Barcelona Choose England's St George's Park for Pre-Season Camp

Liam NewmanContributor IJuly 6, 2014

FC Barcelona's players react,  during a training session,  in San Joan Despi, Spain, Friday, May 16, 2014. Barcelona faces Spanish leader Atletico Madrid in a winner-takes-all league finale on Saturday, when the defending champion could yet lift its fifth title in six seasons. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
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New Barcelona manager Luis Enrique will take his star-studded squad to England’s St George’s Park for a six-day pre-season training camp.

The Catalonia giants will use the summer training camp as an integral part of their month-long pre-season schedule, which will see them travel across Europe ahead of the new La Liga campaign and ends with the joint testimonial of Carles Puyol and Victor Valdes.

As per the club’s official website, Enrique’s squad will meet up on July 15—although those involved in the FIFA World Cup will be allowed a few extra days to recover. However, the entire squad, including new recruits Ivan Rakitic and Marc-Andre ter Stegen, will travel to the training camp in England.

Barcelona will arrive at St George’s Park on Monday July 28 and remain there until Saturday August 2. The news was confirmed by James Callow at, and the club’s director of football, Andoni Zubizarreta, has expressed his pleasure regarding the development:

We are thrilled to be going to St. George’s for a pre-season training camp.

The FA has magnificent facilities. We will be able to work peacefully in an exceptional football setting, with perfect indoor and outdoor facilities that make us believe that the work atmosphere at St. George’s will be excellent.

We are very much looking forward to the pre-season and this visit to the FA is an added attraction.

After failing to win a major trophy last season for the first time since 2007/08, it is crucial that the Catalonian club prepare for a new era in the best way possible. The trip to St George’s Park enables them to do just that.

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