FC Barcelona News: 23 July 2017; Neymar Leads Barcelona in Friendly Win, Barcelona B Schedule Announced

FC Barcelona opens Valverde era with impressive 2–1 win over Juventus | FC Barcelona
Neymar Jr notched two impeccable first half goals as FC Barcelona rolled past the Italian champions Juventus, 2–1, before 82,104 fans at a sold-out MetLife Stadium. The 25-year-old Brazilian was named Man of the Match.

Valverde denies PSG reports: ‘Barca are not going to go without Neymar’ | ESPN
Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde once again insisted that Neymar is going nowhere after the Brazilian starred in Saturday’s 2-1 win over Juventus in the International Champions Cup. After a week in which Neymar’s looked ever closer to Paris Saint-Germain, with a source telling ESPN FC an agreement on personal terms has already been reached, he scored two stunning first-half goals at MetLife Stadium.

PSG looking for Neymar ‘sponsorship’ | Football Espana
Paris Saint-Germain could land Qatari sponsorship to sign Neymar from Barcelona and avoid falling foul of FFP regulations.Marca claims the French club have been told Neymar will quit Barca if they can trigger his €222m release clause but doing so would conflict with UEFA’s Financial Fair Play rules.

The best quotes following Barça’s win over Juventus | FC Barcelona
See what was said after the 2–1 win over Juventus at MetLife Stadium.

Barça B to kick off season away at Valladolid | FC Barcelona
On Friday the schedule for the Spanish Second Division, known as La Liga 123, for 2017/18 was announced. Barça B return to the second tier of Spanish Football following their successful promotion campaign last season in the Second Division B and their first game will be against Valladolid away from home.

New Barça shirt and sponsor unveiled at a festive MetLife Stadium | FC Barcelona
Minutes before kickoff of Barça’s first match of the preseason, a Grade-A matchup with Juventus in the International Champions Cup, Club’s First and Third Vice Presidents, Jordi Cardoner and Jordi Mestre, the founder and CEO of Rakuten, Hiroshi Mikitani, and the former FC Barcelona player Thierry Henry, stood near midfield to literally pull back the curtain on the new Blaugrana jersey, which is bearing the Rakuten logo in a game for the first time.

Barça fans come together in the heart of Manhattan | FC Barcelona
The blaugrana fans of New York came together in the heart of Manhattan in Bryant Park to take part in a gigantic mosaic of FC Barcelona’s shirt. The event was attended by the Club President, Josep Maria Bartomeu; the board members who have travelled to New York; the Barça Legends player and Club ambassador, Juliano Belletti; and the ex-player Thierry Henry.

Barcelona 2017-18 La Liga Fixture List Released

After a traditional long wait, La Liga finally released its much anticipated fixture list for the upcoming 2017/18 season. More details are available in the table below, but as is customary in Spanish football, times and dates for the games will be announced at a later date, so don’t mark your calendars just yet.

The much anticipated league El Clasicos have been scheduled for round 17, at the Santiago Bernabeu, and round 36 at the Camp Nou. The first El Clasico, however, has a massive question mark above its date, currently tentatively scheduled for 21 December 2017, as Real Madrid will be competing in the Club World Cup around that time.

It’s time for the silly season to end and meaningful football begin.

FC Barcelona News: 21 July 2017; Neymar Saga Continues, Barca Renew Interest in Paulo Dybala

Barça complete first two-a-day at the Red Bull Training Facility | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona crossed the Atlantic on Thursday, but the players most certainly haven’t been taken to the United States just to get a gentle summer break. There is work to be done, and after getting a good night’s rest at the Sheraton Parsippany Hotel, Ernesto Valverde and his men were up bright and early for a 9.30am local time (3.30pm CET) training session at the Red Bull Training Facility in Whippany.

A familiar Juventus with a few new faces | FC Barcelona
The current Italian league champions Juventus are FC Barcelona’s first opponents on their US tour. La Vecchia Signora claimed their sixth scudetto in a row last season and coach Massimiliano Allegri can count on the majority of the squad that also reached the Champions League final in 2016/17, losing to Real Madrid in the final after having eliminated Luis Enrique’s Barça side in the quarter finals.

