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FC Barcelona News: 13 July 2017; Training Begins Under Ernesto Valverde, Quartet Represent Barcelona in Tokyo

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First training session of the Valverde era | FC Barcelona
The first day back at work at the Ciutat Esportiva. After a morning of medicals, the players made their way onto the Tito Vilanova pitch this afternoon as their summer holidays came to an end. The first training session of the 2017/18 season also gave Ernesto Valverde the chance to meet his players.

Second day of training at the Ciutat Esportiva | FC Barcelona
Thursday morning brought the second day of training for the FC Barcelona first team, and also the second for new coach Ernesto Valverde. Work started at 9.30am CET and the first fifteen minutes of the session were open to the media. Five members of the Barça B squad were also involved in the workout, namely Palencia, Aleñá, Cucurella, Marlon and Vitinho.

Ernesto Valverde begins process of leaving his stamp on Barcelona | ESPN
A lot has happened since Barcelona beat Alaves in the Copa del Rey final on May 27. Lionel Messi got married, Neymar's been on a whistle-stop tour of the NBA and Gerard Deulofeu has been bought back from Everton for €12 million. Most significantly, a new manager has got his feet under the table.

Leo Messi eager to start training with 'great coach' Ernesto Valverde | FC Barcelona
It’s not long before we see Leo Messi, Gerard Piqué, Arda Turan and Neymar Jr back at the training ground in Barcelona, but before that they’re in Japan to represent FC Barcelona at the presentation of the new sponsorship deal with Rakuten.

Messi, Neymar, Piqué and Arda take Tokyo | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona stars Lionel Messi, Neymar Jr, Gerard Piqué, and Arda Turan became the first players to make a public appearance wearing the team’s new shirt featuring the logo of Rakuten, the Club’s new Main Global Partner, when they took part in a kick-off press conference Thursday in Tokyo, Japan along with the Club’s Vice President for Marketing and Communication, Manel Arroyo, and the founder and CEO of Rakuten Inc., Hiroshi “Mickey” Mikitani.

Dani Alves has some advice for Marco Veratti ahead of possible Barcelona move | GSM
Dani Alves had a glittering eight-year career with Barcelona, but he left the Nou Camp in less than ideal circumstances. The Brazilian formed a formidable right-hand side with Lionel Messi for the Catalan giants, but he was allowed to leave the club on a free transfer in the summer of 2016 despite having one more year on his deal.

James Costos, FC Barcelona's new strategic advisor in America | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona and James Costos, the former United States Ambassador to Spain and Andorra, have signed an agreement as part of the club’s expansion plans. Costos will be taking up a new position as strategic advisor in America, where he’ll be involved in three key projects, the FC Barcelona Foundation, the Barça Innovation Hub and the development of the FC Barcelona brand in the North American market.