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FC Barcelona News: 5 August 2015; Shirt Numbers Assigned for New Season, Alen Halilovic Set for Loan Deal

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I would quit Argentina if I were Lionel Messi - Martino - ESPN FC
"If I were in Messi's place I would have stopped playing with the national team a long time ago, but I would keep playing for Barcelona," Martino said. "To speak about the criticism of Messi is to give strength to something that does not deserve any type of analysis."

FC Barcelona 2015/16 shirt numbers released | FC Barcelona
The first team shirts numbers for the 2015/16 season have been revealed. There are four changes from last year. Dani Alves, who previously wore 22 in honour of Eric Abidal has decided to switch to the number 6 of recently retired captain Xavi Hernández. Douglas inherits the number 2 from Martín Montoya, while Munir and Sandro have first team numbers too.

The FC Barcelona players have official photographs taken with the new strip | FC Barcelona
After the return of the squad from the United States and the appearance of the players who took part in the recent Copa América in Chile, Luis Enrique’s squad has taken the opportunity to complete their official individual photographs for the season 2015/16.

Match Preview: FC Barcelona vs AS Roma | FC Barcelona
59 days after the celebrations for the historic treble achieved by the blaugranes last season, Camp Nou comes back to life after a summer hiatus with the visit of Italian side AS Roma for the traditional pre-season opening game at the stadium, the Joan Gamper Trophy.

Ten reasons to see the Joan Gamper Trophy game | FC Barcelona
The best football is back and on Wednesday 5 August at 10.00pm CET, FC Barcelona take on AS Roma. It is the game that traditionally sees the first team squad’s presentation to the public. After almost two month’s inactivity, Camp Nou once again will open its doors and here are some of the reasons why you should not miss this special day in the blaugrana calendar.

Gamper Trophy shows Barcelona past present future - ESPN FC
Like anything in pre-season the Trofeu Joan Gamper lacks the prestige of a genuine competitive event, but Barcelona's traditional curtain raiser has nonetheless witnessed plenty of noteworthy events in half a century of existence.

Luis Enrique says the Gamper is always special | FC Barcelona
Luis Enrique Martínez is excited about Wednesday’s 50th Joan Gamper Trophy: "Each time this game comes round it’s the first time we get to meet the fans again at the start of a new season and that is always something special - I hope it turns into a footballing party and a great game against a great opponent", he told the media at Tuesday’s press conference at the Ciutat Esportiva.

‘I asked for Messi after 25 minutes’ | Football Espana
"After 25 minutes of the match I approached Frank Rijkaard and asked for the loan of Messi to Juve," Capello confirmed to Mundo Deportivo. "I knew there were some bureaucratic problems and thought he couldn’t start the season with Barcelona. Then it occurred to me to take him to Turin.

Roma name squad for Barça | Football Italia
Roma Coach Rudi Garcia has named a 25-man squad for tomorrow’s Trofeo Gamper clash with Barcelona. The Giallorossi are locked in a transfer battle with the Catalan side over Brazilian full-back Gerson, but will do battle on the pitch at Camp Nou on Wednesday.

David De Gea must decide and the Barcelona goalkeeper battle - ESPN FC
Marc-Andre ter Stegen was one of the great stories of the Champions League last season. Not only was he a winner in his first season in the competition but he also eliminated his hero Manuel Neuer in the semifinal and won the historic trophy in his nation's capital -- storybook stuff.

Stoke turn to Barcelona production line again with Adama Traore arriving for talks | Daily Mail Online
The 19-year-old and his representatives had dinner with Stoke officials on Tuesday night and is understood to be due to meet up with former teammates Ibrahim Affelay, Bojan Krkic, Moha El Ouriachi and Marc Muniesa at Stoke's training ground as Mark Hughes looks to convince another young talent to join Stoke.

Halilovic leaving on loan | Football Espana
Alen Halilovic is to spend next season out on loan after a meeting was held between the player’s agent and the Barcelona higher-ups. Mundo Deportivo reports the teenager’s representative Zoran Stojadinovic was in Catalonia on Tuesday and met with Roberto, Barca’s technical director, and Raul Sanllehi, the club’s director of football.

Documentary: The 2015 US tour | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona spent 10 day on US soil visiting three famous cities in the process: Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington DC. Barça faced LA Galaxy, Manchester United and Chelsea in the International Champions Cup with a record of one win, one draw and one defeat. However, the tour was not just about football – the players took the opportunity to get to know the cities they visited a little better and attend to the thousands of fans who wanted to meet them.

Barca appeal Copa fine | Football Espana
Jordi Cardoner, a Barca Vice-President, appeared on Catalunya Radio and, according to Sport, confirmed the club had made an appeal. "We have an obligation as a governing body not to make decisions when temperatures are hot, but to think and consider a solution," he said. "We want to prevent these sanctions in future so that freedom can manifest itself."

Sky Sports awarded La Liga for another three seasons | Sky Sports
Sky Sports will remain the home of La Liga for another three seasons thanks to a new broadcast agreement announced today. The deal strengthens Sky’s position as the first choice for sport across the UK and Ireland and ensures La Liga remains a key part of an unrivalled schedule of live football.

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