Iniesta and Busquets with the Gamper Trophy / FCB

The best football is back and on Wednesday 5 August at 10.00pm CET, FC Barcelona take on AS Roma. It is the game that traditionally sees the first team squad’s presentation to the public. After almost two month’s inactivity, Camp Nou once again will open its doors and here are some of the reasons why you should not miss this special day in the blaugrana calendar.

  1. The presentation of the first team for the season 2015/16. Despite the fact that the squad has not undergone too many changes with regards to last season, the Joan Gamper Trophy will be the fans first meeting between the Camp Nou faithful and the new squad. It will undoubtedly be a special day for the two new boys in Luis Enrique’s squad, Aleix Vidal and Arda Turan who will be presented alongside their team mates.
  2. It will be the first game at Camp Nou following the last event at the stadium, the celebrations for last season’s treble. It’s a great chance to pay tribute to the treble winning heroes following the four pre-season games so far this summer.
  3. For Neymar, Messi and Luis Suárez, the best goalscoring trio in Barça’s history. Last season they scored 122 goals between them and this season they want to continue in that vein. Luis Suárez is top scorer at the moment in pre-season with three goals. Messi and Neymar could make their season debuts in the Gamper Trophy.
  4. With the whole squad available. Following the return of Copa América champion Claudio Bravo, it will be the first game with the whole squad available for Luis Enrique.
  5. The Gamper party returns. From 11.00am until 8.30pm CET there will be activities for all the family at Camp Nou.
  6. Joan Gamper Trophy celebrates. It will be the 50th edition of the blaugrana tournament  that began back in 1966. Barça have lifted the trophy on 37 occasions.
  7. AS Roma will be tough opponents. The Italian side were runners up in Serie A last season and with Seydou Keita in their side, it is their first visit to play the Gamper Trophy game. Luis Enrique will come face to face with a club that he has coached in a spell before returning to Spanish Football with Celta Vigo.
  8. Final test. The FC Barcelona fans will have the chance to show their support for the team before they take on the challenge of trying to win six trophies in the coming year. On August 11 they take on Sevilla in Georgia in the European Super Cup and then on 14 and 17 August they take on Athletic Bilbao in the Spanish Super Cup.
  9. Captain Andrés Iniesta. The departure of Xavi means that the midfielder now takes over as first captain. He is no stranger to the role having captained the side on many previous occasions.
  10.  Because Barça are playing, and the Camp Nou crowd never fail.

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