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FC Barcelona News: 1 August 2015; 18 Players Travel to Florence, Arda Turan Sprains Ankle

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Saturday training and Florence squad revealed | FC Barcelona
Barça are off to Italy for the final game in the International Champions Cup, against Fiorentina at 9.00pm CET on Sunday. Luis Enrique will be taking 18 players with him, after deciding to leave behind the players that have only just returned from holiday, Messi, Neymar Jr, Mascherano and Alves, who will instead be training at 9.30am CET at the Ciutat Esportiva.

Double session completed | FC Barcelona
Thomas Vermaelen missed the morning session due to the birth of his child but returned for the later session and was received with applause from his team mates. In contrast Jérémy Mathieu was missing due to a cold. Samper and Gumbau also were absent in the second session of the day with both players rejoining Gerard López’s B squad. The injured Douglas and Arda Turan continued with their respective recoveries from injury.

Arda Turan sprains right ankle | FC Barcelona
Arda Turan twisted his ankle during Friday morning training and the verdict is that he has a second degree sprain in the external ligaments. He will now need to be subjected to more thorough testing which should shed more light on his availability over the next few days.

The best football is back! The 50th Joan Gamper Trophy! | FC Barcelona
Football at it’s very best! The Joan Gamper Trophy on Wednesday 5 August at 10.00pm CET is the first chance for the Camp Nou to see the team in action since winning the historic second treble last season. The opposition is one of the most historic sides from Italian football, AS Roma, who finished second in Serie A last term.

Fifty facts from fifty years of the Joan Gamper Trophy | FC Barcelona
In the summer of 1966, Barça president Enric Llaudet decided to start a summer tournament named after the club’s founder: Joan Gamper.

Luis Suarez doesn't consider himself in world's best players - ESPN FC
Luis Suarez doesn't feel he is one of the world's finest footballers despite forming one-third of the sport's most potent attack at Barcelona, he told ESPN FC in an exclusive interview. Despite missing the first two months of last season to suspension, Suarez contributed 25 goals and joined with teammates Lionel Messi and Neymar to score a record-setting 122 times in all competitions last seasons.

Adama at a career crossroads at Barca - ESPN FC
Barca do not want Adama Traore to become the next name on that list of failed projects. The forward is at a career crossroads. Barca B's relegation to the Spanish third division means there is little more for him to learn from the club's second team; the ideal option of alternating between Liga Adelante and first team appearances in cup competitions no longer possible.

Barcelona counting on Adama Traore amid Liverpool loan links - ESPN FC
Barcelona B coach Gerard Lopez is "counting on" Adama Traore to play in his squad this season amid reports that Liverpool want to sign the winger on loan. Adama, 19, made his La Liga and Champions League debuts with Barcelona's first team in November 2013 but has been a regular for the reserves since.

Barcelona ace Andres Iniesta: Playing with Lionel Messi is a privilege -
Iniesta is widely regarded as one of the finest attacking midfielders of all-time, having been an integral member of a Blaugrana side that changed the game with its brand of 'tiki-taka' football, as well as cementing his place in history by scoring the winning goal in Spain's World Cup final win over Netherlands in 2010.

Laporta slams Bartomeu over UEFA fine | Football Espana
Joan Laporta has slammed Josep Maria Bartomeu for accepting Barcelona’s punishment in relation to pro-Catalan flags during the Champions League final. The 52-year-old, who lost out to Bartomeu in the club’s presidential elections on July 18, has also promised to "continue fighting" in order to prevent La Blaugrana "from being led by a prosecuted President".

La Liga news: Sky Sports 'set to lose Spanish football coverage to BT' | Metro News
Sky Sports have already lost rights to the Champions League to their big-spending rivals and, having failed to raise their offer for the La Liga deal, BT Sport now look set to capitalise on the situation. To add to their coverage of the Champions League and the Premier League, BT Sport also has rights to the Bundesliga, Serie A and Ligue 1.

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