FC Barcelona v UC Sampdoria: Gamp-iones! (3-2) | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona have won the 51st edition of its own Joan Gamper Trophy with a 3-2 win over Italian guests Sampdoria on the night that the Camp Nou made its first contact with the 2016/17 squad, and especially with the five new signings. All of them were given time on pitch in front of a carnival atmosphere that was led by a sparkling performance from MVP Leo Messi, who scored the second and third goals after setting up the first in extraordinary fashion.
Four new FC Barcelona signings make Camp Nou debuts | FC Barcelona
Lucas Digne starts the game against Sampdoria while Umtiti, Denis Suárez and André Gomes come on for the last thirty minutes.
Luis Enrique reflects on 'special' preseason | FC Barcelona
Speaking after the first home game after the vacation, the 3-2 defeat of Sampdoria, Luis Enrique described his satisfaction at a preseason that has seen his side win three out of four of their fixtures. "A lot of the players are just back from their vacation and we will need more time, but the team is training hard every day" he said. "Things are on very positive lines."
FC Barcelona players all smiles after Gamper victory | FC Barcelona
Following the 3-2 victory over Sampdoria in the Joan Gamper Trophy, a number of players spoke to the media. Here is a selection of their post-match quotes.
Camp Nou welcomes FC Barcelona 2016/17 | FC Barcelona
Barça are back and showtime is back at the Camp Nou! The Barça fans got their chance to bid farewell to the double heroes for the summer on May 23 and two and a half months later they’re back, along with new arrivals Sergi Samper, Denis Suárez, Digne, Umtiti and André Gomes. The players were introduced one by one to the fans before the Joan Gamper match against Sampdoria, with the four captains and five new faces the last to be presented.
FC Barcelona start training for the trip to Seville | FC Barcelona
With the Gamper Trophy now behind them, the first team have started training for the first competitive match of the season, the Spanish Super Cup first leg at Sevilla on Sunday 14 (and the second leg at home on Wednesday 17). Luis Enrique promised at his post-match press conference last night that "the team are now fully focused on Sevilla" and that indeed was the case as the players got straight back to work on the Tito Vilanova field at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper training ground.
Argentina coach Edgardo Bauza in Barcelona to speak to Lionel Messi - ESPN FC
Former Sao Paulo manager Bauza has taken over from Gerardo Martino, who stepped down after the team's penalty shootout defeat to Chile in this summer's Copa America Centenario final, a painful loss which also saw Barcelona star Messi, 29, announce he was retiring from international football.