Barcelona’s pre-season gets underway

Today is the first day of a new era for Barcelona with new coach Luis Enrique at the helm.Medical and physical tests start today on 10 players with training starting tomorrow. More on Barça’s pre season

Neymar getting into his role against Malaysia

Neymar enjoyed his role at the last game of Barcelona’s pre season tune up in Asia. The Catalan club won by a comfortable 3 goals to 1 and Neymar took firm hold of the reins with Messi absent from the pitch due to muscle fatigue. On the downside, Cesc Fabregas suffered an ankle injury that rules him out of the Ecuador – Spain match. More about this post here

Pedro and Jordi Alba miss training in Malaysia ahead of final match

Barca’s Pedro and Jordi Alba missed the first training session in Malaysia yesterday ahead of the final match as part of the club’s pre-season in Asia. Jordi Alba has a cold and Pedro is suffering from a bruised calf muscle he picked up in Barca’s last game against Thailand. However, Tello and Dos Santos have trained with the rest of the squad. More on Jordi Alba and Pedro

More goals as Barca steamroller Thailand

Although Barcelona steamrollered past Thailand this afternoon to the tune of a 1-7 thrashing, the game served as a reminder of what’s lacking in the squad as they face the new season . The need for a central defender who provides the team with certain guarantees is long overdue and Barca clearly need to spend the right money to fix the problem. More on Barca’s victory against Thailand

Barca training in Bangkok before game against Thailand

After a long 10 hour flight, Barcelona are in Bangkok looking ahead to their match against Thailand on Wednesday afternoon. Tata Martino’s team finished Monday’s training session in the Thai capital, Bangkok, at the premises of the Thai Army Sports Stadium, which is a multi-purpose stadium and the home of Army United F.C. More on Barca’s Thai journey

Neymar debut in draw against Lechia Gdansk

Brazilian star Neymar made his debut last night in Poland against a very stubborn Lechia Gdansk side. The Barca fans didn’t get to see him team up with Messi as they had hoped for and the Polish side gave him a customary welcome to European football by kicking him and roughing him up in a friendly game that ended up 2 apiece. More on the friendly with Lechia Gdansk

Barca welcomes Tata Martino with 7 nil win

Barca welcomed their new coach Gerardo Tata Martino with an exhibition style game of football that allowed the team to go home with some good vibes. The young Cameroon player Jean Marie Dongou (pictured left) came on for Messi and moved around the pitch with ease, scoring two goals and becoming the leading scorer in Barca’s pre-season. More on Barca’s win over Valerenga IF