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A Review Of Ernesto Valverde’s First Preseason

As far as results go, Ernesto Valverde’s first preseason with Barcelona could not have gone much better. The blaugrana swept through their ICC competition in the United States, winning the illustrious summer tournament with wins against Juventus, Manchester United and Real Madrid, before returning to Catalonia, where they drew in a practice fixture with Gimnastic… Keep Reading

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Barcelona Win The 2017 Joan Gamper Trophy

The blaugrana concluded their preseason with a 5-0 victory against Brazilian side Chapecoense in the annual Joan Gamper Trophy match. While the Gamper Trophy match is usually a friendly disguised as a tribute match to the founder of the club, this match was clearly a genuine tribute to Chapecoense, and it was awesome to see them… Keep Reading

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Barcelona Defeat Madrid, Wins The ICC

While the competition and the calendar made it clear that Saturday’s Clasico was an inconsequential preseason matchup – the first to be played on American soil – Barcelona and Real Madrid made it clear that any time they are on the pitch against one another, we are in for a show. The totality of Barcelona’s… Keep Reading

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Barcelona Defeat Juventus In Valverde’s Debut

Neymar’s silence regarding his rumored transfer to PSG is one of the most contentious aspects of the entire saga. His refusal to deny the gossip or confirm his desire to depart is frustrating on many fronts, perhaps most importantly because it hamstrings the club’s ability to act upon their contingency plans. His silence is also… Keep Reading

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