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FC Barcelona News: 26 July 2015; Barça Lose Preseason Game to Manchester United

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FC Barcelona v Manchester United: California dream ends with defeat (1–3) | FC Barcelona
Wayne Rooney and Jesse Lingard scored on both sides of halftime to lead Manchester United to a 3–1 victory over FC Barcelona in the International Champions Cup, played before 68,416 fans at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California.

FC Barcelona are legends in the United States | FC Barcelona
Cristian, Oscar, José and Gabriel, four football lovers who have travelled to Santa Clara to see Barça’s second game in the International Champions Cup, confess their absolute devotion to the blaugranes’ style of play and philosophy.

Luis Enrique sees the positives in defeat | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona suffered their first defeat of the pre-season but Luis Enrique has recognised that he saw a "good game" from both sides. He highlighted the "good level" of both teams and only was disappointed with his side’s lack of composure in the final metres, Barça having hit the woodwork on three occasions. Some of the highlights from Luis Enrique’s post game press conference.

Marc Bartra sees the big picture | FC Barcelona
"The important thing is to pick up pace, get minutes, and get in shape," said Marc Bartra at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara. The centre back stressed that "we'll try to keep improving in all aspects" and recalled that "pre-seasons are there to continue to improve and get better for the next game."

Ter Stegen and Piqué for press conference in Washington DC | FC Barcelona
The Barça party arrived at Washington DC airport at 1.30am local time following their game against Manchester United in Santa Clara, California. After landing the assorted Board Members, the squad, Club officials and their families headed straight for the W hotel in the American capital.

US Tour videoblog, part five: Double session and American football | FC Barcelona
The hectic American schedule continued for the Barça players on their second day in San Francisco. They trained twice, once in the Cox Stadium at San Francisco State University, and once in the Levi’s Stadium, where they’ll play their second International Champions Cup fixture against Manchester United.

Ivan Rakitic against Arda Turan in 2018 World Cup qualifying | FC Barcelona
From a Barça point of view, the most notable outcome of the draw came in Group I of the European Zone with Ivan Rakitic’s Croatia set to take on Arda Turan’s Turkey. Both teams will be looking to top the group to book their place in the finals. Iceland, Ukraine and Finland complete the quintet of nations.

Gerard Piqué visits Twitter headquarters | FC Barcelona
There was much excitement at the central offices of Twitter in San Francisco today when none other than Gerard Piqué himself popped by to say hello. The midfielder was crowded by employees eager to get selfies with him and there were even cries in Catalan of "Visca el Barça!" The player was joined on the visit by the club’s director of Marketing and Communication Manel Arroyo and Communications Director Albert Montagut.

See how soccer is done in San Francisco | FC Barcelona
Here in California, the fans even celebrated goals that were waived off. It happened on 60 minutes when Luis Suárez scored what could have been Barça's first goal. The referee raised his hand but the public continued screaming with passion. In the United States, soccer is felt differently; not just for fun, but also with poetic enthusiasm. "Let's go Barça," they shouted, not minding that they were sharing the stands with the Manchester United fans.

West Ham interested in Alen Halilovic (19) as Barcelona offload youngsters (Sport) | 101 Great Goals
Spanish outlet Sport report that Everton are also in for the 19-year-old attacker as Barcelona prepare to sell off a load of young players. Dubbed the new Luka Modric, the 5’7 dynamo became Croatia’s youngest debutant and the youngest player in the history of Dinamo Zagreb. His potential convinced Barcelona to spend €2.2 million on the then 17-year-old in March 2014, but he hasn’t pushed on since then.