When and where to watch Juventus vs FC Barcelona | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona’s American tour begins with a bang today when they face current six-time Serie A champions Juventus. It’s Ernesto Valverde’s first game in charge, and his reign opens with a real test against a side who did the domestic double in Italy as well as reaching the Champions League final.

Barcelona will leave Neymar’s decision on future up to him, his father – source | ESPN
Barcelona have grown tired of the ongoing Neymar speculation and will leave a decision on the player’s future up to him and his father, a source close to the Catalan club has told ESPN Deportes. Various reports this week have linked Paris Saint-German to a possible move for the Brazilian star, who has a release clause that would allow him to end his contract at Barcelona for €222 million.

The great Neymar debate: Should he stay at Barcelona or join PSG? | Eurosport
His achievements will always come with that caveat. For a player as talented as Neymar it must grate a little to be reduced to the role of supporting act. An outrageously talented supporting act but a supporting act all the same. It says much for their friendship that a subservient professional relationship has not boiled over.

Mascherano on Neymar: I hope he’s here with Barcelona for many years | ESPN
Javier Mascherano has told ESPN FC that he still thinks Neymar can be Barcelona’s future amid increasing reports that Paris Saint-Germain will pay the Brazilian’s €222 million buyout clause. Media outlets in Brazil, Spain and France are now all reporting that talks between the forward’s representatives and PSG are at an advanced stage, with RAC1 suggesting an agreement is 95 percent complete.

Report: Barcelona interested in Juventus forward Paulo Dybala | SportsMole
Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde has made Juventus forward Paulo Dybala his top summer transfer target, according to a report. The Argentina international enjoyed his most impressive campaign to date last time out, scoring 19 goals and setting up a further seven as Juve fell just short of winning the treble.

Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho not for sale, says Jurgen Klopp | Sky Sports
Sky Sports News revealed on Thursday that Barcelona want to sign the Brazil international this summer and are willing to pay more than £70m. Coutinho pledged his future to Liverpool in January by signing a new five-and-a-half-year contract, with the deal including no release clause.

Sergi Roberto says he’ll play ‘wherever the coach asks’ | FC Barcelona
Thursday morning in Whippany, New Jersey was a scorcher. Minutes following Barça’s first training session on U.S. soil during this, their 2017 summer tour in the United States, two players, still drenched in sweat as the midmorning temperature here continued to rise, emerged from the main building and sought refuge in one of the few slivers of shade available.

Josep Bartomeu expects Xavi Hernandez to manage Barca one day | ESPN
After winning 15 major titles at Barcelona, Xavi Hernandez is expected to return to the club and win some more — as their coach. Speaking on Thursday during an interview at The Associated Press’ headquarters, Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu said Xavi is using his time at the Qatari club Al Sadd to prepare for a future role in Spain.

Belletti gives his verdict on new signing Semedo | FC Barcelona
One right back to another, Juliano Haus Belletti to Nélson Semedo; the hero of FC Barcelona’s second Champions League victory is now a Club ambassador during the tour of the USA and from there he gave his thoughts on Barça’s latest signing. “Nélson Semedo is a strong player with technical ability and I think Valverde will use him in a system that makes the most of his attacking abilities,” believes Belletti.

Jasper Cillessen says he’s staying at Barcelona amid Crystal Palace links | ESPN
Barcelona goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen says he will stay at the club despite reports claiming Crystal Palace are interested in signing the Dutch goalkeeper. Cillessen joined Barca from Ajax last summer but was restricted to just 10 appearances in his first year at the club, with Marc-Andre ter Stegen preferred ahead of him.

President Bartomeu speaks to the US media | FC Barcelona
Barça have only been in New York for a few hours and the local media is already buzzing. Josep Maria Bartomeu had a date first thing on Thursday morning with some of the biggest names in the US: Bloomberg, Associated Press, Forbes and New York Times.

See how Barça is managing its equipment on this year’s U.S. tour | FC Barcelona
How entertaining would Barça be if they had nothing to play with? Football requires plenty of equipment, every piece of which plays a role in the team’s training sessions and on game days. See how Barça is managing everything on this summer’s tour in the U.S. and why having a special place just for the equipment is so important.

