it is as follows: Ter Stegen, Masip, José Suárez, Piqué, Rakitic, Sergio, Pedro, Iniesta, Suárez, Rafinha, Bartra, Douglas, Jordi Alba, S. Roberto, Adriano, Vermaelen, Mathieu, Arda Turan, Aleix Vidal, Sandro, Munir, Halilovic, Samper and Gumbau.

FC Barcelona's summer tour, up close | FC Barcelona
A detailed look at the agenda throughout the team's ten-day visit to the New World.

Spaces available for FC Barcelona training session on July 20th to benefit LA Galaxy Foundation | LA Galaxy
Limited spaces are available for fans to attend an FC Barcelona’s training session on Monday, July 20 at StubHub Center. Fans can purchase a space for $100 to receive exclusive access to attend one of two training sessions that day with all proceeds benefitting the LA Galaxy Foundation.

Spain honour Iker Casillas and Xavi with sports merit award - ESPN FC
The Spanish government has honoured Iker Casillas and Xavi Hernandez for their long and successful careers at Real Madrid and Barcelona that ended this summer. The government says it inducted the goalkeeper and midfielder into Spain's Royal Order of Sports Merit.

Six have played for both FC Barcelona and AS Roma | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona and AS Roma face off on Wednesday 5 August at Camp Nou at 10.00pm CET in the 50th edition of the Joan Gamper Trophy. Interestingly, six players and three coaches, past and present, have represented both clubs.

Barcelona quiz: AS Roma edition! | FC Barcelona
How much do you know? Test your knowledge with ten questions about the Italian side, this year’s rivals for the 50th Joan Gamper Trophy.

Manchester United beat Amèrica in International Champions Cup (0-1) | FC Barcelona
Louis Van Gaal started his first game of the preseason with an eleven of Johnstone, Jones, Blind, Shaw, Carrick, Mata, Young and Rooney, as well as debutants Darmian, Depay and Schneiderlin. The latter scored the first and only goal of the game after five minutes. Latching onto a cross from Mata that América keeper González had no chance of saving.