Barcelona are set to begin their preparation for the 2018/19 season on July 16.
That’s when players not competing at the World Cup this summer will report for duty at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper.
The La Liga champions will travel to the United States on July 24 where they will play three friendlies during their 12-day stay – all part of the International Champions Cup tournament.
Ernesto Valverde’s side will play their first friendly against Tottenham in Pasadena, LA on July 28. Three days later, they take on Roma at the AT & T stadium in Dallas before wrapping things up against AC Milan at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California.
Meanwhile, Boca Juniors have accepted an invitation to be the guests at the LIII Trofeo Joan Gamper, Barcelona’s annual friendly match ahead of the La Liga campaign. Both clubs are however yet to finalise a date for the game which will take place in August.
The Catalans also have the Spanish Super Cup games against Sevilla to contend with on August 5 and 12 while the league season kicks off on August 18.
28 July: Barcelona v Tottenham. Rose Bowl, Los Angeles.
31 July: Barcelona v. Roma. AT and T Stadium, Dallas, Texas.
4 August: Barcelona v AC Milan. Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara.
TBC: Barcelona v Boca Juniors. Camp Nou.
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11:30pm – Barcelona hire Abidal as first team technical secretary
Former Barcelona defender Eric Abidal will become the new first team technical secretary at Camp Nou, replacing Robert Fernandez, the club announced on Thursday.
The 38-year-old made 125 appearances with the Catalan giants during his playing career.
7:07pm – Barcelona’s bid for Rodrygo topped by rivals
Barcelona have had their eye on Santos prospect Rodrygo, but they have heavy competition for the 17-year-old from rivals Real Madrid.
Globo Esporte reported the Brazilian could be headed to the Bernabeu after the Champions League winners made an offer of €45m (Dh195.4m) – €15m (Dh65.1m) more than Barcelona offered.
11:17am – Messi wants Griezmann at Barcelona
Griezmann has long been linked with a move to the Camp Nou and will confirm his future before the World Cup.
The French international – with a €100million release clause – has scored 29 and provided 13 assists in 53 for Diego Simeone’s side during the 2017-2018 season.
But the 27-year-old at least has the approval of the club’s crown jewel Messi, as the Argentine stated he wants as much quality as possible at Barcelona.
Barcelona have announced former defender Eric Abidal will become their new first team technical secretary.
The 38-year-old retired in 2014 having previously returned to playing following a liver transplant in 2012.
He will replace Robert Fernandez, whose contract will not be renewed at the end of the month.
A statement read: “FC Barcelona announces that Robert Fernandez will not extend his contract as the football first team technical secretary, which runs out on 30 June of this year.
“The club would like to thank Robert Fernandez publicly for his commitment and dedication to FC Barcelona over the years and wishes him success in the future.
“As such, FC Barcelona also announces that Eric Abidal will take over the role as football first team technical secretary. His official presentation will be on Monday 18 July.”