FC Barcelona News: 20 July 2017; Barcelona Arrive in USA, Xavi Talks La Masia

U.S. bound Barça touches down in Newark! | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona’s preseason tour of the United States began on Wednesday evening as the blaugrana expedition led by the Club President, Josep Maria Bartomeu; First Vice President, Jordi Cardoner; the Vice President for the Sports Area, Jordi Mestre; and other directors left with the squad at 6.30pm CET for the New York metro area.

FC Barcelona, back home in the USA | FC Barcelona
Thierry Henry and David Beckham, August 2015 | FCB – Miguel RuizAfter nearly twenty years, FC Barcelona travelled back to the United States in July 2003 to take part in the inaugural “Champions World Series”. Starting their campaign with a 2-2 draw against Juventus in Boston, they also faced AC Milan in Washington DC, and concluded their trip in Philadelphia with a 3-1 loss against Manchester United in front of just under 70,000 fans.

Up close and personal with Nélson Semedo | FC Barcelona
Nélson Semedo is living the dream and today had his first day’s training with his new Barcelona team mates before jetting off on the club’s American tour. Born just outside Lisbon, he describes himself as a “simple” guy who like “spending time with the family” and eating grilled cod, that classic Portuguese dish.

Neymar to PSG? Barcelona ace may need to leave to escape Messi shadow | ESPN
It’s the story that has rocked the transfer window: Neymar has been linked with an incredible move to Paris Saint-Germain. While Manchester United have been long-term admirers, PSG’s huge €222 million deal is on the cards according to reports in Brazil, as Barcelona face the prospect of an end to their famed “MSN”.

Neymar wants to stay at Barcelona, says Guillem Balague | Sky Sports
Barcelona vice-president Jordi Mestre insisted on Tuesday that Neymar would be staying at the club, despite reports suggesting Paris Saint-Germain were interested in signing the Brazil international this summer. The Catalan giants believe there is no genuine interest in Neymar from PSG and, according to Sky Sports Spanish football expert Guillem Balague, are convinced the speculation surrounding his future “is all a game”.

PSG interest in Neymar revenge for Barcelona’s Verratti pursuit – Gaspart | ESPN
Former Barcelona president Joan Gaspart believes Paris Saint-Germain are trying to unsettle Neymar as revenge for the Catalan club’s continued interest in Marco Verratti. PSG have been strongly linked with a move for Neymar this week and a source close to the French side has told ESPN FC that they have been made aware that a deal is possible.

Barcelona youth development has ‘fallen asleep’ – Xavi | ESPN
Barcelona became complacent after producing so many homegrown players during their era of success under Pep Guardiola, Xavi Hernandez has said in an interview with The Tactical Room. Guardiola’s Barca side was defined by La Masia graduates — Carles Puyol, Xavi and Andres Iniesta, among others — but the presence of academy players in the first team has decreased in recent seasons.

U10 teams take the FCBMasia Challenge | FC Barcelona
The U10D and pre-U10 teams ended the season with a fun game called the FCBMasia Challenge, where they scored points for getting the ball through six holes in a canvas attached to one of the goalposts at the Ciutat Esportiva. Plenty of fun was had by the teams coached by Juanan Gil and Alexis Pintó and in this video you can see how it all went.

Noel Gallagher: ‘Camp Nou is an amazing place’ | FC Barcelona
Noel Gallagher was in town on Tuesday with his band the High Flying Birds to support U2 in their concert in Barcelona. The legendary musician and songwriter made a trip to FC Barcelona’s home his first stop in the city before having to meet up with Bono and co later in the evening.

Inside view of the stadium re-turfing | FC Barcelona
The re-turfing of the Camp Nou pitch and they will be using the hybrid system that was already in use last season. Barça will try out the new surface for their first match of the 2017/18 season at the Camp Nou. Ernesto Valverde’s team will face Chapecoense in the Joan Gamper Trophy on the 7 August. Take a closer look at the laying of the new pitch from a different perspective!

FC Barcelona News: 19 July 2017; Barcelona Add Regional Sponsor, Barcelona B Add Defender

Neymar says he is ‘happy’ at Barcelona despite speculation he could join PSG | Independent
Neymar has insisted that he is “happy” at Barcelona despite rumours PSG are set to make him the most expensive footballer in the world. Earlier this week, a story broke in the Italian media claiming that PSG’s Qatari owners were willing to activate Neymar’s £195m release clause.

