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FC Barcelona News: 4 August 2015; Captains Named for New Season, Adama Traore Exploring Premier League Options

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Barça's four captains for 2015/16 | FC Barcelona
The FC Barcelona first team have chosen their four captains for the coming season, with Andrés Iniesta, Leo Messi, Sergio Busquets and Javier Mascherano, picked by their teammates to lead the side. With the departure of Xavi, Iniesta takes over as first captain, with Messi and Sergio repeating as second and third vice-captains and Javier Mascherano coming in as the fourth captain.

When and where to watch FC Barcelona v AS Roma | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona have just one friendly to go before they start competing for official trophies. AS Roma, with former Barça favourite Seydou Keita in their ranks, will be at the Camp Nou on Wednesday 5 August at 10.00pm CET in the 50th edition of the traditional season opener at FCB, the Joan Gamper Trophy.

All the goals from the last 25 Gamper Trophies | FC Barcelona
The video features all the Gamper goals from José Mari Bakero’s goal in the 1-0 win over Spartak Moscow in the 1990 semi-final to Sandro Ramirez’s strike in last year’s 6-0 win over Club León FC, taking us from the era of Koeman, Laudrup, Romário and Stoichkov to Messi, Iniesta and Neymar Jr via Rivaldo, Eto'o and Ronaldinho. It’s a show full of stars and great goals from Barça legends against some of the world’s top teams.

Last training session ahead of 50th Trofeu Joan Gamper | FC Barcelona
Luis Enrique put all of his available first team squad players through their paces on the Tito Vilanova pitch at the Ciutat Esportiva on Tuesday morning – their final session ahead of Wednesday night’s 50th Joan Gamper Trophy at the Camp Nou against Roma.

Claudio Bravo rejoins training | FC Barcelona
They are all back now. On Monday FC Barcelona had their entire first team squad together for the the first time this pre-season. Copa América winner with the Chilean national side Claudio Bravo ended his holidays on Monday as he rejoined the group for the afternoon session.

Josep Maria Bartomeu welcomes back Messi, Mascherano, Neymar, Alves and Bravo | FC Barcelona
The president of FC Barcelona, Josep Maria Bartomeu, welcomed back Lionel Messi, Javier Mascherano, Neymar, Dani Alves and Claudio Bravo, the five players who took part in the 2015 Copa América and therefore did not take part in the recent US tour. Vice president Jordi Mestre was also there to greet the players on Monday at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper. It was the first day of pre-season that coach Luis Enrique was able to bring together all the members of his first team squad.

Martino to call up Messi | Football Espana
Argentina Coach Tata Martino has hinted he will name Barcelona forward Lionel Messi in the squad to play Mexico. Martino, who worked with Messi at Camp Nou for a year in 2013-14, denied reports the attacker had stepped away from the national team, starting with the game against El Tri.

Adama visiting PL clubs | Football Espana
Adama Traore asked Barcelona for permission to travel to England and meet three Premier League clubs, and Barca gave the go-ahead. Mundo Deportivo reports Adama made his request at the end of Monday’s training session and Pep Segura, the head of the Barca youth system, and Gerard, Coach of Barca B, accepted.

Adama Traore set for €10m Villa bid amid Liverpool link - ESPN FC
Aston Villa are aiming to beat Liverpool to the signing of Barcelona winger Adama Traore, sources have told ESPN FC. Liverpool have been strongly linked with a move for Traore, with reports in Spain claiming he was set to fly into Merseyside to hold talks and undergo a medical.

Pep Guardiola backs Pedro for Manchester United success - ESPN FC
Current Bayern Munich and former Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola said he has no doubt that Barca forward and Manchester United target Pedro can be successful "with any club in the world." Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has suggested that his club need to sign a player in the mould of the Spain international, who has a £22 million release clause in his contract at the Camp Nou.

Scout Report: Is Pedro the man to replace Di Maria at Manchester United? -
As Angel Di Maria nears the completion of a move to Paris Saint-Germain, Pedro is the name on every Manchester United fan's lips as reports continue to link him with a move to Old Trafford. The Spain international is a clear second choice behind Barcelona's incredible trio of first-team forwards so a move away for regular minutes might be just what the 27-year-old wants - but did he play his last game in a Barca shirt on Sunday night?

Gerson accepts Barca offer | Football Espana
Brazilian starlet Gerson has reportedly accepted Barcelona’s offer, turning down an approach from Serie A side Roma. Sport reports that Gerson had promised Barca he would wait to hear their offer before accepting anything from anyone else and, after speaking with La Blaugrana, kept his word and accepted.

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