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Keepie uppie with Arda Turan and Sergio Busquets

Arda Turan and Luis Enrique in training / MIGUEL RUIZ-FCB
A brilliant show of skill from the duo during a training session in the United States

Arda Turan and Sergio Busquets faced each other on the pitch for four years while the former was at Atlético Madrid. But the Turk and the Catalan are now team-mates, preparing for a new season in which they’ll be competing side-by-side in the Barça midfield.

And it was while the two were training together in the United States that this video was taken. Keepie uppy is not easy at the best of time, but try doing it while you’re sat on the floor! This is football skills at their most sublime – no wonder the on-looking fans started applauding!

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Luis Enrique leads, and takes part, in FC Barcelona’s training sessions

Luis Enrique gets actively involved during his team's training sessions. / FCB
Besides running the workouts, the coach does calisthenics along with the players

As FC Barcelona’s head coach, Luis Enrique not only runs the team’s training sessions but he also takes part when it comes to doing some of the tougher exercises in his players’ daily workouts, including sit-ups and push-ups.

Recently, while on Barça’s American tour, the squad was seen working out with large stability balls. In this video Luis Enrique can be seen doing calisthenics, plyometrics and isometrics led by trainer Francesc Cos.

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Medicals for Mascherano, Messi, Alves, Neymar Jr and Ter Stegen

Messi and Mascherano have come back to work early / MIGUEL RUIZ-FCB
The two Argentinians, not due back until Monday, report back early for preseason duty

Five more players took medical examinations on Thursday morning and are ready to join in with the preseason preparations. These are Javier Mascherano, Leo Messi, Dani Alves, Neymar Jr and Marc-André Ter Stegen.

The two Argentinians were not actually due back until next Monday but have decided to re-join their colleagues earlier than scheduled. Dani Alves and Neymar Jr were also given extended holidays due to their participation in the Copa America, while Ter Stegen, who played for Germany at the European U21 Championship, did go on the US Tour but has yet to take the routine medical checks.

That means the only player that is still away on holiday, and who will be arriving on Monday, is Chilean goalkeeper Claudio Bravo

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US women’s team thrilled by FC Barcelona visit

Ali Krieger and Ashley Harris were speaking to the Barça TV cameras
World Cup winners Ali Krieger and Ashlyn Harris speak to the Barça TV cameras after watching the game with Chelsea in Washington

While the first team were on tour in the United States, Barça TV was delighted to be able to catch up with two members of the country’s recently crowned World Cup winning team. Defender Ali Krieger and goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris play for the Washington Spirit in the NWSL, and were there to see the Catalans play Chelsea in their third and final friendly on American soil.

“Barça is one of the best teams in the world and we were really happy to be here and watch the game” says Harris. “We don’t often get to see unbelievable clubs play against each other here in the USA. It was an honour to be able to meet some of the players … Just to see the fans chanting ‘Barça’ the entire game, you don’t see that as much in the leagues here. To feel and hear the support from people coming from all over the place to see this game. It’s incredible to be able to just come up the street and see the best players in the world!”

Putting women’s football on the map

On what Europe could learn from the women’s game in the United States, Krieger comments that “it’s funny because soccer isn’t the most important sport here, but in women’s sports, it’s one of the top sports for our country … US Soccer does such a tremendous job in supporting us and funding our league. And we use our social media to attract fans and popularity. Hopefully that can carry on over to the world and not just our country.”

She adds that “we’re heard that Barça are going to get a pro team and that’s amazing for women’s football. We’re trying to use the momentum from the World Cup to really get the women’s game on the map.”

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Carlos Arroyo signs one-year contract with FC Barcelona Lassa

Arroyo puts pen to paper / V. SALGADO - FCB
36 year old guard shows his passion for the team by visiting the FCB Megastore after signing until 30 June 2016

Carlos Arroyo is now an official part of FC Barcelona Lassa. In the company of basketball technical secretary Joan Creus the Puerto Rican guard celebrated his 36th birthday in the best possible way by signing a one-year contract with the team.

As he familiarised himself with his new surroundings, he also gave an interview to Barça TV. “It is a great honour for me to wear these colours” he said. “I have wanted to come here for many years. It is a blessing to come to Barça … We have a lot of new players this season. We have to be patient, to create chemistry. We have a coach who understands the game well and I hope I am able to adapt quickly.”