Neymar ‘200 per cent’ staying at Barcelona, says Jordi Mestre | Sky Sports
Sky sources understand PSG have held talks with Barca about signing the 25-year-old but the La Liga giants are determined to keep one of their most important players. When asked during a press conference on Tuesday whether Neymar would remain at Barcelona next season, Mestre replied: “200 per cent”.

The FC Barcelona bus for the US tour ready | FC Barcelona
The bus that FC Barcelona will use during their US tour is almost ready. The visit to the USA is an important event and the blaugrana bus will reflect that once it has completed its makeover. The bus will be used by the players to travel to training sessions and the various events that will take place in FC Barcelona’s 10 day tour of the United States.

Jorge Cuenca reinforces Barça B’s defence | FC Barcelona
Jorge Cuenca becomes Barça B’s sixth signing ahead of the 2017/18 season. The player arrives from Alcorcón and he signed for FC Barcelona at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper offices accompanied by Silvio Elías, the Director responsible for professional youth football, and Josep Segura, the sports manager of the football area.

Josep Segura presents new football management model at FC Barcelona | FC Barcelona
On Tuesday sporting vice president Jordi Mestre and the sports manager of the football area Josep Segura presented the new management strucure of the Football Area at FC Barcelona. The vicepresident announced in the press conference called to present the new model that Segura will have two overriding objectives: to get the best out of the Football Area and to coordinate the different sections contained within.

Kopi Singa, new FC Barcelona regional sponsor | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona and Kopi Singa have announced a strategic sponsorship agreement by which the Indonesian company becomes a Club sponsor until June 2019. This agreement is FC Barcelona’s first with a coffee company. The main objective is to promote and consolidate knowledge in Indonesia of both Kopi Singa and FC Barcelona, who will be working to create a joint coffee and to organise a three-day-long event for supporters in the country to get the chance to meet the FCB Legends.

FC Barcelona News: 17 July 2017; Nelson Semedo Opens Up, Ander Herrera Plays Down Rumors

A busy week begins at FC Barcelona | FC Barcelona
And so begins another week at FC Barcelona, and another busy schedule of training sessions under new manager Ernesto Valverde. But this week is very much a week with a difference, with the squad heading across the Atlantic on Wednesday to embark on their three-match tour of the United States.

Nélson Semedo, from the streets of Mira-Sintra to Barça | FC Barcelona
Nélson Semedo finds himself with a chance to move his career forward, something he has done throughout his development as a player, but now he can do it at FC Barcelona. Little would he have imagined as a 15 years old still player street football in the Portuguese capital of Lisbon that he would end up at Barça, the team he always chose playing video games with his friends because he “always thought they are the best team in the world.”

Valverde relieved to have ‘unique’ Messi on his team | FourFourTwo
Ernesto Valverde says it will be a relief to have the “unique” Lionel Messi on his side, rather than coming up with plans to stop the Barcelona superstar. Barca did the double over Valverde’s Athletic Bilbao in LaLiga last season, while Messi also curled in a free-kick winner to knock Athletic out of the Copa Del Rey in January.

Rakitic, Gomes in Valverde’s plans at Barcelona | FourFourTwo
Barcelona head coach Ernesto Valverde says he has no plans to sell Ivan Rakitic or Andre Gomes. Reports in Spain have suggested Barca will look to cash in on one of the midfielders to fund a concerted effort to sign Marco Verratti from Paris Saint-Germain.

Manchester United’s Ander Herrera plays down Barcelona link | ESPN
Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera has played down speculation linking him with a move to Barcelona. Herrera’s former Athletic Bilbao coach Ernesto Valverde has taken charge at Camp Nou, leading to the speculation, but he says he is happy at Old Trafford.

The biggest stories of the week at FC Barcelona | FC Barcelona
Check out what has been happening over the last seven days at Can Barça.

