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FC Barcelona News: 2 August 2015; Players Arrive in Italy, Barça B Continue Strong Preseason

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Squad arrive in Italy | FC Barcelona
The Barça players have landed in Italy after an hour and a half flight on Sunday morning.The squad took off from Barcelona airport for Bologne, where they landed at about eleven o’clock local time before a coach whisked them off to the team hotel in Florence – about 100 kms away – ahead of tonight’s nine o’clock kick off against Fiorentina.

Match preview: ACF Fiorentina v FC Barcelona | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona’s fourth and final pre-season friendly in the 2015 International Champions Cup has arrived. After having disputed their first three tuneups during a ten-day whirlwind tour of the United States, the Catalans have returned to the Old Continent, more specifically to the Tuscan capital of Florence, Italy, where they’ll take on ACF Fiorentina at 9.00pm CET on Sunday evening at the Stadio Artemio Franchi.

A look back at previous meetings between FC Barcelona and ACF Fiorentina | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona visit Fiorentina this Sunday for the final game of the International Champions Cup. The game will be played in the Artemio Franchi Stadium in Florence and kick-off is at 9.00pm CET. The Italians finished fourth in Serie A last season and lost in the semi finals of both the Europa League (against Sevilla) and the Coppa Italia (against Juventus).

When and where to watch ACF Fiorentina v FC Barcelona | FC Barcelona
The fourth and final game in the International Champions Cup kicks off at the more familiar time of 9.00pm CET, which depending on where you live in the world, may be a good or a bad thing! The game is being televised all around the world, but if you can’t get to see it in your country or region then we’ll have full coverage here on our website and different social networks.

Sunday training at the Ciutat Esportiva | FC Barcelona
Whilst the rest of the squad flew out to Italy on Sunday morning, Javier Mascherano, Leo Messi, Dani Alves and Neymar Jr, who only re-joined the squad last week, Mathieu and the unavailable Aleix Vidal trained at the Ciutat Esportiva and were put through their paces by team coaches, with plenty of ball work.

Sergi Roberto looking forward to the new season | FC Barcelona
Whether it’s a right back or in midfield, Sergi Roberto has had more playing time than any other member of the Barça squad in the preseason. He discussed his situation on Saturday morning at a press conference after the team’s last training session before the trip to Florence.

Bartomeu sees the team ready to win everything | FC Barcelona
Josep Maria Bartomeu sees the Barça first team facing a "dream season" with the squad in with a chance of claiming six titles over the coming campaign. "Last season we won three trophies and this time there are six that we can win. It’s a dream season. Let’s hope that every year we can start the season with six great trophies to win.

FC Barcelona B sail in 7–0 win over Horta | FC Barcelona
The Gerard López era took another smooth step on Saturday afternoon, beating Catalan first division team Unió Atlètica Horta and ex-Barça forward Xavi Molist by a score of 7–0 in a preseason game at the Ciutat Esportiva. The rout brings Barça B's preseason goal total to 15 with just one against through three matches.

Seydou Keita looking forward to 'returning home' | FC Barcelona
One of the many attractions of the 50th Joan Gamper Trophy will be the return of Seydou Keita to the Camp Nou, where he starred under Pep Guardiola from 2008 to 2012. After that he had spells at Dalian Aerbin in the Chinese Super League and then at Valencia, and the 35-year-old Malian is now about to start his second season at AS Roma, FC Barcelona's guests on August 5.

Barca defend stance on UEFA fine | Football Espana
"When the club became aware of a possible punishment from UEFA, their legal department worked on a case that, once sent to the European body, turned a possible closure of Camp Nou and latent threat to the Club to a minimum financial penalty, as per UEFA regulations, and no future threat.

Barca to miss out on Gerson? | Football Espana
Barcelona could miss out on Gerson as the Italian Press are reporting that Roma have made an €18m bid for the midfielder. According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, the offer is set to be accepted by Fluminense, therefore rendering the Catalans’ first option on the player redundant.

Van Gaal hints that Manchester United need to sign Pedro - ESPN FC
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has suggested that the club need to sign a player in the mould of Barcelona forward Pedro. The Spain international, who has a £22 million release clause in his contract at the Camp Nou, is a target for United.