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FC Barcelona News: 16 July 2016; First El Clasico Set for December, Samuel Umtiti Presented

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Barca quintet safe in Turkey | Football Espana
Barcelona have issued a statement of reassurance after Arda Turan, Carles Puyol, Deco and Eric Abidal were in Turkey during Friday’s failed military coup. Lionel Messi and Andres Iniesta were also due to fly to Turkey for a charity march organised by their former teammate Samuel Eto’o, now of Super Lig club Antalyaspor, but neither travelled as a night of explosions, fatalities and gunfire ensued.

Betis first up for FC Barcelona in La Liga | FC Barcelona
Betis will FC Barcelona's first opponents in the league in 2016/17. Luis Enrique's team will begin the defence of their title at home in Camp Nou on 20 or 21 August. The club from Sevilla returned to the top flight last season and came to Camp Nou for the final league game of 2015 which ended in a 4-0 win for the blaugranes. In the return fixture Barça claimed on important 2-0 victory in the Benito Villamarín on their way to claim the league title.

El Clásico dates set in 2016/17 La Liga | FC Barcelona
The 2016/17 La Liga calendar has revealed the approximate dates of this season's matches between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid, also known as El Clásico.The first El Clásico of the season will come at Camp Nou in Week 14 of La Liga, coinciding with the weekend of 3–4 December.

2016/17 Spanish Super Cup dates announced | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona's first official match of the 2016/17 season has been set for 14 August, the date of the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup.Friday's announcement by the Spanish Football Federation finalised the dates of the two-leg encounter that will pit the La Liga and Copa del Rey champions Barça against Sevilla, the runners-up of the Copa del Rey, as they battle for the first domestic title of the new season.

Samuel Umtiti: FC Barcelona and I share a winning mentality | FC Barcelona
Samuel Umtiti has officially been presented as an FC Barcelona player after putting pen to paper on his contract and passing his medical examinations.The young French international spoke to the press about what he described as "a childhood dream" for signing with the club.

A recap of Umtiti’s first day at FC Barcelona | FC Barcelona
After Lucas Digne’s presentation on Thursday, it was the turn of Samuel Umtiti to be introduced to his new home.Arriving from Olympique Lyonnais, the youngster’s first stop of a busy day was at the Hospital of Barcelona where he underwent some initial medical examinations before continuing further checks at the club’s facilities.

Samuel Umtiti dons the Blaugrana kit | FC Barcelona
Samuel Umtiti is in the building. The French defender, the second signing by FC Barcelona in as many days, was at the team's facilities on Friday morning to begin the next stage of his career.Umtiti began the day by passing his physical at the Hospital de Barcelona before heading to the team's training cetre, the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper.

Players are rejecting Barcelona - Fernandez - Goal.com
Barcelona's star power means many players are turning down the opportunity to sign for the Catalan giants, according to technical secretary Robert Fernandez. Spanish champions Barca have made three signings this off-season, bringing in Lucas Digne and Samuel Umtiti, as well as using their buy-back clause for Denis Suarez.

RUMOURS: Alex Song set to leave Barcelona for Rubin Kazan - Goal.com
Alex Song's time as a Barcelona player is at an end as he nears a permanent move to Rubin Kazan, reports Sport. The former Arsenal midfielder has been sent out on loan to West Ham for the last two seasons after falling out of favour at Camp Nou but the Hammers have passed on bringing him back permanently.