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FC Barcelona News: 16 July 2017; First Week of Training Ends, Yerry Mina Rumors Heating Up

Ponte Preta v Palmeiras - Brasileirao Series A 2017 Photo by Ricardo Nogueira/Getty Images

First week of training in the bag | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona continued their preparations for the 2017/18 season with a final session of the week on Sunday morning local time. In a week in which double daily sessions have been the order of the day, coach Ernesto Valverde gathered his available first team player plus five players from the B squad at the Tito Vilanova field at the Ciutat Esportiva.

What you didn't see at Nélson Semedo's presentation | FC Barcelona
Friday saw a press conference, the signing of the contract and a first appearance on the hallowed Camp Nou turf for Nélson Semedo on his first day as an FC Barcelona player. The day began with a medical and the activity was constant until the Portuguese defender's appearance in the press room with first team technical secretary, Robert Fernández.

More training for Valverde's squad | FC Barcelona
The first week back after the summer holidays was always going to be an intense one for Ernesto Valverde’s squad. On Friday, 10 more of Barcelona's first team returned, including all of their international players, and on Saturday morning it was time to endure the first of a double training session.

Juventus and FC Barcelona are back in the United States 14 years later | FC Barcelona
On July 22 in New York, FC Barcelona will take on Juventus for the first time in 14 years on American soil. The match is part of the International Champions Cup and the first pre-season match for the Blaugrana. In Boston during 2003, Barça won a penalty shoot-out (6-5) after the game finished in a 2-2 draw. Javier Saviola hit a first-half double with Di Vaio and Miccoli replying for the Italians.

Barça travel to USA to strengthen its sporting, commercial and charitable expansion | FC Barcelona
This is the seventh time that Barça has visited the United States in the preseason (the first, eighty years ago in 1937, played a key role in ensuring the club’s very survival), and it all goes to show just what a strategic territory this is as part of the club’s plans for worldwide growth.

New York prepares for a historic FC Barcelona mosaic | FC Barcelona
Before the match that FC Barcelona will play against Juventus at MetLife Stadium on Saturday, July 22, the city of New York will host a historic event in Bryant Park, Manhattan, at 09:30 a.m. The goal is to make the biggest human mosaic ever, and one which will resemble a Barça shirt.

Who is who? The nine players from Portugal who have played for Barça | FC Barcelona
Find out more about the careers of these former and current blaugranes.

Best of Gerard Deulofeu in his early days at FC Barcelona | FC Barcelona
A player who is equally capable on either wing, he stands out for his versatility, speed and balance. During his time at La Masia, there were many occasions when he showed his technique and ability, and where he stood out as one of the most promising players in the junior ranks.

Barcelona set to sign highly rated Colombia defender Yerry Mina | 101 Great Goals
Russo said: “Now he stays in Brazil. And then in 2018 he will reach the Spanish League. Everything is almost closed. His dream has always been to play with Barca. Why should he break his hopes when it comes to, in my view, the best technical project for him? He will stay another year at Palmeiras because he is doing well and wants to go to the World Cup. For me there is zero chance that things will change.”

Visitors’ day at the Ciutat Esportiva | FC Barcelona
A busy Sunday at the Ciutat Esportiva with Ernesto Valverde’s first team squad receiving visits from Barça figures past and present. Club president Josep Maria Bartomeu called in on the new coach, his back room staff and the players at the end of the session to see how things were going at the end of the squad’s first week back at work.

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