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FC Barcelona News: 11 August 2015; Players Train in Tbilisi, Adama Traore Set to Join Aston Villa

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The team are in Georgia | FC Barcelona
Barça are in Tbilisi. The blaugrana party left El Prat Airport in Barcelona at 9.25am CET on a charter flight that took them to Georgia where they face Sevilla in the European Super Cup final, landing just after four o'clock local time (2.00pm CET). The party will head to the hotel before leaving for the Dinamo Arena.

First experience of the Dinamo Arena | FC Barcelona
Barça have had their first taste of the venue for Tuesday’s European Super Cup final against Sevilla. Luis Enrique’s side trained on Monday at the Dinamo Arena in Tbilisi which tomorrow will house some 54,000 fans, the majority ‘culers’ or ‘sevillistas’. The running track around the pitch has been covered with artificial turf and the two dugouts clearly bear the badge of each of the reigning European champions.

Iniesta and Alves say tag of favourites is won on the pitch | FC Barcelona
Ahead of training at the venue for tomorrow’s European Super Cup, Andrés Iniesta and Dani Alves have appeared in the press room to evaluate Barça’s form coming into the game. The new blaugrana captain recognized the “honour” of the role but revealed himself to be blessed because, “I have the fortune to be in a fantastic dressing room.”

Luis Enrique: It's a good time for us to be fighting for a trophy | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona coach Luis Enrique Martínez spoke to the press in Tbilisi prior to his side first contact with the Dinamo Arena in the Georgian capital. The Asturian made it clear that his side “are in good form to compete for a trophy.” The Barça boss appeared eager to begin the season with silverware: “All competitions are difficult and after the game we will cast an eye over our performance.

FC Barcelona the dominant club in Europe in the last decade | FC Barcelona
The blaugranes are the team with most European titles, four Champions Leagues and two European Super Cups

Infographic: UEFA Super Cup stat attack -
Daniel Alves is chasing Paolo Maldini, Spain are set to extend their UEFA Super Cup dominance and Luis Enrique is looking to join an elite club.

Emery: We have what it takes to beat Barça | FC Barcelona
“The final is only for the few and tomorrow we want to take advantage of the chance to play against a great side. Barça are favourites but we have a chance and we will work hard to overcome them.” Those were the words of Sevilla coach Unai Emery in his pre-game press conference ahead of the European Super Cup final.

Aston Villa to beat Liverpool and Stoke to Barcelona star | Shoot
The 19-year-old has been linked with a host of Premier League clubs all summer, but it seems as though Tim Sherwood’s side are set to win the race for the forward’s signature on a three-year deal. Traore impressed for the Catalan giants’ B team in the 2014/15 campaign, making 39 appearances in all competitions, scoring four goals, as well as picking up an impressive 14 assists.

Transfer news: Barcelona block Alen Halilovic-Sporting Gijon loan as offers pour in -
Barcelona youngster Alen Halilovic could be set for a loan move to the Premier League or Bundesliga after attracting the interest of a number of European clubs, Goal understands. The 19-year-old appeared set to join Sporting Gijon on a season-long loan deal, with the team's head coach Abelardo a close friend of Blaugrana boss Luis Enrique.

Hristo Stoichkov urges Pedro to reject 'mediocre' Manchester United boss Louis Van Gaal -
"I would never be under the orders of Van Gaal," the 49-year-old told Spanish radio Onda Cero. "He's mediocre. He destroyed Barca and is destroying Man Utd. With what he has done to goalkeeper [Victor] Valdes he has shown he is a bad person. Hopefully Pedro listens to me and doesn't leave."

Ivan Rakitic met future wife as she served him coffee the night before Sevilla move | Daily Mail Online
‘We have the chance to win three more trophies before the end of the year but we know if we relax then our rivals will come for us,’ he says ahead of Tuesday's European Super Cup at the Boris Paichadze Dinamo Arena in Georgia.

Now TV lands Hong Kong broadcast rights to Spain's La Liga for third year in a row | South China Morning Post
Hong Kong telecommunications and media giant PCCW, operator of Now TV, has scored a neat hat trick after winning the exclusive rights to broadcast matches of the Spanish football league, Liga Nacional de Futbol Profesional (La Liga), for the next three seasons to May 2018.

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