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FC Barcelona News: 16 August 2018; Barcelona Win Joan Gamper Trophy, Preparations Begin for La Liga Opener

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FC Barcelona v Boca Juniors - Joan Gamper Trophy Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images

Recovery work ahead of LaLiga opener | FC Barcelona
With the LaLiga season curtain raiser just days away, the FC Barcelona squad have a packed training schedule this week. The available first team players worked out on Thursday morning, just hours on from their win in the Joan Gamper Trophy Game against Boca Juniors.

FC Barcelona – Boca Juniors: Barça win the Gamper! (3-0) | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona took a 3-0 win in the Joan Gamper Trophy Game on Wednesday evening, as fans at the Camp Nou got to see their idols in action for the first time this summer. Goals from Malcom, Messi and Rafinha decided the club’s presentation game against Boca Juniors.

HIGHLIGHTS: FC Barcelona vs Boca Juniors | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona took the Gamper Trophy game once again in a festive Camp Nou thanks to a 3-0 victory over Argentine league champions Boca Juniors. Malcom opened the scoring with Messi and then Rafinha rounding off the victory. Don’t miss the goals plus magic moments from Riqui Puig, Coutinho and others in the pre-season victory!

Leo Messi proud to be Barça captain | FC Barcelona
The new captained continued; “We have a great squad to get excited about and those who have come in will help us to get better.” Messi also appeared to be still hungry for success: “Last season was really good as we did the double but we all felt bad about how it went in the Champions League. We promise that this season we will all we can to bring that trophy back to Camp Nou,” concluded the Argentine before rounding off with a vociferous ‘Visca el Barça i Visca Catalunya!’

Philippe Coutinho will never replace Andres Iniesta at Barcelona and that’s perfectly fine | ESPN
It’s a strong bet that those trying to assess how Philippe Coutinho might flourish at Barcelona this season will first draw conclusions from his goal and assist in last season’s Copa del Rey final, the La Liga winners’ medal already in his possession and the absence of legend Andres Iniesta, whose “space” the Brazilian will be asked to occupy.

Malcom: ‘Experiencing the Camp Nou is a dream come true’ | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona summer signing Malcom got his first taste of football at the Camp Nou on Wednesday evening, and the occasion could hardly have gone better. The Brazilian scored the opening goal of the Joan Gamper Trophy Game, and he spoke after the match to give his thoughts on a successful unofficial home debut.

Valverde unsure on Rafinha future | Football Espana
Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde admitted he does not know if Rafinha Alcantara will remain at the club for the upcoming campaign. The Brazil midfielder spent the season half of last season on loan at Inter – who have once again been linked with him – but he netted in Wednesday’s Joan Gamper trophy win over Boca Juniors.

Barcelona have ‘no immediate need for signings’ - president | ESPN
Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has said that the club remain open to bringing more players in before the transfer window closes this month.The La Liga champions have already made four signings this summer -- Arthur, Clement Lenglet, Malcom and Arturo Vidal -- but have been linked with a move for Manchester United’s Paul Pogba.

La Liga set to play first game in United States or Canada in new marketing deal | ESPN
A regular-season La Liga game is set to be played in the United States or Canada for the first time after the league reached an agreement with Relevent, a multinational media, sports and entertainment company, on a 15-year joint venture for promotion in North America.