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FC Barcelona News: 3 August 2015; Barça Lose Fiorentina Friendly, Lionel Messi Angers Human Rights Foundation

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ACF Fiorentina v FC Barcelona: Defeat in summer tour finale (2–1) | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona had full control of the last 79 minutes in their fourth and final game of the preseason International Champions Cup on Sunday night but it wasn’t enough to overcome two early goals from Federico Bernardeschi, as hosts Fiorentina claimed a 2–1 victory.

Training schedule for Gamper week | FC Barcelona
With the pre-season friendlies coming to an end on Sunday when Barça face Fiorentina, Luis Enrique’s team go into next week with the Joan Gamper Trophy as their first objective as they put the finishing touches to preparations for the Spanish and European Super Cups.

A fun-packed Gamper | FC Barcelona
The Gamper Festival is always a wonderful event for all the family and the 2015 edition on Wednesday 5 August is going to be no exception. In what is always a great chance for the club and its fans to bond, as well as the game between FC Barcelona and AS Roma, there will be plenty of activities to get people in the mood. Anyone is welcome to come along to the stadium and enjoy the fun!

Iniesta and Totti: Two gentlemen, two loyal captains | FC Barcelona
The 50th edition of the Joan Gamper Trophy will also be the first meeting at the Camp Nou of two of the most emblematic players in the world game. Andrés Iniesta and Francesco Totti are both widely admired not just for their footballing ability, but also for their leadership skills, their exemplary behaviour and their loyalty to their respective clubs, to which they have dedicated their entire professional careers.

Luis Enrique wants improvement in defence | FC Barcelona
Luis Enrique spoke in the press room following Barça’s defeat in the Artemio Franchi Stadium. "Fiorentina kept the ball well and they have potential," declared the blaugrana coach." Despite admitting errors, Luis Enrique declared that "there are plenty of aspects of the game that I liked. We lacked effectiveness in front of goal but we did create a host of chances."

Luis Enrique's Barca struggle in preseason - ESPN FC
Barcelona were defeated by Fiorentina 2-1 in their third match of the International Champions Cup at the weekend. Luis Suarez scored the Blaugrana's only goal, despite La Liga's champions attempting 13 shots with eight on target.

Human Rights Foundation hits out at Lionel Messi over Gabon - ESPN FC
Barcelona forward Lionel Messi has been criticised by the Human Rights Foundation (HRF) for showing "enthusiastic support for the dictatorship" during his trip to Gabon last month. Messi, 28, visited Gabon, which is set to stage the 2017 African Nations Cup, and met President Ali Bongo Ondimba, who drove him around the capital, Libreville.

New twist in Neymar tax case? | Football Espana
According to Marca, the twist stems from a reform of the country’s penal code, which came into force in June and exempts companies from criminal liability when the alleged crimes are committed by their administrators, directors, managers and/or employees. Consequently, this would see Barca spared from any punishment, with former President Sandro Rosell and incumbent Josep Maria Bartomeu shouldering the burden instead.

Sony acquires broadcasting rights - The Hindu
"These acquisitions strengthen the network’s current portfolio of live football programming which already boasts of a strong line-up of marquee properties including the UEFA EURO 2016, Qualifiers for UEFA EURO 2016, European Qualifiers for 2018 FIFA World Cup, 2018 FIFA World Cup and COPA America 2015," a media release said on Monday.

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