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FC Barcelona News: 7 July 2015; Barcelona Sign Arda Turan, UEFA Super Cup Referee Announced

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Agreement with Atlético Madrid for the signing of Arda Turan | FC Barcelona
The Managing Board of the Club were made aware last week of the request from coach Luis Enrique and from the favourable report from the Technical Committee that Arda Turan be brought in to form part of the FC Barcelona squad. The Committee has analysed the operation, stating that after negotiations that began months ago, there is an agreement for the signing of the midfielder with Atlético Madrid and with the player himself.

Arda Turan: Character, strength and technique | FC Barcelona
Arda Turan is now a Barça player after having signed for the next five seasons. The blaugranes have signed the player from Atlético Madrid and therefore is no stranger to La Liga. Furthermore, the midfielder has experience of playing in the Champions League and is a seasoned international with Turkey. Turan made his debut for his national side back in 2006 and ever since he has become a key member of the squad.

Iniesta backup or Pedro replacement... Where will Arda Turan fit in at Barcelona? - Goal.com
The 41 million euro signing of Arda Turan is destined to be one of the most divisive deals of the summer transfer window. For every backer of the former Atletico Madrid midfielder, there's a critic who can't help but think that Barcelona could do better. The Turkey international put pen to paper on a five-year contract at Camp Nou on Monday although, intriguingly, he could be sent back to the Vicente Calderon on July 20 if the newly-elected president decides against his arrival.

Turan thanks Atleti | Football Espana
New Barcelona signing Arda Turan has thanked his former club Atletico Madrid for ‘four incredible years.’ The Turkish international moved to Vicente Calderon in 2011 and won the La Liga title, Copa Del Rey, Europa League, European Super Cup and Spanish Super Cup during his time as a Rojiblanco.

Arda Turan: All you need to know about Barcelona's new €34m signing | Sky Sports
The deal has been done by Barcelona's interim hierarchy ahead of the presidential election later this month, and it includes a provision to sell the 28-year-old back to Atleti before July 20 if the incoming board so wishes Arda leaves the Spanish capital after four years, during which time he won La Liga and reached the final of the Champions League.

Historic moment lives on, one month later | FC Barcelona
On 6 June at the Olympiastadion, both Juventus and Barça were harbouring Treble hopes, but the Catalans came out on top. Rakitic scored on four minutes but Juventus equalised with a second-half Morata goal. But Luis Suárez finished a rebound from a Messi shot that was saved by Buffon, and then Neymar clinched it in added time, 3–1.

League championship to begin weekend of August 22 and 23 | FC Barcelona
It has finally been decided that the Liga season will commence on August 23, as resolved by the president of the Consejo Superior de Deportes (CSD), Miguel Cardenal, after discrepancies had arisen between the Liga Nacional de Futbol Profesional (LFP) and the Real Federación Española de Futbol (RFEF). Cardenal approved the fixture list proposed by the Federation, so the 2015/16 season will begin on the weekend of August 22 and 23.

Collum to referee Barcelona v Sevilla in Super Cup - UEFA.com
Scotland's William Collum has been appointed referee for the 2015 UEFA Super Cup between FC Barcelona and Sevilla FC in Georgia on 11 August. The 36-year-old from Glasgow oversaw six UEFA Champions League matches last season, including the quarter-final second leg between AS Monaco FC and Juventus, as well as three UEFA EURO 2016 qualifiers. He was 29 when he officiated the 2008 UEFA European Under-19 Championship final between Italy and Germany.

Bravo's magical first year as a blaugrana | FC Barcelona
This Tuesday it is a year since Claudio Bravo was unveiled at Camp Nou as a new FC Barcelona player. 364 days later his first season as a blaugrana has come to an end in almost perfect fashion both on an individual and collective level. He was a key figure in Barça securing the treble and rounded off the campaign by leading the Chilean national side to the Copa América title. As such, Bravo has celebrated his first year with the Club by winning every trophy he has been involved in.

Argentina's Lionel Messi reveals 'pain' of Copa America loss | Sky Sports
Argentina forward Lionel Messi has revealed how pained he feels after his team's Copa America penalty shoot-out defeat by Chile on Saturday. The Barcelona star posted a statement on his Facebook account after losing another major final and facing fierce criticism in his native Argentina.

Argentina's Failed Lionel Messi And Not The Other Way Around | BeIN Sports
Lionel Messi didn’t keep the medal around his neck for long. With Argentina contemplating another final defeat, the silver hanging down his chest was an image of how the world’s greatest soccer player had missed out on a career-defining achievement once again, this time at the Copa America. It’s a routine now perfected by Messi and La Albiceleste after last summer’s World Cup final disappointment.

Fiorentina once again on the rise | FC Barcelona
It's a new time for Fiorentina, who face Barça on 2 August in the final game of the International Champions Cup. After finishing fourth in the league, losing the semi final of the Coppa Italia against Juventus, and getting knocked out in the semi-finals of the Europa League against Sevilla, coach Vincenzo Montella said goodbye, sending Fiorentina into a new era.

Stadio Artemio Franchi stands tall in Tuscany | FC Barcelona
The Stadio Artemio Franchi in Florence, Italy, and formerly known as the Comunale and Giovanni Berta, is the home ground of ACF Fiorentina. It opened on 13 September 1931 and is one of the Tuscan capital's great architectural works of the twentieth century.

Roma linked with move for Barcelona's Adriano - Inside Spanish Football
Adriano was barely featured under Luis Enrique during Barcelona historic treble-winning 2014-15 season and has made it clear to the club that he intends to leave to find more minutes. Roma are keen to add the 30-year-0ld to bolster their squad as they look to rival Juventus for the top spot in the Serie A and compete with AC Milan and Inter, who have made shrewd signings already this summer.