Jordi Moix: We will have a more comfortable home in which Barça fans will feel proud | FC Barcelona
The Espai Barça project received the green light from the Committee of Ecology, Urban Planning and Mobility of the Barcelona City Council. “The initial approval of the urban modification to boost the Espai Barça project is the result of seven years of intense work and, now, we have to continue with the corresponding administrative process,” Espai Barça commissioner Jordi Moix said.

The NBA’s Draymond Green and the NFL’s Andre Branch visit FC Barcelona training | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona are already getting in the mood for their trip to the USA. With 48 hours to go before the preseason tour to the United States starts, the first team were visited on Monday morning by two famous sportspeople from the NBA and the NFL. They were Draymond Green, of the Golden State Warriors, and Andre Branch, of the Miami Dolphins.

FC Barcelona News: 16 July 2017; First Week of Training Ends, Yerry Mina Rumors Heating Up

First week of training in the bag | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona continued their preparations for the 2017/18 season with a final session of the week on Sunday morning local time. In a week in which double daily sessions have been the order of the day, coach Ernesto Valverde gathered his available first team player plus five players from the B squad at the Tito Vilanova field at the Ciutat Esportiva.

What you didn’t see at Nélson Semedo’s presentation | FC Barcelona
Friday saw a press conference, the signing of the contract and a first appearance on the hallowed Camp Nou turf for Nélson Semedo on his first day as an FC Barcelona player. The day began with a medical and the activity was constant until the Portuguese defender’s appearance in the press room with first team technical secretary, Robert Fernández.

More training for Valverde’s squad | FC Barcelona
The first week back after the summer holidays was always going to be an intense one for Ernesto Valverde’s squad. On Friday, 10 more of Barcelona’s first team returned, including all of their international players, and on Saturday morning it was time to endure the first of a double training session.

Juventus and FC Barcelona are back in the United States 14 years later | FC Barcelona
On July 22 in New York, FC Barcelona will take on Juventus for the first time in 14 years on American soil. The match is part of the International Champions Cup and the first pre-season match for the Blaugrana. In Boston during 2003, Barça won a penalty shoot-out (6-5) after the game finished in a 2-2 draw. Javier Saviola hit a first-half double with Di Vaio and Miccoli replying for the Italians.

Barça travel to USA to strengthen its sporting, commercial and charitable expansion | FC Barcelona
This is the seventh time that Barça has visited the United States in the preseason (the first, eighty years ago in 1937, played a key role in ensuring the club’s very survival), and it all goes to show just what a strategic territory this is as part of the club’s plans for worldwide growth.

New York prepares for a historic FC Barcelona mosaic | FC Barcelona
Before the match that FC Barcelona will play against Juventus at MetLife Stadium on Saturday, July 22, the city of New York will host a historic event in Bryant Park, Manhattan, at 09:30 a.m. The goal is to make the biggest human mosaic ever, and one which will resemble a Barça shirt.

Who is who? The nine players from Portugal who have played for Barça | FC Barcelona
Find out more about the careers of these former and current blaugranes.

Best of Gerard Deulofeu in his early days at FC Barcelona | FC Barcelona
A player who is equally capable on either wing, he stands out for his versatility, speed and balance. During his time at La Masia, there were many occasions when he showed his technique and ability, and where he stood out as one of the most promising players in the junior ranks.

Barcelona set to sign highly rated Colombia defender Yerry Mina | 101 Great Goals
Russo said: “Now he stays in Brazil. And then in 2018 he will reach the Spanish League. Everything is almost closed. His dream has always been to play with Barca. Why should he break his hopes when it comes to, in my view, the best technical project for him? He will stay another year at Palmeiras because he is doing well and wants to go to the World Cup. For me there is zero chance that things will change.”

Visitors’ day at the Ciutat Esportiva | FC Barcelona
A busy Sunday at the Ciutat Esportiva with Ernesto Valverde’s first team squad receiving visits from Barça figures past and present. Club president Josep Maria Bartomeu called in on the new coach, his back room staff and the players at the end of the session to see how things were going at the end of the squad’s first week back at work.

FC Barcelona News: 15 July 2017; Nearly Full Squad in Training, Nelson Semedo Transfer Details Surfacing

More training for Valverde’s squad | FC Barcelona
The first week back after the summer holidays was always going to be an intense one for Ernesto Valverde’s squad. On Friday, 10 more of Barcelona’s first team returned, including all of their international players, and on Saturday morning it was time to endure the first of a double training session.

