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FC Barcelona News: 24 July 2015; Two La Liga Kickoff Times Confirmed, Arda Turan Back in Training

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Kick off times for the first two league games of 2015/16 | FC Barcelona
Dates and kick off times confirmed for the first two league games of 2015/16 season for FC Barcelona. On Thursday the Spanish Football League have announced that Luis Enrique’s team will begin the defence of their league title on Sunday 23 August at 6.30pm CET against Athletic Bilbao in San Mamés. The game will come just six days after the sides meet in the second leg of the Spanish Super Cup at Camp Nou.

First training session in San Francisco | FC Barcelona
Barça ‘s US tour doesn’t stop. After flying from Los Angeles to San Francisco on Wednesday, they trained for the first time in the latter city at the Cox Stadium, which lies right in the heart of San Francisco State University. On a cool morning with some light sprinkles of rain, the session was held behind closed doors.

Session at the Cox Stadium in San Francisco | FC Barcelona
The Cox Stadium in San Francisco has witnessed the second training session of the day for Barça in the Californian city. The Barça president Josep Maria Bartomeu was present after travelling to the US following Monday’s official announcement of his mandate. The recent election victor was able to greet the squad and the coaching staff before proceedings got under way.

Intense third training session in San Francisco | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona have had another training session on US soil. After beating LA Galaxy 2-1, they are now getting prepared for their second fixture in the International Champions Cup: against Manchester United at the Levi 's Stadium in Santa Clara on Saturday 25 July (1.00 pm PST and 10.00 pm CET).

Barça and Golden State Warriors meet up in San Francisco | FC Barcelona
Barça have once again strengthened their links to the NBA. This time with no more, no less the current champions of the North American basketball league, Golden State Warriors. A delegation from the NBA final winners, led by one of their star players Harrison Barnes, took part in an event with the Barça first team players.

USA tour videoblog, part three: Welcome to San Francisco | FC Barcelona
The third day of Barça’s trip to the United States mainly involved their journey from LA, where they beat the Galaxy 2-1 on Tuesday, to San Francisco, venue of their second fixture in the International Champions Cup. Shortly after landing, Sergio Busquets and Ivan Rakitic spoke to the media.

US tour videoblog, part four: Fun and training | FC Barcelona
The fourth instalment of our videoblog shows them working out in the Cos Stadium, San Francisco and then meeting up with Harrison Barnes of NBA title holders Golden State Warriors. We also get to see Arda Turan attending an FC Barcelona Foundation event in collaboration with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Global Citizen, and Marc Bartra talking to the reporters that have made the trip across the water to follow the team. Enjoy!

Arda Turan trains with team ahead of Man Utd game
Barcelona star Arda Turan has returned to training ahead of the International Championship Cup clash against Manchester United on Saturday. Turan missed several days of training after picking up a foot injury according to Marca but joined the team in their third training session at the Cox Stadium in San Francisco.

Bartra feels wanted by Club and by the fans | FC Barcelona
Marc Bartra has spoken to the press in San Francisco to talk about the first few days of the tour and his situation within the first team after just 10 days of pre-season. The blaugrana centre back said that the side "are working hard on fitness." "We are training in nice cities and with great support," he added on the subject of the fans who have received the team in both Los Angeles and San Francisco.

Josep Maria Bartomeu welcomes Robert Fernández to San Francisco | FC Barcelona
The former first team player will be accompanying the players as they play their next two matches in the International Champions Cup on Saturday 25 July against Manchester United at the Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara and on Wednesday 29 at the FedEx Field, Washington against Chelsea.

Bartomeu claims squad is complete | FC Barcelona
Josep Maria Bartomeu arrived in San Francisco on Wednesday, and on arrival he spoke to the press. He hinted that there will be no further transfer activity during the preseason when he commented that "the team is ready. We have a complete and balanced squad and Luis Enrique is happy with the players he has."

Barca in talks for Abdennour? | Football Espana
The agent of Monaco defender Aymen Abdennour has reportedly flown into Barcelona for talks with La Blaugrana over a possible transfer. According to L’Equipe, Abdelkader Jilan landed in Catalonia on Thursday with the intention of offering his client to the treble winners.

FC Barcelona press release on the UEFA sanction | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona respects UEFA’s decision that was relayed to the Club on Thursday in relation to the Champions League final in Berlin, however, it does not agree with that decision, especially in the light of the UEFA delegate’s description of the Barça members and fans’ behaviour as excellent, both before, during and after the game, as stated in their report.

Alex Morgan says it would be great to play in Barcelona | FC Barcelona
Alex Morgan is one of the most famous faces in US soccer. The star of the Women’s World Cup winning team, she has just become the first female player to appear on the cover of the FIFA series of videogames, featuring in the US edition alongside Barça’s Leo Messi. And she makes no secret of the fact that she has long been an admirer of FC Barcelona, and in 2012 visited the club to record a commercial.

River Plate fourth team through to World Club Cup | FC Barcelona
There are now four teams through to the World Club Cup that will be played in December in Japan. River Plate are the latest side to book their place in the 2015 edition of the competition after Mexican club Tigres made it to the final of the Copa Libertadores.

Josep Gombau steps down as Adelaide United manager; Guillermo Amor named as replacement - Inside Spanish Football
Adelaide United have announced that beloved manager Josep Gombau has stepped down from his role as head coach to open his own football academy in New York, with former Barcelona star Guillermo Amor named as his permanent replacement.

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