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FC Barcelona News: 17 July 2016; Preseason Set to Begin, Sergi Samper to Sign New Contract

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FC Barcelona's 2016/17 preseason starts on Tuesday | FC Barcelona
Luis Enrique is about to start his third term in charge of the Barça first team. The players are due back on Tuesday 19 July at 9.00am (all times on this page CET) for their annual medical tests at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper. Training starts the day after, both at 9.30am and at 6.30pm on every day apart from Friday and Sunday, when the players have a break in the evening

Inside view: Samuel Umtiti arrives at FC Barcelona | FC Barcelona
French international defender Samuel Umtiti, fresh from impressing at Euro 2016 is now officially an FC Barcelona player after a busy Thursday at the Camp Nou. The 22 year old had medical checks in the morning, and after signing his five-year contract in the president’s office he then went out to enjoy his his presentation to the fans and then attended a media conference, where he answered questions from the world’s press

FC Barcelona’s French connection grows | FC Barcelona
The first Frenchmen to defend the clubs colours were René Victor Fenouillère (1902-1903), Henry Normand (1908-1909), Jim Carlier (1913-1914), Maurice Bigué (1913-1914), Jean Verdoux (1917-1918), Peijean (1928), Jules Robisco (1948) and Lucien Müller (1965-1968).

The online chat between Umtiti and Digne | FC Barcelona
Digne was up first, on Thursday, where he went straight to the hospital for his medical, before heading to the Camp Nou to meet the fans and the press. After an intense day under the spotlight, the former PSG man sent a message to his new club teammate, warning him what he would be in for the next day: "You will feel more pressure than in a match".

Sergi Samper, a lifetime at FC Barcelona | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona midfielder Sergi Samper is set to sign a new deal at the club and will become a member of the first team as of this season.Samper has represented the club across all of its youth categories, having joined Barça at just six years of age. It was at the FCBEscola where he showcased his quality, and the club’s coaches knew they had a star on their hands.

Messi to sign new deal soon? | Football Espana
Lionel Messi will reportedly sign his new Barcelona contract once the summer holidays are over after his father and agent Jorge approved its terms. According to Mundo Deportivo, Barca have switched their attentions to Messi after finally sorting Neymar’s new deal and plan to give the No 10 a pay rise.

Mathieu & Song nearing Barca exits? | Football Espana
Jeremy Mathieu and Alex Song are reportedly weighing up offers to leave Barcelona, with Besiktas and Rubin Kazan the clubs in question. According to NTVSpor, Besiktas have made a formal bid of €7m for Mathieu after switching their attentions to the Frenchman from Thomas Vermaelen. Barca’s surplus of defenders following the arrivals of Lucas Digne and Samuel Umtiti mean the 32-year-old may be discarded.

Ten best team goals of the FC Barcelona 2015/16 season | FC Barcelona
In just four days’ time, the season gets back under way for the first team, although the majority of the squad will still be away on vacation. So this seems the ideal time to take a look back at the best team goals of last season. Few, if any, sides know how to build up goals like FC Barcelona do, and here are ten examples of the kind of brilliance that earned no fewer than four major titles last season.

FC Barcelona, the most valuable club on the web | FC Barcelona
The study shows that Barça has the most valuable social media presence, worth $25 million. As Forbes explains in its article, FC Barcelona tops each of the three categories in the study. With its promotion of campaigns using hashtags, mentions, brand image and engagement, it is the club with the most followers around the world.