Ernesto Valverde trains with near complete squad | FC Barcelona
Ernesto Valverde almost has full squad back with him. Ten more members of the first team were back on the training field on Friday evening after taking their medicals earlier on in the day. European Internationals Andrés Iniesta, Sergio Busquets, Jordi Alba, Denis Suárez, Lucas Digne and Samuel Umtiti were all at the Ciutat Esportiva, as were the quartet who had attended the Rakuten presentation in Japan.

What Nelson Semedo had to say at his first Barça press conference | FC Barcelona
Portuguese full-back Nélson Semedo arrived in Barcelona Friday morning before signing his deal with the Club in the afternoon. After being formally presented at Camp Nou and taking part in a photo session there, the 23-year-old rising star appeared at his first Barça press conference.

Nelson Semedo, a right full-back on the rise | FC Barcelona
Nelson Semedo is a diamond in the rough, having come up through the youth academy at Benfica before bursting onto the elite-level scene for both club and country, in this case, Portugal. They call him Nelsinho, a fitting name for this Portuguese jewel, who rose quickly from Benfica’s lower categories in 2012, and was sent on loan to Fátima for one season, only to return to Benfica before cracking the first team in 2015.

Barca to pay €50m for Semedo? | Football Espana
Barca bought Semedo for €30m on a five-year deal, but fresh reports in the Spanish Press suggest they must pay Benfica €5m for every 50 official matches he plays for a minimum of 45 minutes. However, that would only apply until the Portuguese signs another contract, while his release clause is said to stand at €100m.

Barcelona are yet to reach an agreement with Paris Saint-Germain over the sale of Marco Verratti | Mail Online
Barcelona sporting director Roberto Fernandez admits the Catalan giants are yet to reach an agreement with Paris Saint-Germain over the potential transfer of Marco Verratti. Italy international Verratti is thought to be Barcelona’s top transfer target of the summer, although PSG are reluctant to sell the 24-year-old midfielder.

FC Barcelona News: 13 July 2017; Training Begins Under Ernesto Valverde, Quartet Represent Barcelona in Tokyo

First training session of the Valverde era | FC Barcelona
The first day back at work at the Ciutat Esportiva. After a morning of medicals, the players made their way onto the Tito Vilanova pitch this afternoon as their summer holidays came to an end. The first training session of the 2017/18 season also gave Ernesto Valverde the chance to meet his players.

Second day of training at the Ciutat Esportiva | FC Barcelona
Thursday morning brought the second day of training for the FC Barcelona first team, and also the second for new coach Ernesto Valverde. Work started at 9.30am CET and the first fifteen minutes of the session were open to the media. Five members of the Barça B squad were also involved in the workout, namely Palencia, Aleñá, Cucurella, Marlon and Vitinho.

Ernesto Valverde begins process of leaving his stamp on Barcelona | ESPN
A lot has happened since Barcelona beat Alaves in the Copa del Rey final on May 27. Lionel Messi got married, Neymar’s been on a whistle-stop tour of the NBA and Gerard Deulofeu has been bought back from Everton for €12 million. Most significantly, a new manager has got his feet under the table.

Leo Messi eager to start training with ‘great coach’ Ernesto Valverde | FC Barcelona
It’s not long before we see Leo Messi, Gerard Piqué, Arda Turan and Neymar Jr back at the training ground in Barcelona, but before that they’re in Japan to represent FC Barcelona at the presentation of the new sponsorship deal with Rakuten.

Messi, Neymar, Piqué and Arda take Tokyo | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona stars Lionel Messi, Neymar Jr, Gerard Piqué, and Arda Turan became the first players to make a public appearance wearing the team’s new shirt featuring the logo of Rakuten, the Club’s new Main Global Partner, when they took part in a kick-off press conference Thursday in Tokyo, Japan along with the Club’s Vice President for Marketing and Communication, Manel Arroyo, and the founder and CEO of Rakuten Inc., Hiroshi “Mickey” Mikitani.

