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FC Barcelona News: 9 July 2015; Four Presidential Candidates Confirmed, Arda Turan to be Presented on Friday

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Barca elections to have four official candidates - ESPN FC
Barcelona say their elections for the next club president will be disputed between four candidates. The European champions have announced that outgoing president Josep Bartomeu, former president Joan Laporta, as well as Agusti Benedito and Antoni Freixa are the official candidates for the July 18 vote.

Barcelona elections show fan ownership not what it seems - ESPN FC
There is a certain romanticism about fan ownership of football clubs that can at times prove difficult to resist. The property of the supporters, funded by the supporters, ran by the supporters. In principle it sounds like a dream, particularly for those from nations where the concept is an historically foreign one, British examples like Portsmouth and Hearts only emerging in the last 10 years.

How a group of fans shook up Barcelona’s presidential elections - Eurosport British
Andy Mitten reports on the remarkable story of Seguiment, the fan group that has caused shockwaves in Barcelona's presidential election. On Friday, they were being written off as no hopers in the media. Good guys, they said. Match-going Barca fans with their hearts in the right place, but no, they’re not serious and they don’t have a chance of getting the 2,545 signatures from Barca season-ticket holders to enter the presidential race proper.

Arda Turan will be presented as an FC Barcelona player on Friday | FC Barcelona
Arda Turan will begin life as an FC Barcelona player from this Thursday, 9 July. The Turkish footballer will arrive in Barcelona on Thursday and at 6.00pm the traditional photo session in front of the Club Offices will take place. On Friday morning Turan will sign his contract with the Club and then will appear in a press conference before taking to Camp Nou for the first time wearing the Barça shirt.

Arda, Neymar, Ibrahimovic and Barcelona's biggest transfer deals -
The most expensive signing in Barcelona's history and one which the Catalan club concluded only last season. The Uruguayan couldn't play for his new club for the first three months due to a ban from Fifa but he became one of the most important players in Barca's treble triumph.

Arda Turan attracted by FC Barcelona values | FC Barcelona
28 year old Arda Turan has joined FC Barcelona after four seasons at Atlético Madrid and five at the club where he turned professional, Galatasaray. A versatile player with a strong physique and attacking mentality, the Turk describes his move to Catalonia as the ‘culmination of a dream’. He is still on holiday in his home country at the moment, where he spoke to ahead of his official presentation as Barcelona’s latest signing.

Arda Turan is the tenth signing from Atlético by Barça | FC Barcelona
The last player to make the trip from the Vicente Calderón to Camp Nou was striker Luis García, a player who had come up through the youth ranks at the blaugranes. He arrived in the summer of 2003 after just a season with Atlético. In 2007 he would return to Madrid for a two year spell.

Why Arda Turan is the powerhouse Barcelona need to defend their treble | Squawka News
Transfer ban? What transfer ban? Barcelona, who are not allowed to register a single new player until 2016, have just completed the signing of one of Europe’s most underrated attacking talents in Arda Turan. The fee of €35 million that they paid Atletico Madrid was a little steep, but they have the option to sell him back until the 20th of July for €30 million. Barcelona have presidential elections due soon, and Turan’s signing is a sneaky move to boost the profile of the incumbent Josep Bartomeu.

Barcelona signing Arda Turan to have street in an Istanbul suburb named after him | Sky Sports
Barcelona new boy Arda Turan is set to have a street in an Istanbul suburb named after him, the mayor has announced. Turan, 28, was born in the Istanbul suburb of Bayrampasa in 1987, and his first matches were for the gritty western district's lowly local team Altintepsi Makelspor.

All set for the return to training at FC Barcelona | FC Barcelona
At the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper, everything is ready for the return of the treble winning Barça squad. The kit managers were getting the new first team training uniforms ready for the forthcoming season on Wednesday morning at the Sant Joan Despí.

The first Arda Turan Barça shirt | FC Barcelona
This is the first Arda Turan shirt at the FC Barcelona Club Shop. Arda'a name is already proudly showing on next season's shirts.

Marc Bartra visits the Nike Camp in Andorra | FC Barcelona
The Catalan defender is a frequent visitor to the camp in the summer and he made his way to the Pyrenees to share some time with the young players. Bartra took part in some exercises with the youngsters who then took the opportunity to have photos taken with the blaugrana and get his autograph. Bartra took the time to share his experiences on social networks.

Martin Montoya happy at Inter: Barcelona didn't force me out -
"The rumours that came out were untrue," the Spaniard told reporters at his official unveiling as an Inter player on Wednesday. "It was a little difficult to leave Barcelona, which has been my home for 15 years. But I'm here, fully convinced and happy. I want to play a lot and in the Inter jersey."

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