FC Barcelona News: 17 June 2017; Preseason to Begin July 12, Confederations Cup Set to Start

First preseason under Ernesto Valverde set to start on July 12 | FC Barcelona
The Ernesto Valverde era at FC Barcelona truly gets under way on July 12, when the bulk of the first team are due back at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper training ground to start preparing for the 2017/18 season. The players that had international matches in June will be getting an extra couple of days’ holiday and won’t be reporting for work until Friday 14.

2017 Confederations Cup opens; two FC Barcelona players taking part | FC Barcelona
When the 2017 Confederations Cup commences on Saturday with an opening match between Group A sides Russia — this year’s hosts — and New Zealand in Saint Petersburg, there will be two FC Barcelona players eagerly awaiting their first matches, which are slated for the following two days.

QUIZ: FC Barcelona players that have appeared at the Confederations Cup | FC Barcelona
We want you to name all sixteen … Sound difficult? Yes, but we’ve provided some clues to help!

Joan Laporta calls on Barcelona board to resign, offers to stand for election | ESPN
Joan Laporta says he would fight Josep Maria Bartomeu for the Barcelona presidency if an election was to be held in the immediate future, and called on the current board to resign in comments to The Guardian. Laporta was Barca president for seven years between 2003 and 2010 and was responsible for the appointment of Pep Guardiola in 2008.

Lionel Messi will retire at Barcelona or in U.S., China – Man City’s Soriano | ESPN
Lionel Messi will either finish his career at Barcelona or in the United States or China — but not at Manchester City — according to the Premier League club’s chief executive Ferran Soriano. Messi’s Barca contract expires in 2018 and he is currently in talks over a new deal to extend his stay at the Camp Nou.

Barca lose starlet to Monaco | Football Espana
Barcelona have lost starlet Jordi Mboula to Monaco after the French champions paid his €3m release clause. According to Sport, Mboula has signed a five-year contract with Monaco and will alternate between their first team and reserve side.

Rivaldo and Kluivert to return to Camp Nou to play for Barça Legends | FC Barcelona
Rivaldo and Patrick Kluivert are the two latest additions to coach José Mari Bakero’s squad for the game against the Manchester United Legends. Just a few days after Ronaldinho, Edgar Davids and Simao Sabrosa confirmed that they are playing, two more star names have been included in the list, and there are sure to be others for the first ever Barça Legends fixture at the Camp Nou.