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FC Barcelona News: 5 August 2019; Barcelona Win Gamper Trophy, Travel to USA Without Lionel Messi

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Gamp-ions! (2-1) | FC Barcelona
A sensational crowd of 98,812, the biggest ever for the Gamper Trophy, packed the Camp Nou to welcome in the new season with a win as Barça came from behind to dispatch Arsenal in the traditional curtain-raiser to the new season. The night was also about welcoming the new faces. Frenkie de Jong, Antoine Griezmann and Neto were presented to the fans before the game and were all named in Ernesto Valverde’s starting eleven.

Frenkie de Jong: Gamper MVP | FC Barcelona
Dutch midfielder wins our man of the match vote, with fellow new signing Griezmann second and Riqui Puig of Barça B third

Barça 2019/20 squad presented at Camp Nou | FC Barcelona
Once again, the Gamper game marks the beginning of the season at Camp Nou for the blaugranes. A fit burst stadium saw the first team squad presented ahead of the 54th edition of the fixture, this year against Arsenal.

Barcelona visit the USA once again | Marca
For the third time in three years, Barcelona are once again spending part of their summer in the United States. This time, they’ll visit the states of Florida and Michigan to take on Carlo Ancelotti’s Napoli twice.

Squad named for US tour | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona’s 2019 US Tour takes place this week, with the club visiting Miami for a double-header against Italian side Napoli. Coach Ernesto Valverde has called up a total of 26 players for the trip: Ter Stegen, N. Semedo, Piqué, I. Rakitic, Sergio, Todibo, Coutinho, Arthur, Suárez, O. Dembélé, Rafinha, Neto, Lenglet, M. Wague, Griezmann, Jordi Alba, Aleñá, S. Roberto, F. De Jong, Vidal, Umtiti, Junior, Iñaki Peña (25), C. Pérez (27), Riqui Puig (28) and Abel Ruiz (29).

Leo Messi suffers right calf injury | FC Barcelona
First team player Leo Messi, who had returned from his summer break for training on Monday, withdrew from the session due to discomfort in his right leg. Tests carried out have diagnosed a Grade 1 calf strain for the Argentine.

Bartomeu: ‘New-look squad has greater potential’ | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu used his speech at the 40th Penyes World Congress to look back at last season and also comment on the new signings, while also thanking the Barça supporters club movement “for your dedication and commitment to the club on occasion of this 40th World Congress and the centenary of the first recognition of a supporters club by the directors.”

Junior Firpo to wear number 24 | FC Barcelona
Junior Firpo, the fifth addition to the Barça squad for the new season will be wearing the number 24 shirt. It’s a number that’s been donned by a number of illustrious players over the years since expanded, permanent squad numbers were introduced in the nineties.

Email shows Antoine Griezmann had March Barcelona agreement | FC Barcelona
Atletico Madrid are confident that an email can prove that Antoine Griezmann had an agreement to join Barcelona in March, say El Mundo. The report claims that an email shows an agreement between the player and the Catalan giants in March, meaning that Atleti could take the situation to court.

Neymar move from PSG to Barcelona ruled out for now, says vice-president Jordi Cardoner | Sky Sports
When asked about a deal for Neymar, Cardoner told television station TV3: “As of today, there’s no Neymar case, as the president said, and it’s complicated. We are passive actors. We know he’s not happy in Paris and it’s a situation that needs to be resolved in Paris.

Here are the three players Barça still want to sell this month | Sport
The Brazilian returned to training today after winning the Copa America last month. He’s been linked as a makeweight in a potential swap deal for Neymar all summer, and most recently with a Premier League return.