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FC Barcelona News: 28 July 2019; Barcelona Record First Preseason Win, Return from Japan

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Vissel Kobe v Barcelona - Preseason Friendly Photo by Masashi Hara/Getty Images

Vissel Kobe 0 - 2 Barça: Sayonara! Blaugranes triumph to close out Japan tour | FC Barcelona
The win allows Barça to finish their 2019 summer tour in Japan on a high note, as the team will now refocus their attention on Sunday’s Joan Gamper Trophy match at Camp Nou, one day before the full squad heads to the United States for a pair of friendlies with Napoli in Miami and Ann Arbor.

Carles Perez: From Barcelona B star to first-team talisman on Asia tour | Marca
Carles Perez is on a mission to make the most of the minutes handed to him by Ernesto Valverde, as his journey to the Barcelona first team has been a long and strenuous one. The scorer of Barcelona’s two goals against Vissel Kobe on Saturday has not stood out purely because of his talent but for his fighting spirit, commitment and adaptability.

The training plan before the tour of the United States | FC Barcelona
After the tour of Japan, where Barça played the Rakuten Cup against Chelsea (1-2) and Vissel Kobe (2-0), the Blaugrana have returned home. Throughout this week, Ernesto Valverde’s squad will train at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper to prepare for the 54th Joan Gamper Trophy, which will be played on Sunday 4 against Arsenal (8.00pm CEST). The following day, the squad will head to north America, where they will play two games against Napoli.

Messi and Rakitic nominated for UEFA Goal of the Season | FC Barcelona
Ivan Rakitic’s wonder-volley against Tottenham in the Champions League group stage and Leo’s Messi bombastic free-kick against Liverpool in the semis are among the candidates for the UEFA Goal of the Year 2018/19.

Malcom might have already played his last match for Barça | Sport
The priority is to find Malcom a permanent transfer rather than loan him out. No one is unhappy with the Brazilian’s performances but they don’t see him getting enough minutes to justify keeping him on the books. The plan is to bring in around €50m from his sale.

Junior Firpo flattered by Barcelona links but focused on Real Betis | Goal
Junior Firpo is flattered to be linked to Barcelona but is keeping his focus on Real Betis. The defender is said to be a target for La Liga champions Barca after impressing for Betis last term. Junior, 22, was then part of the Spain side that triumphed at the European Under-21 Championship.

RFEF confirm weekend only football for La Liga in 2019-20 | Football Espana
The Spanish FA has confirmed all La Liga games will be played at weekends only in the 2019-20 season. Supporters from across Spain complained about fixture changes at short notice, and La Liga scheduling too many games on Friday and Monday evenings, and the Spanish FA (the RFEF) has now reacted.

Barcelona and Vissel Kobe strengthen ties | Marca
Barcelona beat Vissel Kobe 2-0 on Saturday in Japan but the day was also marked by the two clubs strengthening their partnership agreement ahead of the 2019/20 season, tightening their sports, business and marketing arrangements. The Catalans announced through a statement that the agreement will accommodate the exchanging of players of both clubs’ academies in order to test their abilities in different environments.

Pique buys Gimnastic Manresa | Marca
Gerard Pique’s has expanded his business ventures in the world of football with the purchase of Gimnastic Manresa, adding to his pre-existing ownership of FC Andorra. The Barcelona defender’s proposal was approved by 80 percent of the club’s partners.