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Luis Enrique and the summer signings at the Palau de Congressos / PHOTO: GERMÁN PARGA-FCB

Just before one o’clock this lunchtime, the Congrés secretary  Jordi Calsamiglia announced the moment the more than a thousand penyistas had been waiting for – the arrival of the new first team coach Luis Enrique and the Club’s eight summer signings - Marc-André ter Stegen, Claudio Bravo, Jordi Masip, Jérémy Mathieu, Thomas Vermaelen, Rafinha, Ivan Rakitic and Luis Suárez.

After a minute’s photos,  Luis Enrique spoke to the congress and explained: “we have brought in quantity and quality. I have already been lucky to be part of this Club in two different moments, as a player and as coach of Barça B and they were marvellous times. These players need all of our support, we share a common objective. We want you all to feel proud of us at the end of the season and for that we need you to get behind us”.

The summer signings then came on stage for a photo with Club President Josep Maria Bartomeu.

Women's A team win award

Nings were presented, Club director Susana Monje announced the award of the first edition of the Edelmira Calvetó Prize for the Women’s A team in recognition of their three successive league titles. With Xavi Llorens’s side playing a tournament in Valencia, it fell to one of the team’s new signings Leire Landa,who is currently recovering from injury, to pick up the award.


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