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FC Barcelona News: 20 July 2017; Barcelona Arrive in USA, Xavi Talks La Masia

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U.S. bound Barça touches down in Newark! | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona’s preseason tour of the United States began on Wednesday evening as the blaugrana expedition led by the Club President, Josep Maria Bartomeu; First Vice President, Jordi Cardoner; the Vice President for the Sports Area, Jordi Mestre; and other directors left with the squad at 6.30pm CET for the New York metro area.

FC Barcelona, back home in the USA | FC Barcelona
Thierry Henry and David Beckham, August 2015 | FCB - Miguel RuizAfter nearly twenty years, FC Barcelona travelled back to the United States in July 2003 to take part in the inaugural “Champions World Series”. Starting their campaign with a 2-2 draw against Juventus in Boston, they also faced AC Milan in Washington DC, and concluded their trip in Philadelphia with a 3-1 loss against Manchester United in front of just under 70,000 fans.

Up close and personal with Nélson Semedo | FC Barcelona
Nélson Semedo is living the dream and today had his first day’s training with his new Barcelona team mates before jetting off on the club’s American tour. Born just outside Lisbon, he describes himself as a “simple” guy who like “spending time with the family” and eating grilled cod, that classic Portuguese dish.

Neymar to PSG? Barcelona ace may need to leave to escape Messi shadow | ESPN
It's the story that has rocked the transfer window: Neymar has been linked with an incredible move to Paris Saint-Germain. While Manchester United have been long-term admirers, PSG's huge €222 million deal is on the cards according to reports in Brazil, as Barcelona face the prospect of an end to their famed "MSN".

Neymar wants to stay at Barcelona, says Guillem Balague | Sky Sports
Barcelona vice-president Jordi Mestre insisted on Tuesday that Neymar would be staying at the club, despite reports suggesting Paris Saint-Germain were interested in signing the Brazil international this summer. The Catalan giants believe there is no genuine interest in Neymar from PSG and, according to Sky Sports Spanish football expert Guillem Balague, are convinced the speculation surrounding his future "is all a game".

PSG interest in Neymar revenge for Barcelona's Verratti pursuit - Gaspart | ESPN
Former Barcelona president Joan Gaspart believes Paris Saint-Germain are trying to unsettle Neymar as revenge for the Catalan club's continued interest in Marco Verratti. PSG have been strongly linked with a move for Neymar this week and a source close to the French side has told ESPN FC that they have been made aware that a deal is possible.

Barcelona youth development has 'fallen asleep' - Xavi | ESPN
Barcelona became complacent after producing so many homegrown players during their era of success under Pep Guardiola, Xavi Hernandez has said in an interview with The Tactical Room. Guardiola's Barca side was defined by La Masia graduates -- Carles Puyol, Xavi and Andres Iniesta, among others -- but the presence of academy players in the first team has decreased in recent seasons.

U10 teams take the FCBMasia Challenge | FC Barcelona
The U10D and pre-U10 teams ended the season with a fun game called the FCBMasia Challenge, where they scored points for getting the ball through six holes in a canvas attached to one of the goalposts at the Ciutat Esportiva. Plenty of fun was had by the teams coached by Juanan Gil and Alexis Pintó and in this video you can see how it all went.

Noel Gallagher: 'Camp Nou is an amazing place' | FC Barcelona
Noel Gallagher was in town on Tuesday with his band the High Flying Birds to support U2 in their concert in Barcelona. The legendary musician and songwriter made a trip to FC Barcelona's home his first stop in the city before having to meet up with Bono and co later in the evening.

Inside view of the stadium re-turfing | FC Barcelona
The re-turfing of the Camp Nou pitch and they will be using the hybrid system that was already in use last season. Barça will try out the new surface for their first match of the 2017/18 season at the Camp Nou. Ernesto Valverde’s team will face Chapecoense in the Joan Gamper Trophy on the 7 August. Take a closer look at the laying of the new pitch from a different perspective!

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