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FC Barcelona News: 8 August 2015; Preparations Begin for European Super Cup, Barça Set for UEFA Meeting

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Preparing for the European Super Cup | FC Barcelona
After a day’s rest, the FC Barcelona first team got back to work with the European Super Cup on the horizon. Luis Enrique had all of his players under his orders for a session on the Tito Vilanova field at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper.

Inside View: This was Leo Messi's return to the Camp Nou | FC Barcelona
Leo Messi appeared at the Camp Nou on Wednesday for the first time this season. After starring for Argentina at the Copa America and then taking a much-deserved summer break, the striker was back in front of his fans at the Joan Gamper Trophy. Our cameras followed him from his arrival at the stadium to the end of the 3-0 win over AS Roma.

Video highlights of FC Barcelona's five preseason friendlies | FC Barcelona
Luis Enrique and his team have had four weeks of training and five friendly matches since returning to duty on July 13 and getting down to double training sessions each day. They’ve been on tour in the United States and now they’ve played their first game of the season at the Camp Nou in the Joan Gamper Trophy.

Mark Hughes says Stoke have spoken to Barcelona's Adama Traore | Sky Sports
The Potters boss is looking to reunite the 19-year-old winger, who came through Barcelona’s famous La Masia youth set-up, with his former team-mates but admits it is an ongoing process. "He is somebody we have had discussions with but there has been no progress on that front yet," Hughes said.

Barca miss out on Gerson | Football Espana
Barcelona have missed out on Gerson after the Fluminense midfielder confirmed he would be presented by Roma next Friday. The Catalans had purchased a first option for the 18-year-old some time ago, but the Giallorossi have since entered the race and blown the treble winners out of the water with a reported €18m bid.

Barca & UEFA meet over Estelada-gate | Football Espana
A statement released by Barca reads: "Barcelona have expressed their disagreement with the punishment because we believe the Estelada flag corresponds to a very old, socially-rooted and popular sentiment, which outweighs any possible political message. Therefore its display at a football venue should not be subject to any future sanction."

Di Maria sale to PSG means Man United need pace - Van Gaal - ESPN FC
Louis van Gaal paved the way for Manchester United to move for Pedro by admitting he needs more quick, creative attacking talents now that Angel Di Maria has been sold. Di Maria, who was United's £59.7 million club record signing last year, joined Paris Saint-Germain for £44.3 million on Thursday.

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