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FC Barcelona News: 31 July 2016; Barca Start Preseason with Win, Adriano Correia Says Goodbye

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FC Barcelona open the pre-season with a 3–1 victory over Celtic FC | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona used a cohesive blend of youth academy players, experienced veterans, and international stars in a pre-season opening 3–1 victory over Celtic FC on Saturday at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin, Ireland.The game was Barça’s first in the 2016/17 International Champions Cup, a pre-season friendly tournament featuring the world’s most renowned clubs.

FC Barcelona manager Luis Enrique reacts positively to the win in Dublin | FC Barcelona
Luis Enrique was a happy man after the first game of the preseason. Nobody got hurt, and he was able to give run outs to a number of interesting young prospects while also handing valuable playing time to his first team members.Aleix Vidal was the only man who played the full 90 minutes of the friendly with Celtic. "This game was about gradually getting the players’ fitness levels up" explained the coach after it had concluded. "And Aleix was on fine form throughout the match."

Talking points from Celtic v FC Barcelona | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona got the summer programme off to a fine start on Saturday evening against Celtic FC in the Irish capital. After spending five days at Saint George’s Park, Birmingham, the next stop was Dublin and a date with the Scottish champions. A 3-1 win was a solid opening to the preseason, and here we pick out some of the key points from the encounter.

INSIDE VIEW: Celtic FC 1-3 FC Barcelona (International Champions Cup) uly 30 took Barça to Dublin to face Glasgow Celtic. They flew from Birmingham to the Irish capital for their first run-out of the 2016/17 preseason and our cameras were there to catch all the action as they were greeted by hordes of Irish fans in the fair city.After a rest in a hotel, the next stop was the Aviva Stadium and date with the Scottish champions. Once again, our cameras were with them every step of the way.

In-depth interview: André Gomes on signing for FC Barcelona | FC Barcelona
"I promise hard work, humility and sacrifice, all to help the team" says André Gomes after spending his first few hours as a Barça player. Having just celebrated his 23rd birthday, Gomes feels he still has a lot to learn but also has plenty to offer his new club. And the Portuguese international is coming to Barça with a very important item among his luggage – a Euro 2016 winner’s medal.

Adriano says farewell to FC Barcelona | FC Barcelona
Adriano Correira has said goodbye to the Camp Nou faithful, as well as to the players, coaches and directors at FC Barcelona, in a message on social networks. The left-back, who has left for a new adventure at Besiktas in Turkey, had the following to say: "Ever since I was a kid, I dreamed of becoming a footballer, and wearing the Barça shirt has been the culmination of that dream. Barcelona, this wonderful city, gave me and my family our second child Azhaf, who has Catalan blood".

The soothing sounds of FC Barcelona's training camp at St. George's Park | FC Barcelona
Players cheering on their teammates. Coaches hollering instructions. Words of praise. Exclamations aplenty. These are the sounds of FC Barcelona's six-day training camp at St. George’s Park in Burton upon Trent. Other, less habitual sounds were added to the mix. For the idyllic surroundings in the central England training centre could ably double as a recording stage for a sounds of nature app.

The FC Barcelona week in videos | FC Barcelona
It’s been a week with a bit of everything at Barça. André Gomes was announced as the latest new signing, while the first team was away in Birmingham to enjoy the fantastic facilities at St. George’s Park, where this week’s videos included a peep inside Aleix Vidal’s room and a glimpse of what Denis Suárez gets up to on a typical day. Here’s a look back in video form at what happened from July 25 to 31.