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FC Barcelona News: 27 July 2015; Players Train in Washington, Barça B Unlikely to Take Elche Spot

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FC Barcelona train for first time in US capital | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona resumed their preseason training regimen, this time at the American University in the heart of the US capital, one day after Sunday's defeat to Manchester United in San Francisco.

Highlights of the clash between FC Barcelona and Manchester United | FC Barcelona
If you missed FC Barcelona's second game on US soil, here is your chance to catch up in less than four minutes. Despite the 3-1 defeat Barça enjoyed plenty of chances in the Levi's Stadium.

First team switch to basketball | FC Barcelona
No NBA teams are likely to try to tempt them to change sport on a more permanent basis, but several members of the squad showed that they can more than hold their own on the basketball court. Goalkeeper Jordi Masip, who produced a fine slam-dunk, has clearly played the game before. Even head coach Luis Enrique Martínez joined in, and his fine 3-point throw was evidence that he is no stranger to shooting hoops either.

Piqué and ter Stegen talk preseason, other personal views | FC Barcelona
After seeing some of the US capital and before the afternoon training session at the American University at 6.30pm ET, defender Gerard Piqué and goalkeeper Marc-André ter Stegen appeared at a press conference to discuss the team's American tour and the coming UEFA and Spanish Super Cups, as well as the start of next season.

Barcelona stars Ivan Rakitic, Marc-Andre ter Stegen and Alen Halilovic visit the White House - Goal.com
Barcelona may be busy gearing up for the new season but three of the team's stars have used their trip to the USA to pay a visit to president Barack Obama at the White House. The Catalans were in action in California on Saturday but have swiftly gone from west coast to east in preparation for Tuesday's match against Chelsea in Maryland.

Thomas Vermaelen aims to prove himself at Barcelona this season | Sky Sports
Barcelona defender Thomas Vermaelen feels he has a point to prove at the club following a debut season ravaged by injuries. The Belgium international struggled to recover from a hamstring strain he suffered at the World Cup and then sustained a serious thigh injury following his £15m move from Arsenal.

US Tour videoblog, part six: Action shifts to Washington | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona have left California behind them and flown coast-to-coast to Washington, where a third friendly awaits against Chelsea. On arrival in the US capital, the team gave a press conference, had a training session, tried out a few basketball moves and even for the time to go on a sightseeing tour of the city.

Bartomeu, FC Barcelona at odds with UEFA sanction | FC Barcelona
The president of FC Barcelona, Josep Maria Bartomeu, spoke to The Washington Post following UEFA's announcement of a $33,000 fine for the Club stemming from the appearance of pro-Catalan independence flags at the Champions League final in Berlin on 6 June.

Adriano to sign one-year extension with Barcelona - Inside Spanish Football
While all signs pointed to Adriano being on the verge of making his way to join Italian Serie A side Roma, Barcelona have stepped in to try an keep the 30-year-old for the remainder of his peak years. Adriano was admittedly frustrated by his lack of playing time not only last year, but the last several years since the departure of Pep Guardiola, but Barcelona see tremendous value in the player, both on and off the pitch.

Abdennour: I’m ready to join Barca | Football Espana
The 25-year-old garnered a long list of admirers following his performances in helping the Principality side to the Champions League quarter-finals last season, but he has now confessed that he only wants La Blaugrana and urged both clubs to discuss a transfer.

Ibrahim Afellay having medical with Stoke after leaving Barcelona | Sky Sports
Stoke are on the verge of signing former Barcelona winger and Netherlands international Ibrahim Afellay, who Sky sources understand is having a medical with the club. The 29-year-old left the Nou Camp in the summer after four and a half years contracted to the Spanish giants.

Barca B unlikely to replace Elche | Football Espana
MD claim Barca, despite preferring to have their B team in La Segunda rather than Segunda B, believe promotion may be counterproductive for their players and coaches as they were relegated on the pitch and therefore should earn the right to return on it.