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FC Barcelona News: 29 June 2016; Barça to face Sampdoria in Joan Gamper Trophy, Nike away kit leaked

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Barça's Joan Gamper trophy opponents this year will be Sampdoria on either August 8 or 9. The choice hasn't been easy, with the Blaugrana initially wanting to play Ajax to commemorate the passing of Johan Cruyff on March 24.

Barça's away kit for the 2016/17 season has ditched the Catalan senyera design of the last campaign in favour of a more understated - but still interesting - choice by Nike.

Bartomeu last week sent general manager Raul Sanllehi to Brazil to speak directly with Neymar and his representatives as he was concerned over the delay to finalising the player’s renewal and Sanllehi’s presence has reportedly brought the sides closer, ‘millimetre by millimetre.’

Sport say Barca have followed the Portugal international for some time and the Catalans have decided to make their move this summer, feeling he fits in with what Barca need in the squad at the moment and that he is the level of player it takes to succeed at Camp Nou.

A study has been conducted in Brazil analysing the brains of top sporting athletes, including Barça's Neymar. These athletes already possess a characteristic in the brain that allows them to use only a small part when they're in action, but with a higher than average efficiency according to the study.

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