This morning he took and passed the routine medical test, and while he was there he got the chance to meet Juan Carlos Navarro, who is still receiving treatment on an injury.

After two seasons starring at Galatasaray in Turkey, Arroyo is clearly thrilled to be here. He didn’t stop taking pictures all day and even made up a point of stopping by the club store to get his hands on some goodies. He also revealed that he wants to wear the number 30 because that’s the day he was born and one he has worn at other clubs too.

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[VIDEO] Highlights of the game between Chelsea and Barça

Sandro scored the second for Barça / MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB
All the action from the third game of the US Tour in little over 90 seconds

Barça rounded off their tour of the US with a 2-2 draw against Chelsea. They know head back to Europe to continue their preparations for the coming competitive season. If you missed the game agains Jose Mourinho‘s team at the FedExField then here is your chance to catch up in just over a minute and a half.

El FC Barcelona va tancar la gira pels Estats Units amb un empat contra el Chelsea (2-2), abans de tornar cap a casa i continuar la seva preparació per a l’inici dels partits oficials. Si no vas poder veure el partit que va enfrontar l’equip de Jose Mourinho contra els de Luis Enrique Martínez al FedEx Field, ara tens l’oportunitat de veure un resum i els gols del duel, en aquest vídeo de poc més d’un minut i mig.

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The US tour in fifteen stories #tourFCB

Gerard Piqué enjoying playing basketball with Harrison Barnes / MIGUEL RUIZ-FCB
The US tour has come to an end and so we look back at 10 intense days through 15 different stories

The preseason tour has come to an end and after 10 days of training, matches, charity events and meetings with prominent US sportsmen, these are the highlights in 15 stories of what was certainly an experience for Luis Enrique’s squad and the US fans. 

THE GAMES

FC Barcelona v Los Angeles Galaxy: Solid start to the preseason (2-1). Confident FC Barcelona defeat the MLS champions with goals from Luis Suárez and Sergi Roberto.

FC Barcelona v Manchester United: California dream ends with defeat (1–3). Rafinha gets Catalans on the board late but unlucky Barça lose out to United on beautiful day for football in northern California

Defeat on penalties to round off US Tour for FC Barcelona (2-2, 4-2 pens). Goals from Suárez and Sandro give Barça a 2-2 draw over 90 minutes against Chelsea, but the shoot out does not go their way (4-2)

SPECIAL CONTENT

All the videoblogs of the US Tour. These videos are a wonderful memento of a fantastic experience for the team in the United States of America

The US Tour in figures More than 240,00 fans have attended Barça’s three games in the US .

First team switch to basketball. A change of sport – FC Barcelona squad gets in a bit of hoops at the American University before training in Washington


FC Barcelona players play basketball at… by fcbarcelona

[Storify] See FC Barcelona’s USA Tour through the eyes of the players

EVENTS WITH FELLOW SPORTSMEN

Kobe Bryant: I love how Barça play. The LA Lakers star enjoys the blaugranes’ morning training session, the second for the squad in Los Angeles

Barça and Golden State Warriors meet up in San Francisco. Harrison Barnes from the Warriors and the blaugrana players tested out their skills at San Francisco State University.

FC Barcelona and the San Francisco 49ers, a meeting of five-time champions.The Barça team that has won the Champions League five times and one of the legendary teams from the NFL, winners of five Super Bowls, met after the Catalans trained at the Levi’s Stadium.

Andrés Iniesta and Alex Morgan meet up at the Pasadena Rose Bowl. The blaugrana captain and the US footballer come together and present one and other with their respective jerseys following the game against LA Galaxy.

SOCIAL EVENTS

Juliano Belletti visits the FCBEscola in Los Angeles The former Barça player was the star attraction at the training centre in Gleansdale.

Iniesta and Ter Stegen take part in UNICEF event in Los Angeles Twenty children were given the chance to quiz the two Barça stars in an event which served to promote the links between the Club and UNICEF.

The FC Barcelona Foundation, the Gates Foundation and Global Citizen come together to fight poverty The agreement was presented on Thursday in San Francisco in the presence of Josep Maria Bartomeu, Arda Turan and Kweku Mandela, grandson of the South African leader.

Suárez and Bartra support alliance between Foundation and Inter-American Development Bank The two players and vice-president Jordi Cardoner appear at an event in Washington DC and answer questions from beneficiaries of the ‘FutbolNet’ project in Mexico.

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