Barcelona to play Boca Juniors in Joan Gamper Trophy Match

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Spanish giants Barcelona will face Boca Juniors in the traditional Joan Gamper Trophy game on August 15.

The match is set to take place just two days after the La Liga champions face Sevilla in the Spanish Super Cup.

The Argentines will be making their sixth appearance in the competition

Interestingly, Boca’s star player, Cristian Pavón, has been linked with a move to Barcelona since his impressive showing for La Albiceleste in the World Cup.

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Barcelona projected to become a €1billion club by 2021

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Barcelona claim they are on course for having revenues of over one billion euros by 2021 after announcing their financial results for the 2017-18 season.

The LaLiga champions revealed they had a club-record income of 914million euros (£808.7m), with profits of 13m (£11.5m) euros after tax.

The Spanish club received a record transfer fee of £200.6m from Paris St Germain for Brazil forward Neymar last summer, but since broke their transfer record twice on the signings of Ousmane Dembele (£96.8m) and Philippe Coutinho (£106.4m).

Barcelona had announced an income of 708m (£626.4m) euros 12 months ago, but with after-tax profits of 18m (£15.9m) euros.

A statement on the club’s website added: “The board has valued the final balance of the year positively, and it’s in line with the strategic plan of the club to reach 1,000million euros of income in 2021.”

Barcelona ended last season by reclaiming the LaLiga title from rivals Real Madrid and winning the Copa del Rey for a fourth successive year, but they were dumped out of the Champions League at the quarter-final stage.

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Barcelona's Sergi Roberto to miss Spanish Super Cup after appeal is turned down

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Despite Barcelona‘s appeal to the Administrative Tribunal for Sport, right-back Sergi Roberto will miss the Spanish Super Cup clash against Sevilla due to suspension.

The Spaniard was handed a four-match ban after being involved in an incident with Real Madrid defender Marcelo, during El Clasico played on May 6, which ended 2-2.

A report on Iusport.com suggests that the incident was viewed as an act of aggression and not unsportsmanlike conduct. The ban, therefore, has been upheld.

“We must conclude that with only the allegations of the player, and no images or proof otherwise, that the referee’s verdict cannot be called into question. For that reason, as the appeal can’t be proven to be fact, the attributed sanction handed down to the player will remain the same,” added TAD.

The 26-year-old has already missed three games so far – he was not named in the squad for Barca’s fixtures against Villarreal, Levante and Real Sociedad last season.

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