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FC Barcelona News: 6 August 2015; Barça Win Gamper Trophy, Aleix Vidal Takes Part in Practice Match

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Happy Gamper for FC Barcelona against Roma (3-0) | FC Barcelona
Luis Enrique's team brought pre-season to its conclusion at Camp Nou with a resounding victory over Italian AS Roma in the Gamper Trophy game. First half goals from Neymar and Leo Messi and another in the second half from Rakitic served to set the blaugranes on track for when silverware will be at stake, beginning with next Tuesday's trip to Tiblisi to take on Sevilla in the European Super Cup.

FC Barcelona 3-0 AS Roma: Match highlights | FC Barcelona
Barça 2015/16 was officially presented to the fans on Wednesday night at the Camp Nou in the build-up to the 50th edition of the Joan Gamper Trophy. In a fine game against AS Roma, Barça impressed with a 3-0 victory, the goals coming courtesy of Neymar Jr, Leo Messi and Ivan Rakitic.

Rakitic wins MVP | FC Barcelona
"Every game is special to me, even if it is a friendly, and it is an honor to defend this shirt with a full stadium and I'm happy for the victory and the goal," said the Croatian midfielder. "We must prepare for the Super Cup against Sevilla, we are working very hard, but it is still the preseason, and we have to continue to improve."

The Gamper: a party for all 'culers' | FC Barcelona
Among the loudest fans, hundreds of children who were about to experience his first live experience with the first team. They came from many places and had many flags, but they all shared one thing — their love of Barça. When it was announced, inevitably, that Messi, Neymar and Suárez were to start, the excitement could be felt throughout the stadium.

Post-Gamper recovery session | FC Barcelona
At 10.30am CET on the morning after their victory in the 50th Joan Gamper Trophy, Luis Enrique Martínez gathered all of his fit players for training on the Tito Vilanova field at the Ciutat Esportiva. Douglas and Arda Turan did physiotherapy separately from the main group, and Adriano also did specific exercises, while Jordi Alba was absent after picking up an injury in the second half of the game with AS Roma.

Barcelona put on an amazing light show before its pre-season friendly | For The Win
It doesn’t matter that it’s only a preseason friendly. Barcelona puled out all the stops when introducing the team on Wednesday, lighting up its Camp Nou stadium in a way that produced an amazing spectacle for fans.

Barcelona's Jordi Alba out for two weeks | Sky Sports
Barcelona have confirmed that left-back Jordi Alba could be out for two weeks, ruling him out of the European Super Cup and Spanish Super Cup matches. Alba injured his right leg during Barcelona's 3-0 win over Roma in their pre-season game at the Nou Camp on Wednesday.

'Room for everyone' at FC Barcelona says Josep Maria Bartomeu | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu addressed the 36th World Congress of Penyes (supporters clubs) on Wednesday morning, discussing the present and future of a variety of different aspects of the club, and especially the challenges ahead after his candidacy won the elections on July 18:

Luis Enrique points to defence as key to winning more titles | FC Barcelona
In his first post-game press conference of the season at Camp Nou, Luis Enrique was pleased by his team's defensive progress: "We were much better than earlier this preseason ... that's the goal, you can not win anything without being rock-solid on defence," declared the coach.

Luis Enrique, Iniesta speak at FC Barcelona's official unveiling | FC Barcelona
The Treble winners are back, and so is football at Camp Nou. As tradition dictates, FC Barcelona's first team were presented to the fans minutes prior to Wednesday's 50th Joan Gamper Trophy. The fans took part in the festivities by using their mobile phone lights to create a dazzling effect before the ceremony segued into a spectacular show of fireworks.

Luis Enrique visits AS Roma training session | FC Barcelona
Once the Barça training session on Thursday morning at the Ciutat Esportiva was over, first team manager Luis Enrique Martínez made his way over to pitch 4, where the AS Roma squad had also been exercising in a session that started at 11.00am CET.

Fond memories of Seydou Keita | FC Barcelona
The 50th edition of the Joan Gamper produced a night of high emotions. The main attraction was the presentation of the 2015/16 squad, but there was also a touch of nostalgia as Seydou Keita returned to the Camp Nou in a Roma shirt, and wearing the captain’s armband as well.

Mascherano ‘committed to Barca’ | Football Espana
"It’s a great joy. It’s not easy to get to a club like Barcelona and having players so identified with the club and so important to the history of the club," he acknowledged. "I appreciate the confidence but you don’t have to be captain to give an opinion."

Barcelona star Arda Turan in a buoyant mood since transfer
Arda Turan has been is in a buoyant mood since joining Barcelona on a five-year deal from Atletico Madrid earlier this summer. The Turkish international is already a hit with the Catalan giants fans and received a warm welcome at the Nou Camp before Barcelona’s friendly cup game against Roma yesterday.

Lionel Messi defended by Jorge Valdano over criticism - ESPN FC
He has won every available club title with Barcelona -- including another Treble of Champions League, La Liga and Copa del Rey last season -- and picked up four Ballon d'Or awards. However, a decade-long international career has yet to bring any trophies, with this summer's ultimate disappointment in Chile following on from the extra time defeat to Germany in last year's World Cup final.

Man United yet to bid for Pedro of Barcelona - ESPN FC
ESPN FC sources have confirmed that United are interested in the Spanish World Cup winner, who has a £22 million release clause in his contract, and are expected to look for attacking additions as Angel Di Maria is set to complete his £44.3 million move to Paris Saint-Germain on Thursday evening.

Sporting Gijon and Sevilla express interest in Alen Halilovic - Inside Spanish Football
Barcelona have determined that Alen Halilovic will not be part of Luis Enrique’s first-team plans for the upcoming season and at the same time, know that sending the player back down to Barcelona B in the Segunda B Division would be detrimental to the player’s progression and are therefore searching for the proper to team to send him on loan for the next season.

Aleix Vidal in practice match for FC Barcelona B | FC Barcelona
Aleix Vidal took part in a practice game with Barça B on Wednesday morning, which was divided into three 20 minute sections, and kicked off at 9.30a, CET on field 3 at the Ciutat Esportiva. First team coaches Juan Carlos Unzué and Joan Barbarà were there to analyse his performance.

La Liga agrees five-year deal to show games in China | Eurosport
Spanish football matches will be broadcast in more than 300 Chinese cities under a new deal, La Liga confirmed on Wednesday.The five-year deal with Suning Corporation to show matches begins with the new season from Aug. 21. The fee was not disclosed.

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