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FC Barcelona News: 20 July 2015; Players Train in Los Angeles, Gerard Lopez Named Barça B Coach

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Luis Enrique vows to keep squad motivated | FC Barcelona
The first public appearance of members of FC Barcelona in the United States came courtesy of coach Luis Enrique and captain Andres Iniesta, who spoke with both local and Spanish media at a press conference at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Marina del Rey on Sunday afternoon, not long after the team's arrival in Los Angeles.

First FC Barcelona training session in America | FC Barcelona
A wet and rainy atmosphere welcomed the players for their first contact with the Stub Hub Center in Los Angeles. Luis Enrique and his players did the first 20 minutes of training on the fields used by the US men’s and women’s national teams.

The American tour quiz | FC Barcelona
Test your knowledge on FC Barcelona pre-season tours.

See FC Barcelona's USA Tour through the eyes of the players | FC Barcelona
Stay up to date with the squad as they post about their trip to the New World on social media .

Joan Laporta laments election loss to 'prosecuted president' - ESPN FC
Barcelona presidential candidate Joan Laporta feels he has let the club down by losing Saturday's election to incumbent Josep Maria Bartomeu. Bartomeu capitalised on the team's success last season to defeat three challengers despite being a suspect in a fraud case and a FIFA ban on signing new players.

Inside View: FC Barcelona presidential election | FC Barcelona
On 18 July 2015 FC Barcelona held its presidential election for the first time in six years. The winner was sitting president Josep Maria Bartomeu, who beat out Joan Laporta, Augustí Benedito and Toni Freixa. Check out this ten-minute video of what wasn't seen, from the votes of the four candidates and other celebrities until the announcement of the winner.

Arda Turan and Aleix Vidal will not be loaned out - ESPN FC
Barcelona coach Luis Enrique has said that new signings Arda Turan and Aleix Vidal will not be loaned to other clubs before they make their Blaugrana debuts in January. Vidal signed for Barca last month following his transfer from Sevilla and Turkey international Turan recently joined the Catalan giants from Atletico Madrid.

Roma to bid for Barcelona full back | Forza Italian Football
Roma are close to making an official offer for Barcelona’s Adriano. The Giallorossi are on the lookout for a left back having sold Jose Holebas to Watford and released Federico Balzaretti, while Ashley Cole has failed to impress since arriving from Chelsea last summer.

Catalonia coach Gerard Lopez to take over as Barça B boss | sp
Following Josep Maria Bartomeu's re-election as Barcelona president, the current manager of the Catalan national team, Gerard Lopez, will take over as Barça B manager. The former Barcelona player will be tasked with trying to return the side to Segunda Division A, following last season's relegation under the watch of Eusebio and, later, Jordi Vinyals.

Platini plans homegrown rule change clubs stockpile starlets - ESPN FC
UEFA president Michel Platini wants to stop top teams stockpiling the best players to ensure football remains competitive. The European football chief wants to force clubs to use more homegrown players, with eight currently required in 25-man Champions League squads.

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