Dani Alves has some advice for Marco Veratti ahead of possible Barcelona move | GSM
Dani Alves had a glittering eight-year career with Barcelona, but he left the Nou Camp in less than ideal circumstances. The Brazilian formed a formidable right-hand side with Lionel Messi for the Catalan giants, but he was allowed to leave the club on a free transfer in the summer of 2016 despite having one more year on his deal.

James Costos, FC Barcelona’s new strategic advisor in America | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona and James Costos, the former United States Ambassador to Spain and Andorra, have signed an agreement as part of the club’s expansion plans. Costos will be taking up a new position as strategic advisor in America, where he’ll be involved in three key projects, the FC Barcelona Foundation, the Barça Innovation Hub and the development of the FC Barcelona brand in the North American market.

FC Barcelona News: 12 July 2017; 18 Start Preseason with Medicals, Nelson Semedo Again on Barcelona Radar

18 players undergo medicals | FC Barcelona
The 2017/18 preseason for the Barça first team squad is under way with the customary medicals. On Wednesday morning local time 18 players turned up for the medical and physical assessments, 13 from the first team squad plus five from the Barça B squad: Rakitic, Suárez, Sergi Roberto, Mascherano, Rafinha, Cillessen, Alcácer, Aleix Vidal, Marlon, Douglas, Vermaelen, Samper, Munir, Ortolá, Aleñá, Cucurella, Palencia and Vitinho.

First day on the job for Barça boss Valverde | FC Barcelona
Ernesto Valverde is now hard at work at the Ciutat Esportiva. The new FC Barcelona coach has started his preseason for 2017/18 this Tuesday with his back room staff with who he was photographed out on the field at Sant Joan Despí outside the city of Barcelona.

Andres Iniesta: ‘There are no minor titles for us’ | FC Barcelona
“I think what’s always motivated us is the excitement, the excitement to get back to work, to have fun. And that’s what it is like every season. To begin with a clean slate, to begin aiming for new heights, to work hard. It’s a new stage with the new coach, but we have the same outlook as always.

Sergi Samper eager to make mark on Barcelona first team | ESPN
Sergi Samper returns to training with Barcelona on Wednesday and hopes that this will be the season he finally makes his mark on the first team. Samper, 22, joined Barca as a 6-year-old and last year’s season-long loan move to Granada was the first time he had ever been away from the club.

Barca in for Benfica’s Semedo | Football Espana
Barcelona are considering a deal for Benfica defender Nelson Semedo although any deal is likely to cost upwards of €30m, say reports. The versatile defender has made upwards of 60 first team appearances for the Portuguese champions since progressing through their youth ranks and has won six caps for European champions Portugal.

Barcelona willing to let trio including Thomas Vermaelen leave – sources | ESPN
Thomas Vermaelen, Douglas and Munir El Haddadi will return to Barcelona training on Wednesday, but sources have told ESPN FC that Barca are prepared to let all three leave. New coach Ernesto Valverde is looking to remodel his squad, but there has been no significant interest in any of the trio of players so far.

FC Barcelona launches official Viber Public Account | FC Barcelona
Starting today, FC Barcelona will be launching their very own Viber Public Account that will include exciting content for fans, a behind-the-scenes look into our team´s stars, and up-to-date news and content. This week, followers of the Public Account will get exclusive coverage from the launch event at the Rakuten headquarters in Tokyo, with some of Barça´s biggest stars!

Rakuten presentation: Japan events | FC Barcelona
First team players Leo Messi, Neymar Jr, Gerard Piqué and Arda Turan, along with FC Barcelona’s Vice President for Marketing and Communication, Manel Arroyo, will take part in a series of events in Tokyo, Japan on Wednesday and Thursday to kick off Barca’s global partnership deal with Rakuten. The global internet services company, based in Japan, became FC Barcelona’s Main Global Partner and Official Innovation and Entertainment Partner on July 1.

Vitinho joins Barça B | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona have secured the services of Victor Hugo Santana Carvalho, known as Vitinho, for Barça B on loan from Palmeiras until 30 June 2018 with the option to make the move permanent. Vitinho, who was born in Sao Paulo on 4 March 1998, has signed his contract this evening in the presence of the Director responsible for the Professional Academy Football, Silvio Elias, and the head of sports management in the football area, Josep Segura.