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FC Barcelona News: 22 July 2015; Barça Beat LA Galaxy in Friendly, Arsenal Want Sergi Samper

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FC Barcelona v Los Angeles Galaxy: Solid start to the preseason (2-1) | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona got their preseason off to a fine start with a 2-1 victory against MLS champions Los Angeles Galaxy at the Rose Bowl, Pasadena in front of an astonishing crowd of 93,226. Goals from Luis Suárez and Sergi Roberto put the Catalans well in command, and Tommy Meyer’s 92nd minute header merely served as late consolation for the Californian outfit.

Luis Enrique pleased with FC Barcelona season opener | FC Barcelona
Luis Enrique has begun the series pre-season fixtures in confident mood after his squad’s victory over first opponents LA Galaxy. "I liked the team a lot," he said, furthermore, he added that he was pleased with the ‘intensity’ his side show in the Pasadena Rose Bowl.

Suárez sizes up coming league season | FC Barcelona
The striker talked about the various tough away games in the first half of the season: "It's always difficult and you have to be strong against all your rivals. The start of the schedule isn't a handicap but rather a motivation, and it will keep us from relaxing in the early season, which didn't go the way we wanted last year."

This is a Barça training session on the US tour | FC Barcelona
Luis Enrique’s side are in United States carrying their second week of pre-season. Since their arrival in Los Angeles on Sunday 19 July, the first team squad has trained at the StubHub Center in Carson in preparation for their first fixture of pre-season against LA Galaxy.

Robert Fernández's time as an FC Barcelona player | FC Barcelona
The defeat to Steaua Bucharest in the 1986 European Cup Final was one of the toughest blows ever suffered by Barça. Everything was in their hands to win the trophy for the first time, but the game in Seville ended 0-0 and the Romanians won on penalties. It was a day Robert Fernández would never forget.

Lionel Messi criticised by Gabon political party - ESPN FC
Gabon's political opposition have accused Lionel Messi of showing a "lack of respect for standards and principles" after the Barcelona star met the African nation's president wearing denim shorts and a T-shirt. Messi, 28, jetted into Gabon earlier this week on the first leg of a five-day visit to Africa, and met President Ali Bongo Ondimba in relaxed clothing.

Pedro must decide on Premier League switch, says Luis Enrique | Sky Sports
Enrique has confirmed that the Catalan giants have received offers for the Spain forward, with reports in Spain claiming both Chelsea and Manchester United are in the hunt for Barca's fourth-choice striker. Enrique is hopeful Pedro will stay, even if his €30m release clause could leave the club powerless if the player wants out.

Halilovic out to impress Enrique | Football Espana
Alen Halilovic is aiming to use Barcelona’s tour of the United States to convince Luis Enrique he belongs in the first team, but Sevilla are waiting. Mundo Deportivo reports that although Halilovic’s contract calls for him to be promoted from Barca B, Enrique has yet to agree to include him in next season’s squad.

Report: Arsenal want Samper | Football Espana
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is said to be ready to meet the €12m transfer clause of Barcelona midfielder Sergi Samper. Mundo Deportivo claim Wenger has previous for interest in Samper, having tried to prise him away in 2011 at the same time he shared Hector Bellerin and Jon Toral.

Everton looking to sign two more Barcelona players, not just one - Sport Witness
Roberto Martinez now wants more La Masia products. A couple of days ago we covered Catalan reports of Everton trying to sign Sergi Roberto. Today Mundo Deportivo say the Merseyside club are one of an number of those interested in taking Adama Traore, having already offered to take the player on loan.