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FC Barcelona News: 10 August 2015; 25 Players Travel to Georgia, Roma Want Thomas Vermaelen

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FC Barcelona's first week of official competition | FC Barcelona
With victory in the 50th Joan Gamper game against AS Roma, the Barça squad brought the curtain down on their 2015/16 pre-season. The competitive campaign is about to get under way for the blaugranes with two trophies up for grabs in the space of a week. On Monday morning the squad will head off to Tbilisi where on Tuesday they face Sevilla in the final of the European Super Cup.

The team are now flying to Georgia | FC Barcelona
Barça are now on their way to Tbilisi. The blaugrana party left El Prat Airport in Barcelona at 9.25am CET on a charter flight that will take them to Georgia where they face Sevilla in the European Super Cup final. The flight is expected to take around five hours with arrival on Georgian soil expected around 4.00pm local time.

FC Barcelona's road to Tbilisi | FC Barcelona
Next Tuesday 11 August the European Super Cup will take place in Tbilisi. Georgia between the current UEFA Champions League holders FC Barcelona and the current UEFA Europa League champions Sevilla. For the blaugranes the road to get here has been far from an easy one.

When and where to watch FC Barcelona – Sevilla | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona face their first competitive game of the season against Sevilla on 11 August with kick off at 8.45pm CET. The European Super Cup pits the blaugranes against the winners of last season's UEFA Europa League, a repeat of the 2006 edition of the competition played in Monaco.

11 players could make Super Cup debuts in Tbilisi | FC Barcelona
The European Super Cup final in Tbilisi next Tuesday will be the first challenge in Barça’s attempt to claim six trophies in the season 2015/16. Aside from the collective goal, the meeting with Sevilla will also be an important personal milestone for many of the blaugrana squad. The team have not competed in the competition since 2011 and for several players it will be their first appearance in a European Super Cup final.

Barcelona commence six-trophy chase against Sevilla - FIFA.com
Barcelona open their campaign with the chance to build on an impressive trophy haul from last season when they face Sevilla in the UEFA Super Cup in Tbilisi on Tuesday. However, they will have to do without one of their star triumvirate up front as Brazilian forward Neymar has been ruled out for two weeks after contracting the mumps.

FC Barcelona quiz: European Super Cup edition | FC Barcelona
Test your knowledge of the competition before Tuesday's clash between Barça and Sevilla.

Emery plots Barça downfall in Super Cup - UEFA Super Cup - News - UEFA.com
UEFA Europa League winners Sevilla will face a Liga rival for the second season running in the UEFA Super Cup when they take on Barcelona in the Tbilisi showpiece. Having lost last season's edition to Real Madrid in Cardiff, Sevilla boss Unai Emery – without win in 19 meetings with Barça as coach – will be targeting a second Blanquirrojos success in this competition nine years on from their first.

Report: Man City in Pedro contact | Football Espana
Manchester City are reportedly monitoring Pedro Rodriguez’s situation at Barcelona as they threaten to gazump Manchester United. Mundo Deportivo reports Txiki Begiristain has been in contact with Pedro, his agent and Barca about a possible move to the Etihad Stadium.

Pedro exit delayed? | Football Espana
Neymar’s illness could see Pedro Rodriguez’s move away from Barcelona and to Manchester United delayed until after the Super Cup fixtures. The Brazil international has been diagnosed with mumps and will be missing for a minimum of 15 days, ruling him out of both the UEFA Super Cup with Sevilla and the Supercopa de Espana double-header against Athletic Bilbao.

Thierry Henry says Pedro better for Man United than Di Maria - ESPN FC
"Manchester United will be getting an excellent player if they can complete the signing of Pedro," Henry said. "He was the perfect teammate for me at Barcelona because his understanding of wing play was second to none.

Roma ask for Vermaelen? | Football Espana
Reports from Italy claim Roma asked Barcelona about a loan move for Thomas Vermaelen when in Catalonia for the Joan Gamper Trophy. Mundo Deportivo cite a story published by the Corriere Dello Sport which says the Belgium international is on Roma’s agenda after losing Alessio Romagnoli, who is to join Milan.

Arda Turan signs up with Lassa - SportsPro Media
The Turkish company, who earlier this year became a main sponsor of Barcelona's indoor sports teams, has agreed to a two-year deal with Turan, who will act as a global brand ambassador for Lassa until the summer of 2017.

Spain’s TVE bolsters domestic coverage | Soccerex
Spanish broadcaster TVE has picked up additional rights to air domestic club games from La Liga and the Copa del Rey on a free-to-air basis. The public network will televise one league game per week plus one game from the Copa del Rey knockout competition per week as part of the new deal.