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FC Barcelona News: 27 July 2017; Neymar Scores Again as Barcelona Win Friendly

International Champions Cup 2017 - FC Barcelona v Manchester United Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images

Another victory for Valverde and Semedo's first start | FC Barcelona
In their second match of the International Champions Cup, FC Barcelona's 1-0 win against Manchester United gave Ernesto Valverde another victory, thereby meaning he becomes the first Barça coach since Pep Guardiola in 2008/09 to win his opening two games.

FC Barcelona beat Manchester United by the minimum in second stop on US tour | FC Barcelona
Neymar Jr’s 31st minute goal was all FC Barcelona needed on Wednesday night to secure a 1–0 victory over Manchester United at FedExField. The goal was Neymar’s—and Barça’s—third goal of the preseason, coming on the heels of his two-goal performance on Saturday night in North Jersey.

Ernesto Valverde extols the team's effort in win over ManU | FC Barcelona
See what the coach and players had to say after the big win in Washington D.C.

Ronaldinho made me a Barcelona fan - new right-back Nelson Semedo | ESPN
Nelson Semedo says he has always been a Barcelona fan, even before joining the club this summer, because as a kid he was infatuated with Brazil star Ronaldinho. Semedo, 23, signed from Benfica in a deal worth an initial €30 million earlier this month, agreeing to a five-year c at Camp Nou.

Neymar drama overshadows Barcelona's tour of the United States | ESPN
Neymar's dilemma is real. If you try to look at the situation objectively, it's easy to understand why he would want to move to a team where he's promised the world and more. Top billing and a handsome contract at Paris Saint-Germain would be attractive to many players. On the other hand, who would want to leave Barcelona, perhaps Europe's best team over the last decade, and the luxury of playing alongside Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi?

INSIDE VIEW: FC Barcelona – Manchester United | FC Barcelona
The tour of the United States remains on the right track for FC Barcelona. Ernesto Valverde's men emerged victorious against Manchester United this Wednesday in the second game of their preseason. FedEx Field was packed to the rafters with more than 80,000 spectators inside the stadium watching the action unfold.

Barça President Josep Maria Bartomeu meets with Barack Obama | FC Barcelona
Former United States President Barack Obama was in attendance as a guest of honor at FedExField on Wednesday night for the International Champions Cup match between Futbol Club Barcelona and Manchester United, where he coincided with Barça President Josep Maria Bartomeu. The two met briefly at halftime in one of the stadium’s luxury boxes.

Barcelona confident of signing Philippe Coutinho from Liverpool | Sky Sports
The Catalan giants believe Liverpool would find it difficult to turn down an offer in the region of £89m (€100m). Barca also believe that although Coutinho loves Liverpool, a Brazilian player would find it difficult to turn down Barcelona.

PSG players have discussed Neymar arrival - Thiago Motta | ESPN
Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Thiago Motta says Neymar would be very welcome if he decides to join from Barcelona. Speaking after the 3-2 International Champions Cup loss to Juventus in Miami, the Brazil-born Italy international praised Neymar and said he hopes PSG can get a deal across the line.

Neymar cleared in tax evasion case, father says | Eurosport
Brazil's federal tax office charged Neymar in 2015 with evading 63 million reais ($19.94 million) in taxes due on income earned from the Santos and Barcelona soccer clubs and sponsors between 2011 and 2014. Neymar appealed last year and a court ruling in his favour in March halved the penalty of 200 million reais in fines, back-taxes and interest that Brazil's tax office had slapped on the player.

Barça visit the US Congress in Washington DC | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona first vice president Jordi Cardoner took part in a conference titled ‘How access to sport revitalizes communities’ at the US Congress in Washington DC. The talk was organized by the US Soccer Foundation, Ed Foster-Simeon; the Executive Director of the Aspen Institute, Tom Farrey; the House Minority leader, Nancy Pelosi; the Representatives Rick Larsen, Grace Meng, Kyrsten Sinema, and Debbie Wasserman Schultz; and Senator Todd Young.

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